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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

Learn about why Proton Therapy can provide an important alternative to traditional radiation treatment. This form of treatment which was only available in other parts of the USA now means that residents will have this form of treatment on their doorstep.

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Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928 United States
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Village of Estero Meetings

01 May
9:30 am
14 May
15 May
9:30 am
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Safety Council

Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.

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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.

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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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Updates on Issues of Impact

Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.

Don EslickDon Eslick passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at the age of 88. Don is survived by his wife, Suzie Eslick. The Board of Directors and Management of Engage Estero (formerly ECCL) is very saddened by his passing and expresses our sincere condolences to Suzie.

Don was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Clarence and Grace Eslick. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics at Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He completed all but his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Illinois, Urbana campus.

After serving three years as a Navigator/Electronics Countermeasures officer on a B-47 crew in the U.S. Air Force. Don mixed his advanced education with short stints with North American Aviation and Zenith Radio. After completing his education, he taught economics, statistics, finance, and marketing at Marquette and Loyola of Chicago Universities.

Over the next decade, he served as Assistant Illinois Superintendent of Schools, Assistant State Comptroller, and Director of Legislative Research for the Illinois House of Representatives. In the final phase of his professional career, he advised municipal and state governments about urban economic development finance programs while employed by Investment banker Kane McKenna and Associates and as a representative of his firm, Public Finance Associates.

He was a lifelong golfer who started as a young caddie in Marshalltown, Iowa, and could play well into his 80s. After retiring to Florida in 1999, Don actively participated in Estero’s civic and governmental relations activities.

Don was a founding member of the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL), where he was President and Chairman between 2003 – 2012, and Chairman Emeritus after that. During his many years of organizing grassroots support for Estero and its causes, Don always had the community’s interests at the forefront of his thoughts. His vision, enthusiasm, and persistence, often in the face of adversity, always focused on serving Estero’s current and future citizens.

Don possessed the talent of seeing not only what Estero needed during a development stage shortly after 2000 but on the need to assure its future success. Don was concerned about the changing landscape and wanted to ensure that Estero’s expansion was planned with its residents’ needs and requirements in mind.

The motto for the Village of Estero is “A Village with a Vision,” Don Eslick helped citizens create that vision and became known as “Mr. Estero.” Don’s leadership to incorporate Estero in 2014 was vital in preventing the increasing effort by Bonita Springs to annex various sections of Estero. Other advantages to incorporation included home rule, preserving and enhancing building standards, using revenue locally, community-centered government, controlled future growth, and protecting Estero’s quality of life.

Past Lee County Commissioner, the late Frank Mann, said, “If the ECCL had not been there, we might have seen a large part of Lee County looking like wall-to-wall concrete, which I fear and oppose, as do you guys. Had the ECCL not been there, I just don’t know what would have happened!”

During Don’s leadership of the ECCL, he served Lee County as Chairman of its Charter Review Committee and a Smart Growth and Density Reduction/Ground-water Resource Advisory committee member. In 2006, the Lee County Board of Commissioners chose Don as Lee County Citizen of the Year.

It is not an exaggeration to state that without Don’s tenacity, persistence, and commitment, Estero as we know it would simply not exist! Don’s achievements have had a profound direct and indirect impact on Estero and will continue for decades. Yes, he was a “visionary,” but his talent was to involve all of us and the citizens of Estero to create our vision collectively. His leadership and persuasive ability made things happen.

He touched the lives of many who are forever grateful to have known him and he never failed to express his gratitude to us. His leadership has influenced the development of Estero’s leaders today and will continue in the future.

We can never say “Thank You” enough to Don, forever, “Mr. Estero.” We will all miss him.

Funeral Arrangements:

The memorial service will be held at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Road in Bonita Springs, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. A private reception will be held at a later date.

In place of Flowers, please donate to the Lee Health Foundation on behalf of Don Eslick

Lee Health Foundation
Lee Health Coconut Point Capital Fund (Don Eslick Fund)
9800 South Healthpark Drive, Suite 405
Fort Myers, Florida 33908