The Rotary Club of Key West

Service Above Self Since 1916

May 12, 2016
Ellen Bolden, Hospital Albert Schweiter Nutrition Program
May 19, 2016
Key West High School
Interact Club
May 26, 2016
Alton Weekley
The History of Jefferson B. Browne
Jun 02, 2016
David Van Loon
Rotary ClubRunner and District Website
Jun 16, 2016
Club Leaders
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Jun 23, 2016
Club Leaders
End of Year Recognition Awards
Jun 30, 2016
Club Leaders
Installation of New Officers - David Van Loon and New Team

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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
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.

Many thanks to our local paper, Key West Weekly for the awesome story on our 100 years of service to community.  Here is the link to the story, with terrific photos.  Thank you to Publisher Britt Myers!  

Walmart Corporation, on behalf of is new Monroe County store, came in as a $2,500 sponsor for the 100th Anniversary Gala!  What a way to come to a new community and start a legacy of support!  Many thanks to Walmart.

Key West Rotary announces the 100th Anniversary Gala Keynote speaker Mary Berge.  
Mary Berge hails from the sunny state of California where she received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has resided in Pennsylvania since 1995 and currently works as a Licensed Psychologist at her own Private Practice in Johnstown.
Mary was first introduced to Rotary in 2002 when she was selected to participate in the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange as a team member to Sweden.
Since then, Mary has served in numerous District leadership capacities including District Governor in 2008-2009.
At the Zone level Mary has served as the Zone 28-29 North American Membership Project Lead as well as Zone 29 Rotary Coordinator for membership. In the Rotary Coordinator role she has had the opportunity to work with Rotarians and District leaders in the Midwest and East coast and in parts of Ontario Canada.
Mary has been a trainer at Zone Institutes, a speaker at numerous President Elect Training Seminars and District Conferences, and she was a speaker at the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Portugal and at the Women in Rotary Conference in Romania. She has also served as a President’s Representative in Texas and Illinois.
Mary and her husband are Paul Harris Fellows, members of the Paul Harris and Bequest Societies and are Major Donors to our Rotary Foundation.  In their spare time they enjoy scuba diving, cooking, traveling and playing golf. 

Sponsors are rolling in quickly for the Rotary Club of Key West's Centennial Gala to be held on April 1st!  
Join Diamond Title Sponsor Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel and the other following event sponsors for this once in a life event commemorating the best of Rotary in Key West. 
Emerald Sponsors
Westin Resort
Fausto's Food Palace
Toppino & Sons
Ruby Sponsors
Boyd's Campground
Dave Wyse
Amber & Jay Shaffer
McDonalds of Key West & Marathon
Lee & Sandra McMannis
Tom & Jane Nitti
Sapphire Sponsors
Bascom Grooms Real Estate
Sun Communications
WIIS Radio
Andy Griffiths Charters
Sunrise Rotary
Special recognition -- 
Invites by Danette
Kutchey's Flowers
Rotary will present the Jefferson B. Browne Hall of Fame Awards. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit Rotary's annual projects: five college and vocational scholarships, Children's Dental Fund, Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti and Key West Fireworks Celebration. 
For more information or to attend the Rotary Centennial Gala, email President Rachel Oropeza at


The Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel donated $10,000 as an Event Sponsor of the Rotary Club of Key West's Centennial Gala, to be held April 1At the Gala, Rotary will present the Jefferson B. Browne Hall of Fame Awards. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit Rotary's annual projects: five college and vocational scholarships, Children's Dental Fund and Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. For more information or to attend the Rotary Centennial Gala, email President Rachel Oropeza at

Photo caption: (front row, l-r) Rotary President Rachel Oropeza, Alan Beaubien from the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, Jessica Cranney and Cathy Crane. (Back row) Rotary Secretary Albert Gonzalez and President-Elect David Van Loon.



April 1st is the evening to put on  your best black tie outfit and join the Key West Rotary Club for its 100th Anniversary!  Invitations are available for club members and community supporters.  

Reggae Moonsplash, hosted by oin KW Rotary Club and the KW Art and Historical Society on Saturday, February 27th at the East Martelllo Towers was a huge success raising more than $4,200 benefitting the KW Rotary Club's College Scholarship Fund.  Rotary volunteers were hard at work to ensure our success!

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.

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International Service Co-Chair
Key West Rotary Club Foundation Chair
Club Parliamentarian
Program Chair
Rotarian of The Year
Public Relations Co-Chair
Club Photographer
Reggae Concert Chair
KeysStock Concert Chair
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Public Relations
Rotarian of the Year
Interact Liaison
Casino Night Co-Chair
Fundraising Chair
Casino Night Chair
Bottlecap Fireworks
Golf Tournament
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Purple Pinkie Day
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