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Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest to rock Royal Palm Pointe


On Feb. 17, the seventh annual Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest will take place on Vero Beach’s Royal Palm Pointe from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach Foundation has benefited from this wildly successful event and has allowed the club to donate to local charities over $230,000 in the past 5 1/2 years.

In 2017 more than 12,000 people attended the Brew & Wingfest, according to estimates by the Vero Beach Police, and more are expected this year.

The Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest was the brainch ild of Paul Dritenbaus, said D r. Stephen Kepley, president of Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach.

Dritenbas, an active member of the Sunrise Rotary Club for 30 years, served as its president and initiated and chaired its Florida Craft Beer and Wingfest in 2012. He died of cancer in March 2017.

"My best recollection is that when Paul Dritenbas was president-elect, it was customary at that time to have (that person) responsible for the fundraising event for the year," said Kepley. "Paul approached me about the idea of a craft beer tasting event combined with chicken wings. I loved the idea and told him so, and that I would help anyway I could.

"We were quite naive about the whole process, breweries, distributors, etc. We attended one of the early Treasure Coast Beer Festivals in Fort Pierce that year to get a fee l of what they were like, and talked to a lot folks involved! with it," said Kepley. "My understanding is that our board at the time was not particularly in favor of trying this new event.

"Paul and I met with reps from Southern Eagle, JJ Taylor and Brown Distributing to feel them out. Southern Eagle was the most supportive at the time, and helped in a number of ways. Ultimately, we were able to convince JJ Taylor to participate, but only after Paul made a trip to their district office in Fort Pierce to beg them to help.

"Due to Paul’s expert planning, knowing and working with the many city officials that he did on a daily basis, were we able to pull the first one off, not knowing if anyone would come," said Kepley. "Each year subsequent, we have tried to learn from the prior years, and tweak the event to become better, larger and more profitable. The rest, they say, is history."

Admission is free to this fun, family friendly community event. Unlimited tasting bracelets are $40 at the door.

Parking is available in 800 spaces along Royal Palm Pointe, with secondary parking and bus transportation from the Parc24 garage on Indian River Boulevard, one-half mile south of the event.

For more information about the event see www.floridacraftbrewandwingfest .com or

Image: Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach members Richard Giessert, left, J. Burklew and Ray Hooker promote the Florida Craft Brew & Wingfest set for Feb. 17 at Royal Palm Pointe, Vero Beach. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PROVIDED BY SUNRISE ROTARY VERO BEACH/FOR LUMINARIES





IRC Rotary Homestay Hosts 7 Governors

YourNews, December 18, 2017

VERO BEACH – Seven incoming Rotary Club District Governor Elects visited Vero Beach and Sebastian this month on their way to San Diego for the organization’s international assembly.

The guests from around the world stayed with Rotrarians, visited area restaurants, took an airboat ride, went to museums and enjoyed other attractions.

The Sunrise Rotary club threw a Florida barbecue at Bethel Creek house, the Sebastian club had a workshop with the Sebastian River High School Interact Club, Oceanside club threw a cocktail party at Walking Tree Brewery and the Vero Beach club hosted a luncheon at the VB Yacht Club where past DG Marcy Ullmon from Miami gave the keynote speech.

These visitors from Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil stayed five days before leaving for California where they would receive instruction on being governors in their home districts.

Rotary International has 529 districts in 3 4 zones where there are 32,000 clubs.



Daniel Fourmont Vero Beach president, Elaine Jones Oceanside president, Thor Olso, Leif Carlzon, Arvid Blindheim, Steve Martin, Bauke Boersma, Steve Kepley Sunrise president, Kim Jones Sebastian president, and Guilhermino Cunha Exchange club banners at the Vero Beach Rotary luncheon. DEBBIE AVERY


Anneli & Leif Carlzon, Sweden; Dorian Koelmans & Bauke Boersma,the Netherlands; Gianna Doubell, South Africa; Thor & Berit Olson, Norway; Lin Reading, Arvid & Anne Blindheim, Norway; Maria Martin, the United Kingdom; Helida Cunha, Brazil;(kneeling) Guilhermino Cunha, Brazil; Julia Babbit District 6930 (local district), Steve Martin the United Kingdom on the Sebastian Rotary club boardwalk. DEBBIE AVERY



Gathering at the Walking Tree Brewery.  DEBBIE AVERY