Rotary District 6980 June 2020 Newsletter

Farewell District 6980 from District Governor Cindi Cioci

Rotary International Virtual Conference!

Join us during the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention, 20-26 June, for activities beyond the general sessions that will get you moving, help you get involved, and connect you with members from around the world.

You can:

Stay active with the Rotary Walking Challenge. Track your progress on a leaderboard, enjoy some friendly competition, and have the chance to win great prizes – including two tickets for next year’s convention!

Explore the Virtual House of Friendship to discover Rotary Fellowships, Rotary Action Groups, potential partners, projects, and other valuable resources.

Join our Featured Breakouts to learn new skills and engage with fellow members. These take place daily, 22-26 June, with more breakout sessions throughout July.

Share how you’re participating by posting a selfie or other photos on our event page on Facebook.

Use our Aloha Rotary GIFs and augmented reality filters to engage with your friends and family on social media. Add a GIF to your Facebook or Instagram stories. Snap a selfie or record a video while virtually wearing sunglasses or face paint. Learn how.

Sign up for our free convention today and encourage friends in your network, club, and community to join you. Don’t miss out!


As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.

Past District Governor Jo Weber was nominated by District Governor Cindi Cioci and was one of the recipients for 2019-2020. Congratulations PDG Jo – WELL DESERVED!

District Global Grants Workshop

Thursday July 9th, 6pm via Zoom

The Global Grants Workshop is less than a month away. The Workshop for District 6980 is scheduled to be online via ZOOM on Thursday evening, July 9, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Attendance at this workshop by someone from your club is mandatory if your club wishes to sponsor a global grant in 2020-2021. Attendance is suggested for Rotarians who wish to know more about Global Grants and the process of preparing a grant application and implementing a Global Grant. Your club members may register for the workshop now at the Rotary District 6980 website at www.RotaryDistrict6980.org. Those that register will be sent the ZOOM link and password information the week before the workshop.

Rotary Year 2020-2021 promises to be a different and exciting year for Rotarians and those they serve. The current COVID-19 pandemic and the looming recession will create additional health issues, poverty issues, water issues, education issues and peace and justice issues all over the world. The Rotary Foundation has announced new policies and priorities. Plan on being at the District 6980 Workshop to learn the latest requirements and opportunities for your club to serve throughout the world.

Our district has several Global Grants in the early stages of development. You will learn about those grants as well as some of the initiatives that other districts are developing. If your club has any interest in working in the water and sanitation area, The WASH Rotary Action Group will be hosting the 12th World Water Summit online on June 18 and 19, 2020, the two days before the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention. This is a great organization for you or your club to participate in. There are other Rotary Action Groups covering all the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation.You can find more information at www.Rotary.org.

Don’t forget, there are two suggested activities that we recommend before attending the District 6980 Global Grant Workshop. First, someone from your club should take the course in the Rotary International Learning Center entitled Grant Management Seminar. You can access this course by signing in to www.rotary.org and then, to My Rotary. When in My Rotary, under the tab For Members, select Online Tools and then, Learning Center. When in Learning Center, search for Grant Management Seminar. The seminar has nine (9) parts and includes interactive questions and exercises as well as resource material that can be downloaded and printed. If you cannot complete the entire course, try to finish at least the first three segments.

Second, at the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention which will be held between June 20 and June 26, there is a Featured Breakout Session entitled How to Submit a Great Global Grant Application. It is scheduled for Thursday morning, June 25, beginning at 9:00 AM Eastern time. The live session will be recorded and made available for On Demand viewing.

More information about the District 6980 Global Grants Workshop will be available as the July 9 date approaches. Watch you email.

George Stuart

Global Grants Sub-Committee Chair


It has been an “interesting” last quarter of our Rotary year. Hope you and your Family are safe.

There is still time to donate to The Rotary Foundation for 2019-2020 if done by June 20th. As you know the RI staff is working from home. Please send your donations to: The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. Thank you for your continuous support of The Rotary Foundation.

As I am retiring as District Rotary Foundation Chair effective June 30, 2020, I am happy to report that Alex Sacharoff, asacharoff@cfl.rr.com will be our District Rotary Foundation Chair.


Our District applied for the Rotary Disaster Response Grant to assist us with COVID 19 in our District. The Grant was for $25,000. Each of the following Hospitals received $5,000 which was used to purchased N95 masks, face shields or other equipment: VA Hospital -Orlando, Advent Health, Orlando Health, UF Health The Villages and UF Health Leesburg. RI also said that any unused District Grant funds may be used for COVID 19 equipment. Some clubs did not use all that they requested in their district grant. The following clubs were given the opportunity to purchase COVID 19 supplies: Sanford, Orlando, Oviedo, Dr. Phillips, Winter Park. These clubs purchased masks, thermometers, face shields for local medical centers. Thank you for assisting your local communities. Some of the supplies cost more than the amount you were given. Thank you for stepping up to the plate. To all clubs that had food drives, donations etc, please send photos and report to Rotary Club Central. Do not be afraid to tell your story. Our Rotarians are the most giving people in the World. Our District has always been in the fore ground of assisting others.

There is a Global Grant that will be funded in 2020-2021 for critical equipment for Advent Health which many of our clubs have participated. Alex and the Oviedo club are the lead club on this reverse Global Grant. Thank you all for your donation of DDF.

Polio Plus – During this time, please do not forget to give to Polio. We have 66 cases of Polio which are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our help is still needed.

The E-Club of Florida is the newest club to become a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. This means that every member of the club is a Paul Harris Fellow. The following is a list of other 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club: Leesburg Sunrise (1998-1999), Lake Buena Vista (2000-2001), The Villages Noon (2011-2012), Seminole County Sunset (2012-2013), Wildwood (2012-2013), South Lake County (2012-2013), Oviedo (2012-2013), International Drive (2014-2015), The Villages Evening (2015-2016), Winter Park (2016-2017), Kissimmee West (2016-2017) and Lake Mary (2017-2018).

Thank you for your support of The Rotary Foundation. Be safe.

Jo Weber, PDG


Face Masks donated to by Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips; Face Shields donated to UF Health The Villages and Leesburg
The Rotary Club of Sanford Face Mask Donations


June 17 speaker at Rotary eClub of Florida. Dr. Linda R. Esteban Mitchell


Palliative Care Physician’s NY experience with COVID-19 Pandemic

re you interested in what it was like to be a physician in the Bronx, New York during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic? Talk to a medical professional at our meeting!

Linda Mitchell, M.D. is a third generation Mexican American. She is also the first medical doctor in her family, who is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. She also considers herself a Floridian and transplant New Yorker. She practices Palliative Care in the Bronx at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Rotary Club of Orlando

The Rotary Club Of Orlando Will Help Feed Families This Summer

Hundreds of elementary school children who attend the four Title 1 schools in Orlando will go hungry in July and August. As schools close for the summer they will not be able to provide in-school meals as they do during the school year at Title 1 schools…those with the most economically challenged families. The uncertainties of the Pandemic and soaring unemployment are making the challenges event greater.

That is why the Rotary Club of Orlando and The Rotary Club of Oralndo Foundation, have undertaken their most aggressive fund-raising effort ever to raise $25,000, to provide funds to purchase food The Second Harvest Bank. These funds will help us make weekly food distributions to the students and their families during July and August, until the school year begins.

“We believe so strongly in this effort that our club has committed up to $8,000 or our funds to support this most important effort and we ask everyone to help,” said Bill Peeper, current president of the club. “We have been working with some of these schools for many years to support reading and literacy programs outside of the schools so we know the principals of these schools, who in turn, know, first hand, the families that are most in need. These are, indeed, dedicated educators.”

“There is no more efficient way to provide food for those in need than partnering with local food banks, Here in Orlando The Second Harvest Food Bank enables those who qualify, including our schools, to purchase approximately five pounds of food for every one dollar spent, explained Sam Danner, club member and principal of Ivy Lane Elementary

All contributions are tax deductible and as funds are received they will be deposited into each school’s account at The Second Harvest Food Bank, based on the number of students being served by that school. That account is only accessible by the school principals, or their designates. The elementary schools we will be working with include: Ivey Lane Elementary, Washington Shores Elementary, Rock Lake Elementary and Eccleston Elementary.

The public is invited to donate by going to:



Rotary Clubs Team up for Food Drive

The Rotary Clubs of The Villages and Wildwood

The Rotary Clubs of Leesburg

The Rotary Club of The Villages - Evening

The Rotary Club of Horizon West

We are so excited to share two service projects that The Rotary Club of Horizon West has done this month. Our civic chair, Stephanie Lang put together two service projects quickly for us to help our community.

The first was a jeans and sneaker drive for Matthew's Hope. Matthew's Hope is a Winter Garden outreach to help move people from homelessness into a life of independence and self-sustainability. They have seen a huge amount of requests for essential supplies both for homeless and non-homeless residents in this unprecedented time. The Rotary Club of Horizon West led a drive to help collect gently used jeans and sneakers as well as other clothing items they needed immediately. Various members of our club offered their porches to be a drop off point and then Luis Bidrogo (pictured) dropped everything off. This was a one week project and we were able to collect a good deal from our community.

The second one week project was to benefit One Heart for Women and Children. One Heart is able to provide enough to feed a family of 4 for one week with each $25 donation. One Heart’s budget revolves around feeding and supporting around 3,000 people each month and due to COVID-19, One Heart is now providing food for almost 5,000 people PER WEEK. Our goal was to help raise $2500 to feed 100 families for one week. Total Collected was $4350 which allows us to support 174 FAMILIES! The Rotary Club of Horizon West helped spread the word thru social media. Our club members really embraced this project and we are so proud of the impact that will be made from this project.

Rotary District 6980 Presents $5000 to UF Health The Villages Hospital Auxiliary Foundation from the Disaster Grant.

District Governor, Cindi Cioci, Past District Governor, Dan Semenza, Past President, Dick Campbell, Past District Governor Jo Weber (from left to right)

The Rotary Club of Occee


The Rotary Club of Ocoee is a relatively small Club with only eight members. Since 2017 the Club has been affiliated to the Institution Evangelique Baptise Boreal Chery de Faugu in La Cai, South Haiti.

The Club at that time made a donation of more that two dozen second-hand sewing machines, over two hundred yards of cloth, zippers, thread, buttons and other sewing paraphernalia. At that time a member of the Club went to La Cai and engaged eight of the teachers in some advance techniques in sewing and pattern-designing. Recently (May 2020) the Club made a donation of a hundred yards of cloth, thread, and elastic for the making of face-masks for the Region.

Between 2018-19 the Ocoee Club also donated more than a hundred and fifty dictionaries to Primary Schools in Rural Guyana.

Since the announcement of Covid 19, the Club has made, and donated, hundreds of face-masks in the community.

Since Covid 19 the club continue to meet twice a month via zoom.

Andra Thakur

Rotary Club of Ocoee, Florida

Kississmmee West Rotary Virtual Art Show

Total generated from People’s Choice voting during Virtual contest for Food Pantry was $2910. Our Sponsor income was $ 3,750 (we usually generate 2-3 times that amount in sponsorship – but COVID19 stopped soliciting ) We were not even sure what to do in the beginning – then the Virtual idea was hatched.

27 schools participated – 29 teachers (as two HS’s have two teachers)

# of entries 467

Juried event – team of 3 judges (artists)

Each of the 29 classes are awarded a ribbon for 1,2,3rd place and honorable mention. (you can see this on the latest posts) The Best in Show for each of the four ages groups can be seen on line too – the student receives a ribbon and a $100 cash prize.

4 age brackets for judging

K -2nd Grade ages 5-7

3rd – 5th Grade ages 8-10

Middle School ages 11-13

High School ages 14-18

Prizes our Club awards:

4 Best in Show @$100 cash to a student from each group above

4 $100 cash prizes to the teacher of each Best in Show winner which goes to school for art supplies.

3 prizes @ $200 each are given to 3 teachers (from a random drawing of all teachers entered) The money is given to each school for art supplies.

The People’s Choice winner is awarded $250 in cash.

Total of $1,650 in prize money awarded in support of the Student Arts Programs in Osceola County.


Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Citrus distributing some gift cards for gas to local restaurant employees in Southwest Dr. Phillips area. It was a community support project to reduce COVID-19 impact.


Makaila Nichols, David van de Velde, and Leesburg High School Principal Michael Randolph gather at Leesburg High School to promote LHS’s anti-bullying campaign

On Tuesday, May 19th at noon, a group of anti-bullying supporters gathered in front of the Leesburg High School.

Mayor Dennison handed a proclamation of the City of Leesburg to the Principal of the school as well as the Leesburg Rotary Club.

Pam Jones handed a proclamation by US Congressman Daniel Webster to Principal M.Randolph, the Leesburg Rotary Club, and the Blatantly Honest Foundation (merged with Pledge Against Bullying).

Representing the Rotary Interact Club were Teacher Chef John Bell and incoming President Julia Emmons. AG Larry Dolan represented the Rotary District 6980 and the Leesburg Evening Club.

The organizers, Pledge Against Bullying having merged with Blatantly Honest, were happy to receive the proclamations by Makaila Nichols, Dave van de Velde, David Lewis, Lourdes Barhorst and (missing) Ira Nodelman.

A happy HOORAY from the group for the achievement of filling the Aurora Rocket Flight manifest, ready to be shipped to Colorado where the microSD computer chip will be transferred into a special canister.

The actual rocket flight is scheduled to be launched early December 2020 from the SpacePort America in New Mexico, to return to Earth will be at the White Sands military base.

The take-off and landing will be streamed and we hope to capture that excited flight.

The Aurora Space Flight is our stage number One program, for us to learn how to handle the Luna-2 Moon Mission flight in 2022.

On that flight we are planning on having 2 terra bites of names - photo’s - pictures (family) books - essays - Rotary clips - voice messages - etc.

Yes, there are even other exciting “events” being planned for future planning…. exploring Space.

Our purpose? To reduce bullying and drugs in schools and other youth organizations.

Thank you Mayor Dennison and US Congressman Daniel Webster.

Orange County East – Winter Park Rotary Club

Did a COVID Caring Card project where we had members, family, and co-workers compose “Thinking of You” cards that we distributed to (3) different retirement/assisted-living communities. We distributed ~250 cards to Village on the Green, Palmetto Landings and Grace Villa Facility

The Rotary Club of Casselberry

The Rotary Club of Casselberry continues to help even through these uncertain times. On April 28th, our club partnered with Papa Sabz to supply lunch for 44 Truehealth nurses and employees at the Pop-Up Covid Testing Site in Sanford. On May 15, our club provide bagels and pastries for the Casselberry Police Department to thank them for their service. In addition to these service project, our club continues the 24 year tradition of delivering Meals on Wheels weekly.

The Rotary Club of Oviedo

Rotary Club of Oviedo donating the thermometers to

AdventHealth Waterman E.R. staff yesterday. My lovely wife Sheryl, a Paul

Harris Fellow, accompanied me and took the photos. Everyone stayed safe

during the brief transfer of materials.

The funds for this came from The Rotary Foundation via a district grant that

had residual unspent DDF that Rotary International authorized us to use for

COVID-19 PPE in lieu of returning the funds to TRF.

Rotary Club of Kississmmee West

Christine Arendas with Osceola County Deputies Kike Hernandez and Jose Cabrera delivering Meals on Wheels. Our club adopted a route through the Osceola Council on Aging. Members take turns delivering meals to seniors each Wednesday.

The Rotary Club of Lake Mary

The Rotary Club of Kississmmee Bay

Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay is doing weekly zoom meetings. We have had guests from Australia, Spain and Sweden. Tomorrow we will have a guest from England. It has been great having all of these international Rotarians who have been here with GSE teams or are PDG's. A picture of last week's meeting is attached. At that meeting, Irène Andersson joined us all the way from Sweden. She had been hosted by our members Sandra and Tony Delucia when she was visiting here as a DGE a few years ago. This meeting was highly attended. We had 20 participants. Our speakers are announced on our facebook page.

Our club also had a Zoom happy hour. Unbelievably, our happy hour lasted 4 hours!! We had a great time.

WOW... where did the year go?! Thank you for being supportive and helpful and supplying content for our Newsletter. Thank you for rolling with the new format and being patient with me while I over obsess on the content and layouts. Thank you for showing me that Rotary can connect the World even through unchartered waters. I wish everyone the best. YIRS, Stephanie Fernung, The Rotary Club of The Villages.


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