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New DeLand PD chief
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
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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


The District Governors from Zone 33 & 34 meet with Rotary International President Elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin, Rotary International Director (RID) Ron Ferrell and several current and past District Governors from the Caribbean Region.  There were no governors or representatives from Puerto Rico able to attend.

RIPE Barry told us Puerto Rico plus (8) other island countries were devastated from Hurricane Irma and Maria with several taking the brunt of both hurricanes.  He said there are some parts of P.R. where it will take close to a year before electrical power can be restored.  Several of the island countries were totally wiped out and probably would not be rebuilt.  He said the recovery process will take several years.

Rassin told us Rotary International was going to establish a link on web page directing Rotarians for disaster relief areas.  He said there were 14 areas globally currently recovering from disasters. He stated WPS Disaster Management is contracted by FEMA and has expressed an interest in contracting with Rotary for future disasters.  He is going to meet with them in the next few weeks to determine if it is a viable partnership. He did tell us “Shelter Box” will not send any Shelter Boxes to Puerto Rico after a request from Rotary International stating “they (Shelter Box) make their determination where to send the boxes.”  Those Rotary Districts and Rotarians who specifically requested their donations for the boxes be sent to P. R. should request their donations back.


PDG Marshall Butler and his “All-Star” leadership team was recognized at the at the Zone Institute in Orlando last week for their efforts serving humanity….more to come!


Don’t forget to register your Club’s event on World Polio DayOctober 24 in Rotary Club Central.


  • The Rotary International theme for October is “Economic & Community Development”.
  • October is National “Domestic Violence Awareness” month with a great opportunity for Clubs to partner on projects to support their local domestic violence shelters.
  • October is National “Breast Cancer Awareness” month.

Yours in Rotary Service,

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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