Under leadership news, we selected our 2023 – 2024 District Governor, Don Harris, of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary. Don is a 29-year Rotarian and has extensive experience at the club and district levels. Currently, he serves as our Youth Services Committee Chair. Please take the opportunity to welcome Don and his wife Janie to our Rotary district family.
As you can see, we are very active through Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and for those that are traveling during the holiday season, please be safe and enjoy being with your family and friends.
My sincerely appreciation to each of you for your commitment, dedication, and desire to put Service Above Self. Thank you for being wonderful Rotarians.
Until our next newsletter, be safe, be healthy, and have fun!
NOVEMBER IS FOUNDATION MONTH
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.
Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
What impact can one donation have?
For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
$50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
$500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
THE HISTORY OF THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
100 Years of Doing Good in the World
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed of The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.
Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good.
ROTARIANS PARTNERING WITH PUBLIX AND LOCAL CHARITIES
In February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the United States. Vincent Chiaiese, Jr. member of the Rotary Club of Kissimmee West (RCKW) since 2007 . (Paul Harris Fellow +2 , Sustaining Member;Vice President 2008 , President 2009-10, Perfect Attendance Since 2010 ,Rotarian of the Year 2013 ,Presidential Community Service Award 2020 , Vinnie is married to Bernice Joy for 54 years, they have two sons Fredric and Drew, and a black Cairn Terrier / Poodle mix breed called MILO. Vinnie retired from IBM Micro Electronics Division after 27 years and held several engineering jobs until 2010)
Vinnie felt the need to take action, to make a difference in our community. He knew the impact was substantial to our neighborhoods, local charities, and first responders. Life as we knew it had instantly changed in many ways. Vinnie did take action, he drove to PUBLIX, located on Boggy Creek in Lake Nona, spoke with the store manager Chip Bridges and asked Chip if there was an opportunity for PUBLIX to partner with Rotary. Chip is an avid supporter and said yes.
May 2020, the PUBLIX Service Project was in full swing. Vinnie developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining the roles/responsibilities of Rotarians, and submitted the MOU to PUBLIX’s. The MOU was accepted for Rotarians to pick up donated food items seven nights a week. For the next twenty days, Vinnie picked up the PUBLIX donated bakery items every night and delivered them to the Council on Aging (COA).
Vinnie did not stop with the PUBLIX on Boggy Creek, he contacted PUBLIX store manager Stacy Losgar, Dyer Blvd. in Kissimmee. PUBLIX Dyer Blvd. also agreed to partner with Rotary and committed to one night a week for a pick-up of donated bakery items.
On June 4th, Vinnie was joined by fellow (RCKW), Lynn Ingersoll, that graciously volunteered to pick up at the Dyer Blvd. PUBLIX store, while Vinnie picked up at the Boggy Creek PUBLIX store. The next morning, Lynn and Vinnie delivered two carloads of PUBLIX Bakery items to the Council on Aging (COA) Food Bank. Fellow Rotarian RCKW Wilda Belisle and her husband Larry, stepped up to the plate and volunteered to do the pickup on June 5th and June 6th, (Fri & Sat nights) from the Boggy Creek PUBLIX Store. The following morning(s), they delivered to the COA Food Pantry. We are very grateful to Lynn, Larry, and Wilda for volunteering to help out with the pickup from PUBLIX; and the deliveries to the COA food pantry. Vinnie found himself in a bit of a scheduling bind with a seven-day commitment from the Boggy Creek PUBLIX and a one-day commitment from the Dyer Blvd PUBLIX, both on a Thursday night. That would be two pickups from two different PUBLIX Stores, with pick-up and delivery to the COA the next day. Vinnie extended his sincerest Thank-You to Lynn, Wilda, and Larry for their last-minute support. Currently, the RCKW has added to its volunteer base President Kathy Wandel her husband Lee Wandel, and Brian Wheeler. An extraordinary effort by the members in RCKW.
On June 12, Vinnie met with fellow Rotarian, Tony LaBosco, President of the Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch Club (RCLNL). Tony was motivated, the RCLNL was motivated and had great energy. RCLNL agreed to pick up and deliver of donated food items three times per week. Since June 12, the RCLNL’s involvement with the Boggy Creek PUBLIX, has served donated food items to nine organizations in need and two departments with first responders.
Organizations in need include the Ronald McDonald House – Serves three houses, Latisha’s House, VA Veteran’s Domicile (Lake Nona) , Orlando Fisher House, Grace Landing Inc., Bishop Grady Villas, Veteran’s Transition House, and departments with first responders, the Kissimmee Police Department and the Orlando Police Department.
RCLNL’s volunteer roster includes Amy Benison, Maurita and David Brown, Gem Micheo, Lois Page and her husband Steve, Arbra Calvert, Dr. Larry McKinney, and Wayne Allen. RCLNL are to be commended for this outstanding achievement.
Recently, Vinnie was invited as a guest speak at the Rotary Club of Avalon Park (RCAP). After Vinnie’s PUBLIX presentation, President Gregory Meunier and the entire club were in support of the PUBLIX Service Project. Vinnie began working with RCAP, Dan Ashby and Brenda Kolbrich . Dan Ashby has reported that Avalon Park has formed an agreement with PUBLIX at Avalon Park, to pick up Bakery Items once per week and deliver to organizations in need.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF KISSIMMEE WEST
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