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 (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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Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

Congratulations to Scott Russell who was installed as the next president of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg tonight. Liz Heinkel handed over the gavel as outgoing president. Since Scott is an avid fisherman, the 2021-22 officers were installed with a fishing theme complete with fishing poles. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Scott Russell who was installed as the next president of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg tonight. Liz Heinkel handed over the gavel as outgoing president. Since Scott is an avid fisherman, the 2021-22 officers were installed with a fishing theme complete with fishing poles.Image attachment

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What a fun night . Thank you Liz for your presidential year of service ! Welcome Scott ! Looking forward to a great Rotary service year ! 💛💙

As usual, a great time was had by all. It was not to be missed.

Logan DeVicente, Vice President
St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation

Our program today was about the St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation. Logan DeVicente was our speaker. He is a part of history in St. Petersburg—and his commitment to our waterfront parks--runs deep. A fifth-generation native who has always been interested in family history. Logan’s great-great-grandfather, William L. Straub, led the effort to preserve and protect our public waterfront system and was the founder of the St. Petersburg Rotary Club over 100 years ago.

The mission of the Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation is to support and advocate for the preservation and enhancement of the historic waterfront parks, which run along Tampa Bay near the Downtown core with Flora Wylie Park (13th Ave. NE. & North Shore Dr. NE) as the northern boundary and Poynter Park (1000 3rd St. S) as the southern boundary.
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Logan DeVicente,  Vice President
St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation

Our program today was about the St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation. Logan DeVicente was our speaker. He is a part of history in St. Petersburg—and his commitment to our waterfront parks--runs deep.  A fifth-generation native who has always been interested in family history.  Logan’s great-great-grandfather, William L. Straub, led the effort to preserve and protect our public waterfront system and was the founder of the St. Petersburg Rotary Club over 100 years ago.

The mission of the Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation is to support and advocate for the preservation and enhancement of the historic waterfront parks, which run along Tampa Bay near the Downtown core with Flora Wylie Park (13th Ave. NE. & North Shore Dr. NE) as the northern boundary and Poynter Park (1000 3rd St. S) as the southern boundary.

What is the St. Pete Catalyst?

Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst, co-founder of The St. Petersburg Group, a partner at SeedFunders and host of St. Pete X - a local interview podcast, was the speaker at our club meeting today. stpetecatalyst.com/
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What is the St. Pete Catalyst?

Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst, co-founder of The St. Petersburg Group, a partner at SeedFunders and host of St. Pete X - a local interview podcast, was the speaker at our club meeting today.  https://stpetecatalyst.com/Image attachment

Rotary Club Blood Drive Day. The mostly hairless head in the background is Troy Willingham. ... See MoreSee Less

Rotary Club Blood Drive Day. The mostly hairless head in the background is Troy Willingham.
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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