The Valrico Rotary is looking for more members so the club can get chartered. It currently has 23 members; it needs 25 to be chartered. Even though it is not technically a Rotary, it has raised more than $7,000 for various charities within the Brandon community

“Service above self” is the motto of any rotary, but the Valrico Rotary isn’t a Rotary…yet.  It is looking for more members to get chartered. Currently, it has 23 members, it needs two more to be granted the charter. This technicality has not stopped it from being a force in the Brandon community. In its first five months of existence, it raised more than $7,000, which was split between The Haley House Fund and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Haley House Fund provides living arrangements for families while their loved ones are being treated at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation offers full scholarship grants to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. It’s also adopted two roads in the community and clean on a quarterly basis.

“We like going out and cleaning because we get to be involved in the community and we have fun,” said Chris McGuire, of the Valrico Rotary.

The next event it has pledged to be a part of is a skeet shoot with FishHawk Sporting Clays to help raise funds for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club on Saturday, March 31. The Rotary will also be hosting a food fundraiser at Camp Rotary Florida on Saturday, May 5, and the goal is to raise $10,000 for this event. Meeting this goal will allow it to continue to support various charities within the Brandon community.

“We hope we get enough members to get chartered so we can keep on doing what we are doing which is raising money for charity and helping our community,” said McGuire.

If you would like more information on the Valrico Rotary or if you would like to become a member, you can visit the Website at or you can come to one of their meetings. The club meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Beef ‘O ’Brady’s in Bloomingdale, which is located at 4330 Bell Shoal’s Rd .

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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.