Rotary District 6980 District Governor Cindi Cioci

District 6980 – July 2019 ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD

Message from

District Governor Cindi Cioci

Happy new Rotary year! Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme is “Rotary Connects the World”.

First, I would like to thank PDG Ron Janssen for his inspiration and dedication throughout the past Rotary year.

It is an honor for me to have been selected as your District Governor and I promise to continue to try to inspire in all that I do this year.

“Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the glove, in our communities and in ourselves” – Rotary’s mission statement says it all”.

President Mark has challenged the leadership because “the clubs are where Rotary happens”. You can now change how often, when, where and what time of day the clubs meet. Membership is my focus for this Rotary year. I will do whatever it takes to help the clubs grow. Let’s do the best we can do for our clubs.

Thank you for what you are doing in your clubs with your global grants and your students in Rotary Youth Exchange. Let us continue this year as Rotary Connects the World!


Having just returned from Hamburg, Germany, the thought of Honolulu, Hawaii in 2020 is so exciting! You can register now and start to make your plans. I am celebrating all year long as your “Aloha” Governor. I am registered and hotel reservations are made! We had more than 26,000 people in Germany – 10,000 more than expected. It was fabulous. Please plan to join us in Honolulu, June 6-10, 2020.




Now that the installations have taken place, my official visits will begin. Less than ½ of the clubs have scheduled my visit and you will see them noted on the DACdb calendar. However, the President can view my Google calendar of District Governor visits and see where opportunity lies for scheduling, Presidents please check your email to make sure you received the calendar invite on March 12, 2019. - DG Cindi




More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.

Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults. - Rotary International; www.rotary.org


SATURDAY JULY 20, 2019; 8AM - NOON at The Rosen School of Hospitality

PDG, Dan Semenza; District Trainer

Training for all Club Presidents, Foundation chairs, Membership chairs, Public Image chairs. Admin chairs, Service Project chairs, Youth Services chairs, Secretaries, Treasurers and any club members that want to learn ROTARY.

On July 20th District 6980 will convene the last part of training for club officers and directors. It is called University and will take place at the Rosen College of Hospitality in Orlando. Please register on DACdb so we have a count for the number of breakfasts we will need.

The theme for this workshop will be Leadership within the club. While there will be breakout sessions with each of the six District Chairs and other club officers, we will have a nationally known speaker dealing with Leadership in Organizations. We are arranging to have a panel discussion, featuring our past District Governors, on problems each of you may encounter as you start this Rotary Year. There will be several scenarios presented to this panel to discuss. When you go to your breakout sessions there will also be scenarios that expose problems to your specific areas. You will get a chance to ask the questions you really want to ask.

Breakfast will be from 8 AM to 9 AM. We will finish before noon.

Since we expect more members then the dining area will hold, we ask that when you finish eating your breakfast, you move to the Auditorium or outside until the 9 AM start time. This is a great time to network or talk to friends.

Welcome to a new

Rotary year.

As you know, our theme is “Rotary Connects the World” which is what our Foundation does through Annual Giving, District Grants and Global Grants. The Rotary Foundation has sent a challenge to our clubs. I hope that you are all up to this challenge.

ROTARY PROMISE CLUB - To be a part of the Rotary Promise Club, every member of your club needs to be a BENEFACTOR. A Benefactor is a Rotarian that pledges $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

a. Fill out the Legacy form, link below, with a $1,000 line item. Submit the form to the address on the form and send a copy to your lawyer. Address – Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 or email: planned.giving@rotary.org.

b. Some banks or charge cards give you a free $1,000 life insurance. You can put The Rotary Foundation as your beneficiary. Send to Rotary as in “a”.

Which club will be the first in our District to accomplish this “Promise”.

Our District is proud to have the following clubs as 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.

  • 1998-1999 Leesburg Sunrise
  • 2014-2015 International Drive
  • 2000-2001 Lake Buena Vista
  • 2015-2016 The Villages Evening
  • 2011-2012 The Villages Noon
  • 2016-2017 Kissimmee West
  • 2012-2013 Oviedo
  • 2016-2017 Winter Park
  • 2012-2013 Seminole County Sunset
  • 2017-2018 Lake Mary
  • 2012-2013 South Lake County
  • 2012-2013 Wildwood

Remember your club can only receive this award once. So which club will be the first to be a Rotary Promise Club.

Fred Robey, Rotary Club of The Villages Sunset South, has over 185,000 points to give to anyone that wants to be a Paul Harris Fellow or to achieve the next level. He will match up to $500 in points to your cash.

You will need to fill out the Contribution Form, link below, with your information and check Annual Giving Share. Send the form with your check (made out to The Rotary Foundation) to Carolyn Willette, 17513 SE 88th Covington Circle, The Villages 32162.

Carolyn, Rotary Club of The Villages Sunset South, will send to The Rotary Foundation your forms and check with Fred’s Transfer of points.

If all these words seem strange to you, please ask your club’s foundation chair to have a foundation program. The Rotary Foundation is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator for 11 years. It is the best charity to donate to. To learn more, please attend Rotary Leadership Institute on August 10th and the District University on July 20th. For each, you will need to register on the District website, www.district6980.org

Mark your Calendar: September 14 – Global Grants Seminar – Rosen College of Hospitality

Hope to see you soon. Happy New Rotary Year

Jo Weber, PDG District Rotary Foundation Chair

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.

The second event will be February 1st, 2020.

Registration is easy. Go to the Rotary District 6980 webpage and sign in. Go to our district calendar and scroll down to August 10th. The Register NOW button is in RED. We hope to see everyone there!

Tracy Belton

District 6980 Rotary Leadership Institute Chairperson

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and thank District Governor Cindi Cioci for selecting me as District Service Project Chair. I am excited to get to know all of you and work together to help our District continue to impact our local and international communities.

Through the Avenues of Service and projects, we are very visible in our communities. Make sure to take pictures of your service projects and have Rotary Signage at each event. Additionally, many clubs have met many new potential Rotarians through service projects. Make sure to have information on-hand about your club and Rotary. Your membership chair should follow up and invite them to a meeting! Grow membership through service!

This year we will SHOWCASE ROTARY! Each club will have an opportunity to hear and share ideas. We will share service projects, fundraisers, and celebrate the members of each club who make these endeavors so successful! Make sure to have your SERVICE PROJECT CHAIRPERSON LISTED IN THE DACDB!!!!! That is how we will communicate, plan, and keep everyone informed. We would hate for your club to miss out on this awesome opportunity due to a clerical oversight.

I know this is plenty of notice, but please SAVE THE DATE: November 2, 2020 will be our District wide Service Project collecting and packing food in combination with our Interact/Rotaract Conference.

Feel free to reach out to me with project updates and info! Bill Spiegel, ApopkaRVP@Gmail.com.

Rotary Club of Wildwood, The Villages and The Villages-Noon working with Habitat for Humanity

Happy July! I hope you are all having a great summer. I know that all of our Interact students are enjoying their time off. Most schools start back around the second week of August so please reach out to your Interact Club President and / or school advisor and encourage them to have an Interact table at the school open house before the school year begins.

I have several goals for the district Interact clubs for the 2019 / 2020 year; more details will come soon. I do need all of your help with two things:

Save the date – Saturday November 2, 2019. This will be a full day Interact District Conference. More details to follow but it is going to be great!

We need to ensure that ALL district Interact Clubs are accounted for. Please be sure to update the information for the Interact Club(s) that your Rotary Club sponsors.

Lauralee Shapiro, District 6980 Interact Chair

Rotary Youth Exchange students, several of them from District 6980, visiting San Francisco and Yellowstone National Park during their West Coast trip

Interact Students hard at work

I hope that all of your students are enjoying their summer break! Please see the link for important information regarding the upcoming RYLA 2020

It is anticipated that in August 2019 Nigeria will be polio free

Water Initiative for Haiti – HANWASH - this will take about 12 years and $2.3 Billion

HANWASH stands for Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Health Strategy: a collaborative, national initiative by Rotary District 7020, The Rotary Foundation and DINEPA (The Haitian Government’s National Water and Sanitation Agency), partnering with other NGO’s such as Haiti Outreach and Pure Water for the World, committed to providing thoughtfully managed and sustainable clean water and sanitation to all the citizens of Haiti, along with the associated health, community and economic benefits.

Hello My Fellow Rotarians! As The ShelterBox Ambassador for Central Florida and would love to have something on the newsletter. The current effort I'm spearheading is in creating awareness for the updated mission that goes beyond just a Green Box and tent.

Also, I want Club Presidents to know I am available to present as a Guest Speaker and even deploy the tent at public events lasting more than 6 hours. I don't do it for only a few hours because it takes about 1.5 hours to set up the tent, but I gladly do it for day-long or multi-day events.

You learn more about this effort on the ShelterBox Central Florida Facebook page via this link: https://www.facebook.com/shelterboxcentralflorida/


Andres Goyanes, MBA ShelterBox Ambassador

Rotary Club of International Drive – Orlando

Assistant Governor 2017-2020

Governor's Aide 2019-2020 District 6980 | Central Florida

Mobile Phone: 407.404.1712 Web: www.rotaryidrive.org | Email: rotarianandres@gmail.com

In May 2019 the Rotary Club of Winter Park led a Global Grant international service project that changed the world! In partnership with 22 clubs in our District, plus clubs in neighboring Districts 6970 and 6960, the Rotary Club of Merida, Mexico and AdventHealth Sharing Smiles, we celebrated 19 years of working together in Mexico to heal children from very poor families who were born with a cleft lip or palate. During this week-long trip, the world was truly changed for the 67 tiny patients who received surgery. Now these children will have the ability to eat and speak normally, attend school and grow up alongside their peers without the shame and suffering of this disfiguring birth defect.

Thanks to the power of The Rotary Foundation, which provided matching funds through a Global Grant Vocational Training Team, this collaboration between many partners not only healed the faces and the lives of many children during the surgical week, but met Rotary’s test of sustainability. Rotarians Nestor de Armas and Fred Jones, (Winter Park Rotary) along with Bill Feyk (Downtown Deland Rotary) joined 16 volunteer medical professionals, who worked alongside Dr. Maria Flores Mendez and her team at Hospital Agustin O’Horan to provide life-changing care for 67 patients, performing a total of 108 surgical procedures. After the week-long Rotary campaign, we returned to Florida, but patient follow-up care and surgeries will continue throughout the year at the multidisciplinary cleft clinic in Merida. Partners included Rotary Clubs in Florida and Mexico, the Sharing Smiles medical team, medical personnel at Hospital Agustin O’Horan in Merida, and the social services department (DIF) in the state of Yucatán.

Our club members were truly energized by the opportunity to be People of Action and help change the world….one smile at a time. A big thank you to every Rotarian, because YOUR generosity to The Rotary Foundation made this trip possible.

Sharing Smiles - Medical Trip to Villahermosa Mexico

La Fatima Home and Haiti Medical Missions

Rotarian Odette Constant is founder and president of Haiti Health & Rehabilitation. She leads volunteer medical professionals and non-medical persons to Haiti each year to provide important services to locals.

While on a mission in late 2017, she was on a tour of an 'orphanage' and was aghast at the condition of the children. They were living on concrete, were deathly ill of malnutrition, infections, and dehydration even though they received funding from donors in the USA.

As she drove away, she saw a house that was available. She immediately rented it, decorated it, and moved the children in with seven adult caregivers. It was touch-and-go to begin with, but all 21 children survived and were provided all the conditions of a home for the first time.

The children were tutored for six months to gauge and improve their education levels before being enrolled in private schools nearby. There are no public schools in Haiti. They were given uniforms and Sunday clothes and attend church weekly now.

The children are greedily absorbing the new environment and are even asking for music instruments and lessons! They are going to summer camp to learn crafts, swimming, and other things our children take for granted.

They now have a family and a home called La Fatima.

You are invited to help sponsor the children and participate in the medical missions. Call Mrs. Odette to discuss the best way you can support the residents of Haiti and the children on La Fatima.

Video from Odette

The initial photo is of a number of the La Fatima family and friends.

The final pictures include Odette accepting school supplies, art materials, household safety items, and sewing machine and notions

Rotary eClub of Florida charter President Dr O.



Rotary District 6980 - Stephanie Fernung - District Newsletter Person. If you have anything you would like to submit to the Newsletter please get me articles and pictures by the 20th of the month email: thevillagesrotarypr@gmail.com


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