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
The The Rotary Club of Key West and Rotary International lost a great humanitarian on Sunday, August 28, 2016 when Edward Bassett Knight, 99, of Key West, Florida passed away peacefully  at his home on Thompson Island, Key West, Florida.  He was born January 11, 1917 in Jacksonville, Florida.  He served in the United States Navy during WW II as a pilot.
Knight fell in love with Key West and returned after the war and met his wife of 57 years, Joan Thompson Knight.  He was a businessman, philanthropist, developer, Realtor and visionary, which was evident throughout Key West and the Florida Keys.  He served on many committees to improve the community he so dearly loved.  In the 1950’s, he played a role in preserving the area’s shrimp fleet and served on the Southeast Fisheries Council.  He helped finance the rebuilding of the Boy Scout Camp in the Florida Keys. 
Among his many community leadership positions was that of President of The Rotary Club of Key West 1964-65.  As a 59 year member of Rotary his steadfast adherence to the Rotary 4-Way Test was evident.  Not only was the 4-Way Test evident on all the desks in his office, but he would carry the 4-Way Test cards with him and freely pass them on to non-Rotarians, and those he was doing business with as a means of conveying his basic tenet of doing business.
Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti has been a long standing International project that the Rotary Club of Key West has annually contributed financially.  Mr. Knight not only contributed financially, but he presented the Mellon Foundation, founder of Hospital Albert Schweitzer, his valuable Haitian Art Collection as a means of raising additional funds for the Hospital. 
Knight instituted a $4000 annual Rotary Scholarship Program with Florida Keys Community College -- the Edward B. Knight Rotary Club of Key West FKCC Vocational Scholarship to encourage the community’s youth to seek certification’s in their chosen field as a means of improving their lives.
As a Major Donor of the Paul Harris Foundation, Mr. Knight constantly encouraged his fellow Rotarians to not only contribute financially, but to volunteer for the local, National and International humanitarian efforts of Rotary.
At the Rotary Club of Key West Centennial Celebration held on April 1, 2016, Mr. Knight was honored by his fellow club members as their first Jefferson B. Browne Hall of Fame Recipient.  Browne, after whom the award is named, was the first Key West Rotary president.  Browne later became Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. 
Rest well devoted community servant, rest well.

Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Key West meet for their annual Fantasy Football draft.  Special thanks to the Hard Rock Cafe Key West for hosting the event.  It's all smiles now, until the season begins.   

DG Debbie Maymon visited the Rotary Clubs of Key West to provide the Clubs an overview of the District goals and a message from International President John Germ .  Pictured are DG Debbie Maymon, President of the Rotary Club of Key West, David Van Loon, President of the Rotary Club of Key West Sunrise in the Conch Republic, Trice Denney and President of the Sunset Key West Rotary Club Joyce Benavides

Rotary is looking for a few great sponsors to support this year's July 4th run.  Silver sponsors of $100 will get their business name on the t-shirt for the Run. Gold Sponsors of $300 will get their name on the shirt and 2 free entrances to the race.  Platinum sponsors at $500 get name or logo on one of the race markers, as well as logo on the shirt and 4 free entrances to the race.
Checks and logos should be sent ASAP to Key West Rotary Foundation, PO Box 5930, Key West, FL 33040.  For more information, contact Denise Preuss (305) 797-2163 or  Runners can register by visiting this link:  
All proceeds support charitable projects. 



Key West 4th of July Fireworks
The Key West Rotary Club produces the city's Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration.  Please donate here to help us raise the necessary funds to produce this awesome fireworks show.  Click the DONATE button below and PayPal will process your donation through your own chosen credit card if you do not have a PayPal account.  Please give generously to help us pay for the cost of the show.    
Jill Cranney Gage presented Rotary's Citizenship Award at Poinciana Elementary's 5th grade graduation ceremony.This year's recipient was Mr. Morgan David McPherson! Congrats!!

Congratulations, Caleb Deabreau, son of Ila Sutton, on winning the KWHS Rotary Citizenship Award. Shown with President Rachel Oropeza.

Chief Donnie Lee of the Key West City Police Department presenting the Rotary Citizenship Award at Horance O'Bryant Middle School today!!  Way to go Chief..

Rotarian Jessica Cranney presented service awards to fifth graders Tyler Nyguen and Mia Cawve.  

June 17th brings together some local celebrities bar tenders with Rotarians and community to raise funds for the Fireworks Show.  Join us at the Bottlecap Lounge Blue Room from 5:00 to 8:00 PM!  We will have a silent auction and 50./50 Raffle! Celebrity Bartenders include:  Jessica Cranney, Donnie Lee, Ben McPherson, Phillip Leto, Kathy Gilmour, JP Garcia, and a few other surprise guests.


Win A 2016 Nissan Altima Or $10,000 In Cash in Rotary Raffle --

The Rotary Club of Key West is selling raffle tickets for $100 each, for a lucky winner to receive a 2016 Nissan Altima or $10,000 in cash.

The club is selling only 500 tickets for the raffle. The first 100 people to buy a ticket for the raffle will also receive a ticket to Rotary's “Denim and Diamonds” Casino Night ($75 value).

The winning ticket of the raffle will be drawn during the fundraising Casino Night on Saturday, June 11, at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel.

Proceeds from the raffle and Casino Night will benefit Rotary's community service projects and Rotary's donation to Take Stock in Children – Monroe County.

To purchase a raffle ticket, email Linda Russin at or Rachel Oropeza at



Get out your “Denim and Diamonds” for the fun themed, 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Key West Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday June 11, 2016 at the Key West Marriot Beachside Hotel. Beginning at 7:00 PM, with drinks and Free Gold Card Play, the proceeds from this event will benefit Rotary’s donation to Take Stock In Children - Monroe County.  Casino Night is the last chance to purchase a ticket to win a Nissan Altima or $10,000 cash in the limited raffle (limited to 500 tickets) for which a winner will be drawn that evening. Proceeds from this raffle fund Rotary’s community service projects.
All guests will enjoy professional level casino games ranging from blackjack, roulette to slot machines, and a 50/50 raffle. Advance Tickets are $75.00 per person  and can be purchased by Contacting Jessica Cranney, 305-773-4016 or Jill Cranney-Gage, 305-747-0395. Tickets are also available the evening of the event for $100 at the door.
Key West Rotary Club is one of the nation’s oldest and most active clubs providing community service reaching many citizens of Key West and is celebrating 100 years of service to Key West 
Disclaimer:   “The Casino gaming tables are provided for entertainment purposes only by Casino Party Nights Florida Inc. TEL. 954-926-4219”. All Donations and proceeds go the (Rotary Club of Key West). *Must Be 18 Years or Older To Play*.

May 28th was the second annual Unity in the Community Bike Ride!  This year, Rotary partnered with Wesley House Family Services.  About 75 people came out to ride and enjoy children's activities.  Money raised is restricted to Rotary's Smile Makers program, providing dental care to children in need.  

Rotary Club of Key West Repeats Popular Unity In the Community Bike Ride
On May 28th Key West Rotary Club along with Wesley House Family Services will be hosting the 2nd annual “Unity in the Community Bike Ride”.  This great family event generates proceeds to support the Dental Programs for Children for both organizations.  
Festivities begin at 9:30am at Bayview Park and the bike ride itself kicks off at 11:30am at Bayview and meanders through Old Town.  Upon returning to Bayview awards will be presented for the best “dental themed” costumes and a raffle will be held for a Rick Worth painted bike.  
On site festivities include DJ Jim Cooper, face painting, Key West Police Department bike registration, Key West Fire Department expo, free helmets given to kids under 16 (supplies limited) and lunch is available for purchase after the ride.  Sponsors include Island Bikes which donated a bike for the prize. 
Registration for the bike ride can be found on
Sponsors are being sought for the event and more information is available by calling Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 ext. 230 or visiting website    

On April 1, 2016 the Rotary Club of Key West's 100th Anniversary Gala was a huge succes with members, sponsors and community leaders coming together to celebrate the club's 100th Anniversary and to honor the first Hall of Fame member Edward Knight.  Photos from the event are below.  


Rotary Club of Key West Awards Edward B. Knight Its First Hall of Fame Award


The Rotary Club of Key West has chosen Edward B. Knight as its first Jefferson B. Browne Hall of Fame recipient.

The Rotary Club of Key West is celebrating 100 years of service to Key West. Jefferson B. Browne, after whom the award is named, was the first Key West Rotary president. Browne later became Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

Hall of Fame recipient Edward B. Knight served as Rotary president in 1964-1965. He arrived in Key West as a naval aviator during WWII and later joined the Rotary International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. He and his wife Joan opened one of the first Volkswagon dealerships in the U.S., in Key West. In 1957, he opened Knight Realty and now the company is Berkshire Hathaway Knight & Gardner Realty, a leading commercial and residential real estate company. Edward serves on the executive board of the South Florida Council Boy Scouts of America and has donated to the Boy Scout camp in the Keys, known as the Camp Sawyer Edward B. Knight Scout Reservation. He instituted a $4000 annual Rotary Scholarship Program with Florida Keys Community College -- the Edward B. Knight Rotary Club of Key West FKCC Vocational Scholarship. Edward follows the 4-Way Test in his business, and employees have kept the 4-Way Test card: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendship? Is it beneficial to all concerned?”

Other past and present community members who have been honored as “Rotary Legends” this centennial year were Jefferson B. Browne, Dr. Robert Carraway, Gerald “Moe” Mosher, Greg O'Berry, John G. Parks, Jr., Paul J. Sher, Edward Toppino, Robert Walker and Alton Weekley.

The Rotary Club of Key West works in the community to provide scholarships to Key West High School students, raises funds for its Children's Dental Program for those who cannot afford dental care, is responsible for the spectacular Key West 4th of July fireworks celebration, raises funds for the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, contributes to Polio Plus for the eradication of polio, and more.


CFFK board member Bill Porter presents Rotary Club President Rachel Oropeza with a $2,500 check for our dental program for children.

Many thanks to Emeralds International for its donation of a beautiful necklace for the Rotary Gala.  It’s a fabulous contemporary style emerald and diamond pendant in 18KT white gold featuring precision cut and superbly matched round cut Colombian emeralds and round brilliant diamonds on a 16 inch 14KT white gold bead chain.
Thanks to Emerald Level sponsor Emeralds International for this wonderful necklace to raise funds for Rotary charitable endeavors.

Britt Myers, Commissioner Sam Kaufman, Janie Baucom, President Rachel Oropeza and Mayor Craig Cates proclaim April 1st Rotary Day.

The local law firm of Horan, Wallace & Higgens stepped up as a Sapphire Sponsor of the 100th Anniversary Gala.  Many thanks to the firm for its sponsorship!

Historic Tours of America, a national historic tourism company based in Key West, today joined as a Diamond Sponsor of the Rotary Club of Key West's 100th Anniversary Gala.  Many thanks to Ed Swift and Chris Belland for honoring their deceased partner and Rotarian Mr. Gerald "Moe" Mosher.  

The Rotary Club of Key West is honored to have such great sponsorship support from the Key West community.  The honor roll of sponsors for the 100th Anniversary Gala, scheduled for the evening of April 1, 2016 at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel is an amazing indication of the wonderful support of this community for Rotary and its great work.  Sponsors to date include:
Title Sponsor
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Diamond Sponsor
Berkshire, Hathaway, Knight & Gardner Realty
Historic Tours of America
Emerald Sponsor
Emerald's International
Charley Toppino & Sons
Fausto's Food Palace
Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Ruby Sponsor
Boyd's Campground
Dave Wyse
Amber & Jay Shaffer
McDonald's of Key West & Marathon
Lee & Sandra McMannis
Tom & Jane Nitti
Sapphire Sponsor
Bascom Grooms Real Estate
Sun Communications
Andy Griffiths Charters
WIIS Radio 
Florida Keys Community College
Sunrise Rotary
Highsmith & VanLoon, P.A.
Horan, Wallace & Higgins
Preferred Properties
Porter Allen Insurance Company
Dr. Robert Carraway
Grateful Guitar
Smith, Oropeza & Hawks
Special & In Kind Sponsors
Kutchey's Flowers
Invited by Danette
Soundwave DJ - Jim Cooper
Crystal Smith Photography
Prestige Party Rentals

Berkshire Hathaway Knight & Gardner Realty joins the 100th Anniversary Celebration as a Diamond Sponsor at $5,000!  Many thanks to Claude Gardner and Ed Knight for their generous support of the club's 100th Anniversary!

Long-time, local family owned grocery store Fausto's Food Palace continued its commitment to Rotary leaders by sponsoring the 100th Anniversary Gala at a $2,500 level.  Club member and Legend Alton Weekly, along with Jimmy Weekly and other family members continue to provide wonderful community leadership.  Thank you Fausto's!

Westin Key West Resort and Marina signed on as a $2,500 sponsor of the Rotary Club of Key West's 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration.  Many thanks to General Manager and community leader Diane Schmidt for her underwriting support of this important event.

Club Leaders
President Elect
Webmaster Co-Chair
Club Services Chair
International Service Co-Chair & Director
Key West Rotary Club Foundation Chair
Club Parliamentarian
Program Chair
Club Administration & Director
Bottlecap Fireworks
Casino Night Co-Chair
Casino Night Chair
Public Relations Co-Chair
Golf Tournament
Rotarian of The Year
Sunshine Committee
Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Public Relations
Fireworks Chairperson
Fundraising Chair
Reggae Concert Chair
Rotarian of the Year
Club Photographer
KeysStock Concert Chair
Past President
Membership Chair
Membership Co-Chair Director
Community Service & Director
Purple Pinkie Day
Paul Harris
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