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Rotary Club of Key Largo celebrates World Interact Week October 31st - November 6th, 2016
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys (November 1, 2016) - Together with 12,300 Rotary sponsored Interact Clubs worldwide, local Upper Keys youth celebrate World Interact Week. For 54 years, Interact has developed young leaders to take action to create a better world. This celebration takes place every year during the week of November 5th and commemorates the founding of the first Rotary Interact Club. The Rotary Club of Key Largo (RCKL) is a proud sponsor of the Coral Shores High School and Island Christian School Interact Clubs. The Be Awesome campaign, developed by the RCKL Communication’s Committee, in honor of World Interact Week, shares the stories of past and present Interactors and their PASSION for service.
This celebration of youth-driven service culminates when eight high school students from the Coral Shores and Island Christian School Interact Clubs join other district Interactors from South Florida at a one day Peace Is Possible conference, at the Miami-Dade Wolfson Downtown Campus. During the conference participants engage in teamwork and leadership workshops and gain valuable tools and connections to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
A desire to effect change is one reason why a Coral Shores Interactor was inspired to join the club, per Anthony Cosme, Junior at the high school. “I’ve seen the things they (Rotarians) do in the community and the world, and that inspired me to do the same, to change the world, and the community and myself,” he says.
The RCKL hopes the student’s attendance at the Interact conference will light the beacon of hope for these young people and inspire others within the Club to be agents of change. Participation in district conferences also widens their scope of possibilities by connecting them with like-minded students and their goals and projects. This year’s Keynote speaker at the Conference is Keith Fletcher, the Executive Director of City Year, Miami. His organization makes a difference in student lives every day and shares a similar purpose to Rotary in "Serving Humanity" and "making better happen" every day.
Leading the trip to the Conference on Saturday is two times past President for the Rotary Club of Key Largo, and F.K.E.C Chief Financial Officer, Cris Beaty. Beaty was a former Interactor at his Colorado high school and now serves as Rotary adviser to the Interact students at Coral Shores.
“To me, it’s the passion some of these kids have. It is incredible! It’s great to see them come up with an idea and work at it until they have succeeded,” says Beaty.
The first Interact club started in 1962, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Florida, USA. Two months later, the first Interact club outside the United States began in Tanjore, India. Today, with almost 400,000 members worldwide participating in more than 12,300 Interact clubs in over 100 countries, Interact is truly a global phenomenon. Each Interact Club at a local school has a faculty sponsor and Rotary adviser. The faculty sponsor for Coral Shores is Carmen Kelly with Cris Beaty as Rotary adviser. The faculty sponsor for Island Christian School is Christine Ledwith with Isis Wright as the Rotary adviser.
Click on the links to learn more about Interact and the Be Awesome campaign.
Ticket Sales Open for the 6th Annual Key Largo Brew on the Bay?
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys (Sept. 27, 2016) By Jennifer McComb - An expansive array of seafood dishes prepared by local chefs will for the first time be available at this year’s Key Largo Brew on the Bay. The sixth annual craft beer festival will be held at Rowell’s Marina on Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2-5:30 p.m.
The waterfront event is considered one of the best values of the Florida Keys because a $40 ticket ($50 at the gate) includes unlimited tasting of over 100 interesting beers. The event has grown a cult following of beer lovers of all ages who travel from across South Florida and from a number of different states.
Music performances by the Regs and other local bands put everyone in the mood for fun, and the event is famous for its sunset finale on the beautiful Florida Bay. Think you don’t like beer? You may be surprised to discover not just one but several you can enjoy among the myriad flavored hard ciders, coffee and chocolate porters, citrus ales, and fan favorites like the raspberry Framboise Lambic. Wine will also be available for sale by the glass. A new highlight for 2017 will be a variety of delicious seafood dishes available for purchase including Keys specialties like lobster, stone crab and hogfish.
VIP tickets for $75.00 each ($85 at the gate, if available) include one-hour early admission, priority parking, a souvenir glass, appetizers and specialty tastings in a VIP tent.
Brew on the Bay veterans say their favorite part is getting up close and personal with the people behind the craft at the annual Home Brew Competition, to be held Friday, January 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Key Largo Lion’s Club. Admission is $25 per person and includes appetizers from the Key Largo Conch House, music, and unlimited sampling of over 35 homebrews, the majority of which are not available to buy or taste anywhere else.
Tickets can be purchased online at KeyLargoBrewontheBay.com or if you’d like more information on becoming a sponsor.
Money raised at Key Largo Brew on the Bay funds free education grants of $500-1000+ for Upper Keys residents of all ages. So far over $60,000 has been raised. Classes that are eligible include nursing, law enforcement, marine mechanics and culinary arts. To download an application, visit www.keylargorotary.org
Rotary Club of Key Largo Presents Rotarian of the Year Award to Jennifer Miller
KEY LARGO, Florida Keys (Sept. 14, 2016) By Nada Khalaf-Jones - Rotary Club of Key Largo presented its prestigious Rotarian of the Year Award to Jennifer Miller.
"Jennifer Miller was selected as Rotarian of the Year for 2015-2016 not just for her accomplishments over a single year, but for her principled commitment to apply the "Ideals of Rotary" every day of her life as a Rotarian. She has clearly demonstrated that "Service Above Self" and practicing the "Four-Way Test” have made significant contributions to our Rotary club, to our community, and to our world. As a Past President of the organization and a member of many different committees, Jennifer is highly visible and active in virtually every club activity. She embodies a Rotary spirit that is contagious and she strives to share that spirit with a younger generation of Interact members encouraging them to start on their own Rotary journey of Service Above Self, and beyond," says Past President and Coral Shores High School Interact Club Advisor, Cris Beaty. The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do’ is a test used by Rotarians worldwide as a moral code for personal and business relationships.
Beaty presented Miller with her award at the Key Largo Hilton Hotel, where the KLRC meets every Wednesday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Miller is also a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who has contributed more than $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation. Multiple-time Paul Harris Fellows are recognized as they continue to contribute.
"I joined the Key Largo Rotary Club in 2006 because I saw all the great things they did for our community. I love Rotary because it's like a second family to me and it's great to see the impact we make locally and internationally - from local scholarships to eradicating polio worldwide, you get great satisfaction in making a difference in someone's life,” says Miller.
Miller, who became a Keys resident in 1996 made her mark as a Realtor and has been active for 13 years. Miller represents K Company and Insurance Agency, AFLAC.