Palm Bay Rotary Inducts Lawrence Lawton

Left to right – Teri Blevins – Club Member, Lawrence Lawton – New Member, Jason Jones- New Member, Hank Simon – Club President, Louis Venuti – District Governor Elect

On Thursday, September 17, the Rotary Club of Palm Bay inducted a new member – Lawrence Lawton of The Reality Check Program. Lawton joins Rotary International – the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self”.

Unique to the story is that Lawton is an ex-con – not the typical business owner that joins the Palm Bay Rotary. In fact, Lawrence Lawton is the first and only member of the club to be an ex-con. Qualified candidates for Rotary club membership are adults of good character and business, professional, or community reputation. Lawrence Lawton has showed his good character with a successful rehabilitation after 11 years in Federal prison. Lawton started his own company, The Reality Check Program in 2007; the company is dedicated to helping teens and young adults to make better choices in life. With a strong passion for involvement in community activities and programs to help kids, Lawton exemplifies the diverse membership that Rotary International leadership has stated is necessary to keep the organization strong.

The Rotary Club of Palm Bay meets every Thursday for lunch at 12 noon; the Palm Bay Club has been in existence since 1976. Palm Bay Rotary supports many causes including but not limited to:

• Brevard Community College Scholarships
• Holiday Meal Drive
• Student Awards for all Palm Bay area schools
• Palm Bay area schools dictionary project
• Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly (RYLA)
• Palm Bay PAL

Teri Blevins (Palm Bay Rotary Membership Chair)
with Lawrence Lawton being inducted into the Palm Bay Rotary.