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NEWSLETTER - Current May 25, 2018
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People of Action

Club #4414 yyy District 6930


Port St. Lucie Rotary meets on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. The Saints Golf Course 

Port St. Lucie, Florida



This Newsletter is published weekly to keep our Club's members, former members & friends informed of our activities






Editor's Corner

Weekly Meeting

Guest Speaker

International News

PolioPlus Report

Famous Rotarians

Upcoming Events

Just For Fun 




Next meeting:


Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017


Port St. Lucie Rotary Business Meeting


Our business meetings are held monthly, and we intentionally do not have a guest speaker so that we have time to discuss important projects and other matters affecting our Club. This is where the work of our Club gets done. All members should make every effort to attend.






May is Youth Service Month

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self.








8,000 kilometers to peace


Rotary members in a small town of Nova Scotia, Canada, took action to bring two families from war-torn Syria to their country, where the refugees are starting a new life.





NOTE: This link takes you to a new section of Port St. Lucie Rotary's website devoted to International News. The stories are too long for this newsletter, but deserve being shared.



RI Foundation Giving Pays Off

THROUGH THE SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that improve the world and change lives. The Foundation Trustees involve Rotarians worldwide in the decision-making process for Foundation grants and programs. No other foundation gives its donors as much freedom to decide how contributions are spent. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions to the Annual Fund- SHARE from all Rotary clubs in a district are divided into two funds:


• 50 percent is credited to the World Fund.

• 50 percent is credited to the District Designated Fund (DDF).


The Foundation uses the World Fund portion to pay for the worldwide programs available to all Rotary districts. Your district uses the DDF portion to fund the Foundation grants and programs of its choice. The Rotary Foundation's funding cycle makes district contributions available three years after they are received. The three-year cycle gives districts time to plan projects and activities and allows the Foundation to invest the contributions. The earnings from those investments pay for general administration and fund development expenses. Your district Rotary Foundation committee decides how to use the district's available DDF allocations, in consultation with the clubs in your district.


The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator,  the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. The 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars. This year’ top distinction marks the Foundation’ sixth straight, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Ken Berger, the president of Charity Navigator, wrote, "this ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

From the Club Rotary Foundation Committee Manual





Why I'm A Rotarian


First, I truly enjoy and look forward to the weekly meetings, and – yes – a weekly meeting is feasible for busy people. I make this point because I've heard potential new members express concern that the weekly meeting is too great of a time commitment. Allow me to make two points about the ’time commitment’ argument: one, it’s the busy people who are

good about getting things done and managing time, so if you are “busy” you are ideally suited for Rotary. Second, all of us in Rotary are either in the thick of it with demanding professions and families, or are now retired and busy doing the things we couldn't do before. Rotary has given me the opportunity to contribute my time and resources to help with projects which serve the local community as well as Rotary’s humanitarian efforts abroad.




Amy Dore, Rotary Club of Pacific Grove, CA
















The RotaLucie Newsletter features a famous Rotarian. In previous issues, we have featured J. William Fulbright, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Charles H. Mayo, Cecil B. DeMille, Jean Sibelius, Adlai Stevenson, Orville Wright, Joel Chandler Harris, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Jakes, Dianne Feinstein, Dr. Eusebio "Benny" Benemerito, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Frank Borman, Konosuke Matsushita, James Whitcomb Riley, Thor Heyerdahl, and Clarence Birdseye. This week, we focus on Norman Vincent Peale.

He entered politics in 1942 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, entering Congress in January 1943 and becoming a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In September of that year, the House adopted the Fulbright Resolution supporting an international peace-keeping machinery encouraging United States participation in what became the United Nations.


In November 1944, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and served there from 1945 through 1974 becoming one of the most influential and best-known members of the Senate. His legislation establishing the Fulbright Program slipped through the Senate without debate in 1946. Its first participants went overseas in 1948, funded by war reparations and foreign loan repayments to the United States. This program has had extraordinary impact around the world. There have been more than 250,000 Fulbright grantees and many of them have made significant contributions within their countries as well as to the overall goal of advancing mutual understanding.


In 1949, Fulbright became a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 1959-1974 he served as chairman, the longest serving chairman of that committee in history. His Senate career was marked by some notable cases of dissent. In 1954, he was the only Senator to vote against an appropriation for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which was chaired by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. He also lodged serious objections to President Kennedy in advance of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. He was particularly in the spotlight as a powerful voice in the chaotic times of the war in Vietnam, when he chaired the Senate hearings on United States policy and the conduct of the war. In 1963, Walter Lippman wrote of Fulbright: "The role he plays in Washington is an indispensable role. There is no one else who is so powerful and also so wise, and if there were any question of removing him from public life, it would be a national calamity."


After leaving the Senate, he remained active in support of the international exchange program that bears his name. He received numerous awards from governments, universities, and educational organizations around the world for his efforts on behalf of education and international understanding. In 1993 he was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton. Senator J. William Fulbright died on February 9, 1995 at the age of 89 at his home in Washington, DC.






Tuesday, February 13th

Club meeting - speaker to be announced


Tuesday, February 20th

Club meeting - speaker to be announced


Tuesday, February 27th

Club meeting - speaker to be announced


Saturday, March 17th

Rotary Day at the Ballpark - the World Champion Houston Astros will be the home team and our host


Saturday, April 28th

Port St. Lucie Golf Tournament


June 2nd-6th

2018 District 6930 Conference - Key West - Havana


June 23rd-27th 

Rotary International Conference - Toronto














For more on Port St. Lucie Rotary





For more on Rotary International




For information on the 2018 International Convention in Toronto










Officers & Committee Chairs


President - Ryan Collins 

President-Elect - Dawn Bloomfield
Secretary - Anthony Bonna

Treasurer - Claudia McCaskill

Sergeant-at-Arms - Tony Molinari 

Immediate Past President - George McIlrath

 Membership Chair - Paula Andreozzi

Public Relations Chair - Chuck Snyderman 

Club Service Chair - Jim Knechtges

Community Service Chair - Connie Cox 

International Service Chair - Lyle Fried 

Vocational Service Chair - William Olivos

Youth Service Chair - Tony Molinari 

RI Foundation Chair - George McIlrath




There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs in 168 countries.