Rotary District 6980 September 2019 Cindi Cioci - District Governor


How does your club address basic education and literacy in your community?

Rotary International has many resources and articles like the following:

Literacy project forges virtual friendships for young students

A group of elementary school students smile and laugh, asking each other questions and sharing stories. Their conversations turn to recess, their pets, favorite sports, and what they like to eat. It may sound like a typical classroom setting, but half of the students in the room are in Durham, North Carolina, in the U.S. and the other half are on the opposite side of the globe in Ahmedabad, India.

August was busy with 31 club visits. Meeting everyone and hearing about the projects is exciting.

Our district added 48 new members in August. Fantastic! An invitation to breakfast, lunch or happy hour with your clubs is all it takes to change the size of your club at the end of the year.

Are you sharing the stories and pictures of your “people of action” club members in our monthly newsletter?" Please be sure to get this information to Stephanie, TheVillagesRotaryPR@gmail.com by the 20th of the month.

Aloha - Cindi


In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, many of you may be thinking how can you help? what can my club? Our fellow Rotarians in District 6990 have avenues in place; Please visit their website

If you missed the email from Rotary International you can also donate to help with Hurricane Dorian Relief

You can help with a gift to our Disaster Response Fund

Disasters can devastate a community, leaving people in urgent need of medical care, housing, and other services. Following a natural disaster like Hurricane Dorian, your contribution ensures that we can deliver supplies, provide health care, and support rebuilding efforts. By making a donation today, you can help Rotarians respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those whose lives have been affected by disaster.

Your gift will be combined with that of other Rotarians to provide disaster recovery and support rebuilding efforts where the need is greatest so that, together, we can continue Doing Good in the World.


The Rotary Foundation

Welcome to September! That means cooler weather in Central Florida and cooler weather means you can get outside and walk. That is exactly what the Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch is hoping you will do. Many of you know that Rotary has an antibullying initiative that is spreading throughout the district and has been embraced by our high school administrators and the students. On October 4, 2018, Lake Nona high school student, Janet Smith, ended her life after being bullied. In her honor, the Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch is hosting the “Rotary TKO to Bullying Walk”. There is no cost to attend and support this event. For information about sponsorship or to make a donation, please contact Jason Palinkas at the Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch. He can be reached at 407-279-9768.

When: Friday October 4, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Walk starts at Lake Nona High School – 12500 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32832. The walk will end at the Canvas Restaurant.

What to wear: Blue is the color to support this cause

Don’t forget to update the information for any Interact Clubs you sponsor on the Rotary.org website. More details will be coming shortly about the District Interact Conference on Saturday November 2, 2019.


Lauralee Shapiro, CMP

2019-2020 District Interact Chair

It was my privilege to be sponsored by The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle for my 2018-19 exchange year in Bangkok, Thailand. It was extraordinary. The Thai people were gracious, welcoming and full of smiles. My host families opened their homes and hearts to me, and I felt loved. Through Rotary, my host families and my high school Nonsi Witthaya, I was able to travel extensively throughout Thailand. The Thai water festival, Songkran in Chiang Mai should be on everyone’s Bucket List, as well as the beaches of Southern Thailand. I spent ten days learning about Buddhism while living as a novice monk in a temple. I was challenged to present in Thai at the 3350 District Conference, five minutes of public speaking is a long time in a new language. Rotary enabled me to teach English in a remote village in Thailand and to volunteer at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital with Parkinson’s patients. I was honored to be awarded District 3350 Exchange Student of the Year and thrilled to receive a Paul Harris Fellow upon my return. I am grateful for everything RYE District 6980 has done for me and thankful for Rotary’s support of the program. My exchange year in Thailand gave me the confidence to select a University Dual-Degree Computer Science program with schools in Canada and China. I look forward to two years in China because I know how wonderful life on exchange can be.

Doi Inthanon National Park - The Highest Point in Thailand
Jackson Mosteller and President Sidney Wright of RC Lake County Golden Triangle

On September 14, 2019, the District is hosting it Global Grant Seminar at Rosen College of Hospitality. Breakfast is served from 8 AM to 9 AM. If you would like to have Breakfast, please register by Friday September 6, 2019. To register, www.rotarydistrict6980.org, log in, dacdb, district tab, calendar, scroll to September 14 and click register. If you have registered, thank you. Remember someone from your club needs to be present to learn about District Designated Funds, Global Grants and where you can use your DDF for this Rotary year.

The District is encouraging clubs to have “Eat to Defeat Polio” days in their communities. There should be a restaurant in your community that would let your Rotary club have a day (maybe quarterly) to give 10% of the profits to your club for Polio. Encourage the community to attend this event.

Rotary Promise Cub – Be the first club in the District to become a Rotary Promise Cub. What is this? It is simple, every member of the club is a Benefactor and/ Bequest Society member. A Benefactor is a Rotarian that leaves $1000 in their will/trust. A Bequest Society member is a Rotarian that leaves at least $10,000 in their will/trust. If you are interested, please contact Dick Phoebus, rphoebussr@hotmail.com or Debra Lowe, debra.lowe@rotary.org.

Yours In Rotary Service,

Jo Weber, PDG




Join us! Wednesday, September 25 from 6 – 8 pm; Advent Health Chatlos Conference Center; 601 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701


Zorba’s is honored to welcome the Rotary Club of Sanford-Breakfast and all Rotary supporters to our restaurant. We hope you enjoy all of our made from scratch dishes and drinks. We pride ourselves on using only fresh ingredients and never using processed foods.

So sit, relax and enjoy your meal! ...and as the Greeks say,

"Kali Orexi!" or "Good Appetite!"


Wednesday, September 18th

Time: 4:30PM-7:30PM

Address: 115 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Phone: 407-915-6082

Show your server this flyer (Printed or on your phone) to contribute to the Rotary Club of Sanford-Breakfast!

Support this cause by presenting this invitation to the Zorba’s Restaurant staff and Zorba’s Restaurant will donate 10% of your total food purchase to the Rotary Club of Sanford-Breakfast’s Charity Fund!



Private Showing of the Premier of the feature film "Downtown Abbey" Event starts at 6pm with a VIP cocktail party with heavy appetizers as well as beer and wine

Friday September 20th, at The Oviedo Mall near the intersection of SR 417 and Red Bug Lake Road.

Tickets are $75 per person,

purchase your ticket today click the link below!

RC of the Parks service project at Ronald McDonald House.

It's been an active August for the Maitland Club!

On 8/20, we had Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy join us to discuss what's happening in Washington DC.

Our club President, Ben Urrutia, also recently delivered backpacks to the Maitland Police Dept. for their local back-to-school backpack drive.

Clark Ziegler, Principal at Maitland Middle School commented "Just wanted to say thank you to the Rotary Club of Maitland. Thanks to your generous donation we were able to purchase 17 backpacks for students in need. Mr Leftakis will also mention this in his weekly newsletter and this will be posted on the schools Facebook page and also on our Twitter feed."

Pictures of Ben at the Maitland Police Department, the backpacks at Maitland Middle School, and pictures from Congresswoman Murphy's visit are attached.

We're full speed ahead on our upcoming Maitland Rotary Art Festival as well, and our President-Elect Pat Woodley spoke at 1 Million Cups Orlando on 8/21 about the festival (which is facilitated by Rotarians Julianna Ormond & RC Williams).

The Villages-Noon is sponsoring the start of an Interact Club at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. On August 8th we attend a student orientation to give information out to over 500 middle schoolers to raise awareness of Rotary and the start of the Interact Club. One of the clubs activities will be in support of the Anti-Bullying program that started at Leesburg High School. The gal in the photo is Linda McMahon, a board member of Villages-Noon.

Danielle Stroud Sr. Director of Development

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida


Hi, here are HT Signal for Safety signs in three languages with the instructional verbiage that we will be using on signage with the DDF grant this year. Each sign has to be tweaked, but these are generic and may or may not have the municipality listed. Also, we can customize a video for each city, state, or usage.

If you know people excellent in any language, please have them call me so we get every possible language out there.

We have so very powerful connections that are going to ‘hook us up’ with great coverage around here and other areas. Meetings are happening and installations and trainings are going to be heavy soon. If you know a group or business needs training, please send them to me!

If you have magazine or any other media connections, I can cook up a custom sign for each one. PSAs in media is vital to get the message out.

Thank you for all your help in dealing with HT. We can eliminate this scourge of modern slavery.

Donation opens door for more families to benefit from wanderer tracking system program

by Aimee Felix, Public Affairs Coordinator, Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle


A donation from the Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary Club will open the door for more families to benefit from a Lake County Sheriff’s Office program that tracks local citizens who are susceptible to wandering due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome and head injury.

“It’s an expensive program, and this donation will have an immediate impact on one of the families on our waiting list,” said Lt. Michael Marden, with the Lake County Sheriff’s office, explaining how grateful he was to receive the donation for the SafetyNet program yesterday.

The program is run using wristbands that are each about the size of an Apple watch. They each emit a signal with an individualized frequency number that allows the Sheriff’s office to find those who are wearing the wristbands in less than 30 minutes, on average, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Using these wristbands saves the County money by keeping the Sherriff’s office from having to deploy a missing person’s task force each time one of its SafetyNet members wanders, Marden said.

The chair of the local Rotary Club’s Project Committee suggested SafetyNet as a donation recipient because it is a cause that hits close to home for her, as well as several other Rotary Club members. “Both my father and his sister were affected by Alzheimer’s late in life,” said Vicky Stockglausner, explaining why the project means so much to her.

Currently, there are 67 people participating in SafetyNet, which is offered free of charge to Lake County citizens, and there is a waiting list. Each wristband costs about $425, and the Sheriff’s Office relies on donations from civic organizations and fundraising to purchase and use them.

Giving back to the community is one of the pillars of Rotary, a global network with members who strive to affect change through good will, according to Sidney Wright, president of the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle. To that end, this program was an appropriate beneficiary of the Club’s donation funds, he added.

For more information on SafetyNet, please visit the following link: https://www.lcso.org/bureaus/community%20engagement/communityprograms/pls/. For information on becoming a Rotary Club member, please click here, https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/join.

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