Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshal

Nikki Yeager Leads LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade As Grand Marshal

LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle's Nikki Yeager has been named as the 2012 Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshal and will carry out her duties on Saturday February 25th leading LaBelle's annual parade.

A registered nurse and active real estate broker, Nikki Yeager has an extensive background in business, including teaching gymnastics. She was even installed in the Texas Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1991. 

In Florida, she turned her talents toward real estate and has been devoting many hours to civic activities. This Texas transplant wasn’t shy about jumping into LaBelle activities. She just rolled up her sleeves and got to know other folks who make good things happen. 

Nikki credits her mother with raising her to understand that she “can do anything she wants to.” For Nikki, that means putting out the effort to be of help and to encourage others to do what they can for the community.

This special lady attributes her participation in so many activities to her high energy level. “It’s what keeps me going the way I am,” she explained. She continues by saying that money has never been a prime motivator for her. “I just see what needs to be done, and I do it.”

Nikki is a natural born organizer. Case in point – setting up delivery routes for the American Legion’s Community Christmas dinner that served over 600 meals on Christmas Day.

Her favorite activities, though, are the ones where she can get her hands in the dirt. As a member and past president of the LaBelle Garden Club, Nikki has helped beautify the City of LaBelle, Aqua Isles and Bob
Mason Park. 

She even arranged with Ace Hardware to donate aging and excess plants for her to distribute to those who would like to have them.

She became certified as an Emergency First Response Team member, expanding on her knowledge and experience as a Registered Nurse.

Nikki’s love of children and animals inspired her participation in many activities for children and her support for the Caloosa Humane Society for homeless and abused animals.

This newly-chosen Grand Marshal is no stranger to the Swamp Cabbage Festival, having worked at many festivals, providing service to previous dignitaries.

Nikki has been a Kiwanian, serving as a director and as president. Her big heart has led her to be a major participant in planning the annual Relay For Life, raising funds for cancer research.

She has a long association with LaBelle Woman’s Club and has been active with the LaBelle Heritage Museum, serving as a volunteer hostess; and has been a major contributor to the Old Timer Dinners.

Nikki volunteers with the Firehouse Community Theatre and the Gourmet Dining Club where she assists in scheduling the rotating gatherings.

City and county affairs have not escaped her notice and she keeps abreast of what’s happening through the many meetings she attends.

She has even taken up the mantel for her significant other, Paul Roser, in many Rotary Club events, spaghetti dinners for schools, Nature Park cleanups, etc., as his health is failing. She is also his primary caregiver.

The time is short, though, for Nikki to share her considerable talents with LaBelle. She and Paul are packing up to tour in a motor coach. They plan to visit relatives and friends they haven’t seen for quite a while. Still, they’re not completely breaking their ties, keeping in touch via computer and expect to visit LaBelle now as snowbirds and stay active in real estate.

It may be time for a change for Nikki and Paul, but this 2012 SCF Grand Marshal has surely left her mark on LaBelle and its residents’ hearts.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:29 PM

    Are we having a singing group come this year, if so, who?