Apopka, FL, USA
Service Above Self!
The Early Years
The Rotary Club of Apopka is a member of Rotary International. District 6980 is composed of clubs in the counties of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Sumter. Rotary started in the Orlando area with the chartering of the Orlando club on May 12, 1920. The club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tampa in what was then District 8. The Orlando club sponsored the Rotary Club of Apopka in May 1927.
Apopka brought home the RI loving cup (above right) one year from the Rotary International Convention. The loving cup was awarded based upon one of two situations: taking the number of miles traveled times the number of members in attendance or if the entire club attended. It was retired to Eustis after their third win.
The original bulletin or newsletter of the Rotary Club of Apopka was called The Rotopopkan. It was issued monthly. Volume 2--No. 5, on yellow paper, was dated January 18, 1934, was 5.5"x8.5" and was four pages of typing. It was like a newspaper about Rotary in general. Items covered included information on many other clubs, reasons for attendance, other club's fundraisers, Rotary International President's activities, previous club speakers' topics, the status of club projects, and some trivia.
Volume 3, No. 6, dated April 25, 1935 had expanded to 8 pages. The exterior page was pink and the interior page was blue on the copy retained at the Museum of the Apopkans. The booklet was saddle stapled. They announced their new officers, District 39's convention, organizing the "Goober League" ball and sponsoring a team, and a pre-school medical clinic for physicals by the Rotarian doctor and dentist. Ken Guernsey, past RI VP and Orlando member, was to speak the next week.
The bulletin was called The Apopka Chieftain by 1958. The club was in District 696 then and met in the Apopka Civic Center. It had become a weekly document at was printed offset on the outside as a cover, but the interior was mimeographed. Vol. 2, No. 10, was from November 6, 1958. Earl F. Nelson, a new member that day, as of 2015 has been a member and has made up all over the world.
The Apopka Rotary Spoke from March 20, 2003 was a legal-sized folded booklet. It was not very newsy like the previous versions, but more functional with officers, member's contact information, information on the past and next speakers, advertisements by Rotarians, and the President listed open classifications as his "Rotary Ramblings." A new addition in the program was a form for visiting Rotarians to document their attendance in Apopka.
Dr Howard A Kelly
|Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park
To The Memory Of
Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly of Baltimore Maryland.
One of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital
and Medical School. He was a great surgeon,
teacher, and medical authority and above all a
Dr. Kelly, in 1927, donated to Orange County
for public use this 200 acre tropical scenic
park from whose natural springs flow 26000
gallons of water per minute.
This memorial provided by
The Rotary Club of Apopka, Florida
John H. Land
John H Land joined the Rotary Club of Apopka in 1949, the same year that he was elected Mayor of Apopka. He remained in Rotary for 65 years and served as President. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and was interred with a Service Above Self Four-Way Test Paul Harris coin.
He has a Wikipedia Page, recognizing him as the longest serving full-time mayor at the time, 61 years. There are numerous webpages, and media reports online recognizing his service to the community and Rotary.
- Awards multiple scholarships annually for college-bound high school graduates (2014-$10,000 to 5 students)
- Sponsors the Apopka Memorial Middle School, Apopka High School, and Wekiva High Schools Interact Clubs
- Presents the Apopka Fair raising funds for all charitable endeavors.
- Supports Cub Scout Pack
- Sponsors students to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), focusing on citizenship and leadership qualities in high school students (2014-awarded 8 students and provided Rotarian leadership
- Participates in local improvement and beautification projects
- Provides Christmas presents and a party for John Bridges Center Students
- Community Marquee at town center
- Contributes to worldwide service projects as Paul Harris Fellows (2014-30 members)
- Supports the Rotary International Youth Exchange program--(2013-Russia)
- Supports the Rotary International Group Exchange program--(2015-Taiwan)
- Donates to Rotary International’s PolioPlus program that has nearly eradicated of polio worldwide
|1927||1927-28 Carl J Jackson||1928-29 William Edwards||1929-30 Jack Jewell|
|1930-31 Dr Tom McBride||1931-32 J.R. Glover||1932-33 C Womble||1933-34 Charles Sickles||1934-35 John Masek|
|1935-36 Harrison Laney||1936-37 Congressman Henry W Land||1937-38 Howard Anderson||1938-39 J. C. Charles||1939-40 Edward L Matthews|
|1940-41 Glenn Roberts||1941-42 John H Talton||1942-43 F E Cloud||1943-44 Rev David Sargent||1944-45 Harold Cadmus|
|1945-46 Wilfred E Rice||1946-47 James Mahaffey||1947-48 Lomax Gwathmey||1948-49 Robert Pitman||1949-50 Clifford Jones|
|1950-51 Mayor John H. Land||1951-52 Thomas W Swanner||1952-53 Johnie A McLeod||1953-54 Harry W Dreis||1954-55 William R Pressley|
|1955-56 Thomas O Mahaffey||1956-57 William Fairington||1957-58 Marlin E. Hooper||1958-59 Rev William Irvin||1959-60 Robert M Reid|
|1960-61 William G Coyle, Jr||1961-62 Earl F Nelson||1962-63 John W Cox||1963-1964 William J Howell||1964-65 Dr. Harry R Ansley|
|1965-66 Willis E Warren||1966-67 E Stewart Green||1967-68 Robert L Burgust||1968-69 Julian M Roberts||1969-70 Roger E Altman|
|1970-71 S Allen Poole||1971-72 W.E. Lockeby||1972-73 Frank E Edwards||1973-1974 William M Morris||1974-75 Vice-Mayor William Arrowsmith|
|1975-76 John D Gentry||1976-77 Tom Moffitt||1977-78 Lowell E Swanberg||1978-79 Donald W Dean||1979-80 Wayne I Anderson|
|1980-81 George C Kelley III||1981-82 Dr. Victor Gammichia||1982-83 William H Britt||1983-84 Horace Watson||1984-85 Buddy Brunker|
|1985-86 Charles Hughes||1986-87 John Ricketson||1987-88 John Fredricks||1988-89 Giles Van Dyne||1989-90 James H Wade Jr|
|1990-91 Wes Aman||1991-92 Fred Brummer||1992-93 Chris Hart||1993-94 W. Forehand/D. Rankin||1994-95 Buck Buchanan|
|1995-96 Rev. Henry Cribb||1996-97 Steve Preston||1997-98 David Black||1998-99 Scott Braswell||1999-00 Jack Schrenker|
|2000-01 Gregg Collier||2001-02 Bob Loomis||2002-03 Phillip Zabukovec||2003-04 Jeanne Miller||2004-05 Susy Freycenet|
|2005-06 John Masciantoni||2006-07 Jim Pinckney||2007-08 Paul Hunt||2008-09 Captain Bob Rosen, USN||2009-10 Doug Gondera|
|2010-2011 Cindy Cioci||2011-2012 Bill Spiegel||2012-2013 Dan Kelly||2013-2014 Chris DeClue||2014-2015 Mary Kruger|
|2015-16 Jon DeClue||2016-17 Deborah Perez||2017-18||2018-19||2019-20|
Meetings and Information
Please join us at our weekly meeting!
Thursday of each week at 12:00 noon
Florida Hospital Apopka Community Room
201 North Park Avenue, Apopka, FL 32756 USA
Contact us at
Rotary Club of Apopka
P.O. Box 7
Apopka, FL 32704-0007 USA
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