Plant City Rotary recognized for leadership, service
PLANT CITY - The Plant City Daybreak Rotary recently took home a number of group and individual awards at Rotary's district conference, held at the Tampa Palms Golf and Country club May 31 through June 1. Honors awarded to the Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club were for achievements such as designing the best website in the small club division and expanding their membership from 19 to 23 members. "It's basically an opportunity for clubs to get together to share their ideas and what they're doing," said George Banning, president-elect of the Plant City Daybreak Rotary. But it was the Rotary club's volunteer efforts and charitable donations throughout Plant City's communities that set them a part in the small club division. In the last year, the club gave $4,900 to the Rotary Foundation and $10,500 to local charities and schools. Members also participated in local projects and organizations such as volunteering with the United Food Bank of Plant City, and provided meals for the Plant City Garden Club's Garden Fest and school programs such as Tomlin Pride at Tomlin Middle School and breakfast with Santa at Springhead Elementary School.Internationally, they were active in the Group Study Exchange where they spent four days hosting visitors from Taiwan. In total, honors and recognitions awarded to the Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club for the past year of service in the small club division were for 2012-13 Best Club Website, Governor's Blue-Gold Challenge, and Demonstrating the Rotary Theme of "peace through service." Individual awards given to members in the small club division went to President-elect George Banning for Club Builder Award, Citation for Meritorious Service, and Rotary Service Above Self Award. Current President Rob Evans was voted 2012-2013 Outstanding Club President in the small club division.