The Rotary Club of Key West

Service Above Self Since 1916

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Service Above Self Since 1916

Key West

The Rotary Club of Key West
Service Above Self Since 1916

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
The Marriott Beachside Resort
3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, FL  33040
United States
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The Rotary Club Of Key West In Action
Join KW Rotary Club and the KW Art and Historical Society for Reggae Moonsplash on Saturday, February 27th at the East Martelllo Towers.  From 5 to 11 PM, enjoy great reggae music by Third World band and special guests Johnny Dread and the Axumites Causion from Antigua along with food vendors, beer and drinks.  Proceeds benefit the KW Rotary Club's College Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are $22 in advance and $40 in advance for VIP.  wwwkeystix.com for tickets.   For more information call 305-296-6253.
 
 
 

 
 
On Friday, April 1, 2016, The Key West Rotary Club celebrates its 100th anniversary year with a spectacular gala and will honor club "Legends" selected for their many years of outstanding leadership to the club and community.  Legends to be honored are:
 
Jefferson B. Browne, Robert Carraway, Edward Knight, Gerald “Moe” Mosher, Greg O'Berry, John G. Parks, Jr., Paul J. Sher, Edward Toppino, Robert Walker, and Alton Weekley.
 
Join club members and community leaders on April 1st from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at the Beachside Marriott Resort in Key West for the gala celebration.  Sponsorships are available!  Contact Club President Rachel Oropeza for more information.
 

 

Rotary is raffling this car to fund our children's dental program, scholarships, Hospital Albert Schweitzer and more. To buy a ticket, call President Rachel Oropeza at 305-923-4318. You could also win a cash prize instead.

 

 
 
 
Rotary Club President Rachel Oropeza presents a club check for $250 to the Key West High School Chorus leader Mr. Carter.  
 
 
 
Past District Governor Joe Roth visited the Key West Rotary Club in early December to present the club with an award for its outstanding work during the 2014-15 year.  Past president Elizabeth MacLaughlin received the award on behalf of the club for its substantial service to the Key West community.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Past District Governor Joe Roth presented Key West Rotary Club member Albert Gonazalez for his service above self - The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service -  at a recent luncheon.  Joining Albert and Joe in the photo is club past president Elizabeth MacLaughlin. Albert joins approximately 350 Rotarians worldwide to receive this award for service during the 2014-15 year. This award is given each year to only one member per Rotary district. Roth said, “Albert, you are to consider this as a measure of your exceptional record of service, not only to your club and our district, but to the Rotary Foundation.
 
 

 
Leticia Powell ( Sunset Rotary) and Rotary Club of Key West members Jessica Cranney, Jill Cranney Gage and  Christy Martin​ get purple together at Poinciana School.
 

 
Rotarian Jessica Cranney hosts new members Kate Bauer Jones, President and CEO of United Way of the Florida Keys and Honorable Danise Henriquez, Monroe County Tax Collector.
 
 
Club President Rachel Oropeza with new member Julie Cuneo, Development Director American Cancer Society with sponsor Bascom Grooms.
 
 
 

 
The Rotary Club of Key West was blessed with lots of great volunteers this year and participation from many school children!
Basilica School at St. Mary's
 
 
 
Rotarians were treated to an annual visit by the Key West High School Homecoming Court! Key West High School Homecoming Court, and sponsors. Rotary's Brian Barroso and Rachel Oropeza, with India Woods, Kristin Ayala Crane, Cathy Crane, Anita Rahming Woods, Duffey Anderson, Brian Barroso, Christine Falcone-Bleil, Antoinette Monticello, Tori Perez and Pam Oropeza.
 
 
 
Purple pinkies were abundant during another successful End Polio Day.  Spearheaded by Rotarian Sandy Higgs, all three clubs again banded together to visit all of the Key West schools.  School children donated $1.00 to end polio.  Only two countries in the world remain with active polio and with the help of the Gates Foundation, Rotary International and our clubs are keen to see us reach 100% polio free.  
 
Key West Montessori Charter School
 
 
 
 
 
 
For 25 years Coach Peter Estevez has taught sportsmanship and community support as key values to the young people involved with the Junior Football League.  The Rotary Club of Key West presented Coach Estevez with a check as continued support for his fine work in building character through sports.  Rotary board members present the Coach and his grandson with the Club's annual support. 
 
 
 
 
 
Lotsy Dotsy (Linda Herbert), clown queen superior of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital shared a lot of wisdom with Rotary Club members when she joined us for lunch on August 27th.  Lotsy spends a lot of time cheering families of children who are patients suffering from cancer and other life threatening situations.  Her stories brought smiles and tears for members.   
 
 
 
The 22nd annual Schooner Wharf Battle of the Bars netted more than $11,000 to split between Rotary Club of Key West's Children's Dental Program and the Florida Keys SPCA.  Shown in the photo below are club president Rachel Oropeza with FKSPCA supporters and members of the Schooner Wharf's team, including owner Evalena.  The event has raised more than $300,000 for charities since its inception and Rotary was proud to be selected as one of this year's recipients.
 
 
Rotary District Governor Larry Herman and  his wife, Sandy Herman enjoyed a warm Rotary welcome on August 6, when all three local clubs joined together for a reception at the Custom House Museum.  Shown with the Governor and his wife are local club presidents Rachel Oropeza (noon); Jim Scholl (Sunrise); Holly Elimona (Sunset) and past president of the noon club Elizabeth MacLaughlin.
 
 

 
Rotary District Governor Larry Herman, his wife Sandy Herman and are joined by Elizabeth MacLaughlin, past president and Rachel Oropeza, current president of Key West Rotary (noon), and Jim Scholl, president Sunrise Club and Holly Elimona, President Sunset Club at a reception the Custom House Museum.
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Key West installs New Board Members
 
The Rotary Club of Key West (the Rotary Club that meets at noon) installed Rachel Oropeza as the 100th President of the club, succeeding Elizabeth MacLaughlin in the club’s top leadership position.
 
Attorney David Van Loon is president-elect for the 2015-16 year. Other club officers are Jill Cranney-Gage, treasurer; Albert Gonzalez, secretary; Michael Browning, sergeant-at-arms; and Alton Weekley, parliamentarian.
 
Rotary Club chairs include Debbie Mason, webmaster and public relations; Jim Fitton, fireworks; James Olive, membership; Ila Sutton, international service co-chair & director; Tom Nitti, international service co-chair; Pat Preuss, club services chair; Linda Russin, programs and public relations; Barry Gibson, Rotary Foundation; Roland Flowers and Cassandra Toppino, photographers; Jessica Cranney, fundraising; Sandy Higgs and Elizabeth MacLaughlin, Paul Harris Awards; and Albert Gonzalez, concert chair.
 
The Rotary Club of Key West, established in 1916, supports charities, such as its Dental Program for Key West children and the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and provides the Key West 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, plus college scholarships through fundraising events.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Key West Installs Rachel Oropeza As 2015-2016 President
The Rotary Club of Key West (the Rotary Club that meets at noon) installed Rachel Oropeza as the 100th President of the club, succeeding Elizabeth MacLaughlin in the club’s top leadership position.  Installing Rachel Oropeza is past president Scott Oropeza.  
 
The Rotary Club of Key West, established in 1916, supports charities, such as its Dental Program for Key West children and the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, and provides the Key West 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, plus college scholarships through fundraising events.
 

 
 President Elizabeth MacLaughlin is pictured with KWHS graduating senior Alexandria Lichtl, recipient of the Paul J. Scher Scholarship during a recent Rotary lunch meeting where they were honored.  
 

 
 
The event was full of fellowship!  All proceeds from the Reverse Raffle go to help Hospital Albert Schweitzer.
 The $500 winners are as follows:
 
Cynthia Setzer
​Janie Baucom
Michael Browning
Peter Batty Jr. 
Robin Van Mater
 
The grand prize was split between
Joe Albury
Jay Fisher
Elizabeth MacLaughlin
​Pat Pruess
Kim Oropeza 
 
 
 
This is a friendly reminder that we will hold the Reverse Raffle fundraiser in support of Haiti Hopital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) on June 11, 2015, at Bagatelle. We have approximately 120 Reverse Raffle Tickets remaining.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors and participants who helped make this event a great success. 

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International Service Co-Chair
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Program Chair
Rotarian of The Year
Public Relations Co-Chair
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Reggae Concert Chair
KeysStock Concert Chair
Fireworks Chairperson
Greeter
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Rotarian of the Year
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Paul Harris
 
 
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