Founded in 1948, the Boca Grande Woman’s Club (BGWC) has a long tradition of service and contributions to the Boca Grande Community. Through the Club’s Community Grant and Scholarship Programs, the organization impacts the lives of those living, working and visiting Boca Grande and the surrounding area. Our members give generously of their time, talents and funds to ensure the success of the organization’s goals and programs. With over 350 members, we are deeply intertwined in all phases of life in our community.
BGWC at Work in the Community
Camp attendees say thank you through Boca Grande Cleanup
(The following is an excerpt from a letter written by D. J. Keisling of Lee County Parks & Recreation and featured in the Boca Beacon.)
To the Editor:
Our 2019 Boca Grande Community Center Summer Camp kids wanted to say thank you to the island and especially to the Boca Grande Woman’s Club for their sincere generosity in creating a fun, educational and rewarding experience this summer. What better way to say thanks than our annual Boca Grande Cleanup.
Not to be deterred by the intense summer heat present on the island, the campers trekked down First Street and meandered around each of the five beach access points on Gilchrist Avenue. They finished by walking/collecting on the east side of Gilchrist Avenue.
The kids collected everything from cigarette butts (more than you can imagine) to beer bottles (and a few broken ones), cans, styrofoam cups, straws, card/board/paper products and a host of other items. As is common every summer, they brought in quite a haul.
Lessons learned through this project and on a continuing basis throughout the summer include: respect, responsibility, compassion, awareness, gratitude and empowerment.
Our campers realize that their experiences at camp would not be possible without the Woman’s Club and our island community’s generosity. They wanted to give back, even in a small way.
Thank you from the 2019 Boca Grande Summer Camp!
Lee County Parks & Recreation
Friends of Boca Grande Community Center
The Woman’s Club to the Rescue!
When the lights went dark in the Community Center Auditorium last spring—just prior to a major production—Royal Palm Players cast and crew scrambled to finish their season. Knowing the old system would have to be replaced, RPP approached the Boca Grande Woman’s Club for a support through the Club’s Community Grant Program.
This resulted in a generous lead gift of $35,000 to Royal Palm Players for a new lighting and sound system for the auditorium. RPP joined forces with the Friends organization to write a joint appeal letter – to the other twenty plus organizations utilizing the facility and our generous base of supporters. Within three months the remaining funds were raised to replace the out dated equipment with a new state-of-the-arts theatrical system at a cost of approximately $250,000. The installation which began in October is now completed.
On behalf of everyone at Royal Palm Players and the larger community of theater lovers, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the members of The Boca Grande Woman’s Club for confirming the desire for live theater by coming to our rescue!
We look forward to presenting RPP’s 30th Season of performances!
Thanks to you – the shows will go on!
New Safety Rescue Dock Built By Boca Grande Fire Department and Lee County in a joint project supported by the Woman’s Club
The Boca Grande Woman’s Club joined with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Boca Grande Fire Department to construct a safety rescue dock to serve the Charlotte Harbor area.
The $50,000 grant helped to fund a floating dock located on the bayou, on space provided by the Gasparilla Inn. The total cost of the project will be nearly $80,000.
The project will reduce response time for marine emergencies. The location will also facilitate the landing of a helicopter, if needed for patient care and transport.
“We have more than 1,200 square miles of land and sea to protect in the county, and a majority of that is going to be waterways.” said Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “Our marine units need to respond immediately to an emergency on the water. Having this dock in place will give us the ability to be ready to go at any second.”
Both Marceno and Boca Grande Fire Department Chief C.W. Blosser expressed the importance for law enforcement deputies and the fire department staff to work closely together. “It’s a shared effort,” said Blosser, “we work cohesively together to make sure our residents are safe.”
The new dock will have remote lifts and a patient offload area, and there will be another floating position that will house the Sheriff’s boat and the fire rescue jet ski.
We Get Fan Mail!
Dear Woman’s Club,
We are forever grateful for your giving hearts to our community. My children are seeing what it means to be a generous person. Thank you for giving back so that the island kids can experience a loving and fun-filled childhood. Please enjoy this book our son wrote as a small thank you for the great things you have done.