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October 24, 2011

“The interact club is about working together to accomplish greater things in the community, but the reward is fellowship and fun”

Dominique Craft, St. Stephens Faculty Advisor for the Rotary sponsored Interact Club.


“Bradenton accountant Stam Stathis urged [congress] to simplify the current tax system, which he says is hurting small business.”

(read the full Bradenton Herald article)

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Manatee County 3rd graders receive early holiday gift from Bradenton Rotary

Bradenton, FL, December 13, 2010 – The Bradenton Rotary Club has delivered approximately 1,000 dictionaries to Manatee County 3rd graders. The club purchased the dictionaries and provided them to students at no cost to the schools.

"As a child develops, her view of the world comes from her surroundings," said John Quinlan, Rotary Club President, "and the dictionary provides her with a better understanding of the world, plus the language skills needed to share the information with others".

The 3rd graders at Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary discovered the dictionary also contains information about US history, countries of the world, the planets and even sign language. But the page that caused the biggest commotion with students is page number 524 where the longest word can be found.

"The students were elated to get their dictionaries and every one of them thanked us with a cheerful "Merry Christmas!", said Rotary club member Cheryl Houghtby.

One student said, "I always wanted to have my own personal dictionary because it is so cool to see stuff I have never seen before". In a thank you note, another student wrote, "Thanks for the dictionary, I use it every day and I bring it to lunch everyday."

Photos of students and their thank you letters can be seen at

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Dictionary Project is supported by the network of Rotary Clubs and Districts which span the world.

Bradenton Rotary sponsors lifesaving cardiac surgery for 2 year old El Salvadorian girl

Bradenton, FL, June 2, 2010 – The Bradenton Rotary, through Gift of Life International (GOLI), will sponsor Lixi Johana Ramirez Ascencio as she travels from El Salvador to Florida for lifesaving cardiac surgery. Lixi was born in El Salvador, November 11th 2007, with a congenital heart disease. Her family of 8 has a total household income of about $3.00 per day. Lixi is unable to gain weight, becomes tired easily and does not have the energy required to play with her siblings. Due to her heart condition, simple tasks such as eating cause fatigue.

Tim Milligan, of Bradenton Rotary, said “Our club came forward to reach out to the child and her family, we are sponsoring her surgery and will look after Lixi and her family while they're in town”. The cardiac surgery is not available in El Salvador and without it she would perish.

The Ramirez Ascencio family will arrive in Tampa on June 15th. Services are donated by surgeons, staff and the All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. During the same time period GOLI has arranged for more than 40 El Salvadorian children to receive cardiac surgery at other hospitals throughout the world. "This is just the beginning", said Tim, "The final phase of the GOLI program (named Our Hearts Are In El Salvador) is to develop a sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery program at a hospital in El Salvador.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Gift of Life International is based upon the network of Rotary Clubs and Districts which spans the world.

Rotary member Stam Stathis of CPA Associates in Bradenton, addressed the House Small Business Subcommittee on Finance and Tax about complexities of the tax code.

“These small businesses can’t afford to maintain confident advisers,” he said. “They’re basically starting businesses on shoestrings. Entrepreneurs don’t start with a lot of money. They start with an idea.”

Listen to Stam's comments and suggestions:

For Immediate Release:
June 18th, 2009

The Bradenton Rotary Club recently recognized the outstanding achievements of three Bayshore High School seniors at the school’s Academic Banquet, held May 12 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium. 

Nathan Whitehead received the award of Bradenton Rotary Outstanding Male Senior and Paige LeBarr received the award for Bradenton Rotary Outstanding Female Senior.  These students were nominated by the Bayshore faculty for their academic achievements and contributions to the life of the school. 
Senior Kaycee Perry received the Bradenton Rotary Scholarship worth $ 2,000.
Rotary International is an organization of 1.2 million businesses and professional leaders in  more than 165 countries providing humanitarian service  and building goodwill and peace in the world.
The Bradenton Rotary Club was founded in 1926 and meets every Monday at noon at Mattison’s Riverside.