Multiple "Paul Harris" Recognition
President Kenny Mullen (far right) presented three DeLand Breakfast Rotarians with their multiple Paul Harris pins.  A Paul Harris represents a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Recipients are left to right Jeff Johnston (Paul Harris plus 2), Charles Matousek (Paul Harris plus 1) and Deric Kaiser (Paul Harris plus 5).  
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Aliyah is the daughter of club member Eddie Molina and is our club's first outbound exchange student.  She is a rising junior at DeLand High School.  Aliyah shared with our club about her year long exchange to the Netherlands.  She will be leaving in late August and not return until next June.  Her host club in the Netherlands is Apeldoorn-Nord and her host family will be the Van den Boschs.  We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing from her during her exchange.
Aliyah Molina Steven Crump 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
The 28th Annual Albert D. Downs Wild Game Feast is the DeLand Breakfast Rotary's premier fundraising and community event, and over it's 27 years has raised more than $1.90  million for local non-profit organizations and programs in West Volusia County, Florida.
The 2019 Wild Game Feast will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2nd, in the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Again this year, with the help of sponsors and ticket buyers, we hope to raise $100,000 of much-needed funds for local nonprofits.
There are several ways to support the Wild Game Feast! First, consider purchasing a ticket to the May 3 event. Enjoy an endless buffet, beverages and entertainment for only $60 per ticket. Or, support the Wild Game Feast with a sponsorship package, which range from $300 - $10,000.
Enjoy exploring our website and getting to know the Wild Game Feast better. We appreciate your support and look forward to another outstanding event this year.
DeLand Breakfast Rotary's 28th Wildgame Feast is May 2, 2019 Brian Leatherman 2019-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Tammy Mauldin brings a higher level of class to DeLand Breakfast Rotary fry teams as she fries beignets for the Downtown DeLand Rotary's black tie and blue jeans event wearing a black chiffon dress paired with wedge heeled shoes.
Stu, Paul, Charles, Eddie, and Tammy prepare oysters rockefeller for the Downtown Deland Rotary club's fundraiser.
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DeLand Breakfast Rotary tree potting crew.  Thanks to everyone who helped!
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DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club President Missy Chaves (right) and past president Cheryl Langford (left) are assisted by Missy's daughter, Cheyenne (center), to carry the banner leading this year's Christmas parade.
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Paul Harris Plus awards presented

President Missy Chaves awarded 3 Paul Harris' to DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club members at our September 20, 2018 meeting.  The Paul Harris award, named after Rotary's founder, recognizes those who have contributed $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation.  Each of these members have already achieved their Paul Harris award status and have now contributed another $1,000 to achieve the award of a Paul Harris Plus.  The Rotary Foundation uses these contributions to further Rotary's work in our areas of service both locally and internationally.  
Left to Right: Jeff Bransford, President Missy Chaves, Rick Rintz, and Buz Nesbit.
Paul Harris Plus members 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
DeLand Breakfast Rotarians working the gates of the Bulldog football game.
Football photos 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
People of Action 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
New members July, 2018 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
The 27th Annual Albert D. Downs Wild Game Feast is the DeLand Breakfast Rotary's premier fundraising and community event, and over it's 26 years has raised more than $1.75million for local non-profit organizations and programs in West Volusia County, Florida.
The 2018 Wild Game Feast will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd, in the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Again this year, with the help of sponsors and ticket buyers, we hope to raise $100,000 of much-needed funds for local nonprofits.
There are several ways to support the Wild Game Feast! First, consider purchasing a ticket to the May 3 event. Enjoy an endless buffet, beverages and entertainment for only $60 per ticket. Or, support the Wild Game Feast with a sponsorship package, which range from $300 - $10,000.
Enjoy exploring our website and getting to know the Wild Game Feast better. We appreciate your support and look forward to another outstanding event this year.
DeLand Breakfast Rotary's 27th Wildgame Feast is May 3, 2018 Kenny Mullen 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 06, 2017
Tracey Grinner is our area coordinator for Rotary Youth Exchange. She dropped by our meeting the other week along with  exchange students—Mario and Antwan whom are visiting our area now and Cindy who will be going to South Korea—to share updates on the program.
Tracey says that host families are key to the program. Without enough host families they must turn away students. If you are interested in more information contact Tracey  or visit
Last week Jennifer Nadelkov, Clinical Director and Steve Sally, Executive Director shared updates about the House Next Door’s programs. Many of our club members were very enthusiastic about the Parenting program! Other programs offered include the Child Care Food Program, Family Preservation, Homework Club, Sexual Abuse Treatment, The Alpha Beta (alternative educational and counseling) Program, The Little House Next Door, and Therapy.
Click here for more information about the House Next Door.
Rotary Youth Exchange & The House Next Door Debra West 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Mar 29, 2017
Baylor Watts, son of our Past President Mark Watts was our speaker at our meeting last week. Baylor is a Senior at Deland High School and a graphic designer.
The topic of discussion was Vexillology - a passion of Baylor's which means the scientific study of flags. Baylor believes that a great city deserves a great flag.
The North American Vexillology Association has five basic principles to create an outstanding flag they are...
Keep it simple, Use meaningful symbols, use only 2 or 3 colors, do not use lettering or seals, and be distinctive.
Baylor believes that DeLand needs a new flag so he made a new flag for Deland.
You can see the flag at Baylor's facebook page -
Vexillology - The study of flags Debra West 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Feeding Hungry Kids 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Maria Cintia Ribar, Children's Program Developer for the Begin Again Children's Grief Center was one of our speakers at our meeting last week.
Begin Again is a program of Halifax Health Hospice. Children often are thought to be too young to understand and cope with their grief. However, if given the proper support and understanding, children have a natural capacity to grieve and heal. 80% of the children that Begin Again works with are dealing with the loss of loved ones in a traumatic violent way. Each year there is a 3 day camp held offering fun activities combined with sharing times to create an atmosphere where children can express their feelings and know they are not alone in their grief. The camp is staffed with trained volunteers and clinical staff to supervise and ensure the safety of the campers.
Rosellen Kraus also spoke to the club last week about the Boy Scouts. She is the District Executive for West Volusia also known as the Tuscarora District of the Central Florida Council. Last year the Central Florida Council had 109, 638 hours of community service. Rose Ellen shared a video that shared a study regarding the success of scouting. Children that participate in scouting have higher positive character attributes. The Golden Eagle Dinner this year is on March 30th and is honoring Pete Dunn. For more information
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Our speaker last week was Matthew O'Malia the Healthy Living Director for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA.
Matt talked about the Y's work with the CDC to bring in prevention programs. They have launched a Diabetes prevention program that will be covered by Medicare in 2018. The program has been successful in postponing the onset of diabetes for 5 - 10 years.
The Y also offers other programs specifically designed to help improve the quality of life for to those with Parkinsons, Muscular Dystrophy, Cancer, Arthritis and High Blood Pressure.
You can reach Mathew by email at
You can also find out more about these and other YMCA programs at
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At last weeks meeting Steve Sally the Executive Director of  The House Next Door shared an update on the Sand Trays/Tables for which we were able to secure a $6,000.00 Special Project Grant from Rotary International. The sand tables, trays and figurines are used in therapy for children that have been sexually abused. If they are  are non-verbal or have trouble communicating these sand tables/trays and the figurines make it is easier for them to share important information with specially trained therapists through play acting. The figurines are the largest expense as they are very divers and very detailed. The finds from the grant have enabled The House Next Door to purchase 4 sets of trays and they are currently being used in DeLand, Deltona, and Daytona and one is a portable unit that is shared between New Smyrna Beach and Flagler County.
Sand Tables, Trays and Toys 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Last week our speaker was the Executive Director of the West Volusia Habitat for Humanity, Linnea Collier. 
Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 and is now active in 70 Countries.
The first house in West Volusia was built in 1988 in Barberville. Since then they have built 89 homes. They are currently working on 3 and one is in the permitting stage. 
The West Volusia Habitat for Humanity also operates a thrift store now known as the ReStore. 
Most people don't realize that families that apply for housing must show a need and the ability to repay as well as give time back to the organization. 27.2 of Deland's residents live below poverty level.
The organization is a non-profit offering Strength, Stability and Self Reliance. Currently there are 5 families waiting to be served.
For more information
Strength, Stability and Self Reliance 2016-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
On October 13th our guest speakers were from New Horizon Service Dogs. New Horizons is a non-profit organization that has been training and breeding service dogs for 22 years. Janet Severt is the founder of the organization that provides predominantly golden retrievers’ for people confined to wheelchairs like herself, kids with Autism and individuals with PTSD. There is a waiting list for these dogs of 1 -2 years and the cost to the organization for their breeding and advanced training is 20-25 thousand dollars per dog. They typically place 45 dogs per year.
On October 20th Jon Mirachi the team owner and president of Racers Edge Motorsports shared information about his business located in DeLand’s industrial park near the airport. Racers Edge has been in existence since 1990. Currently they are involved mostly in racing in the World Challenge Series racing, promoting and distributing a new brand of car called the SIN R16T4. The SIN sells for $189,000.00. They have successfully taken 7 pole positions and won 5 races with this car.
They also will do contract work for other race teams in their DeLand shop.
Service Dogs to Race Teams Debra West 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0


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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Posted by Missy Chaves
at the Volusia County Fairgrounds
*Fun for the entire family*
NO RSVP required! NO admission FEE!
Join in the fun and buy shooting tickets when you arrive or get from your favorite Breakfast Rotarian.
$3 for all tickets! 
Bulls-Eye Turkey shot or 
Trap Shoot (5 rounds)
Amateur and expert shooters of all ages and experience levels are welcome to try their hand at the 26th Annual Turkey & Trap Shoot Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Presented by the DeLand Breakfast Rotary, the family-friendly event will benefit the Police Athletic League (PAL) and other local youth organizations.
The Turkey & Trap Shoot is open to all ages, and parking and admission are free.
Shooting tickets are available at the event (cash only), or from a DeLand Breakfast Rotary member (cash or check made payable to DeLand Breakfast Rotary).
Ammunition will be provided, and loaner guns and hearing protection will be available. Shotguns only are permitted at the event. Fire line staff will be on duty during the event, and staff will be on hand to assure a professional environment.                                           
26th Annual DBR Turkey and Trap Shoot Missy Chaves 2016-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by JoAnn Moyer on Sep 19, 2016

Me Strong

Cancer….. How many of us have heard the word?  Maybe about our own health, maybe about a family member or a close friend.  Remember the sinking feeling of what do I do now?  Our friend and guest speaker today, Linda Ryan, heard it 3 times ….. Wow….   When Linda discovered she had cancer again her close friends Barbara Underhill, Kim Winters, Kimberly Martin and Kathy Guyer came up with a plan to help and created “ME STRONG” an organization to help Cancer victims in our local community.  Little did they know that in 2011 “ME STRONG” would take off and it would touch everyone in the community through events such as marathons.  Through the 5 short years of existence they have raised over $350,000.00, this year alone over 2500 people registered for the 5k run held in Deland.  To really understand and to feel the commitment of five friends, go to the “Me Strong” website Look at the first picture of how many people running for a cause, read the story about a friendship so strong between 5 people – they made a difference, and finally watch the video, the same video we viewed during our meeting, it is powerful.  It is an amazing story of friendship and a way they chose to battle Cancer for a friend.


This summary of last weeks meeting was written by Joanna Moyer! Thanks Joanna.

Me Strong JoAnn Moyer 2016-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2016
Our bowling for literacy team won first place in the club competition again! 
That makes a 10 year winning streak.
Thanks Bill Crippen, Theresa and Mike Brooks, Bill Merotte, and Bob Allinson for bringing home the trophy again.
10 Year Winning Streak! 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Aug 03, 2016
Our speaker last week was Mark Lane.
Mark is a professional columnist and feature writer for the Daytona Beach News Journal. He has been with the DBNJ since 1980. He mostly writes about politics and local history. Mark shared some stories from his new book Legendary Locals of Daytona Beach, which included several humorous and entertaining tales. Did you know that Seabreeze was once considered as its own separate town and that the Orange Avenue area of Daytona had a town dog called Brownie? The dog was buried in the cemetery across from the Boot Hill Saloon with a headstone that reads, “ A Good Dog” 1939-1959.
You can find Mr. Lane’s column in the Daytona Beach News Journal on every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Or on-line at
You can reach him at
Local Legends with Mark Lane Debra West 2016-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Video of the 2016 Installation Banquet Debra West 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2016






The 2016-17 Rotary year is going to be an exciting time to be a Rotarian!

Not only will we be celebrating the centennial of our Rotary Foundation, we might possibly see the last case of the polio virus. WE ARE THAT CLOSE. We will wrap up this momentous year with a terrific party at our District Conference and the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.

With the convergence of these exciting events, we have a terrific opportunity like never before to tell the Rotary story. In the coming year, I challenge you to invite friends to participate in a Rotary project or event. Tell your friends how the Rotary Foundation has served humanity over the last 100 years with projects ranging from providing clean water to striving towards peace while leading the fight against polio.

There has never been a better time to be a Rotarian!

For this banner year, Rotary International President John F. Germ has chosen the theme “Rotary Serving Humanity.” When you consider the types of projects Rotarians participate in around the world, this theme conveys what we do simply and elegantly.

Year after year, District 6970 is a leader when compared to districts around the world in terms of Foundation giving, innovative projects and making a difference in the communities we serve. I am confident the 2016-17 Rotary year will be one of our greatest years ever.

Thank you for your service to Rotary, our District and the communities you serve. I look forward to an amazing year and can’t wait to celebrate our achievements in Atlanta!

Yours in Rotary,

Marshall Butler
District Governor 2016-2017




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Posted by Debra West on Jun 22, 2016
Our presentation last week was hosted by Alexa Baldwin and Craig Uppercue of the Athen’s Theater. When the theater opened five and a half years ago they had 4,825 visitors compared to now at 29,156.
The new Season shows for 2016 – 2017 have been announced and include Monty Python’s Spamalot opening on July 22. The Addams Family, A Christmas Carol and Driving Miss Daisy are also in the line-up with the final show of the season to be determined by voter’s choice.
In May the Athen’s hosted their first Kentucky Derby Party which was a great success and they have plans to host it once again May 6, 2017.
Currently the Summer Youth Academy is in progress with summer camp sessions for kids in grades K-12.
The highlight of the presentation was Alexa sharing her signing talent with a song from the upcoming musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot.
The Athen’s Theater also offers movies, concerts, workshops seminars and is available as a rental venue.
Visit them at their website for tickets and more information.
The Most Dramatic Summer Yet! Debra West 2016-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Grose on Jun 22, 2016

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary, a Rotary District 6970 Premier Club, is pleased to announce we are giving $109,000 to support over 37 local community organizations. These funds were primarily raised from our 25th Annual Wild Game Feast, which was huge success thanks to our sponsors, members and attendees. A special thank-you goes to Geof Felton, our 2016 Chairman, and his committee for their dedication to this fine event. $1,630,000 has been given back to the community throughout the 25 year history of this great event.

Make sure to Like our page to keep up with the planning of the 26th Anniversary Wild Game feast on May 4th, 2017.


The Folllowing organizations received funding this year:

DeLand Breakfast Rotary to give $109,000 to Community Organizations Andrew Grose 2016-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 13, 2016
Our speaker last week was our very own club member Bobbi Baugh. Bobbi shared some exciting and interesting artsy news.
Over two years ago she applied to a call for artists for a textile art storytelling exhibit entitled Migration Stories. Out of 287 entries only 44 artists were chosen for the exhibit currently on display at  The Textile Museum in The George Washington University Museum in Washingto DC. Bobbi's piece entitled How can we Sing in a Strange Land was chosen to be a part of that exhibit.
Bobbi was able to attend the opening of the exhibit in Washington DC and she shared her experience with us last week.
To view 18 of the artworks and the presentation that Bobbi shared please click on the link below.
Bobbi Baugh goes to DC Debra West 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 07, 2016
Our speaker last week was Manny De La Vega.
Manny is the co-owner of De La Vega Restaurante y Galeria, in downtown Deland.
He is also an international mentor for whose founder and CEO is fellow DBR member Evan Keller.
Manny’s personal experience with students of Stetson University working on a marketing plan for his restaurant business several years ago has given him insight of the effects that good marketing can have on a business’s success.
Manny shared his story about his involvement with the non-profit organization as an international mentor and he breaks it down to three things he has learned.
1. Cash is King but ingenuity rules.
2. Lack of confidence kills businesses.
3. A different perspective makes a business.
Manny shared his belief that you never really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.
The organization recently published a book featuring 24 drivers of small business success. The GrowBook is available in several languages.
They also partner locally with the DeLand Chamber to help local businesses succeed.
International Business Mentor Debra West 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club will be the guest waiters at the "Dinner Next Door".  We need more waiters, so please consider volunteering for this great project.  Contact Ken Mullen or Steve Sally

Date is June 7th from 8 to 10 PM at Cooks Buffet -Café and Bakery.  Looking for 5 or 6 more Rotarians.




Join The House Next Door at Cook's Buffet, Cafe' and Bakery for the Dinner Next Door! Tuesday evening, June 7, 8:00. Tickets are $25 (includes dinner and desert). Come celebrate another great year with The House Next Door!

The House Next Door's photo.
Dinner Next Door - need volunteers 2016-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West
Our fellow Rotarian, Steve Sally Executive Director of the House Next Door was our speaker last week. Steve shared information about the many programs and community services that the House Next Door offers to fullfill its mission, "to nurture and empower families to help build stronger communities."

Some statistics that are startling are:

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused. 93% know their attacker and only 10% of cases are eer reported.

AS copied for their website: One of the primary goals of The House Next Door is to build a  positive rapport with the family.  Our family education and support programs require parental involvement. The family must also commit to being open and honest in sessions, and strive to follow the recommendations of the program counselors.

Our family education and support programs serve children and families in the school, community, and in the home.

The purpose of The House Next Door is to strengthen the entire family unit through education and counseling. All programs  embrace and recognize individual and family values, and emphasize the role of parents and the importance of sound family management and parenting skills.

Plans are underway for a celebration of their 40th Anniversay on September 21st at the Sanborn Center.

For more information visit their website at

Thanks to Amanda Sande for taking notes and pictures for this report

The House Next Door Celebrates 40 Years Serving the Community Debra West 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Apr 06, 2016
Everyone please say a big Thanks to Joanna Moyer for creating the slide show presentation for the 40th Anniversary Assembly meeting last week. 
I know that she had to have spent much time an effort collecting all of the photos and presenting them so nicely. 
It was interesting for newer members to learn of some of the club history and to see many of the club Presidents, now we  all know better whose memory we are toasting before every WGF! 
I'm sure for those those old-timers, oops I mean long-timers that it was a pleasant stroll down memory lane.
40th Anniversary of DeLand Breakfast Rotary Debra West 2016-04-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Mar 31, 2016
Many of you know that 2016 is a banner year for DeLand Breakfast Rotary as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary and our 25th Wild Game Feast.  It is a privilege for us to live out our motto of "Service Above Self". At our meeting today, celebrating our 40 years, we revealed an opportunity for current Rotarians and friends of our Rotary Club to join us in our celebration by standing with us and investing in our community.  It is our hope that you'll join me and become a charter member of "Club 76" as an individual VIP patron. Our hope is that this will put us over the top and allow us to give back over $100,000 to our community and local Rotary efforts.

Please find the individual sponsorship application and details about the $250 minimum commitment to become a Club 76 member. Please pass this along to former members, past presidents and friends of Rotary as we strive to be the good in this world.  
Please reply to this email if you intend to participate along with completing the form on the brochure.
Thank you for your consideration and may God Bless you with your efforts of "Service Above Self"
In Rotary Service,
Derek Mears
Wild Game Feast Sponsor Captain
Rotary Distict 6970 - Asst. Governor
Club 76 VIP Revealed to Members @ 40th Anniversary Assembly Derek Mears 2016-03-31 04:00:00Z 0
Our fellow Rotarian Rick Hall was our speaker at last week’s meeting. Rick is the Director of the City of DeLand Parks & Recreation. Also with him was Chad Rhodes the Recreation Manager.
Rick shared that when he began as the Director that things were a bit stagnant due to the economy but that certainly is not the case now. About 700,000 people visit the facilities he oversees annually. Just the Freedom playground alone has seen over 24,000 visits since November. The 2015-2016 budget is 2.7 million and the special project improvements have a positive economic impact on housing values in the adjacent areas.
Some of the 54 recreational activities being offered are the new Pro Rugby Team, a Spring and Fall Concert series, after school programs for children, The July 4th Fire Cracker Festival, youth baseball, flag
The Chisholm Community Center, Spec Martin Stadium, Earl Brown Park and the Sanborn Center are some of the facilities that fall under Rick’s management. Rick admits that good partnerships with other organizations like Stetson University, DeLand High School, Leisure Services and the Boys and Girls Club are essential.
For more information visit
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Posted by Debra West on Mar 15, 2016
Rick Hervey is the Carpentry Instructor at DeLand High School and our guest speaker at the meeting last week.
Rick shared his passion about the work he does with his students as well as for Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, the Academy of Construction Technologies (ACT) and Future Builders of America (FBA).
Rick has seen his program at DeLand High School grow from six students last year to 22 this year. His students build and sell picnic tables, adirondack chairs, benches, life guard towers and tables to support their class. There is also a program at Taylor High School.
There will be a Job Fair for Volusia County Contractor-Student on May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Deland High School, 800 N Hill Ave.
    Students of Carpentry Debra West 2016-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2016

The 25 Annual Albert D. Downs Wild Game Feast is the DeLand Breakfast Rotary's premier fundraising and community event, and over it's 25 years has raised more than $1.52 million for local non-profit organizations and programs in West Volusia County, Florida.

The 2016 Wild Game Feast will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Again this year, with the help of sponsors and ticket buyers, we hope to raise $100,000 of much-needed funds for local nonprofits.

There are several ways to support the Wild Game Feast! First, consider purchasing a ticket to the May 5 event. Enjoy an endless buffet, beverages and entertainment for only $50 per ticket. Or, support the Wild Game Feast with a sponsorship package, which range from $300 - $10,000.

Enjoy exploring our website and getting to know the Wild Game Feast better. We appreciate your support and look forward to another outstanding event this year.

Major Sponsor Info

Community Sponsor Info

  DeLand Breakfast Rotary's 25th WildGame Feast Derek Mears 2016-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Mar 01, 2016
Wayne Carter, Executive Director of the MainStreet DeLand Association was the speaker at our meeting last week. The MainStreet DeLand Association was founded 31 years ago for the purpose to stop the bleeding of the downtown. It is a preservation based volunteer organization working for economic development. Today it is recognized as one of the top winning Main Street programs in the country. Wayne attributes its success to a stabilized local government, engaged residents and volunteers, the 100+ activities that take place downtown, as well as the Athen’s Theater and Stetson Mansion who bring in visitors. Currently the downtown businesses have a 98% occupancy rate with a fresh steady turnover.
This weekend is the DeLand Bike Rally. For more information visit
There's Always Something Happening in DeLand Debra West 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Debra West on Feb 24, 2016
At our meeting last week we had the pleasure of learning about an international development called Rebuild Globally. Founder and CEO Julie Colombino shared information about her non-profit organization that is fighting poverty in Hati with fashion.
So far the organization made up of Hatian residents has produced sandals from over 4,000 recycled tires. Julie joked that they guarantee that you can get 50,000 miles with every pair.
The organization is growing and getting much attention especially now that Kenneth Cole has designed a pair as well as by supermodel Heide Lindgren, called the Bel Nanm which means “beautiful soul” in Haitian Creole, the beautiful souls who used their two hands to create these sandals out of up-cycled tires and locally sourced leather. Shop Here!
A fundraiser called Runway to Hati will take place in Orlando on March 24th.
As copied from their website - REBUILD globally was born in the disaster of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and survived in its’ wake by providing a sustainable solution for survivors.  We are improving the lives of those most affected by poverty and the earthquake by implementing a comprehensive training program with a pipeline to long-term employment.  Investing in the local leadership, we worked alongside the people of Haiti to support a locally owned and operated fashion brand, deux mains designs.
Our mission is to fight poverty through education and job training.  We are committed to rebuilding lives, families and communities by planting the seeds of social business and putting people to work. We meet our mission by personalizing education opportunities, providing training programs, and most importantly, creating a social business pipeline to dignified, living-wage employment.
Eradicating Poverty through Social Business Debra West 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Stetson Baseball Season Opening debra 2016-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Defending Freedom Warrior Weekend 2016-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
City of DeLand Update Debra West 2016-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
DeLand High School Student RYE Outbound to Austria Debra West 2016-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Last week our presenter was Nathan Turnbull MD.
Dr. Turnbull works with Florida Orthopedic Association and specializes in the treatment of hip and knee arthritis. 
It takes 14 years of training to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. Over 25 million people have Osteoarthritis. Treatments include NSAIDS, Dietary Supplements, Weight Loss and low impact exercise. There are also options like braces, crutches,canes and injections. Surgery is a quality of life decision. 
One or more of our members have fond memories of Nathan as a child growing up in DeLand. Dr. Turnbull and his wife, Elizabeth, were both raised in DeLand, Florida. After being away for 14 years pursuing his dream of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Turnbull, Elizabeth, and their son Henry are excited to return to a community that remains full of family and friends.
Read more about Dr. Turnbull
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Posted by Debra West on Jan 12, 2016
Here is a photo taken at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
Candice Stevenson is the manager at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and she was our guest speaker last Thursday. Candice shared photos and information about the Refuge including that it was established as a migratory bird sanctuary in 1964 with funds raised from Duck Stamps. The refuge is 21,000 acres and is a freshwater marsh. The three staff members and several work campers (one being Berry Snyder) take care of the park. They manage the water levels and the plant growth to promote a healthy habitat for birds. They also provide educational programs for schools and annual kids fishing derby, deer and turkey hunts as well as an archery program. And sometimes they hunt wading in the water for alligator nests! The park has about 100,000 visitors annually and is a great place for a hike, wildlife photography, bird watching and fishing.
And/or visit their website or better yet - plan to visit them in person real soon!
Getting Back to Nature Debra West 2016-01-12 05:00:00Z 0
You are invited to the Feeding Hungry Kids - Thanksgving Dinner. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.
Feeding Hungry Kids - Thanksgving Dinner
Nov 23, 2015 at 04:30 PM - 07:00 PM
605 W New Hampshire Ave
DeLand, FL 32720
United States
DeLand Breakfast Rotary is partnering with Mamie Oatis and Southwestern Middle School to provide a Family Style Thanksgiving dinner at Southwestern Middle School,  This is part of club project of "Feeding Hungry Kids"
We need approx. 15 people to help serve at the actual event on Monday.  Please wear Rotary shirt if you have them.
We will also need a few folks to assist as we fry 10 turkeys on Monday.
Thank you for your "Service Above Self"
Thank you
For DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club
Derek Mears (Event Chair)
Help Provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for Hungry Kids 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West
For seventy years Duvall Homes has been caring for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our speaker last week was Steven DeVane. He has been the Executive Director at Duvall since 2012. He is also a member of the Daytona West Rotary Club. 
Two of our members, Tim Cook and Lisa Ogram serve on the Board of Directors for Duvall.
One of the most recent changes that has taken place at Duvall is the model of living for the residents. There is no longer a large facility caring for many at a time. All residents live in group homes that are scattered throughout West Volusia.
The Opportunities Program at Duvall serves about 80 people. Some are residents and some are not. 
Recently they received the Green Feather Grant from Stetson University. 
Their next event/fundraiser celebrates 70 years of service...
The Next 70"
A Celebration to Commemorate 70 Years of Service to
People with Developmental Disabilities and to the Community
September 25, 2015 | Wayne G. Sanborn Activity & Event Center | 815 South Alabama Avenue | DeLand, FL | 32724
6:00pm Registration and Reception | 7:00pm Dinner Program

Download "The Next 70" cover letter here

Download "The Next 70" sponsorship and ticket information here
Duvall Homes Celebrates 70 Years Debra West 2015-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Sep 09, 2015
Fred Williams, President of Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS) is a former Navy Seal and was our speaker last week.
CPS is a consortium of three companies, Performance Design, Sun Path Products and United Parachute Technologies. They have partnered to provide military tactical parachute solutions as well as state of the art training. They have three training locations; Coolidge, Arizona and Zephyrhills and Deland in Florida.
Fred shared some really awesome photos taken at a testing jump at Mount Everest.
Here is a quote from their mission statement on their website “In our opinion most military parachute systems have several shortcomings in design, quality, performance and durability. CPS has combined the resources of three of the industry leaders (Performance Designs, Sun Path and UPT) to successfully address these shortcomings and provide a seamless interface with the individual soldier and the military market at large.”
One of their newest product lines is specialized equipment for search and rescue canines.
Retired Navy Seal provides Parachute Solutions Debra West 2015-09-09 04:00:00Z 0
WWII Veteran, Master Blacksmith & Wheelwright Shares Life Story Debra West 2015-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Aug 05, 2015
Our presentation last week was by the Head Football Coach at Stetson University - Coach Roger Hughes
This is Hughes third season as the Hatter’s Football Coach. He came to Stetson after 10 seasons as head coach at Princeton, where he won the 2006 Ivy League championship and was the only coach in the history of Ivy League football to improve his team’s win total by two games in three consecutive seasons.
Last year the Hatters had a 5/7 finish and have been picked as 6th in the preseason poll for this year. THere are 215 teams in Division One Football.
Coach Hughes says with each year the quality of players gets better. Coach Hughes shared that trainings are much more safety conscious these days with allowing only 2 days per week of full contact. The team’s focus is to be on the mission and the team partnered with leadership training, and more recovery time for players and in a more controlled practice environment.
Ticket sales structure has changed to be more family oriented.
Stetson Hatters Football Debra West 2015-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jul 22, 2015
Our speaker last week was the Director of Operations at one of Volusia County’s largest employers, Sparton Electronics. Mark Madore has been with the company for 35 years. He shared a slide show presentation and answered questions about the past, present and future of the corporation.
The corporation has added several facilities across the USA and for the last five years have seen a continued 10% growth. They have added 100 employees since November and have incorporated visually computer aided work stations which has helped to improve product quality.
The manufacturing facility here in DeLeon Springs manufactures sonobuoys which is a tactical sonar system for transmitting submarine activity, the sonobuoy is a core technology for anti-submarine warfare.
They are developing new products to help the government go after new threats. The DeLeon Springs facility has a 200,000 gallon water test tank and the facility is still only at about 60% capacity.
The company makes efforts to work with local suppliers and they are looking to be more visible in the community through involvement with local schools, businesses and the Volusia Manufacturing Association. 
Click on the image below to see more of Joanna's pictures from last week...
Sparton Electronics Debra West 2015-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Deric Kaiser on Jun 23, 2015

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary, a Rotary District 6970 Premier Platinum Club, is pleased to announce we are giving over $93,000 to support over 40 local community organizations. These funds were primarily raised from our 24th Annual Wild Game Feast, which was huge success thanks to our sponsors, members and attendees. A special thank-you goes to Steve Crump, our 2015 Chairman, and his committee for their dedication to this fine event. 

Make sure to Like our page to keep up with the planning of the 25th Anniversary “Silver” Wild Game feast on May 5th, 2016.



The Following organizations received funding this year:

DeLand Breakfast Rotary to give $93,000 to Community Organizations Deric Kaiser 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 16, 2015







WEEK 50 Beginning June 15



OK, it’s finally here – our big Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event, better known as RYLA, takes place this week on the University of North Florida Campus. Starting this Thursday, June 18th, over 100 rising junior and senior high school students will begin their RYLA experience. This experience culminates on Sunday, June 21st, following Saturday evening’s RYLA banquet at the UNF Center. In between the start and finish, RYLArians (the name for participating students) will be immersed in a host of activities to sharpen their leadership skills, enhance their personal development and introduce them to the Rotary way of life – service above self and the Four Way test of the things we think, say or do. All-in-all it’s a life changing experience for the majority of the participating RYLArians.

The success of this awesome Youth Services program doesn’t happen on its own. It is through the dedication of many Rotarians and non-Rotarians that our District 6970 RYLA program really stands above the rest. This year, our long-time District Chair, Jim Stege from RC St. Augustine, will be handing over the reigns to Rotarian Tim Beck from RC San Jose. We cannot thank Jim enough for his 10+ years of leadership and devotion. Let’s also give a BIG, well-deserved shout-out to Kristi Kinsey, who has served for many years as our RYLA Executive Director, and especially to the many staffers and committee members who dedicate untold hours planning and overseeing the RYLA weekend event.

For more about our District’s RYLA program, please go to:


  • June 18-21:  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) it’s here! If you get the time, stop by UNF to see this amazing program in action.
  • June 26-28:  Zone 34 Regional Seminar at the Hyatt Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. All District and Club leaders are encouraged to attend.
  • August 15:  Mark your calendar to attend the Be a Gift to the World seminar at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park. This is the seminar where we will cover all of the major Rotary avenues – Foundation, membership, public image and youth services. DGE Fel and his team are already busy putting together a first class program that will enrich your Rotary experience.

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, keep an eye on this website.

Yours in service to Rotary,

Percy Rosenbloom signature

Rotary Minute From the District Governor Debra West 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by debra on Jun 15, 2015
Our presentation last week was by Cindy Covington past District Governor and current member from the Jacksonville South Point Club. Cindy had a very interactive approach to sharing very interesting information about the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary has two arms – Rotary International is the administrative arm and Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm. All rotary members have access to the annual report which shows how our money is being spent. There are many different levels of membership that are based on the amount of dollars contributed annually.
All contributions go into one bucket and then are divided out according to priorities. Number one being Polio Plus, number two the Endowment Fund and number there the Annual Fund.
The Polio Plus program is very close to achieving its goal of eradicating polio and the Endowment Fund has achieved its goal to have one billion dollars in principal which stays forever. The Annual Fund has a reserve of three times the operating expenses. This fund provides monies for both Global Grants and District Grants. There is a Share Committee that decides how these funds are distributed to applicants based on six areas of focus. All Grants must have a 50% match and are verified by a Stewardship Audit Committee.
Mrs. Covington also shared with us that the 2017 Rotary Conference being held in Atlanta will be the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Foundation by Arch Klumph. For more information on the history of the Rotary Foundation visit
She also recognized Deric Kaiser and Derek Mears as Paul Harris Members for two years – stating that only 3% of Rotarians make this level of $1000 per year pledge.
Rotary Foundation - It is your money debra 2015-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 02, 2015
Last week our speaker was fellow Rotarian Robin Lasky from the Port Ornage & South Daytona Club.
Rpbin shred her experiences of a recent trip to India to immunize children against Polio that are under age five.
During her trip she experienced both the, "rich of the rich and the poor of the poor." From being treated like royalty at a five star resort to staying with a family in a small home with no air coditioning and limited hot water, to spending the day walking the streets of the slums going door to door searching for children that may have missed getting immunized.
Besides the sights and smells, the no rules traffic, constant noise of horns and the cows that wandered the streets the one thing that stood out to Robin was that the children living there were just as happy without all the toys and technology that children in the US have come to know.
Thank-you Robin for sharing your wonderful images and stories of a culture so very different from ours.
Because of the efforts of folks like Robin and Rotary, to date there are only 24 reorted case of Polio in the world.
Robin Lasky is Manager of Community & Public Affairs for Bright House Networks.
Local Rotarian shares Polio Immunization Trip to India Debra West 2015-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Take Stock In Children Debra West 2015-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

The DeLand Breakfast Rotary has named Jennifer "Bubba" White the 2015 West Volusian of the Year.

The posthumous recognition honors Jennifer's dedication to the DeLand community. Rotarians will present the award during the May 7 Wild Game Feast fundraiser at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.

West Volusians of the Year are given a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellowship in the Rotary Foundation and an award to recognize their achievements. Family members will accept the award on Jennifer's behalf.

Dubbed the "Mayor of DeLand" by friends and loved ones, Jennifer was known for her community service, particularly through the Junior Service League of DeLand (JSL), where she chaired various projects. She served the Junior Service League in numerous leadership roles, including nearly every board position, and several sponsorship and auction committees for the club's flagship fundraiser.

Jennifer also was active in the community through projects supported by her family business, Quality Quickprint of DeLand.

She lost her battle to lung cancer November 21 at the age of 39, leaving behind her husband, Steve, young son, Ryder, and dozens of family members and friends. The DeLand Breakfast Rotary is honored to recognize her life of "Service Above Self" and community contributions by naming her 2015 West Volusian of the Year.

Wild Game Feast DeLand's photo.
West Volusian of the Year - Jennifer White Debra West 2015-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Apr 27, 2015
Our program last week was presented by Dr. James Beasley, Professor of Business Administration at Stetson University—along with two of his students David Sawyer and Emma Campbell.

Dr. Beasley stated that his greatest challenge was getting two college seniors to speak at a breakfast meeting. However both David and Emma provided an incredibly professional presentation sharing their experience at the Collegiate Ethics Case Competition held last fall at the University of Arizona. The team placed and impressive third out of 28 Universities from around the nation.

For their case study they adopted an actual company—Procter & Gamble in order to provide a real world situation verses a fictional one. The research and analysis for the project last fall took them over 100 hours to complete. This year because of the skills they developed they were able to accomplish the project in just 5 hours.
The team took first in the State of Florida this year and will be competing in the 13th Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition from October 29-31, 2015 in Arizona.
The competition will expose students to a thought provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers.
Student teams will collaboratively analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students will compete with teams from various business colleges from around the world. The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, provide a wonderful networking opportunity, and in the end, raise students' awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility.

To see David and Emma’s presentation from last year click on this link.
Business Ethics at Stetson University Debra West 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Apr 21, 2015
On April 9th we had the pleasure of hearing about the Stetson Mansion. JT Thompson co-owner along with Robin Marcus one of the tour guides shared a very nice presentation on the big screen.
The Stetson Mansion was built for John B Stetson who was good friends with Henry DeLand.  Originally the mansions property consisted of 300 acres of orange groves. Many famous folks have visted the mansion including King Edward, President Cleavland and the Vanderbilts.
 JT and his partner have completely restored the mansion, and they live there but still have it open for to the public for reserved guided tours. It is also available for rent for weddings, receptions and other events.
For more information visit
Last week our speaker was Giuli Schacht. Giuli is a Producer and an advocate for the Creative Industry Alliance, Inc. with the goal of economic development and marketing Volusia County locations, businesses, and crew to media oriented industries as a place to shoot and re-locate. She also produced and managed the developed the process, sponsors, and 400+ dancers and crew to create a 3 minute dance at the Daytona 500. Recently she was instrumental in bringing the super weightlifting championship to the Sanborn Center. Giuli is also involved with MAC DeLand.
For more information or to reach Giuli:
Stetson Mansion and the Creative Industry Alliance. Debra West 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Apr 07, 2015
Last call for Wild Game Feast sponsorships.  Major Sponsors ($1500 and Up), Please get your Shirt sizes and Ad Copy to Derek Mears (386-804-8695) ASAP  -  Ad Copy can be emailed to  
Wild Game Feast Sponsorships Derek Mears 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Last week our speaker was Diane Olsen from the Children's Home Society of Florida.
The Children's Home Society of the largest non-profit providing services to abandoned, abused and neglected children in the state of Florida. North Coastal Division is comprised of Volusia, Flagler and Putman counties. We have 165 children residing in 77 foster care homes and 24 children in three residential homes. All three of the residential homes are located in DeLand.
Destiny House is for teen girls, Brian’s House is for teen boys and Sunshine House is for siblings. The Sunshine House is the only residential sibling home in the state.
The next tour is Wednesday, April 15th from 12-1. Anyone interested in attending or learning more can contact Diane Olsen at 386-304-7600 ext. 227 or
Additional ways to get involved:
Group Volunteer Projects
Virtual Mentoring
Tech Success
Back to School, Toy and Clothing Drives
For more information you can also visit them at
or contact them:
Children’s Home Society, North Coastal Division
Associate Charitable Giving Director
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave. Suite 32
South Daytona, FL 32119
Phone: 386-304-7600 ext. 227
Fax: 386-304-7620
Thank you for helping our children and families!
Children's Home Society Debra West 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Eradication Debra West 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Mar 24, 2015

Our speaker last Thursday was fellow Rotarian--Evan Keller. Even shared information about the non-profit organization the he founded called Creating Jobs.

Evan shared some interesting facts about the economic index ranking of the following countries which may or may not surprise you…

  • 1 – Hong Kong
  • 12 – USA (Australia/Canada/Chile in top 10)
  • 28 – Colombia
  • 59 - Mexico
  • 73 – France
  • 116 – Honduras
  • 151 - Haiti
  • 177 - Cuba

178 – North Korea (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan don’t even rank)

Creating Jobs mentors businesses to create jobs within their communities. Currently successful established programs with mentoring teams are in Haiti and Honduras with the newest program in Mexico being lead by Creating Jobs board member Manny De La Vega.

There are fifteen different business training seminars and one is taught on each trip. Business leaders that have experienced success are passing it on by mentoring other businesses in their communities. Evan has written a handbook which includes tools and systems to make it easier for these new mentors to be effective.

A tragic low for Evan and his teams was discovering in an on line news article that the brothers of one of his clients had been murdered. Evan says “ If I didn’t know Leily, the death of her brothers would just be another quickly-forgotten headline… a photo showed police carrying a body bag out of this very room. I knew who was in the bag.”

“When you know the poor, their problems become more real. You start to care. They’re no longer a stat or a stereotype but a fellow human, a neighbor we’re called to love. And that sense of connection is what they really need – isolation is a defining element of poverty. Much of our wealth is found in relationships across this very room. We feel enriched by all the connections we have in Rotary. So, on top of the physical hardships, the real back breakers of poverty are psychological.”

Not only is the program blossoming south of the US border it is taking off right here in West Volusia! Creating Jobs has partnered with the DeLand Chamber and has in just 6 months added 16 mentees from 7 different cities and is on track to surpass their goal of creating 75 new jobs here locally.

The upcoming Paddle Out Poverty event provides about 20K of the 55K needed to fund these programs. This fundraiser takes place at Ponce Inlet on April 18th.

Thank-you Evan for providing a very informative and inspirational presentation and for all you do to further the mission of both Creating Jobs and Rotary.




Blossoming Non-Profit Paddles Out Poverty Debra West 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Mar 16, 2015


Week 37. Rotary Minute for week of March 16

What’s the difference between a District Conference and a District Assembly? For new Rotarians, and maybe even for a few of our not-so-new Rotarians, this is a good question. So, here’s an answer, at least from my perspective. The District Conference is geared more toward experiencing and celebrating the object and mission of Rotary. The District Assembly is geared more toward the training and preparation of club and district leadership, and also a review of the various programs, events and functions that take place within the District.

More important than knowing the difference is to understand what the District Conference and District Assembly have in common. For starters, both are intended for all Rotarians regardless of their positions within their clubs and regardless of whether they are brand new or long-time members. Both events will increase your knowledge of and passion for Rotary. You will leave both events better prepared to give back to your club, your community and the world. And, most important of all, both offer the type of fun and fellowship that creates good will and builds better friendships.

So now you know. Learn more about both by visiting this website. We will be updating information on both events as we get closer to May.

Event Reminders

  • May 8-10:  District Conference and Assembly at the Flagler College campus. Mark your calendar for a weekend of interesting, informative and inspirational sessions, and a lot of fun Rotary fellowship.
  • June 18-21:  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) will take place again this year on the University of North Florida’s campus. Each club should sponsor at least one, and preferably two, aspiring high school leaders to attend this life changing event.
  • June 26-28:  Zone 34 Regional Seminar at the Hyatt Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. All District and Club leaders, as well as any Rotarian interested in learning more about Rotary, are encouraged to attend. Look for more details soon on our District website.

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, keep an eye on this website.

Yours in service to Rotary,

Percy Rosenbloom signature



Message from District Governor Debra West 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
3-5-15 Meeting in Pictures Joanna Moyer 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Mar 03, 2015

Last week we welcomed our speaker, Jennifer Nadelkov, Clinical Director and Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator for the House Next Door.

As many of you know last year when the Children’s Advocacy Center closed the Department of Health approached the House Next Door to take over the contract for services.

Adding in this component created a new population of clients for the House Next Door. Many community partners collaborated to provide the necessary resources to make the transition happen. One in particular was the United Way by providing office space.

The House Next Door offers free community training about when and who to call if you notice signs of physical mental, emotional or sexual abuse. 1-800-96ABUSE is the hot line number for information and reporting. Cases are referred to DCF to investigate and access the situation and make sure that the child is safe which sometimes requires removal from the home. Next the child meets with a Psychologoist in Jacksonville who determines the treatment steps.

One is six boys and one in four girls have been abused in their lifetime and 93% know their attacker. Jennifer said that there is no clear link to drug or alcohol use, to abuse, and that there are no clear answers as to why abuse happens. She said that we are now more aware and better at responding than we were ten years ago.

For more information about the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program for both children and adults!sexual-abuse-treatment-program/cu0q 

Visit the House Next Door’s website 

The House Next Door Debra West 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Mar 02, 2015


Feeding Hungry Kids - a DeLand Breakfast Rotary Project

Who - We are helping kids who normally rely on free or reduced lunch  from the school system,  last year we assisted 100+ families that attended Southwestern Middle School.  This year we are adding E. I. Starke Elementary, the Neighborhood Center and assisting the Boys and Girls Club  of Springhill.

What - We are providing over 400 bags of groceries that will help them get through their spring break time off.  We are able to partner with Neighborhood Center and 2nd Harvest Food Bank to get the food at a discounted rate.

When - We will pack the bags of groceries on March 16th @ Neighborhood Center and distribute to partners for further distribution (Southwestern, Starke, Neighborhood Center and Boys and Girls Club) that week.

People can assist by making a tax deductible donation to DBR Charities, PO Box 1346 DeLand, FL 32721


Feeding Hungry Kids Derek Mears 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in pictures 2-26-15 Joanna Moyer 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Feb 24, 2015

Our presentation at our last meeting was about the Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida Council, West Volusia/Tuscarora District 

Our tag team of speakers did an excellent job in presenting their personal scouting experiences. The presentation began with sharing of local statistics by Rosellen Kraus, District Executive of the Tuscarora District (West Volusia). Rosellen said that there are 54 units comprised of 1281 Scouts in West Volusia. There contributions to the local community included 23,000 pounds of food collected and at least 3,000 hours of community service. She also mentioned that girls ages 14-21 are also part of the Boy Scouts.

Club members Taver Cornett and George Flack then discussed how Scouting influenced their lives.

Taver spent 10 years as a Scout and 20 years as a Scout Master and achieved the highest rank in each. Taver said it was a lot of fun but it mostly taught him the meaning of giving back and that the Scouting oath and laws teach success and leadership which have close ties and similarities to Rotary and its mission.  

George shared that his family was very involved in Scouting. His Dad was an Eagle Scout and Scout Leader and his Mom was a Den Mother. He and his brother both became Eagle Scouts in 1954 and attended the National Jamboree in California which they traveled to by train from Tennessee. He learned archery, swimming, and handling firearms. He mentioned that being an Eagle Scout helped him to get his first job.

Michael Pleus, DeLand City Manager spoke last about how much the Boy Scouts teach to give back. He has been the Cub Master of his son’s Pack for four years and is the Dinner Chairman for the West Volusia Annual Golden Eagle Dinner. This year’s Dinner Honoree is Congressmen John Mica. This event is their main fundraiser and proceeds are used to fund projects.

The event takes place on Friday, March 29th 6pm at DeBary Golf & Country Club. Those interested may contact for sponsor opportunities, tickets or donations.

The Spirit of Scouting in West Volusia Debra West 2015-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Tree Potting February 21 2015 Joanna Moyer 2015-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in pictures 1-8-2015 Joanna Moyer 2015-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Moyer on Dec 18, 2014

Click to play this Smilebox collage

Pictures from the past year.  Have a wonderful Holiday.

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Posted by Debra West on Nov 17, 2014

Our presentation last week was by John Wilton. John is a local artist and one of the founders of the DeLand Sculpture Walk. The Sculpture walk, which began in 2010, was the idea of retired architect Ray Johnson who formed a group and presented the idea to the City of DeLand and the then DeLand Art Museum.

The sculpture named Peace was part of the walk that first year and has now been purchased through donations, donated to the City of Deland and is located at Chess Park as its first permanent sculpture.

The “Nest Egg” sculpture that was on display at Stetson University during the Sculpture Walk’s second year was purchased by Stetson supporters and now resides at Stetson’s new Athletic Building located on Minnesota Avenue. This sculpture resembles a football.

One sculpture that was located outside of the Florida Museum of Art was recently purchased by the City of Deland and is now permanently displayed at the new DeLand Intermodal Transportation Facility, at the corner of South Woodland Boulevard and Euclid Avenues.

Another one from the 2013 exhibit may possibly find its permanent home at the Artisan Alley Garage.

The  Deland Fall Festival of the Arts and Mac DeLand are presenting the 2014 Off the Beaten Path Florida Artist Tour on December 6th and 7th. This is a free self guided tour to artists studios and cultural venues throughout the greater DeLand area. Visit for more information.

Contact John Wilton at for further information regarding the Sculpture walk.

DeLand Sculcpture Walk and More! Debra West 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Nov 11, 2014

At our first meeting at the Sanborn Center last week the featured speaker was Andy Bowen, Vice President of the Golden Hawks.

Andy shared information with us about the 25th Festival of Giants – a radio controlled airplane air show coming up this weekend November 14, 15 & 16 9am – 4pm at the Sperling Sports Complex just off of Marsh Road in DeLand.

These giant scale airplane models can reach speeds of up to 200mph, most are built by their pilots. Several other members of the Golden Hawks Club were on hand with their planes on display in the front lobby.

On Sunday at the show there is a 3D Jam which are extreme flight gas operated planes doing extreme maneuvers.

For more information visit their website at


Many thanks to Amanda Sande for taking notes at this meeting…

At the October 30th meeting our speaker was David Griffis – Agriculture Director of the Extension Office. David shared information about the state of agriculture. The cut foliage industry brings $60 to $70 million dollars annually.

The citrus industry is being devastated and we may not have any oranges very soon.

The largest ranch in the country is located in Osceola County and it is owned by Mormons called Desert Ranch.


Timber is the largest by acreage in the County. Olives are becoming a more popular farm product because they are disease tolerant and can thrive in most climates.



Giant Remote Control Airplanes and the State of Agriculture Debra West 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Oct 14, 2014

If you missed our speaker last week you might want to pay attention - especially if you have school age children or grandchildren or have any interest at all in the future of the teaching standards in our schools.

Introducing Mr. Fitz. 

Dave Finkle is a Reading and Language Arts Teacher at Southwest Middle School. He his also the creator of a comic strip entitled Mr. Fitz that has been picked up Nationwide and on-line, which addresses the challenges that our teachers and students, here and all over the USA are facing in regards to standardized testing and teacher accountability.

It is difficult to sum it all up in just a few words or to follow all of the changes that are taking place, but one example that Mr. Finkle used is that the new tests are to be taken on computers and that schools have limited computer labs, so it takes up to 3 weeks for some schools to complete the testing which means that  learning time is being wasted. To add to that some schools are no longer even teaching typing. 

The new FSA Assesments are being implemented to replace the FCAT test which replaced the Sunshine State Standards. 

Mr. Finkle shared that Finland is the #1` Country in the world earning the Gold Standards in education and that they do the exact opposite of what we do here in the USA. There is a very large movement of parents and teachers that are opting out of the standardized testing and they are suggesting that Legislatures take the new test themselves.

Samples of the test questions on the new test can be found at

The Mr. Fittz comic strip website is and facebook page is


Latest Mr. Fitz - October 15th, 2014


The State of Teaching Standards or Non Standards - According to Mr. Fitz Debra West 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Oct 07, 2014

Last week our presentation was about the DeLand Middle School Agricultural Education Program and their FFA program.

FFA Officers Charlotte Thibideau - President, Shawna Clay - Vice President, Desiree Acker Secretary and Rachel Stadtler - Sentinel, along with Carrie Owen the instructor of the program shared information and insight about the programs and the organization. 

The Agricultural Education Program is the teaching of agriculture, natural resources, and land management through hands on experience and guidance to prepare students for entry level jobs and further education to prepare for advanced agricultural careers. Some of the topics in the curriculum include sustainable agriculture, raising livestock, processing and marketing products and biotechnology in agriculture.

The girls shared that their interest and inspiration in joining the FFA stemmed from observing other young ladies that served as officers of the club before them.

The DeLand Middle FFA is the largest chapter in Volusia County and the organization celebrates many awards and successes including the 3-Star National Chapter Award (2012-2014) and Florida's Finest Chapter   ( 2010-2014). Several of the girls have livestock that they will be entering into the Volusia County Fair.

Carrie Owens the program instructor has been recognized as DeLand Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.

For more information visit the website or Facebook page.​

Future Farmers of America from DeLand Middle School Debra West 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
DeLand Breakfast Rotary Turkey Shoot Oct. 25th Steven Crump 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Sep 15, 2014

Our presentation last week was by Environmental Specialist, Melissa Hughes, from the Lyonia Environmental Center.

The Lyonoia Environmental Center is a 360 acre preserve located in Deltona, across from City Hall, Daytona State College and next to the Deltona Regional Library.

Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre joint project of Volusia County's Land Acquisition and Management Division and the Volusia County School Board to restore and maintain scrub habitat. Since 1994, restoration efforts have removed overgrown sand pines and opened up the understory, creating the characteristic bare sand areas with low-growing vegetation preferred by scrub species. The scrub jay is the only bird found only in Florida.

They offer trails and guided tours as well as other activities and are always looking for volunteers. They have a new Amphitheater that is shared with the City of Deltona.

The preserve is adjacent to Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

Phone: 386-789-7207


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Posted by Debra West on Sep 08, 2014

Our presentation last week was very informative and inspirational. It sounds like there might even be a showing of the movie at the Athen’s some time in the future. Never realized that children still die from Malaria in this world.

Sylvia Caminer - Producer/Director of Tanzania a Journey Within

What happens when a scientist/philosopher from an impoverished African nation takes his American friend on a journey to the place where mankind began?  TANZANIA a Friendship Journey follows the story of Venance Ndibalema--who was born into poverty in Africa but found a way out through a college education in the United States—and Kristen Kenny—an American raised by an upper/middle class family—as they undertake a transformational trip to Venance’s homeland.  Their journey takes them from the urban center of Dar es Salaam, to the summit of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro and the sweltering plains of the Serengeti, and finally to the impoverished village where a Grandmother waits to see the grandson she thought was lost to her forever.  Along the way, cultural differences, disease, and a deadly illness threaten not only our travelers but the life of an innocent child.  Two friends, one journey, countless lives changed.

While in Tanzania Kristen Kenny contracted severe malaria - a disease that kills a child each minute. After her near death experience and 4 days in an African hospital, Kristen found her calling. She returned to America to raise funds for malaria treatment through the sale of bracelets, made by the women in Africa. Each bracelet purchase provides a woman with a job, and funds malaria treatment for a child in need.

Malaika for Life is the name of the foundation that Kristen started. (Malaika means angel)


With every bracelet purchase, you are saving a childs life from malaria and providing a job for a mother in Tanzania. 

This bracelet symbolizes a life you saved. Proceeds provide lifesaving treatment for a child suffering from malaria. This bracelet also represents the women of Tanzania. Handmade by a mother in Tanzania, this is her source of income, so that she can offer a better life for her family.

You can view the trailer, host a screening of the movie where each ticket purchased will provide one malaria treatment and save one child. Buy ticket save a life.

Visit Malaria No More for other ways to help.

You can reach Sylvia at - or 917-447-4574

Sylvia is currently working on a new project called Black Out Girl - dealing with the addiction of pills and alcohol. 

Saving Children from Malaria Debra West 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Sep 02, 2014

Our guest speaker last week was Jeff Altier, a 28-year veteran of the Stetson University athletic department, is in his 16th year as Director of Athletics, at Stetson University.

Stetson just completed their three year strategic plan and are now moving into a new five year plan –and moving from Success to Significance.

Many successful teams at Stetson, Women’s Basketball, Vollyball and Softball have all won championships. Cory Williams a former Chicago Bulls team member is now the Baseball Coach.


They have recently invested one million dollars in equipment and hired a production company to affiliate with ESPN 3. Eventually all Stetson Sports will be broadcast.

For more information about Jeff follow the link below…

Stetson Athletics Director Updates Club Debra West 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Kenny Mullens - ice Bucket Challenge Joanna Moyer 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Aug 12, 2014

Our presentation last week was by Joe Seward he is the Urban Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener Coordinator for Volusia County.

The Volusia County Extension Office is a co-op with other counties throughout the State. Every State has a land grant University. Florida’s is the University of Florida. The programs in each state vary depending upon needs and location but there is a 4H in every office.

Mission: The University of Florida Extension partners with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, environments and economies.

Currently the Volusia County Extension Office is undergoing the construction of a new landscape. The architect drawings were done pro bono by UF students and the project is being funded in part through an ECHO Grant. Everyone is invited to stop by and witness the progress of the project.

If you wish to know how to plant the right plant in the right place, just take a photo of the area and bring it to the office and one of the Master Gardeners will be pleased to answer your questions about Florida Friendly Landscaping.

Mr. Seward does not recommend planting of citrus at this time due to the industry being under attack by insects and citrus greening. He recommends for edible planting -  blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines and loquat.

For more information visit these websites…

Florida Landscaping & Gardening Debra West 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Aug 05, 2014

Last week our presenter was Stetson Football's Coach Roger Hughes.  Among other things Coach Hughes talked about the enormous effect that winning in Football has on a University's revenue. Statistics show that 73% of an athletic department's budget comes from Football and 70% of all fundraising occurs around the sport as well.

The Stetson football team is made up of players from 28 different States. Before football the school's roster was more localized. This type of networking is a hidden benefit of the college experience.

Football is so popular because it has all of the components of a great TV show. You have a vilian and a hero and there is always controversy and high impact collision. You see the struggle the rules and the outcome and it paradigms life. 

Coach Hughes's philosophy for success is this...

#1 Have Faith

#2 Don't believe the hype and focus on what matters

#3 Leave things better than you found it

#4 Hard work and perseverance trump talent every time

His motto is: The strong take from the weak and the smart take from the strong.

Stetson Football is DeLand's team and yes they are playing a key role in making a positive difference both at the University and in the community.

Click on the links below for more information. In the first link you will see some local women you know like Linda Ryan.

WESH 2 Covers Stetson's Women's Football Clinic to raise money for Me Strong

Homecoming 2014 is November 3-9

Stetson Football


Go Hatters! Stetson Football Plays Key Role Debra West 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Meeting in pictures 7-31-14 Joanna Moyer 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jul 29, 2014

Our speaker last week was Thomas Masse, Dean; Professor of Music at Stetson University.

Masse shared that the Stetson School of Music is known nationally as one of the finest schools of music in the country. They are different than most because they only offer instruction to undergraduates. Masse is only the seventh Dean for the school in over 100 years which says a lot for the longevity of the Board and Faculty. The Music School's placement rate is about 86% which is the highest at the University.

A great way to support the School of Music and enjoy great entertainment is to purchase a Friends pass which gives you about 100 annual events for $70.

A big complimentary music recital will be taking place on Friday August 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Another great event to look for is the Christmas Candlelight Programs at Lee Chapel.

Click on the links below for more information.

Stetson Friends of Music Recital

Stetson University School of Music

Thomas Masse

Contact Information

Thomas Masse

Dean; Professor of Music

Thomas Masse is dean of the Stetson University School of Music and professor of music. A clarinetist, he has performed as concerto soloist, orchestral musician and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Northern Colorado and Yale University. As a university administrator, he is known as a passionate advocate for the role of the arts in education and society.

A graduate of Yale University, where he received the first artist diploma ever awarded a clarinetist, Masse earned his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan where he was a Regents Fellow. His primary teachers were David Shifrin and Fred Ormand. In addition, he holds an master of business administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a professional certificate in fundraising from New York University.

Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, Masse was the associate provost for the arts at Yale University where he had academic, financial and strategic responsibility for the schools of architecture, art, divinity, drama and music, as well as the Institute for Sacred Music and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Art and Music. For nearly ten years, Masse served in a variety of decanal positions at the Yale School of Music culminating in his appointment as deputy dean from 2005 to 2009. He began his academic career at the University of Northern Colorado in 1995 and became the youngest tenured faculty member at the university.

The Dean of Stetson School of Music Debra West 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jul 21, 2014

Our guest speakers last week were pretty amazing and three of them had four legs. My Angel with Paws is a non-profit organization located in DeLand. We had three furry friends visit and some of us didn't even know they were in the room until the presentation began. That is because they are trained to take up the smallest footprint possible and to be invisible. These dogs have a legal right to be in public and they provide a wide array of services for individuals with disabilities.

My Angel with Paws is committed to expanding public understanding and knowledge of the needs of children and adults with physical disabilities through the breeding, training, placement and continuing education of service and therapy dogs.

The organization is operated 100% by volunteers. All of their financial support comes from the community and individuals. To learn more about how you can support them by sponsoring a dog, helping with their scholarship program or to make a donation visit their website link below.

My Angel with Paws Debra West 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jul 14, 2014

We were honored at our meeting last week to be the very first club visit for our new District Governor Percy Rosenbloom.

In his presentation Mr. Rosenbloom shared his opinion of what Rotary means...Dynamic, Mutifaceted, Evolving, Local and Global, and Good People. He also stated that our meeting was "the most fun Rotary meeting he had ever been to" and he has been a Rotarian for 37 years.

He went on to explain the life of any organization and that in his opinion Rotary is at a turning point. He mentioned that he is hopeful that the "Light Up Rotary" theme for this year will help some of the clubs that are struggling with membership worldwide.

In addition he shared that the Youth Exchange Program is hosting a welcome home dinner in Jacksonville on August 2, 2014. 

 August 16, 2014 there is a Light Up Rotary Seminar.​ This year they are expanding its scope to align training and information with the new direction from RI, which encompasses three components: Foundation, Membership and Public Image. We intend to stretch it a bit further as you will see in the attached flyer.


Welcome Our New District Governor - Percy Rosenbloom Debra West 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Derek Mears year in review Joanna Moyer 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
DeLand Breakfast Rotary receives District Awards Derek Mears 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Jun 18, 2014

Our speaker at the June 19th meeting was Pat Rice the Editor in Chief for the Daytona Beach News Journal. He talked about their coverage plan, new office in DeLand and politics.

The newspapers coverage is broken down into two categories. Topics and Geography.

Key topics include - Business & Economy, Tourism, Crome & Public Safety, Sports, Health and Things and Places to do and go.

They strive to cover the key communities everyday like DeLand, Daytona, New Smyrna, Palm Coast.

Now with a full time reporter located in the DeLand office will allow them to better serve the west side of the County.

Three hot races to watch in politics are - The at Large County Council Seat, the DeLand Mayors Race and Pat Northeys County Council Seat. They make no political endorsements and provide fair and thorough coverage. They plan to host a debate series.

Pat Rice - Editor - Daytona Beach News Journal Debra West 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Jun 17, 2014

It is will great pleasure that the Board of Directors for DeLand Breakfast Rotary has approved $87,197 in funding to various community organizations. Over $136,000 was requested and our giving is Approx $17,000 higher than last year while setting aside $6,000 for future Wild Game Feast related capital expenditures.

Be Proud DeLand Breakfast Rotarians!  I am proud of you!  This giving allows us to Engage Rotary and Change Lives!

Please Click here for the detailed list of recipients (Member Only - Login Required)

Derek Mears

President 2013-2014

DeLand Breakfast Rotary


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Posted by Andrew Grose on May 04, 2014


The 23rd Annual Albert D. Downs Wild Game Feast is the DeLand Breakfast Rotary's premier fundraising and community event, and  has raised  $1.425 million over 2 decades for local non-profit organizations and programs in West Volusia County, Florida.

Through commmunity support, the Wild Game Feast continues to be a fun and belly-filling event that raises funds ($80,000+) this year to make a difference in nonprofit and community organizations throughout West Vousia County.

Again this year, with the help of sponsors and ticket buyers, the event raised much-needed funds for local nonprofits.

Enjoy exploring our website and getting to know the Wild Game Feast. We appreciate your support of this year's Feast.

23rd Annual Wild Game Feast was a huge success! Andrew Grose 2014-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Moyer on Apr 25, 2014
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Thank You everyone who worked the Tree Give Away.  I am sure I will miss some names - but here it goes - Rito Arenas , James Armstrong, Harley Burger, Stephen Edgar, Geof Felton, Mark Figenscher, George Flack, Wayne Gordin, Rick Hall, John Hatfield, Charles Heacock, Paul Jones, Jay Keller and  Karen, Kurt Luman, Phil Martin, Charles Matousek, Terry Medlin, Lisa Ogram, Mike Orr, Hina Patel, Sasha Salerno and Dad, Steve Sally, Allen Sande, Amanda Sande, James Stem, Amy Whitmarsh & Tom Wilt & Christine.  Thank you to Odyssey of the Mind for selling donuts, to the city workers who helped keep traffic moving (at least somewhat)  and to the many friends and family members that came our early to help with the trees. Some highlights - There was a cyclist with a trailer of sorts, returning a dead tree from last year and wanted credit for it.  One of the teams had a lady who wanted to look, and was not going to take anything she did not like - ask Hina about that one.  We had trees stuck out windows and sun roofs, in trunks, trailers, front seats, there where kids giggling in back seats with trees poked between them.    It was nice to see Mitch Frierson at the Tree give away.  Again if I have missed a name, I apologize, your hard work was greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the pictures.


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Posted by Joanna Moyer on Mar 16, 2014

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 Great success today.  200 bags of food prepared and ready to deliver in about one hour!  Thanks everyone.

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Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jan 22, 2014

 Accelerate West Volusia is a new program with the following Goals:
50 New Jobs, $15 New Revenue and 10 Community-Serving Businesses.

Program Method: Individualized mentoring of 12 entrepreneurs towards job creation, business growth, and community service.
Implementing Partners:
Accelerate West Volusia is a joint program of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce ( & Entrust Enterprise Development Inc. (

How Program Works:

A cohort of 12 business owners receive mentorship over a two year span of time.

The crux of the program is the quarterly face-to-face Mentoring Session conducted at the mentee’s place of business.

For more information (or for a mentor or mentee application), please contact:

Jeff Ritchey        (386) 532-4670         
Evan Keller         (386) 801-5300         

Rotarian Evan Keller to work with Accelerate West Volusia Bobbi Baugh 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jan 22, 2014
Tricia Setzer spoke to the club January 23 on behalf of Duke Energy, presenting ten things people may not know about Duke Energy and power production generally. Duke Energy is headquartered in Charlotte NC and serves six southern states. The merger of Duke Energy with Progress Energy in Florida was completed in July of 2012. One of the most visible signs of energy production locally, the DeBary power plant, is now operating only for production at peak demand times. In DeLand, there are 150 people employed by Duke Energy at the operations center on Spring Garden Avenue. Club President Derek Mears thanked Tricia for assisting with Duke Energy’s long-standing support of the Wild Game Feast.
Duke Energy Speaks to Club January 23 Bobbi Baugh 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
January 23 pictures Joanna Moyer 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Volusia Honor Air 12-19-13 Joanna Moyer 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Dec 18, 2013

On December 19 Congressman John Mica visited the DeLand Breakfast Rotary club to participate in thanking the volunteers who have led ten years of Volusia Honor Air Flights.

Begun in 2007, the first Volusia Honor Air was spearheaded by Bill Mancinik, who had a passion for honoring the veterans of WWII. Since then, area Rotary clubs have worked together to sponsor flights for area WWII vets to Washington DC to visit the WWII Memorial. Congressman Mica has participated in these visits, assisting with logistical arrangements for the visiting group, riding the tour bus, and welcoming and visiting with the vets. Each veteran has also been joined by a sponsoring Rotarian, so the club volunteers have been active both in fundraising and in participating in the flights.

Mica presented an American flag that had been flown over the capitol to each of the flight captains. The first Honor Air flight was captained by Bill Mancinik. Following him, captains were Ray Heffington, Mike Hill, Bernadette Britz-Parker, Brad Strickland, Roger Baumgartner, Morgan Gilreath, Mike Brooks, Geoff Felton and Wayne Gordin. Other volunteers in the program who were thanked by Mica were Russ Kelton, Andy Grose, Johnm Cheney, Dave Brannon, Mike White, Jeff Bumb, Bob Coleman, Bob Lloyd, Gloria Densten and Paul Goldberg.

Congressman Mica Thanks Rotarians for Honor Air Program Bobbi Baugh 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Dec 04, 2013

On December 5 the club welcomed Nita Schmellick, president and CEO of Community Foundation of East Central Florida as our speaker. She explained the Community Foundation concept of giving: planting the seeds of tomorrow and growing a legacy. Most people give to charities as a response to a direct appeal. The monies received by the charity are usually spent right away to run the operation. When someone gives to a community Foundation, however, the giving  provides sustainable income for the charity for years to come. Donors can choose a category of charity: education, the arts, or indigent assistance, for example, or they can specify a particular agency or organization. The Community Foundation of East Central Florida is one of 40 Community Foundations in the US. Altogether, they have 50 billion in assets and give back 4 billion to charities annually. Ms. Schmellick serves as volunteer CEO of the organization, and its board members are volunteers as well. Over 80%of monies given go to the specified charities. The Community Foundation has operated in Volusia – Flagler – Putnam counties for 13 years. For more information, visit

You can be a philanthropist! Bobbi Baugh 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Nov 20, 2013

On November 21 the club heard a presentation from Joe Sullivan, Boys and Girls club director for Volusia County about the work of Boys and Girls Clubs. Boys and Girls Clubs participating kids have a high number of single parent families with low incomes, without the benefit of parental assistance other families may have. Boys and Girls clubs have locations throughout Volusia County, including their meeting place in Spring Hill in DeLand. Clubs are funded by government grants and private donations. Sullivan spoke with pride about the work of the Boys and Girls Clubs, noting especially a recent study by TaxWatch that evaluated Boys and Girls Clubs as a good use of government dollars. Children participating in Boys and Girls clubs have a higher High School graduation rate, a lower arrest rate, and better school performance. The clubs are a meeting place for kids after school, stressing academic assistance and fun activities. A number of Rotary Club members raised their hands when Joe asked if any had been in Boys and Girls Clubs themselves as young people. President Derek Mears said that our club would be participating with Boys and Girls Clubs in a project to provide meals for participating kids during Spring Break 2014 when they are unable to get meals at school.

Boys and Girls Clubs Changing Lives Bobbi Baugh 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Nov 13, 2013
On November 14 the club welcomed Sheila Vidamour as guest speaker. She is a certified Keenfit Pole Walking Instructor. According to Ms Vidamour, pole walking has a number of benefits beyond those gained from plain walking. The cardiovascular workout is enhanced. The process of placing the poles and pulling against them creates resistance, so that upper body conditioning occurs. And, because pole walking takes the pressure off the lower part of the body during walking, it can be a good fit for people who have experienced leg or hip difficulties. She demonstrated techniques of pole walking and discussed the importance of getting good quality equipment. It looks fun!
Go Take a Hike... Pole Walking! Bobbi Baugh 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Nov 13, 2013

DeLand’s Fall Festival of the Arts was the topic at the November 7 meeting. Now in its 21st year, the Festival brings approximately 175 juried artist to downtown and attracts thousands of visitors. Club member Bobbi Baugh is a volunteer with the festival, and explained some of its workings. In addition to a group of top quality professional artists, this year the festival will be honoring the K-12 Art teachers of West Volusia as the Featured Artist. Twenty-one art teachers will be represented in the Featured Artist booth, and on the festival poster and T-shirt. Teachers have been significant contributors to the Festival since its beginning by organizing the student art exhibit which takes place at the same time as the Festival. This is the first opportunity for them to shine as art makers themselves, and it’s the Festival’s way of thanking them. Baugh also explained the Patron/Collector program, which allows the professional artists showing that community members are committed to buying artwork.  More information about the festival can be found at

Fall Festival of the Arts was Meeting Program Nov 7 Bobbi Baugh 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Nov 03, 2013


Charles Matousek introduced our guest October 31, Billy deSIlva of the West Volusia Historical Scociety.  deSilva has written and directed plays about the history of West Volusia that have been performed at the Athens theatre to great audience response.  Two club members who have participated in the performances recreated their characters for us during the program.

Bill Crippen assumed the character of Arthur Jones and told of his lively and eccentric life.  Jones was the inventor of the Nautilus pull-over exercise system and the founder of Nautilus Sports Equipment which he located in Lake Helen.  Jones was quick to tell of his own accomplishments and his own importance.  His adventures included trapping and importing wild animals, becoming a millionaire several times, and marrying seven times.

Jim Armstrong assumed the character of E.E. Ropes, another lively and eccentric character from DeLand's history. Born in 1837, Ropes fought for the union army in the civil war. When he moved to DeLand he built a home at the corner of Garfield and Pennsylvania. He disliked most people, especially attorneys. He lost a race for political office to Isaac Stewart, and concentrated his venom on Stewart and his friends. Ropes lived till 1931 and is buried in Barberville.

The historical Society brings local history to life at its annual cemetery walks and in its dramatic presentations.

A little drama - a little history - at meeting Oct 31 Bobbi Baugh 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Turkey Shoot 10-26-13 Joanna Moyer 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Pictures 10-24-13 Joanna Moyer 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Oct 09, 2013



Williams, the head coach for Stetson’s Men’s Basketball team, visited the club on October 10. Coach Williams expressed his gratitude for being at Stetson and having the opportunity to build the program.


Prior to coaching at Stetson, Williams played for the NBA and was a member of the 92-93 Champion Chicago Bulls team. (Prior to playing for the Bulls he had been drafted while at Oklahoma State to play football for the Kansas City Chiefs.) Williams is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.


His coaching experiences before coming to Stetson include Oral Roberts University and Florida State University. A man of deep personal faith, Coach Williams credits the work of God in his life with bringing him to DeLand and the position at Stetson. He asked for club and community support for his work and for the team.

Stetson Basketball Head Coach visits club October 10 Bobbi Baugh 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Oct 02, 2013

The club welcomed representatives of Futures and Take Stock in Children at the breakfast meeting October 3. John Mark Atkinson, a member of the Board of Futures Foundation, thanked the club for our ongoing support of Futures. Since its beginning, Futures has funded approximately 3,100 mini-grants for teachers totaling 1.3 million dollars. Mini grants are awarded to teachers to fund innovative and creative teaching methods in their classes.

Jeanna Butler, director of Take Stock in Children, also thanked the club for our ongoing support. She urged members to remember that today’s school children will grow up to take over the responsibilities of the world in the future. Investing in them is investing in the future. Established in 1995, Take Stock in Children assists deserving low-income children, with 68 being in the program this year. They work with mentors, and the foundation awards scholarships for college costs. These students, according to Butler, are finding success in the public school system and are dreamers and do-ers.

According to Club President Derek Mears, one of the reasons the club supports Take Stock in Children is that there is a good accountability for donations. The foundation requires students to be accountable for their grades and their behavior while in Volusia County Schools, and tracks their performance in college. To date, there are over 260 students from the program who have graduated from college.  Ms. Butler asked club members to consider being a mentor. Steve Crump described his work as a mentor with a student at Taylor High School. There are children in West Volusia who are looking for mentors.

Take Stock in Children Bobbi Baugh 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Sep 25, 2013


 Nick Conte, Executive Director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the club on September 26. He shared a little-known fact about the DeLand Area Chamber: that its historical roots are in a traveling circus that promoted the Athens of Florida in the city's early years. Conte describes the Chamber's current work as advocacy for local businesses, and to act as both a buffer and a liaison between business and local governments. The DeLand Area Chamber has a contract with both the City of DeLand and Orange City for work with business retention and economic development. He told the club that sometimes simple questions from a Chamber visitor can open the door to growth, or solving problems with local givernment. The fastest growing segment of the DeLand Area Chamber is women-owned business, now representing over 40% of chamber members. FAB, Females About Business, a part of the local chamber, recently hosted a successful gala and promotes and encourages women in business.

Club Welcomes Chamber of Commerce Exec as Speaker Sept 26 Bobbi Baugh 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
DeLand Breakfast Rotary/Stetson Hatter Tailgate Party Joanna Moyer 2013-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Sep 18, 2013



The club welcomed Morgan Gilreath, Volusia County Property Appraiser, as our guest speaker on September 19. Morgan is well-known to most club members as a longtime faithful cooking and serving volunteer at the annual Wild Game Feast.

The Volusia real estate market, according to Gilreath, has shown steady recovery for the last four months, but is still not back to “normal.” In 2007 the total value of taxable property in the county was 62.5 billion. For 2013, the current total is 36.3 billion. Gilreath’s office tracks changes in the real estate market daily.

He spoke passionately about the exemption for seniors that was approved by voters in 2012. The exemption applies to citizens over 65 years old, with an annual family income of less than $25,000 who have lived in their homes at least 25 years. Although voter-approved, the legislation requires local taxing authorities to enact the exemptions. The County has already done so, but individual cities in the County have not all passed the exemption. He believes this category of citizen needs the help.

Gilreath presented detailed statistical analysis of property values, millage rates and other information. All of this is available online at the Volusia County Property appraisal website:

Property Appraiser addresses club on Sept 19 Bobbi Baugh 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Sep 11, 2013


The Club welcomed Stetson’s football coach. Roger Hughes, as its speaker on September 12. The team now has a 1-1 record. Speaking about the first game and its powerful 31-3 victory, Coach Hughes credited the win to the incredible energy and support from the community, the administration and the entire Stetson family. He said the team “played way above their heads” in that game. Stetson lost its second game against Florida Tech, a team that physically overpowered Stetson. But, according to Hughes, even a loss can offer valuable lessons. He is proud of the players and the way they hung in there. And, he stated, “Success makes you slow to learn and quick to forget.”


Rekindling the football tradition is a long-term investment, according to Hughes. Already, the school has seen increased enthusiasm and an increase in the numbers of applications for admission. He was visibly moved as he spoke about the life-changing opportunity a Stetson education offers to young men would never be able to attend Stetson otherwise. Long-term, the football program promises to graduate players who will be successful and will be part of a commitment from alumni to support the school because of the football program.

Breakfast Rotary welcomes Stetson Football Coach September 12 Bobbi Baugh 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Sep 08, 2013



Known to readers of the News Journal as, "Hey, Willie!" sportswriter Ken Willis was the speaker at the club's meeting September 5. Ken has worked in journalism for nearly thirty years and spoke about the changes in the newspaper publishing business. With the advent on news availability on internet and the many news channels avaiable, readers expect their newspaper to focus on local news: narrower and deeper views that aren't readily available elsewhere.

The News Journal has both its print edition and 24-hour web presence, which is updated throughout the day. The web version is availabel for a fee, or is free to print subscribers.

Ken expressed support for Stetson's new football program, and was impressed with the team's opening game. Not only did they win soundly, but, according to Ken, played without the "game-delay-silliness" characteristic of some football teams.

Sportswriter Ken Willis visits club on September 5 Bobbi Baugh 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Aug 21, 2013

The club welcomed the President of Stetson University, Dr. Wendy Libby and her husband, Richard, as our guests on August 22. Club member Charles Matousek introduced Dr. Libby, stating that Stetson is experiencing a Renaissance under her leadership.

It's a good week in DeLand to be thinking about Stetson. Students returned to campus last Saturday and classes began this week. DeLand looks and feels like a college town again! According to Dr. Libby, Stetson is welcoming its largest incoming class ever this school year, with approximately 850 incoming undergraduates and approximately 90 transfer students. Over 10,000 application were received for the 2013 incoming class, compared to approximately 4,000 in 2009. To support the growth, Stetson hired approximately 30 new faculty members and approximately 80 new staff persons. (Twenty-seven of those are for the football and lacrosse programs.)

According to Dr. Libby, the heart of Stetson is described in its slogan, "Daring to be significant." Students are encouraged, through rigorous academic challenges and opportunities for decision-making, to determine how they will make a mark on the world. She shared stories of Stetson grads making a difference in the worlds of business, science and the performing arts.

Looking ahead, Dr. Libby envisions a student population in DeLand of 3,500 students in 2016.


Stetson President Wendy Libby visits club on August 22 Bobbi Baugh 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
IT'S TAILGATING TIME! SEPT 21, 2013 Stetson vs Birmingham Southern Charles Heacock 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Aug 14, 2013




The club enjoyed an upbeat, informal visit with District Governor Art Macqueen on August 15. Our district includes 59 clubs in Northeast Florida, with clubs ranging in size from 12 members to 280+ members. Art encouraged each club to think about what it does best and to invite prospective members to be a part. Each club has a distinctive character and personality. He believes that those club personalities are a strength of Rotary, that all clubs are not required to be identical in flavor. He especially thanked the DeLand Breakfast club for its leadership in the Honor AIr Program.

Remembering the optimisim of youth, Art reminded members of what it felt like to believe you could change the world. Rotary, he said, actually is changing the world, with the worldwide Polio Plus campaign being a good example. Many people regret the way that the demands of work, family or other obligations can get in the way of a commitment to change the world. The second half of life, however, can be an opportunity to once more have time and resources to be involved in changing the world. Involvement in Rotary and commitment to the Rotary foundation is a great opportunity to make change happen.

District Governor Art Macqueen visits August 15 Bobbi Baugh 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Moyer on Aug 07, 2013

Guest speakers today were Paul Ryder and James Thomson - Deland Highschool athletic program coaches.  Paul Ryder's presentation today was "The Purpose of the DeLand Highschool Athletics"

1) Maximize Student Participation, 2) Develop Life Skills, 3) encourage Hard Work, 4) ensure the welfare & safety of its participants, 5) teach the spirit of sportsmanship and pride and lastly, 6) teach dedication and hardwork.  His vision is to have "the best athletic program in Central Florida and work until it is on of the best in the state".

Core Beliefs are

B - Balance everything - Academic, athletic and social

U - Unity - Teamwork and working together

L- Leadership - Teach skills of leadership and being a role model

L - Learning- make good decision - think quickly

D - Discipline

O - Optimism - Having a positive attitude

G- Giving - Giving back to the school and community

S- Sportsmanship - playing by the rules.

For more reading is the DeLand Highschool website.

DeLand High Athletics address club on 8/8 Joanna Moyer 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jul 31, 2013


The club welcomed Jason Davis, Chairman of the Volusia County Council, as our speaker on August 1. Mr. Davis has served as chairman since January of 2013. Summing his experience-to-date, he saidthat a single word best expressed it: "Wow!" He described the responsibilities of the Chair as a vast change from his previous experience as an executive producer for radio and experience as a solo entrepreneur in the computer field. Davis stated that his main priority is jobs. He exlpained that the Council has already gone on record of supporting development of a Spaceport in SE Volusia in the Shiloh area. The final decision, he explained, is now in the hands of federal agencies reviewing the project. He favors development of Sunrail to DeLand, hopes it can happen 6 months earlier than the current plan, and looks for long-term funding that will not be the burden of Volusia County taxpayers. On the subject of beach tolls, Davis said he favors a $10.00 maximum toll.

Volusia County Council Chairman visits Club on August 1 Bobbi Baugh 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jul 28, 2013

Club members received recognition at the July 18 meeting for perfect attendance. 

One year: Ken Mullen, Sasha Salerno, Andy Sistrunk, James Stem.

Two years: Bobbi Baugh, Steve Crump, Charles Matousek, Joanna Moyer, Amande Sande, Mark Watts. 

Four years: Missy Chaves and Cheryl Lankford 

Five years: Mike Orr     

Six years: Ray Heffington and Allen Sande  

Sevenyears: Steve Sally

Eight years: Jerry Doyle

Nine years: Terry Medlin    

Ten years: Geof Felton, Russell Kelton, Derek Mears, and Daniel Thorne    

Eleven years: Jim Armstrong
Twelve years: Paul Jones

Thirteen years: Harley Burger and Bill Crippen.

Sixteen years: Deric Kaiser. 

Seventeen years: Mike Brooks.  

Twenty years: Ernie Peterson.   

Thirty years: Darryl Cowden.  

Thirty two years: Dave Perkins.

As a special recognition of his forty two years of perfect attendance, the family of Jerry Frierson attended to receive his award.  In addition, President Derek Mears presented a Paul Harris Fellow in honor of Jerry’s wife Susan to the Frierson children. Jerry’s son spoke from the heart about Jerry’s love for and dedication to the Breakfast Rotary Club. “Service Above Self” was central in Jerry’s character, and he passed that value to his children.

Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jul 24, 2013


Tim Bustos, Executive Director of the Florida Bicycle Association spoke to the club on July 25. The Association's home is DeLand; they occupy the "west wing" of the Deland Area Chamber of commerce building. Bustos explained that bicycles are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles. He also explained the purposes of the Association: education and the promotion of safe bicycling routes, policies and laws. The "Share the Road" license plate is available for cars to raise money for FBA and Bike Florida. For more information about the association, visit


Florida Bicycle Association Exec Director Visits Club July 25 Bobbi Baugh 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
July 18th - Induction of New Members and Perfect Attendance Joanna Moyer 2013-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jul 14, 2013
Members of the Deland Breakfast Rotary gathered at the Sandhill golf course on July 11 for an evening of fellowship and the installation of club officers. Recently returned for the Rotary International convention in Lisbon, Derek spoke about the RI theme for 2013-2014: Engage Rotary, Change Lives. Incoming board members and club officers were introduced and installed by the district governor. Thanks to outgoing President, Mark Watts, for his service to the club. Welcome President Derek! 
Derek Mears Installed as Club President July 11 Bobbi Baugh 2013-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Moyer on Jul 10, 2013

DeLand Breakfast Rotary installed its 38th President, slate of officers and Board of Directors on Thurs July 11.





Installation Banquet 2013 Joanna Moyer 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Last Meeting for Mark as President Joanna Moyer 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
St Johns Rangers Camp 1360 - Sons of Confederate Veterans 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on Jun 06, 2013

Thank you everyone who attended Jerry Frierson gatherings.  If you would like to light a candle for Jerry or leave a message for his family, you can go to the Lankford Funeral Home Website and click on his picture. From there you can go to the tribute wall and light a candle or leave a message for the family.  It’s a nice way to share a thought because it will be out there forever.  The family can go back to visit and read what is out there even years later. 

Our club is great because of its people. 

Joanna Moyer
DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club

Remembering Jerry Frierson Bobbi Baugh 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on May 27, 2013
Our guest on May 23 was Ted Gumbart, commissioner of the Atlantic Sun Conference. He has been affiliated with the conference for 23 years. The conference has ten schools and sponsors 19 sports, the newest being men's and women's lacrosse. Prior to his work with the Atlantic Sun Conference, Mr. Gumbart worked at Stetson from 1985-1991. He also earned his MBA from Stetson. The conference has as its motto "Building Winners for Life;" Mr. Gumbart spoke proudly of the graduation rates and GPAs of student athletes. The conference began in 1979, and Stetson joined in 1985. More than 30 schools have been a part of the conference in its history, with Mercer being the one original school still in the Conference.
ATLANTIC SUNS CONFERENCE - Topic at May 23 meeting Bobbi Baugh 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh on May 20, 2013
Last week the DeLand Breakfast Rotary welcomed Steven DeVane, CEO of Duvall Home in DeLand. DeVane told us about the history of The Duvall Home, and its mission: to care for those unable to care for themselves. The Duvall Home currently  employs approximately 200 people and serves adults with developmental disabilities.
Duvall Home CEO addressed club on May 16 Bobbi Baugh 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
What would it take to Change the World? Derek Mears 2013-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frederick Kaiser on Mar 17, 2013

The Albert D. Downs Wild Game Feast is the DeLand Breakfast Rotary's premier fundraising and community event, and over it's 21 years has raised more than $1.265 million for local non-profit organizations and programs in West Volusia County, Florida.

The 2013 Wild Game Feast will take place from 5 - 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Tommy Lawrence Arena at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Again this year, with the help of sponsors and ticket buyers, the event will raise much-needed funds for local nonprofits.

There are several ways to support the Wild Game Feast! First, consider purchasing a ticket to the May 2 event. Enjoy an endless buffet, beverages and entertainment for only $50 per ticket. Or, support the Wild Game Feast with a sponsorship package, which range from $300 - $10,000.

Enjoy exploring our website and getting to know the Wild Game Feast better. We appreciate your support and look forward to another outstanding event this year.


DeLand Breakfast Rotary's 22nd WildGame Feast Frederick Kaiser 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Mar 21, 2012

Congrats to Steve Crump, Charles Matousek, Mike Orr and Allen Sande.  These gentleman will serve on the Board from July 2012 - June 2014. 

Thank you for your "Service Above Self"
Congrats To Our Newly Elected Board Members! Derek Mears 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Help Honor Our Nation's Greatest Citizens Debra West 2012-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debra West on Feb 15, 2012
Thursday, Feb 16th,  our member Debra West shared a video and answered questions about The Duvall Home. Their mission is to provide quality care and the highest level of independence for each of their 140 residents living with developmental disabilities.
The non-profit is faced with financial challenges due to cuts in State funding, increases in expenses and decreases in donations.
In looking for new avenues to raise money they have recently opened a their second thrift store in Deltona. Also, students from the adult day training center, nicknamed "OPPS" for opportunities, are producing cookie jars and designing greeting cards that are for sale.They are also available for contract work stuffing envelopes and other similar tasks. 
The Duvall Home's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, April 30th at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach. See Debra West  for sponsorship opportunities and player information.
Debra West - Chief Development Officer, The Duvall Home Debra West 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Feb 13, 2012
Congratulations to Missy Chaves and Ed Supinski on being Breakfast Rotary's newest Paul Harris Fellows.  Our club has a strong tradition 62 of our current active members are Paul Harris Fellows.  Club members have given just below $250,000 since our clubs Charter.  Congrats to Missy, Ed and to all Paul Harris Fellows in our club.

2 Breakfast Rotarians reach Paul Harris Fellow Derek Mears 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Nov 30, 2011

Please Welcome Sandra Carson from Florida Hospital DeLand and Natalie Simon from Central Florida Boy Scouts

to our club. 



2 New Members Installed Derek Mears 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
2 New Members get their Permanent Badge Rick Hall 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Nov 09, 2011

 West Volusia Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing throughout the world. Primarily through volunteer labor and donations, we build simple, decent houses, and sell them at cost and without interest to qualified families in West Volusia County. House payments are used to help build additional homes.

West Volusia Habitat for Humanity operates the Bargain Barn, a great place to shop for slightly used items.  Office and Shop is located at 604 S Spring Garden Ave., Deland, Florida 32720



Habitat for Humanity building lives building homes... Derek Mears 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Reptile Discovery Center Derek Mears 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
DeLand Sculpture Walk Joanna Moyer 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Oct 12, 2011


Entrust's programs help businesses start and grow, add jobs and battle poverty in their communities. This is done through the investment of long-term relationships with seasoned business leaders from their own countries and from North America. Please see their Mentor page to learn more about how these local and international mentoring relationships are established, nurtured and multiplied.  Integrated with these mentoring relationships is a world-class curriculum of business training presented by business academics and practitioners. The material which trainers present is reinforced and contextualized to each individual business by mentors and mentees. The Train page expounds on this key component of our mission.

While Entrust's overall scope is Latin America and the Caribbean, it is focusing now on developing pilot projects in Leogane, Haiti and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Partners Worldwide, the leader in global business development services from a Christian perspective, is connecting us to excellent groups of entrepreneurs seeking mentorship. See the Haiti and Honduras pages for more details.
While the mission of Entrust is obviously weighted to benefit those in developing nations, developed-world mentors gain nearly as much through new, service-focused relationships. Expanding one's sense of purpose and view of the world's needs is priceless.
Please let them know whether you're interested in donating or volunteering to help restore dignity and ignite the entrepreneurial creativity of entire communities!



Entrust - DeLand Breakfast Rotary's own, Evan Keller, Making difference in Haiti! Derek Mears 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Do you know your numbers? Derek Mears 2011-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Sep 28, 2011
Our speaker today was Steve Olson , Public Information Officer for the State of Florida, Department of Transportation.  The topic for his presentation was SunRail.  Operation expected to begin in 2013, phase one will be from DeBary to Sand Lake Road.  In phase two SunRail will expand to Deland and go all the way to Poinciana in Osceola County.  SunRail will provide a low cost alternative to I-4, using the existing tracks infrastructure.  Construction, operations and maintenance is expected to generate over 13,000 new jobs, with a $1.55 billion in economic benefit.  SunRail compartments will have wireless internet, power outlets, luggage and bicycle accommodations.  For more information go to


Sunrail is coming! Derek Mears 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Sep 21, 2011
Our Speaker today was Art MacQueen from our District 6970.  Art discussed the availability, the qualifications and the different types of grants Rotary Clubs can apply for.  Also discussed that the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, the first club in Florida will be turning 100 years old in February, there will be a celebration and the guest speaker will be the president of Rotary International.
Objectives of Future Vision
  • Strengthen the impact of club projects
  • Sharpen focus of grants
  • Transfer more decision making locally
  • Partner with other organizations
  • Simplify grant processing
  • Increase Rotary’s visibility and image
Rotary Foundation Derek Mears 2011-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Sep 14, 2011
Stetson Football program was accepted into the Pioneer Football League in June of this year.  Their first game will be in the fall of 2013, 57 years after disbanding of the original football program.   Coach Hughes formerly the head coach of Princeton will head up the program.  Coach Hughes spent 10 years as head coach of Princeton and 8 years as offensive coordinator at Dartmouth.  Home Football games will be played at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium.   For more information : 



Are You Ready For Some Stetson Football? Coach Hughes is! Derek Mears 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Aug 31, 2011
Our guest speaker today was Joe Sullivan of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties.  There are 9 clubs though out Volusia and Flagler.  Their core programs are:  Character & Leadership Development, Educational and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sport, Fitness and Recreation.  The 9 clubs serve over 2000 youth annually and nearly 500 daily. For more info...
Joe Sullivan 
Boys and Girls Clubs of Volusia and Flagler Counties Derek Mears 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanna Moyer on Aug 31, 2011
 Debra West joined DeLand Breakfast Rotary on Sept. 1.  She is the Chief Development Officer at the Duvall Home and resides in DeLeon Springs.  Be sure to say Hello to Debra!Image
Meet Debra West our newest member Joanna Moyer 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Aug 15, 2011

The 3 Rotary Clubs in Deland welcomed Clint Dawkins our District Governor for the 2011/2012 year.  Encore catering prepared a Pre Dinner and Dinner gathering to meet out new Governor.  Twenty nine members of Deland Breakfast Rotary attended the event.  The governor received two awards, one from Mayor Apgar the other from the Deland Rotary Clubs.  Missy Chaves accepted the award for her team from Bowling for literacy.


District Governor address' City of DeLand's Rotarians Derek Mears 2011-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Jul 27, 2011

The Deland Breakfast Rotary Meeting of July 28th, 2011, guest speaker was Becky Cahill of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia.  This program, when funding is available, allows eligible working parents the opportunity to receive subsidized high quality school readiness child care for their children.   The Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia three areas of focus are – helping children, helping families and helping providers.  For more information please contact Becky Cahill at 386-323-2400 or


 July 28th, 2011 Early Learning Coalition Guest Speaker (2)

Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Derek Mears 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Derek Mears on Jul 27, 2011
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Blaine Aldrich
Wayne Gordin
Art Parissi
Jim Armstrong
Andy Grose
Dave Perkins
Michael Brooks
Ray Heffington
Ernie Peterson
Harley Burger
Paul Jones
Andrew Raynor
Michelle Chaves
Deric Kaiser
Sean Ryan
Darryl Cowden
Russell Kelton
Steve  Sally
William Crippen
Gary Meadows
Allen Sande
Jerry Doyle
Derek Mears
Malcolm Smith
Jerry Frierson
Mike Orr
Daniel Thorne

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27 Members receive 2010-2011 Perfect Attendance! Derek Mears 2011-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Daytona Beach News Journal WGF article Derek Mears 2011-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Turkey Shoot Joanna Moyer 0
10-16-14 Meeting in Pictures Joanna Moyer 0
Posted by Debra West

To all--

Thank you for the opportunity to present the Barberville Pioneer Settlement to our club at the meeting last week.

Although the presentation was not as smooth as I would have liked for it to be, it was great practice for me and I appreciate everyone's time and attention.

As mentioned in the presentation we are working on a new website which will launch in the very near future. Meanwhile the existing site offers pertinent information and an opportunity to sign up for a newsletter if you so desire

Let me know if you are planning to visit Barberville and Discover Yesterday Today!  I'd be pleased to show you around. 

Thanks again for allowing me to share the Pioneer Spirit!


Sharing the Pioneer Spirit Debra West 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh

The club welcomed Joe Chitwood, President of the Daytona International Speedway, on May 29. He brought a mix of stories and images from the past and updates on the Speedway’s colossal building project currently underway. While the company owns and maintains a number of properties, Daytona is its flagship raceway and is receiving the biggest investment of capital to enhance race-attendees’ experience. When completed, the Speedway will include amenities like those available at other major sports venues. In addition to its current schedule of racing events, the facility may be available for other large sporting or performance events as well.

Joe Chitwood spoke to club on May 29 Bobbi Baugh 0
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The club enjoyed a combination of classification talks and a presentation by creative middle schoolers at the meeting May 22.

The first classification talk was presented by Steve Edgar. He is a forester and became familiar with our club when he was invited as a guest speaker. He has participated in a Rotary exchange to Brazil. Steve’s business, Long Leaf Forest Services, is a private firm that manages timber and agricultural lands. He also assesses timber value on lands, can provide wetlands information to landowners, and, as a Real Estate Broker, specializes in large land tracts.

Mark Figenscher is a commercial loan officer with TD bank. He grew up in Western New York, and has been in DeLand since 2001. He and his wife, Lynn, have sons actively involved in sports, and the family enjoys being involved in their games together.

Cholly Chapps has been a member of Rotary for over forty years and has served as President of two clubs. He is a graduate of Stetson University and was sponsored in this club by Gary Meadows. Cholly worked in the administration of the University of Miami for eighteen years, then became an entrepreneur in software development. Later, he turned his attention to philanthropic campaigns and became a philanthropy consultant. He started the non-profit “infants in need.” Cholly has been involved in philanthropic projects in Haiti and South America. He now enjoys being retired.

The Odyssey of the mind team from DeLand Middle School displayed their problem-solving skills and creativity for the club, showing what they had created on the topic “drive.” They fulfilled the requirements of this year’s competition by creating a vehicle (theirs looked like a Model T) that could actually propel itself both forwards and backwards. Each team member told the club what being a part of this group means to them. They learn a lot, challenge themselves, create bonds of friendship, get a little zany, and have fun. President Derek Mears presented a check to the team from the club to help with their costs in traveling to the national competition.

Classification Talks and Student Creativity on May 22 Bobbi Baugh 0
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On May 15 the club welcomed Sam Willett to present information about the upcoming vote to extend the half-cent sales tax for capital improvements for Volusia County Schools. Willett is the father of children who attended Volusia Schools, and an active member of Futures and school volunteer programs. He explained that the proposed tax is not a new one, but a legislatively-required extension of an existing tax that will, without the vote, expire. Most of the funding that Volusia receives from the state is earmarked for specific purposes, and the School Board does not have the authority to spend designated funds for other purposes. This tax will also be a designated funding source, and will go specifically for capital projects. Willett described the need for upgrades and replacements for a number of school facilities. He urged club members to support the tax extension.

Half-Cent Sales Tax for Volusia Schools Bobbi Baugh 0
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The Athens Theater, a facility with a long and rich history, is alive and well, with regular live performances by the Sands Theater Company. Marketing and operations manager Alexis Baldwin visited us on March 13 to tell club members about the Athens. Our club sponsors scholarships for kids to attend theater camps, and individual business members are also contributors. Alexis specially thanked MainStreet Bank and Cobb & Cole for their sponsorships, as well as MainStreet Grill, Express Printing and the Artisan Inn. The theater was built in 1920 and opened in 1921 with vaudeville acts. It closed in disrepair in 1990, but was purchased by MainStreet DeLand Association in 1994. Ownership was transferred to the Sands Theater in 2004, and in 2010 the Sands troupe staged its first show. The Athens is now the site for a full season of plays and special events.

Athens Theater presentation on March 13 Bobbi Baugh 0
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Mamie Otis, Principal of Southwestern Middle School, visited the club on March 6.  Her enthusiastic, inspiring talk gave the club insight into Southwestern and its students. The club has scheduled a service project next week to prepare meals for Southwestern students over spring break.


Ms. Otis has been in education for 33 years, serving as principal at Southwestern for the past 11 years. The school is rich in tradition. Established in 1962, it is the smallest middle school in the district. Students are in grades 6-8. Over 70% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. They begin the school day with breakfast.


Otis speaks passionately about Southwestern as a place to be a safe haven for its students. Students are encouraged to succeed and to treat teachers and each other respectfully. A full palette of activities are available for Southwestern students, including chorus, band, culinary classes, robotics, 4H, Catalyst mentoring, Jr. Beta Club, Nutrition Club, track, volleyball, and extended learning times with the media center open after school hours.


Several club members praised Southwestern for its positive influence on their children. Once considered the middle school to avoid, Southwestern is now considered as a positive place for kids to go to school.

Good things are happening at Southwestern Middle School Bobbi Baugh 0
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DeLand City Manager Michael visited the club on February 27 to give us an update on the City. His update was framed in terms of the City’s response to the recession and how we have weathered the storm. Pleus said that the City’s workforce was cut by 55 positions in February of 2009. Using the downturn in the economy as an opportunity, City staff used the period to listen and prioritize. Some of the changes and accomplishments resulting from this are the City’s “Open for Business” designation from having redone its land development regulations. Recently, DeLand has led the County in residential housing permits for the last 15 months. Pleus also described the importance of strategic partnerships between the City and cultural/tourism organizations as well as the Earl Brown Park improvements (including the Sanborn Center scheduled to open this June) and the stadium  partnership with Stetson University.

DeLand City Manager visits club Feb 27 Bobbi Baugh 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh

On February 20 the club welcomed Jeff Higgins as our speaker. Jeff is assistant athletic director at Stetson University, a position he has held since January 2013. Jeff is a graduate of Stetson law school and worked at UNLV before coming to Stetson. His goal since joining Stetson athletics has been to help create a culture shift in the community’s perception of Stetson athletics, to help the community realize that Stetson has a lot in common with NCAA Division I teams competing at the highest level. Specifically, he has concentrated on creating a new business model for Stetson, developing a new ticketing approach and working on enhanced corporate partnerships.

Stetson Athletics Assistant Director visits club February 20 Bobbi Baugh 0
Posted by Bobbi Baugh

The club welcomed Doug Beach, Executive Director of Volusia-Flagler Council on Aging to our January 29th meeting. Mr. Beach began with a fact-or-fiction test involving ten widely held views about seniors. We learned that less than 2.1% of seniors are in long-term nursing home care and 1.99% in assisted-living facilities. So, most seniors are in their own homes. The COA’s goal is to keep more well elders in their own homes to have less need for institutionalized care.


The Volusia-Flagler COA currently serves approximately 1800 elders. There are more than 2500 on waiting lists. 

Council on Aging Director visits Club on January 29 Bobbi Baugh 0
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New member Randy Yost was inducted by Deric Kaiser on October 17.  Yost represents the Cloisters and moved to DeLand this past January. 

Classification talks were given by Terry Medlin and Patrick Forrestal. These two have a lot in common. Each moved to DeLand from New England, each has been a long-time Rotarian, each has been a past President of his club, and each has served at the District level in Rotary. Additionally, each expressed an interest in and commitment to being an active part of the community, and each brings enthusiasm and a passion for service to our club

Classification talks were given by Terry Medlin and Patrick Forrestal. These two have a lot in common. Each moved to DeLand from , each has been a long-time Rotarian, each has been a past President of his club, and each has served at the District level in Rotary. Additionally, each expressed an interest in and commitment to being an active part of the community, and each brings enthusiasm and a passion for service to our club. 
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Long-time club member Malcolm Smith passed away on Saturday, September 21.  A “Celebration of Life” Church Service for Malcolm Smith will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 26th,  at  5:30 pm. The church address is 319 W. Wisconsin Avenue, DeLand, Florida.

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Judge McFerrin Smith (who is also a member of the noon Rotary Club) spoke to our club on August 29 on the subject of probate. Judge Smith presides over probate proceedings for all of Volusia County and also in Flagler County. The most important advice he offered to club members is preparedensss. In every part of one's life-- financial, family and health decisions-- it is important to have your wishes communicated to family members in advance. A will dictates the distribution of assets. Advance Directives communicate your wishes about end-of-life health decisions. Judge Smith stated that he is cutting back on work-related obligations, including speaking engagements, and he was pleased this address-- his last  to a community organization as a judge-- was to the DeLand Breakfast Rotary.
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Our speaker today was Ben Collins from “The Collective”.   The Collective is a community based worship center located at 111 South Alabama Avenue in Deland.  Gatherings are on Sunday between 5 and 7PM.

Ben grew up in Melbourne Florida and attended Eckerd College.  While attending Eckerd, Ben received the calling to become a minister and transferred to Stetson University.  Ben was instrumental in developing the first College and Young Adult Ministry at the First Baptist Church.

The Collective is a threshold congregation – meaning it is not a specific denomination, but a community based church that spreads the word of God through open positive discussion instead of a lecture.

Visit their facebook page for more information.



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Our speaker last Thursday was Lisa Hamilton, Executive Director of the Volusia/Flagler Coalition for the Homeless and Mike Cornell, Board Secretary and Homeless Representative. Mr. Cornell, a Veteran, shared a very emotional and insightful story because it was a story about him having been homeless for 17 years. The agency partners with 6 other agencies all collaborating to prevent homelessness one is IDignity. A critical piece of becoming not homeless is often getting the proper ID. IDignity of DeLand is an identity rebuilding service that is helping to provide this important key to homeless folks in rebuilding their lives.

Three times during the year a volunteer corps of 80-90 people and staff from the Volusia-Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless conduct events open to the public providing comprehensive assistance in obtaining identification. The IDignity team consists of representatives from the Florida Division of Drivers License, County Health Department, SSA, IRS, VA, local attorneys who provide legal review and representation, staff from many agencies including Center for Business Excellence, United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, Goodwill Industries, Neighborhood Center, House Next Door, and volunteers from many churches in DeLand. These groups come together in one location on one day to assist approximately 150 people take steps necessary to obtain identification. Coalition staff support the program between events.

IDignity DeLand is funded entirely by donations and pays almost no administrative costs. Funds are expended for the costs of holding the events and obtaining identification for the clients. IDignity DeLand has raised over $25,000.00 to date

Donations can be made...

Please mail check or cash donations to our offices at:

Volusia/Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
P.O. Box 444
DeLand, FL 32721-0444


Visit their website for more information and to sign-up for their newsletter.

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Our speaker last week was Dr. Timothy L McNeil, LMHC Executive Director of Genesis Counseling Center.

It was a great and timely presentation about relationships. 

The basic points were...

Your relationship you deal with Stress, Conflict, Solve Problems,Balance Power and Raise Kids. Look at your family, write a purpose statement and remember it isn't about winning or losing's about understanding.

The mission of the Genesis Counseling Center is to provide the highest quality of pastoral care and counseling in connection with United Methodist Churches of the East Central District, churches and faith centers of other denominations, as well as the Greater West Volusia community at large.

What Dr. McNeil didn't share with us is that he is the Chaplain at the Daytona International Speedway and he has written a book.

Please check our his website for more information.

His book is on Amazon! Discover Your Destiny: The Soul, The Self, and The Search

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Our speaker teo weeks ago was Lori Bainbridge from Community Partnership for Children. She talked about a great need for more foster homes and foster families. She also discussed the criteria for becoming a foster parent and required background screening.

Hee is some more information about an upcoming fundraiser event...

8th Annual Friends of Children Breakast

Please join us for the 8th Annual Friends of Children Breakfast.  Reserve your seat online through our event registration, or call Roxanne Denning at 386-254-3915 or email Roxanne at

Join us in helping hundreds of children in our community. Seating is limited, so please rsvp quickly.  We also have excellent sponsorship opportunities available!

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Our speaker last Thursday was Pete Dunn - Men's Baseball Coach at Stetson University. Pete shared that this year the team has a lot of young players however his is still very optimistic for a good year. Over the years 15 players from Stetson have gone on to play pro ball and currently two Hatters' are in the Big League.

Looks like Pete is also headed to the "big league" so to speak...according to the story posted today on Stetson's website...

Stetson University baseball coach Pete Dunn has earned college baseball’s highest honor, election to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Dunn will be inducted with the Class of 2014. The full class of inductees for 2014 will be announced later this year.

“It is tremendous honor for me to be inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame,” Dunn said. “To even be mentioned in the same breath as some of the men who are in the ABCA Hall of Fame is truly humbling. But this is not a recognition of Pete Dunn it is a recognition of the accomplishments of all the young men I have had the extreme pleasure to coach and mentor over the years as well as my assistant coaches whose loyalty and expertise make my job so rewarding."   Click here to read more

Season Tickets are on sale now and the first game is Friday Feb. 15th 6:30 at home.


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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

Friday afternoon was the Annual Christmas Pageant... a celebration of the joy of Christmas. I was feeling most jovial as drove home after work only to discover my husband was lowering the flag in our front yard.

To watch the news reports on television is too overwhelming. There really is no escaping it but we must refuse to become addicted to it too. Most of what I’ve learned about the incident has come from news on the internet… in my search for the answer to the unanswerable WHY… looking for reliable information… but in very small doses somehow seems it’s more manageable.

This past weekend I spent time with 4 year-old grandson and visited my 7 year-old niece and 10 year-old nephew. Every hug we shared was longer and tighter, every laugh seemed louder and every smile seemed brighter. And every time I’d see the flag flying low I thought of Newtown with a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. 

It seems untimely to be sharing pictures of joy like Erin's dance recital, Caden's mud pies and the Christmas Pageant, amidst such tragedy. I’ve really been struggling with this, when you think of the grief that the Newtown families are suffering, how unfair this world is and what kind of life the little children who have lived through this will have.

Then yesterday I received a newsletter from P B & J (Purpose Brand & Joy) who wrote that… “We are interdependent. What affects one of us, affects all of us.” And I realized that that works for both the good and the bad.

The author also shared a link to some things that might lift our spirits and help us remember how wonderful humanity can be. Something I believe we are all in need of right now and something I want to share with you. 

It was like receiving an answer that it’s okay to continue to share the joyous things in life even during the sad times. Maybe even especially now…

So as our hearts and prayers go out to all those suffering loss, in Newtown and every town around the world, maybe these stories will help us to remember to keep faith in humanity. 

(Click on the link below)

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year


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Our presentation last week was by Tom Roberts the President of the West Volusia Historical Society.

Along with the Tour of Homes that took place this past weekend and the Chili Cook-off annual fundraiser (which our club helps out with) the West Volusia Historical Society hosts living history moonlight tours at the Historic Oakdale Cemetery. Some of our members and other individuals from the community participate as actors portraying the lives of people that are buried in the cemetery and whom were the backbones of the West Volusia community. Mr. Roberts even shared a suspicious ghostly encounter of his own.

The West Volusia Historical Society's mission is to collect, record, store, protect and interpret the physical and cultural heritage of the City of DeLand & West Volusia County, and to share that heritage with the community and visitors alike. 

Many people visit DeLand from China to see the bust of Lue Gim Gong "The Citrus Wizard." Often called the "Luther Burbank of Citrus," Lue Gim Gong was an early pioneer in developing many varieties of grapefruit and oranges that won him many honors.

The West Volusia Historical Society operates

Henry A. DeLand House Museum

Robert M. Conrad Educational Research Center

Lue Gim Gong Memorial Garden

and displays at the DeLand Hospital Museum.

Visitors are invited to visit the Historical Society located in the Henry A. DeLand House, 137 W. Michigan Avenue, DeLand, Florida 32720 

Phone or Fax: 386/740-6813

Tom Roberts pictured below...


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Fellow Rotarians,

I can think of very few events that have caused such widespread grief and sorrow as the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.  As the father of a 7 year old daughter, I have found myself in tears over the past several days when I think about how much hope was lost with the death of each child in Newtown and how much bravery was displayed by the teachers and administrators who sacrificed themselves so that the death toll was not higher.

Our fellow Rotarians in Newtown have established a fund through their local foundation to support the short and long term needs of the victims and their families.  As a club, our board has authorized a donation of at least $500 to the fund.  I hope you will consider a separate donation to help the community heal and to begin restoring hope to Newtown.  

A link to the Newtown Rotary Club's webpage is below.  Follow the instructions provided to make your donation.  Thank you. 

Mark Watts
DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club

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Our presentation last week was by

Jennifer Peets from the State Guardian Ad Litem Program. 

The program was established in 1980 to advocate on behalf of abused or neglected children. In this region in Florida, comprised of Volusia, Flagler, St Johns and Putnam counties there are 1600 children in need. 

The Guaridan Ad Litem is a volunteer that requires a person to be 21 years old, pass a level 2 background screening and 3-4 days of training in class or on-line. You start out with a mentor until you feel comfortable enough to go solo.

They like for the volunteer to remain with the child and meet with them at least once a month until the case is finished. Cases take an average of three years.

For more information visit...

To find out more about volunteering....

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At our meeting on November 15th, Karen Weiss shared photos and information from her visits to the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok Thailand and to Cambodia where she saw first hand the Sustainable Cambodia project at work.

Sustainable Cambodia is an independent nonprofit organization and is not formally affiliated with Rotary International or The Rotary Foundation, active Rotarians are key founders and make up a majority of Sustainable Cambodia’s Board of Directors. Sustainable  Cambodia purposefully aligns its values with those of Rotary International, including RI’s ideals of empowerment, peace through understanding, world service and community service. We apply Rotary’s effective “Four-Way Test” to ethical issues.

Sustainable Cambodia works with the families of rural Cambodian villages to help them achieve sustainability and self-sufficiency through wells, irrigation systems, schools, training and empowerment. 

Cambodian village families have been slowly rebuilding their lives after the Khmer Rouge genocide, but Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Rural areas of Cambodia still face severe poverty, lack of health care, and low levels of education, economic opportunity, and resources. Sustainable Cambodia works with YOU to make a huge difference in the lives of these deserving families. 

For more information contact Karen Weiss or visit these websites...

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AIR - Alliance for International ReforestationGuatemala. 

Our Rotary Club supports this cause, monetarily and with workers.  

Guatemala like many of the South American countries, rely on wood to cook, & heat with.  The forests there were being stripped from the country. When the forests are depleted land slides destroy villages and many people lose their lives.  

Ann Hallum presented the cause to Rotary International and the project which was approved and grant money was funded to help with re-forestation and to supply methane gas cook stoves to stop the use of wood. Ann shared an update on the Air Guatemala project.  In her presentation she showed pictures taken 10 to 15 years ago of barren land that now is currently grown to a forest.

Ann is also the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of The Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc. which is an environmental organization working in over 40 villages in Guatemala and Nicaragua. Professor Hallum frequently takes student interns to work with AIR projects.          

For more information visit   



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Jerry Doyle's 24 year-old granddaughter Stephanie recently participated in the Susan G. Komen - 3 Days - 60 Miles - To erase breast cancer - walk. 

Jerry & Stephanie would like to thank our Rotary club for their help in sponsoring her with the $260 in Happy Dollars. Stephanie not only had to train for the event she had to raise $2300 to participate and $65 for a support team.

Jerry shot this picture at the event where they stayed on a corner at an Elks lodge in St. Petersburg in their motor home.

Jerry says, "900+ walkers came by then turned right where we were.  I had no idea this was such a big event, they raised 2.5 million dollars for breast cancer research!"


Stephanie after her 3 day 60 mile walk, kinda sore, but happy.

Look for Stephanie to join us soon at a future meeting.

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Our new  member Todd Bauerle. Todd who was inducted today into our club is a former Deland Breakfast Rotarian. He is married to Susan and they have 2 children.  Todd's first membership began in April 1985, because of family commitments after 11 years of service to our club had to resign, we are so very glad to have him back.  Please take a moment and send him a welcome email - his address is  Welcome Todd.


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Last week our District Governor John Brunner stopped by to share information about Rotary and to find out what we need in our district.
As a fairly new DeLand Breakfast Rotarian I found it quite interesting to hear about some of the history of the club, to discover just how diverse a group we really are and to realize what a tremendous impact we have on our community. It really is quite an amazing!
Thanks Mr. Brunner for allowing us to take this time to reflect, to share the many successes and to begin to think about future opportunities. Mayor Bob Apgar and City Commissioner Phil Martin presented Mr. Brunner with a lapel pin.
You can check out the Brunner Blog at 

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Our presenters last week shared an amazing mentorship program called Teach One to Lead One. The focus of this program is intervention and re-education for at risk youth in grades one through twelve. Senior Pastor of My Refuge Christian Center Vincent Cuda has been the area director for three years and has graduated over 60 students and has an 85-90% success rate. The cost per child is about $50 for the 12-15 week program. 
Marc Gilmet, Volusia County Supervisor for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice also spoke at the meeting. Mr Gilmet attested to the success rate of this program and the need to keep this program operating. The success is determined through monitoring a students grades, behavior and school attendence.

The program was originally developed in Atlanta by Celebrate Life International, Inc. for more infromation 

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor call 386-259-0791, or email us mailto:

You can also make donations on their website 

Pastor Vincent Cuda

Marc Gilmet, Volusia County Supervisor for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 

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Congratulations to the following members whom have attained 100% attendance!!!

1 Year- Clint Comly. Bobbi Baugh, Bill Marotte, Mark Watts, Edward Supinski, Amanda Sandi and Joanna Moyer

2 Years - Patsy Cohn and Taver Cornett

3 Years - Mike Orr, Cheryl Lankford, Missy Chaves

4 Years - Lewis Parissi

5 Years - Ray Heffington, Allen Sande

6 Years - Steve Sally

7 Years - Jerry Doyle

9 Years - Daniel Thorne, Russell Kelton, Derek Mears, Geof Felton

10 Years - James Armstrong

11 Years - Paul Jones

12 Years - Bill Crippen and Harley Burger

15 Years - Deric Kaiser

16 Years -  Malcom Smith, Mike Brooks

19 Years - Ernie Peterson

29 Years Daryl Cowden

31 Years - Bob Apgar and Dave Perkins

41 Years - Jerry Frierson

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Our club never ceases to amaze me!  

We asked for your support last week to help former member Cherry Smith and her husband as they deal with health and financial struggles. You responded by raising $600.00 on the spot!  Together with the $500.00 match provided by the club, Sean Ryan left the meeting  with $1,100.00 to help Cherry.   MeStrong, Linda Ryan's support organization for cancer patients, added another $500.00.  In addition, Steve Sally is working to identify other support resources available through his agency, The House Next Door.  Both MeStrong and The House Next Door are organizations we support through funds raised by the Wild Game Feast.  

Please contact Sean Ryan if you want to add to what was already raised.  Thank you as always for your generosity and community spirit. Days like these are the ones that define the strength and character of our club.


Thank you.

Mark Watts, President
DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club

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Mark Watts at the Helm.

 Matt (Bow Tie) Thompson - Sargent-at-Arms

REMEMBER to...............
                                            SAVE YOUR CHANGE!!!!!!!!



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SEVEN New Members Receive Permanent Badges.
Left to right... Gwen Redman, Andy Ballard, Beth Beldon, Cheryl Lankford

Left to right....Andy Sistrunk, James Stem, Terry Medlin

ImageSandra Carson

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Bowling for Literacy

-Registration deadline August 4th - 
The event takes place on Saturday, August 11 ,2012 11:45am - 3:45pm
Sunshine Bowling Center - 595 E. lnternational Speedway Blvd. Deland.
$250 per Team of 5 Bowlers -  lncludes Buffet Lunch

You may display your company's banner & business cards at the bowling center from August 6th.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Dictionary Project, in which all 3rd grade
students and teachers in the West Volusia area will receive a dictionary.

For more information or to RSVP, please call:
Trude Cole-Hill (386) 624-8266. Karen Weiss (386) 956-82A7
Completed registration form and payment must be received by August 4, 2012
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Our speaker at our last meeting was Dr. Stephen Hayman.
Dr. Hayman retired and was ready to do enjoy all the things retirees do, until his wife was diagnosed with cancer in 3 different areas.  
They went to the top clinics in the United States to get help and were told that there was nothing that could be done and that that his wife had a very short period of time to live.
Refusing to accept that and give up, Dr. Hayman started looking into a balanced and nutritious way of eating.
In his presentation to the club he shared information about foods that you should avoid eating, and those that you should eat like organic foods. He also discussed what vitamins and minerals you should take and how to tell what you are really eating.
His wife has now survived over 2 1/2 years, the tumors have stopped growing and she is doing well.
For more information please visit his website and signup for his monthly newsletter. 

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On Thursday May 24th our speaker represented The DeLand Suns. The Deland Suns along with 6 other baseball teams belong to the Florida Collegiate Summer League. This league will give 160 college players and others the opportunity to play wooden bat baseball.  The team is in need of host families to house some of the players.

To find out more about the teams and the league please visit their website

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Our speaker last Thursday was Jim Martin of Operation Lifesaver. 

 In 2011 in the State of Florida there were 52 collisions with trains and vehicles at Railroad crossings.  Across the nation in 2011 there were 1963 collisions,265 fatalities and 980 injuries.  This program was about Trains and Train Track safety.

For more information visit the website at the link below 

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It is an honor to have Terry as a member of the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club.  
Terry comes to us from Fairfield Connecticut and has served in Rotary as the Assistant District Governor of Area 4, and Club President in 2005-06 of Fairfield Rotary. 
Terry received the Abraham I. Gordon Achievement Award in 2003, a four-time Paul Harris Fellow, member of the Paul Harris Society and  he  and  his  wife are Rotary Foundation Major Donors.
Welcome Terry!

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Our Guest Speaker last Thursday was Al Schroeder from the Corporal Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum. .

Larry Eugene Smedley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 18, 1966 in Orlando Florida.  Corporal Smedley was mortally wounded in action in Quang Nam Province on December 21, 1967.  Corporal Larry E Smedley received the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Larry Smedley was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His grave can be found in section 31, lot 6486.

For more information on Corporal Larry E  Smedley please use this link

Please Visit their website  for information and pictures and directions of  the museum 

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On Thursday, June 21st we will install our new club officers. The banquet will be held at the Sandhill Country Club outside of the restaurant and begins with a cocktail hour at 6pm. Our very own member--Gwen Redman will be helping to provide the entertainment as her duo "Jules and Jade" will be preforming.
There will not be a meeting that morning.
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Andy is the Dirstrict Executive Director of the YMCA on International Speedway Blvd.  Andy is 34 years old and is married to Heidi and they have one girl named Savannah. Prior to accepting the position with the Y 
MCA, Andrew was the general manager of the Virginia Beach Field House indoor-sports facility. He has a bachelor's degree in sports management from Liberty University in Lynchburgh VA. Jerry Frierson is his sponsor.

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Camp Winona in DeLeon Springs is a YMCA owned facility on 60 acres along an 80 acre lake (Winona).  The cabins at the camp needed to be updated – new windows, walls, bunks, flooring, air conditioning etc.  Chris Seilkop a Breakfast Rotarian at that time and a Director at the YMCA asked if our club would be interested in updating a cabin of our choice.  Jerry Frierson, who is on the Community Service Board of DeLand Breakfast Rotary headed up the project along with Ken Mullen.  The cabin called “Hares” an all girls cabin was selected for updating.   Our “best carpenter” of our club Brian Potter along with Steve Crump, Allen Sande, Ken Mullen worked on the cabin.  Many other Rotarians, family members and friends worked tirelessly or offered supplies to get the cabin completed.  If there are other pictures of the cabin being worked on please submit them to and we will get them posted to our bulletin. 
Thank you to everyone who has not been mentioned by name for their hard work.  To view more pictures of the project click on the link below.


Click here to see more pictures!

Click here for more information about Camp Winona!

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Our program last week was presented by the Board President of the Family Renew Community. 
This program provides transitional housing to homeless families with children. 

Mission Statement: Family Renew Community considers homelessness in Volusia County to be a problem worthy of major concern.  To this end, Family Renew Community, in conjunction with faith based organizations, governmental bodies and the private and public sectors, works to provide the support, services, and transitional housing needed by homeless families with children.  The purpose is to achieve both permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Specific Objectives:  1. To serve homeless families  2. To aid such families with transitional housing from 6-24 months.  3. To help families establish a saving (housing) fund, a family budget, obtain a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, if needed, and, after a reasonable period, have the funds and stability to make the move to affordable housing in the community.

Minimum Client Requirements:  1.  At least one parent of each family must be employed.  2.  All families must consent to budget management and training.  3. All families must put money aside toward achieving permanent housing.  At the least, this will involve establishing a bank savings account, to be veriied by presenting a bank statement each month to be reviewed and added to that family's client file.  4. All families must remain drug and alcohol free.

For more information please contact Executive Director Claris Mac'Kie at Family Renew Community
(386) 239-0861

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Our speaker last week was guidance counselor from Southwest Middle School - Sean Richter

Sean shared information about the issue of bullying in Volusia County schools. 
In 1960 the US lead the world in the number of students graduating for high school. Now we rank number 12. When our kids don't feel safe they can't learn.
Volusia County has the highest rate of bullying on the State of Florida.
Sean wants to raise about $4,000 to bring the OLWEUS prevention program to Volusia County.

Many Thanks to Sean for sharing this information. 
You can reach Sean at  


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Our guest speaker last week was Pamela Star with Constant Contact. Pamela shared that email marketing is a great way to stay connected, share information, and grow your business. It also saves time and is faster and less expensive than many other advertising options since it takes about 7 touches to get people to buy your product or try your service.
The keys to email marketing success are:
  • Keep your contacts on your email list as long as possible by providing them with good and useful information.
  • Your messages should be at least 80% informational. 
  • Keeping your message short and using a list or bullet points is the best format. 
  • Include lots of links and then track those links to determine your market. 
  • Your email brand should look like your website.
  • The best time to send to business professionals is Tuesday or Wednesday mornings
  • The best time to send more personal messages would be early evenings or weekends.
  • Use the most recognizable name as the "from Name"
  • Your subject line should be a headline that conveys a sense of urgency.
For more information contact Pamela at or visit 
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Mark and his wife Natasha just returned from Rotary International convention in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mark writes... 

I want to thank each of you for providing us with the opportunity to attend the convention.  In the coming weeks, I will share pictures and stories with you about the convention.  I'm not sure I can do justice, however, to the experience of actually being there and being surrounded by all the good work and people who make up our organization.

The Bangkok convention was the largest international convention in Rotary history.  Over 40,000 people attended the convention and to me the highlight was spending time in the House of Friendship talking to individual members from around the world and learning about the programs and projects they are involved with.  I can report that it was easy to speak about our club's members and projects with pride.  We compare very favorably to clubs around the world!!

I left the convention struck by the true extent of the opportunities for service and fellowship Rotary has to offer.  Over the coming months, I hope to bring you more information on the local, regional and international opportunities for service through Rotary. in addition, I want to make sure each of you is aware of the educational and fellowship opportunities available to you and your families through Rotary. 

Thank you again for your support.  Derek has a lot to look forward to next year in Lisbon, Portugal!  

Mark Watts
DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club

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The speaker today was Joy Hill from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  Joy’s topic was the Florida Black Bears.  Deland is in the middle of bear country, bears come in and out of our community all the time, it is our responsibility not to extend their welcome, by leaving trash, pet food, birdseed outside at night.  These large creatures really pose no threat to humans as long as we respect them and their space. Please visit their web site there is a lot of information including a video on bears and other wildlife.
A Guide to living in bear country brochure
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Every week we will feature a different Rotarian from our Club continuing this week with Geof Felton, a current Board Member.  The goal of this weekly feature is to share why Rotary is important to us, how it has impacted our lives, and pass on a club history.
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Every week we will feature a different Rotarian from our Club continuing this week with Cheryl Lankford.  The goal of this weekly feature is to share why Rotary is important to us, how it has impacted our lives, and pass on a club history.
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Every week we will feature a different Rotarian from our Club continuing this week with Nita Campbell.  The goal of this weekly feature is to share why Rotary is important to us, how it has impacted our lives, and pass on a club history.  If you have not done so already, please forward your member profile to

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Every week we will feature a different Rotarian from our Club continuing this week with one of our board members, Ray Heffington.  The goal of this weekly feature is to share why Rotary is important to us, how it has impacted our lives, and pass on a club history.
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