Many say we live in paradise! With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the world’s “best” beaches, a vibrant economy and a thriving arts community, it’s hard to argue. Amidst all this, Rotary is alive and well in southwest Florida.
District 6960 incorporates the 50 clubs from Palmetto and Bradenton south to Naples and Marco Island, Clewiston and Arcadia to the east and Sanibel-Captiva and Anna Marie Island to the west. We are 2,300 members strong engaged in service to make our communities better places for all to live, work, grow and play. Our charitable spirit, presence and support reaches all over the world to improve the lives of people we don’t know by building communities with clean water, literacy, health and opportunity as well as eradicating the disease of polio from the earth. The promotion of peace is paramount in our programs of cultural exchange among high school students, advanced scholars and vocational training teams.
While some believe that Florida is primarily a place to retire, our Rotary clubs represent a rich diversity of old and young, working and retired, men and women from all vocations, parents of young children and grandparents of college students. We have a unique opportunity to embrace the experienced Rotarians transferring from long-standing northern membership who are relocating for the next step in their life’s journey.
Our clubs are active all year round with food and wine festivals, cardboard boat races, park clean-ups, music festivals, armadillo races and more. Visiting Rotarians and those considering joining Rotary for the first time will find acquaintance and fellowship, ethical business leaders and those providing service in their community and networking with others to build goodwill and understanding. Young professionals will find educational programs, leadership development and mentoring experiences. The newly retired seeking an outlet for their volunteer time and charitable goals can partner with like-minded Rotarians in any of our clubs.
If you are vacationing for a few days or weeks, residing for a season or permanently relocating, District 6960 and its 50 Rotary clubs are the place for you. In Rotary, Governors are in office for just one year, but Rotarians give their time, talent and treasure day in and day out for better communities and a world of opportunity for all people everywhere. Join us!