VIDEO – Congressman Allen West on the value of Rotary Service


Uploaded by on Jan 8, 2012

The “Newsmaker Series” at the Rotary Cub of Palm Beach, brings national and local leaders to the club to engage in dialog about the important issues of our day. On Thursday 1/5/12 we had the pleasure of hosting U.S. Congressman Allen West, Representative of District 22, who provided the club an update and an overview of what is happening in the nation’s capital. After his formal remarks, covered by WPEC Channel 12 and the Palm Beach Daily News, I asked the Congressman to comment on Rotary Service and what it means to our communities and the world. To see news coverage from the event, please copy links below and place in your web brouser:

Palm Beach Daily News:…
TV 12:

The Rotary Club of Palm Beach is the oldest club on the island and a leading Club in District 6930. The club was founded in 1953 and has counted among its members the most distinguished business and professional leaders in Palm Beach. The Honorable Gail Coniglio, Mayor of the Town of Pam Beach, is an Honorary Member as was the late President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The Club meets every Thursday, 12:00 pm at the Breakers, Palm Beach. Last year, the Rotary Club of Palm Beach was the fastest growing Rotary Club in Rotary District 6930, adding 14 new members and growing its club Foundation during the same period from $460,000 to over $700,000.

A Heritage of Giving:
Since 1998, the club has awarded more than $420,000 in scholarships, on average about $30,000 a year, to local students with outstanding academic records, a track record of community service, from families where there is financial need.

Rotary International:
Paul Harris founded Rotary International in Chicago in 1905. In its second century, Rotary has over 33,000 clubs and 1.2 million members in 200 nations living by the principal of “Service Above Self.” Rotary is the world’s largest networking, fellowship and humanitarian organization, comprised of business, professional and community leaders who pride themselves in living and doing business with honesty and integrity and giving back to the community.

The club’s weekly meetings are known for fellowship and fun, plus valuable information and networking you can use in your business or profession. The Club also sponsors international educational programs, like Rotary’s Ambassadorial Program, a graduate degree scholarship of the Rotary Foundation larger than the Fulbright Scholarship program, although less well known; Rotary’s Youth Exchange which brings qualified high school students to the area for a one year study program; and Group Study Exchange, an international vocational development program. The club participates in continuous local community service projects, filling its Box of Hope each month with items to support those in need.

For More Information, Contact:
Bill Pearl, President at 61-691-9912 or 61-371-8587 cell, or
For Membership Information, Contact
Richard Zaretsky, Esq. 561 689 6660 or email

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-Margaret Mead


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