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Posted by Andreina Perez-Cardarelli on Jan 01, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lake Mary is proud to announce our 9th Annual Taste of Lake Mary to be held in the beautiful courtyard between the Lake Mary Marriott and the Park Place at Heathrow on Monday March 31, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Visit the Taste of Lake Mary Site

The event is sponsored by Duke Energy and hosted by The Rotary Club of Lake Mary. We look forward to serving you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or restaurant vendor?

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Posted by Donald Harris

Please join us for our 4th annual Chompin’ Stompin'  BAR-B-QUE  to be held at Seminole Harley Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford, FL.  The event will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  


Our theme is an evening of music and barbeque with great food, tasty spirits, excellent music and good times.   Specific plans include barbeque style food, complemented with beer and wine, all with enjoyable live music playing in the background.  There will be a silent auction and raffles with great prizes, (need a leather Harley jacket?).  Plus, Harley motor merchandise will have special discounts for this night only.

General Admission tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and includes admission, 1 complimentary beverage, and free BBQ tasting.  Children 12 and under are $5.00 at the door.

VIP “all Inclusive passes” will also be available for individual purchase and are $40 per person or $ 75 per couple.  These “All Inclusive” tickets include general admission ticket privileges plus:

  • Reserved Seating in VP Dining Area
  • Free VIP Valet Parking
  • All beverages included

Tickets are available from your favorite Rotarian or you can buy them online at the Chompin' Stompin' BBQ website.

Posted by Andreina Perez-Cardarelli on Nov 30, 2012

Taste of Lake Mary LogoThe Rotary Club of Lake Mary is proud to announce the preparation of our 8th Annual Taste of Lake Mary scheduled on April 15, 2013. 
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Rotary Peace Centers








Dear Rotary Centers Community,

As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many of us around the world are struck by the major paradigm shift those events brought about among global leaders. As several Rotary Peace Centers welcome the 10th class of fellows, we are reminded of Rotary International's successful paradigm shift, from decades of discussion about creating a Rotary university to developing a network of Rotary Peace Centers in partnership with leading host universities around the globe. These centers are focused on advancing research, teaching, and publishing, and providing practical experience for identifying the causes of conflict and building peace. In May, at the 2012 Rotary World Peace Symposium and alumni preconvention event in Bangkok, Thailand, we will celebrate a decade of supporting Rotary Peace Fellows. The Rotary Peace Centers program, which prepares individuals for the type of work reflected in the articles below, ultimately enables Rotarians to promote greater tolerance and cooperation so that atrocities like those of 9/11 never happen again.



Brad Lauman
Manager, Rotary Peace Centers
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International


Click here to see the new Rotary Peace Fellow video 


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Every year, thousands of talented and dedicated young people, ages 12-30, have an incredible experience in a New Generations program.

As Rotaractors and Interactors, they serve in communities at home and abroad. Through Rotary Youth Exchange, they explore new cultures. And as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants, they learn skills that will help them succeed as future community leaders.

New Generations is Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service.  It includes all Rotary-sponsored activities for young people up to age 30: Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange. 

Make a connection with young people during New Generations Month, and reap the benefits throughout the Rotary year.


Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

 R otary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.


RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities


Make a connection with young people during New Generations Month, and reap the benefits throughout the Rotary year.

New Generations Service is Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service. It includes all Rotary-sponsored activities for young people up to age 30: Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, and Youth Exchange. 


Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.

As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.  


 As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country.

Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.  


Make a connection with young people during New Generations Month, and reap the benefits throughout the Rotary year. 

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 Meet Rotary International President, Kalyan Banerjee!

"We need to commit ourselves absolutely and fully and say, What I must do shall indeed be done."


September 2011

My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary,

We have a color for the 2011-12 Rotary year, and that color is green. Why green? Because green is the color of spring, of new life, of bright leaves bursting forth from spreading branches. And there is no doubt that it is time to “green” Rotary – to lift our deepening pallor of gray and replace it with brighter shades of green.

Overall, in Rotary, only 11 percent of our members are under the age of 40, while 68 percent are over 50 and 39 percent are over 60. It’s not too hard to see where this will lead us in 10, 20, and 30 years down the line, if we don’t do something about it now. It is not enough to simply bring in new members. We need to bring in younger members, who will breathe new life and new vigor into our organization.

How can we be more attractive to younger members, who are so different in so many ways from the young professionals of a generation or two ago? We have to come to them where they are – and for most young people, where they are is on the Internet, on Facebook, on Twitter and e-mail, and on their smartphones. A club that doesn’t have a presence on the Internet simply doesn’t exist as far as they are concerned. A club’s website is its public face – and it has to be a good one.

More than anything, I believe we need to bring back the idea of the family of Rotary. We need to look at all of Rotary as one family: Rotarians, their families, and also Rotaractors, Interactors, Youth Exchange students and alumni, Foundation alumni, and so on. And we need to consider retention as an idea that applies not just to Rotarians, but to the entire family of Rotary.

Too often, we look outward to find new members, and we do not see our own young generation, waiting to be called upon. We must look to them to find the capable and enthusiastic new members who will be the club presidents, the district governors, and the RI senior leaders of tomorrow.

We owe it to our Rotary family – past, present, and future – to make sure that our generation of Rotarians is not the last. We must, in a very real sense, reach within – to embrace our Rotary family, so that we can better embrace all of humanity.


To learn more about President Banerjee and read his monthly blog: Click on the link below. 

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Do your friends and co-workers know that you're a Rotarian? Do you tell acquaintances about your club's good works in the community or internationally?

Did you know that talking about your involvement in Rotary could significantly enhance the organization's image and boost public awareness? It’s up to every Rotarian to tell the world what Rotary is and does.

According to a public image survey commissioned by Rotary International in 2010, people are much more likely to know about Rotary and perceive it positively as a charitable organization if they personally know a Rotarian. The finding is just one of many that could shape how clubs and districts promote Rotary in their communities.

RI commissioned the survey of 1,000 individuals in each of  six countries -- Argentina, Australia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the United States -- to gauge the general public's awareness and perception of the organization. The results are consistent with those of a similar survey conducted in 2006: While respondents had heard of Rotary, they did not know much about what it does.

Building familiarity is not easy, says Pauline Leung, Rotary public image general coordinator. "Sometimes Rotarians are doing too many things and can get people confused about Rotary. We must have consistency when promoting the image of Rotary. Rotarians should receive training so they can clearly express our position, our vision, our values, and our areas of focus."

High awareness, low familiarity

The survey showed that awareness of Rotary varies from country to country, and culture to culture. Of the six countries surveyed, Australia had the highest proportion of respondents who said they were aware of Rotary (95 percent), while Germany had the lowest (34 percent).

But awareness of Rotary doesn't necessarily translate into familiarity with what it does. While almost everyone in Australia indicated an awareness of Rotary, only 35 percent of respondents said they had some familiarity with the organization. In South Africa, where 80 percent of respondents indicated they were aware of Rotary, only 23 percent said they had some familiarity with what it does.

The survey report concluded that public image efforts will need to be tailored to each country. It also noted that boosting awareness alone will not be enough to get the public to readily associate Rotary with good works, or to generate greater community involvement.

The survey further concluded that demographics play a significant role in whether people have heard of Rotary. The survey included a cross section of each country's population by age, gender, income level, and education level. In Japan, 67 percent of respondents age 40 or older said they had heard of Rotary, compared to only 38 percent of those younger than 40. In Argentina, 63 percent of the highest income bracket had heard of Rotary, while only 20 percent of the lowest income bracket had. The report concluded that clubs may need to gain a better understanding of what would increase interest among younger professionals.

Public perception and giving

The public’s view of Rotarians differs somewhat from how Rotarians see themselves. More than 65 percent of respondents viewed Rotarians as charitable, respected, and caring. But only 26 percent selected the attribute women to describe Rotary, while more than 50 percent associated the organization with men. In other questions, more respondents said they associated club membership with men than with women. The survey concluded that Rotary is still being seen as a male-dominated organization. Work needs to be directed toward communicating opportunities for women to join.

Interest in contributing time or money to a Rotary club varied by nation. Interest was highest in South Africa, at 49 percent, and lowest in Japan, at 10 percent. The survey report concluded that because interest in contributing money varies by nation, Rotarians need to tailor marketing efforts to reflect local club initiatives.

The public’s interest in joining a Rotary club is low. Among the countries surveyed, an average of only 16 percent of respondents said they would be likely to join a local Rotary club. More than 59 percent said they would be unlikely to join. In the United States, women were half as likely as men to report interest in joining.

Similar findings

Similar findings came from focus groups that RI conducted between 2008 and 2010. The 40 groups included non-Rotarians in cities where Rotary had been experiencing membership declines. Read more about the results in the October/November 2010 issue of The Membership Minute, or download the full report.

“Because each Rotary club is independent in deciding what services they want to be involved in, this can cause mixed impressions in the communities on what we do,” Leung says. “These surveys underscore the importance of having a consistent message.”

The 1.2 million Rotary club members worldwide are the organization's greatest strength. Here are a few resources that clubs and districts can use to promote Rotary:

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As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:

1) consider my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;

2) be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and to the moral standards of my community;

3) do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation;

4) be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public, and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship;

5) recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society;

6) offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;

7) adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business or profession;

8) neither seek from nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.



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Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure national website,, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

Click Here to learn what you can do to help fight breast cancer locally: 

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Thank you for your support and hard work!
Congratulations to Don Harris and the Chompin and Stompin BBQ Committee for hosting a great event! 
620 Hickman Circle
Sanford, FL 32771
For more info or to see a list of sponsors:
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Welcome New Members 

Tom Betlow and Christina Crowley 

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Sign up to work the Concession Stand

Friday Night

6:00 - 9:00 PM 



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In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property . . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.”

Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into the Easter Seals.





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George Syme, Walt Lee, John Green, Joe Kelly 
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Poor kid...he is now damaged for life.   
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W ith just one case of polio reported in the last 10 months, India is more determined than ever to ensure eradication of the disease.

As part of that effort, Rotarians helped administer bivalent oral polio vaccine to more than 35 million children during a Subnational Immunization Day on 13 November. The vaccine is effective against the two remaining types of the virus.

Sporting their signature yellow vests and caps, the Rotarians also helped organize free health camps and polio awareness rallies, as well as distribute banners, caps, face masks, comic books, and other items to the children.

On 20 November, a team of Rotarians from District 3700 (Korea) served in a health camp in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, which included immunization of children against polio. The camp was organized by Indian Rotarians in cooperation with local health officials and UNICEF.

The following day, the team took part in a door-to-door mop-up campaign, administering vaccine to children who otherwise would have missed receiving it. A TV news crew from Korea accompanied the Rotarians throughout their visit, taking the End Polio Now message back to their country.

And in Mumbai, Rotary leaders John Germ, chair of Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge Committee; Rotary Foundation Trustee Ashok Mahajan; and RI General Secretary John Hewko joined Indian Rotarians in immunizing children.

“This year, there have been just over 500 cases worldwide. The fact that only one of those cases is in India is a tremendous achievement that reflects the determination of the nation's leaders and its citizens to finally rid their country -- and the world -- of this terrible scourge,” Hewko wrote in an article published earlier this month in the Hindu Business Line.

India’s next National Immunization Days are scheduled for January and February, and a series of supplementary activities are planned through June. At the same time, intensive surveillance for the wild poliovirus is continuing throughout the country.

“Rotary has invested heavily in surveillance in India over the last 12 months,” said Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization’s assistant director-general for polio eradication and related areas, at a September meeting of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “That’s the reason we can say with confidence that we think we’re getting close to zero [cases] in India.”

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The Rotary Club of Lake Mary is proud to have supported the following charities during this Holiday Season:
Grace and Grits
Harvestime International
Senior Intervention Group
Graduation with Dignity
Rescue Outreach Mission 
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Key to Literacy

More than 770 million adults worldwide do not know how to read. Learn how Rotary clubs are helping support basic education and literacy.

Watch the video Key to Literacy

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We would like to thank our 2012 sponsors.

Lake Mary Preparatory School
Parks Motor Group
Expense Reduction Analysts
Orlando Regional Health Care – South Seminole
Central Florida Regional Hospital
Robert Fisher, PA
Lake Mary Eye Care
Cruise Planners of Lake Mary
Florida Bank of Commerce
Harland Financial 
Joe Kelly, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney 
Ameriprise Financial/Eshelman & Associates 
Reality Executives of Seminole 
The Grove Counseling Center
Ameriprise Financial/George Syme
Popular Community Bank
Mercedes of Sanford
Nuview IRA
Law Office of John DiMasi, PA
Burke-Leslie Professional Asset Management, LLC
Florida Insurance Specialists, LLC
Thomson & Evangelo, PA
Old Florida National Bank

In Kind Sponsors
 Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lake Mary Life Magazine
Central Florida Lifestyle Publications
Stephenson & Associates Marketing
Wayne Densch
Signtek Graphics
Waste Pro
Convention Plus Keys
Brion Price Photography

Thank you to our 2012 beverage merchants!

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Cork & Olive
Pierre’s Wine Cellar
The Vineyard Wine Co.
Tim’s Wine Market
Wayne Densch

Thank you to our 2012 restaurant participants!

4 Rivers Smokehouse
Bistro 1501
Heathrow Country Club
Liam Fitzpatrick’s
Ruth Chris
Shula’s 347 Grill
Stonewood  Grill & Tavern
Terra Mia Brick Oven
The Vineyard Wine Co.

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Congratulations to the Harris family.  Job well done!    

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By Megan Ferringer and Arnold R. Grahl 
Rotary International News – 22 August 2011 

R otarians have teamed up with nongovernmental organizations in Belgium to bring clean drinking water and improved sanitation to thousands of families in the poorest districts of Toamasina, Madagascar.  

The Rotary clubs of Brussel-Cantersteen, Belgium, and Tamatave, Madagascar, launched the project in 2009 with help from a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant. Lack of access to clean drinking water and poor hygiene have contributed to a high mortality rate in Toamasina, says Luc Daems, president of the Tamatave Water Project. 

The effort is nearing completion, with the planned installation of more than 200 latrines for local families and schools, as well as drinking fountains to provide clean water for 2,000 people.  

Over the past 10 years, the Foundation has awarded more than US$36 million in grants for projects supporting clean water and sanitation. Individual Rotary clubs have contributed at least another $50 million.

During World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden , 21-27 August, experts from around the globe will meet to exchange ideas and develop solutions to the most urgent water-related issues. This year's program explores challenges to water and sanitation in an increasingly urbanized world.

Ron Denham, chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, says Rotary has played a key role in addressing world water needs, and that a growing number of nonprofits are embracing its emphasis on sustainability.

"The core of every successful project is agreement with the community on its needs, especially the needs of women. It is invariably women whose lives are drastically affected by improvements," says Denham. 

Many Rotary club and district projects include training in the technical knowledge needed to maintain equipment, and in the business skills necessary to manage a water system, such as collecting fees for operations and repairs. 

In 2009, Rotary International and USAID launched the International H2O Collaboration to implement long-term water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines. Entering its third year, the collaboration is funding hygiene training and bio-sand water filters in the Dominican Republic; mechanized water systems, wells, rainwater collection vessels, and hygiene education benefiting over 85,000 people in more than 110 villages in Ghana; and a project to improve sewage collection and treatment that will help more than 150,000 people in the Philippines.  

Other Rotary club and district water projects include:  

  • Toilets, showers, and baby-washing facilities provided for residents of Kibera, an impoverished community near Nairobi, Kenya, by clubs in the United States and Kenya with a Foundation grant. The grant also brought safe drinking water to about 300,000 people.
  • A project to help stamp out guinea worm in Ghana, undertaken by Rotary clubs in Ghana and supported by clubs in 13 countries, including Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, in partnership with the Carter Center. The clubs have also been active in providing water to remote communities.
  • Rainwater harvesting systems to serve 120,000 people and their livestock in Rajasthan, a state in northern India. Through another project, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, crop yields have tripled as a result of rainwater harvesting.
  • The installation of household water systems in the South Rift Valley in Kenya, enabling girls to focus on going to school and women to undertake economic activities rather than fetching water.

Order Rotary’s Areas of Focus Guide  to learn more about what you can do to improve water and sanitation.



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Pete Stephenson - Red Badge Graduate 

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Charlie Covington and Mary Beth Mergo

Great Job on completing the Red Badge Program! 

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Sponsors Needed!
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All hands on deck! 

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The following is from General Colin Powell’s: 18 Lessons From A Very Successful Leader.


Lesson 12: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier” – The ripple effect of a leaders enthusiasm and optimism is awesome. So is the impact of cynicism and pessimism. Leaders who whine and blame engendered those same behaviors among their colleagues. “I am not talking about stoically accepting organizational stupidity and performance incompetence with a “what, me worry? Smile.” “I am talking about a gung ho attitude that says we can change things here, we can achieve awesome goals, we can be the best. Spare me the grim litany of the “realist”, give me the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day!”

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Joe Kelly - President

Howard Hirsh - New Member

Wade Eshelman - Sponsor

John Clayton