Rotary District 6980 December 2019 - Disease and Prevention Month

Message from our District Governor Cindi Cioci

Aloha and Happy Holidays! I had to change the date of my Awards and Guards end of the year banquet. The new date is Saturday, June 20, 2020. The other date conflicted with Zone Seminar in Jacksonville.

I hope that everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I wish everyone Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas or whatever they celebrate in the month of December may it be happy and joyful!.

- Yours in Rotary Service - Aloha Governor Cindi

December is Disease and Prevention Month

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

December Foundation District Newsletter


RC OF THE PARKS-ORLANDO raised $500 at Colibri Restaurant in Baldwin Park on Oct 16, 2019.

Great work!!! Has any other club hosted an “Eat to Defeat Polio”? Please share your story. There is still time for your club to “EAT TO DEFEAT POLIO”!!!

The following clubs are the top 8 clubs that gave to POLIO in 2018-2019. Lake Mary ($4091), International Drive ($2546), Winter Park ($2200), Apopka ($2020), The Villages Evening ($1875), Lake Buena Vista ($1676), South Lake County ($1600) and The Villages Noon ($1150). Great work in the battle to eradicate POLIO. Certifications of recognition have or will be given out to the above clubs.

All the donations are done for 2018-2019 to The Rotary Foundation. EREY and Sustaining Banners have arrived and will be given out.

The top 3 per capita clubs in the District are:

#1 The Villages $555.84

#2 The Villages Evening $426.53

#3 Orlando Dragons $420

The following clubs have or will be receiving Banners for EREY and/or Sustaining members. To receive the EREY banner everyone in the club must give at least $25 and the club needs to be $100 per capita. The Sustaining Banner is received once all members give $100 and the club is $100 per capita. Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Brazil Orlando, E-club of Florida, International Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Lake County Golden Triangle, Lake Mary, Leesburg, Leesburg Sunrise, Oviedo, Sanford Breakfast, Seminole County Sunset, South Lake County, Wildwood, Winter Springs and The Parks-Orlando. GREAT JOB!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.

GRANT NEWS: The Rotary Foundation has made word changes to the 6 Areas of Focus. They as follow:

Peacebuilding and conflict prevention

Disease prevention and treatment

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Maternal and child health

Basic education and literacy

Community economic development

REMEMBER TO REGISTER and put on your calendars FOR

1. HUMAN TRAFFICKING SEMINAR – JAN 22, 2020 at Lake Receptions

2. DISTRICT GRANT SEMINAR (MANDATORY) FOR 2020-2021 ON JANUARY 25, 2020 at Rosen College of Hospitality

3. District Foundation Dinner March 21, 2020 at Lake Receptions

A message from Foundation Trustee Chair GARY C.K. HUANG

“In an independent analysis, your Rotary Foundation was ranked Number 1 among the world’s best-known charities. For the 12th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating – 4 STARS- from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities. The Foundation earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency in Charity Navigator’s August ratings.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that “only 1 % of the charities we evaluate have received at least 12 consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America.” …. This recognition comes on top of awards won in the past several years. Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio world wide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign.”

PRIP Gary further writes “it is easy to say that we belong to one of the greatest philanthropic organizations in the world. But the truth is, your Rotary Foundation is the best. So close out the year by giving the greatest gift of all to the world.”

Remember your gift is tax deductible.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!!!

DRFC Jo Weber, PDG

The Paul Harris Society of Rotary International

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As we approach the season of giving let us remind ourselves of the power of Rotary to help others in so many ways. The Paul Harris Society recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 US Dollars or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus Fund or an approved global grant. Paul Harris contributions count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member (Annual Fund Contribution only), Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor Recognition. Recognition consists of a chevron style pin provided by your District Paul Harris Society Chair. A US $1000 gift in your name to the Rotary Foundation can create a legacy of helping many people live better lives around the world.

Applications to join the Society may be obtained online at Rotary.org or by contacting me: John Rabley @ jarabley@comcast.net

Yours In Rotary Service, John Rabley, District 6980 Paul Harris Society Chair

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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.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Lynch

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

Mr. Randolph,

Principal Leesburg High School

Here is the LHS flag, with the school clubs supporting the PAB program, which is leaving today for Antarctica.

This is one of the unique programs of the Pledge Against Bullying, building awareness.

About 2000 “friends on Facebook”, from around the world, are following the LHS trip next month to the coldest spot on earth.

With the flag is also a flash drive (thumbdrive) with pictures, essays etc..

The backside of the flag was signed by students.

The flag will be photographed at various points in Antarctica, following the footsteps of Polar Explorer Sir. Shackleton, about one hundred years ago.

After the trip (middle of January), the flag will be returned to the Leesburg High School.

This is certainly a show of strength for several clubs to work together.

Kind regards,


Wishing Everyone a Happy Holidays!


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