Rotary District 6980 Newsletter

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Art Brown

District Governor 2011-12


  Literacy Month

March 2012

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." -- Abraham Lincoln


"If you can read this, thank a teacher."  -- Anonymous

In This Issue: Click for Shortcuts
All Aboard the Indian River Queen!
Register NOW for Roaring Rotary!
Let's Talk Business!
Presidential Citation Requirements
What's Cookin' in Rotary
Membership News
New Generations
Your Rotary Coordinator Team
RI President's March Message
Destination Bangkok

District 6980

Calendar Reminders

for Upcoming Events 


March 10 - RLI (Hagerty HS, Oviedo)


March 11 - Braves/Blue Jays baseball game at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports


March 12 - Recipes due for District cookbook


March 17 - Indian River Queen Sunset Cruise (5:30 PM)(Cocoa Village Marina)


March 30 - Australian GSE Team arrives


April 7 -Presidents/AGs/Committee Chairs Quarterly Meeting (West Orlando Clubhouse)


April 27-29 - District Conference (Hilton Orlando)


May 6-9 - Rotary International Convention (Bangkok)


May 19 - District Training Assembly(Hagerty HS, Oviedo)


Complete Calendar of All Posted Upcoming Club Events!

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District Officers
Art Brown
District Governor
Rick Baines
District Governor-Elect
Pete Edwards
District Governor -Nominee
Rege Davis
District Secretary
Tom Meena
District Tresurer
Jim Salisbury
District Training Coordinator
 for DG Art
Robin O'Donnell
District Events Coordinator
Larry Rice
District Communications Officer & District Training Coordinator for DGE Rick
Steven Jamieson
District Sergeant-at-Arms
Sarah Hamby
District Risk/Insurance Officer


Assistant Governors
Area 1:
Lake Nona, Hunters Creek, Kissimmee South - Poinciana
Kissimmee West
Area 2:
St. Cloud, Kissimmee Bay, Kissimmee
Dr. Phillips
Area 3:
Dr. Phillips Noon, Lake Buena Vista, Celebration
Area 4:
Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Garden, South Lake County
South Lake County
Area 5:
4 Corners, Ocoee, West Orlando
Winter Park Breakfast
Area 6:
Orlando Evening, Avalon Park, Seminole County Sunset
Area 7:
Orlando, Orlando Breakfast, Baldwin Park
Area 8:
College Park, Winter Park Breakfast, Winter Park
Winter Springs
Area 9:
Casselberry, Seminole County South, Longwood
Area 10:
Orange County East, Orlando East, Oviedo
Area 11:
Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Apopka
Area 12:
Sanford, Sanford Breakfast, Winter Springs
Villages - Noon
Area 13:
Mt. Dora, Eustis, Tavares
Area 14:
Villages - Noon, Leesburg - Sunrise, Leesburg Sunset
Villages - Noon
Area 15:
Leesburg, Villages, Wildwood 
District Committee Chairs
PDG Randy Rawiszer
Foundation Chair


Russ Hale
Annual Giving


PDG George Huffman
Permanent Fund


Jim Greene
Polio Plus
Jo Weber


Chris Stubbs
Group Study Exchange
Clark Gwinn


Bob Shydo
DDF Administrator


Taren Schwarz
District Membership
John Winemiller
District Membership - Vice Chair
Ron Janssen
District Service Projects
Taren Schwarz
District Public Relations
Hermann Weiss
District Club Administration
John Siegel
District New Generations
Sally Kamrada
District Conference
PDG Randy Rawiszer
District RLI Director



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March is Literacy Month!


Why is it that Rotary declares every March as "Literacy Month" year after year? And why does it have its own day that isn't even in the same month (September 8th is International Literacy Day)? What makes "Literacy" such an important topic?


It all goes back to 1985 when Rotary declared basic literacy to be a pre-condition to the development of peace. In every year since, the RI President has made Literacy a primary emphasis. Without the people of the world being literate and being able to read about what is going on in the community and world around them, the chances for peace to come about are severely reduced. And in many years, the Rotary theme has been primarily oriented toward peace. Most recently, in January, RI President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka unveiled the 2012-13 RI theme, "Peace Through Service," continuing Rotary's emphasis on peace throughout the world.


Through this organizational emphasis on peace, more than half of the world's 34,000 Rotary clubs have adopted the approach that peace can only come about through enlightened citizens who have the ability to read and write in order to be able to determine for themselves what is right and wrong in the world as they know it. Literacy empowers people, and is essential for community development and nation building. Literate people are more likely to develop economically, live healthier lives, and be more peaceful. So, many clubs choose to address the full range of literacy challenges for learners of all ages (primary, vocational, and adult), as well as for teacher training.


Rotarians support Literacy by donating dictionaries, helping build and stock school libraries, and acting as tutors and mentors to students locally and around the world. Many clubs in our District are "Partners in Education" with various schools and/or have "adopted" schools whose students are typically at risk and are from low income, single parent households. These students tend to be the most handicapped when it comes to literacy rates.


"Lighthouse" literacy projects have been created for formal schooling for older children who are not in school and for functionally illiterate adults, particularly women. Because girls do not have access to education in many parts of the world, women are more illiterate than men. Studies of literacy rates in low-income countries have shown a 20% difference between the genders.


Since 2009, Rotary clubs have been involved in roughly 300 communities in supporting the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library, which provides a book each month to children from birth until age five. Today, Imagination Library serves 47 states, along with parts of Canada and the United Kingdom, and provides almost 700,000 children with more than 15 million books.


We Rotarians, as business, professional, and community leaders, are called to lead our clubs and districts to support literacy in our communities in the years ahead. We must make the investment in promoting literacy as we "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". Together we can improve literacy rates, which in turn will lead to greater world understanding and peace.


Rotary Civics Bowl


As an example of how Rotarians' actions have helped improve literacy rates locally, The Rotary Club of Orange County East - Winter Park recently held its First Annual Civics Bowl on the day of the 107th anniversary of Rotary. Although the main purpose of the Civics Bowl was to help get Civics in Florida off life support by having student participants and audience members learn more about the U.S. Constitution, the three branches of the government, the Declaration of Independence and the Citizenship Test, it had a "by-product" effect of improving literacy in that it caused students to get more involved in reading to improve their knowledge. Read more about this wonderful event and its purpose on the District website.



Changemaker Award input is due March 15th, and Presidential Citation input is due April 1st!! Don't miss out!!


Atlanta Braves Baseball Game


Sunday, March 11, 2012 will be "Rotary Day" at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports for the 1:05 PM spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. A big thank you to Denny Kurir for arranging for and organizing this fun and special event!


Please take note of other upcoming key dates listed elsewhere in this newsletter!


Art Brown


District Governor 2011-12

District 6980 



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All Aboard!

"Indian River Queen" Rotary Cruise


Make your reservation NOW to enjoy the Rotary District 6980 private sunset cruise down the Indian River aboard the Indian River Queen on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17th!
Call Karen Brown at 407-876-5532 or register on the District website (all the details are there). Pick up your tickets at the dock when you arrive.


Board the ship at 5:30 PM and start partying! Cost is $49 per person (includes tax and gratuity), and includes appetizers, buffet dinner, live music, and cash bar. Dress is casual (feel free to wear St Patrick's Day green). The dock is located at Cocoa Village Marina, 90 Delannoy Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922.  Parking is free in the lot adjacent to the marina.


"Roaring Rotary!"

District Conference 2012

April 27-29th

at the Beautiful Hilton Orlando 


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REGISTER NOW for your District Conference, April 27-29, 2012, and join Governor Art Brown for this action packed weekend of Rotary!


The Conference will kick off with the Golf Tournament on Friday morning at Shingle Creek! There are some special surprises in store for you during this tournament! You have time to get your game on and challenge last year's winning foursome! Friday night will explode with the nostalgic Roaring Rotary Casino Night with Texas Hold'em' Tournament!  A fun social event with great food and special performances of "roaring tunes." Like to dress up? 1920's garb is optional, so be creative and do your research on the period! Not your thing, please wear informal Black and White.  We will have a costume be creative!  Plus we will have a large Silent Auction with wonderful items! All this fun is to benefit the Rotary Foundation!


The weekend wraps up with the Rotary Foundation Dinner Saturday night, followed by a special Prayer Breakfast Sunday morning.

Throughout the weekend, enjoy... Friday Kick Off luncheon, Plenary Session and Business Meeting... Saturday Plenary Session, Vocational Luncheon, Business & Networking panel, Business Expo and Business Academy sessions, Communication Hubs, Hospitality Suites... and more.


For all the Conference details visit:




Registration hint... on the District Website, click on the 'Member Access' tab.  User name is your email address.  Password is your RI member number (ask your club secretary if you don't know it, or you'll also find it on the mailing label of your ROTARIAN magazine).  Once logged on, click on the 'Calendar' tab, and scroll down to April 27th.  Click on REGISTER NOW and pick the events you and your guest would like to attend.


Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Hilton Orlando at 1-888-488-3509,



Sally Kamrada
District Conference Chair
District 6980 Rotary


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District Conference


& Expo...


Let's Talk Business!

Business Expo

April 27-30, 2012


As our District's annual conference draws closer, so does our Rotarian-2-Rotarian Business Expo! This year we are making some exciting changes and hope you can join us in the activities during the District Conference.


On Friday April 27th, we will have a Rotarian Business Academy.   During this event each Rotarian will be able to deliver an educational presentation to Rotarians for 25 minutes for a nominal fee.   This academy will be free to Rotarians to attend.


The Rotarian-2-Rotarian Business Expo will facilitate the district's Vocational Luncheon on Saturday. At this lunch, vendors will be able to sponsor a table and will be matched with Rotarians interested in their industry's services and products. Vendors will be able to place promotional material at their table and talk about their businesses. This lunch's second part will be a panel discussion on business topics impacting Rotarians.


Following lunch, our marquee event will occur - the Rotarian-2-Rotarian Business Expo! Over 60 Rotarians will have an opportunity to showcase their businesses to Rotarians and guests! Additional academy sessions will be offered with other interactive events!


Now is the time to show your business to Rotarians and guests at the 2012 Rotarian-2-Rotarian Business Expo. Vendor tables, academy sessions, and lunch table sponsorships are limited!

Business Expo Registration is Now Open!

Click here to learn more and register!

Business Expo Chair Chad Eaves can be reached at


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2011-12 Presidential Citation

Rotary Foundation Requirements


RI President Kalyan Banerjee feels strongly that membership and Foundation participation are closely connected.  This is evident in the criteria for this year's RI Presidential Citation, which includes both membership and Foundation giving components.  


Please draw your attention to the two club requirements involving contributions to the Annual Fund that must be met by 31 March 2012 in order for a club to receive a RI Presidential Citation: 


1. 100% Annual Fund participation (every active member of the club personally contributes some amount between 1 July 2011 and 31 March 2012); and


2. The club's Annual Fund per capita must be at least US$100.


The clubs which achieve these goals will be recognized at the Foundation Dinner at the District Conference in April.


If you and your club require assistance, please contact Russ Hale, Annual Giving Chair, your Assistant Governor, or your Associate Assistant Governor (AAG) Foundation.









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What's Cookin' in Rotary
District Cookbook


Everyone in the District should have received an e-mail inviting you and/or your spouse to submit up to five recipes to be published in the first ever (as far as we know) District 6980 Cookbook. Available for pre-order at the District Conference or at, this limited edition cookbook is sure to delight all.


The books that haven't been sold through pre-order will be available at our end-of-the-year "Awards and Guards" celebration in June. The cookbook will make the perfect gift for you, your family and friends. It's guilt-free because all of the proceeds go to The Rotary Foundation. Why not bless others with the gift of a treasured Rotarian cookbook? Don't delay! Send in your recipes today to! The deadline of March 12, 2012, is quickly approaching. Many thanks to Larry Rice (computer support) and our awesome cookbook committee! Additional questions? Call Karen Brown at (407) 876-5532 or Gwen Winemiller at (407) 438-9055.

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Membership News


The District New Member Orientation #2 was held on Saturday, February 18th at the Rotary Club of West Orlando Clubhouse. The program was opened by District Governor Art Brown, Paul Smith, 2012-13 District Membership Co-Chair and John Winemiller, 2011-12District Membership Chair. John then provided the attendees with a Welcome to Rotary presentation with an overview and history of Rotary. District Foundation Chair, PDG Randy Rawiszer discussed the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Leadership Institute.


Next on the program was Chuck Bair from Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. Chuck gave a new member presentation that discussed how new members can get the most out of Rotary based on his own personal experience. Last year he developed a large banner showing some of the history of Rotary in a timeline format. The banner was available for everyone to see.



Jo Weber, Sub-Committee Chair for Membership Development and District Governor Nominee Designate 2014-15, provided a presentation on membership development and got all attendees involved with introductions and discussion. Sonny Buoncervello, Sub-Committee Co-Chair for Club Extension talked about starting new Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of International Drive - Orlando, a dinner club, was chartered in January. Open houses are scheduled for Rotary dinner clubs at The Villages on March 5th at Bonifay Country Club and UCF/Research Park on April 3rd at Peppino's Restaurant.


Sally Kamrada, District Conference Chair discussed New Generations and the District Conference scheduled for April 27-29 at the Hilton Orlando near the Orange County Convention Center. Members can now register online to attend.


Program attendees included the following members: Marti Alexander, Richard Baines (District Governor Elect for 2012-13), Walter Benjamin, Matt Cecil, John Dietz, Pete Edwards (District Governor Nominee for 2013-14), Mary Ellen Elizabeth Kerber, Karl Lorenz, David Maish, Brian Margolis, Ann Smith, Paul Smith, Bill Stack, Evan Todd, Lee O. Upton III, Christine Warren, Robert Cruickshank, Thomas Brannigan, Bill Cron, Cherie Lewis, Eva Wilson, Lloyd Williams, Greg Hughes, Karl Jaehrling, Tweet Colman, Patrick Colman, George Tsafonias, Rodger Mingo and Andres Goyanes.









Outbound Class 2012-13
Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Class 2012-13


New Generations Update:

Rotary's Youth Programs 




Save the date: April 27th, Friday 12 noon to 4 p.m. 


With our District Conference we are having a "New Generations" leadership Seminar open to all Rotary Youth. Lunch will be included. It will be held at the Orlando Hilton. There is no cost to the students attending.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)


125 RYLA delegates, sponsored by the clubs of District 6980, participated in this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekend, Feb. 23-26 at the Altamonte Hilton, an all-time record!

Congratulations to all the clubs in District 6980 for supporting this dynamic Rotary youth program and to the RYLA committee (chaired by Barbara Coggins - RC Orange County East-Winter Park) of dedicated Rotarians from all over the District, who each year give up so much of their time to make this such a special weekend for everyone. Please have your club's RYLA delegate come to your club and share their RYLA experience.


Rotary Youth Exchange


Applications for our most popular Summer Family 2 Family Exchange program are now being accepted through April 16th. This is a one-in one-out direct exchange for both Non-Rotarian and Rotarian family. This is our most popular exchange program with 47 students participating last year.  District 6980 will be receiving twelve (12) inbound Rotary Youth Exchange students from around the world this August for academic year 2010-11. Now is the time for the clubs to decide if they will commit to being a host club for one of these students.


For more information, contact Rotary Youth Exchange Chair, John Siegel


 Your Rotary Coordinator Team


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Marcy Ullom, Rotary Coordinator, D6990 (

Nigel Aqui, Asst. Rotary Coordinator, D7030 (

Diana White, Asst Rotary Coordinator, D7020 (

John Richardson, Asst. Rotary Coordinator, D7000 (

Randy Rawiszer, Asst. Rotary Coordinator, D6980 (

Claudia Mertl, Asst. Rotary Coordinator, D6900 (


Why do Rotary Clubs exist? To exemplify the Object of Rotary - to encourage and foster the ideal of service as the basis for worthy enterprise.


Why do we have a Rotary Coordinator (RC) Team? To assist districts and clubs as you personify the Object of Rotary in your communities.


Rotary International is represented in 207 countries or geographical regions. While we are proud of our worldwide presence, it is not always practical from a leadership or resource perspective. For many years, the Foundation has had representation in the Zones with the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (RRFC) and RI had representation with Membership Coordinators. Rotary, however, has been rethinking the regional roles and the resources needed at the regional level and has begun to push 'leadership' to the regions with the RI Director (the chair of the regional leadership), with the RRFC, RC and now the RPIC - Regional Public Image Coordinator as the 'committee'.


RRFCs focus on Rotary Foundation giving and programs. RPICs focus on "public image" matters. And RCs focus on ETE.....everything else. This has morphed from the exclusive focus on "membership". Membership is still very important, but so many programs in Rotary lead to membership. People join Rotary for a variety of reasons: they want to serve their community; their son or daughter becomes involved in Interact or in Youth Exchange and they learn about Rotary that way; or they participate in GSE and begin to see Rotary's "bigger picture".


So when we talk about "membership", we're really talking about the multiple programs that can lead to membership. Strengthening those programs can strengthen your membership. But, there's so much Rotary information to understand. New resources are constantly available to the districts and clubs. Too much is going on at the club or district level to keep up with it all.


This is where your Rotary Coordinator Team comes in. Located throughout the Zone with responsibility for geographical areas (1-4 districts), the RC Team is available for consultation (contact information at the beginning of the article) to help with:


  • Providing speakers for club meetings or district events
  • Assisting with training functions
  • Offering resources - whether that be RI materials or fellow Rotarians who have expertise in a specific area
  • Problem-solving - offering a new and different view of a challenge
  • Creative thinking - helping you think through changes you might want to implement at the district/club level

While all of us are 'generalists', some of the ARCs have interest and or experience in areas that could also be useful to Districts/Clubs:


  • Diana White: New Generations (Diana will also be the International Chair of the New Generations Committee, RY 2012-13);
  • John Richardson: eClubs
  • Randy Rawizer: Youth Exchange
  • Claudia Mertl: Membership
  • Marcy Ullom: Strategic Planning


All of the RC Team are experienced Rotarians and/or Past District Governors (ok, don't hold that against us!). Our focus is to be of assistance. Our only goal is to help you be successful. Clubs have district leadership to assist them; districts have the Rotary regional teams to assist them.


ALL of the regional teams are here to be of assistance - contact us (info below) for ideas, thoughts, or questions.


RC Marcy Ullom

RRFC Brent Williams  

RPIC Carlos Giraldo    




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Taken from RI President Banerjee's

Monthly Message - March 2012


Creating positive change means, at its simplest, using our knowledge and resources to solve a problem. But when we are talking about solving humanitarian problems in a real and lasting way, knowledge and ideas and resources are not enough to ensure results. We have to remember something else that is no less important: sustainability.

A sustainable solution is one that will continue to work even after the Rotarians who proposed and facilitated it are gone. This means that even though the project might have come from Rotary originally, the community will take ownership of it. That, of course, means that when a part breaks on a water pump, there will be a process in place to repair it and to keep that pump functional - carried out by the community, and without further recourse to Rotary.



The first step toward sustainability is understanding the need - for example, the cooking fuel problem common in much of the developing world. In many regions, solar ovens are a wonderful solution: They are inexpensive; they rely on a source of energy that is free, nonpolluting, and inexhaustible; and they are simple to use and maintain.


But before we step into a community and attempt to solve its fuel problem with solar ovens, we have to fully understand its situation - and look beyond the problem we see. Perhaps the local foods need to be cooked at a temperature higher than the solar oven can provide. Perhaps the area is windy, and the solar ovens would blow away. Perhaps it's traditional in that area to begin cooking before dawn, which, of course, you cannot do with a solar oven. These are issues you simply might not have thought of, but that could soon lead to the solar ovens being used to patch roofs or keep animal feed dry instead of for cooking.



If we are trying to bring about change, it's not enough to say, "My way is the better way." We have to be listening and watching, not just talking. We can only help others if we reach out with an open mind - and with the knowledge, the commitment, and the perseverance to deliver on what we promise.




Destination Bangkok...
Register Now! 

On May 6-9, 2012, Rotarians from around the world will be convening in Bangkok, Thailand, for the 2012 Rotary International Convention. To register and for more information Click Here.


Your Complete District Calendar with dates, times, locations and event descriptions is available on the District 6980 website:


Go to District 6980 Website


Editor, Dave Lehman, Dr. Phillips