What is Rotary?

The main objective of Rotary is service—in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians provide goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self.”


In October 1968 an organizational meeting was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club. Many of the people at that meeting had been members of the South Seminole Junior Chamber of Commerce. A Provisional club was formed on January 24, 1969.

Harlan Tuck, an attorney, and Rotarian in the Orange County East Club, and Jack P. Toole, a banker, and Rotarian in the Maitland Club, were Seminole County residents and the driving force in the formation of the Club. Les Ginkle, past district 696 governors in 63-64, of the Winter Park club was also a great help. On March 8, 1969 the Club was admitted into Rotary International with 33 charter members.

The Charter Night Banquet was held on May 2, 1969 at the Mid-Florida Country Club, with Congressman William Chappell the key-note speaker. As Central Florida grew, more and more Rotary Clubs were formed, needing smaller Districts so the Governor could get around to all the Clubs. Our Club started out in District # 696 until July 1, 1970, when District # 695 was formed. In later years our present District # 698 was formed.