Rotary District 6980 District Governor, Cindi Cioci 2019 - 2020

A Message from our District Governor

Aloha Rotarian!

I challenge each Rotarian to remember how you came to Rotary; why do you stay? Someone you never thought about asking is waiting for the same opportunity to experience Rotary. Will you take my challenge and invite someone to visit your Rotary club this month? You don’t know unless you ask, so ask - invite them to your club for breakfast, lunch or happy hour, whatever time your club meeting is held.

we had a full house with a speaker on Leadership; a PDG panel on how to handle different scenarios; explanations about insurance for events; club dues and required IRS filings, etc. The breakouts for the chairs of the different areas were well attended. Thank you for taking time to be a part of our first District University.

Action Steps for Membership: Inform, Invite, Induct, Orient, Educate and Involve! (thank you Leesburg Sunrise). YIRS - Cindi Cioci - DG

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019 6-9 PM at DRIVE SHACK ORLANDO 7285 Corner Dr.

Orlando, FL 32827

Greetings Rotarians!

Let’s get Rotary Leadership Institute started!! Learn about what Rotary can do for you. Learn how to create and manage projects whether service or fundraising. Learn more about our awesome District 6980. We will open your eyes as to how big Rotary International is and how much good we are doing in the World. You will learn more about the Rotary Foundation, our efforts to eradicating polio along with many other needed projects being performed by Rotarians around the World, BECAUSE OF OUR HELP.

There will be Rotarians there from all over our district and even outside our district. The sharing of ideas is greatly encouraged. If you walk away without a new idea to bring home to your club, you weren’t listening!

Our district hold two events. Both events are held at the Rosen College of Hospitality in Orlando. The first event will be on August 10th. We start bright and early at 7:00am with registration check in and breakfast. Classes run until 3:30pm with a break for lunch. Breakfast, lunch and all materials are included. The cost is $100. Following the button below to register TODAY!

Tracy Belton

District 6980 Rotary Leadership Institute Chairperson

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 at The Rosen College of Hospitality


Every Club should send their Foundation Chair, or another representative; Jo Weber, PDG will lead our course, she has an abundance of knowledge that will help your Club Connect with The World. No matter how much DDF your club has this year, you can make a difference!

Happy August! This is “New Membership Month” for our Rotary Clubs but it is also New Membership Month for our Interact Clubs. Encourage your Interact clubs to have a club table set up at their school open house before school starts. This is a great way for them to share the message of Interact and Rotary International while signing up new members for their clubs. I also encourage you to share the Rotary International calendar with your Interact Clubs so that they can plan their service projects with a specific cause in mind. Don’t be afraid to have your Rotary Club work together with your Interact Club. It will benefit both of you. The Rotary Club will have additional help to fulfill the service project and the Interact students will learn by your example as Rotarians.

Here is a peak at the RI calendar for the next few months:

September – Basic Education / Literacy month. Do you know about the dictionary project? https://www.usadictionaryproject.org/history.html

October – Thursday October 24, 2019 is World Polio Day – what can you do to support this global initiative and include your Interact Club?

November – Save The Date…..Saturday November 2 is the District Interact Conference. This leads into World Interact Week – November 5-11. More details to come on the Interact Conference but if your club or your members would like to sponsor any portion of the event, please reach out to Lauralee Shapiro.

December – Disease Prevention / Treatment – the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a great program for the students to participate in. Visit https://www.studentseries.org for more information about the Pennies for Patients fundraising and LLS awareness program.

Wishing all of our Interact students a great first month of the 2019-2020 school year!

Lauralee Shapiro

District 6980 – Interact Chair



Thank you to everyone who came out to the leadership training on Sat July 20th. Many clubs have their year well underway and planned. Please take pictures of your service projects and document impact as we prepare this year to "Showcase Rotary" and tout the great things that all of you are doing. In addition to recognizing club service projects, we would also like to create a platform to share ideas, experiences, and resources. Of course, this idea is to help clubs collapse time frames and increase their chances of success. In addition to sharing resources, we are encouraging larger clubs to include growing clubs in their projects. This is a great way to help a younger club kick start their fundraising success and learn how to put on successful events. The idea is NOT to compete with other clubs, but grow as a district!

Also, don't forget the District Service Projects which will be here before you know it!

1. Soapy Saturday- Saturday October 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at Clean the World. 2544 E Landstreet Rd Ste 600, Orlando, FL 32824

2. Treaty- Global Initiative against violence, sexual exploitation, and human rights violations. Details to be announced.

3. Food Drive and Distribution - Interact Conference Nov 2nd

It is a great time of year to adopt a school, class, athletic group, or family to help with school supplies. Some other great service project ideas include: Food drives, meal packing, working with another club in their project, planting trees, working with a church or municipality, adopt a road etc. Remember, Service Projects turn members of Rotary into Rotarians and is a great way to grow your club!


Bill Spiegel

District Service Projects



As we begin our new Rotary Year let us remind ourselves of The Foundation of Rotary International and specifically in this instance of the Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society recognizes individuals who contribute US$1000 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 Contributions 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.


I believe we should make the Foundation of Rotary International our favorite charity. Whilst it is extremely important to support our local communities, we should recognize the works of the Foundation of Rotary International, for example:

Your $1000 donation to the Rotary Foundation can help provide all materials necessary for

The Construction of a deep bore well in India which supplies clean drinking water to more than 300 people. Materials to treat and prevent parasite

s and anemia in needy children in Uriguaiana RS Brazil

Purchase a tree nursery in Jamaica that will annually produce 5000 tree seedlings and increase family income for 500 farmers

Provide artificial limbs to 25 disabled persons in Calcutta India

Buy kitchen equipment for an orphanage in Peru

Provide a cow and animal husbandry training to a widow in Uganda where civil war shattered the economy and children die because of lack of protein and calcium in their diets

Buy Polio vaccines for 2000 babies in Papua New Guinea

Provide 20 $50.00 micro-loans enabling women in Nicaragua to start a craft business to support their families

These few examples are not wishful thinking, they are happening and many more as well because of Rotarians who donate regularly to the Foundation of Rotary International

PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FELLOW ROTARIANS IN YOUR CLUBS TO DONATE $1000 PER YEAR (this can be given monthly ,quarterly semiannually or annually whichever suites an individual’s budget) AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES

For more information and an application form you may contact me at

JARabley @comcast.net

I will be pleased to assist you in any way I can to join this very important Rotary Society

Yours In Rotary Service

John Rabley District 6980 Paul Harris Society Chair



World Polio Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 24th October 2019 globally, to generate awareness towards eradication of polio as well as to commemorate the efforts of thousands of employees of WHO and Rotarians committed to the eradication of Polio.

Has your club set a goal for funding Polio PLUS this year? Has your club decided on how it will raise funds to reach that goal? If not, maybe you would like to join other clubs in the district who are working with local restaurants to help eradicate polio. This is a simple but effective way for Rotary Clubs in the district to help each other reach the district goal of raising $49,000 (an average of $1,000 per club) in an effort to defeat polio. Here is how it works:

• Solicit one or more local restaurants to agree to give 10% of their sales on a given date towards your goal for Polio PLUS. Sometime in October would be great, to coincide with World Polio Day on October 24, 2019.

• Promote the event in your club and throughout your community.

• Inform me of the names and addresses of participating restaurants, so that we can help promote your event through the district newsletter.

• Collect the donations for Polio PLUS, record them, add them to any other funds you have collected for polio eradication and send them to Rotary International.

Polio is a highly infectious, crippling disease. Also known as ‘Poliomyelitis’, it is a disease caused by the deadly ‘Poliovirus’ usually affecting children under 5 years of age. It is also known as ‘Infantile Paralysis’. The virus mainly affects the nervous system, leaving a person with a weak crippled leg and unable to walk normally throughout life. In rare cases the muscles of neck or head may also get affected. In some cases, polio results in permanent paralysis mainly affecting the limbs. During 1940s and 1950s polio killed or crippled nearly two million people globally. Fortunately in the past two decades the world has seen a steep decline in the total number of recorded cases with many parts like Europe, the America’s and South East Asia being declared polio free. Currently there are only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) where there have been recorded cases of polio. Thanks to the efforts of World Health Organization and Global Polio Eradication Initiative 1988, the globally recorded numbers of polio-infected cases have reduced considerably from 350,000 in 1988 to just 33 in 2018. The polio vaccine today is accessible to the masses even in most of the remotest locations of the world due to the efforts of WHO and Rotary International.

John DeMauro

Polio PLUS Chair



Saturday Morning Team convened their annual Strategic Planning session. In attendance were

Top Row: Director David Brenner, Director Steve Kramer, Director Kristin LaFleur, Past President Jeffrey Blydenburgh, Anne Sallee,Director Tris Filliez, Joann Beck

Seated: Treasurer Debra Backer, President Don, Secretary Diane Culpepper and Director Richard Yount.

We completed a draft Strategic Plan for presentation to the Board and Members this September.

Our new Club Vision came out of the session: "The Winter Park Rotary Club is a leadership organization making a positive impact in the local, national and global community through service, support and resources."


$100 Per Ticket (includes dinner and drinks for two people)

$10,000 Give-Away, plus great prizes

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ Wildwood Country Resort

BBQ Dinner begins at 6PM - Drawing begins at 7PM

Call Robbie Shoemaker at 352.303.6798 to get your ticket today!

Running for a Cause…and Pancakes!

The Rotary Club of Celebration presents the 21st Annual Pancake Run and Breakfast Fundraiser taking place Saturday, October 26, 2019. The run includes a 10k race, a 5k race and a short kids-only run, through the town of Celebration, FL. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join.

The first Rotary Club of Celebration Pancake Fundraiser started as a humble pancake breakfast that attracted local residents. Over the years it has grown into an official chip-timed race, administered by Strider Events. And, as we approach the 21st annual fundraiser, the race is attracting runners from all over the country and the world. Runners from Germany, the UK and the Netherlands are currently signed up.

Over the years, this fundraiser has raised over $500,000 for local, national and international service projects. The team behind the event consist of Celebration Rotarians, Interact Clubs, police and other volunteers. The goal is to donate funds to local deserving organizations. This year’s beneficiaries are: Help Now of Osceola, Samaritan Village, and the Community Hope Center.

Runners receive an exclusive Pancake Run finisher medal and shirt. An awards ceremony will take place with additional plaques and medals for overall winners. At the finish line, runners are welcomed to a hot pancake breakfast, a kids’ area, and exciting raffles, sponsor tents and a live DJ.

This community fundraiser could not take place without the generous contributions of the sponsors. Title sponsor: Advent Health Celebration. Platinum sponsor: Carroll Bradford Roofing. Gold sponsors: Arete Lifestyles by Demetri, Hilb Group, MD Cabinetry, Peak Chiropractic. Specialty sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Seacoast Bank. Silver sponsors: Ann Alton, Implant & Comprehensive Dentistry, Imagination Realty, Lavender the Spa, Navtek Electrical Corp. Bronze sponsors: Dawn Thomas Realtor, La Rosa Realty, Michelle Davis. Additional sponsorship opportunities available!

Registration is open on Active.com. Teams may register and receive a group discount. A Virtual Run option is also available for anyone who wants the swag but cannot join in person. Use the QR code to register now!

For more information, visit CelebrationRotaryPancakeRun.com. Also, follow our Facebook page @CelebrationRotaryPancakeRun and our Instagram Page @CelebrationRotary for the latest news and updates.

The Rotary Club of Horizon West

Charter Celebration Night for Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30pm at the TownePlace Suites located at 13295 Flamingo Crossings Blvd., Winter Garden, FL 34787. More information to follow!

The Rotary Club of International Drive

The Rotary Club of International Drive - Orlando ended the month of July with great excitement as Rotarians from this club welcomed Rotary Youth Exchange students at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, July 30th. Club President Terrill Booker, Secretary Chris Evans and half a dozen members of the I-Drive Club were present to cheer and welcome Mori who arrived from Taiwan and Marla from Austria. Both will be spending a year with Host Families and get to enjoy the experience of a lifetime as they discover the opportunity to grow their minds and knowledge as sponsored RYE students. And the best part is that DG Cindi Cioci joined us in the celebration of the start of a new adventure for these two young ladies.


On June 26th the Rotary Club of Leesburg celebrated

Rotary year 2018-2019 review of accomplishments

and the installation of officers for Rotary year

2019-2020. The club was honored to host District

Governor 2018-2019 Ron Janssen and District Governor 2019-2020 Cindi Cioci, both present on this special day.

Outgoing President Dennis Kulonda shared club activities and accomplishments for the 2018-2019 year, acknowledging the work of club members and

leadership of his officers. Members and guests

appreciated DG Ron’s review of the year for the

District and the Club.

If you missed it yesterday, District 6980's very own T. Shane Johnson was on Fox Business Network! Wow Shane you make us Proud!

Rotary District 6980 - Stephanie Fernung - District Newsletter Curator. If you have anything for submission please do so by the 20th of the month email: thevillagesrotarypr@gmail.com

Cheers. Change Lives; Change Yourself.

A Little Message I shared with my Club this year, I hope you enjoy it. If you attended PETs this year, you saw this amazing video, it has humor, it has truth, it has perspective.

Our 2019-2020 Theme is “Rotary connects the World”, what does that mean for us as Rotarians? What does it mean for you, a member of Rotary District 6980.

Rotary gives purpose and connection to something greater; It lets us view the world through different lenses

We can penetrate the unimaginable, we can see Rotary work above Governments, above Race, and above Political conflict; we as Rotarians bridge gaps that no one thought possible.

We change the world

We change lives

We change ourselves

To make great things happen in our club, we must work together as a tribe, well organized band of cats. We need to kill our darlings, kill our prior ways of thinking, and hear the opinion of others; take someone else’s perspective, consider the opposite.

think to yourself: “what if I had the strength to admit when I was wrong” – what possibilities could open for us if we had the willingness and desire to constantly update our understanding of the world in the face of new evidence.

I don’t have all the answers, nor will I ever. We need Autonomy – a conscious deliberation of all available evidence. I want to make myself willing to reflect on different opinions rather than just dismiss them to charge on my own path.

Jeff Bezos, Billionaire, investor and mastermind of Amazon Empire said

Nothing is Definite – The smartest people I have observed were always revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.

District 6980, lets make great things happen this year, connecting with one another, connecting with our community and ultimately Connecting the World through Rotary.

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