Rotary Club of Leesburg
For over 30 years the Rotary Club of Leesburg has held its Wednesday noon meetings at the community center in Leesburg. On November 13th, the club was honored to be the first public group to meet ‘back home’ in the newly constructed Venetian Center, lakefront in the heart of Leesburg. The facility boasts spacious rooms and full catering kitchen, with stunning views of Venetian Gardens Park and Lake Harris. While under construction, the club appreciated hosting meetings at the Salvation Army of Lake and Sumter Counties, and will continue to support the mission of this organization and its outstanding service to the community.
The guest speaker at this ground-breaking meeting was Leesburg Youth Exchange Student Natalia Berganzo de Mello from Brazil. Natalia has visited the club several times as a true Interact student leader while attending Leesburg High School. She was introduced by AG Larry Dolan, who is currently hosting Natalia at his home with his wife, Linda. Natalia spoke of her home in Brazil and activities she shares with her family. She provided Rotarians with a detailed perspective of her homeland and culture, as well as sharing her experience as a Youth Exchange student here in Leesburg. Natalia truly exemplifies the outstanding character of Interact Youth and all that is Rotary International. We look forward to keeping in touch with her as she blossoms to a Rotarian Leader.
President, Rotary Club of Leesburg
The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West, under the direction of President Kathy Wandel have adopted a Meals on Wheels route through the Osceola Council on Aging. Members sign up for their opportunity to deliver a hot and cold meal to those individuals who would otherwise go without. The Kissimmee West club has always had a strong relationship with the Council on Aging, but its members decided they wanted to become more involved and do "hands on" projects. In the past we have built ramps for disabled clients of the Council. Member Connie Benca stated " I get far more joy from the clients we deliver the meals to, then they get. Sometimes we are the only person that client might see all day long and they are so grateful for the meal and the visit". The Kissimmee West Rotary would like to challenge other clubs to also adopt a route.
First picture is Kissimmee Fire Chief Jim Walls
Second photo is Pastor Pete Zieg