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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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2 days ago
Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

Just back from Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas. Club members Scott Russell, Melanie Simon, Jan Davidson and Doug Phares spent a week building hurricane shutters in (still-from- Dorian) devastated communities. The project was in conjunction with St Pete based Sol Relief.

Sol Relief.

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Rotary Club Wraps Up Year-Long Centennial Celebration

The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg turned 100 on January 2, 2020. As part of the year-long Centennial celebration, the club provided over $133,000 for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to purchase food for the We Help Food Pantry to meet the increased needs of the community during the pandemic.

Today, during a check presentation to the Free Clinic, the club also rededicated the refurbished William Straub memorial marker in Straub Park with members of the Straub Family in attendance. The DeVicente Family represents the great and great great grandchildren of Mr. Straub.

The club was founded by former St. Petersburg Times editor, William Straub and other community leaders, and was one of the first 200 clubs chartered by Rotary International (today there are over 35,000 clubs worldwide).
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Rotary Club Wraps Up Year-Long Centennial Celebration

The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg turned 100 on January 2, 2020. As part of the year-long Centennial celebration, the club provided over $133,000 for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to purchase food for the We Help Food Pantry to meet the increased needs of the community during the pandemic.

Today, during a check presentation to the Free Clinic, the club also rededicated the refurbished William Straub memorial marker in Straub Park with members of the Straub Family in attendance. The DeVicente Family represents the great and great great  grandchildren of Mr. Straub.

The club  was founded by former St. Petersburg Times editor, William Straub and other community leaders, and was one of the first 200 clubs chartered by Rotary International (today there are over 35,000 clubs worldwide).Image attachment

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So fabulous! Congratulations!

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2 weeks ago
Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg's Run / Walk for the Roses was a big success today. Lots of families participated in this first annual event, held on Kentucky Derby Day on the streets of Snell Isle. Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Pete Free Clinic. See race results at: runsignup.com/Race/Results/109733#resultSetId-250248;perpage:100 ... See MoreSee Less

Each year, the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg does an Easter egg hunt and provides lunch to the children living at the Salvation Army's Sallie House, a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse or, neglect or — even abandonment. This past weekend, members of the club and their families enjoyed helping with this annual tradition. It takes on an extra special meaning since the house is also named in memory of Bob and Margaret Keelean. Bob was a past president of our club as was his daughter, Lisa Keelean was also a past president. ... See MoreSee Less

Each year, the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg does an Easter egg hunt and provides lunch to the children living at the Salvation Armys Sallie House, a safe haven for children who have been removed from their home because of abuse or, neglect or — even abandonment. This past weekend, members of the club and their families enjoyed helping with this annual tradition. It takes on an extra special meaning since the house is also named in memory of Bob and Margaret Keelean. Bob was a past president of our club as was his daughter, Lisa Keelean was also a past president.

Our program today was an update on Bayfront Heath, recently acquired by Orlando Health.

Lorraine Parker, Chief Nursing Officer,
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg; Assistant Vice President

Lorraine Parker, MSN, RN, CENP, is the chief nursing officer at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, leading the hospital’s nursing vision, strategic direction and delivery of care. She is focused on continually enhancing the culture of providing quality patient care that is evident at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.
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Our program today was an update on Bayfront Heath, recently acquired by Orlando Health.

Lorraine Parker, Chief Nursing Officer, 
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg; Assistant Vice President

Lorraine Parker, MSN, RN, CENP, is the chief nursing officer at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, leading the hospital’s nursing vision, strategic direction and delivery of care. She is focused on continually enhancing the culture of providing quality patient care that is evident at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

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Thank you for taking care of us Paula

1 month ago
Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL

Our program today was about St. Petersburg's historic Sunken Gardens. Our members attended the meeting in person at the Yacht Club and on Zoom,

Steve Viti is a docent and a master gardener at St. Petersburg's Sunken Gardens. After tending his own South Florida gardens for 30+ years, Steve obtained his Florida Master Gardener Certificate and began doing volunteer work at local botanical gardens, first at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach and then Sunken Gardens beginning in 2018 as a docent. Steve greatly enjoyed giving his regular weekly docent tours for approximately two years before the pandemic hit and looks forward to its end so he can get back to giving tours at one of Florida's most beautiful gardens. Steve lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Nancy Dahlberg.
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Our program today was about St. Petersburgs historic Sunken Gardens. Our members attended the meeting in person at the Yacht Club and on Zoom,

Steve Viti is a docent and a master gardener at St. Petersburgs Sunken Gardens. After tending his own South Florida gardens for 30+ years, Steve obtained his Florida Master Gardener Certificate and began doing volunteer work at local botanical gardens, first at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach and then Sunken Gardens beginning in 2018 as a docent. Steve greatly enjoyed giving his regular weekly docent tours for approximately two years before the pandemic hit and looks forward to its end so he can get back to giving tours at one of Floridas most beautiful gardens. Steve lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Nancy Dahlberg.

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It was a great program! Thank you Steve 🌸

This is a hidden jewel in Saint Petersburg. Bring your family!

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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