Sunset Rotary President Bill Setzer
An Open Book
Bill Setzer, a charter member of the Key West Sunset Club, tells us there isn’t anything about him his fellow club members or the community don’t know about him. He’s pretty easy to read like an “open book.” Setzer, a member of the Saltwater Angler retail staff wanted to do accomplish two goals when he became part of the club eight years ago, to meet new people and help the community. At this juncture his most distinct memory of the club is being inducted as president, and will be prioritizing how he spends his free time and delegate duties to club members in order to see the club’s service projects through.
For those thinking about becoming a Rotarian, there are a couple reasons why the Sunset Club is so cool. You don’t have to wake up with the chickens as you do the Sunrise Club. You just meet up with your friends after work on Tuesday evenings. Plus, this club isn’t as large as the Noon Club, and sometimes the meetings are held poolside at local hotels.
“The smaller size enables everyone to know each other well,” solidifies Setzer, “we try to have a social at least once a month in different venues around the island to attract new members and solidify our friendships.”
A wonderful way to network, meet new people, and give back to the community is how Setzer showcases the Rotary to potential members. Bill is married to Cynthia and the couple have a dog named Maddie. If you need to find him on Duval Street, your best bet would be to track him down at The Grand Vin. This Richmond, Virginia native is a huge Washington Red fan and cheers for the NY Yankees.
Planned Service Projects for 2010/2011
Poker run beer sales
Menendez 5K Run/Walk
Upkeep of a pocket park on Patterson Ave.
Sunrise President Matt Babich
Focused on Fellowship, Committed to Eradicating Polio
President Matt Babich’s involvement with Rotary International probably stretches to greater depths than for many members. His own mother was debilitated by polio as a young child. Matt, feeling extremely fortunate for the life he has lived, joined the Rotary Club 11 years ago, focused on the international goal, to eradicate the disease.
“I’m just doing my small part to give back so others don’t suffer from this disease. We have a goal to eradicate polio, and also help others who need our help because of lack of clean water (one of the causes of polio) and illiteracy.”
Why Sunrise Rotary? Matt Babich hasn’t always been an early riser. But, because this boisterous group has so much fun at the early hour (meetings are at the Top of La Concha at 7 am!) and there is a notable amount of camaraderie, he says the one-day-a-week early alarm is well worth it! When you’re a high-octane, high-energy manager of a world-class hotel collection, having meetings early in the day when there isn’t a chance of interference makes sense.
“In my line of work, my day changes without notice.”
Babich has been the manager for the Southernmost Hotel Collection for the last 22 years, which includes; Southernmost Hotel in the USA, Southernmost on the Beach, La Mer Hotel, Dewey House and Southernmost Beach Café! Over a decade ago he dove into the world of “Service Above Self,” because he wanted to give back to the Key West community working alongside a fun group of other professionals. Rotarians promote high ethical standards in business, a recognition useful in all occupations. Matt is able to apply the high standards to his personal life, business practices, and out and about interacting with the community.
The teachings are also helpful in his role as father. Matt has two, grown children. His daughter Kristin is 20, and his son Zack is 17-years old.
“I always try to set an example for them by being truthful and fair to all concerned.”
Somehow he manages to juggle it all, including his girlfriend Debbie Brittin, and in fact, considers the weekly meetings a “great escape” from his every day pressures. The club lured him in as being a great way to start the day, and support our community’s future leaders. Rotary is the largest donator of college scholarships worldwide. Knowing that his club have given so many scholarships to Key West High School students and will continue to do so, also drives Babich.
“Some may not have been able to attend college if it wasn’t for the financial assistance we’ve been able to give them. Plus, on a worldwide basis, working together with 1,200,000 fellow Rotarians, we are addressing today’s challenges including disease, hunger, poverty and environmental concerns while advancing international understand, good will, and peace through fellowship. If you’re thinking about being a part know this: Rotary is something bigger than yourself. It’s about Service Above Self and helping your fellow man, helping us to enjoy life and be good citizens.”
Thus far, Matt’s fondest memories are meeting people from all over the country during the Peterson Harley Davidson Poker Run. He loves their motorcycles. Besides the Southernmost Hotel Collection, you can typically track down Matt at the Green Parrot.
He likes to head to the Tree Bar, too for a nightcap after catching a flick at The Tropic.
A DEE-troit native, Matt is a faithful follower of the Tigers. Nothing puts a taste in his mouth as bad as a loss to the Yankees; except that is, when the Dolphins loose to the NY Jets!
Planned Service Projects for 2010/2011
Phil Peterson’s Harley Davidson Poker Run
Sigsbee School and Track Repair
MARC House Christmas Tree Sale
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Habitat for Humanity building and painting assistance
City-wide park clean-ups
Painting Compass Road at White Street Pier
Noon Rotary President Rudy Molinet
From Shy Guy to Service Club Leader
Believe it, or not, but the new, Noon Rotary President was quiet, and shy as a boy!
“Most of the members of the club make fun of the fact that I love the microphone. When I was in high school I was quite an introvert. I guess I got over that!”
Molinet was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in New York City; perhaps that’s why he’s already making a move for the Marriott Beachside, the place where the meetings are held, to serve Cuban Flan instead of their succulent Cheesecake for dessert! He urges every member of the community: if you’re thinking about serving the community and having an impact on many different organizations on our island, visit one, or all, of the clubs!
Molinet offers this: “the energy level of the club and diversity of membership is amazing.
Going to lunch every Thursday is like an oasis in an otherwise busy week. I can turnoff my cell phone, enjoy the fellowship and fun. We laugh a lot during our meetings and tease one another…sort of a family reunion every week! The other aspect of Rotary in promoting world peace and understanding is really important to me. I am amazed at the power of 1.3 million Rotarians in eradicating Polio and hunger and promoting clean water throughout the world.”
Molinet, the co-owner and principal broker of Marquis Properties Realty in Old Town Key West, has been a Rotarian for five years. He decided he wanted to meet new people who have similar values of putting “service above self,” and high ethical standards.
“If you promote high ethical standards as a realtor and follow the NAR Code of Ethics, success follows, and you build a reputation of integrity.”
Up to this point the most distinct memory Molinet has is having served on the scholarship committee. He claims to know the hard work makes it possible for a child to attend college and achieve their dreams is an incredible feeling. As for juggling business and community activism, Rudy relies on deep breaths and vacations. His partner in life is also his business partner. The two admit they attain a “natural high” from helping others.
To track Rudy down you can usually find him and Harry hanging on the “quieter end” of Old Town, at the Red barn Theatre, the San Carlos Institute, or Butterfly Conservatory.
As for this former New Yorker cheering for the Yanks! He doesn’t thank heavens! Just loves to look at A-Rod! Sorry “slugger.” Rudy’s is “taken” by his spouse of 17 years, Mr. Harry Hoehn. The two have loving siblings and 14 nieces and nephews!
Current President, Noon Rotary
Volunteer, Historic Architectural Review Commission
Member, Equality Florida
Member, Key West Business Guild
Member, Key West Chamber of Commerce
Past Chairman, Key West Tree Commission.
Planned Service Projects for 2010/2011
Fundraiser for a Haitian hospital
Golf tournament for children’s dental care
Fourth of July Rotary Fireworks
Key West High Scholarship program
MARC House Christmas tree sale
Delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to less fortunate families
Salvation Army bell-ringing
Adopting a classroom at Sigsbee School
Women’s Shelter clean-ups