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Past Presidents

Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale

1922-23 John D. Sherwin

1923-24 Charles E. Fritz

1924-25 Reverend R.D. Tracy

1925-26 C.J. Joiner (½ year)

1926-27 J.S. Rickards (½ year)

1927-28 A.J. Beck

1928-29 Russell Snow

1929-30 William A. Glass

1930-31 J.A. Raymond

1931-32 Ulric Bennett

1932-33 Maxwell Baxter

1933-34 C.C. Freeman

1934-35 J.B. Fannin

1935-36 W.J. Eastman

1936-37 Dr. O.C. Brown

1937-38 August Burghard

1938-39 Jackson McDonald (½ year)

1939-41 Holt McPherson (1 ½ year)

1941-42 W.M. Ketchin

1942-43 Howard Pierce

1943-44 Dallas Swindle

1944-45 Carlyle Sweet

1945-46 Harry Randel

1946-47 Paul W. Myers, Sr.

1947-48 J.B. Patterson

1948-49 A.W. Putnam

1949-50 E. Thomas Wilburn

1950-51 C.I. Pierce

1951-52 Robert A. Childers

1952-53 Robert V. Roberts

1953-54 Richard W. Ward

1954-55 Harlow Davock

1955-56 E. Peter Clements

1956-57 Mark S. Bibson

1957-58 Grant I. Clarke

1958-59 Ernest N. Orr

1959-60 William B. Hulett

1960-61 Thomas A. Cook

1961-62 William J. Burke

1962-63 Thord M. Marshall

1963-64 Sam O. O’Bryan, Jr.

1964-65 A.W. Saarinen, Jr.

1965-66 Robert H. Six

1966-67 John C. Miller

1967-68 Ben A. Bolinger

1968-69 Clem E. Bininger

1969-70 Walter F. Dunn

1970-71 Robert E. Shepard

1971-72 Robert H. Pfeifer

1972-73 E. Birch Willey

1973-74 Clinton D. Hamilton

1974-75 Charles Creighton

1975-76 J.B. Richner

1976-77 Mitchell J. Alles

1977-78 Donald T. Glenn, Jr.

1978-79 Charles H. Bolton, III

1979-80 Ralph A. Marrinson

1980-81 Harvey E. Ramsey, III

1981-82 James E. Houston

1982-83 I. Fred Anderson

1983-84 R. William Weimer, Jr.

1984-85 Allan C. Sorensen

1985-86 William L. McGee, Jr.

1986-87 Romney C. Rogers

1987-88 Eugene M. Jones

1988-89 G. Wilkerson Gilbert

1989-90 John Dorner

1990-91 Ian C.R. Gail

1991-92 Thomas L. Tapp

1992-93 M. Scott Whiddon

1993-94 Roger Arndall

1994-95 R. Stephen Botkin

1995-96 Gene A. Whiddon, Jr.

1996-97 Walter L. Morgan

1997-98 Lloyd Rhodes

1998-99 John Siegle

1999-00 John Carroll

2000-01 Lynn Hayes

2001-02 Melissa Aiello 

2002-03 Dan Arnold III

2003-04 Steve Picha

2004-05 Michael Grimme

2005-06 Marvin Chaney

2006-07 Jon Erik Gundlach

2007-08 Marty Kurtz

2008-09 Ray Williams

2009-10 William Gundlach, III

2010-11 John Gustafson

2011-12 Robert M. Easton, Jr.

2012-13 Charles Felix

2013-14 Steve Leinicke

2014-15 Anthony J. Abbate

2015-16 Mike Sanchez

2016-17 Tom Powers

2017-18 Jonathan Keith

2018-19 David Kramer

2019-20 Pat McNamara

2020-21 Perry Monioudis

2021-22 Terry Robinson

2022-23 Jaye Abbate

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Rick Riccardi

2023-2024 Club President

Club President Letter 2023-24

Hello Fellow Ft. Lauderdale Rotarians,

I’m so proud to be your President this year. This is not a “job” I had hoped for in my later years but one that I’m excited about, and more than willing to do. “Service Above Self” and being a “Servant Leader” are principles in life (not just in Rotary) that I, hopefully, will be positively measured by.

This year, thankfully, does not have the obstacles of COVID and the aftermath of COVID to deal with. Thanks to Perry, Terry, and Jaye, our three previous leaders, I now have the opportunity to lead this club to new heights of accomplishments.

We are off to a good start with so many of you stepping up to participate in so many ways. Every member will be asked and given the opportunity to be of service to the club or to the community. We are all here to be of service, and hopefully you will all find that opportunity by serving on a committee or participating in one or more service projects. For that reason, I will make sure you all know about each committee and service project, week after week.

I would like to initiate two new long-term service projects for our club that, I believe, conform with Rotary International’s initiatives on “Bringing Hope to The World”. The first is Homelessness and Behavioral Health (including mental health and substance-use disorder).  The second is Urban Farming or “Agrihood” to bring better health (mental and physical) to our neighborhoods.

I will make sure that the new members are welcomed with enthusiasm and are included immediately in our weekly luncheons and service projects. I will ask you members with more time in our club to be of service to the club by sharing your time with other members who need to feel wanted and included. To help this along, I’m promoting the idea of a random seating system at lunch for those of you who don’t have a guest or have some reason to have to sit with a specific member.

I’m also trying a new weekly meeting structure. In order to get to know each other better, I’m asking you to volunteer to tell us who you are. On the first Wednesday of each month, we will have a club meeting that will include two of our members who are willing to tell us their story in a 12-minute presentation, with or without slides.

We will continue to have our evening social meeting on the last Wednesday of the month and continue to have our speaker luncheon meetings the other two or three Wednesdays each month.

We now have about 120 members, of which about 50 are new in the last two years. Our intention is to have more new members to replace and exceed the average 15% of members who leave the club each year. This club is here to serve each other and to serve the community – local and worldwide. Let’s let the community know what we do and how we serve, so others may have the opportunity to join us in service. I look forward to our Public Image Committee, with all its Information Technology commitment and talent, being very busy this year getting the word out on our club’s behalf.

Let’s be the best we can be.


Rick Riccardi, Club President 2023-24
Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale

International Projects

Volunteer With Us

As we begin our Rotary year, here is a quick reminder of the service projects we have on our schedule so far. We do not have exact dates for everything, but please keep these projects in mind and be on the lookout for more information. If you would like to help with any of these projects, please contact the chair directly. If you have ideas for new projects, please contact Kristin LaFleur or St. George Guardabassi.

  • Find Your Way Home – Jorg Hruschka – Select Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Holiday Toy Drive – Linda Cooke – October – December
  • Thanksgiving Baskets – Steve Botkin – Saturday, November 18
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Steve Botkin – December
  • Challenge Air – Dan Rizzi – January 26 & 27
  • Agape Love Breakfast – Gail Auguston-Koppen – February 9 & 10

Rotarians In Action

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