9290 Navarre Pkwy
Navarre, FL 32566
Welcome to Rotary Club of Navarre lunch meeting with a guest speaker Bill Anderson, Director of Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.
Guests and prospective members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to TJ Goulet, Rotary Club President by phone at (850) 396-2552 or email at Navarrerotary@gmail.com.
We will have a buffet lunch available at Noon for a cost of $13. Meeting starts at around 12:20 PM.
We meet at Beach Community Bank at 9290 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
About Bill Anderson: Colonel Andersen retired in 2013 as Commander, Air Force Special Operations Training Center, where he led a force of 1050 military, civilian, and contract personnel, executing an annual budget of $84 million, responsible for the indoctrination, training, and education of over 9,800 Airmen annually flying 11 different aircraft from 4 operating locations across the United States. He currently serves as President and Chairman of the Board of ECWR.
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge rescues, rehabilitates, and releases sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in the five Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Counties, and has done so since it’s inception in 1994. ECWR is also the federally recognized marine mammal stranding organization for that area, responding to calls on distressed dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles, and getting them to appropriate rehabilitation Centers. ECWR is the only wildlife refuge in the U.S. with that scope of effort—from Bald Eagles to Sea Turtles—resulting in rehabilitation efforts on average of nearly 2,000 animals treated per year. In addition, the Refuge has an extensive educational program with area schools and numerous colleges and universities across the U.S. for its inter and extern programs, educating young people about human/wildlife interaction issues, and preparing the next generation of veterinarians, biologists, and animal medical professionals. Currently located on Okaloosa Island in the old fire station, the Refuge is currently accepting bids for construction of its new headquarters in Navarre, Florida, though it will remain committed to servicing wildlife populations, schools and communities throughout its five county area of operations.