District 6950 Rotarians in Action

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  • The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon donates dry and non perishable food items to the Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. Rotary clubs are making a difference in the community and around the world.
  • The Rotary Club of Kings Bay One Rake at a Time service project includes broader efforts to improve water quality, clarity, and quantity to Kings Bay and Crystal River. The club partners with other area organizations such as the YMCA to increase their effectiveness.
  • Rotarians from the Port Richey and Trinity clubs installing water filtration systems in a remote mountainous area of Honduras. Pure Water for the World is one of many non-profit aid organizations that has has sprung from and is supported by Rotarians from around the world.
  • Rotarians raising awareness of the continuing fight against polio. After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
  • My name is Ally Vincent. I graduated from Saint Leo University in May 2014 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Starting in September, I will be living in Scotland and studying Special Education at the University of Edinburgh as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar. See my blog here by clicking on the photo!

Monday with Mikey: July 25, 2016

iPDG Will Miller’s motto last RY was: “Know Rotary, Grow Rotary!”  I like that thought.

I have paraphrased the following from the RLI Sunshine Division website:

As Rotarians, we are all leaders, some in our community, some in our profession, and all of us in life in general.

The purpose of Rotary Leadership Institute is to give you the necessary tools and skills to be better Rotarians. As in every endeavor, the more you know about anything, the more interesting (and FUN!) it becomes. Rotary is most assuredly one of those areas that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. RLI can make that possible for you. Graduates of RLI are more likely to remain Rotarians, and be a bigger part of Rotary, than any other group of Rotarians.

RLI is a great place for newly-inducted Rotarians to quickly learn about the “Object of Rotary.”  Club Officers can build on their Rotary Knowledge to enhance their club experience. Club Presidents can expand on the skills gained at their President Elect Training Seminar. Long-time Rotarians (like me) can rekindle the old Rotary flame, and at the same time share their experiences with the other participants.

On top of that, RLI is yet another opportunity to share in Rotary fellowship!

Please sign up NOW and plan to attend the next Rotary Leadership Institute, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th at St. Petersburg College’s Drew Street campus in Clearwater.  I am attending as a graduate student, and “First Mate” Jocelyn will be serving as a Discussion Leader.  Please join us as we continue to “Know Rotary, Grow Rotary!”

Until next Monday, keep“Doing Good, Having Fun!”

(p.s. – Don’t forget to wear your ALL STAR shoes!)

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 


Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17

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Monday with Mikey: July 18, 2016

“Take me out to the Ball Game…”

That song – that song – that song means “summer” to me. 

To me summer is long, lazy evenings, watching a beautiful sunset – and moonrise – and the next sunrise.  It’s dippin’ a cane pole with a wiggler and a popper on it into a creek and hopin’ to catch pan-size bream for supper.  It’s lemonade and cold fried chicken and a checkered table cloth in a mountain meadow.  It’s fireworks and no school and fireflies and no cares.

And it means Baseball.  Our national pastime.  The one recreational activity that defines us as Americans (Walt Whitman said so – you can look it up).

And for me, as a Rotarian, baseball means ending Polio – now and forever.


There are only a few days left to sign up!  Registration ends on Monday, August 25th!

Rotary Rays Day XVI is Sunday, August 7th!  August is Rotary Membership Month, and our theme this year is "Bring a Friend!"  This is a great opportunity to show your friends how much "Doing Good, Having Fun" is going on in our Rotary District and in YOUR Rotary Club.

Please see the attached flier - print it and fill it out - and send it to PDG Gene Beil (his address is on the flier) with a check for the seats of your choice.

REMEMBER: $10 of EVERY ticket purchased goes to Polio Plus, and each $10 will be matched with $20 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

Thanks for your support of our Rays and The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund!

Gosh, I love baseball! 

Until next Monday, keep “Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 


Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17



Rotary at the Rays - Tickets Are Available Now!



For fans of the Tampa Bay Rays AND The Rotary Foundation, we have a win-win event coming up! On August 7th the

Tampa Bay Rays take on the Minnesota Twins, and for each ticket sold, $10 will be donated to our Rotary Foundation!

Start time is 1PM, and details of the event can be found by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1131598690225552/

Lower box tickets are $45, and Lower Corner and Upper Reserved tickets are $25.
Come on out and support our team and our Foundation in one great day with family and friends!

Monday with Mikey: July 11, 20-16

I’m just returning from a “Roto-cation” in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  First Mate Jocelyn and I flew there last Wednesday to meet with the 28 other DGs from the Southeast US and the Caribbean nations, along with RI President John G. Germ. 

The “Roto” part was a local hands-on project at the Granville Child Care Facility, where we planted a vegetable garden and helped children with learning to read.  The “Roto” part also included the dedication of a laser eye surgery machine, purchased with Rotary Foundation Global DDF (district Designated Funds) from all 29 districts and matched with monies from the TRF World Fund.  We were also “officially” installed by President John as officers of Rotary International and governors of our respective districts.


The “cation” part was that we stayed (at absolutely NO expense to Rotary, our district, nor any club therein) at a world-class, all-inclusive resort.  Even District Governors need a little “down time” – and in this case it was “down-island!”  Irie, man!

But wait: there’s more…

Last weekend (before we headed south), Jocelyn and I celebrated the 60th birthday of PDG Gary Gunter from Tampa’s District 6890, with a surprise party at his home.  There were Rotarians present from both of our districts and several clubs in each.


I am constantly reminded that we are – each one of us – first members of Rotary Clubs.  In my mind, “Rotary” means “doing good,” and “Club” – defined as “a group of people who share an affinity for or common cause with others of like mind” – means “having fun.”  Every time we share Rotary camaraderie with folks from places other than our home clubs, we are in emphasizing the “International’ part of this magical organization.  I think each time we do that, we “join another Rotary Club” because those new Rotary acquaintances will never be strangers again; rather, they become truly our “Fellow Rotarians.”

So as you travel this summer – or anytime – look for an opportunity to share Rotary someplace other than where you live and work.

Until next Monday, keep “Doing Good, Having Fun!”

Your Friend in Rotary Service, 


Mike Chapman

District 6950 Governor 2016-17


2017 Rotary District 6950 Conference


More information coming soon!

Join us for a two-day Conference, featuring special guest, The Sauce Boss!


Outdoor concert opening includes Gumbo cooked on site, followed by Friday sessions

and our District Awards Dinner!




We plan to meet conveniently near the airport (TBA), for those who wish to go onto the

Atlanta Rotary International Convention. DG Mike Chapman will hold a Saturday evening

reception in Atlanta for all attending D6950 Rotarians! 



What is Rotary?

wheel smallRotary is an organization of business, professional and community leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs.