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NFM Civic Association: Christmas in August at the Civic Association

By Staff | Aug 15, 2018

If you follow my column, you’ve probably figured out it is every other week. Well, during the 4th of July I got off schedule. Deadlines changed and -well, I got off schedule. Yes, that was a while ago, and I’ve been playing hopscotch trying to get back on track.

The goal is a column following the North Fort Myers Civic Association monthly meeting (second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.) and a second column one week before the next meeting, with a heads up on what will be happening.

But it has been more than two weeks since a column, so this one will be short, just to mention a few things and my next column, published Aug. 22, puts me back on schedule.


All this is probably more than you needed to now, so please accept any needed apologies.

You’ve heard of Christmas in August, well that’s sort of what we have here. The air conditioning giveaway, an undertaking of the North Fort Myers Coalition of the Civic Association, Chamber, and Rotary, went extremely well.

Three very deserving North Fort Myers recipients, selected from over 19 applicants, were ecstatic when picked. No, we can’t do everything for everyone, but we can make a difference in some lives.

The North Fort Myers Community Coalition along with Ellsworth Heating and Cooling were glad they could make a difference in and for the community. Santa Claus (aka Danny Ballard) red suit, fluffy white beard, and jolly as ever, was also on hand to give them the great news

Keeping with the Christmas in August theme, a heads up for December. The Civic Association has had an annual Christmas Tree Lighting in December at the Recreation Center for years.

Well, if you recall prior news coverage of the event or have been to a past lighting, you’ll recall the tree was less than grand, not exactly a an evergreen for the ages.

Well, last month Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass offered Lee County support to move the old tree and get a new tree, one more befitting a community event, our community event. Now, to add to that, NBC-2 Chief Meteorologist Allyson Rae (also a North Fort Myers Resident) has agreed to be our Master of Ceremonies for the Community Christmas event. It will be held on Dec. 15.

And by the way, with the involvement of the Chamber, Rotary, and County, it will be an all-day event, culminating (sometimes big words creep into my column, don’t know how that happens) in the Tree Lighting. And as far away as it seems, we all know Christmas will be here before we know it.

Behind the scenes (you know, the little man behind the curtain) your Civic Association Board is reviewing the Association’s logo design. To change or not to change? If so, to what? Well, come to our meeting and you’ll find out! Maybe decided by the August meeting so this is a little late telling you. But if not, then September.

And even if it has already been chosen by the time this column goes to press, for those of you who didn’t attend the meeting, go to our webpage, www.nfmcivic.com, and see what we did. Hope you’ll like it. No, not earth shattering, but still.

Finally, membership packets and cards will be on our agenda, both this month and ongoing. Benefits for members? Cost of membership? And? As always, meetings are the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers.

See you there Sept.11.