Lakeland, FL, USA

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Service Above Self!

The Early Years[edit]

The Lakeland Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International. District 6890 is composed of clubs in the counties of .... It is located in Polk County, FL, USA.

Paul Harris planted a Rotary Friendship Tree in Lakeland, Florida with Past District Governor Ed R. Bentley, Mayor E. E. Kelly, and Rotary Club of Lakeland president Echo Wigham. On Feb 23, 1942 the tree was planted and dedicated.

Paul Harris, PDG Bentley, Mayor Kelly, and PP Rawhigham plant a Friendship Tree in 1942.
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This and other friendship trees can be discovered at Rotary Friendship Trees on RGHF.

The 2010s[edit]

On 4 February 2013 in Lakeland, Florida, Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka visits Lakeland to replant the Peace Tree (interchangeable called Friendship Tree originally presented by Rotary International Founder Paul Harris in 1942. The new tree is a Magnolia grandiflora.

RIP Tanaka replants a Peace Tree in 2013 for Rotary Club of Lakeland.

Societal Contributions[edit]

Community Service[edit]

  • Awards multiple scholarships annually for college-bound high school graduates
  • Sponsors the Interact Clubs
  • Supports Cub Scout Pack
  • Sponsors students to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), focusing on citizenship and leadership qualities in high school students (2014-awarded X students and provided Rotarian leadership)

International Service[edit]

  • Contributes to worldwide service projects as Paul Harris Fellows (2014-30 members)
  • Supports the Rotary International Youth Exchange program--(2013-)
  • Supports the Rotary International Group Exchange program--(2015-)
  • Donates to Rotary International’s PolioPlus program that has nearly eradicated of polio worldwide

Club Service[edit]

Presidents[edit]

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President 2014-2015
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Meetings and Information[edit]

Please join us at our weekly meeting!
Tuesday of each week at 12:00 noon

First United Methodist Church-Fellowship Center
72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801 USA
Contact us at
The Lakeland Rotary Club
P.O. Box 2171
Lakeland, Florida 33806

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District[edit]

District 6890

Club Virtual Presence[edit]

Club Website

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Categories And Links[edit]

1905 Timeline
Rotary Global History Fellowship