District 6950 Rotarians in Action

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  • The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon donates dry and non perishable food items to the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. Rotary clubs are making a difference in the community and around the world.
  • The Rotary Club of Kings Bay One Rake at a Time service project includes broader efforts to improve water quality, clarity, and quantity to Kings Bay and Crystal River. The club partners with other area organizations such as the YMCA to increase their effectiveness.
  • Rotarians from the Port Richey and Trinity clubs installing water filtration systems in a remote mountainous area of Honduras. Pure Water for the World is one of many non-profit aid organizations that has has sprung from and is supported by Rotarians from around the world.
  • Rotarians raising awareness of the continuing fight against polio. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
  • My name is Ally Vincent. I graduated from Saint Leo University in May 2014 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Starting in September, I will be living in Scotland and studying Special Education at the University of Edinburgh as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. See my blog here by clicking on the photo!

Monday with Mikey

   Why the red Converse ALL STAR ™ shoes?  Well….

   RI president Germ has said that we are “ROTARY’S ALL STAR TEAM” this year. 

   The word “team” can mean a whole lot of things – but in this case it means:

    Together  Everyone  Achieves   More!


My first challenge to you is this: 

  • Buy a pair of ALL STARS. There are lots of options and prices online or in strores  Buy them in whatever style or color you prefer.
  • Wear them in places where they look a little out of place. I am not encouraging anyone to violate workplace dress codes.  However, wearing them to events and in places where they’re not normally expected is part of the challenge.
  • When someone asks you, “Hey, what’s up with the shoes?”, tell them you’re wearing them because you’re a Rotarian, and then say to them, sincerely, Let me tell you about MY Rotary Club.”
  • See what happens next.  I guarantee you that one (hopefully more) of the people you tell about your rotary Club will want to know more, so invite them to join you for breakfast, lunch, cocktails – in whatever locale and format your club meets.

Together, we can – in fact – achieve more!  Our first step (shoe pun obviously intended) is to do something that makes us noticed and causes people to ask us about this wonderful movement called Rotary.

My second challenge to you is this:

Email me a picture of you (that includes your CONVERSE ALL STARS™ on your feet – hopefully with the rest of you in the picture!!  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  

  • I’ll get it posted to the district Facebook page, website, and newsletter.  We may also use it for some fun at District Conference and RI Convention next June!

Until next Monday, keep “Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 


Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

District Awards Banquet

Thanks to all who attended our District Awards Banquet this last week! It was a time of reflection over the accomplishments of the year and appreciation of those who served in our District, both through administration and through Club service. Here is a full list of recognition awarded:

Rotary club of the Year:

   Small Club of the Year: Rotary e-club of SE USA & Caribbean

   Medium Club of the Year: Gulf Beaches

   Large Club of the Year: Tarpon Springs

Rotary Club President of the Year:

   Small Club President of the Year: Jeanie Germain – Dade City

   Medium Club President of the Year: Claire English – Indian Rocks Beach

   Large Club President of the Year: Jean Coleman, Tarpon Springs


The Keith Kurber Area and Club Excellence Award: "Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well"

Presented to Allen Collins, Assistant Governor with Special Recognition to the Rotary Clubs of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg West, St. Petersburg Sunrise, St. Petersburg Sunset, St. peterburg Mid-town, Gulf Beaches


Dr. Milton O. and Alice Jones Exemplary Service Award: Sandra Lilo, For Exemplary “Service Above Self” 


The Woodrow V. Register Distinguished Leadership Award: Mike Chapman


Assistant Governor of the Year: Allen Collins


Rotarian of the Year:  Eric Johnson


Special Governor’s Award: Carl W. Treleaven, for dedication to the Rotary Foundation & continued Service Above Self


Governor’s Recognition Awards, Presented to:

                                Cliff Snedeker, Jr: Chief of Staff

                               Tekoa Bean: District Public Image Chair

                                Eric Johnson: District Membership Chair

                                Doug Lobel: District Rotary Youth Exchange Chair

                                Mitch Hernandez: District Treasurer

Assistant Governors:  Allen Collins, Jonathan Brewer, Jocelyn Chapman, Seth Newton, Kelly Mothershead, Gary Coil, Karen Van Sickle, Eloy Nunez

RI Club Builder Awards: Kelly Mothershead, Eric Johnson, Richard Trump, Rotary Clubs of Brooksville, Clearwater, Dade City, Inverness, Rotary e-Club of SE USA & Caribbean, Tarpon Springs, Trinity   


Contratulations to all who were recognized! Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook Page:


Rotary at the Rays - Tickets Are Available Now!



For fans of the Tampa Bay Rays AND The Rotary Foundation, we have a win-win event coming up! On August 7th the

Tampa Bay Rays take on the Minnesota Twins, and for each ticket sold, $10 will be donated to our Rotary Foundation!

Start time is 1PM, but keep an eye out for tailgating party news in the next month!

Detail of the event can be found by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1131598690225552/

Lower box tickets are $45, and Lower Corner and Upper Reserved tickets are $25.
Come on out and support our team and our Foundation in one great day with family and friends!

District Conference was a Blast!



Last month, over 200 Rotarians gathered for our Conference Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas.
There was much dancing, karaoke singing, and fellowship during the cruise, and our own Paul Friedlander (Rotary Club of Trinity) won 3rd place in the ship’s Belly Flop contest!
We enjoyed wonderful speakers, among them Global Scholar Ally Vincent, who discussed her life changing year abroad in Scotland; George Robinson-Burnett, who spoke about membership in Rotary; and Doug Lobel who introduced our current RYE students.
During the shore excursion, Rotary Club of Cozumel introduced us to their hydroponic farming efforts at Hortaliza Organica; this project is used to teach residents of Cozumel how to grow their own food, with no soil needed. We were warmly welcomed and put right to work! Rotarians planted seeds, painted tires revised into planters, broke styrofoam and coconut fibers into planting material, weeded, and picked greens and vegetables for a salad served at lunch!
We also had the opportunity to visit a local non-profit, Rancho Universo. This organization is headed by one woman, who offers a facility for rescued horses, from abuse, neglect or abandonment. She works to rehabilitate the horses on her own grounds. The horses were very friendly, and more information about this organization is available on her website: www.ranchouniverso.org/. Rotarians passed the hat to raise some money to help with her efforts.

A Gift for You!

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What is Rotary?

wheel smallRotary is an organization of business, professional and community leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.