What is Rotary?

 

The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg turned 100 on January 2, 2020. The club was one of the first 200 clubs chartered by Rotary International (today there are over 35,000 clubs worldwide). It was founded by former St. Petersburg Times editor, William Straub and other community leaders. 

We’re an international SERVICE club with 1.2M members worldwide, not a social club. Being a social is a byproduct of what we do to help our community and those less fortunate throughout the world. 

If you are looking for ways to engage with business men and women committed to serving our community and our world we invite you to become one of 1.2 million Rotarians around the world by joining The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, the largest and oldest service club in our community.

We invite you to visit us at our Friday meetings at noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (also being broadcast via ZOOM) .  It would be our pleasure to have you as a guest. If you would like more information, contact us today!

Club News

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Jarrod Dillon
Chief Market and Revenue Officer for the Vinik Sports Group

Jarrod was the speaker at our club meeting today. He oversees ticket sales, service and operations; suite sales and service; corporate partnership; digital marketing and Social Media. He shared some stories about Tampa Bay sports and entertainment venues and the Tampa Bay Lightning's successful season and Stanley Cup victory.
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Jarrod Dillon
Chief Market and Revenue Officer for the Vinik Sports Group 

Jarrod was the speaker at our club meeting today. He oversees ticket sales, service and operations; suite sales and service; corporate partnership; digital marketing and Social Media.  He  shared some stories about Tampa Bay sports and entertainment venues and the Tampa Bay Lightnings successful season and Stanley Cup victory.

Vincent Jackson
Former Pro Football Player and CEO of CVT Capital LLC

Transition from an NFL Career to Business

Vincent Jackson was our speaker this past Friday. He is a 12-year NFL Veteran. After an All-American collegiate career, Vincent was drafted in 2005 by the San Diego Chargers, where he played seven seasons, and then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 for 5 seasons. He was selected to three Pro Bowls. In 2012, he co-founded CTV Capital. As the Chief Executive Officer, Vincent is involved in acquisitions, operations, marketing and managing its companies for growth and success.
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Vincent Jackson
Former Pro Football Player and CEO of CVT Capital LLC

Transition from an NFL Career to Business

Vincent Jackson was our speaker this past Friday. He is a 12-year NFL Veteran. After an All-American collegiate career, Vincent was drafted in 2005 by the San Diego Chargers, where he played seven seasons, and then joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 for 5 seasons. He was selected to three Pro Bowls. In 2012, he co-founded CTV Capital. As the Chief Executive Officer, Vincent is involved in acquisitions, operations, marketing and managing its companies for growth and success.

3 weeks ago

Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

Update on Beach Tourism

Robin Miller, CEO
Tampa Bay Beaches
Chamber of Commerce

At the club's first meeting back at the Yacht Club since March and live on ZOOM, Robin Miller gave an update on the economic status of beaches and tourism as it relates to the impact they have experienced since COVID-19 started this past spring.The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber is a diverse group of businesses from Tierra Verde to Clearwater Beach working with over 14 different municipalities.
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Update on Beach Tourism

Robin Miller, CEO
Tampa Bay Beaches
Chamber of Commerce

At the clubs first meeting back at the Yacht Club since March and live on ZOOM, Robin Miller gave an update on the economic status of beaches and tourism as it relates to the impact they have experienced since COVID-19 started this past spring.The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber is a diverse group of businesses from Tierra Verde to Clearwater Beach working with over 14 different municipalities.

JoEllen Wilson
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Our program today was JoEllen Wilson, who has been the Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust since 2014 and has worked with BTT since 2009. She has also held a position with Florida’s management agency (FWC) and spent time in the field volunteering with FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory.

As BTT’s Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager, JoEllen is in
charge of all things juvenile tarpon related. This includes juvenile tarpon habitat research projects from South Carolina to the Florida Keys, mapping of juvenile tarpon habitat and education to the public through presentations.
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JoEllen Wilson
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Our program today was JoEllen Wilson, who has been the Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust since 2014 and has worked with BTT since 2009. She has also held a position with Florida’s management agency (FWC) and spent time in the field volunteering with FWC and Mote Marine Laboratory. 

As BTT’s Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager, JoEllen is in
charge of all things juvenile tarpon related. This includes juvenile tarpon habitat research projects from South Carolina to the Florida Keys, mapping of juvenile tarpon habitat and education to the public through presentations.

No Stoplights in Atlanta: Serving the Peace Corps. Response in Conakry, Guinea

Jackson Stovall Willis, Rotary Global Scholarship Recipient

Our speaker today was Jackson Willis, a proud St. Petersburg native, recently graduated from Yale with a double major in Humanities and Economics. He is the grateful 2020 recipient of a Rotary Global Grant to support an Economics M.Phil at Cambridge University, U.K.

Between his junior and senior year, Jackson received special dispensation to serve with the Peace Corps Response and work in the politically-destabilizing youth unemployment crisis in Guinea (West Africa). There, his team operated the country’s leading employment incubator and small business accelerator.
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No Stoplights in Atlanta: Serving the Peace Corps. Response in Conakry, Guinea

Jackson Stovall Willis, Rotary Global Scholarship Recipient

Our speaker today was Jackson Willis, a proud St. Petersburg native, recently graduated from Yale with a double major in Humanities and Economics. He is the grateful 2020 recipient of a Rotary Global Grant to support an Economics M.Phil at Cambridge University, U.K.

Between his junior and senior year, Jackson received special dispensation to serve with the Peace Corps Response and work in the politically-destabilizing youth unemployment crisis in Guinea (West Africa). There, his team operated the country’s leading employment incubator and small business accelerator.

1 month ago

Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

Rotary Social at Tierra Verde was COVID Safe!

Thanks to Devika Srivastava for arranging our "in person social" on Sept. 16 at the Renaissance Inn-Tierra Verde. Members received a free Rotary mask and enjoyed drinks and appetizers overlooking the waterfront while visiting in a social distance kind of way. Hopefully, this is just a small sign of Rotary returning to normal again.
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Rotary Social at Tierra Verde was COVID Safe!

Thanks to Devika Srivastava for arranging our in person social on Sept. 16 at the Renaissance Inn-Tierra Verde. Members received a free Rotary mask and enjoyed drinks and appetizers overlooking the waterfront while visiting in a social distance kind of way. Hopefully, this is just a small sign of Rotary returning to normal again.

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Rotary’s Guiding Principles

Rotary’s guiding principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of our club’s activity.

4 Way Test

  • Of the Things we think, say and do: is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

5 Avenues of Service

1. Club Service
2. Vocational service
3. Community Service
4. International Service
5. Youth Service-New Generations Service

A Word

From Our President

Greetings Fellow Rotarians and Website Visitors:

The 5-year Rotary International “Plan of Action” starts with the Mission Statement:  TOGETHER we see a world where PEOPLE unite and take action to CREATE lasting CHANGE across the globe, in our communities and within ourselves. Together – People – Create – Change. 

The Rotary Club of St Petersburg has a mission this year to create change.  But “it takes a village” and WE are that village in St Petersburg!  Join our village to be in Service Above Self!

At our weekly Zoom meetings on Friday at noon, we hear from fellow Rotarians, community leaders and speakers from around the world.  Use the “Contact Us” button to request the Zoom Meeting ID and password.   Additionally, at our meetings we are enlightened about the ever-changing landscape of downtown St Pete, both politically, socially and architecturally.

This pandemic caused a total “pivot” for people and businesses alike.  As Rotarians of Action, we share a strong sense of purpose.  As “People of Action” WE are effective problem-solvers. Today, what can you do for the common good? Whether it’s a phone call or heavy lifting of boxes at the Free Clinic service project, ALL hands-on deck as we help to re-shape our today into a greater, more positive and inclusive future!  

Your Rotary task for today:  Say something nice to someone to brighten their day!

Have a positive, exciting week!

 

Liz Heinkel