“America! America! … from sea to shining sea”

Happy Birthday, America! This year on July 4th, the United States of America will be celebrating its 242nd year of independence. Through the ups and downs, good times and bad, our country has enjoyed the freedoms, liberties and prosperity that our forefathers envisioned. Let’s all take time out of our busy lives to reflect and appreciate all that we should be grateful for and the opportunities that make this the greatest nation in the world. Stand proud and respectful for our flag, anthem and those who have contributed in any and every way.
Speaking of those who have contributed, we want to update you on a very special group of veterans that are ignoring their injuries of war to make a special contribution to both society and the world of sports. Estero resident David Van Sleet, founder of the Wounded Warrior softball team in 2011, has converted the team to the Louisville Slugger Warriors National Amputee Baseball Team, stretching the demands and capabilities of these talented athletes to great heights. Learn with us as we share this history-making tale of these dedicated and courageous veterans who are proving that “life without a limb is limitless.” An inspiration to us all.
Another inspiration for us locally is the continued success of the Estero High School Culinary Arts program. Sponsored and supported by the Village of Estero and so many local residents, this program is paying big dividends to many of the student chefs participating. In this update, “What’s Cookin’?”, we give you an inside look at a few of those successes.
Out with the old, in with the new. Every year on the first of July the entire world leadership of Rotary International, from the Rotary International President to the District Governors of 538 districts and the more than 35,000 Rotary Club Presidents world-wide, will change. The only organization or business to do so in such a fashion! We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to update our Estero community on the latest impacts of the Rotary Club of Estero as we carry out the motto of “Service Above Self.”
Another Estero resident who has dedicated her life to service is Alice Skaff, founder of Haven of Hope International, serving orphans in Bolivia and around the world. This month, Alice models fashions from Bunulu at Coconut Point, offering some playful summer looks, so comfortable and appropriate for our Estero lifestyle.
Our dining feature also brings the focus back to Estero as we enjoyed the culinary skills of Chef Shaune Barnes at South Fork Grille, one of the most resilient local dining spots in our community. It is “local people serving local ingredients” and continues to evolve right before our very eyes. Bon appetit!
All of these stories plus our Village Life, Best Bets, the Village Connection and our Scene on Site event galleries.
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God Bless America!

As always, remember to…
Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!