The Bottom Line
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Randel joins Centennial Bank

Centennial Bank recently welcomed Jody Randel to its Upper Keys banking team as assistant branch manager in the Key Largo office.

Randel joins Centennial with 15 years of banking experience, most recently with the former TIB Bank. She also worked with Mariners Hospital for 15 years, and Oneblood for a year and a half. Randel graduated from Coral Shores High School and is the current secretary for Florida Keys Elks Lodge 1872. 

She moved from Ohio to the Keys in 1979, is married to Steve Randel and the proud mother of Kaitlyn Sebben.

Hinkle takes reins at The Studios

On July 1, for the first time in seven years, The Studios of Key West welcomed a new board president. Janet Hinkle took the reins from Rosi Ware, who led the organization with spectacular success for the past seven years. Ware will stay on the board, and its executive committee, as immediate past president, serving at Hinkle’s side and continuing to lend her prodigious energy and experience to the organization.

Hinkle has served as vice chair of The Studios for the past year, and represents a vanguard of new leadership at the 9-year-old organization. She also serves as a member of the city’s Historic Architecture Review Commission, and was previously active on the board at FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe).

Rotary Club of Key West installs Oropeza 

The Rotary Club of Key West (the noontime Rotary) installed Rachel Oropeza as its 100th president, succeeding Elizabeth MacLaughlin in the club’s top leadership position.

Attorney David Van Loon is president-elect for 2015-16 . Other club officers are Jill Cranney-Gage, treasurer; Albert Gonzalez, secretary; Michael Browning, sergeant-at-arms; and Alton Weekley, parliamentarian.

Rotary Club chairs include Debbie Mason, webmaster and public relations; Jim Fitton, fireworks; James Olive, membership; Ila Sutton, international service co-chair and irector; Tom Nitti, international service co-chair; Pat Preuss, club services chair; Linda Russin, programs and public relations; Barry Gibson, Rotary Foundation; Roland Flowers and Cassandra Toppino, photographers; Jessica Cranney, fundraising; Sandy Higgs and Elizabeth MacLaughlin, Paul Harris Awards; and Albert Gonzalez, concert chair.

The Rotary Club of Key West, established in 1916, supports charities, such as its Dental Program for Key West children and the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and provides the Key West Fourth of July fireworks celebration, plus college scholarships through fundraising events.

Sidoti marks 15 years at historical society

On July 10, the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Gerri Sidoti celebrated 15 years of service with the island’s oldest non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Florida Keys.

Sidoti has “played a fundamental role in helping craft the society’s identity, reinforcing its commitment to the mission and giving back to the local community,” says KWAHS Executive Director Michael Gieda.

“I am inspired by working to make my community a better place to live,” says Sidoti, who lives in Sugarloaf with her husband Ross and their assortment of cats and tropical fruit trees. “That’s always been a big motivator for me.”

Originally from Massachusetts with a degree in education, Sidoti moved to Key West in 1984 after traveling and visiting museums extensively across the globe. Her work as KWAHSdDirector of programs and membership has been instrumental in developing some of the organization’s most successful programs, including the Distinguished Speaker Series and the much anticipated 2016 Kinetic Parade and its surrounding community events.