New Rotary Club of St. Petersburg West Member – Mathew Munger

Matt Munger was inducted into the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg West today. Matt is a young professional that strives to live under the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. 

Matt has joined out club weekly for our Wednesday morning meetings for the past couple of months, and has participated in multiple of our fundraising events. 

Matt – St. Petersburg West is proud to have you in our family and can’t wait to see you grow within the Rotary family!

Pictured is Matt Munger (far right) with Current President, John Caruso (Left), and a past President and active member, Jeff Munford (Middle). 

“Heaven on Earth” for Veterans

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Meet Carol Barkalow!

Official St. Petersburg West Rotary Member

Her and her partner, Sheila Mutascio, founded Heaven on Earth for Veterans over two and half years ago. Over that time, they have housed 49 veterans in Pinellas county.

Heaven on earth provides fully funished housing for homeless, or close to homeless veterans for $400-$600 a month. Rent includes all utilities, cable, and internet in the common area. It also includes cleaning of the common areas biweekly by a cleaning service.

They eventually want to provide temporary housing to veterans during the time gap between requesting financial support and actually receiving it.

This is a wonderful nonprofit organization!

Visit they’re website for more information and to donate!

Today at St. Petersburg West Rotary Meeting…

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We had our own Stephanie Lytle come in and talk to the club about her time in Thailand. We learned about Thailand history, geography, and food!

Rotary Youth Exchange is a student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Typically, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country.  Short term exchange programs are also quite common. These typically involve direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary to coincide with major school holiday periods. To learn more, click here.