Club Briefs: Italian American Society will see you on the court – Marco News

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The ACBL sanctioned Duplicate Bridge at Jewish Congregation of Marco Islandresumes Tuesday, Dec. 17, through March at the Synagogue, located at 991 Winterberry Drive. The game begins at 1 pm. For information contact the Chair-Richard Perlman at 609 306 9732.

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The group meets the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.If you would like to join in a social event with Rhode Islanders who are wintering in Southwest Florida at a variety of venues,call Ann Sepe at 401-632-6099.

Workshops for the 2019-2020 season continue through March 10. Workshops are held on Tuesday mornings from 8:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the United Church of Marco, 320 N Barfield Dr.Join usand become membersto create beautiful Shell Art for our craft sales. Proceeds go to our education and scholarship funds. Contact us

Republican Club of South Collier County offers a speaker series once a month on Wednesdays at the Hammock Bay Country Club,1370 Borghese Lane, Naples at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Scheduled events are as follows: Jan. 22, John Michael Chambers, author; Feb. 19, (District 1 debate candidates) March 18, (Debate, Congressional District 19) For additional information, please visit or contact VP Len Schuman at917-640-7564.

Business meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. and speakers begin at 1:15 p.m. the second Monday of the month, October through March, at the Fellowship Hall of Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield, Marco Island. Community members interested in gardening, floral design and environmental issues are welcome to attend and invited to join the group.Information: Susan Neustadtat 609.618.7357; email; visit

Meetings held the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Perkins Restaurant, 4335 Tamiami Trail East, Naples. Information: Bruce Miles, 239-394-1020. Club is not active in July, August and September.

The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island meets the first and third Thursday at 7 a.m. for breakfast and meeting at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Blvd. Guest welcome. Information: President Pat Hagedorn, 450-8901.

Interested in joining the Marco Knights of Columbus #6344? Contact John DeRosa at 239-272-0816 or Richard Gabrys at 414-828-4408.

The Italian American Society of Marco Island spent the afternoon of Jan. 6 playing bocce at Mackle Park. It was a picture perfect day to begin the season with cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The club will play every week and all members are welcomed. For more information, call Peter Pareene at 518-339-1612 or visit (Photo: Photo provided)

The Italian American Society of Marco Island will hold their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, November though April, at Mackle Park's Community room. Doors open at 6 p.m. with meetings starting at 6:30.This energetic group of men and women are dedicated to remembering their roots while socializing through dinners, dances, bocce, trips, golf and so much more. Anyone over the age of 21 who is of Italian heritage or by marriage is eligible. For more information: or call Ralph Madonna, 239 970-2032 or Ann D'Onofrio, 239 642-3940.

The Italian American Society of Marco Island spent the afternoon of Jan. 6 playing bocce at Mackle Park. It was a picture perfect day to begin the season with cool temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The club will play every week and all members are welcomed. For more information, call Peter Pareene at 518-339-1612 or visit Above: Bob Hulnick, Alba Turrin, Gary Bourassa and Gus Scola starting out.(Photo: Photo provided)

The Jolley Roger Puzzle Club meets every Wednesday afternoon to discuss, dissect and otherwise chat about The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. If tackling the Sunday puzzle is part of your regular routine and you would like to get together with people who share your hobby, call Lee at 394-1492 or Lynn at 609-678-0424 for meeting time and location.

The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise meets 7:30 a.m., every Tuesday at Stonewalls, 551 S. Collier Boulevard. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. with meeting following. Information:

The Marco Noontime Rotary Club meets on Thursdays, which varies during the summer months. For meeting time and location, visit

Just Friends meets for lunch and socializing the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m., at the Marco Island Yacht Club.To become a member, you must have been a member in good standing of the Marco Island Newcomers Club for at least three years. President; Rose Kraemer. Membership information; Patty at 239-653-9229 or Trisha at 715-933-0883.Luncheon information; Sandi at 239-642-3333.Mail luncheon checks for $40.00 to Just Friends, PO Box 1685, Marco Island, 34146.

If you would like to attend a luncheon and join in the fun and meet some fabulous women, you can contact our membership chairs at (Note on the subject line Attention: Membership Chairs).

The club meets at 10 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. MMC is open to residents of Marco Island, Goodland and the Isles of Capri. Information:Charlie Erker at239-259-8054 or

Marco Island Womans Club awards scholarships to graduating high school students, who live on Marco Island, and supports various local nonprofit organizations.The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Information: President Sue Ellen Welch at 781-635-5240

TheDemocratic Women's Club of Marcomeets from 5 until 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Rose Hall, Marco Island branch library, Marco Island. Our goal is to raise awareness of policy matters pertaining to all, and to encourage and support those qualified to seek elected office. We host monthly socials and coffees, as well as "Meet and Greets" for those running for public office. ContactDWCMarco@gmail.comfor additional information."

America's Boating Club, founded in 1914 as the United States Power Squadrons, is a national educational and social organization promoting boating and watercraft skills,safety and fun.Here on Marco, we enjoy boating cruises and social events, and conduct nationally recognized classes in boat handling, navigation, boatingsafety. The club also offers free vessel safety check certifications and performs public service surveys of our waterway navigation aids.Everyone with an interest in boating is welcome. For more information, come to our monthly social hour at CJ's every fourth Wednesday at 5 p.m., to one of our dinner meetings, or call us at 239/393-0150.

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was created by the United States Congress in 1939 and is the leading agency protecting Americas Seaward Frontier in Recreational Boating. They are the Uniformed Civilian Componentof the United States Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. Several Boating Seamanship Classes are conducted year round atMarcoFlotilla 9-5Auxiliary Station,905 Caxambas Pass Park. Information: 239-384-7416 or

Sailing Association of Marco Island (SAMI) is the club for those people interested in sailing or just meeting others who share a love of sailing. We have day or overnight cruises planned throughout the year, participate in a yearly regatta, meet for dinner or hold potlucks, and have interesting speakers. We welcome new members. Check our website: Membership contact is Laura Kolpack at 608-385-8123.

When you cross the Jolley Bridge entering Marco Island, the first thing youll see to the right of the bridge is the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC). Members enjoy a full calendar of social and boating events, plus waterfront dining with the most spectacular views on the Island. We are currently welcoming new members. Check our website or call our membership director at 239-394-0199.

Marco Bay Yacht Club is the oldest and most active yacht club on Marco Island with numerous cruise and social events a year. The club has boating events for both large and small vessels. Theres a club social at CJs on the Bay at 4:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month. New potential members are always welcome. Come visit and see if this is the boating club for you.Information: Judy Sacher, Membership Chair, 239-777-4604 or

American Association of University Women's Mission: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The AAUW Marco Island Branch meets at 9 a.m., October through April, on the third Monday of the month at the United Church on Barfield Drive. Information: Durell Buzzini, director for membership, 207-745-4679.

Marco Lutheran Churchs singles group meets on the fourth Sunday of each month from 4 to 6 p.m. Join for refreshments, discussions, programs, projects and lots of good friendship and fun. Information: 394-0332.

Marco Island Writers meets from 6 until 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month, year round, at Mackle Park Community Center, 1361 Andalusia Terrace; Marco Island (Burrowing Owl Room). Free. All skill levels welcome. Joanne Tailele, President; marcoislandwritersinc@gmail.comor Note: August meeting is 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.; no September meeting.

The Great Books Discussion Group meets the second and fourth Monday of the month from 3-5 p.m. Excerpts from great literature, including short stories are read and discussed. Information: George at 239-970-6644 or 610-710-5861.

If you enjoy meeting new friends and conversing in French, come join the Marco Island French Club. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere en franais! The pot-luck breakfast get-togethers are held on the first Friday morning of the month, with members taking turns hosting the group in their home or condo. Information: Isabelle Adly at 239-963-8646.

Marco Island Senior Squadron meets 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays in the CAP Hangar at Marco Island Executive Airport at the end of Mainsail Dr., off Collier Blvd. South (State Road 951). First Lt. Robert G. Boone, Squadron Commander, at 239-389-1273. Information:

Meetings are held at 11 a.m., on the third Tuesday of each month at Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island; all veterans are welcome.By and act of congress signed into law by thePresident all active and honorable dischargedMilitary veterans from 1941 on are eligible to belong to the American Legion.Contact info: John Apolzan at 317-432-7055or Lee Rubenstein at 239-564-9894.

Incorporated in 2003, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a charitable non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that strives to brig literary, visual and performing arts events to the Marco Island community. Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Interested persons are welcome to attend. Information: 239-389-0280 or

Meets the second Tuesday, at the Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco Road at 7 p.m. at the rear entrance to the bank. The group sells U.S.-made flags of all types at wholesale prices using proceeds for veterans relief and welfare. New male and female veterans who served in combat areas are needed. Transfers are accepted from other Posts. Contact Dave Gardner at 239-289-5862.

The Marco Island Shrine meets every Friday at 11:30 a.m. for fun and fellowship. All Masons and Shriners are welcome. Call for location. Information: Bob Bacon at 239-398-9957.

Chapter meets the third Thursday of the month at 10:30 at Island Country Club. Visiting and prospective member are welcome. Information, Karen Lombardi at 239-394-0028.

Chapter meets the second Thursday of each month, October through May, at 11:30 a.m. at The Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples. Visiting Compatriots and prospective members are welcome.Information: emailNaplesSAR@gmail.comor call Ed Lary, Chapter Registrar, at 239-732-7280.

Southwest Florida Sons & Daughters of Erin meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at San Marco Catholic Church Parrish, 851 San Marco Road. Information: Kathleen Reynolds, 239-394-0220.

La Mesa Espanola meets Wednesdays (November through April) 8:30-9:30 Stonewalls for coffee and conversation in Spanish. The group also sponsors films, social events, and a reading group. For more information, contact Michael

Marco Island Paddlers Association Inc. (MIPA) is a nonprofit association for people interested in Kayak, SUP or Canoe paddling in the broader Marco Island Area. MIPA host group paddles, training sessions, and paddle related meetings and events. Information: emailmi.paddlers.assoc@gmail.comor visit

All divers and water lovers are welcome to come join our casual gatherings the last Friday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Scuba Marco (1141 Bald Eagle Dr). We share stories, meet new dive buddies, plan dive travel, and have monthly educational seminars. Refreshments provided. Call or email Jessi at 239-389-7889,

First Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Sand Bar, 826 E Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Details call Keith Pershing 239-394-1887.

Corvette and classic muscle cars gather every Friday at 8 p.m. in the Marco Town Center parking. All Corvettes and muscle cars are welcome. The club also hosts a weekly Saturday morning car cruise(10 a.m. until 1 p.m.) at the Marco Island Lutheran Church located on 525 N Collier Blvd. Information:

The Naples-Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America is now meeting at 7 p.m. every third Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Naples, 388 First Avenue South, Naples. Information: 239-642-0147 or

The club extends a welcome to fellow boaters with large or smaller boats. Marco Cruise Club was founded in December 1975 and is the one of the oldest boating clubs on the island. General membership meetings are held at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco and Barfield Drive. Boating enthusiasts are welcome to join. Information: or Neil Blaauboer at 642-8493.

The Marco Island Road Runners Club meets every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Mackle Park. All running levels are welcomed. Find us on Facebook at Marco Island Road Runners or email

The MIMYC sails Sundays from 2 until 4 p.m. at Mackle Park. The MIMYC has been in existence since 2008 and host the Annual Marco Island RC Laser Championships the first weekend of March. Information: 239-642-1825.

Meetings are every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Bank, 645 East Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Everyone is welcomed. Contact: Chris Pritchard,colliertoastmasters@gmail.comor visit

Clubs purpose is tasting wines and meeting new friends. This is not for profit and is noncommercial. If interested, call Carol Martin 239-784-3025 for details.

Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping the needs of their communities with an emphasis on intellectually/developmentally disabled people. The Marco Island Civitan Club meets the firstThursday of the month at noon at Margaritas Restaurant plus social/educational gatherings.For information call Pres. Bob Kircher 239-774-2623 or e-mail Visit civitan.orgto lean about the Civitan International Research Center.

All knitters are welcome, expert to novice, every Wednesday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. at Mackle Park. Join us to share your stitches and your stories. Free of charge, walk-ins welcome. Parks and Recreation Department, Frank E. Mackle Community Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace Marco Island. Information: 239-642-0575,

MAC meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Marco Island Historical Societys Rose Hall (across the street from the library). Information: 239-394-3222 or for a listing of topics and speakers at upcoming meetings.

The group is a social activities club for adult couples and singles. There are no dues or fees. Information: 239-595-4661

Snow skiing in Southwest Florida? Join fellow skiers and snowboarders for updates on our upcoming ski, non-ski trips and social activities.Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month; 6:30 p.m. at the Parrot Room at Gulf Coast Inn; 2555 Tamiami Trail N. (Route 41); Naples. Information:naplesskiclub.comor 239-839-3711.

The Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Chapter is open to alumnae of Alpha Chi Omega chapters across the country. Call Donna at 239-594-9401 or

Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter hosts a lunch bunch on the second Monday of each month from May to October at different local restaurants. Information: Pat Morton, 239-213-0474

At 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Joey Ds, 701 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island. All hams and others interested in amateur radio welcomed for good discussion on all amateur radio topics. Marco Hams currently monitor repeater 443.65 Mhz plus 5 Mhz offset PL 141.3 Hz and the repeater is used for lunch talk-in. Contact Jim K3AVR 239-595-6683 or Bob W1IZT 239-287-3272.

The Naples Council on World Affairs (NCWA) offers a small group discussion program on a variety of international topics of interest to globally minded residents. The group meets for two hours once a week during the season (January through March) for a total of eight weeks. There is a reading book provided and videos are also available. Participants must be members of the NCWA and must sign up for the Great Decisions Program (see NCWA website for details). Information: George at 239-970-6644 or 610-710-5861.

Come join the great benefits of Safari Club International. An organization dedicated to promote safe ethical hunting, fishing and safe firearms responsibility. Membership open to all. For information on meetings, events and upcoming fellowships for residence of Marco Island, emailGregory Cheek at

The Gourmet Stud Muffins is a mens social club committed to the cooking and enjoyment of food: the history, preparation and eating. The group hosts regular events at a members house. Each member hosts at least one event a year. Participants contribute to purchase the food and help with preparation, sharing recipes, learning new cooking skills and ultimately enjoy a meal together. Information: Bruce Novark

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