Our History

On June 29, 1964, 25 local business & professional men & their wives celebrated the presentation of the Charter of the Rotary Club of Cape Coral at the Cape Coral Yacht & Racquet Club. The Charter was dated May 21, 1964. RCCC was born!


Three of the 25 Charter Members were Rotarians from communities other than Cape Coral. One Charter Member was a native Floridian. The others were born in 14 States other than Florida. One member was from Canada.


The Charter Members had classifications such as Detective, Preacher, Trucking & Insurance. These were the men who helped to build Cape Coral & while they were building they all preached the 4-Way Test & the 4 Avenues of Service.


Early projects included building the Memorial Arch at the gateway to the City; planting hibiscus in median strips; sponsoring a petting zoo for special needs children; building bicycle racks at school bus stops; & building a Welcome Sign at the entrance to Cape Coral for service club insignias.


The famous Rotary Chicken Bar-B-Que was born as was Wednesday Night Bingo! Remember Bingo? Starting in 1971, International Students Exchange had students coming & going from Cape Coral to Belgium & Germany. Rotarians hosted young people & made them feel welcome in the sunshine.


The club built the Good Fellowship Rotary Float. The very first, time it left the dock a 911-dispatcher was heard to say, “I need help! There is a boat going down the center of Del Prado Boulevard all by itself!” A local Kiwanian & nearby dispatcher responded, “Let them go! I know who they are! That’s Cape Coral Rotary!” The riverboat & its Captains have since taken the Good Fellowship to championships throughout SW Florida.


Read our entire story by clicking on the history on the right.



Rotary Club of Cape Coral

P.O. Box 101346, Cape Coral, FL 33910