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 Rotary Club of Key West Reverse Raffle Drawing Benefiting Hopital Albert Schweitzer International Project.  Grand Prize winner of $8,000 and 6 additional chances to win $500 with tickets #1, 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250.
 
 
June 14, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 8 pm Key West Golf Course Clubhouse
 
Dinner and cash bar
 
Tickets $100
 
Fun event for a great cause!
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: 
 
runsignup.com/race/fl/keywest/rotaryclubofkeywest4thofjuly5k
 
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.  

 

 

ROTARY CLUB OF KEY WEST
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
Linda@Island1069.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Denish3770@aol.com.  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.    
 
 
 
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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