Our Club's Mission
The purpose of the Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club is to be a service club
that focuses on caring for the youth of our community while participating
in Rotary’s global efforts.
A charity bass fishing tournament to raise funds towards the Boys Camp was the brainchild of Michelle Hurst. The inaugural 'Rod & Reel for Rotary' was held at Camp Mack in the late summer of 2004 with Bunting Tripp and Ingley as the sole sponsor. In 2005 Michelle asked Nigel Hill to Co-Chair the tournament, a challenge he accepted provided the name was changed and it was agreed the following years event would be called 'Reel'Em In For Rotary!!!
The tournament has a guaranteed purse which is provided by generous sponsors who donate; several of them have been loyal since 2005. It has been heart-warming to see how the sponsorship numbers have grown, particularly since 2008 when the economy took a downturn. The number of contestants always fluctuates depending on weather and competing tournaments. It is always an exciting day and the funds raised help support the Boys' Camp which was established in 1985 and the Girls' Camp which was established in 2011.
Should you or your business like to help this most worthy charity bass tournament, which uses all profits to benefit the youth of our community, please contact Jolee Martin by phone or text at (636) 288-8756.