Nancy at the Podium
2018 Rotary Club 3 Strategic Initiatives
the world needs
FSU Alumni Center
Eradicating polio worldwide

The Rotary Club of Tallahassee was chartered on November 10, 1922. Today it occupies a special place in this community.  It is the oldest and largest service club in Tallahassee; but more to the point, it reveals through its long record of service what is important to its members and to their view of the community and its needs.


Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women.  The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races and creeds.


The Rotary Club of Tallahassee meets every Wednesday for lunch at the FSU Alumni Center. Meetings are open to members and their guests. 


If you are interested in visiting or joining our club, please contact our Membership Chair, Mark Horner at rmhorner@comcast.net




Rotary International

Holger Knaack, President


District 6940

Jan Pooley, District Governor


For general questions about the Club, email rotarycluboftallahassee@gmail.com.

Club 4255

Officers and Directors (2021-22)



Nancy Stepina-Robison


Nancy Stepina-Robison (Paul Harris Fellow +5), President 2021-2022, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee since April 6, 2016. Her Club participation includes serving on the Rotary Board (2018-2020) and Chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee (2018-2020). She also has served the Club as Chair of the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) (2016-17)


Sherwood Brown


Sherwood Brown, a native of Fort Lauderdale, was brought into the club in 2011 by Carla De Baldo. He has maintained perfect attendance since joining. Sherwood has served the club as song leader, chaplain, interim Youth Services director, Club Treasurer is currently the Chair of Foundation Committee. He has also participated in the Reading Pals program, sang with the Rototones and served a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.


Charlie Rockwood

I-Past President

Charlie Rockwood has been a Rotarian for 52 years. He is a Past District Governor and a major donor to The Rotary Foundation. He holds Rotary's highest award for service, largely for his work in forming Rotary Youth Camp. He holds the Frederick Clifton Moore Award from this club and its equivalent the Homer Brinkley award from Tallahassee Northside. 


Pamela Griggs


Pam Griggs joined the Rotary Club of Tallahassee in March of 2016, sponsored by Ivan Johnson. Pam is a PHF, coordinates the Second Harvest Backpacking project and the related district grant, actively supports Hope Community as a dinner server, and serves as a Salvation Army bell-ringer each December. She is currently the Finance Director for the Foundation for Excellence in Education


Allan Franklin


Allan Franklin was a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee from 1999 to 2011, when he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and joined the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. There, he served as Sergeant of Arms and was a member from 2011 – 2013.


Fanchon "Fancy" Funk


Dr. Fanchon “Fancy” Funk (Paul Harris Fellow +7), FSU Professor Emerita, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Tallahassee (RCT), September 19, 2012. Her Sponsor was Tommy Waits. She has sponsored nine members into the RCT. Rotary Activities: she has served the Club as: Elected to the Board of Directors and served as Programs Committee Chair (2015-2017); Club Chaplain (2019-2020, 2020-2021); Founder and Subcommittee Chair of the Chaplain's Council (2019-2020, 2020-2021)


Sheryl Barlow


Sheryl Barlow has a broad range of marketing skills and is most recognized for her social media, content development, media negotiating and buying, and data analysis/reporting skills.  In addition to marketing, Sheryl contracts out with companies to project manage special initiatives by running meetings and developing workflows and systems to keep projects on time and task.


Elwood Carlson

International Programs

Woody Carlson is the Charles Nam Professor in Sociology of Population at FSU and former Director of FSU's Center for Demography and Population Health.  Woody was first invited to join the Rotary Club of Forest Acres (Columbia SC) in 1994. As head of the club's international service committee, he developed and led a successful international service project with other U.S. clubs and RC Plovdiv in Bulgaria to provide assistance to an orphanage in Plovdiv. He first became a Paul Harris fellow
in the Forest Acres club. He served as club president 1999-2000, and during that year also invented and supervised the first annual Forest Acres Festival, now an annual festival celebrating the community as well as being the club's main fundraiser.


Russ Daws

Foundation Chair

Mr. Russell Daws is the President/C.E.O. of the Tallahassee Museum. He serves as a member of the board of the Florida Association of Museums and has previously served as their President. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Big Bend Scenic Byway Corridor Management Entity


Tom Kirwin


* Attorney - State Attorney's Office
* U.S. Army - Judge Advocate General Corps (Active Duty)
* Prosecutor - U.S. Attorney's Office
* DCFO - Department of Financial Services - State of Florida
* Inspector General - Dept. of Financial Services
General Counsel, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

B.A. in History - Springhill College, Mobile AL
M.A. in History - Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
J.D. - Florida State University College of Law


Wallisa Cobb

Community Service

Wallisa has over 18 years of experience in managing community development projects and programs, including: housing, economic development, infrastructure, and disaster mitigation. Miss Cobb has extensive experience with local, state, and federally funded community and economic development programs.  Always devoted to her community, Wallisa serves on the Leon County Board of County Commissioners’ Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, as an Advisor of the Tallahassee New Leaders Council, as a 2013-2014 KCCI Community Catalyst, and Guardian ad Litem Volunteer.


Mark Horner


I was born and raised in Jacksonville but I've called Tallahassee home since 1978 when my parents retired here. I have been a business partner with my brother, Tom, since 1983. I have been a Rotarian since November of 2003. I have enjoyed participating in numerous club activities and continue to serve when asked. I have two wonderful sons.


Kelley Phillips

Public Relations

Born a Hawkeye; grew up a Jayhawk on a farm amongst the wheat fields near the Colorado border. Began elementary school in a one room school house along with 9 other students (in all 8 grades). Graduated from Wichita County Community High School along with 41 classmates. Played football at Emporia State College (now University). Met future wife Linda at ESC; that led to a 53 year trial marriage (which seems like it’s going to work out ok).


Kim Koutnik

Youth Services

Kim Koutnik (Paul Harris Fellow +7) has worked in the court system, Human Resources, and currently for
the Center for Urban Transportation Research. She has had the opportunity to work in different countries of which her favorite was in Liberia, Africa with Orphan, Relief, and Rescue, partnering with the government to rescue orphans that had been abused and trafficked. She was their 2016 "Champion for Children" recipient. She serves on different committees within Rotary and loves working with Second Harvest, mentoring at Riley, and spending time with her grandchild, Stellan, and has two children, Esther and Andrew, and daughter in law


Samuel Rogers

Club Administration

Sam enrolled as a freshman at FSU in 1954 on the GI bill from service in the Navy during the Korean War 1950-1954. He graduated from FSU in 1957 with a Bachelor's in Business and majored in Risk and Insurance.  Upon graduation, he was employed by the State Insurance Commissioner with responsibility for regulation of insurance rates of insurance companies doing business in Florida until 1959. He is one of the founding
owners of Rogers-Atkins Insurance Agency, a local independent insurance firm. He has been retired since 1999 and active in various outreach projects as a member of Trinity
United Methodist Church. In 2016, he rejoined the Rotary Club of Tallahassee after a lengthy hiatus.