The Club's primary fundraising efforts are the Rotary Youth Regatta to support the Coconut Grove Sailing Club's Youth Sailing Program, obtaining Rotary Foundation and Rotary District Matching Grants that have totaled over $150,000 benefiting local groups like the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative (TGHI), MYSEA and the Maria Burguera Foundation. We have also worked on international projects such as providing educational materials and medical supplies for the Guatemala and micro-loans in Columbia.
The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove is currently involved in a number of community service projects including helping to implement the City of Miami's Master Plan for Clarington Island (a spoil island just offshore from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club) to convert the island into a unique city park accessible only by boat. The Club also volunteers to coach, tutor and support the children who take part in the various programs offered by the Miami Youth Sports & Education Association (MYSEA) which includes several Pop Warner Youth Football teams and cheerleading squads and helping to prepare and serve a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove each year.
The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove was originally chartered in 1951 and is one of 50 Rotary Clubs in District 6690, which include Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. The District also includes Grand Bahama Island. Our civic-minded members embrace Rotary International's motto: "Service Above Self". The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove's focus is "to work smarter to make our community a better place for all and, at the same time, to build better friendships and have fun."
Kiwanis clubs are global service organizations that focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. Founded in 1926, the Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables sponsors a number of youth organizations including Key Clubs at: Coral Gables Senior High School, Gulliver School, Ace Academy, Sunli's Home (an orphanage in India), Boy Scout Troop 7 of Coral Gables, Cub Scout Pack 7 and Sylvania Heights Elementary School. This chapter of Kiwanis also presents the Nick Kotys Award each spring. The award is given to the most promising high school football player based on votes by high school coaches.
As a member of Kiwanis International, the Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables participates in The Eliminate Project. In joining forces with UNICEF, the Club intends to save thousands of lives by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. At the community level, the Kiwanis Club hosts toy drives and special events to raise funds that will benefit underprivileged children and help further the cause of other non-profit organizations such as the Miami Rescue Mission. The Club also recognizes the Officer of the Month and Officer of the Year in the Coral Gables Police Department for their dedication to keep our local community safe.
Kiwanis members meet at Noon on the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at JohnMartin's Restaurant located at 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida except for the months of February, May August and November, when the Club meetings are at Crave Restaurant in the Village of Merrick Park. In addition to discussing important topics, projects and fundraisers, the Club welcomes guest speakers to learn about prevalent issues and initiatives. If you are interested in being a guest at one of these luncheons, please contact Raquel Ramirez, Chapter President at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables
Rotary Club of Coconut Grove Fishing Tournament