Field Trip:

Olive Grove

November 14th, 2021, 2:00pm

Contact Cora 727-403-1756 to RSVP. Location details will be in the November newsletter.

Meeting at Olive Grove, north of Brooksville, for a look at Florida grown olives. Afterwards, join the owner for gumbo. 

Message from President Mike Sweet:

To all Tampa Bay Rare Fruit Club members:
As you all know, the Delta Covid strain has been affecting many people here in Tampa Bay. The board has decided to still have our meeting this Sunday, August 8. The CDC recommends that everyone who attends an indoor meeting wear a face mask. We would prefer for everyone who attends to follow this guidance. There will not be a buffet potluck at this meeting. It would be better if everyone ate before they came to the meeting. If you do not feel well or have a fever please stay home.
Good luck to everyone,
Mike Sweet, President

Please note: American Legion Post 111 has two parking lots, a small lot for its bar and a larger lot adjacent to Flora St for the event hall. Our entrance is accessible only from the larger lot.

The Legion’s parking lot is not directly accessible from Florida Ave, but it can be seen to the right of the main event hall. You can access parking by either turning onto Flora St from Florida Ave or by turning onto Dearborn Ave from Sligh Ave.

COVID-19: The policy of Legion Post 111 is that mask usage is up to individual discretion. Please do not attend if you are sick.



If you are an RFCI member and are NOT receiving our monthly RFCI newsletter via email, please contact us so we can update our records. Thank you.

To join, download and fill out a membership application form and send with check or money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
12722 Prosser Rd
Dade City, FL 33525

If your dues are due, please send check or money order for $20 made out to Tampa Bay RFCI and mail to:

Tampa Bay RFCI
12722 Prosser Rd
Dade City, FL 33525

New memberships and renewals can also be accommodated at the membership table during our meetings.


The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International meets on the second Sunday of the month except in February (Citrus Celebration), April (USF Plant Sale) and October (USF Plant Sale). Current meeting site is the American Legion Post 111 at 6918 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. The parking lot is only accessible from the side streets Dearborn and Flora.

Missing vintage newsletters

Our newsletter archives are fairly complete . . . but we are missing some issues. If any longtime members have any of the following issues, please contact us.

1980 – all                   1983 – July
1989 – December     2005 – October


Tampa Bay RFCI Photo Contest!

Update 7/11/2021: New photo contest details are forthcoming.

If you are interested in participating in our photo contest, please review the following criteria:

  • Open to all members
  • Only color prints will be accepted
  • Additional guidelines and submission details can be found in the June 2019 newsletter.

Legion Parking