On June 29, 1964, 25 local business & professional men & their wives celebrated the presentation of the Charter of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral at the Cape Coral Yacht & Racquet Club. The Charter was dated May 21, 1964. RCCC was born!
Three of the 25 Charter Members were Rotarians from communities other than Cape Coral. One Charter Member was a native Floridian. The others were born in 14 States other than Florida. One member was from Canada.
The Charter Members had classifications such as Detective, Preacher, Trucking & Insurance. These were the men who helped to build Cape Coral & while they were building they all preached the 4-Way Test & the 4 Avenues of Service.
Early projects included building the Memorial Arch at the gateway to the City; planting hibiscus in median strips; sponsoring a petting zoo for special needs children; building bicycle racks at school bus stops; & building a Welcome Sign at the entrance to Cape Coral for service club insignias.
The famous Rotary Chicken Bar-B-Que was born as was Wednesday Night Bingo! Remember Bingo? Starting in 1971, International Students Exchange had students coming & going from Cape Coral to Belgium & Germany. Rotarians hosted young people & made them feel welcome in the sunshine.
The club built the Good Fellowship Rotary Float. The very first, time it left the dock a 911-dispatcher was heard to say, “I need help! There is a boat going down the center of Del Prado Boulevard all by itself!” A local Kiwanian & nearby dispatcher responded, “Let them go! I know who they are! That’s Cape Coral Rotary!” The riverboat & its Captains have since taken the Good Fellowship to championships throughout SW Florida.
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