History of the Rotary Club of College Park
The history of the College Park Rotary Club began in 1986 with a handful of business-men who were members of the Winter Park and Orlando Clubs. They believed that the neighborhood of College Park could sustain its own Rotary Club. With no official meeting place, they, along with others who would also become members, held their first meeting under the oak tree at Dubsdread Golf Course. Someone forgot to tell Dubsdread to have breakfast ready!
In 1987, the fabric of all Rotary clubs changed when women were invited to become members of Rotary. College Park Rotary led the way by inducting the first female member of Rotary in Central Florida, Dianne Glassman. That same year, Debbie Turner, joined the Club and in 2001 became the first female District Governor in Central Florida.
Throughout the years, club presidents and members have initiated fundraisers or service projects that have endured. College Park Rotary has been a strong supporter of Rotary International’s participation in polio eradication. In 2003, President Troy Yeomans challenged the Club to hold its first Taste of College Park Food and Wine Festival with Ronald McDonald House becoming a primary recipient from Taste proceeds. Taste has become a premier annual event in College Park, in fact, it is “College Park’s Best Night Out.”
In 2012, the Club became an affiliate with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and since then, more than 10,000 new books have been mailed to children from birth to five years of age in the area, at no cost to parents.
Since its beginning, the Rotary Club of College Park has supported area schools. We are proud to present a Student of the Month award each month during the school year to students from Edgewater High School, Bishop Moore Catholic High School, College Park Middle School and
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. We also sponsotr the Interact Club at Adgewater High School.
Rotary Club of College Park has a history of many more community and international service projects. Fellowship among our members remains a primary driving force to our success. We welcome all people who are interested in bringing new ideas and energy to our cause. Meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 am in the Historic Ballroom at Dubsdread – we no longer meet under the oak tree!