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: August 29, 2016

Sooo – how did you do?

 

  • Did you bring a friend to your Rotary Club’s meeting? Or social? Or service project?
  • Did you tell someone WHY you are a Rotarian?

It’s not too late!  Two reasons: (1) August isn’t over yet, and (2) It’s not a “one and done” – EVERY month is membership month!

I’m very excited that this week’s official visits will be with the Rotary Clubs of East Pasco County (Area 5).  One of the meetings I’m most eager to attend will be a planning session with the Land O’ Lakes satellite of the Wesley Chapel “noon” Club.  Land O’ Lakes really wants to become a “free-standing” Rotary Club, so I have asked them, with the assistance of the District’s Membership & Extension Team, to develop a plan to accomplish that goal.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the results of our Membership Month programs throughout the District.  As of last Friday, we had inducted 11 new Rotarians throughout the District, making our current membership 1851 Rotarians.  That’s a GREAT start!

A not about “quantity vs. quality” – Yes, we want to increase the number of Rotarians in our Clubs (and therefore our District).  But, friends, “growth for growth’s sake” is not the goal.  The REASON we’re trying to grow our membership is ONLY this:

There are HUNDREDS of Service-Hearted people – leaders in their own fields of endeavor – whom we haven’t yet asked to join this Rotary family of ours.  These folks are the keys to improving the scope and quality of service we render to our communities, the four-county region we serve, and the people throughout the world who need Rotary’s help.

 

 

 

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: August 22, 2016

 

I received this email last Friday, and I am excited to share it with you:

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we introduce to you the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP). Launched in 2012, the organization has assumed a leadership role in Rotary’s service around the world, namely in the field of Peace, Conflict Prevention and Resolution, a key area of focus of Rotary International. The organization's operations are focused on engaging, educating, and empowering Rotarians to participate in peace initiatives around the world.

The RAGFP was established to achieve the following objectives:

  • To advance the Object of Rotary by providing assistance and support to Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts in planning and implementing peace projects
  • To educate Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts on the value of initiatives aimed at encouraging and supporting peace
  • To raise the profile of peace within Rotary International and the general public

To meet its objectives, the RAGFP has developed a platform aimed at disseminating information, enhancing connectivity and providing facilitation and assistance to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs to participate in the field of peace. Participation can manifest in various forms, including:

  • Establishing new or joining existing peace projects
  • Participating in peace events
  • Reaching out to fellow Rotarians, with a similar passion for peace
  • Organizing social events to discuss and encourage involvement in the peace field
  • Assisting with the recruiting of Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Sharing their creative ideas about peace with the RAGFP
  • Interacting with educational peace resources
  • Inspiring their communities to contribute to peace

The PeaceMap

The PeaceMap is an interactive mapping system developed to help Rotarians connect with:

  • Rotary Peace Centers
  • Rotary Peace Fellows
  • Peace organizations
  • Educational institutions with peace programs
  • Peace Projects around the world

By connecting to the aforementioned peace entities, Rotarians can become involved in peace activities and contribute in the endeavor of making peace a global phenomenon. The RAGFP PeaceMap can be found by visiting the organization’s homepage at: https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/

Rotary Foundation Global Grants Guide

The RAGFP has developed a detailed guide to assist Rotarians and Peace Fellows in applying for Rotary Foundation Global Grants. The purpose Global Grants is to support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one of Rotary’s areas of focus. Rotarians and Rotary Peace Fellows can apply for Global Grants to fund their projects and activities in the field of peace, one of Rotary’s areas of focus. In addition to the detailed guide that the RAGFP has developed, it can also provide assistance to applying individuals and clubs if needed. To access the Global Grant guide visit: https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/grants/.

 Peacebuilder Guide

The RAGFP offers a guide on “How to Become an Active Peacebuilder”, a step-by-step collection of directives to assist Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts become actively engaged in the area of peace. The RAGFP also provides assistance and advice to interested Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts in their efforts to become Peacebuilders and be effective in their activities. To access the RAGFP Peacebuilder Guide visit: https://www.rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org/how-to-become-an-active-peacebuilder-club/.

Informational Material

The RAGFP, in collaboration with the War Prevention Initiative, offers Rotarians the Peace Science Digest, a publication which summarizes, condenses and crystallizes the key ideas, strategies and best practices from the field of Peace Science. The RAGFP also distributes to its members a biweekly newsletter, covering current news and announcement relevant to the field of peace. The RAGFP is building its work on Rotary’s track record of peace initiatives and fostering of world understanding.  As you know Rotary has a long history of contributions to building peace and understanding through its service. You may read about Rotary’s contribution to peace on the RAGFP website here.

The RAGFP would like to invite you and the Rotarians in your district, to become active participants in this great Rotary tradition. We invite you to take the first step by joining the RAGFP and encouraging Rotarians in your district to do the same. You can join the RAGFP by clicking here. We also encourage you to add to your agenda a peace initiatives component, as part of your leadership and service to Rotary. In the occasion that you need any further assistance, the RAGFP is ready to answer any of your questions and offer its full support and assistance to your peace initiatives and involvement.  Please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RAGFP’s  mailing address is:

Rotarian Action Group for Peace

221 NW Second Ave, Suite 204

Portland, OR 97209

 

“All we are saying – is give PEACE a chance!”  John Lennon

 

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: August 15, 2016

Last Sunday, Districts 6950, 6960, and 6890 went to the Rays vs. Twins game at Tropicana Field for “Rotary Rays Day XVI.”  Many thanks to PDG Gene Biel, PDG (and DRFC) Jared Brown, Mike & Sandra Fitzgerald, and several other anonymous “givers” who made the day a big success.  Together, we raised END POLIO NOW funds of over $4,500 in base contributions, which becomes, after “the magic of matching,” over $33,500!

Tomorrow is my birthday.  A few years ago, I had an idea that, to live each day fully, it’s important to “SHINE.”  By that I mean we, each one of us, need to have the right combination of the following elements to make every day healthy – physically, mentally, and most of all spiritually:

  • S - Sleep
  • H - Hydration
  • I - Inspiration
  • N - Nutrition
  • E - Exercise

My “SHINE” combination will be different from yours, by virtue of the fact that we are all different metabolically, intellectually, and (as Captain Jack Sparrow would put it) “ecumenically.”

Each of us needs to find the combination – the balance – of these five elements.  When we do, our energy level, our mental focus, our endurance, and - most of all, our faith that we can make the world just a little bit better place today - all fall into synch with one another.  I have to admit that, lately, with the flurry of activity in my life, I have come up lacking in several departments!

But, friends, each day is a new opportunity to “SHINE!”  I’m making a few changes and getting back to good habits in the coming year.

My challenge, and I hope yours as well, is to do just that.  May the next 365 days SHINE for all of us!

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: August 8, 2016

This past week I received notification that Pasco-Hernando State College has received its charter.  They are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Seven Springs in new Port Richey, with Nick Taldone as their President.  Great job!  I’m looking forward to the opportunity to “officially” present them with their charter!  Speaking of PHSC…

When I was 18 years old, I started college at Florida Keys Community College.  My first college advisor was a woman named Ann McGee.  Ann was a teriffic mentor and really helped me get off to a good start academically.  Over the year I spent at FKCC (“FlaKeys” as we called it), Ann also became a trusted friend.  Ann spoke often – really often – of this school called Pasco-Hernando Community College.  At that time in my life, I had to find those two counties on a Florida map to know where she was talking about!  And she kept referring to her mentor, this guy named Dr. Milt Jones.  Little did I know that my future would hold for me a relationship to Past Rotary Director Milton O. Jones, and his lovely wife, Rotarian Alice.  They have been great role models for First Mate Jocelyn and me to follow over the last quarter century.

By the way, Dr. Ann McGee went on to become the president of Seminole State College in Sanford – the town where I started grade school.  She has had an illustrious career, transforming a small community college into a four-year institution that enjoys a stellar reputation statewide.

We never know how the quantum bundles of our collective lives will intertwine and overlap!  I’m certainly grateful for the influence these folks have had on me.

On another note, the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro.  There are four major institutions in this world that make every effort to promote peace and understanding:  The International Olympic Committee, The United Nations, The International Red Cross/Red Crescent, and Rotary international.   I constantly hope all four of these organizations can live up to their ideals, communicate their vision, and work tirelessly to bring peace to a suffering world:  Earth, our “Island Home.”

I “imagine,” as John Lennon did: “You may say I’m a dreamer – but I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you will join us, and the World will live as one.”

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

 

 

Rotary at the Rays!

Governor Mike Chapman helps grill out at the Lot 7 tailgate party before the game earlier today--the 16th Rotary at the Rays game, with 452 tickets sold!

 This year additional matches made  ticket donations to the Foundation even more valuable: 

  •  Contribution above ticket price:  $10
  •  D6950 Global DDF match: $10
  •  TRF World Fund match:  $5
  •  Gates Foundation match: $50
  •  Total to Polio Plus: $75

That's a total of $33,900 to The Rotary Foundation, for a day of family fun! Thanks to all Rotarians who participated and purchased tickets for today's event! Thanks to PDG Gene Beil for again helping chair and promote this event!

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.