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MAGAZINE Edition 08 - MARCH 2018

Rotaract 50th ANNIVERSARY

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Quest Rotary District 6930

The Official District Magazine

Healing the scars of war

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People are asking to join, why are we ignoring them?


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Dave Freudenberg Betsy Owen Bob Hyde

Are you Proudly Rotarian?

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Denise Roeser Chrissy Elliott Debbie Avery Deborah Freudenberg Kimberly Jones

International Assembly

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GOVERNOR MESSAGE Making a Difference The theme for Rotary 2017-2018 has a special meaning for all Rotarians throughout the world. RI President Ian Riseley has put forth a special challenge to become more involved in not only Rotary, but also your own community. “Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world, and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate “Service Above Self” into our daily lives.” District 6930 has special challenges ahead as we incorporate the results of last year’s Council on Legislation that opened the door to new opportunities in making each club more accessible to new and existing members. There are some new requirements for each club, including the fact that the Treasurer MUST be a member of the Board of the club. This is to incorporate the Rotary International Errors & Omissions Policy into each club, for the protection of all of us. With over 35,000 clubs there could be problems somewhere. Each club is now required to provide access to board meeting minutes to every club member within 60 days of the board meeting. This is the desire to provide transparency and openness. This year we will be adding the object of attacking the horrible disease of Alzheimer’s to our district objective. Every one of us has or will be subjected to this disease through close family or acquaintances. While other diseases such as cancer and heart disease are seeing a decline, Azheimer’s is growing in impact at an alarming rate. We will be joining with the Rotary Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) program to help find a cure. You should not be limited by this one program and I encourage each club to participate in the attack on this disease in one form or another. Josh the Otter was introduced to Rotary by our own member Jim Underwood and has become a major program to protect children from the biggest cause of death to children under the age of 5 years. We have the tools and materials to allow each club to launch this project in their own community. It is not an easy result to measure, but I believe we will see an impact in Florida in the next few years. We will end the year for our District with the most exciting District Conference in the history of District 6930. The conference will be aboard the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas from June 2-6, 2018. We are joining with District 6950 to do a joint conference that will begin the cruise in Tampa and spending a day in Havana Cuba. We will be the first group of Rotarians to visit Havana in almost 60 years. What an exciting experience this will be. And finally, next year’s Rotary Convention will be in Toronto, Canada June 23-25, 2018. Let’s Make a Difference!

Dave Freudenberg

District Governor 2017-2018

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March Water and Sanitation Month


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David Freudenberg (Dave & Pat) Office: Club: Boca Raton Downtown


Julia Babbitt (Jula & Clint) Office: Club: Indialantic


Donna Marie Gaiser (Donna & Carl) Office: Club: Okeechobee


Eric Gordon (Eric) Office: 561-308-9305 Club: Royal Palm Beach

District Secretary

Deborah Freudenberg (Deborah & Mike) Office: 561-299-1429 Club: Boca Raton Downtown

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District Treasurer

Terri Marie Wescott (Terri) Office: 561-270-8800 Club: Boca Raton Downtown

Assistant District Governor (Area 1)

Stanley M. Fertel (Stan & Charna) Office: Club: Boca Raton Sunrise

Grants Committee Chair

Eugene B. Burkett (Gene & Linda) Office: 321-631-0383 Club: Merritt Island

Vocational Service Chair

Gregory A. Reader (Greg) Office: Club: Vero Beach Sunrise


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PolioPlus Chair

Frances Virgin Owen (Betsy & Mike) Office: Club: Delray Beach

Nominating Committee Chair

Louis Venuti (Louis & Loretta) Office: 321-286-7475 Club: Titusville Rotary Club

Young Professionals

Michael F. Walstrom (Michael) Office: Club: Boca Raton Downtown Literacy TF Chair

Gay S. Voss (Gay)

Office: Club: Boynton Beach-Lantana Newsletter Editor

Dini Mancebo Heizer (Dini Heizer) Office: Club: Boca Raton West

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INTERNATIONAL This is your Rotary club: a new approach to keeping members So many Rotary membership events focus on engagement and retention. It makes sense. For every member that joins Rotary, it seems there’s another member walking out the door. Long term engagement and retention are an important part of successfully growing a club for the simple fact that new membership gains can be quickly wiped out by non-engaged members choosing to leave. The advice being given by membership chairs and leaders is sound: get new members involved right away. Our club has taken this one step further by explaining something important to our new members: This is your Rotary club! A Rotary club is chartered by Rotary International, but who ultimately operates it? The membership does! All Rotarians pay the dues that allow the club to function, attend the meetings, and perform the work needed. In a sense, members are partial owners of the club in the way shareholders are of corporations. Rotary club membership can be just like a stock, except the dividends are derived from the active participation of the member! So now that a new member has joined, how do you help them cash in on their Rotary dividends? They must be given a role that they can take ownership of. Most members of Central Ocean Rotary have a purpose. Many have found their niche that suits their own interests. For example, some are dedicated to an operational function of the club, while others work almost exclusively on community or international service projects. BYOP The best method for implementing this is letting a new member commission a service project or fund March 2018 * Quest Magazine

raiser for your club. This BYOP (bring your own proj ect) approach gives the new member immediate ownership of something important. Your service projects and fundraising committees may have a few ideas for this new member, or simply let the person bring a project to the table. With this method, our club was able to complete nine service projects just in the first half of this Rotary year. However, if a new member feels they are not ready for this level of responsibility and would rather sit back and observe, you can find another area of the club that they can contribute to and get their feet wet. Let the new member serve as club greeter or guest sergeant at arms to get them involved at a lower level of responsibility and work their way up via a committee or through mentoring. Don’t let your new members slip through the cracks. If you show them that the club belongs to every member, they will stick around for many years to collect dividends of fulfillment that Rotary service can provide! By Michael Bucca, Membership chair of the Rotary Club of Central Ocean – Toms River, New Jersey, USA

Jessica Connors and Club President Michael Della Rocca plant a tree, an example of the kind of projects that can give new members ownership and responsibility.


7 steps for submitting an outstanding peace fellowship application Although the application window for fellowship programs is generally short, applying for a fellowship is a long-term process requiring research, planning, outreach, and perseverance. Here are seven critical application steps we’ve learned from 15 years reviewing and selecting finalists for the Rotary Peace Fellowship.

require university transcripts, a tailored resume/ CV, test scores, and recommendation letters. Gathering these documents takes time. We never enjoy turning away otherwise qualified candidates because of missing documents, but a deadline is a deadline. Download the Rotary Peace Center Application guidelines.

1. Verify eligibility before embarking on the application process. This might seem obvious, but every year we receive a large number of submissions from applicants who invested valuable time in completing an application, but who do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements. The Rotary Peace Fellowship application includes an eligibility quiz to simplify this step. Like many fellowship programs, we look for candidates that have strong leadership skills, a compelling personal narrative, and a commitment to the mission of our program. In addition, applicants must also be proficient in English and have the required minimum full-time relevant work experience. 2. Develop a plan. For any fellowship it’s critical to develop a plan before you start. Be sure to read application guidelines thoroughly to understand the scope of the process and to determine the steps you’ll need to complete by the application deadline. Many fellowships include a checklist – use it! 3. Research and outreach. Some fellowships offer one program option while others offer a menu of options. The Rotary Peace Fellowship offers six Master’s programs and a certificate program. Research fellowship options fully and identify the program that best fits your qualifications and career goals. After you’ve done ample research, reach out to current or former fellows and ask thoughtful questions that cannot be found online. 4. Gather all required documents. Many fellowships 10

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5. Prepare for the interview. The Rotary Peace Fellowship requires applicants to interview with a Rotary district for endorsement. Be sure to research the organization and individuals you will be interviewing with and arrive prepared with a copy of your application and supplemental materials. Prior to your interview do something you enjoy, like taking a walk in nature, singing to warm up your vocal chords, or practicing power poses. This will help you be relaxed, authentic, and allow your true personality to shine. Brush up on your interview skills by practicing with a friend or colleague. We often direct candidates to the PCDN website for interview tips. 6. Prepare powerful essays or a personal statement. This is the most critical part of most fellowship applications. The best essays are intriguing, honest, specific, well organized, not repetitive, grammatically correct, and clearly answer the questions being asked. Be sure to include an intriguing opening and end with a strong closing statement. Demonstrate why you have chosen your particular career path and how the fellowship will help you achieve your future goals. 7. Edit, Edit, Edit! Spend ample time reviewing your application to ensure it is free of careless mistakes. Review your essays to ensure they are consistent with information on your resume/CV. Have friends or colleagues review your application. Revisit and revise your essays several times before submitting your application. Lastly, be persistent! Persistence is often a key to securing the fellowship you desire. In the case of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, 30 percent of our 2018 selected fellows applied the previous year. Don’t assume that if you are not selected one year, that you will not be selected the following year. However, do make improvements to your application by acquiring new leadership experiences before the next application cycle. Learn more about applying for a Rotary Peace Fellowship By Sarah Cunningham, Marketing and Recruitment Specialist at The Rotary Foundation

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HANNA SCHUBERT Hanna Schubert (2016-18) says the Rotary Peace Fellowship is a unique opportunity. “It's not only about the generous award that makes it possible to study here (DukeUNC) in the first place. What’s even more is the international network, the trainings, the career support and the fellowship with inspiring professionals from all over the world – that’s what’s changed my life.” 11

Why satellite clubs can bring together all ages It is always the young people who build our future. At the same time, we now live in an age where life expectancy can reach 100 years. Some say 80 can be the prime of one’s life. I envision a future where younger and older generations work together to promote the ideal of compassion and cooperation that we firmly believe in Rotary. Satellite clubs may be the best way to achieve that approach. This is our story. On 18 September, the Rotary Club of Goshogawara Evening was chartered in northern Japan. I served as advisor Members of and helped from the club’s inception. We initially started as a satellite of an existing Rotary club. This is where members of the satellite are also members of the parent club and have two types of membership at the same time. We started with 11 members in the satellite. Among them were a former president and a secretary of a club that had been forced to dissolve. When I explained the satellite concept, they said “if we had known about this earlier, our club would not have had to dissolve.” This former club president was an 80-yearold doctor who studied in the U.S. as an exchange student, sent by the Japanese Minis 12

try of Education. They were both very excited about starting a new club with younger members. Daughters of past presidents of the parent club also joined. It initially looked like we would reach 20 members in no time, but after six months, we still did not have enough. Then we decided to transfer six members from the parent club (and I was one of them). Two other members from a neighboring club and some new members also joined. At 24 members, the club finally chartered in September. We now have 26. After a discussion, the members decided to have two meetings per month. There is no admission fee and the annual membership fee is much lower than other traditional clubs in Japan. In order to welcome younger members, we started a sponsoring program the new club. for younger members under the age of 35. We collect donations of 5,000 Japanese Yen (about $44) from the sponsor club so we can exempt younger members from having to pay the membership fees. So far, we have raised 70,000 Yen. Our founder Paul Harris once said, “The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” I really think satellite clubs provide a unique solution and would like to see more clubs try it. By Yoshisaku Shimamura, past governor of District 2830 and a member of the Rotary Club of Goshogawara Evening, Aomori, Japan

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Two brothers take aim at eliminating hepatitis and diagnosed more than 100 hepatitis sufferers who had their lives saved when they were diagnosed and directed for treatment. Our aim is to bring knowledge and guidance to thousands of people worldwide who have hepatitis and have not been diagnosed. We have visited Rotary clubs throughout the Americas as well as meeting with health authorities and experts at universities and other locations. In front of the hydroelectric power plant in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. About 11,000 cubic meters of water pass over the dam a second. Two brothers, a car, one important social cause, a lot of courage, and many adventures along the way. That’s how our Expedition “Me Leva Junto” (Take me with you) began in October 2015, now more commonly known as the “Hepatitis Zero Expedition.” My brother José Eduardo and I completed the first stage of our expedition, the Americas, in December, traveling through 20 countries and visiting 274 cities on the American continent. All our efforts are volunteer; there is no sponsorship from any company or organization.

Countries visited include Brazil, Paraguai, Uruguai, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, United States, Cuba, Canada, Iceland. You can support our effort by visiting our crowdfunding campaign. All of the proceeds of our virtual book go to supporting our expedition. By Fred Mesquita, Rotary Club of São Paulo-Jardim das Bandeiras, São Paulo, Brazil

When we started our journey, we set a goal of carrying out hundreds of thousands of Hepatitis C exams and visiting all the world’s continents. Besides having a direct impact on more than 50,000 people, we never dreamed that we would lunch with a country’s president, swim with a whale shark, or be the guests of honor at a banquet with a homeless person who only had a mud hut to live in. Our experiences have also included difficulties like almost being kidnapped in Mexico and having our tent freeze and car break down due to extreme cold in Patagonia. There are so many adventures and challenges that we have recorded in our virtual book; which narrates the twists and turns of our expedition. In Brazil, we performed approximately 10,000 rapid tests

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Training the next generation of Rotary leaders I was fortunate enough to serve as a training leader at this year’s International Assembly, an annual training exercise for incoming Rotary leaders. It is a rarified atmosphere. All of us training leaders were well aware of both the privilege and responsibility wrapped up in the invitation to train the next generation of Rotary leaders. There were 40 of us selected to serve, one from each Rotary zone and then a few extras for language needs. About a third were there for their second (and usually final) time. Valarie Wafer and her husband, Mark, from Canada were there for a second year. I also knew other Rotarian friends in the group, Rodolfo Bianchi from Guatemala and Stephen Mwanje from Uganda who I’d met through service activities in those countries; Peter Kyle from Washington, D.C. who I’d worked with on Rotary Peace Center matters, and Brian Hall from Louisiana who I’d met during a Friendship Exchange back in 2012-13. Each of us first-years was paired with a second-year mentor, whose job it was to demystify the process. My mentor Nicki Scott from Chicago answered questions that ranged from how best to master the material to what to wear to avoid stran14

gling oneself with the interpreter equipment. We received the curriculum and training leader’s guide just after Thanksgiving, and were strongly advised to be familiar and comfortable with all the material well before arriving in San Diego. So now you know how I spent my holidays — and why the Helman Christmas cards never got mailed this year. I flew to San Diego two days early, so that I would be well over jet lag before our training began. This proved to be a wise decision. From the time we registered and picked up name badges through to the end of the assembly 10 days later, our days were a blur of prepping, setting up, facilitating, and prepping again. Every day started with a session designed to make good facilitators better, and continued with practice sessions where we were able to use the techniques we were learning, followed by constructive criticism. Every day ended with fellowship in the hospitality suite and (at least for me) a bedtime that recognized the early start we would be making the next day. Our training was conducted with simultaneous interpretation from Rotary’s phenomenal global communications staff. Sometimes this required double translation: For example, if Japanese, Spanish, and English speakers were all together in a breakout room, the job required translation from Japanese to English and then from English to Spanish (or vice versa). While

the interpreters’ capabilities are impressive, this meant that there was always a slight delay before the question would be “heard” around the room. This delay required some getting used to, but was well worth it. This year, for the first time, some of the breakout rooms during the assembly itself were bilingual. Preliminary results suggest that the Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese incoming governors were very pleased to be able to interact with classmates from beyond their home countries. Being a training leader is one of those Rotary opportunities that has to be experienced to be truly understood. But as I think back over the past few weeks, one parallel comes to mind. In the for-profit world, training of this caliber would easily cost thousands of dollars. It comes with both a commitment and a promise. A commitment that Rotary values me as a member, and a promise that I can help create a renewed, invigorated – and inspired – Rotary. May it be so. By Marty Helman, past governor of District 7780 and a member of the Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA

Training leader Mary Helman carries a flag across stage during the 2018 International Assembly.

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DR. SABIN, POLIO AND CUBA As District Rotarians prepare for this year’s District Conference cruise, which includes a stop in Havana, Cuba, it’s interesting to look back at a little known historical sidelight involving Cuba and polio. Dr. Albert B. Sabin’s oral polio vaccine was licensed by the U.S. Public Health Department in 1960. Following its approval, children in the United States were immunized in much the same way as with other communicable diseases; individually, on a schedule determined by the child’s age. But Cuban health officials needed a different approach. The Sabin vaccine had to be kept refrigerated, but many areas of Cuba at that time did not have reliable refrigeration. It didn’t make sense to try to store perishable vaccine in every hospital and clinic. So in 1962, they decided to vaccinate all the country’s children at the same time, in a matter of a few days. Six months later they came back and did it again. The results were as specunexpected. By vaccinatsimultaneously, Cuba had each individual child but virus of all its potential Cuba, in 1962, had been

tacular as they were ing all the children not only protected had also deprived the carriers. Polio, In eliminated!

At that time, no diseradicated. But Dr. Sathat Cuba’s experiment duplicated world – wide. been done in one country do it everywhere”. The mous…the cost, the logisworkers needed to vaccidren at one time. Who All Rotarians know the tion and now, 56 years triumph in Cuba, the rest Close”.

ease had ever been bin was convinced could be successfully He said that if it had “we might be able to challenges were enortics, the millions of nate millions of chilwould take them on? answer to that quesfrom Dr. Sabin’s of the world is “This

Throughout his life Dr. Sabin travelled the world conferring with governments and experts, and wrote paper after paper that explored mechanisms by which polio might be defeated. Dr. Sabin died 25 years ago, on March 3, 1993, in Washington, D.C. Having served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corps, he’s buried in Arlington Ceremony. He never patented his vaccine, never gained a single dollar from his work, and lived throughout his life on his professor’s salary. But on the 25th anniversary of his death, Rotarians everywhere honor his memory. *Adapted from “Remembering Albert Sabin and the Vaccine that Changed the World” by John Sever, M.D.,


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ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo March 16, 17 and 18, 2018 Riverview Park, Sebastian, Fl


It's ShrimpFest time again! New Location! New Format! Same great Florida Shrimp and Craft Beer! Three days of Shrimp, Craft Brews, Live Music, Vendors and Kids Events! The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo has a new venue this year: Riverview Park, US Hwy 1 & CR 512, Sebastian, Florida. Local restaurants and organizations will compete for the bragging rights to the winning recipe and the coveted "Third Annual Golden Shrimp Award". Everyone attending the festival can vote for their favorite dish. Allergic to seafood? The kids don't like shrimp? Don't let that stop you from enjoying a great weekend as pizza and other foods will be available. The event features FREE entry and parking, live music, exciting kids' activities, loads of vendors and more. Pareidolia Brewing Company of Sebastian has joined forces with over 15 Florida brewers and home brewers who will be bringing their best brews for the Craft Beer Tasting on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00. Entry to the festival is free but the Craft Brew Tasting is $35 at the door, presales are $30 at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery of Ft. Pierce will delight you with their selection of wine during the entire weekend. The festival begins on Friday, March 16th, with our pre-St. Patty's Day party at 3:00 pm with food, Irish music, and brew until 9:00 pm. Saturday , March 17th, the vendors open early at 9:00 am, beer sales start at 10:00 and food sales at 11:00. The Craft Beer Tasting is from 1:00 to 4:00. Enjoy the Motorcycle Show and Ride-in on Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00. Live music, beer and food will flow until 9:00pm. Kids events will be sponsored by Home Depot. Sunday, March 18th, the vendors open again at 9:00 am, beer sales at 10:00 and Food at 11:00, music and kids events all day to 5:00 pm. Enjoy a special Car Show on Sunday from 10:00 to 2:00. The ShrimpFest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo is a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Sebastian and the Fellsmere Exchange Club and is sponsored by the City of Sebastian. Net proceeds raised from the event will benefit local youth sports teams, the prevention of child abuse and participating non-profit organizations throughout North Indian River County. We gratefully acknowledge a new sponsor, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, and a returning sponsor, J.J. Taylor Distributing, and invite others to help sponsor this worthy fundraiser. For more information send us an email or check out our website. 24

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Tuesday February 27th, 2018 IRC School Board meeting 6:00pm Vero Beach FL The Members of the Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach club donated $5,000 worth of trees, a total of 61, to the School Board for planting at the Freshman Learning Center. The members of Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach have committed to planting one tree in Indian River County for each of its 90+ members by June 30, 2018. To help attain that goal, our members are pleased to donate 61 ‘Friendship Trees’ to the Freshman Learning Center campus in the name of fellowship, friendship, environmental stewardship and community service. This project will serve to advance the on-going goal of Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach to support education, promote a healthy environment, and improve the quality of life for people in our community. Sunrise Rotary applauds the IRC School District’s vision to educate and inspire every student to be successful, as well as their mission to serve all students with excellence. Sunrise Rotarians want to help in that vision and mission by surrounding our County schools with beneficial landscapes that will have positive impacts on student attitudes and performance. Our focus this year is on enhancing the Freshman Learning Center’s storm-battered landscape. For more information on the Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach club visit Stop by for a meeting any ednesday at 7am at the Vista Royale Grill on the Green Golf restaurant.

School Board Vice-Chair Charles Searcy, School Board Member Laura Zorc, School Board Chair Sean Frost, Superintendent Mark Rendell, Rotarians VP Robin Pelensky Environmental Committee Chair Jack Diehl, President Elect Linda Scott, PR Chair Debbie Avery, Christine Steinkrauss & School Board Member Tiffany Justice 26

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SEBASTIAN RIVER HIGH SCHOOL Sebastian, FL. Today at Sharkey’s Café at Sebastian River High School, the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Sebastian made a donation in the amount of $10,000 to the SRHS Band Parents Association. Present to accept the donation on behalf of the band was Band Director Ashby Goldstein, Band Boosters President Mamta Lulla and Band Parent Representative Michelle Land and well as a number of students who are in the band .


Back in May of 2017, the band trailer was stolen along with its contents estimating to be worth $10,000.00. Additionally, the band tower was condemned because of rust issues, and its replacement cost was estimated to be $33,000.00. The Rotary Club of Sebastian’s Foundation saw an opportunity to help. Spearheaded by Rotarians Jane Burton and Brian Carman, the Foundation partnered with the SRHS Band Parents Association to create a matching fundraising campaign. The Sebastian Band Boosters agreed to conduct fundraisers and the Sebastian Rotary Foundation would match donations up to $7,500.00. The Band Boosters raised in excess of $12,000.00 and due to other support, the Sebastian Rotary Foundation was able to increase their donation to the amount of $10,000.00. The Rotary Club of Sebastian is excited and honored to support the band and its endeavors at Sebastian River High School. The Rotary Club of Sebastian is the second oldest of the five Rotary clubs in Indian River County and was founded in 1988. Rotary is an organization that seeks to make lasting improvement in our communities and around the world. The Rotary Club of Sebastian focuses its projects primarily on children. The Club makes annual donations to the Backpack Buddy program at Pelican Island Elementary, donations of a free dictionary to all third graders in the north Indian River County Elementary schools each year, sponsors the attendance of two Sebastian River High School students to a Rotary sponsored leadership camp each year, provides college scholarships to SRHS seniors, makes an annual donation to Gifford Little League, and donates school supplies to the LaPorte Farms Back to School Family Fun Day to name a few of the Club’s projects. Our projects are funded through grants and our two annual fundraisers—the ShrimpFest and Craft Brew Hullabaloo held this year at Riverview Park in Sebastian March 16-18 and our annual golf tournament that takes place in December of each year. The Rotary Club of Sebastian has about 20 members and meets weekly on Thursdays at 12:15 at Vic’s Pizza Restaurant. Our meetings are open to the public for anyone who wants to learn more about Rotary or would like to consider joining the club. Picture: From left to right Front row: Mamta Lulla (Band Booster President), Jane Burton, Michele Land, Kim Jones, Julia Weinbrecht, Alyssa Gregory middle row: Colin Willis, Mark Land, Ashby Goldstein, Alex Chavez, Raegan O’Rourke, Judy Hansen Back row: Mckenna Tucker, Evan Bush, Pablo Gonzalez.


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PELICAN ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The Rotary Club of Sebastian is pleased to be able to help fund the Backpack Buddies program at Pelican Island Elementary. For 2017-18 we are donating $1,200.00 to the program. We have been donating to the program since 2014. The Backpack Buddies Program provides food to kids who don’t have enough to eat at home. The funds keep their pantry stocked. Food is sent home with students so they don’t get hungry on weekends and breaks from school.


The Rotary Club of Sebastian is the second oldest of the five Rotary clubs in Indian River County and was founded in 1988. Rotary is an organization that seeks to make lasting improvement in our communities and around the world. The Rotary Club of Sebastian focuses its projects primarily on children. In addition to the donation to the Backpack Buddy program at Pelican Island Elementary, we donate a free dictionary to all third graders in the north Indian River County Elementary schools each year, we sponsor the attendance of two high school students to a Rotary sponsored leadership camp each year, we provide college scholarships to high school seniors, we make an annual donation to Gifford Little League, donated school supplies to the LaPorte Farms Back to School Family Fun Day to name a few of our projects. Our projects are funded through grants and our two annual fundraisers—the ShrimpFest and Craft Brew Hullabaloo held this year at Riverview Park in Sebastian March 16-18 and our annual golf tournament that takes place in December of each year. The Rotary Club of Sebastian has about 20 members and meets weekly on Thursdays at 12:15 at Vic’s Pizza Restaurant. Our meetings are open to the public for anyone who wants to learn more about Rotary or would like to consider joining the club.

Picture: L to R Jason Gillette, Principal Chris Kohlst edt, Kimberly Jones, Michelle Napier, Marsha Brizzie

Kimberly Jones—Club President 772 532 6073 (cell), 772 589 4353 (work)

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Left: Ms. Suzanne Fisher, Parks & Recreation Director; Right: Mr. John Fisher, President of Delray Beach Rotary Club

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LAKE WORTH ROTARY CLUB, CITY OF LAKE WORTH AND LAKE WORTH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY DEDICATES NEW PARK AND TRAIL On February 27th, the Lake Worth Rotary Club was joined by officials from the City of Lake Worth, the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Palm Beach County to dedicate the new Royal Poinciana Trail at 5th Ave. South. The Royal Poinciana Trail is a new 1,500’ bikeway, pedestrian trail and linear park.

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Located at the corner of 5th Ave. South and South ‘F’ Street, this project originally began as the ‘Lake Worth Rotary Park’ in 2009. Many volunteers from the Lake Worth Rotary Club donated many dollars and many hours of sweat equity to initially create the Rotary Park. Unfortunately, after a few years, the park was in dire need of some TLC and was nearly abandoned. The restoration of the park was made possible by using funds from the Florida Department of Transportations (FDOT) Transportation Alternatives Grant Program. This new initiative was originally conceived in 2013 when CRA Staff, City Staff, Rotary members and local residents presented a request for funding to the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (formerly known as the Metropolitan Planning Organization). The governing board of the Transportation Planning Agency voted to support and fully fund the construction and engineering inspection services for the project. This much needed project is designed to provide students and bicyclists a safer route to school and work. Many of the children residing in the immediate area attend Lake Worth High School and must currently traverse along busy nearby roadways. The new 10’wide bikeway features enhanced signage, speed humps and solar powered lights which are intended to slow down cross street vehicular traffic. In addition, new park benches, bike racks and over 160 new native trees were added, including sabal palms, gumbo limbo, silver buttonwood, slash pines, live oaks, thatch palms, beach sunflower and drought tolerant bahia grass. This bikeway is also one of the longest within the City of Lake Worth. The Royal Poinciana Trail project complements the 172 nearby affordable and workforce housing units that were constructed by the CRA in 2011. In conclusion, this project makes better use of the Rotary Park and provides an opportunity for additional recreational amenities in the future. For more information about the project please feel free to contact Chris Dabros, President Lake Worth Rotary club at 561 493-2550. Left to Right: Chris Dabros, Lake Worth Rotary Club President; Nadine Burns, Immediate Past President Lake Worth Rotary Club; Retha Lowe, Lake Worth Rotarian; David Freudenberg, District Governor 6930; Unknown


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DELRAY BEACH PLAYHOUSE DELRAY BEACH FLA. The Delray Beach Rotary was presented with a program on the highly regarded DELRAY BEACH PLAYHOUSE as a longstanding hallmark of the Arts in Palm Beach County.


Randy Delago serves as The Artistic Director for The Playhouse and reviewed the impressive history of productions that have been presented to the public here for over 30 years. He reminded the Rotarians that the Playhouse performers are amateurs in the truest sense of the word and that they have delighted diverse audiences with outstanding performances covering all frames of American Theater. Mr. Delago observed that stage plays and Broadway productions constitute a constantly evolving format to entertain the ever changing audience taste from generation to generation. Performances from Shakespeare to the current Broadway record setter; Hamilton, demonstrate the scope of audience preferences for theater. The Playhouse welcomes those who seek to perform and all those who enjoy excellent live performances to associate with the Playhouse located in the Lake Ida area of Delray Beach. ERNIE SIMON INTRODUCES RANDY DELAGO. MR. RANDY DELAGO ADRESS Delray Beach ROTARIANS ROTARY PRESIDENT;JOHN FISCHER AWARDS RANDY DELAGO

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Nicolas Lopez, Gabriela Heizer, Elia Carcamo, Jean-Max Meradieu The Rotaract Club of FAU had the privilege of taking four of its members to the PETS Conference in Orlando in the beginning of March. This experience was amazing for our clubs members because we had the opportunity to meet other Rotaractors, and also has the opportunity to meet the upcoming leaders of Rotary International. The main benefit of meeting other Rotaractors was so we could learn the problems that other Rotaractors are facing and share with them ideas to solve the problems. Along with this, we were able to establish relationships with other Rotaractors which is beneficial as we try to grow our club at FAU and learn more about Rotaract. The leaders who taught us their experience also gave our members new insight on how to make our meetings more effective and how to truly make a difference in our local community. We also had the opportunity to meet and hear from Rotary International President-Elect, Barry Rassin. He told us the importance of Rotaract within Rotary and stressed that we were one of his top priorities this year. We were motivated to improve our club so that we could meet his objectives and make our Rotaract Club stronger. We were able to network with the upcoming leaders of our District and express what we intended to do this upcoming year with Rotaract. It was amazing establishing relationships with the Clubs of our District and get new ideas for our Rotaract Club. We are excited for the upcoming year and to see major improvements within our Rotaract Community here at FAU and in our District! Gabriela Heizer Rotaract Club of FAU, President March 2018 * Quest Magazine


ROTARACT AND PETS Once a year, before the new Rotary year starts, the President-Elects go in for a statewide training called PETS. This year, the weekend training took place the first weekend in March. It was a great few days with all the incoming leaders of Rotary within Florida and the Bahamas. Among the speakers was the incoming Rotary International President, Barry Rassin. He spoke about his new theme, “Be the Inspiration”, and he also addressed his main focus points that he wants to achieve this year. One of his main points is his push for more community-based Rotaract Clubs. Rotaract Clubs are Rotary Sponsored clubs for individuals between 18 years of age and 30 years of age. Generally, these clubs develop in Universities and Colleges. What “Community-based” means is that a Rotaract Club, instead of coming from a University, it comes from the community. The club will not be affiliated with a specific college, but instead will be affiliated with a community. Rassin urges that this is the way Rotary will continue to grow and become stronger. Along with that, Brad Howard was another speaker throughout the weekend. He pushed for Rotary Clubs to focus on its members. That although Rotary International is a service organization, we need to focus on our members to make sure they are inspired to serve. He said that this would be the way to solve the membership issue that Rotary International has. The number of members has become stagnant at 1.2 million. In order to get this number to grow, Howard stressed that we must work with our members and continuously motivate them in order for our Rotary Clubs to be impactful. It was a great few days with the future leaders of Rotary. The training has set the stage for a great Rotary year within our District and we are all very excited! By Gabriela Heizer


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River Braden

Turkey Hometown: Sanford, Florida School: Seminole Sponsor District : District 6980 Sponsor Club: , Florida Host District: 2430 Host Club: The Rotary Club of Eregil

My Bio Hello! My name is River Braden and i will be spending 2017-2018 school year abroad in Turkey! I'm 17 years old and I am a junior at Seminole High School. I live in Sanford with both of my parents and five goats that I adore. In school the classes I enjoy the most are 3-D art, ASL, and Psychology. At first I was very unhappy that I had ASL on my schedule. But as the year went on I began to love learning sign and hopefully to become fluent in it. At school I am also a member of our FCA club which stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Whenever I have time I love to play paintball. I have been playing paintball for about 3 years but this past year I've decided to buy my own gear and love it. I enjoy meeting new people at the field who love the sport as much as I do. I also love to paint in watercolor and creating things. For the past 2 summers I went to North Carolina with my church to a youth camp called fuge. Ever since the first year it has sparked a desire to travel and see more of the world. I am really excited to spend my senior year abroad even though I will be missing out on things that seniors do it is no question that it will be so worth it. Thank you so much Rotary for giving me this opportunity.

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Journals: River-Turkey Blog 2017-18 Today marks 5 months since I've arrived in Turkey, I think I can say for the past month now I am used to Turkey. I remember when I first got accepted and it feeling like forever until I left but now that I'm here time is flying by. So many things have happened the past few months I don't know where to start Well here in Turkey I live in a small city called Ereğli. I live with an amazing host family with two daughters one seven years old and the other fifteen. I love having a host sister close to my age because it makes adjusting a lot easier. before my school started I had a month and a half of summer left I really liked it because it gave me a lot of time to adjust and explore my city. my host sister introduced me to some of her friends from school. one week of the summer we stayed in our family's summer house in a city 30 minutes away. Even though our house didn’t have wifi I had a lot of fun. While we were there I was able to make my host family smores which made me so happy being able to share something that I grew up eating and having them try it for the first time. now I'm not sure if the beaches are like this everywhere in Turkey but instead of the beach being golden sand like it is in Florida the beach is made up of tiny gray stones and when you walk into the water the stones gradually get bigger which I thought was so cool because it just looks so pretty. all of them are perfectly 38

shaped and smooth. I did take a few home and later painted a few in art class. okay so that's enough about these stupid rocks I'm obsessed with. Since I've been here I noticed that Turkish people love to eat but I don't mind it at all. for breakfast it’s like a buffet on the table. they typically have olives, cheese, bread, honey, boiled eggs, cucumbers, sigara boregi (which are my fave) and fried eggs with sausage like meat in a pan for you to take from to put on your plate. also for breakfast they drink Turkish tea. It is very unique tea it is served in a tulip shaped glass which symbolizes their countries flower the color of the tea is dark red. it doesn't matter what time of the day it is they always drink it. I've never really been a tea person but I do sometimes try to drink it's because it makes me feel more Turkish. Now I know there is a lot of misconceptions about Turkey and Turkish people. I remember before I left a lot of people asking me why Turkey or didn't want me to go to Turkey. But now thinking about what they said makes me sad because I have so much love for Turkey I don't want people to feel that way about this beautiful country. obviously, there are going to be bad people in every group but as time goes on I continue to fall more in love with the Turkish culture and people. I am even starting to like them more than Americans. They are

very hospitable and welcoming. Like when you go to someone's home they try their best to make you feel comfortable they usually will bring you a snack to eat and some time off for your slippers to wear so your feet don't get cold. Another thing I’ve noticed about Turkish people is that they will start a conversation with anyone. which I love about them but it makes me feel awkward when they try to talk to me and I don’t understand so I just tell them I’m a foreigner and look stupid but that’s just one of the many uncomfortable moments you will experience while you’re an exchange student. If you are reading this and thinking about becoming an exchange student I would say 100% go for it. I remember last year reading current exchange student’s bios and I was thinking that it would be so cool to become an exchange student but I wouldn’t be able to afford it or that would never actually happen to me but it did. I am so grateful for to be here even if I have a bad day I never regret coming to Turkey. Don’t let your dreams be dreams just do it. Wed, December 6, 2017

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City of Rockledge

City of the district 6930


Rockledge was officially founded on August 7, 1887, making it the oldest incorporated municipality in Brevard County. The name Rockledge, attributed to Gardner S. Hardee, an early settler, comes from the many ledges of coquina rock that line the Indian River. Other sources refer to a man named Cephas Bailey Magruder, who built his home after settling in the area in 1876 near the Indian River. Magruder called his home "the rockledge home" and the name was eventually attributed to the whole town. It was originally referred to as Rock Ledge; the two-word name persisted through the 19th century. Early industry in the area was based on the citrus trade and accommodation for tourists traveling to South Florida via the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway of the Indian River.

campments dotted the area. The Dixie Highway was completed in 1915 and spanned most of Florida. In the 1920s, US1 was paved and replaced the Dixie Highway. In 1939-1940, a winter visitor donated the money to construct a hospital. The mayor convinced the council to donate land from the former golf course that had belonged to the defunct Indian River Hotel for the hospital.

Rockledge underwent an expansion further west and south in the 1960s when it became a bedroom community for the nearby Kennedy Space Center. Several hundred families from all over the United States settled in the city with the advent of the Apollo missions and the space shuttle program. President Grover Barton Boulevard reCleveland and his wife placed US 1 as the visited the city in 1888. town's economic cenThe town had several A view of early Rockledge, FL and the Indian River ter as new subdivisions large hotels in the late spread south along Fiske 19th century to the early Boulevard. By the 1970s, 20th century that catered to Northern tourists escaping the bulk of Rockledge's population lived between US 1 and cold winters. These included the Hotel Indian River, the I-95. Plaza, and the Rockledge Hotel, all located north of Barton Developments stretched north to south from the late 1950s Avenue, looking out over the river. to the 1990s. Virginia Park, Marlin Manor, Fairway Estates, Towards the early part of the 20th century, Rockledge was Rockledge Country Club Estates, Golfview Estates, Kings known as a resort town. In the winter months, the populaGrant, Georgetown, Levitt Park and Woodsmere had all tion would rise from 200 to almost 2,000 people. Up unbeen established by the 1960s-1980s til about 1911, access to Rockledge was via boat and rail. Levitt Park and Woodsmere were built atop a gladiola farm Steamboats in the Indian River connected with Henry and an orange grove. The huge Australian Pine trees at the Flagler's trains to bring people to the North. Small boats, southernmost points of Fiske Boulevard are all that resailboats, and small launches frequently stopped to unload main of the grove's windbreaks. The subdivision of Silfreight and passengers. Most of the tourists in this time ver Pines, while part of unincorporated Brevard County were wealthy and would use the boats to connect to the rail outside the city limit, was also built during this period and system at that time. After World War I, the automobile alis identified by citizens as a part of the city. lowed the average person to travel to the area and their en

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Things to do in ROCKLEDGE The H. S. Williams House was a historic U.S. home located at 1219 Rockledge Drive, Rockledge, Florida. Hiram Smith Williams built the house in 1880 after moving to the area in 1874 from Alabama.[1] Williams grew citrus, founded Brevard Telephone Company, and served as a Florida state senator.[2] The third floor of the home was used as a schoolroom for children, becoming one of the first schools in the county.[1][2] Brevard County purchased the home in 1989 and restored it.[1] In 2012, the Preservation and Education Trust from Rockledge was raising money to turn the house into a historic museum.

People from Rockledge

The Rockledge Drive Residential District is a U.S. historic district (designated as such on August 21, 1992) located in Rockledge, Florida. The district runs from 15 through 23 Rockledge Avenue, 219 through 1361 Rockledge Drive and 1 through 11 Orange Avenue. It contains 100 historic buildings.


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