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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 is a writer for The Osprey Observer/The Christian Voice. She started as an intern in 2009 and upon finishing her internship, she was asked to stay on as a permanent writer for both papers. Libby lives in Brandon with her two rescue dogs, Olive and Bogey.