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Collecting seashells on the beaches of Sanibel, Captiva and the world

Good Weekend For Fun and Shellowship

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Congress Jewelers (Sealife By Congress), CROW, Rotary Club Of Fort Myers South | 9 comments

Rotary 6960 Captiva Conference w youth exchange students boating to look for seashells

I was honored and humbled to be a part of Rotary International’s District Conference 6960 over the weekend and to share the beauty and gifts of Southwest Florida with these awe inspiring folks.

Rotary international 6960 conference shelling excursion Capitva

Although the speakers, entertainment and work being done to help save the world (and I’m serious- they truly are helping folks around the world), it was time to get outdoors, take a boat ride to the secluded island of Cayo Costa and enjoy this amazing part of the planet.

Rotarians finding seashells on beach excursion during 6960 conferenence

And find some treasures!

Shells and Sand dollars found during Rotary International 6960 conference

I’m thrilled it was a beautiful day to hang out with them and thank them for their work. Most of y’all know that Congress Jewelers gives $25 gift certificates to all shellers on my iLoveShelling cruises but you probably didn’t know Scot Congress is a Rotarian too. He’s very generous to the shelling community but he’s also very generous when it comes to his Rotary Club so everybody on this Rotary cruise got a $25 gift certificate as well. Yippee!

Rotary 6960 enjoy collecting shells and fellowship at Captiva Florida conference
Everybody was excited about that and to find shells and fellowship… ahem… SHELLowship.

hands full of seashells at RI 6960

It was especially fun to hang out with some of the Rotary Youth Exchange students who, by the way, were having a blast. Really, do you think they were having fun? LOL

Rotary exchange students having fun on Cayo Costa Florida beach

The strength and possibilities that one group can do is so encouraging.

Strength in Rotary 6960

Okay so talking about encouraging… Dr Todd Golde – Director for Center for Translational Research Neurodegenerative Disease (in other words… he’s a guy trying to find a treatment for Alzheimers- pretty big deal I’d say) and the other phenomenal speakers at the conference were given thank you gifts from the District President Pete Doraugh… he chose to give them Pam Rambo Shellography! Wow, pretty humbling because again, its such an unbelievable honor.

Pam Rambo with Dr Todd Golde with shellograph

Okay, I know everything here isn’t exactly talking about shells or the beach but these things are very important to me and most of the time y’all enjoy the same things I do. So I want to share another Rotary service project they accomplished over the weekend. Ive talked many times about CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlifebecause we’ve rescued countless birds and other wildlife on the islands while out shelling that we’ve taken there (to read them- CLICK HERE) … so this is way cool. If you’ve ever heard about Ozzie The Bald Eagle here in SW Florida, you know that this BALD EAGLE was injured and taken to CROW for his recovery. Well, he is ready for is next phase of recovery so he needs to be in a bigger L shaped cage to strengthen his wings and practice flying hard lefts and rights. Rotarians to the rescue! They cleaned and re-sanded the cage to make sure everything is fresh and new for OZZIE the celebrity EAGLE we all fell in love with after watching he and his mate Harriet care for their EAGLETS on a webcam. We didn’t get to see OZZIE while we were there since this is a very delicate recovery but just to be able to help get his cage ready was really awesome.

Rotary 6960 help Sanibel's CROW clean flight cage for Bald Eagle Ozzie rehabilitation

So now you see that so many things on our islands blend together and our shelling community bonds us in so many more special ways than just walking the beach. Oh and I didn’t even mention that Melissa Congress (I’ve introduced you to before at Congress Jewelers) is the President of the Board Of Directors at CROW? Isn’t that crazy how our lives intertwine so much?

But the most important reason that this was a particularly amazing weekend for me was because my husband Clark (Super Sheller Clark) was responsible for putting this whole conference together as the District Conference Chairman. I don’t talk too much about this part of our lives (maybe one other time CLICK HERE) but Im very proud of him and the good man he is. Whoop whoop! Way to go honey!

pam and clark rambo at Rotary 6960


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Collecting Seashells With Sweet Swedish Anna

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Cone, Fighting Conch, Florida Cone, Gulf Side City Beach (Algier's), Rotary Club Of Fort Myers South | 23 comments

sweden anna collecting seashells

It was a seashell wonderland for 17 year old Swedish exchange student Anna on the beach of Sanibel’s Gulf Side City Park yesterday. She couldn’t believe there were so many beautiful shells scattered in every direction and that each one offered different patterns and colors to tell its own story.

swedish exchange anna seashell sanibel

Even if she picked up a shell then saw that there was a live mollusk inside, she would marvel at the beauty then put it safely down in the sand where she found it. Together, we both were in awe of the deep purple color inside this FIGHTING CONCH…

live conch purple inside

Then she ran over to me to share the gorgeous detailed architecture of this FIGHTING CONCH. It looks like you are looking down at a spiral staircase with a string of pearls lining the top!

Florida fighting conch sanibel

Don’t you just love to see someone for the first time so excited to see the beauty in shells like we do? LOL So I asked her what her favorite empty shells were that she had collected since her shell bag was busting at the seams. She knew immediately so she dumped them right out and sifted through them looking for these shells

anna shells sanibel

Clark is involved with Rotary Youth Exchange through his Rotary club along with club member Cyndi Doragh… so that’s how I met Anna from Sweden!

swedish exchange student anna florida beach

As soon as I heard she was from Sweden, I showed her the Swedish TV segment  so she couldn’t wait to find shells on Sanibel too!

find lots of sea shells

I don’t talk a lot about the other half of the life that Clark and I live other than our shelling life (albeit, a huge chunk of our life!) but I want to share a bit of our our Rotary life with you. When I say “our” Rotary, I really mean Clark because he is President of Rotary Club of Fort Myers South this 2012/2013 year. I am very proud of him because it is an amazing service club and they do such good work for our community and for world peace (really, I know that sounds crazy “world peace” but it is very true!).

sweden anna clark shelling

Here is Sweet Swedish Anna with Clark (ahem… Rotarian President Rambo -heehee), and sponsors Cyndi and Pete Doragh…

rotary florida sweden exchange student

We all had a fabulous day! Cyndi found a FLORIDA CONE and a KINGS CROWN!

rotary cyndi doragh seashells

Thank you Anna for coming to Sanibel to shell with Clark and me!

clark anna pam sanibel shelling

So now you know why Clark hasn’t been living up to his name “Super Sheller Clark” lately… because he’s been very busy trying to volunteering his time to Rotary. He’s such a good man!

conch shells sanibel florida  tide

Remember our trip to Thailand? Since I really never explained this, we went there to join 35,000 other Rotarians from all around the world to gather in Bangkok for the 2012 Rotary International Convention to find ways to better our world and find ways to support people in need. It was the most inspirational conference we’ve ever experienced. This next video really isn’t a shelling video although it does have some shells we found (of course!) in Thailand, it’s really about how small our world is and how we all came together in Thailand for peace. We, as shellers, know all about this stuff!  I made this video for Clark to show to his club but I thought you might enjoy it too.

If you want to help Clark and his Rotary Club with funding to provide this awesome exchange student program and so many more programs like Shelterbox to help and support others in need   Clark and I would be grateful for anything.

PS- I hear there are people finding WENTLETRAPS at lighthouse beach!

rotary peace through service

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