Message from Mike Hall
President, Rotary Club of Inverness, 2018 - 2019
Welcome to our website and our club.
“We make a difference in our community and the world” is why we are Rotary Club of Inverness Rotarians. Our club has three passions in service: Empowering Struggling Youth, Feeding the Hungry, and Housing the Homeless.
Now that you have visited our club virtually I invite you to come visit our club in person and experience how we are truly making a difference. Our meetings are filled with fellowship, fun and crucial information about our community. Known for being a welcoming club of more than 80 highly engaged members, we are part of Rotary International's 1.2 million members worldwide.
Again, I invite you to come and join us for lunch at fellowship at noon on Tuesday. See you soon.
Yours in Rotary Service
Founded in 1971, the Rotary Club of Inverness was the first Rotary Club in Citrus County. We are proud to have sponsored, directly or indirectly, every Rotary Club, and every Rotary-associated club in the county.
We are proud to have contributed to a major landmark in the City of Inverness, the well-known Whispering Pines Park. Many years ago our club was instrumental in securing and assisting in development of the area for park use, and our Rotary wheel is on the pillars we built at the park's entrance. Today the facility is used by residents and visitors from all over the county. The club now is focusing on another, nearby, public facility, Bryant Park.
Our current emphasis is youth development. In fulfilling this mission we award scholarship funds to Citrus High School seniors as well as to Withlacoochee Technical College students annually.
We honor two outstanding students from Citrus High School and two from Inverness Middle School each month while school is in session as Rotary Students of the Month. They are recognized during one of our weekly Tuesday meetings at the Inverness Golf and Country Club , with proud parents or guardians also in attendance. Additionally, we sponsor two students to attend the annual Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders [S4TL], a week-long program held on the campus of Florida Southern College. We also host and sponsor students for the international Rotary Youth Exchange.
To raise money for these and other activities, we promote major annual fundraising that includes a craft beer festival and other events. Members provide funds through weekly giving of happy/sad dollars and the celebration of anniversaries and birthdays.
Our club is an affiliate and supporter of Rotary International, whose efforts to eradicate polio, with the aid of the World Health Organization and multiple governments, is now coming to closure. Through Rotary International our club participates in projects throughout the world, including water and food resource development and disaster relief.
Membership in Rotary is by invitation. If you are interested in the works we do, seek out a Rotarian and introduce yourself. We welcome those who are interested in living our motto of promoting Service Above Self.