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The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club recently presented Donald Dan with a check for $1,000 for Conchologists of America to use for scholarships to students studying molluscan related fields. Conchologists of America is an organization for molluscan enthusiasts around the United States and internationally. Mr. Dan is the endowments director and lives in Fort Myers. His sale of shells during the annual shell show accounts for a substantial percent of the funds available for donation.
Conchologists of America will now establish the “Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club Award” to be applied for study of mollusks in southwest Florida to an eligible grant request in the course of its annual grant selection process.
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club awards grants from the proceeds of their annual Shell Show. The dates for the 83rd Shell Show are March 5-7, 2020. The entry fees from the Show, shell sales, sponsorships, and t-shirt sales generated over $30,000 in 2019.
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club was formed to exchange information in the fields of conchology and malacology, to foster public education, and to encourage and support studies and research activities in those fields as well as the fields of conservation and water quality, primarily in Southwest Florida.
The Club meets on the second Sunday of the month October-April at the Sanibel Community House at 2 p.m. The next meeting is on Jan. 12, 2020 (no December meeting). Meetings include a speaker, silent auctions for shells, show and tell, door prizes, and refreshments. All meetings are free and open to the public. New members are welcome!