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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
As we celebrate our country's Independence, we are taking time to raise money for our scholarship fund.  The Rotary Club of Key West provides up to $40,000 each year in scholarships to Key West High School graduates, with $25,000 going to our Paul J. Sher Scholarship Recipient.  In addition, we also fund the following scholarships:

Greg O’Berry Award
Robert G. Walker Humanitarian Award
Edward B. Knight Vocational Scholarship
Take Stock in Children
We have several fundraising opportunities over the next month leading up to July 4th, all of them helping to fund these scholarships in our community:
July 16:  BottleCap Fundraiser 5 pm - 8 pm--includes a Silent Auction, Celebrity Bartenders, Raffle and more!
July 17-18, 24-25, and July 1-2:  Fausto's Food Palace on White Street 8 am - 12 pm--community outreach
July 4:  4th of July 5K Walk/Run 7:30 am Edward B. Knight Pier--this walk/run specifically benefits our Edward B. Knight Scholarship Fund.  You can register for the race at:
July 4:  We will be set up on the corner of White Street and Atlantic Blvd., selling hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages from 4 pm to 9 pm.  Proceeds from these sales will also benefit our scholarship funds!
Have you entered countless raffles and never had your ticket pulled?  Ever get the feeling that your ticket would probably be the last ticket pulled?
If so, here is the Raffle for you.  The Rotary Club of Key West's Reverse Raffle.  The grand prize goes to the last ticket pulled, so turn your bad luck into a cash prize.
For those who are lucky, the 1st, 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th and 250th ticket will also win a prize.   
Raffle set for May 18th at the Waterfront Brewery.  Only 300 tickets will be sold.  



April 7, 2017
Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
Rotary Fundraiser Gala Sponsorship
Honoring:  Jefferson B. Browne Hall of Fame & Legend Awards
Key West High School Coach of the Year Award
$90.00/per person

Presenting Sponsor – Diamond $5,000
 One table for ten at the Rotary Gala
 Rotary Club of Key West Diamond Sponsor will be the lead banner on the Rotary website, Logo on Facebook and name mentions in all publicity
 1 page ad in Gala Program

Supporting Sponsor – Emerald $2,500
 Four Tickets to the Rotary Gala
 Logo on Facebook, logo on Club Website and name mentions in all publicity
 ½ page ad in Gala Program

General Sponsor – Ruby $1,000
 Two Tickets to the Rotary Gala
 Logo on Facebook and logo on Club Website and name mentions in all publicity
 ¼ page ad in Gala Program

Contributing Sponsor – Sapphire $500
 Two Tickets to the Rotary Gala
 Name mentions in all publicity
 1/8 page ad in Gala Program

Sponsors will be featured on all materials regarding
The Rotary Club of Key West’s Gala!
Gala proceeds to benefit Rotary’s Local Scholarships
For more information, please contact: Linda Russin, Gala Chair, 954-471-1804









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.    
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.

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Club Leaders
President Elect
Past President
International Service Chair
Key West Rotary Club Foundation Chair
Program Chair
Club Administrator
Club Parliamentarian
Public Relations Co-Chair
Reggae Concert Chair
Casino Night Chair
Casino Night Co-Chair
Golf Tournament
Fireworks Chairperson
Bottlecap Fundraiser Chair
Golf Tournament Co-Chair
Public Relations
Membership Chair
Community Services Chair
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