Lakeland North, FL, USA

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Service Above Self!

The Early Years[edit]

The Rotary Club of Lakeland North (Florida) was organized in 1973 through the efforts of many of the members of the Rotary club of Lakeland. Gene Dampier, Jack Varassee and Mack Townley felt the need of a breakfast club in Lakeland, since both Lakeland Rotary and Lakeland South Rotary held noon meetings. Discussions soon followed with Mark Hollis, who at the time was chairman of the Lakeland Rotary's Expansion Committee. Along with special representatives Les Ginkel of Winter Park and Win Pendleton of Windermere, it was decided that an application would be submitted to Rotary International to charter Lakeland North Rotary.

A charter was approved effective September 5, 1973, and Lakeland North Rotary became the third Rotary club in Lakeland with 33 charter members. Opening ceremonies for the new club included the presentation of the charter to Club President William Gene Dampier. The charter presentation was done by the President of Rotary International, William C. Carter and District 695 Governor K.R. Popham of Winter Haven. Also on hand was Lakeland Mayor George Trask, who later became a member of Lakeland North Rotary.

Meetings were originally held at the Pancake House, 300 East Memorial Boulevard. In early 1974, charter member Mack Townley asked George Jenkins if the club meeting could be held at Lone Palm Golf Club. Mr. Jenkins gave his approval, and since that time the club has met at Lone Palm on Wednesdays at 7:00 A.M.

Some of the charter members:

Joe B. Blanton, Insurance Agent - John Bohanon, Peoples Bank - Lenton Brunson, Publix Supermarkets - Bob Cahall, GTE - Gene Dampier, Publix Supermarkets - Larry Davis, Polk Pump & Irrigation - Bill Fraker, YMCA Director - Doug Hall, Food Brokerage - Mark D. Hollis, Chemist Publix Supermarkets - Hank Jennings, OBGYN - Jack Packett, Publix Supermarkets - Jim Rossow, GM, Jim Adams Ford - J. Ron Smith, Attorney - Steve Stevens, Mining Supply Co. - Mack Townley, Nova Food Brokerage - Jack Varassee, Brach Candies - Jeff Fee, Education.

Thanks to Dick Townley, first governor of District 6890, for providing the above history.

Societal Contributions[edit]

Community Service[edit]

  • Awards multiple scholarships annually for college-bound high school graduates
  • Sponsors the Interact Clubs
  • Sponsors students to Seminars for Tomorrow's Leaders (S4TL / RYLA), focusing on citizenship and leadership qualities in high school students (2014-awarded 2 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
  • In 2013-14, became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club

Club Service[edit]


President 2014-2015
1973 Organized 1973-1974
1975-1976 1976-1977 1977-1978 1978-1979 1979-1980
1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983 1983-1984 1984-1985
1985-1986 1986-1987 1987-1988 1988-1989 1989-1990
1990-1991 1991-1992 1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995
1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998 1998-1999 1999-2000
2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005
2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 Al Dotson 2014-2015 John Burcham

Meetings and Information[edit]

Please join us at our weekly meeting! Wednesday of each week at 7:00 am

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM Fresco's 308 E. Lemon St., Lakeland, FL, 33801 USA

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Contact us at Rotary Club of Lakeland North
PO Box 362
Lakeland, FL 33801 USA

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Area meeting schedule in 1977

Making up a meeting in the past meant long drives. This meeting list was from the 1977-1978 Mount Dora Club Membership Roster. Notice that Lakeland North was a makeup location for Mount Dora at the time.


District 6890

Club Virtual Presence[edit]

Club Website

Public Image Chair: Al Dotson Content Started By: Neal Steiger

Categories And Links[edit]

1905 Timeline
Rotary Global History Fellowship