Imagine the Spring of 1920…The Twenties roared in with the founding of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine on April 10, 1920.
Prosperity, jazz music and the foxtrot took center stage. With Prohibition in effect Rotary party goers had to sneak their whisky into festivities. Rotarians flocked to Casino Night at one of St. Augustine's several casinos, including the Zorayda Club speakeasy.
Weekly meetings were held at the Ponce de Leon Hotel when it was open in the winter season and at several other hotels around St. Augustine during the off-season. The community had just recovered from the effects of WWI followed by the Spanish Flu Pandemic.
Fast Forward to Spring 2020
The streets are empty and residents are encouraged to “social distance and wear a mask”. COVID 19 has declared war on all humanity, Worship Services are all online as are ALL CLUB MEETINGS. Many club members have never used ZOOM, a digital meeting platform, and now find themselves signing in for meetings and family gatherings. The club has pivoted from celebrating with a GALA to raising funds for a community at large. Area hourly workers need help and the club is raising money to issue gift cards to Publix to those who find themselves suddenly unemployed.
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