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On December 7, 2017 our speaker was Damarys Melendez from the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & North Florida Chapter which serves 31 counties with education and support as well as raising funds for research. There are 81 chapters throughout the United States. There are close to 20,000 people living in Volusia County that are diagnosed with having Alzheimers. Florida has the second highest reported cases in the United States. Alzheimers is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and there are no preventions, treatments or cures.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in a different degree. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.
Early detection and education are important and give patients the opportunity to make their own choices in treatments and decisions regarding end of life care.
For more information and our local chapter visit the following link
Attorney, Michael J. Woods was our featured speaker at a recent club meeting. Mike is a partner with CobbCole and the topic was future regulations in regards to ADA compliance not only in your place of business but also on your company's website .
Mike shared that bricks and mortar buildings that have had no changes in 50 years are exempt from compliance, however if any changes have been made or need to be made to the building you should expand and build to be come ADA compliant. It costs about 10-15 grand to go before a judge, so during the recent sweep of litigation in the area, most businesses found it more cost effective to settle than fight. New legislation has been enacted to minimize a lawyer's ability to have financial dealings with testers who go into businesses looking for non-compliance issues. 
A recent case was brought against Winn Dixie in regards to on-line coupons that were not accessible for a variety of folks with disabilities. The outcome was in the plaintiff's favor and Winn Dixie has to upgrade their website to become ADA compliant with a price tag of a quarter to half million dollars. Mike said that the best thing you can do is to keep a line item on your books for ADA compliance and look at basic ways that you can provide ADA access on both your website and in your building.
For more information or questions contact:

Michael J. Woods

voice: 386-736-7700

fax: 386-944-7968


Last week our speaker was the new Principal at DeLand High School. Doctor Melissa Lynn Carr. Dr. Carr was a dynamic speaker and shared a very positive outlook and overview of her new role at DeLand High. Dr. Carr has 27 years in teh school system as a coach, teacher, and at the district level. 

Among the first changes implemented at the school were eliminating the learning center where all students were sent if  their teacher was absent and implementing substitute teachers so students can stay in their classroom. Also the tardy room was eliminated and procedures put into place to allow a student up to 3 tardy's before detention. This has helped to increase attendance to the highest level in the county at a 98%!

Initiatives for this school year include improving attendance for all teachers and students, having a clean campus through teaching pride and the leave it better than you found it motto, she is developing a technology leadership team where students and teachers develop goals and ways to implement them. Their firs project is getting all 2,550 students supplied with laptops.

Dr. Carr has initiated  #WeAreDeLand on Twitter and can be reached via email at



Brent's District Bulletin


Did you know the mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty?

The foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better World. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with the Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Did you know Polio eradication is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority? Rotary launched the PolioPlus Program in 1985. In 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries annually. Since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio and the incidence of polio has decreased 99.9%. Only 12 cases of the WPV have been identified since January 1, 2017 thanks to your efforts and support!

Thank you for your generosity and the kindness from your heart for supporting The Rotary Foundation while making a difference in the World!

Brent Coates
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise
Rotary International District 6970 – “Florida’s Friendliest District”



Foundation Day - A day in October to be determined


The topic for last week’s meeting was presented by our President Steve Crump and our Foundation Day Chair Bobbi Baugh.

Our Rotary Foundation endowment was launched in 1917 with $26.50. Monies that go into the foundation are held and invested for three years and then returned with half going to the World Fund and half going back to the district from where it came. Steve has seen the benefits first hand as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student as well as now the House Next Door’s Child Abuse Therapy Program.  The House Next Door has received a grant from the foundation to provide sand tables with figurines for abused children to play with. Through the children’s play therapists are able to get clues as to how to help the child work through their emotional challenges.

The foundation also provides humanitarian needs worldwide addressing Peace, Health, Hunger and Education.

During the meeting Mark Watts, our area Governor in charge of Foundations, surprised Bobbi Baugh with her Paul Harris Fellow Award which means that she has contributed $1,000 to the foundation. $30 of our quarterly dues are automatically contributed to the Foundation.

To commemorate the 100 years of the foundation our District and our Club are working to achieve that 100% of our membership achieve the Paul Harris Fellow award. In order to make this happen Amanda Sande has researched each member’s status. Some members that have given over the $1,000 threshold have points that can be given to others that have not achieved that amount. Or you can check with Amanda to see where you are and determine if you want to make up the difference.


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