Cindi Cioci; District Governor
Message from our District Governor, Cindi Cioci

We need everyone to participate in our food-packing event on November 2, 2019.

This District Service Project will be at Celebration High School and every club should have members there to make it a huge success. We need 150-200 volunteers for the food packing. Please register on the DACdb so we know how many will be attending.

Will your club help the District with monetary support in order to pack more food. We can pack 40,000 meals for a total of $11,500 - Feeding Children Everywhere or I have a commitment of $5,000 but with an additional $4900 we can pack 28,512 meals - Rise Against Hunger. Depending on how much money we collect will determine which company we use. PLEASE HELP!

There are two articles in the October Rotarian – one about Secily Wilson of LBV Rotary Club and also one on Lake Buena Vista Rotary Club itself. Fantastic articles.

Our District had letters to the Editor written by Rotarians in the Rotarian magazines in the September and October issue. This is wonderful – thank you for writing them.

Aloha! YIRS,

Cindi Cioci

District Governor

Rotary District 6980


Members of the Paul Harris Society play an integral part of promoting and expanding the society, which now has more than 23,000 members in 141 countries.

The Paul Harris Society has more than doubled in size since 2013-14. Society members make up a vital community of leaders whose contributions account for 17.61% of the donations to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and 16.36% of donations to the Foundation overall

Paul Harris Society membership has grown from 10,607 in 84 countries in 2013-14 to 23,253 in 141 countries in 2018-19.

Overall contributions from Paul Harris Society members are increasing. In 2013-14, society members accounted for 9.15% of Foundation giving, totaling US$15,321,255 *. That reached 16.36% in 2018-19, totaling US$30,523,056*.

• Does not include contributions to the Endowment Fund.

By giving from your heart each and every year, you change lives, support families, and empower communities.

Join the Paul Harris Society TODAY!

John A Rabley

Paul Harris Society Chair

District 6980



We are just one month away from the 2019 District Interact Conference! The event will take place at Celebration High School on Saturday November 2, 2019. Registration opens at 8:00 am and the event will end at 2pm. Lunch will be included and Rotarians are welcome to attend! The Interact students will hear from two key note speakers and will also attend two breakout sessions. There will also be an opportunity for the students to visit a House of Friendship where they can learn first-hand about the many Rotary programs they can help support. We encourage all students and Rotarians to bring 2 non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food banks. There is no cost for students to attend.

Please have your club Youth Services Director send a list of RSVP names to interactdistrict6980@gmail.com no later than Friday October 25, 2019. We are still actively looking for volunteers and sponsorship. Please contact Lauralee Shapiro if you can help.

Friendly reminder…..

This October, Interact clubs that have not reported club contact since 2016-17 or prior to Rotary International will be placed in “Suspended” status. Sponsoring Rotary clubs will have 90 days from notification of the suspended status to report an Interact club adviser via the online form. Even if the Interact club adviser has not changed, each year the adviser must be reported. Review your district listing of club-sponsored organizations for suspended clubs and remind those sponsor clubs to report an Interact club advisor to prevent termination of their Interact club.

Lauralee Shapiro

Interact Chair, 2019 - 2020, District 6980

Cell: 407-405-0138



Service Project Update: BAHAMAS RELIEF; November 2, 2019 District Service Project Packing Food!

Attention all clubs! At the Interact Conference on November 2nd, we will have our District Service Project packing food. We have raised $9,000 and need $2,000 more to reach our goal to pack 40,000 meals!!! Checks can be made payable to District 6980 and mailed to District Treasurer, Tom Meena, 9663 Westover Club Circle, Windermere, FL, 34786, as soon as possible.

Ask your Board of Directors to financially contribute and support our fundraising efforts and encourage members of your club to come help us pack. We all know the devastation in the Bahamas and non-perishable food is in high demand.

Email your club service projects and pictures to Bill Spiegel, Apopkarvp@gmail.com and get featured in the District Newsletter!

Congratulations Rotary Club of Apopka!

Service Project: Recycling Pilot Program at Apopka Elementary

One of the largest obstacles to successful recycling in America is the plastic grocery/retail bag. It is the most common item added to recycling bins that not only can’t be recycled in that setting but they jam the equipment and stop the recycling process. This pilot program aims to eliminate clean grocery/retail bags from the mix and focuses on recycling them separately. Many Rotary clubs have also adopted this program and it is working. This initiative is first starting at the Elementary Schools and then expanding. This Service Project is TURNKEY! We have the informational flyers, equipment contacts, promos for the schools, power point curriculum, and just need more clubs to join in to have this operating in every county in Central Fl. If you are interested in this service project, email Bill Spiegel at Apopkarvp@gmail.com for more information. Also, all of the information is available in the download section under service projects on the district website.


The Rotary Club of LBV had the honor of having two articles in the October issue of The Rotarian. One is their our club and the other reports on our signature project, the WOW Legacy Group.

If you're not following his journey you should be, T Shane Johnson, Rotarian, is breaking world records while he completes his Hike Across America.

World Polio Day; 24 October 2019

It should not be a surprise to any Rotarian that October 24th is World Polio Day. On World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers to recognize Rotary’s progress in the global fight to end polio once and for all.

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that threatens children under the age of five but can be contracted by people of any age. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours.

At only 8 months old, my twin brother and I contracted polio in the late summer of 1952. The Salk Polio Vaccine had not yet been available and would not be until 1955. We were both fortunate enough to have only a mild case of the virus and thus were able to avoid paralysis. It has only been in the last few years that I have begun to experience paralysis in my left leg. However, for some that was not the case. In 1952 there were a record 57,628 reported cases of polio and fear of this virus ran rampant among people throughout the nation. Parents were keeping their children indoors and public pools were being closed for fear of spreading the virus. In my case, my brother and I lived in an upstairs apartment with an older brother (who at the time was 2 ½ years old) and my mother and father in Kearney, NJ. Air-conditioning was expensive and rare with only about 75,000 households having it in the early 1950’s, so in the middle of the summer flies were everywhere. Raw sewage would back up into the streets where we lived and that was all the virus needed to find a host.

Polio is not curable but it can be prevented and even eradicated by vaccines. For more than 30 years, Rotarians have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. Rotarians around the globe have contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. As a result, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 125 countries in 1988 to just 33 cases caused by the wild virus in 2018. Only two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It has been three years since the last case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and if this trend continues through the next year, all of the African region will be certified wild poliovirus-free. This fact gives us all hope that worldwide eradication is possible and very close.

Committed to raising $50 million per year and with a pledge of a 2-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Rotary has introduced the new Polio Endgame Strategy that includes eradication, integration and finally certification and containment. This strategy will cost money and Rotarians across the globe are being asked to “pony up”, “bring home the bacon”, “show me the money”, Together let’s END POLIO NOW!

-John DeMauro

what we've done

Rotary Club of The Parks, Golf Tournament raising funds for Hurricane Dorian Relief

The Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon

Service Project – Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon

Our club finished Ms. Lewis’ beautification project in Wildwood in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter on August 23rd. Ms. Lewis has lived in her home for over 30 years and was grateful to have Rotarians come and help her with some much needed upkeep. After the day of work was done she enjoyed photos and lunch with the Villages-Noon club members. Below is a video slideshow – if you need the original I can send it to you via dropbox because it’s a large file

All Pro Dads, First Event of the Year – Rotary Club of The Villages-Noon

All Pro Dads, is a national nonprofit organization, started by Toni Dungy, former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1990s. ADP is the fatherhood limb of "Family First" with a goal of making men better fathers and husbands. ADP is built on a football theme that provides a "game plan" to become a great Dad.

Rotary Club of the Villages-Noon provides an APD opportunity for Dads and their children to share a breakfast at Fruitland Park Elementary School once a month. Each month a short themed program is presented. The meaning of Self Confidence was featured for the first meeting of the year on September 12th. Over 150 Dads and kids attended Septembers meeting along with Six Rotary of The Villages-Noon Club members and two Rotary friends to help make the occasion a success.

The Rotary Club of The Villages participates in the Annual Take Stock in Children Spelling Bee

The Rotary Club of Maitland

A busy September for Maitland Rotary!

We've added 7 new members - we proudly welcome Dave Rothfeld, N.Y. Nathiri, Cecil Rodrigues, Amy Elliot, Shelia Drexler, and Nicole Gravenmier to the Rotary Club of Maitland! (A photo of Amy, Shelia, and N.Y. with our President Ben Urrutia is attached).

We've reached 40 members for the 1st time, and are well on our way to our goal of 50 members in the next year!

Cliff Long from the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association and Chassity Vega, CEO of the Greater Orlando Builders Association also joined us in September to discuss the growth of the Greater Orlando area and affordable housing.

We're kicking our Eat to Defeat Polio campaign up a notch, by partnering with Maitland Rotarian Jon Proechel's Teak Neighborhood Grill. Throughout the month of October, if you show your Maitland Rotary card, 15% of the proceeds for the month will go to defeat Polio!

The Maitland Rotary Art Festival is coming up November 8-10th and we're in full swing with preparation. We held our Patron Pre-Party recently and are looking for art festival volunteers. (pictures from the pre-party and poster attached).

The club is also a proud sponsor of the live dramatic performance of Letters From Anne & Martin, a production of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida.

The performance takes place Sunday October 6th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. For more information visit OrlandoRep.com.

We're looking forward to an awesome October doing a world of good.

Thank you for your patience and contribution to the District Newsletter, I thoroughly enjoy bringing it to you each month. If I miss something let me know kindly. YIRS - Stephanie Fernung, CatHerder of 5 children, President of the Rotary Club of The Villages, District Newsletter Sage


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