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

 

May
15

Seashells And The Gulf Of Mexico

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Island Inn Sanibel's beach of sea shellsIsland Inn Sanibel's beach of sea shells

After meeting with some friends at Island Inn Sanibel, I stepped out on their beach to watch sunset… spectacsheller.

Seashells, waves and golden sky

Even the RUDDY TURNSTONES were enjoying the seashells and the warm gentle waves of the Gulf Of Mexico.

Sanibel bird Ruddy Turnstone among seashells

It still takes my breath away to look at this view.

best beach in the world

Espeshelly when I find a hidden treasure.

Lettered olive seashell on Sanibel shell pile

Ahhhh…. can’t you just picture yourself doing that Sanibel Stoop?

Sanibel stoop at sunset

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May
12

The Shell Glass Is Half Full

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small mini shells with cone, button and wentletrap shells

Clark and I found loads of shells at Gulfside City Park yesterday and collected a few really sweet ones. Most of the sea shells we saw were the common clams and other bivalves but it’s funny to me how everybody sees something different when they look at a pile of shells like this. It’s the Is-The-Glass-Half-Full scenario. What do you see… Lots of shells? Or a picked over pile that has “nothing” in it?

Tide line of shells on Sanibel Island

I see a beautiful beach that has miles of shoreline to explore, don’t you?

Long stretch of seashells on Sanibel

Rachelle and Justin are always happy when they are on the beach and they found some nice shells in the water using their shell backhoes. They both found CONES- an awesome ALPHIE and a beauty of a FLORIDA.

Rachel Justin with alphabet cones

Holly and Cathy from Indiana  were searching in those shell piles and up high on the beach.

Cathy Holly from Indiana visit sanibel for shells

Cathy found her very first WENTLTRAP among some other sweet minis. I think my favorite ones she found were the teeniest tiniest little TURKEY WINGS. They are hard to see in this photo but they are perfectly darling.

miniature seashells in a buttercup shell

I’m also usually tickled to run across a funny beach sculpture like this dog and bone… But! Remember folks, it’s SEA TURTLE nesting season. Please don’t build tall sand sculptures or dig trenches to cause mother SEA TURTLES to have false crawls or for the babies to get trapped. It’s so stinkin adorable but I’m sure SCCF turtle trackers will decide if it needs to be smoothed out.

dog and bone sand sculpture art