August & September 2020 Newsletter Rotary District 6980 District Governor Mike Vernon

a message from our district governor mike vernon

Staying Engaged Through Service

We are off to a fast and successful New Rotary Year!

July has been filled with finishing club installations, club visits, a Vibrant Club Workshop, a Polio Information Meeting, and the first of the Infinite Possibilities Series, Women in Rotary. It has been an exhilarating and fun time.

This year we are making the “official visits” differently. We are visiting virtually. Given our present environment and the “unknowns” of the COVID-19 virus, I cannot risk your health by meeting in-person. You and your health are too valuable to place in jeopardy.

This gives me the opportunity to revisit you when things become clearer and we can meet together during a club meeting, a social or fellowship event, or during a fundraising event. It also allows us the opportunity to keep in touch more personally throughout the year.

During my club visits, I have gotten to meet new friends and renew old friendships. I have learned a lot about our clubs and members and have had an opportunity to listen to your concerns and make some changes in what we do in the district to meet your expectations and make our district better.

One of the most important items I have learned is that our members are staying engaged with their fellow members, their clubs and their communities through a variety of creative, innovative, and extremely important ways. I knew that our members and clubs were active and involved, but little did I realize the extent to which we are involved and especially during the pandemic. Clubs are actively doing what they have always done and often in new ways. The following are but a few examples of the ways that our members are making a positive impact in our communities and the world.

Club members and clubs are staying engaged through service in a variety of ways. Clubs continue to support local programs to help those in need, such as Habitat for Humanity projects and other community activities. Some club members are making masks, and the clubs are distributing them to local community organizations and personnel. Clubs are also engaged by assisting in reading programs through their local libraries and other organizations.

When school resumes, clubs will continue to sponsor Interact programs, book distribution projects, mentoring students, providing food to school pantries, providing back packs and school supplies. and working to assist our schools wherever a need exists.

Additionally, I think that every club is involved in at least one food distribution program of some sort. Those programs range from a means to thank local community personnel for their assistance to our communities to feeding the hungry and those in need. Some of these programs include the following activities: serving meals at shelters, collecting food from local grocery stores and distributing it to local charities and organizations, participating in Meals on Wheels, providing food items to school pantries, purchasing meals from local restaurants and delivering them to first responders, healthcare providers, and law enforcement agencies.

In addition, clubs are joining together to increase their impact and expand their reach by conducting multi-community food drives. They are helping each other out by distributing the abundance of food provided by our grocery stores and reaching a wider audience of organizations and those in need.

I am extremely proud of each of our members and clubs for staying engaged in our local communities. We are adjusting to our new environment and continuing to support our communities by placing Service Above Self. Thank you for being Rotarians!

Our club presidents have established a Club Presidents’ Council which meets on Zoom the first Monday of every month at 7:00 PM. It is a great initiative that shows promise as means to share club ideas, speakers, fundraising thoughts, and potential opportunities for service projects. Please let your presidents know your thoughts, ideas, and expectations.

Looking ahead we have a number of important dates coming up in the near future. Some of these dates include the following:

• September 14 – DG candidates’ applications are due to DG Mike.

• September 17 – Presidents’ and AGs meeting

Thanks to everyone for being a Rotarian and continuing to be Engaged Through Service!



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september is basic education & Literacy month

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.


Jennifer E. Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.

Rotary International's avenues of service award

Past District Governor Dan Semenza from The Rotary Club of The Villages has been awarded Rotary International’s Avenues of Service Award for his commitment and dedication to Rotary in the areas of Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service, International Service and Youth Service. Once a Rotarian receives the award in each area, RI acknowledges their commitment with deep appreciation for outstanding efforts in each of the Avenues of Service and presents him or her with a crystal and pin.


Rotary District 6980 Youth Service Foundation

Don Harris, District Youth Services Chair, 2020-2021

As communicated in an earlier article, our youth services programs we want to stress three main initiatives for the Rotary Year 2020-2021.

Our District Youth Services is a 501c3 Charitable Foundation

1) We will be emphasizing the Foundation this year and letting our clubs and Rotarians know that this is a wonderful choice to include in their charitable giving.

2) We will be working to help Youth Services become more self-sustaining via fund-raisers and charitable giving in addition to the present support provided by fees, Rotarians, Clubs, and the District.

3) We also want to increase the number of volunteers working with our youth. Let us know where you would like to get connected with youth services!

We have several new officers in Youth Services whom we are delighted to share with the District.

Jennifer Gravlin has accepted the role as our treasurer of Youth Services. Jennifer has previously served as our District Treasurer as well as many different roles in the Rotary Club of Altamonte Springs.


Seminole County South Rotarian Bill Stack has agreed to chair Interact for our District. Bill will be reaching out to all club presidents and interact chairs as he works to update our Interact database and he is looking to set up a new Interact district committee. His objectives this year will be to assist all clubs with their Interact efforts and to help provide more district wide service opportunities.

Bill’s contact info is: Bill Stack

RC Seminole County South

District 6980 Interact Chair

Mobile: 719-357-9751


Lauralee Shapiro will be assisting him with an Interact conference we hope to have as we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally we have our Interact conference in November. That will be delayed. Please make sure that your club is staying engaged with your Interact Clubs and School Districts as they are launching their 2020-2021 school year.



Eddie Fernandez who has co-chaired RYLA the past four years has accepted the Leadership as the Chair of our Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). Eddie is working on the best options for our Youth whether to conduct RYLA virtually, in -person or a combination of both. He is also assembling his committee beginning this month. Thank you Eddie for your Leadership!

Eddie’s contact information is: Eddie Fernandez

Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista

District 6980 RYLA Chair

Mobile: 321-436-0092


Barbara “Babs” Coggins has stepped down as our RYLA co-chair, but will stay involved. Thank you Babs for years of wonderful service to our youth, our clubs, and our District helping our high school youth and young adults to develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.

Mark your calendars for our next Rotary Youth Leadership Academy

Florida Elks Camp - 2021 – Feb 24th thru 28th

Most of our clubs have heard the life changing experiences our youth go through with this exciting program. Be sure to have your club showcase past RYLA participants as program speakers in order for them to share their experience and to help your club plan to get more engaged with RYLA this year

All 22 of our inbound students and 18 outbound students representing 17 countries made it home safely from their COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 exchange.

We have recently received guidance for the Youth Exchange program for next year.

There will not be a traditional long-term exchange for our Rotary year 2020-2021. The RYE Committee is supporting a potential ½ year long -term exchange beginning in January for our students. We have 5 outbound committed and room for 6 inbound for 2020-2021. Our already registered outbound students have the option to participate in the ½ year program if it comes to fruition, or they will be able to withdraw with a full refund, or to participate in the 2021-2022 long term program. There are still some logistics to be resolved for the ½ year program, but we have received encouraging guidance this week from the State Department (Student Visas will be available) and Rotary International, so we are optimistic. More details will follow from Ohio-Erie our multidistrict partner who helps us manage Youth Exchange in the next two weeks.

Our Short-Term Youth Exchange program, STEP (also known as the summer program) is proceeding on a virtual basis with great enthusiasm from our participants.

We need more volunteers involved with our youth exchange. We have a vibrant and very active RYE committee, but we need volunteers ranging from committee members to Youth Exchange Officers. We especially need help replacing two key positions. Lania Crouch has a new career opportunity and is retiring from her position as RYE District Chair after nearly 8 years of wonderful service to our youth, our clubs, and our District. We also need a RYE Inbound coordinator to help with the 6-7 inbound youth that will hopefully join us in our district next year. Sandra Prieto has been outstanding in this role for us but needs to pass on the reins. Please wish both Lania and Sandra well and we look forward to seeing them both at Rotary and Rotary events in the future. Please reach out to Don Harris to discuss either role.


District 6980 Rotary Foundation Committee Report for August, 2020

RI and Rotary Foundation Trustees have made a few significant changes to global grant requirements:

• cash donations made to a global grant are no longer receiving any matching money from The Rotary Foundation

• Contributions from an international partner need be only 15% minimum rather than 30% minimum

• DDF contributions to a global grant need not be at least $15,000. Smaller amounts of DDF will also be acceptable as long as total funds raised from all sources reach at least $30K which remains the minimum size for a global grant

Why giving to the Annual Fund makes a big impact

Did you know that more than 400,000 people and 35,000 clubs contributed to the Annual Fund in 2018-19? Every one of these vital donations adds up to make a bigger impact through our SHARE system, in which contributions are invested for three years and then split between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund (DDF).

These donations help Rotary clubs promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. These gifts make a difference both close to home and around the globe.

Altamonte Springs

Congratulations to Rotary Clubs of The Villages ($489/capita), the Parks-Orlando ($419/capita) and Altamonte Springs ($312/capita) for coming in 1,2 and 3 respectively in per-capita giving to the Annual Fund in Rotary Year 2019-2020. Please also congratulate Rotary Club of Kissimmee Bay for their “photo” finish essentially tying Altamonte Springs for 3rd place with ($312/capita). Thank you to all 44 clubs in our district that contributed to the Annual fund this past Rotary year. The average annual fund per capita giving across all our clubs in the district was $174, 2.8% higher year than RY 2018-2019 even with the challenges all our clubs faced with meeting and fundraising during the pandemic.

Polio Plus Contributions (District and Clubs)

Polio Plus contributions in RY 2019-2020 were made by our district as well as 20 of our 48 clubs. We gave a total of $34,256 to the ongoing fight to eradicate Polio everywhere in the world. Please remember that all donations to the Polio Plus fund of The Rotary Foundation continue to be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For those clubs who weren’t able to make a donation to Polio Plus or the Annual Fund this past year, please consider setting a realistic goal for 2020-2021. Our district will be encouraging clubs to either lead or participate in a fundraiser for Polio Plus leading up the Polio Awareness Day on October 24th.

Paul Harris Movers for the Month of July, 2020

Congratulations to the 15 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the month of July including five of whom are brand new Paul Harris Fellows and the other folks being multiple Paul Harris Fellows. They hail from the following clubs: Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, E-Club of Florida (2), Leesburg-Sunrise, Oviedo (2), Sanford (2), The Villages-Evening, The Villages-Noon (4), The Villages.


District 6980 Polio plus Virtual Marathon Fundraiser

Get ready to sweat, walk, run & get FIT for Polio. from wherever you are in the district—this year District 6980 is going completely virtual. “THE POLIO MILES” is a collaborative fundraiser designed to have fun at your, your club or family pace, for a great cause. And with different distances for you to choose from (marathon 26.2/ half marathon 13.1, & 10K), there’s a run that’s perfect for where you’re at. Dress in fashionable running gear, track and post your mileage using the Run - keeper app on your smart phones. If not tech savvy, just email your mileage and photos in. Registration starts September 1 - 5, 2020. NO ENTRY FEE TO PARTICIPATE / FREE MARATHON HEADBANDS / EVENT GOAL: $5000.00 For more information, email District Polio plus chair Michael Franklin at strataceo@yahoo.com

Please set your Foundation Goals for Rotary year 2020-2021

Thank you very much to the 17 clubs in our district that have set a goal for their club’s Annual Fund Giving for RY 2020-2021. Goal setting is a great way to help your club measure your progress each year as compared to prior years. It is very easy to set and, if necessary, to change goals during the year using the Goal Center at Rotary.org. Please reach out to your district leadership if you need any help in recording these goals at Rotary.org. Your DRFC Alex is always available to assist with this effort as it relates to The Rotary Foundation. A good starting place is the set your goal to at least equal last year’s final Annual Giving results.


The block district grant from The Rotary Foundation has been applied for in the amount of $55,500. This will allow us to reimburse the clubs for all successfully completed district grants executed in 2020-2020 and for which they received prior approved from our district leadership. A total of 29 district grants from 18 clubs are covered by our block district grant.

Global Grant GG2011846 for Critically Needed Medical Equipment in Central Florida was approved by The Rotary Foundation and we expect to receive the funding from the foundation in August to allow us to purchase the equipment that was approved under this grant.

GLobal grant for covid-19 is now funded!!

I have good news to report regarding the COVID-19 global grant for critically needed medical equipment. Our funding including all the promised world fund matching money from The Rotary Foundation recently arrived into the global grant bank account set up at Citizens Bank in Oviedo.

Our partner AdventHealth has just today invoiced us for the equipment that has been purchased by them in anticipation of our global grant being approved and owing to the urgent requirement that they have had to decontaminate and sterilize critical pieces of medical equipment including sterilization of respirators and masks for reuse as you will see from the attached photos.

I have attached a few of photos of the equipment for you to see what our donation has procured.

I will be working with AdventHealth to arrange a suitable opportunity for us to present our check for $36,896 to AdventHealth in the very near future.

With much gratitude and yours in Rotary Service,

Alex Sacharoff, Phd.


District Rotary Foundation Chair (D6980, 2020-2021)

Past-President, Rotary Club of Oviedo

Paul Harris Society Since 2012

Major Donor


Run Free to End Human Trafficking Event

Virtual Run, Walk or Roll to support an End to Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery

SOLES UNITE throughout the world to expose this heinous crime and Free the SOULS that are being sold and used everyday for the financial gain of traffickers and service benefit of buyers. Every human soul has an inalienable right to be FREE, to make their own decision about their life and their body.

Virtually Run, Walk or Roll any of the distances below as an individual OR grab your friends and sign up as a team. Funds raised will be used for AWARENESS and EDUCATION in grades 6-12 under the PREVENTION MODEL established by the US Dept. of State.

Take the 30 day challenge by selecting one of the event distances below and complete your selected distance all at once or broken into increments YOU manage over the month of September 1 - Sep 30 * It's a great way to taking on one of the Ultra Distance or Extreme Distance challenges by move everyday while you raise awareness and funds to Donate to the Anti Human Trafficking AWARENESS and EDUCATION campaign initiative.

Your selected distance can be accomplished by running, walking or rolling (cycling, swimming, skating, SUP) or even walking your 4-legged friends! Goal is to "Just Move"!

Individual and team mileage will be cumulated to make a linear imprint around the globe! Goal distance of all combined mileage is 24,901 miles.

Print your personalized bib number on this race page under your profile and wear it proudly while you run/walk or roll this month.

Post on SM @RunFree2EndHumanTrafficking and @SCSunriseRotaryClub with photos (yourself, tracking device total mileage/time) to support your accomplishments and be part of creating a virtual loop around the globe.

Enter your final event time on this race page under your profile.

The San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club is dedicated to eliminating Human Trafficking AND is opposed to ANY organization that practices racial, political or religious discrimination.

Please remember to register your club for the Zone 33/34 Public Image Citation!

Clubs must be registered by September 30

This year, to achieve the Public Image Citation, clubs will be asked to complete a series of tasks each month. The idea is to develop sustainable public image capabilities to tell the Rotary story and promote what our clubs do in their communities. And we know that strong public image supports membership initiatives. In addition to bringing in new members, a solid public image program can elevate the pride that members have in their clubs which ensures higher retention rates!

Rotary club of celebration virtual pancake run

Rotary Club of Seminole South

Rotary Club of Seminole County South will represent Rotary as the lead club for a Global Grant for the new “Hope and Healing Center” in Seminole County. The Hope and Healing Center is a collaborative public/private partnership between AdventHealth and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and has received independent support from organizations like the Walmart Corporation, as well as the State of Florida. The AdventHealth Hope and Healing center is a treatment center with two levels of service. It is designed to reduce overdoses and deaths in the community by implementing evidence-based prevention, creating residential beds and Intensive Outpatient Treatment, providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT), delivering recovery support services for substance use disorder patients, and establishing treatment options for future diversion programs. The first service and first phase will open with up to 38 residential beds, after certification. The second service in the first phase is an Intensive Outpatient program. It will serve as a model for other communities, as the state and nation look to combat the growing opioid epidemic. What makes this treatment center unique is the full wraparound services offered to help those to fully recover from this addiction, including ways to involve family, friends, and loved ones. The Hope and Healing center is tentatively scheduled to open in or around December 2020.

Click on the link below to hear more about the opioid crisis and ways to address solutions from Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma

If you would like more information on how your club can support this effort, please contact Lake Mary Rotarian, Bryan Beyer, with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at bbeyer@seminolesheriff.org or 407-415-3789.

If you missed the Club Planning Meeting Click Below!


Orlando Area Volunteer Earns President’s Volunteer

Service Award

Orlando, FL, July 20, 2020 – Orlando area volunteer, Andres Goyanes, has been

recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization,

ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2019 to

provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural

disaster or fled because of civil conflict.

With help from Goyanes’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the

organization provided shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11

countries, including Paraguay after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to

support families affected by conflict, and many others.

“The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of our inspiring volunteers

like Andres Goyanes, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made

homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and

supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets

him apart as someone committed to serving others and making the world a better


ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential

tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and

boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar

lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets. More than shelter, these items

enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and

families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of

President Donald Trump. The award is part of a national recognition program created in

2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals

of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.

To volunteer, fundraise, or make a donation, visit www.shelterboxusa.org or call (805)

608-2400. Legacy giving and corporate giving options are available as well. ShelterBox

USA is a 4-Star rated charity by Charity Navigator and has Platinum status from


About ShelterBox

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and hope following more than

300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox serves the most vulnerable families who

have been displaced due to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or

conflict by delivering essential shelter aid and life-saving supplies. ShelterBox’s core aid

items include a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration

system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival. ShelterBox USA is based in

Santa Barbara, California.

ShelterBox is an official Project Partner of Rotary International. Tax-deductible

donations to the organization can be made at www.ShelterBoxUSA.org or by calling

(805) 608-2400.

Learn how to plan a World Polio Day event

September 21 - 6 PM EDT

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.

Every year on October 24, Rotarians around the world recognize World Polio Day as a way to highlight the efforts made to eradicate this disease and encourage others to join us in our fight.

The Rotary Zone 34 Public Image team is thrilled to have Past Rotary International President John Germ join us to discuss why it is so important for Rotarians to share the story of Rotary's role in our quest to drop to zero.

Zone 34 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinators William Inniss and Kim Walden will share ideas and resources that your club and district can leverage to put together a successful event despite the challenging circumstances with the COVID pandemic.


All Rotary Clubs that are 501(c)(4) organizations are required by the IRS to file an annual information return, Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N. If your club follows the Rotary fiscal year which is June 30, the deadline to file is November 15 of any year. If your club year end is other than June 30, then you must file within 4 1/2 months following the close of your fiscal year. The determination of which 990 form to file is based on GROSS RECEIPTS for your reporting year. (See the District Treasurer's talk sent to all presidents and treasurers previously for details, these limits are defined in the instructions provided by the IRS.) Any club also having a Foundation 501(c)(3) must also file the appropriate form 990 within 4 1/2 months following the close of your foundation fiscal year.

Clubs unable to file by the required reporting time may file Form 8868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File an Exempt Organization Return.

Please direct any specific questions regarding your club's tax-exempt status or reporting requirements to local counsel, your tax advisor, or the IRS at www.irs.gov or 877-829-5500.

Clubs are asked to notify the District Treasurer that they have filed the appropriate form 990 or requested an extension no later then November 15, 2020.

You may contact Dennis Veccia at dveccia@cfl.rr.com for additional information.

This month our club had the installation for the New Rotary Club of Brazil-Orlando Board and Directors In this 2020/21 Rotary year, we took over the new board of

Rotary Club of Brazil-Orlando on July 1, 2020, with the presence of

Assistant to Governor Gregory Gorski.

The new Board of Directors includes:

Jacqueline DeAndrade - President

Celestino De Cicco Neto - Treasurer

Adriana Sanfelice - Secretary

Lucia Helena Salvetti De Cicco - Club Public Image Chair

Michele Tamburus - Club Service Projects Chair

Cacilda Garbin - Club Rotary Foundation Chair

On the july 2, 2020, we had the installation

of the new Rotaract Board Brazil-Orlando also with the presence of the Assistant Governor Gregory Gorski.

Vitor Andrade - president

Sara Van Wie - Vice-President

Isabela Futuro - Secretary

Mariana Futuro -Treasure

Marissa Musumeci - Director of Projects and Events

Alex Beara - Out of state representative

the Rotaract Club of Brazil Orlando

Collected 32 backpacks filled with school supplies and donated them to Maxey Elementary School of Winter Garden. Our “Back to School” drive was led by our Director of Projects and Events, Marissa Musumeci, and supported by our Rotaract members and Rotary Club of Brazil Orlando. Please find attached some of the photos of our project.

As the world’s premier Volunteer Service Organization, Rotary’s Zones 33 & 34 will once again focus on supporting and caring for our neighbors by providing at least 10 Million Meals during the upcoming Rotary year. With over 1740 clubs across the Zones we have the capability to help curb hunger in our communities. Our talent is SERVICE, our passion is DOING GOOD, our power is in our ability to combine our energy to attain a COMMON GOAL. With this many clubs in the two zones that comes out to less than 6000 meals per club. This initiative is not limited to large scale meal packing events such as Rise Against Hunger or Meals of Hope, but rather smaller, more manageable efforts.

Here are some suggestions for some service projects.

• Serve meals at a food kitchen

• Serve meals at a club/Area/District event

• Pack or deliver food at a food bank

• Pack or deliver food for a backpack program

• Pack or deliver food in concert with another organization

• Provide funds and/or labor, where appropriate, to collaborate with another organization

• Collaborate with local or regional food banks.

In all situations, in addition to your service hours and financial contributions, track your progress measured in MEALS, based on your club’s local community standards. Use our 4 Way test to convert your club’s service into an appropriate number of meals.

Each Club will be asked to:

• Provide a monthly report of number of meals served to the district Feed10Million Champion.

• Report service hour and financial progress through RCC.

• Motivate other community members and organizations to join in this initiative.

• Share your Feed10Million photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets using the hashtag #Feed10Million.

• Share your success on Rotary Showcase.

• Use our Feed10Million Campaign to Open Opportunities and bring attention to Rotary

By now, each club should have received information about this project. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact me.

Tim Treat,

District 6980 Feed10Million Champion


the rotary club of Dr. Phillips citrus - the pet rescue club

The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips Citrus has been around since 1993. Our name has changed over the years starting with the Rotary Club of Bay Hill, then to The Rotary Club of Southwest Orlando, and the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips – Noon. We have always been a small and mighty club. While we may have started out as like-minded individuals that live the values of Rotary, we soon learned that there was another shared passion among our members. As we searched for a signature event to promote every year, we realized that we all cared deeply for our pets, and individually supported various Pet Rescue Organizations in the area already. One member had been a consistent volunteer with Pet Alliance of Central Florida, another fosters dogs for Huskey Haven, almost all of us have pets that were adopted from different rescue organizations, and our current Club President, Dr. David Romano, has even run his own Westie Rescue, Central Florida Westie Rescue for 10 years! Here is a picture of his current Westie, Kaylee, and one of our gatherings.

It was apparent that our shared love of animals had given us our project, and Pints 4 Paws was born. Our annual event that has been running for 6 years, and is now held twice a year, to raise money for 5 local Pet Rescue Associations. This includes a fellow Rotarian’s organization, Pet Rescue by Judy.

It is very common to attend one of our meetings and hear a new story about one of our member’s current rescued pet, recent volunteer experience, or a foster success story. Now that our meetings have added a virtual component, it is even more common for one of those pets to make a guest appearance as well!

New Resource for Rotarian Employment Opportunities

A new Rotarian Resources section on RotaryCentralFlorida.org aims at helping Rotarians find a new job, as well as helping Rotarians post an open position in our new Job Board

It has come to our District Governor's attention the news about a number of Rotarians in District 6980 losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a region with so many employed by the Hospitality and related Service Industries, we know that this is a tough time for many of you whose livelihood depended on patrons involved in tourist, entertainment and leisure activities.

Our District Leaders recently came up with the idea of creating a Job Board available for Rotarians to post jobs that can benefit those who are seeking a new career opportunity. At the same time, we also thought of creating a basic profile listing where unemployed Rotarians who are open for work can be listed for others to see and connect with them via their LinkedIn Profile. This system will allow our network to benefit both people and companies using the new RotaryCentralFlorida.org.

Both the “Rotarian Job Board” and “Rotarians Seeking Employment” pages can be accessed on www.rotarycentralflorida.org and then navigating to the “Resources” menu entry on the rightmost side of the navigation. If any of you are would like to be added as a career-seeking Rotarian or if your company is actively hiring and wants to create a job listing, contact DGN Andres Goyanes at rotarianandres@gmail.com so he can get the details from you. This is a free service to any active Rotarian who can benefit from it.

These Rotarian resources will also be advertised by DG Mike Vernon during his Mike’s Minutes weekly address, as well as on our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram. We invite you to share the exciting news with fellow Rotarians who may need some help in regaining willful employment. Remember we are all in this together—and together we can overcome all challenges through fellowship and constant communication.

the rotary club of international drive

On July 29th, members of the Rotary Club of International Drive in Orlando met with City of Orlando Police Chief, Orlando Rolón, along with Captain Gowen, Lt. Griffith, Sgt. Hutto, Cpl. Wood, Ofc. Gray, and our fellow Rotarian Lacee—OPD's I-Drive Public Information Officer—to deliver a shipment of protective face masks.

Thanks to the initiative of fellow I-Drive Rotarian Helen Chen, our Rotary Club had the opportunity to donate these face masks to protect OPD officers working in and around the International Drive area. Their officers, who protect businesses, tourists and locals with their active involvement in crime prevention, have constant contact with people in the area and this was a small token of appreciation for their community work.

Everyone wore face masks and practiced social distancing To ensure each other’s safety. After all, this was a great opportunity to Serve Above Self those who Protect and Serve our community. Rotary Club of I-Drive members Chris Evans, Helen Chen, Lacee Gerard, Bob Glinka, and Andres Goyanes were present to meet with the OPD leaders.

here are some exciting events the Rotary Club of Oviedo wishes to share with the district.

First, we are excited to say that this year will be celebrating 50 years as a chartered Rotary Club. Above is the special logo we’ve had created by an artist.

Secondly, we have participated in fundraising to purchase digital thermometers to assist Advent Health properly diagnose Covid-19 patients! Kudos to Alex Sacharoff for opening the doors for this donation from the Rotary Club of Oviedo. Attached is the letter for appreciation from AdventHealth Foundation.

Thirdly, we continue to be engaged in our community despite the challenges of Covid isolation with community projects by delivering meals on wheels weekly, and assisting with community needs frequently. Just last weekend our club participated in the cleanup of a home. Attached are some photos of this cleanup project.

Our club is meeting in person with social distancing outside our normal meeting venue and everyone participates club wide with meetings via zoom weekly.


The rotary club of orlando

Did You Know

The Rotary Club of Orlando has made a difference around the world,

and our African school project is living proof, thanks to the leadership of

long-time member Jon Stine. Since July 2001 our club has worked to build

classrooms to help improve the education of children in rural Africa. Our

first effort was to construct a two-room classroom near Amboseli NP, Kenya

with the help of Patrick Papatiti in February 2002. When dedicated, 43

students were enrolled.

The next nineteen schools were built in the Loita Hills of central Kenya

with the help of Wilson Lolpapit, a Lotia elder. The small village of Ilkujuka

was the site of the 3rd classroom. During the next four years additional

classrooms were constructed in Mausa, Iltumarro, Osinantei, Oltarakuai.

and a second one Ilkujuka and a 2nd classroom in Ilkujuka. Cost of a

school is $9,000 to build a 20’ x 25’ stone structure with concrete floor and

corrugated metal roof. Construction also continued in 2008 with new

classroom in Oldonyo and a third classroom at Ilkujuka.

Since 2010, the club has built a classroom every year plus additional two

additional ones in 2015 and 2019 in the Loita Hills of central Kenya.

During 2008-2010, our Rotary Club also provided scholarships totaling

$6,000 for students to attend high school and vocational school.

Through the leadership of The Rotary Club of Orlando and the combined

support of numerous local foundations and other Rotary Clubs over the last

20 years over 2,000 children in Kenya have attend the 21 classrooms built

with $142,275 of funds generated by the club.

Yes, local Rotary Clubs and the vision of one club member can make

a difference to people thousands of miles away…that’s the beauty of


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Stephanie Fernung


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