Three Rotarians in the Upper Keys were recently recognized for their time, energy and services devoted to their respective clubs. 

The Upper Keys Rotary Club named Michael Johnson as its Rotarian of the Year during the club’s annual meeting on June 30. Outgoing President Jill Miranda Baker highlighted Johnson’s quiet leadership and focus on member retention and recruitment while also serving on various club committees as well as with Rotary District 6990.

Johnson is the general manager of the Boy Scouts of America’s Florida Sea Base with locations in Islamorada; Summerland Key; Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; as well as St. Thomas and St. Croix, USVI; offering 18 different water-based adventures.

The Key Largo Rotary Club recently awarded Cheryl Powers as its Rotarian of the Year. She was handed the award by outgoing president Laura Lietaert during a recent meeting at Playa Largo Resort. Powers received the award for all her work and for embodying the Rotary mantra “Service Above Self.”

Powers is the director of marketing and sales for Sea Tow in Key Largo, which provides 24/7 service on the water.

Barbara Cimmarusti was named Rotarian of the Year by the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club during its installation dinner on June 26. Cimmarusti was recognized by the club for her volunteerism during the Key Largo Boat Parade last December, food drives during the COVID pandemic and for stepping up to become the club’s public relations chair. 

Cimmarusti works for Coral Reef Travels Dream Vacations. 

The Upper Keys Rotary meets weekly at noon at Capt. Craig’s Restaurant, MM 90. For more information about Upper Keys Rotary, visit, on Facebook or call President Terry Abel at 305-360-1917. The Key Largo Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Playa Largo Resort. For more information, visit Key Largo Rotary’s Facebook. The Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club meets every first and third Monday at 6 p.m. at Denny’s in Key Largo. For more information, visit Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club’s Facebook.

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