Meeting Minutes – September 5, 2019


The monthly meeting of the Organ Transplant Recipients of SWFL Inc. was called to order at 11:34 a.m. on September 5, 2019 in the meeting rooms at Lee Memorial Outpatient Sanctuary in Ft. Myers by President, Shamie Kelly.


• Anniversaries: Kathy St. Clair (Kidney) 9/11/13
• Visitors/New Members: None
• Member Updates: David Ortiz received his kidney (finally!) from the waitlist after his living donor had fell through. A card is going around for him. Manny (Eric) has been in the hospital off and on for the past couple of weeks with an illness, a card is going around for him as well.


Secretary’s report was approved and is available on the website for review. Treasurers report is unavailable as the Treasurer was on vacation last month so an updated report will be available at the next meeting. Fletcher Fund report is also unavailable as Donna Williamson is absent.

Old Business

Amazon Smile report shows that we have had 10 people designate our group as a recipient from their charity totaling $18.27 in contributions. Social media report shows we are up in followers and likes on both Instagram and Facebook and we also have a Twitter account now so please like, follow, and share our groups social media pages. Our current focus is to build our membership and then decide what events best serve our groups mission. Anniversary list and in memoriam will be updated and a list is going around and once it is completed the website will be updated to reflect. Consider taking part in Peace day activities next year using the play on words regarding “giving a piece” of yourself.

New Business

We have a new membership application which will be available on the website within the next 24 hours. The updated form includes a line to inquire as to how new members heard about our group. We had three new people join the group at our Night for Life event at Bonita Bills. We will discuss going forward what our annual fundraising and awareness event will be, where it will be held, and what it looks like at a future date. Paul Lewis has arranged our Comedy for a Cause for October 17th and more information will follow as we do not have a link for ticket sales at this time. The OTRofSWFL board met to discuss some of the things regarding our group. One of the items discussed was the decision to rent a storage unit to hold all of our group materials at the same location LifeLink stores their event supplies. Carlene Brennan made the motion to rent a storage at Hide-a-Way for a period of 1 year at the rate of $400 (approx. may be less after-tax exemption) that will contain all of the groups materials and event items. Steve Williamson seconded the motion, none opposed, motion carries.


Next meeting at the downtown Fort Myers library conference room on 10/26/19 at 12 pm
Upcoming Events
Walk like MADD – September 28th
Comedy for a Cause – October 17th


Winner receives $13, group receives $12

Night for Life XII

63 dinners were sold and technically we were going to get $1 per dinner but the donation was doubled so we got $126 donated for the dinners alone. In total we raised $854.00 from auctions, 50/50, and donations.


Meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m. by President, Shamie Kelly.

The next general meeting will be at 11:30 p.m. on October 3, 2019, at the Lee Outpatient Sanctuary 8960 Colonial Center Drive Fort Myers, FL 33905

Minutes submitted by Melissa Tuff, Secretary