Winter Park, FL, USA

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Service Above Self!

The Early Years[edit]

The Rotary Club of Winter Park is a member of Rotary International. [Rotary District 6980| District 6980]] is composed of clubs in the counties of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Sumter. The Rotary Club of Winter Park was chartered on the 12th April of 1947.

It was 55 years after the first Rotary Meeting in Chicago took place that another meeting took place at Rollins College by Winter Park businessmen who at that time were members of the Orlando Rotary Club. Although they were dedicated to the Orlando Club, they were also concerned with the pressing community needs of their own city of Winter Park. The result culminated in the founding of the Winter Park Rotary Club on March 18, 1947. Kenneth E. Wacker served as the first president, and the club was founded with 24 charter members.

One of the first contributions the Winter Park Rotary Club made to its community was an automatic respirator presented to the city by the club in conjunction with the local Lions Club and Kiwanis Club. Throughout the years, the Winter Park Rotary Club has been responsible for many grassroots projects. The club purchased the land that is now Dinky Dock in 1956, it spearheaded the effort for creating Showalter Field, sponsored the planting of over 10,000 flowering trees in the city, and funded the performing arts stage in Central Park on Park Avenue.

Societal Contributions[edit]

Community Service[edit]

Winter Park Rotary Club is an active club, involving its members in an annual fundraising event which raises money through the Winter Park Rotary Club Charitable Foundation to be given annually to Winter Park charities. It also provides opportunities to participate in other projects such as donating blood, clean-up days at local parks and schools, salvation army bell ringing during the holidays, as well as involvement in local schools though sponsoring the Winter Park Police Department's DARE Program and coordinating a Four-Way Test Essay contest each year in local elementary schools.

  • 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]

Contributions in time, money and hard work are not limited to the Winter Park community. Winter Park Rotarians have established International Projects that have made a huge impact on people's lives, helping schools, hospital programs and other needy organizations in other countries. Members have the opportunity to travel and experience these international projects hands-on. The extension of Winter Park Rotary into other countries is vital to Rotary International's strength and power to promote world peace and provide humanitarian services.

  • Contributes to worldwide service projects as Paul Harris Fellows (2014-xx 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]


President 2014-2015
1947 Kenneth E. Wacker 1947-1948 1948-1949 1949-1950
1950-1951 1951-1952 1952-1953 1953-1954 1954-1955
1955-1956 1956-1957 1957-1958 1958-1959 1959-1960
1960-1961 1961-1962 1962-1963 1963-1964 1964-1965
1965-1966 1966-1967 1967-1968 1968-1969 1969-1970
1970-1971 1971-1972 1972-1973 1972-1973 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 Alex Gourlay 2014-2015 Matthew Bartolomei

Meetings and Information[edit]

Please join us at our weekly meeting! Monday of each week at 12:00 noon
Winter Park Civic Center
1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL USA
Contact us at Rotary Club of Winter Park
PO Box 1416, Winter Park, FL 32790 Email the Club 407-716-1067


District 6980

Club Virtual Presence[edit]

Club Website

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