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The Brandon South Rotary Club had many reasons to celebrate at their May meeting. At their district conference for a second year in a row, the club won a “Presidential Citation” and “Best Small All Around Club” for their district. The club also welcomed two new members, Hank Mart and Sharon Moss. Both Mart and Moss received Rotary pins during a pin ceremony which also took place during the meeting. The highlight of the gathering was a check presentation to three local organizations, E.C.H.O (Emergency Care Help Organization), Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center and United Cerebral Palsy. The club had money raised from community fundraisers and wanted to give the funds to organizations they felt made a difference in the Brandon community. Each organization received a check for $500.

“We would love to do this every year,” said Marie Gilmore, Public Relations Chair for Brandon South Rotary, about the check presentation. The Brandon South Rotary participates in numerous programs within the community, such as E.C.H.O. food drives and fashion shows, books and cards for the troops and the handicap ramp project, just to name a few. Irma Davila, President of the Brandon South Rotary Club, is very proud of her members and all that they have done for Brandon community.

“Every member of this club puts in 110 percent into this club,” Davila said. The next event that the Rotary will be a part of is the Brandon 4th of July parade. If you would like to become a member of the Brandon South Rotary Club, meeting Wednesdays at 12 noon at Buckhorn Country Club on Miller Rd. in Valrico, or to see a full list of programs the Rotary sponsors, please visit

The Brandon South Rotary Club presented checks to E.C.H.O., United Cerebral Palsy, and Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center for making a difference in the Brandon community.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.