The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek was chartered June 23, 2003. Our members are owners and executives of a variety of businesses and organizations, all united in the cause of service.
The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
Our members, as a group, decide how we raise money, and decide how we use that money to make a difference and impact in the world.
The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek was certified as a 100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club by The Rotary Foundation. Our club was also awarded the Presidential Citation for the 2009-2010 Rotary year, and the 2015-2016 Rotary year.
As a club, we are building new traditions and projects. We meet for lunch weekly on Tuesday at noon at the Westin Cypress Creek Hotel to exchange ideas, enjoy good fellowship, and enthusiastically make new friends as we help to improve our community.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to about 33,000 Rotary clubs. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotarians world wide practice what is known as The Four Way Test in their business and personal lives.
The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
For more information see “CONNECT FOR GOOD” and “THIS IS ROTARY“. Both are .pdf documents that you may read and print. They will add to your understanding of what Rotary is and what Rotary does. You may also view our videos “ROTARY BASICS” and “Doing Good in The World”
Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarian’s worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In 1985 when Rotary began its campaign to eradicate polio There were over a 1000 children a day dying from Polio, in 2001 there were less than 2000 cases for the year. Since then polio has been reduced 99%, yet the job is NOT done.
Our goal is to completely immunize the children of the world and defeat POLIO. When certification of a polio-free world occurs, the Rotarians will have personally contributed over US $600 million to this cause. In addition, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to actually give the drops of life on national immunization days in the remaining polio-endemic countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria.
The Rotary Foundation received a challenge grant of US $100 Million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November of 2007. In Feb of 2009 they raised the anti by donating an additional $355 Million to Rotary, making $100 Million of that donation another Challenge Grant to Rotary. Thereby raising the total Challenge Grant to $200 Million for POLIO eradication. Rotary and its 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million Rotarians have pledged to meet this challenge within three (3) years by matching this amount. On 14 February 2008 an additional US $3.5 million challenge grant was added by The Google Foundation. This challenge was to be met by Rotarians worldwide in one year, and it was done!
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
* President: Jeff Kostick
* Immediate Past President: Jeff Cox
* President-Elect: Garth Friesen
* Treasurer: Adonna Thayer
* Secretary: Caitlan Etchevers
* Service: Louis Balbirer
* Membership: Tammy Kennedy
* Fundraising – Sponsorships: Jose Cabrera
* Fundraising – Operations: Steve Breitbart
* Fundraising – Event Director: Barbara Gobbi
* PI: Stu Opperman
Speaker: Chad Pugatch
Newsletter: Nickii Sonnenberg
Service Vice Chair: Tom Santoro
Membership Vice Chair: Lonni Cibants
Mentoring Program: Robert Slatoff
Executive Secretary: Steve Gehalo
Foundation: Elihu Phares
Youth: Elizabeth Edwards
Sergeant at Arms: Arnold Goldman
Social: Terry Breitbord, Susan Newton & Mike Ritter