Board Of Directors
Jane Bennington, president
George Miller, secretary
Bill Moreno, treasurer
Mary Lou Martin
Dear Fellow Islanders,
The New Year has begun. 2019 was a successful and interesting year for the Beacon.
Our 10th Annual Holiday House was a complete success. It is always a great way to kick off the holiday season on Pine Island. Many kudos to Elsie Stearns and her dedicated group of volunteers who worked long and hard to make Holiday House such a success. The beautiful Tarpon Lodge deserves a round of applause for hosting this incredible event.
Our Beacon Bites program (formerly Meals on Wheels) is providing meals for an average of 18-20 people daily. This program is a big undertaking and continues to be a success. A special thanks to Pine Island Pizza and Froggys for donating meals one day a month. Also, thanks to St John’s women’s group who have donated dessert treats one day a week to our program.
Out GED Program is going great with 4 graduates already scheduled for this year. A special thank you to Mary Lou Martin, our Director of the Center of Excellence and all the volunteers who mentor and teach in this program. Our ESOL program is proving to be very successful. Both programs truly make a difference in the lives of out fellow Islanders.
Our Client Services directed by Nancy Buthman is thriving. The employees and volunteers always go above and beyond when it comes to our clients. Soon we will be doing taxes for 2019 every Friday through AARP. This is just one of the many services we offer at the Beacon. A Veteran’s program is available one Friday a month. Our Wellness Committee is always providing information to the community and programs to attend with outside speakers.
From Our Hearts which is now under the Beacon’s umbrella had a very successful and fun event appropriately named Pink Fest at Micelli’s Restaurant in Matlacha in October. The decorated bras were a hit!
The Beacon of Hope is here for you and our community. Come in and check us out. The Thrift Store is a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. Many thanks to Ray West, his employees and volunteers who make the Thrift Store a wonderful place to shop.
There are many ways to volunteer at the Beacon whether it’s for Client Services, mentoring a student, working at the Attic (thrift store), or delivering Beacon Bites to name a few. Come and be a part of our success.
And, one final word to our generous donors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So many individuals and organizations on the Island and Matlacha have contributed to our successful continuation. You make the difference.
Best wishes for a wonderful year.
President of the Board
Beacon of Hope.
President of the Board, Beacon of Hope.