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President David Tillman welcomes you to the Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club!

Ocala-Silver Springs

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Knights of Columbus
1510 SE 3rd Ave
Ocala, FL  34471
United States of America
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The “World’s Greatest” Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club welcomes new members,


The members of our Rotary club invite you to take an active part in the club’s service and fellowship activities.  Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide.


The Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club was founded in 1969. Our Moto of Service Above Self is achieved through local as well as international projects.  Local high school Student Scholarships, Rotary Sports Plex, Discovery Science Center-Rotary Discovery Fest, Annual Rotary Super Ribs, Concerts,Beer & Wine Fest, El Hogar International YouthRotary Youth Leadership Awards, Paul Harris Foundation, Blindness Prevention, Polio Eradication, Interact, Interfaith, Salvation Army-Bell Ringing and Law Enforcement Appreciation Feast are just some of the ways we serve our community


We have some of the best cooks in the county in our club and provide one of the best lunches around.   Informative speakers, candidate forums,volunteer opportunities and fellowship with Marion County's  leaders are just some of the things we enjoy every Thursday at noon.  Our latest effort to give back to our community is raising money to help preserve and develop Fort King as a national historic landmark.  We have one active charter member, Lewis Dinkins. - See more at:



The Ocala-Silver Springs Rotary Club has given out over $60k in scholarships to local high school seniors.  Our clubs scholarship program started in 1994 under the direction of Paul Strathie, who faithfully serves as the chair of the scholarship committee to this date.  The purpose of the scholarship was to boost the vocational aspect of our commitment to service.  Then President George Edwards asked Paul Strathie to come up with something that would give the Vocational Service aspect of our Rotary Club a shot in the arm.  An essay contest was launched in which high school seniors wrote a 500 word essay on “The Career I Seek”.  Over the years this has evolved from an essay depicting a service project in the local community to its current essay titled “What Service Above Self Means To Me.”

This year the scholarship committee is awarding seven $1k scholarships to deserving local students.  The remaining 3 scholarship recipients selected by the committee will present their essays to the club at our May 14th meeting.  This is a meeting you will not want to miss.  These students are incredibly talented, well-spoken individuals.   We believe that the committee has hit a home run for the club and the community with this program and that you will all be proud that you helped support these deserving individuals.

Members are encouraged to bring a guest, the only way to join Rotary is to be invited by a current member.  No fees will be charged to you or your guest if they are a prospective member.  That doesn't mean your guest has to make a commitment; it just means your guest is coming to "kick the tires."