The former Rotary Club of Venice-Marina has been renamed as the Venice Rotary Club.

The club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Firehouse restaurant at Rose Avenue and Main Street in Venice.

Originally formed as the Rotary Club of Venice in 1942, the group was later known as the Rotary Club of Venice-Marina. The organization is dedicated to the “ideals of service to the community,” club members said.

Rotary International is a non-political organization of over 1.2 million professional and business members in more than 200 countries and regions in the world.

The Venice club has a long record of community service, sponsoring projects in local elementary schools and senior citizen centers, conducting fundraising events for the fire department, supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and holding a Christmas party at McBride School, club members said. The club was also a sponsor in the Thanksgiving Day Feed the Beach project at the Venice Boardwalk.

Each year, the club sponsors a Career Day, crafts awards and an Awards of Excellence jacket event at Venice High School.

“We are a small, friendly, successful, but not wealthy group of community do-gooders who believe in giving back to the community,” club president Donald Culton said.

A “Welcome Back to Venice” celebration is currently being planned by the club.

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