6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lions Dinner Meeting. Invited guests & out-of-town-Lions welcome.
Social time / Cocktails 6-6:45; Dinner at 6:45, followed by short meeting.
Our guest speaker will be Ryan Orgera, Ph.D. the CEO of SCCF.
Ryan grew up on Lemon Bay in Charlotte County where he fell in love with Southwest Florida’s nature. Ryan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Sciences from Louisiana State University. Before becoming a conservationist, Ryan taught French and Italian at the university level for eight years.
Before starting with SCCF, Ryan worked on the Ending Illegal Fishing Project and Global Shark Conservation teams with The Pew Charitable Trusts. He traveled extensively to institute meaningful conservation measures in African and Latin American nations, as well as within various United Nations conventions, most notably the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora. During his time with Pew, Ryan helped ensure global protections for thirteen species of sharks and rays.
As a Knauss Marine Policy fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Ryan served as the senator’s ocean, coastal, and flood insurance policy expert. Ryan is currently a member of the Federal Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Secretaries of Commerce and Interior.
Ryan has an affinity for the origins of food, and he especially loves cooking dishes from his family’s native Italy. He is an avid animal lover, and lives on Sanibel with his fiancée.
Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way