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ROTARY DISTRICT 6980 FEBRUARY 2020 DISTRICT NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY IS PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION

Peace fellow Dilshad Jaff connects his passion for medicine with his pursuit

of peace. Dilshad applies the knowledge and skills gained during his peace

fellowships to his work in Iraq as a physician treating internally displaced

persons and Syrian refugees. Support the global impact of Rotary

Peace Fellows by contributing from your District Designated Fund!

WHY THE ROTARY PEACE CENTERS PROGRAM NEEDS

YOUR DISTRICT’S SUPPORT

Each year, District Designated Funds (DDFs) enable up to 100 fellows from

around the world to study peace and conflict resolution at one of the six

Rotary Peace Centers. Over 1,200 alumni of the peace centers programare

actively contributing to global peacebuilding, working in areas from

grassroots initiatives to policy development at the United Nations and

World Bank. Peacebuilder Districts support these peace leaders through

their generous contributions.

HOW TO BECOME A PEACEBUILDER DISTRICT

Peacebuilder Districts support the Rotary Peace Centers by allocating

a minimum of $25,000 annually in DDF donations. To maintain their

Peacebuilder District standing, districts donate $25,000 every year

thereafter. To become a Peacebuilder District, or to learn more about the

Rotary Peace Centers program, email rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org.

PEACEBUILDER DISTRICT RECOGNITION AND BENEFITS

Each Peacebuilder District receives a banner, peace pins, and certificate.

FOUNDATION NEWS

Reminder that your club can become a ROTARY’S PROMISE CLUB when every member of your club becomes a Benefactor. A Benefactor is a Rotarian that gives an estate/will gift of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. If members of your club are Bequest Society that also counts. A Bequest Society member has given a gift of $10,000 or more in their will/trust. Let’s try to achieve this by the District Conference (May 2) or the District Foundation Dinner (March 21).

Remember to check your goals on rotary.org. If you have not put your goals on rotary club central, please do so.

Below is the information for the District Foundation Dinner on March 21, 2020.

You will need to register by March 10, 2020.

Paul Harris Society member is a Rotarian that gives $1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation. This can be done by going to rotary direct and charging $85 per month. You may pay the one thousand in one lump sum or any combination that adds up to $1,000 per Rotary year.

Hope to see you soon.

Jo Weber, PDG

DRFC

FOUNDATION DINNER

DISTRICT 6980 FOUNDATION DINNER

DATE: MARCH 21, 2020

LOCATION: LAKE RECEPTIONS, HWY 19, MT DORA, FL

TIME: 6 PM – 7 PM COCKTAILS & APPETIZERS – CASH BAR

7 PM – 9 PM DINNER AND PROGRAM

COST: $55 PER PERSON - RESERVE A TABLE OF 10 FOR $550

MEAL CHOICE: BEEF ROUNDS with mushroom gravy, Garlic mashed potatoes, green beans

GRILLED MAHI, with tropical salsa, Garlic mashed potatoes, green beans

VEGETARIAN – Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, with angel hair & carrots, mixed grilled zucchini, asparagus and baby carrotsMEAL CHOICE: BEEF ROUNDS, SALMON, VEGETARIAN

Rotary Connects the World is the feature presentation at the Dinner.

We will travel from Winter Park to Peru to Ethiopia as our clubs take us on the journey of a lifetime. Come support your Rotary Foundation and all the “Doing Good in the World”.

www.rotarydistrict6980.org

DACdb; log in; calendar; scroll to March 21st and click on register. You will need to pay for your dinner(s) in advance.

Won’t you please join me, and fellow Rotarians, at our

District 6980 Foundation Dinner

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 10, 2020

WE WANT YOUR TALENT!!

We are looking for participants for the District Talent Show. We will have the finals at the District Conference on May 2, 2020

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!

We are having a talent show! If you or members of your club want to participate in our 1st District 6980 Talent Show at the District Conference, here are some of the details. You must submit a short video (no more than 3 minutes) of you or your group performing whatever it is. A committee will review the videos. No club or person that submits a video can have a member on the selection committee. Depending on the number of contestants, we will have 3 to 5 awards. Will your club be the winner of the first District 6980 Talent Show?

Our Conference is going to be unique this year. Only one day and jam packed. We will have another food packing event; there is an opportunity to learn life saving skills from the Apopka Fire Department (separate registration for this); we will have the finals of the District Talent Show; vendors; Rotary Means Business; group discussions in breakouts about your clubs’ fundraisers; Rotary Fellowships and we will end the day with a Memorial Service to the Rotarians or family members of Rotarians who passed away in this Rotary year. There is no charge for this conference. Every person who attends will have their name put in drawings to be held throughout the day for door prizes.

We do need to raise funds for the packing event, again. My goal is $9950 or 28,256 meals (the same as in November) but we will pack as much as possible with the amount given in sponsorship money. If your club would like to be a sponsor and have your name added as a sponsor, please let me know.

More detailed info to come and will eventually be on the DACdb.

SATURDAY – MAY 2, 2020 – 8:00 A.M. UNTIL 5:00 P.M.

APOPKA HIGH SCHOOL - PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR

ROTARIANS FROM DISTRICT 6980 REPRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY

In January, three representatives from District 6980—namely AG Sonya Hightower-LaBosco (Rotary Club of Lake Nona Lunch), Ephraim Grubbs (Rotary Club of Lake Mary Lunch) and DGND Andres Goyanes (Rotary Club of International Drive)—were invited to San Diego, California, by Rotary International as Hospitality Team observers of its annual International Assembly, in preparation for this event’s relocation to Orlando, Florida in 2021.

DGE Mike Vernon and his wife, Susan, participated in the Rotary International Assembly are representatives of Rotary District 6980. Both have been participating in a variety of programmed activities that make the Rotary IA a memorable event in their lifetime.

During the visit to San Diego, the Orlando Hospitality Team learned details of the planned transition to Central Florida and how we and other Rotarians can support Rotary International’s efforts. This will include future participation of Central Florida area volunteers and other collaborators who will welcome an entourage of more than 200 RI team members.

The Rotary International Assembly is the event where every District Governor-Elect kicks off his or her preparation for their year in this new role. During IA, Rotarian DGEs meet, attend seminars and get specialized training. Most importantly—this is an opportunity to bond with fellow DGEs and explore potential collaboration in Service Projects on a global scale. And

The Orlando Hospitality Team has been tasked with ensuring a smooth transition of the Rotary IA event into Orlando after 15 years in San Diego, CA. The event is moving to Central Florida for the next five years, with an option to extend for another set of years.

The location of the first Rotary IA in our area will be the Rosen Shingle Creek, a beautiful property that will welcome 529 DGEs, their spouses or partners, and an illustrious number of VIPs to include current and past Rotary Directors, Past Presidents and many more.

Our Orlando Hospitality Team will be busy in the months ahead, coordinating with RI the next iteration of the event. If you or anyone else in your Rotary Club is interested in participating as volunteers, reach out to the Orlando Hospitality Team so they can know of your commitment ahead of this event.

Interact Youth Service District Event

On Saturday March 28, all Interact students and their families are asked to join us for a district wide community service event. We will be volunteering in Orlando at United Against Poverty. This organization does amazing things to support our community and they rely on volunteers, like Rotary and Interact, to stay operational. You an learn more about their efforts by visiting their website at www.unitedagainstpoverty.org. Until then, please share this with your Interact club school advisers, the Interact Club students and even though it does not state it…..Rotarians are welcome.

We do need everyone to RSVP so that we can let the facility know how many volunteers to expect. You can register using this link

Rotary Club of Windermere Lobster & Love

The Rotary Club of Windermere is hosting it’s annual “Lobster & Laughter” event Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.windermererotary.org/lobster

The Rotary Club of Leesburg Sunrise Annual Blood Screening
Rotary Club of The Parks Strolling for Smiles

Rotary Club of the Parks -Stroll for Smiles

Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 5pm-9pm in Baldwin Park

Join our 4th annual event to heal smiles and save lives!

The Rotary Club of the Parks is organizing its 4th annual neighborhood stroll to benefit Sharing

Smiles, a 501(c)3 organization that provides cleft palate surgeries and follow-up care for children in

the poorest communities worldwide.

What: We will be “Strolling” to 4 different restaurants & bars in Baldwin Park from 5pm - 9pm.

Each venue owner has made a generous donation to support Sharing Smiles. We will also have prize drawings each hour, must be present to win! So join us for an evening of food, beverages, fellowship and prizes - all to support a great cause!

Pre-order your event t-shirts today! at http://www.baldwinparkrotary.com/strollforsmiles.html

All T-shirt proceeds will go to support Sharing Smiles. There will be a cash bar at each establishment, which are donating to our signature charity event. Information on t-shirt pick-up will be made available in early 2020, or you will be able to pick up your shirts at the event.

For more information contact our 2020 Stroll for Smiles Chairs:

Lauren Robinson laurenalexandriarobinson@gmail.com

Dr, Daniel Galante djgalante@gmail.com

The Apopka Fair
METRO CUP REGATTA

METRO CUP REGATTA

(40th ANNUAL)

DATE

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 FROM 8 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

WHERE

LAKE MAITLAND AT KRAFT AZALEA GARDENS

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA

HOST

ROTARY CLUB OF ORANGE COUNTY EAST

FEATURING DUAL RACES

ROLLINS COLLEGE VS. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

EDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL VS. WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL

College Men's Races (3)

College Women's Races (3)

High School Men's Races (3)

High School Women's Races (3)

Approximately 200 participants

AWARDS

Overall points trophy for winning college

Overall points trophy for winning high school

Individual medals for winners of each event

Memorial trophies for named races

UNIQUE SCORING SYSTEM

Points are awarded proportionately based on the course record time

divided by the actual time a crew rows the course

MEDIA COVERAGE & SPECTATORS

Orlando Sentinel

All local TV and radio stations will be notified

Approximately 1,000 spectators

The Rotary Club of Kissimmee West Student Art Contest and Pancake Breakfast
The Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista Charity Golf Challenge
The Rotary Club of Orlando Celebrates 100 years
News around the District

RLI! rOTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Brenda K, Yuvisa H and Jean Z from AP Rotary club at Rotary Leadership session!

LEESBURG HIGH SCHOOL ANTARCTICA DISCOVERY FLAG

The Leesburg High School flag that made the polar expedition to Antarctica last December and January

On the flag are the logo’s of the Clubs we had hoped to join the anti-bullying program.

LHS Interact logo is on the left top.

The backside has the names of students that participated, the signature of the Captain.

You see a part of the 100.000 grown-up penguins, 80.000 penguins and not seen are 100.000 penguins in the water.

Reports from the Captain are that there was no bullying among the penguins, we might learn something.

We also see the grave of Sir Ernest Shakleton, Polar Explorer over 100 year ago, buried right there.

A large photo display will hang in the Leesburg High School, together with the original flag as seen on the photo’s.

Amazing, the Leesburg High School flag was on top of Mount Everest (highest point on earth) and now at the coldest place on earth, Antarctica.

Next trip is a landing on the moon.

Pledge Against Bullying is just an amazing company

Credits:

Created with images by Steve Halama - "untitled image" • Priscilla Du Preez - "untitled image" • Gajus - "Builder laying outdoor paving slabs" • freestocks.org - "untitled image" • Casey Lee - "Meal with salmon and zucchini" • Kyle Glenn - "Take a Seat" • Antonio Molinari - "untitled image" • bluraz - "United Nations headquarters" • Lucas Davies - "untitled image" • ink drop - "Save the date sign pegged to a string with blurred bokeh lights in the background" • iQoncept - "Upcoming Events Calendar Schedule Tickets 3d Illustration" • maxsmolyar - "Lobster and lobster sandwich served with wine. Seafood dinner in a restaurant " • CDC - "Enteric Diseases Laboratory Branch (EDLB) public health scientist, holding up a glass slide used for a run on a sequencing machine." • Aziz Acharki - "Smile" • Shahzin Shajid - "This was one of the photos taken by me where I was experimenting with the different potentials of shutter speed. It was one of the first long exposures I have taken and It has also been made quite a ‘popular’ wallpaper for Android and iOS devices. It was taken when I was just taking a stroll with my friend at night, In Al Qasba, Sharjah and I spotted this wheel and so I took my tripod out, took an 8 second exposure and this was the result :P" • Vidar Nordli-Mathisen - "Rowing" • Matteo Vistocco - "Lung’Arno sul ponte della carraia, firenze." • None Other - "If you happened to be awfully hungry and have some oats and a banana - go ahead and make these. Bon appetite." • Don Stouder - "untitled image" • Ray Hennessy - "A fireworks display in the harbor of Lubec Maine. The dusk sky, water and boats provided a beautiful setting for the colorful show." • Yannick Menard - "Beaches of Nazaré"