Community Service Committee

Committee Members

  • Service Projects Chair: Laura Dobrzanski & Margarita Lartitegui
  • Lifenet4families Chair: Steve LaVault
  • Susan B. Anthony Chair:  Lisa Mooney
  • HANDY Chair: Steve Goldstein
  • Harvest Drive Chair: Keith Petron and Michael Freedland
  • HOPE Outreach Center:  TBD
  • Weston YMCA: John Antonelli
  • Veterans Residence Chair: Tim Werner
  • First Tee of Broward Chair: Dan Young
  • Broward Chapter, American Red Cross Chair: Rich Helber
  • Habitat for Humanity Chair:  Pete Gannett
  • Salvation Army Chair:  TBD
  • Broward Public Library Foundation Chair:  TBD

Role of the Community Service Committee

Community Service is at the core of the Rotary Club of Weston’s purpose. Through community service, the Rotary Club of Weston seeks to affirm and provide an important venue for “Service Above Self.”

The Rotary Club of Weston focuses on projects where the Club can provide volunteers or funding that render services for children and families in need. While our geographic center is Weston, our projects may address needs in greater Broward County. We seek to undertake projects that can best utilize the Rotary Club of Weston’s member resources. These include the Club’s human capital, its member talents, interests and time. Community service opportunities are designed to produce results and as a side benefit, provide personal and club pride.

Promoting Visibility Inside and Outside the Club

Community Service programs provide an opportunity for small and large groups of beneficiaries in our community to enjoy and appreciate the generosity of club members. Rotary of Weston has earned strong recognition in the community for solving needs in a wide variety of places and ways. Club members have demonstrated an interest in hands on, “one on one” as well as in “many for more” challenges. The Club lends its human and financial support to a many worthwhile projects.

Current programs include assisting students educational and well being need, feeding needy families, assisting adults re-entering society, providing support and assistance to veterans, and providing gifts and support where members’ resources can make a difference.  Members are encouraged to suggest projects where the Club’s capabilities and efforts can meet a need and provide a service.

Current Projects

  • LifeNet4Families, a cooperative feeding program providing daily hot meals , weekly food baskets , vocational and food stamp assistance, clothing and hygiene facilities to needy families.  The Club currently makes periodic visits to staff the food service lines and also provides funding and manpower for various improvement projects at the facility.
  • Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, a residential center for women, with children, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.  The Club organizes regular activities at the center involving both the women and children.
  • HANDY, a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth.  Several of our members serve as mentors.
  • Harvest Drive, a food collection and distribution project done in conjunction with local high school students around Thanksgiving.
  • Sandy Nitinger, V.A. nursing home.  The Club organizes poker nights and other events as recreation for the veterans at the center. We also have built an outdoor garden area and funded their internet service.
  • Horse Heroes.  The Club has partnered with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to bring a group of horses to several venues, including the Children’s Harbor foster home where the kids are able to read to the horses.  This program has been expanded to include the V.A. home as well as other sites.
  • Veterans Projects.  The Club undertakes various projects in support of military personnel and returning veterans.  In the past this has included sending packages to our troops and honoring veterans.  This year we will be working with Project United in helping returning veterans re-integrate into society.
  • American Cancer Society—The Young Rotarians of Weston have spearheaded our effort with the Weston Relay for Life and had a major success in our first year of participation.
  • Community Emergency Response Team(CERT).  Many members of the Club have gone through the training to assist first responders in the event of a community emergency.  This program is under the direction of Weston’s Fire Chief, who is a member of the Club.
  • International Projects.  The Club supports a literacy project in Panama where dictionaries were donated to student essay contest winners.  The Club has recently funded mosquito nets in Columbia as well as a water reclamation project in South Africa.
  • The Club also supports Gilda’s Club, Camp Rotary, the Weston Philharmonic Society as well as several other causes.


Contact Info

For any additional information on the Rotary Club of Weston community service projects, please contact Jack Mannix or Cynthia Blews.  Email Laura, Email Margarita.