Service Above Self
Dear Prospective Member,
Thank you for considering membership in the Rotary Club of Vero Beach.
Within Indian River County, there are currently five Rotary clubs. Our Club was the first and we received our Charter on June 9, 1926. We just celebrated 93 years of service! Our club is part of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide and over 35,000 clubs in 200 countries. Our Club is within District 6930, which embraces 46 Clubs from Titusville to Boca Raton.
Rotary is all about providing service within the community; creating fellowship amongst the Club’s members and encouraging personal and professional development. We currently have over 50 members spanning many decades of life, which makes an interesting and energetic mix of experiences and enthusiasm. We live by Rotary International’s Motto of “Service above Self”.
We support a variety of local community projects and seek ways to help Children, Students and Adults. We are the founding partner of the Rotary Clubs of Indian River County’s Rotary Partnership with Hope Resale Boutique, on US 1 in Wabasso. 100% of all thrift store proceeds are distributed through us to help non-profits and local environmental projects.
We are partners with Publix & IRC Schools, supplying every school with dedicated plastic bag recycling receptacles. We supply large receptacles to commercial businesses, facilitating the recycling of plastic film/wrap.
Our Club co-established "RISSA" (Rotary Initiative for Submerged Seagrass Awareness) and is one of the original Clean Water Coalition of IRC partners; assisting with initiatives of non-profit agencies to improve water quality and shoreline restoration.
We award scholarships to Indian River State College students and we have an active mentorship and guest-speaker program with them. Each year, our club works together with the other 4 clubs to organize and sponsor our annual Oktoberfest event that raises money towards Rotary’s objective of eradicating Polio. Our Club has a 501 (c) 3 Foundation that has awarded grants to over 45 local non-profit organizations totaling over $120,000 since 1966.
We also have a number of social events during the year to promote fellowship and camaraderie.
Please have a look at the enclosed information and visit the websites list below for:
Rotary International- www.rotary.org
Our club www.Rotaryclubofverobeach.com
Our district www.rotary6930.org
Our regular weekly meetings are held at noon each Thursday at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. We meet over lunch with a speaker presentation on a variety of local and international topics.
The joining process requires you to complete and return the attached application to your sponsor. It will then be reviewed by the board of directors. Upon the board’s approval, you will meet with a few of the board members to discuss the rational for you wishing to join the Club. The final step to acceptance will be approval from the membership, in which your application will be forwarded to for review. Once approved by all, you will be formally welcomed into the club at a subsequent meeting.
Should you have any questions, please contact your sponsor or myself. We look forward to you becoming a valuable member of our Rotary Club of Vero Beach!
Sincerely yours in Rotary,
Stuart Kennedy President 2019-2020