Shell Point Employee Celebrates 35 Years of Dedicated Service

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 30, 2008) — Harry Perrino sets a record as the longest running employee on staff at Shell Point Retirement Community with 35 years of service. Perrino has seen many changes occur at Shell Point, and remembers when Tellidora was the only building occupied on the Island at Shell Point, while the Macoma was just turning out and the Nautlius was only a set of trusses. Perrino helped build the church and the Pavilion skilled nursing center. In addition to major construction projects, Perrino has worked on the sea walls, sidewalks, tile, carpentry work and more.

“Harry has been a dedicated Shell Point employee,” said Peter Dys, president of Shell Point. “He has seen so many things change in the community during the past 35 years. Harry sets an exemplary example to other employees of dedication and commitment, and wherever he is working on property, you always see him smiling. He knows all the residents in his area by name.”

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Shell Point Retirement Community Marks 40th Anniversary

FORT MYERS, FL (July 28, 2008) – It was 40 years ago that the first residents moved into Shell Point Retirement Community. Reverend Ralph and Emilie Torgerson, a retired missionary couple, were taking a chance that the community’s founders would be able to live up to their proposed vision and promises of a crown-jewel retirement community that celebrated the positive, vibrant possibilities of retiree life.

That was 1968. Today, residents no longer have to make that leap of faith, as Shell Point Retirement Community has become the unparalleled community that its original planners envisioned it would be, and so much more.

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Shell Point Employee Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

Fort Myers, Fl (July 17, 2008) – Jessica Clark, a communications specialist with Shell Point Retirement Community, recently became an Accredited member of the public relations profession by successfully completing a comprehensive oral and written exam process governed by the Universal Accreditation Board.

Clark joins a prestigious group of more than 4,000 active Accredited public relations professionals, who indicate the designation by the use of APR (Accredited in Public Relations), following their names.

The Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations measures a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities in the practice of public relations, including communication theory, management science, and ethics. The rigorous examination process requires eligible candidates to have several years of comprehensive public relations experience prior to pursuing Accreditation.

Clark joined the award winning communications team at Shell Point Retirement Community in 2007 where she assists with event planning, coordinates media relations, contributes to the monthly magazine, “Shell Point Life,” and serves as a reporter/anchor for the daily closed circuit television show, “Shell Point Today”. Prior to joining Shell Point, Clark worked for a Naples engineering firm where she managed media relations, internal communications and proposals. She also worked for the United Way of Lee County where she was responsible for media relations, event planning and overall internal and external communications.

A 2001 graduate of Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Speech Communication and a major in Public Relations, Clark worked for an NBC affiliate in Albany, Georgia, prior to moving to Southwest Florida to pursue a career in public relations.

Clark serves on the Executive Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs and was recently elected as secretary for the 2008/2009 Southwest Florida FPRA (Florida Public Relations Association) Board of Directors.

About the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB)
The Universal Accreditation Board was formed in 1998 to oversee the public relations Accreditation process. Administered by the Public Relations Society of America, the UAB is comprised of nine professional public relations organizations, including the Florida Public Relations Association. Today, there are more than 4,300 active Accredited public relations practitioners. For additional information, please visit

About the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA)
Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 15 professional and 13 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.

For additional information on FPRA, please visit the state organization’s Web site at or, for information on the Southwest Florida Chapter, please visit