Orange County East-Winter Park, FL, USA

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Service Above Self!

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The Early Years[edit]

The Rotary Club of Orange County East-Winter Park is a member of Rotary International. District 6980 is composed of clubs in the Central Florida, USA and Zone 34.

Orange County East - Winter Park, Rotary’s First Breakfast Club
It was August of 1968 a few young professional men, thirty-five in all, enjoyed forming a new concept in Rotary, a breakfast Rotary Club. First it was a meeting over coffee, doughnuts and orange juice at Norma’s Restaurant (soon to become the Holiday House) on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park. These men were dedicated to making the community a better place because of their service. They wanted to build a better Central Florida.

Over the years OCE did just that. They provided officers for a local Little League and sponsored teams for many years. A few years after being chartered, the club founded the Harbour School for exceptional children and continued to provide manpower and funding for their needs for many years afterward. In 1976, OCE began its’ only major fund raiser, The Tip-Off Classic high school basketball tournament. Over the years this tournament has raised over $1,000,000 (and counting!) for many charitable organizations in Central Florida.

Charter[edit]

The Rotary Club of Orange County East-Winter Park was chartered on the 17th of October 1968 after being recommended by ENDORSINGCLUBNAME of CITYANDSTATEOFENDORSINGCLUB.

Societal Contributions—Avenues of Service[edit]

Over $1,000,000 raised for the world. Our Club’s 46 year history is one of service to the community, our nation and the world. Our aim is to try to make the world a better and safer place because of our activities in such service. Through the fellowship of weekly meetings, and by striving to live and work by the motto “Service Above Self”, Rotarians make a real difference - locally, regionally, and internationally.


Community Service[edit]

  • TIPOFF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
This is one of the finest high school tournaments around. The tournament has a tradition of outstanding teams and athletes, including former tournament MVP Vince Carter, a Daytona Beach Mainland alumnus and the NBA’s Rookie of the Year for 1998-99. The eight-team tournament is held at Winter Park High School. Over the past 38 years, the Tip-Off Classic has raised over $1,000,000 for numerous charitable organizations, including: Winter Park YMCA; Central Florida Helpline; Buffalo Soldiers; Harbor School; Pace School; UCF Scholarship Fund; Seminole County Better Living for Seniors; Miller Center; Valencia Community College Scholarship Fund; Winter Park High School Foundation; Threshold, Inc.; and many other worthy organizations.

The admission fee for the Tip-Off Classic is two canned goods per attendee. The canned goods are later distributed during the holiday season by Rotarians and others to families in need throughout Central Florida. Last year the tournament collected over 8,200 cans of food!
  • METRO CUP REGATTA

Metro Cup is the oldest dual crew meet in Florida Growing from what was a cross-town rivalry between two colleges, University of Central Florida and Rollins College, and with the addition of the powerhouse high schools, Winter Park and Edgewater, Metro Cup has become a prestigious event respected in the local rowing community and beyond. The teams are divided into four groups with women's and men's competition on both the high school and college level.

The scoring for Metro Cup is unique. The judges have devised an optimum time for the course from the records up to the time of the first Metro Cup, 21 years ago. They take the winning time and divide it by the course record to get a percentage. Each race is assigned a point total - 1,000 points for varsity eight events, 800 points for varsity four events, and 600 points for junior varsity events. If a team beats the course record, they will receive all the points, plus more. If they are within 90 percent of the course record, they will get 90 percent of the point total.



The points winner for both the high school and college divisions receive the Metro Cup Trophy for their division. Special trophies are awarded to the winner of the High School Men’s Varsity Eight race and the Collegiate Women’s and Men’s Varsity Eight race. The high school is named for Scott Chapman, a former Winter Park rower who was killed in a water-skiing accident.



The college trophies are named for Robin A. Yeuell, who was captain of the 1982 Rollins women’s team and Kirk Logan, a Rollins rower who died of cancer. Each member of the winning crew in each event, including exhibitions, receive an individual medal.



The women and men of the Rotary Club of Change County East take great pride in this community service event as it promotes a healthy and often lifelong activity among the young women and men that participate.
  • Community Beneficiaries:
    • Better Living for Seniors
    • Central Florida Helpline
    • Migrant Workers
    • Salvation Army
    • Special Olympics
    • The CITE Program
    • The Buffalo Soldiers
    • The Miller Center
  • Serve Meals on Wheels to home-bound seniors
  • Collect food and clothing for the impoverished and homeless
  • Assist migrant farm workers with clothing and household items
  • Organize regular blood donor drives

International Service[edit]

Club Service[edit]

Four of our members have been chosen to serve as District Governor.

District Governor Term
Barth Engert 1977-78
Carlton E. Colley 1981-82
Jack T. Henderson 1987-88
John F. Bergner, Jr. 1991-92

Vocational Service[edit]

Youth Service[edit]

  • We have awarded __ students a $12,000.00, four year scholarship ($3,000.00 per/year) to pursue an undergraduate degree.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards sponsorees:
  • Sponsor an annual elementary school 4-Way Test essay contest
  • Serve as Mentors for at-risk high school students
    • Interact Club
  • Youth Beneficiaries:
    • Various High School Athletic Programs
    • Winter Park Little League
    • YMCA
    • Brookshire, Aloma and Lakemont Elementary Schools
    • Junior Achievement
    • The Boy Scouts of America

Presidents[edit]

Club Presidents 1968-1969 1969-1970
1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1973-1974 1974-1975
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 Thomas Griffin 2014-2015 Hal Larkin

Meetings and Information[edit]

Please join us at our weekly meeting!
Thursday of each week at 7:30 am
Aloma United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Directions: North West corner of Aloma Avenue and State Road 436
3045 Aloma Avenue at Semoran Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792 USA
Contact us at The Rotary Club of Orange County East-Winter Park
Mailing Address:
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District[edit]

District 6980

Club Virtual Presence[edit]

Club Website
Club Facebook
Link to Project URL

Categories And Links[edit]

1905 Timeline
Rotary Global History Fellowship