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: Dec 5

One of the responsibilities of your District Governor is to promote activities in the District.  Kinda obvious, right?

Here are a few events coming up that I may or may not have mentioned to you or your club during my visits, in “Monday with Mikey,” or in the District 6950 Newsletter:

  • Tuesday, January 3:  Rotary Night with the Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Versus the Winnipeg Jets
    • I have heard of several clubs – and businesses - who are coordinating bus transportation to and from the game.  That makes good sense to me, and it adds to the duration of Fellowship Time! (Hats off to Don Cadle of the RC of New Port Richey!)
    • The last day to sign up & pay is Tuesday, December 20th.
    • Please see the registration form at the bottom of this email.
  • Saturday, February 18th:  Jazz and Gumbo Festival
    • While not an “official” district event, the RC of St. Pete West is sponsoring this party
    • Partnered with Volunteers of America, Florida chapter
    • Featuring Bill “The Sauce Boss” Wharton – featured entertainer at our District Conference on June 8th.
    • Tickets available by clicking the link on the DaCdb calendar.
  • Saturday, March 11th: Rotary’s Day at the Races
    • Tampa Bay Downs
    • Benefits Rotary’s Camp Florida:  the track gives RCF the proceeds from its sales tax for the day (usually $10,000 - $15,000!)
    • Tickets are $5 and are available NOW at
  • June 8 & 9:  District 6950 Conference, Awards Banquet, and Governor’s Gala
    • Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel
    • Still about 50rooms available at the discounted rate of $125/night
    • First 4 nights parking at $10/night parking in the Marriott’s garage (cheaper than the airport)
    • “Sauce Boss” entertainment at our opening party
    • Friday lunch will celebrate 30 years of Women In Rotary!
    • Workshops and business meeting
    • Friday Awards Banquet, followed by dancing and merriment!
    • Air/Bus transportation to Atlanta available – more to follow SOON!
  • June 10-14:  Rotary International Convention, Atlanta (“Hotlanta”), GA
    • 265 of us already signed up
    • District Welcome Reception at the Doubletree on June 10th at 5 p.m.
    • Closest RIC to our District in the foreseeable future!
    • The Ultimate Rotary Fellowship and inspirational event ever!
    • Centennial of OUR ROTARY FOUNDATION!

As you can see, although we have, as a district, completed almost half the Rotary Year, we still have LOTS of activities coming up.  Stay engaged – stay involved – keep looking for opportunities to share Rotary with our communities (and each other)!

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

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: November 28, 2016

At nearly every major Rotary Gathering, we sing a very special song:

 

Let There Be Peace on Earthby Sy Miller and Jill Jackson.

Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!

With God as our Father, brothers all are we.

Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

(As a side note, more gender-neutral lyrics have been published.  Here they are:

 

“With God our Creator, family all are we.

Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony.”)

Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.

With every breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;

To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!

The story behind this song is quite remarkable.  The late Jill Jackson (1913-1971) explained:

“When I attempted suicide [in 1944] and I didn’t succeed,” she said, “I knew for the first time unconditional love—which God is. You are totally loved, totally accepted, just the way you are. In that moment I was not allowed to die, and something happened to me, which is very difficult to explain. I had an eternal moment of truth, in which I knew I was loved, and I knew I was here for a purpose.”

This realization was followed by years of exploring her spiritual nature and her relationship with God. Jackson discovered her love for writing, and began writing songs with Sy Miller after they married in 1949.

In 1955, she wrote the lyrics for “Let There Be Peace on Earth” while her husband wrote the melody. The song was introduced at a California retreat to a group of young people who were from a wide variety of religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The young people had come together for a weeklong experience devoted to developing friendship and understanding through education, discussion and working together. The song’s focus on peace and God made it easy to cross many boundaries.

 

Whatever your faith or concept of the universe is, I hope we all agree that each one of us is the “me” in this song – and it’s up to us to be BRAVE enough to let peace begin within EACH of us.  Without inner peace, there is no family peace.  Without family peace, there is no community peace.  Without community peace, there is no national peace.  And, my dear Rotarian Friends, without national peace, there is no world peace.

Wouldn’t it be splendid, during this time when millions of people celebrate some of their most sacred seasons, if “PEACE broke out” all over the world?

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

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

First Mate Jocelyn and I would like to wish “all y’all” a very happy Thanksgiving Day. We all certainly have a great deal for which we should be thankful:  Water, Shelter, Food, Medical Care, Hygiene Facilities, and Technology.

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “Annual Message to Congress” (which we now call the “State of the Union” Address) to a joint session of Congress.  This address, traditionally given by our President, is delivered to members of the Senate and the House of Representatives.  President Roosevelt asserted his view that all people should enjoy Four Freedoms – which, in my opinion, Rotary International and Our Rotary Foundation strive to support every single day.

Here’s a transcript of the “Four Freedoms Speech” as it has come to be known (please forgive the 1940s era “gender slant”:

  • In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
  • The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
  • The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.
  • The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
  • The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world- wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.

D6950 TRF Annual Fund Challenge:

Every club in our district that achieves $215 Annual Fund giving per capita (that’s total giving divided by number of members) by January 15, 2017 will be included in a drawing on February 4th at Pre-PETS.  The winning club will receive TWO paid registrations for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta this coming June.  These registrations can be for two Rotarians, a Rotarian and partner/guest, or two partners/guests of Rotarians who are already enrolled to attend the convention.  Contributions from clubs must be received and recorded at TRF by January 15, 2017.

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

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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727-415-3181

Monday with Mikey: November 14, 2016

The Rotary Foundation Centennial

Celebrate the centennial!

In 2016-17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.

2017 Rotary Convention

We're marking the centennial with a year of festivities that began in Korea at the 2016 Rotary Convention and culminates at the Atlanta convention. Register for the convention, 10-14 June 2017, so you can take part in the celebration: 

  • Plan to attend the Foundation’s 100th birthday party
  • Join past and current Rotary leaders and author David Forward for a book signing
  • Visit The Rotary Foundation centennial exhibit in the House of Friendship

Ways to celebrate

Here are just a few ways you can join in and commemorate this historic milestone:

  • Plan a special Rotary Day and invite everyone in your community to participate. It can be anything from a concert to a race to a birthday party with a giant cake in the shape of the Rotary wheel.
  • Hold a fundraiser in your community to support a Foundation grant project, the Rotary Peace Centers, or PolioPlus.
  • Organize or participate in a global grant or district grant project.
  • Promote your club or district projects that are funded by the Foundation.
  • Dedicate some club meetings to Rotary Foundation topics.
  • Challenge members to increase your club’s contributions to the Foundation.

See more ideas for a Rotary Day event in the Centennial promotion kit.

Publicize your events

Promote your centennial events and projects by contacting local media and by using #TRF100 on social media. List the events on Rotary Showcase for more exposure.

D6950 Challenge:

Every club in our district that achieves $215 Annual Fund giving per capita (that’s total giving divided by number of members) by January 15, 2017 will be included in a drawing on February 4th at Pre-PETS.  The winning club will receive TWO paid registrations for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta this coming June.  These registrations can be for two Rotarians, a Rotarian and partner/guest, or two partners/guests of Rotarians who are already enrolled to attend the convention.  Contributions from clubs must be received and recorded at TRF by January 15, 2017.

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

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: November 7, 2016

A TRUE STORY

 

From October of 2006 through December of 2007, I served as the sales manager for the Chicago mercantile Exchange (“The MERC”) office of what was then Smith Barney.  Part of my responsibilities was training new Financial Advisors.  I was on a leave of absence from my home Rotary Club (Dunedin North), and I “made up” as often as I could at THE Rotary Club of Chicago on Tuesdays for lunch.

One Tuesday, as I was bundling up to face the Chicago winter winds that blew off Lake Michigan into “the Loop,” one of my “rookie brokers” asked me if I thought he should join Rotary. My response was, “Sure.  If you’re joining for the right reasons – people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

My reasoning for this came from one of my professional mentors, Gail Ashley, the woman who introduced me to Rotary – and then promptly told me that I couldn’t join her Rotary Club because SHE was the stockbroker in that club!  She did, however, introduce me to Alex Ayescue, who proposed me for membership.  Both Gail and Alex admonished me with those wise words that I shared with that young financial advisor fourteen years later.

Henry A. “Hank” Becker was a World War II Navy Veteran.  He was a retired banker – actually a savings and loan president – from northern New Jersey.  And he was a Rotarian in Dunedin North, having joined there when he retired and moved to Florida.  Hank caught up with me after one of our club meetings and asked me if I would handle his family’s investments.  I had truly never prospected Henry’s business; ours was a relationship of mutual respect.  Henry became one of the many ‘senior Rotarians” who played a large part in my becoming the Rotarian – and the person – that I am today.

Hank and his wife, Lydia, worked with their attorneys –both from our Rotary Club – and me to build their estate plan, part of which included a Charitable Remainder Trust.  Although Hank was a “Multiple Paul Harris Fellow,” the Beckers believed they should only make major donations to charities after (as we say in my profession) “no longer had need of the money.”

After they had both passed away, the duty of informing the various charities of the distribution of the assets in the Becker Family CRT fell to me, at the direction of their eldest son, who is trustee of their affairs.  Part of this distribution was a generous donation to Polio Plus and another to a program called “Gift Of Life International,” which performs cardiac surgery for indigent children here and around the world.  By working with Debra Lowe, our Rotary Zone’s major Gifts officer, I was able to arrange for the Gift of Life Contribution to flow through the World Fund of the Rotary Foundation in the form of a Global Grant to build a juvenile cardiac care clinic in Uganda.

Because of Henry and Lydia’s generosity, they have been cited as Major Donors to The (Our) Rotary Foundation.  I will be flying to New Jersey next week to present TRF Major Donor recognition to their two sons, one of whom is a Rotarian.  It has truly been a life-changing for me to had had the opportunity to learn, grow, and work with the Beckers and their family.

No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

 

Did I mention that November is Our Rotary Foundation Month?

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

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 

Mikey

Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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727-415-3181

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.