Please join us for the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting!
The hybrid meeting includes in-person and Zoom participation options. If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP by December 4.
Open bar and hors d’oeuvres service begins at 5:30pm and the meeting agenda begins promptly at 6pm.
Intro and Welcome
Brush of Excellence Announcement
Legacy Society Inductions
Nominating Committee Report
The SCCF Board Nominees to be voted on are:
Bob Brooks is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He and his wife, Nancy, and their two sons, Jon and Joe, lived in Margate City on the South Jersey Shore for 30 years. Bob graduated from Temple University where he earned his B.S. in Business Administration. He was the principal of Robert Brooks Associates, a manufacturers representatives agency in the sporting goods industry that primarily dealt with national chains and big-box stores. The agency is still active and is operated by his daughters-in-law, Danielle and Jessica. In addition to their two sons, they have two grandchildren. Bob and Nancy have vacationed on Sanibel since the 1980’s. In 2012, they both retired and moved to Sanibel year-round.
Bob served as the first director of development for Captains for Clean Water, where he was successful in establishing ongoing relationships with leading outdoor industry partners. He is currently on the board of Sanibel Fly Fishers and serves on the Coastal Watch Advisory Committee. Bob held a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license for many years. He is an avid fly fisherman who spends over 250 days a year on the water, whether on his boat or by walking along Sanibel and Captiva beaches and estuaries.
Bob’s focus on water quality, protection of wildlife and their habitat, and safeguarding Sanibel and Captiva as sanctuaries for our island lifestyle were paramount in his decision to join the SCCF board.
Laura DeBruce is a lawyer and entrepreneur who has owned a home on Sanibel since 2010 and been an island resident since 2015. After graduating from the University of Florida (B.S., Communications) and Boston University Law School, she traveled to then-Czechoslovakia to teach university courses in U.S. Constitutional Law. Laura was an associate at Baker & McKenzie in Prague and then Director of Legal Affairs for CME Media Enterprises, where she played a key role in launching several television stations throughout Eastern Europe. Subsequently she co-founded GrandView Castle Entertainment with her husband, Jeff Blackman, distributing motion pictures throughout Eastern Europe and Russia for clients that included DreamWorks, Paramount, and LucasFilm.
As a partner in DeBruce Blackman, PLLC, Laura provides legal and consulting advice. She has also produced several documentary films. In 2018, Laura and Jeff started Sanibel Carts, renting street-legal, electric golf carts to residents and visitors on Sanibel Island. They have a son, Luke Blackman, who currently lives in St. Pete. Laura is on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for Community Housing and Resources. She also serves on the Sanibel Planning Commission. Laura is active with Zonta and is a founding member of SCBWA.
Megan Doss is the owner and founder of Special Events! llc, an event planning and production firm located in Grand Haven, Michigan. She graduated from Western Kentucky University, where she received a master’s degree in science and a bachelor’s in psychology. Her professional career has spanned more than 20 years designing corporate and nonprofit events in Michigan and surrounding states.
As a public servant, she has served as pro-tem on Spring Lake Village Council, Spring Lake, Michigan. She also served on the Parks and Recreation Committee, Central Park, and the Whistle Stop Playground campaigns.
A fierce advocate for education, recreation, and the environment, Megan has served on many boards and committees in West Michigan, including the North Bank Communities Fund, Lakeshore Athena Committee, Spring Lake Rotary, and Grand River Greenway. She currently serves on the Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg Chamber Board, and the Sanibel School Fund at the Sanibel School.
As children, both Megan and her husband, Jamie, spent countless vacations on the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva. In 2003, they were married at their family cottage on Captiva. In 2016, Megan and Jamie decided to relocate to Sanibel Island, where they have been able to teach their children how to live in harmony with our oceans and wildlife, and how to respect our local ecosystems.