A “Ringing Success”! Yesterday afternoon, 7 December, the Rotary Club of Murdock took their turn and rang the bell for the Salvation Army.

The first shift was filled by Paul Rizzo, with Jim and Penny Deutsch. They were relieved by Dr. Ric and Avery Gauthier.

Then Walt and Hallie Powers took their turn and rang the bell in time to Christmas music 🎶. We received a great number of compliments and the kettle was filled to overflowing.

We wish all our friends and families a very Merry Christmas 🎄🎁!

Each year The Rotary Club of Murdock supports JACD (Just Against Children Drowning) Twin Tot 5K Walk/Run.  This year the event was held 12 Nov 2019.  Great event, wonderful success!

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The Rotary Club of Murdock memorialized another former Rotarian, Rev. Jim Broomall, who recently passed away. Jim was a wonderful man and great supporter of The Rotary Foundation. We planted a Bald Cyprus tree in Jim’s honor at the Charlotte County Ollie’s Pond Park. This was a park Jim frequented on a daily basis when he was able. We will all miss Jim and may he rest in peace!


The Rotary Club of Murdock is STILL making a difference!

2019 Port Charlotte High School Senior Awards. The Rotary Club of Murdock is proud to support these great students! In the photo from left, Murdock Rotary Club President, Ric Gauthier, scholarship recipients Marc Jean-Louis, Alyssa Toth, Tristin Clark, and Christina Collins and Murdock Rotarian Paul Rizzo.

Many thanks to the wonderful sponsors of our fundraising efforts. This is one way we spend the proceeds of your generosity!


Yesterday, April 23, 2019, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners presented a Proclamation to one of our very own Murdock Rotarians, Paul DeMello.  It Proclaimed May 5, 2019, as Water Safety Awareness Day.  The Rotary Club of Murdock is proud to support the efforts of Just Against Children Drowning (JACD) to educate children and their families about water safety.

The Kindergarten Readiness Bag Program

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The Rotary Club of Murdock Tree Planting Project

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Arbor Day Proclaimation Ken Doherty, CC Board Chairman

Proclamation being presented to the Rotary Club of Murdock, on April 24, 2028, by Charlotte County Board of Commissioners.

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Planting trees in the Charlotte County Deep Creek Park. 

Walt, Paul, Judi, Dave, Marjie and Jim.


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 Planting trees in a preserve area in Riverwood.

Hallie, Kim and Walt (The Powers that be)

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Planting Trees in the Charlotte County Lake Spring Lake Park


The Rotary Club of Murdock is “Making a Difference”

The Rotary Club of Murdock awarded the three top Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest winners on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  The Essay Contest was held at the Murdock Middle School.

In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:


The Winners of the Essay Contest were:

(Click on the Certificate BELOW to read their Essay)


Essay subject, Cyber Bullying


Essay subject, Gun Control


Essay subject, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

2018-04-19 08.05.06 croppedPictured in the photo Back row: Murdock Rotarian, Lynn Nelson, Murdock Middle School teacher, David Herring, Murdock vice Principal, Dr. Michael Raney, and David Stelmaszek.  Middle row:  Murdock Club President, Paul Rizzo, Marie Hiselman, Umut Stelmaszek, and Murdock Rotarian, Ric Gauthier,  Front Row: Christlove Lauture, Summerlin Williams and  Melody Stelmaszek.  The three girls are displaying the Certificates they received for winning the essay contest.  Each also received a gift card. $75 for First Place, $50 for Second Place and $25 for Third Place.

The three winners of the Essay Contest were also presented with Certificates indicating donations to PolioPlus would be made in their names.  The donations would be enough to inoculate 50 children against Polio.2018-04-19 08.08.35 croppedIn the photo Murdock Rotary Club President is presenting the Essay winners with the PolioPlus Certificates.

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On May 11, 2017, the Rotary Club of Murdock attended the Port Charlotte High School Senior Awards.  The Club presented three students with scholarships.  Spencer Burkhart, Christina Vallone, and Analise DiIorio.  On June 1, 2017, the three scholarship recipients attended our regular Rotary meeting and told us what plans they have for their futures.  Additionally, two young ladies,  Corrine Bresky and Doren Staley, that will be attending S4TL (Seminar For Tomorrows Leaders) later this month, thanked the Club for sponsoring their attendance to S4TL.  They promised to give a full report to the Club upon their return.

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In the photo from the left: Corrine Bresky, Doren Staley, Spencer Burkhart, Christina Vallone, and Analise DiIorio.  The “Old Guy” between Spencer and “Tina” is the Murdock Club President, Walt Powers.  The students are holding certificates indicating The Rotary Club of Murdock has made a donation to PolioPlus in their names.


Friday, May 12, 2017, The Rotary Clubs of Murdock, Englewood and North Port Central had a “Fun Raiser” event at the Stone Crabs – Miracle baseball game.  The event’s purpose was to help educate children and parents about water safety.  See NEWS RELEASE below.




What do we do with the proceeds of our Fundraisers?

With the help of other Area Rotary Clubs & many generous sponsors, the Rotary Club of Murdock raised over $350,000 to create the Charlotte Harbor Center Adaptive Play Ground on Hancock Ave.

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Each year the Rotary Club of Murdock helps distribute dictionaries to 3rd graders in our area.

2016 Dictionary Day

With some of the funds we have raised, last year we donated an electronic player piano to the Charlotte High School Music Program


We also donated  funds to repair and replace Port Charlotte and Murdock Middle Schools’ band instruments



In conjunction with the Stone Crabs Baseball Organization, The Rotary Club of Murdock and the Port Charlotte High School Interact Club, a “Wrist Band” has been created to help young motor vehicle drivers pledge to “W8 2 TXT”.   Texting while driving is as dangerous as drinking and driving.  When their attention is diverted for a few seconds their lives, and the lives of others, are in jeopardy.  We hope the students wear the wrist band with pride!! 

PLEASE, “W8 2 TXT” (Wait to Text)

The Rotary Club of Murdock is involved in educating parents and grandparents in child water safety.  Click on the photos below to learn more about JACD and Josh the Baby Otter.


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The Rotary Club of Murdock sponsors The Port Charlotte High School Interact Club

The Members of The Rotary Club of Murdock volunteer, along with the Charlotte County United Way, to help the Harry Chapin Mobile Food Pantry at the Peace River Elementary School on a regular basis.

The Rotary Club of Murdock is proud that we are involved in the effort to eradicate Polio worldwide.  We all need to continue the fight to “END POLIO NOW”!!

End Polio Now!  This has been the goal of Rotary since 1985.

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The Rotary Club of Murdock supports S4TL, RYLA, and other youth programs including the co-sponsorship of the Port Charlotte High School Interact Club.


Click here to learn about S4TL

RYLAClick on the RYLA photo above to see a short YouTube video about the District 6960 – 2017 RYLA adventure!

Click here for RYLA 2018 Brochure

We support Shelter Box USA, the Wheelchair Foundation and “Gift of Life”!

Shelterbox USAAfter Viewing any of these websites, or photos click the back button to return to The Rotary Club of Murdock website.Back Button

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