What is Rotary?

 

The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg turned 100 years old 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 .  It would be our pleasure to have you as a guest. If you would like more information, contact us today!

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Ryan Dilkey, Associate Director for the Eckerd College Search & Rescue Program (EC-SAR) was our meeting speaker today. EC-SAR is one of the most unique co-curricular programs available to full-time, degree seeking Eckerd College students. Under the direction of professionally trained staff members, students coordinate the utilization of four rescue boats and an operations/communications center to save lives and property on a daily basis.

The team was founded in 1971 in an effort to provide safety services for the college’s watersports activities. In 1977, EC-SAR extended its rescue services to the Tampa Bay boating community. EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980. Responding to over 500 calls for assistance each year, EC-SAR is recognized as a valuable resource by the Coast Guard, 911 emergency response, fire
departments and law enforcement. The program has grown to become one of the most respected search and rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida.
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Ryan Dilkey, Associate Director for the Eckerd College Search & Rescue Program (EC-SAR) was our meeting speaker today. EC-SAR is one of the most unique co-curricular programs available to full-time, degree seeking Eckerd College students. Under the direction of professionally trained staff members, students coordinate the utilization of four rescue boats and an operations/communications center to save lives and property on a daily basis.  

The team was founded in 1971 in an effort to provide safety services for the college’s watersports activities. In 1977, EC-SAR extended its rescue services to the Tampa Bay boating community. EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980. Responding to over 500 calls for assistance each year, EC-SAR is recognized as a valuable resource by the Coast Guard, 911 emergency response, fire
departments and law enforcement. The program has grown to become one of the most respected search and rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida.

Four club Rotarians plus one from Brandon relocated the Rotary Camp Florida offices last Saturday. It is amazing just how many very full file cabinets one little camp can accrue during a couple decades. Taken at day’s end, it would be fair to say much of our good attitude had waned by that point (except for new Rotarian Ozzie!) Thanks to Doug Phares, Monte Trammer, Ron McCarty and Ozzie Sharief. ... See MoreSee Less

Four club Rotarians plus one from Brandon relocated the Rotary Camp Florida offices last Saturday. It is amazing just how many very full file cabinets one little camp can accrue during a couple decades. Taken at day’s end, it would be fair to say much of our good attitude had waned by that point (except for new Rotarian Ozzie!) Thanks to Doug Phares, Monte Trammer, Ron McCarty and Ozzie Sharief.

Four club Rotarians plus one from Brandon relocated the Rotary Camp Florida offices last Saturday. It is amazing just how many very full file cabinets one little camp can accrue during a couple decades. Taken at day’s end, it would be fair to say much of our good attitude had waned by that point (except for new Rotarian Ozzie!) ... See MoreSee Less

Four club Rotarians plus one from Brandon relocated the Rotary Camp Florida offices last Saturday. It is amazing just how many very full file cabinets one little camp can accrue during a couple decades. Taken at day’s end, it would be fair to say much of our good attitude had waned by that point (except for new Rotarian Ozzie!)
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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