Founded in 1960, our club is extremely active, taking on many projects serving our local community and Rotary International. Here are just a few of the projects that we support every year:

Youth Programs

  • Combined Service Awards – Youth Scholarships (Formerly the Youth Awards Dinner)

  • Interact Club at Booker High School

  • Dictionary Project

  • S4TL – Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders

  • RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

  • Health Career Club

  • Scholarships

Community Service

  • Salvation Army Food Baskets

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing

  • Combined Service Awards – Service Above Self Awards (Formerly the Service Above Self Awards Dinner)

  • Juvenile Diabetes Walk

International Programs

  • The Rotary Foundation

  • Rotary Gift of Life of Florida

  • Youth Exchange

  • Group Study Exchange

  • Sister City Exchange

  • Ambassadorial Scholarships

Community Service

Charitable Giving
In addition to all of the hands-on activities in which
we participate,  our generous members donate
substantial sums each year to The Rotary
Foundation and to The Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys
Foundation.

Over 65% of our members are Paul Harris Fellows in
The Rotary Foundation, and about 60% of our
members have made commitments to The Legacy
Society of The Rotary Club of Sarasota Keys
Foundation.

Interact Club at Booker High School
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for
young people ages 14-18. Our Interact Club at
Booker High School is full of students who want
to makes a difference in their community. We
are extremely proud to be their sponsors!

Dictionary Project
Every year, all of the Rotary clubs in our district
work together to distribute free dictionaries to
every 4th grade student in the district. Our club
distributes dictionaries to several local schools
each year.

S4TL (Seminar 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders)
Founded by members of our club, S4TL is an annual,
week long leadership training program for high
school juniors held at Florida Southern College in
Lakeland Florida. Each year, our club sponsors two
or three delegates.

RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
a leadership development program run by
Rotary. While participants can be any age, most
events focus on secondary school students,
university students, or young professionals.
RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and
include presentations, activities, and workshops
that cover a variety of topics.

Health Career Club
Founded by members of our club, The Health Care
Career Club at Sarasota Memorial Health Care
System introduced thousands of local high
school students to careers available in the medical
field during its existence.

Salvation Army Food Baskets
Twice a year, our club members go grocery shopping – not for themselves, but for needy families in the Sarasota area. We collect, sort, purchase, and deliver baskets of groceries to the Salvation Army, who then deliver the baskets to pre-screened   families in need.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Year after year, our club leads all organizations in the Sarasota/Manatee area in holiday fundraising for the Salvation Army, through our collection kettle on St. Armand’s Circle and through direct donations from our members.

Combined Service Awards Banquet
Each year, our club celebrates the accomplishments of more than a dozen local community volunteers and young people with a wonderful and moving banquet and award presentation at a prominent local restaurant.

Juvenile Diabetes Walk
Each year, our club is one of the leading organizations in the Sarasota area in fundraising at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk, and the only Rotary club involved.

Rotary Gift of Life
Our club is the Florida headquarters for this wonderful organization, which helps needy children from developing countries receive life-saving corrective heart surgery in participating hospitals in the USA.

Salvation Army Food Baskets on the SNN Channel 6 News!