About the Rotary Club of Englewood
As one of Englewood leading charitable and service organizations, the Rotary Club of Englewood has provided countless hours of volunteer service and significant monetary support for a variety of local causes since it was founded in 1959.
For more than 60 years, the club has divided its service to the community between hands-on, volunteer projects, and raising funds to help organizations and causes. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for not-for-profit organizations, helping Englewood cope with pressing issues ranging from illiteracy to domestic violence to homelessness and poverty.
The club’s philosophy is to provide general assistance wherever it is needed – thus it has provided volunteers for everything from building homes for low-income families to cleaning up Englewood’s beaches to delivering hot meals to the needy.
Over its history, the club has placed a strong emphasis on helping Englewood’s youth. Projects range from youth mentoring to after-school reading programs and scholarships.
The Rotary Club of Englewood Charitable Fund is a 501c3 organization that provides monetary grants directly to local charitable organizations.
In 2016, the club launched a major, multi-year initiative aimed at addressing water safety and drowning prevention in Englewood. A formal task force is now working in partnership with other local organizations and the club has begun new fundraising efforts to prevent drowning of children.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion We have a diverse membership, which over the course of the club's history has included prominent leaders from the business community and not-for-profit organizations.
Among our volunteer activities, we:
- Provide hands-on service support for a wide range of local not-for-profit organizations that help the needy.
- Raise money through our annual Wine & Swine, and other benefits, to fund the special projects of community organizations such as the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Jubilee Center, Habitat for Humanity, and many others.
- Organize local volunteers where help is needed, via our Rotary Community Volunteer Corps.
- Send youth-exchange students all over the world, and host exchange students from other countries.
- Host Rotary Graduate Scholars – who travel abroad for graduate study.
- Work with Rotarians in Haiti to build wells for clean water and promote maternal health and economic development.
- Provide thousands of dollars each year in scholarships to students at Lemon Bay High School.
Our Club’s History
In 1959 a few friends gathered and put together a list of business and professional people, informed them of the ideas, and invited them to a luncheon meeting. These potential members met and learned the story behind Rotary, organized, elected officers and applied for a charter. Ralph E Horton Sr. was elected the Rotary Club of Englewood's first President.
Rotary International issued the Club charter on May 28, 1959. The club has met every week for more than 60 years.
The history of the Rotary Club of Englewood has been a proud one of a group of men and women of varied backgrounds, faiths, experiences, and resources joined together through acquaintanceships turned friendships, and working together to serve others truly putting "service above self."