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What We're Accomplishing
Our 2011-2012 year at the Rotary Club of Orlando is going to be a great one. We're all busy, and it's so easy to lose sight of the accomplishments that we make along the way.

To help us recognize all that we do, I've created an ongoing year in review for us. I hope you will take a moment to check in from time to time and be proud of all that our club does both in our community and around the globe.



Linda Rolf
President 2011-2012

Our Club


July 2011


  • Created an active membership committee dedicated not only to growth but also on retention

  • Byron Holton began calling members we haven't seen for a while

  • Developed a prospective member list and a member development campaign led by Rich Ungaro

  • Redesigned our website, Wednesday Edition and club bulletin

  • Created a new Strategic Planning Committee to shape our club for the next 93 years. Chaired by Linda Rolf, the committee members are Mary Ann Dean, George Huffman, Rich Ungaro, Bill Peeper, Lee Bennett and Roger Jacobson

  • We created a new Red Badge to Blue Badge Checklist to involve not only our newest members but also their sponsors.

  • We're building Rotary U to encourage ongoing Rotary education and member development within our club.

  • Jason Gurley is organizing an iPad raffle to raise awareness of our club and get our members involved in an easy fundraiser.

  • Our tradition of 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Dubsdread continue


  • August 2011

  • Bill Peeper has initiated a Green Mountain coffee project for our club. Look for Bill to be recruiting baristas soon!

  • We hosted District Governor Art Brown, AG Frank Colosauno and the Colllege of Governors on August 18. Thanks to Bob Neel for his hosting of the College of Governors.

  • Danielle Krise, our Service Committee chair, kicked off the club's "What is our flagship event" initiative with a committee meeting at Dubsdread. The meeting included red badge members who are ready to get involved.


    November 2011

  • Bill Peeper continued the Green Mountain Coffee project. The board was so pleased with the porject that it encouraged Bill to continue selling coffee beyond the original December 1 end date.

  • Our first iPad raffle led by Jason Gurley was a great success. Ticket sales raised $1235 for the club.

  • John Garceau has taken the lead on our club's new flagship event. Details are coming in December.


  • Our Community

    August 2011

  • We're always excitied about the opportunity to work with Ivey Lane on a school project. This time it's a Lego reward and challenge.

  • School has started, and the first Rotary Club of Orlando Canstruction Project is underway.

  • A successful poker tournament was held on August 26. Proceeds benefited the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation, Gift of Life and the Center for Memory Disorder.

    October 2011

  • The foundation board approved support for 3 RYLA students again this year.

  • Congratulations to Bob Ford and the Canstruction committee on our first high school Canstruction competition. Jones High was our first place winner with Timber Creek and Apopka the runners up.

  • George Huffman had the honor of standing in for District Governor Art Brown at the installation of the UCF Rotaract officers on October 22.

  • November 2011

  • Steve Deieter has taken leadership of the West Orlando Ramp project. Details are coming in December.

  • RYLA chair Heather Higbee completed the selection of 3 Boone students for this year's RYLA class in February.

  • December 2011
  • Andrew Laney kicked off December with our annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing. It was wonderful to see new first-time members participate in this fun community service project.

  • Around the Globe

    July 2011


  • The club sponsored Jazmin Duke from Edgewater for her Outbound Student Program year in Italy.

    August 2011

  • Kudos to Rene Persaud, Dr. Oswald Saavedra and Tim O'Reilly for their recent trip to Haiti. This is truly Service About Self.

    October 2011

  • The fundraising for 2 matching grants projects, Gift of Life Jamaica with Kingston Downtown and Dontogan School Phillipines with Baguio City Sunrise, led by Jon Stine has been compeleted. The grant requests will both be submitted this month.

  • Both boards approved 2 District Simplified Grants for the Ivey Lane 1st and 4th grade Black Stallion Literacy Project.

  • Both boards approved a DSG in Haiti under the direction of Rene Persaud and Oswald Saavedra.

  • Member Recognition


    July 2011


  • Reinstituted the Rotarian of the Month Award. Congratulations to Jim Stowers, our July Rotarian of the Month.

  • Added a Member Spotlight feature to the Wednesday Edition. Members are encouraged to share something about them, their business or their family with the members.

  • We welcomed Marty Kramer as a new member to our club.

    August 2011

  • Rich Ungaro attended RLI on August 13.

  • Congratulations to Carl Stallard, our August 2011 Rotarian of the Month

  • The club welcomed Debra Lowe as a new member


    September 2011


  • Congratulations to Edgar McGonigal, our September 2011 Rotarian of the Month

  • We welcomed Liz Starr, Tim O'Reilly and Todd Simmons as new members


    October 2011

  • Congratulations to new blue badge members Tim Blevins, Marian Jacklich, Kimberly Mann and Eric Schreck

  • Congratulations to Bob Ford, our October 2011 Rotarian of the Month


  • November 2011

  • Congratulations to new blue badge member Ryan White

  • Congratulations to Jon Stine, our November 2011 Rotarian of the Month



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