Our History

Rotary International

Rotary was founded in 1905 with an initial focus on Rotarian-to-Rotarian business networking, and the fun and fellowship associated with a social organization. Throughout Rotary’s first century, the object expanded to feature service in the community, the workplace and throughout the world. Today, Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”

Club Charter

In 2011, two Rotary clubs, Bloomingdale-FishHawk and Riverview merged to form the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview. Attracted by the strong spirit of friendship and service, Rotarians from several other clubs transferred to FishHawk-Riverview and the club quickly began attracting new members from the local community. With a wide range of backgrounds, interests, resources and vocations, approximately 50 neighbors, friends and community leaders come together to create positive, lasting change, locally and around the world. The club reinforces a sense of community and fellowship, while Rotary International provides a global connection unlike any other organization. Dating back to the original club charter in 2002, the present-day Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview club offers something for anyone committed to making the word a better place.

FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club Foundation

The FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that supports the work of FishHawk-Riverview Rotarians. Since the club’s inception, members have been involved in numerous projects, including Rotary’s Camp Florida, High School Interact, College & Vocational Scholarships, Dictionary Distribution, The Rotary Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Crawfish Festival, Lighted Boat Parade, Seminar For Tomorrow’s Leaders, Local Road Clean-up, Group Study Exchange, Project C.U.R.E., and Rotary Youth Exchange.

FishHawk-Riverview Rotarians also actively support community organizations, such as E.C.H.O., Brandon Outreach Clinic, and Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Internationally, the club has made clean water a key area of focus, providing sustainable, life-saving bio-sand filters to needy families in Honduras. Total annual donations exceed $25,000.

Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview at Winthrop

The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview launched a satellite Rotary club in Winthrop Town Centre in 2013. Meeting on Thursday nights at 5:00 pm, the Winthrop satellite club offers an alternative, more casual, after-hours atmosphere. Satellite participants remain members of the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary Club, with the added flexibility of meeting at time that better suits their availability.

About the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview

The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview envisions a club of dedicated members, a community of engaged citizens, and a world of peaceful societies, where differences are valued, the less fortunate are served, and new generations are inspired to build a better tomorrow.

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