Orlando, FL, USA
Service Above Self!
- 1 The Early Years
- 2 1930s
- 3 The 2010s
- 4 Societal Contributions
- 5 Presidents
- 6 Meetings and Information
- 7 District
- 8 Club Virtual Presence
- 9 Categories And Links
The Early Years
Rotary started in the Orlando area with the chartering of the Rotary Club of Orlando 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 Sanford in April 1921; Eustis (now known as Lake County Golden Triangle in January 1922; Apopka in May 1927; and Winter Park in April 1947.
A small group of business and professional men led by John A. Turner of Tampa, representing District Governor Truman McGill of Selma, Alabama traveled the narrow winding red brick road to Orlando for the charter night banquet of the Rotary Club of Orlando. Delegations from St. Augustine, Ocala, Palatka, Lakeland, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville attended the installation day event at the Board of Trade building, the former Rosalind Club. In honor of the birth of this new club, all inductees came dressed as babies.
The Rotary Club of Orlando Lives the Service Above Self Motto
In its first year, the Rotary Club of Orlando made a significant contribution not only of money but of individual time to support its community. Some of these accomplishments in 1920 included:
- Petitioned the State Legislature to increase the appropriation for the University of Florida
- Initiated action to resolve the water and light utility problem that resulted in municipal ownership of the Orlando Utilities in 1922.
- "Big Brother” idea adopted by Orlando Rotary
- Proposed permanent City Planning Commission
- Orange General Hospital
- Orlando Country Club
- Petitioned State Legislature to secure better salaries for public school teachers
- Red Cross Christmas Seal Drive
- Orlando Public Playground Activities
Paul Harris Plants Friendship Tree
March 3, 1937
The Paul Harris’ were frequent visitors to Florida and there is a black and white photograph of Paul Harris and a little boy planting a tree. Two men stand nearby watching. The original picture in the Orlando Club files is captioned: "Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary International, frequently spent the winter months at Clermont, Florida and visited the Orlando club several times. Here, on March 3, 1937, he is shown planting an oak tree at Lake Eola off Osceola. Assisting him is John T. Branham, Sr. President of Orlando 1936-37, and a little namesake “Paul Harris" of Apopka."
Gary C.K. Huang Dedicates Friendship Tree
Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang dedicated a Friendship tree to replace the tree planted by Rotary Founder Paul Harris at Lake Eola, Orlando, FL, USA. The tree dedication held March 13, 2015 was arranged by the Rotary Club of Orlando.
- 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 students and provided Rotarian leadership
- 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
Rotary International District 6980 served as the Host of the 83rd RI Convention June 14-17, 1992. There were 19,111 Rotarians in attendance under Rajendra K. Saboo, of Chandigarh, India.
|1920-1921 J.P. Holbrook||1921-1922 S.Kendrick Guernsey||1922-1923 Dewitt Miller||1923-1924 Wilber Tilden||1924-1925 Henry Leu|
|1925-1926 William Branch||1926-1927 Newton Yowell||1927-1928 Guy Ramsey||1928-1929 George Nash||1929-1930 Victor Powe|
|1930-1931 Nixon Butt||1931-1932 Samuel Way||1932-1933 Coite Hill||1933-1934 W.R. Woods||1934-1935 Holman Cloud|
|1935-1936 J.C. Robinson||1936-1937 Jack Branham||1937-1938 Ben Carpenter||1938-1939 William Glenn||1939-1940 Linton Allen|
|1940-1941 Harry Voorhis||1941-1942 J.A. Mooneyham||1942-1943 Horace Jacobs, Jr.||1943-1944 Whitney Spiegel||1944-1945 Milton Fergowe|
|1945-1946 James Pittman||1946-1947 Paul Stine||1947-1948 Gus Lawton||1948-1949 William Dial||1949-1950 William Lawrence|
|1950-1951 Alex Robinson||1951-1952 James Keith, Sr.||1952-1953 Robert Robertson||1953-1954 Dr. Frank Pyle||1954-1955 J. Stanley Bumby|
|1955-1956 W.A. McCree, Jr.||1956-1957 C. Howard Sweatt||1957-1958 Richard Lawrence||1958-1959 Herbert Haack||1959-1960 Dr. W. Dean Steward|
|1960-1961 Doyle Darnold||1961-1962 Eames Gertner||1962-1963 Robert Neel||1963-1964 William Mercer||1964-1965 Harry Bull|
|1965-1966 Francis Auger||1966-1967 Joel Wells, Jr.||1967-1968 Byron Thames||1968-1969 Loren Ward||1969-1970 Henry Parker|
|1970-1971 Joseph Guernsey||1971-1972 William Beardall||1972-1973 Walter Pharr||1972-1973 Walter Pharr||1973-1974 Dr. Truett Frazier|
|1975-1976 Walter (Buckie) Allen, Jr.||1976-1977 Thomas Denmark||1977-1978 Clyde West||1978-1979 Jon Stine||1979-1980 Stanley Hand|
|1980-1981 L. Howard Chadwick||1981-1982 Ormund Powers||1982-1983 Eugene Minietta||1983-1984 Claude Edwards||1984-1985 Leon Handley|
|1985-1986 Steve Bechtel||1986-1987 David Crowson||1987-1988 Grant Clarke||1988-1989 Alton Nolte, Jr.||1989-1990 Patrick (Pat) Knipe|
|1990-1991 Edward Carr||1991-1992 Robert Blackford||1992-1993 Scott Johnson||1993-1994 Edward Baranowski||1994-1995 Dorsa McGuire|
|1995-1996 Britt Lovett||1996-1997 George Huffman||1997-1998 Larry Fegebank||1998-1999 Robert Ford||1999-2000 Mary Ann Dean|
|2000-2001 Stephen Dieter||2001-2002 Douglas Doudney||2002-2003 Raleigh (Sandy) Seay, Jr.||2003-2004 Darrell Shea||2004-2005 Charles Shuffield|
|2005-2006 John Garceau||2006-2007 James Stowers, Jr.||2007-2008 Lawrence Kirkwood||2008-2009 Heidi Isenhart||2009-2010 Dann Pottinger|
|2010-2011 Carter (Curley) Bowman||2011-2012 Linda Rolf||2012-2013 Roger Jacobson||2013-2014 Robert Ford||2014-2015 Danielle Krise|
|2015-2016 Richard McCree||2016-2017||2017-2018||2018-2019||2019-2020|
Meetings and Information
Please join us at our weekly meeting!
Thursday of each week at 12:00 noon
501 East Livingston
Orlando, FL 32803 USA
Contact us at Rotary Club of Orlando
P.O. Box 0388
Orlando, FL 32856-0388 USA
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