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Updated:2017-12-27 07:45 by
In 1905, Paul Harris started Rotary by inviting other business owners in Chicago to meet each week rotating between their businesses and jointly working on community issues. Rotary has since become the world's largest international service organization with over 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. Here are Rotary Guiding Principles: https://my.rotary.org/en/guiding-principles The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service. The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings: Of the things we think, say or do 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? When I joined the Rotary Club of Pinellas Park, I received a plaque for my office desk with the Four Way Test, and I do try to follow it. I wish politicians and everyone else would. Rotary International holds a conference once a year rotating between countries with Rotary clubs. Charlotte and I have attended 3 Rotary International Conferences: 1. 2001 San Antonio - Rotary International President (RIP) Frank Devlyn attended ROTI dinner to thank ROTI members including myself who helped develop websites for his global projects including Avoidable Blindness to help people by providing free cataract surgery in multiple countries. 2. 2003 Brisbane Australia - Charlotte and I signed up but had to cancel at last minute due to family emergency. 3. 2011 New Orleans - Charlotte and I along with Rotaractor Mary Katheryn Delodder setup and manned the first ROSNF booth in the House of Friendship where we sold buttons with Facebook Like ROSNF on them. 4. 2017 Atlanta Georgia - Charlotte and I heard Bill Gates give update on 30+ year effort to eradicate polio and how we are down to just 3 countries and a dozen or so cases with expectation to finish in the next few years.
Updated:2017-12-26 20:52 by
During the past 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. In 1979, the foundation started the project to eradicate polio world-wide. At the start there were millions of children suffering from polio in India and many other countries where the Salk vaccine was not widely available. After 30 years of effort by volunteers from Rotary, World Health Organization, and many others plus billions of dollars in donations from Rotary Foundation and partners such as Bill and Melinda Gates and others, we are down to less than 20 cases per year worldwide in 3 countries and hope to finish the eradication in the next few years: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/rotary-and-polio One of the primary ways Rotarians donate to the Rotary Foundation is through the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) program where any Rotarian who donates $1,000 to the foundation, can desigate person to receive the PHF award. The Rotary Club of Pinellas Park where I belong currently holds a fundraiser every quarter and presents PFH awards.
Updated:2017-12-25 10:21 by
In 1984 Florida Power engineers John Sheidt and Phil Henry invited me to join the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg West. In 1988-1989 I served as President of the club. In 1990 I joined the Rotarians On The Internet ROTI http://www.roti.org fellowship and served on the board with Philip Merritt from the Philippines. In 1996 I transferred to the Rotary Club of Pinellas Park, and current serve as their club webmaster: http://RotaryPinellasPark.org In 2001 I was named Rotarian of the Year in Rotary District 6950 after serving as first volunteer district webmaster http://www.rotary6950.org and also helping to start the new Bardmoor-Bayou Rotary Club (which sadly has since terminated). In 2009 I joined Facebook and helped charter the Rotarians On Social Networks ROSNF http://rosnf.org fellowship. I served as third chair, webmaster, and board member. In 2011 I helped start the Rotarian Action Group for Peace RAGFP http://rotarianactiongroupforpeace.org and served as first social media manager and board member. I have since been named an honorary board member.
S4TL Seminar For Tomorrows Leaders
Updated:2017-12-26 11:03 by
S4TL (Seminar for Tomorrow\'s Leaders) is a powerful leadership training program for inbound high school seniors. It is organized annually by a board of directors of Rotarian senior staff from Districts 6890, 6950 and 6960 in mid-Florida. For many years now the week long program has been held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Rotary club members help transport the students, and sponsoring Rotary club members are invited to attend a rap session with students during the week. I have attended several of these and it is a free form session where any questions are welcome and both the students and the Rotarians usually learn a lot about current issues on everyone\'s mind. There are usually over 100 students attending and a number of students volunteer to return the following year as team leaders. Many students become friends for life through the program which brings in excellent speakers to talk about leadership.
ROTI Rotarians On The Internet
Updated:2017-12-25 07:40 by
In 1990 I joined the Rotarians On The Internet ROTI http://www.roti.org fellowship and served on the board with Philip Merritt from the Philippines. ROTI first used email groups to connect Rotarians around the world. Now it also has a Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/463682020425794/
Rotary Camp Florida
Updated:2017-12-26 11:13 by
Rotary Camp Florida in Brandon southeast of Tampa was started in 1991 by a group of Rotarians from districts in the Tampabay Area. See the history page on the camp website, and learn about the great service providing opportunity for sick children to experience the fun of a camp. Both of the Rotary clubs I've been in have had work groups go to the camp periodically to help with maintenance of buildings and groups. In the 1990's I helped start the first eClub sponsored by district 6950 and worked with the camp director, Pam Moore, who joined the eClub. I also helped setup the first camp office computer.
Rotary Club of Pinellas Park
Updated:2018-03-19 08:07 by
In 1996 Charlotte and I moved to the Bayou Club in Pinellas Park from Holiday Park in St. Petersburg. I then transferred from the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg West to the Rotary Club of Pinellas Park and became their first club webmaster http://www.rotarypinellaspark.org The club meets every Thursday noon at Banquet Masters on 49th Street and Ulmerton, and visitors are welcome. Every month the club honors Students of the Month at Dixie Hollins High School, Pinellas Park High School, and Richard L. Sanders School. The high school students and their parents are invited to lunch, the students tell a little about themselves and their studies, and receive plaque and $50. Quarterly the club cooks breakfast or dinner at the Ronald Mc Donald House by All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Also quarterly, the club holds a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) fund raiser and awards PHF recognition for each $1,000 donated to the Rotary Foundation which supports sustainable service projects such as the eradication of polio world-wide. Each summer the club sponsors two high school students to attend the week long Seminar for Tomorrows Leaders (S4TL) at Florida Sounthern college in Lakeland Florida. Annually at the holidays the club provides turkey and gifts for all children to 40 needy families. Also annually the club gives scholarships to St. Petersburg College students. See the "websites" category for more about this website
Rotary District 6950 Serving Pinellas and Pasco
Updated:2017-12-25 09:57 by
Today Rotary district 6950 includes 47 Rotary Clubs in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. You can find a club that meets for breakfast or lunch any day of the week. In 2001 I was named Rotarian of the Year in Rotary District 6950 after serving as first volunteer district webmaster. I also helped to start the new Bardmoor-Bayou Rotary Club (which sadly has since terminated).
International Fellowship of Rotarian Ameteur Astronomers
Updated:2018-01-04 11:09 by
Keywords:Facebook In about 2002, The International Fellowship of Rotarian Amateur Astoonomers was approved by Rotary International and I served as the founding chair. Here is article in the Rotarian Magazine about IFRAA: https://books.google.com/books?id=cjQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=rotary+ifraa&source=bl&ots=AXCD7z_nuO&sig=Q3Ylxx2m1GSaB9KLoXVMUlhUCXU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjGs5OT0L7YAhVpxYMKHeZsCQcQ6AEILTAA#v=onepage&q=rotary%20ifraa&f=false The IFRAA fellowship was closed later due to lack of support for active group of officiers. Now there is only an unofficial Facebook group named Rotarian Astonomers for those interested.
RGHF Rotary Global History Fellowship
Updated:2017-12-26 07:40 by
In 2005 I volunteered as one of several webmasters helping to collect and organize Rotary history. As one example, I helped collect this history of the Rotary District 6950: https://www.rghfhome.org/first100/districts/districts/6950.htm See the PDF version of history here (large document): https://www.rghfhome.org/first100/districts/images/6950pdf.pdf
ROSNF Rotarians On Social Networks
Updated:2017-12-26 06:43 by
In 2009 my two daughters Heather and Holly invited me to join Facebook. I was hooked for life because it opened up an easy way to connect and build friendships with family, friends, and Rotarians around the world by sharing events and common interests with both pictures and text. That same year,Simone Collins, Philip Merrit, and I formed the ROSNF fellowship and after some resistance from ROTI and other existing fellowships, got it approved by Rotary International Board. Simone served as first chair followed by by Philip and myself. The fellowship promotes the use of social media to support Rotary service and fellowship. ROSNF has a Facebook group with over 1,000 Rotarian and Rotaract members here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rosnf/ Those interested in joining can become ROSNF members by registering here and then requesting to join above group: https://rosnfhub.org
RAGFP Rotary Action Group For Peace
Updated:2017-12-26 07:09 by
In 2011 I contacted Rotary International about trying to start a new action group for peace. I learned that Al Jubitz, Dennis Wong, and Erin Thomas were already working on it and had submitted an application to Rotary International. After a great chat with Al and Erin they invited me to join their charter group. Rotary International did approve the new action group. I served as charter board member and first social media manager. RAGFP has a Facebook group with over 1,000 members here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RotarianActionGroupForPeace/ RAGFP has a Facebook page you are invited to visit for upcoming events and announcements. Be sure to "like" it: https://www.facebook.com/RotarianActionGroupForPeace/ I have since been named an honorary board member.
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