Rita is the most tenured AWL board member. Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Queens. Rita moved to Port Charlotte with her husband Ron in 1983 and began volunteering at the shelter in 1997 and has over 30 years in service. Rita has also been a volunteer at Fawcett Memorial Hospital H2U Facility for over 22 years. She became corresponding secretary of the AWL board of directors in 1998. Rita remains as corresponding secretary yet today. When Rita started her role as corresponding secretary she hand wrote all of the thank you’s by hand. Rita has been instrumental in raising and giving much-needed funds to the shelter. The Animal Welfare League staff feels that Rita is family and she feels the same.