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FIU Pinning Event for TBM
Follow this link to check out pictures from the Pinning Event for TBM recipients held at FIU
FIU Pinning Event for TBM Norby Rudel 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z
Military Lounge Visit
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Thursday, November 6th we visited the Military Lounge at MIA
 
Military Lounge Visit 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z
Copy of Military Lounge Visit
Thursday, November 6th we visited the Military Lounge at MIA
Copy of Military Lounge Visit 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z
TBM Event Photos
Follow the link http://smu.gs/1tzrug0 to check out photos from the TBM pinning event held on Wednesday October 29th. 
TBM Event Photos 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z
2014 Installation Photos
The photos from Diane's installation dinner have finally arrived!  
2014 Installation Photos the Norbster 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z
Miami Club Contributes Big Time to 1 Million Meals
A bunch of enthusiastic kinda crazy Miami Rotarians and guests made it to Sun Life stadium on Saturday morning the 20th and rocked the house packing more than 500 meals for hungry folk of 50+ years.
Miami Club Contributes Big Time to 1 Million Meals the Norbster 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z
Thomas Brown McClelland Trust News
Thomas Brown McClelland Trust News Norby Rudel 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z
Holiday Hugs
5 classrooms of children at George Washington Carver Elementary School received stuffed animals from The Rotary Club of Miami for the holidays.  More happiness spread by the generosity of our members.
Holiday Hugs Shari Whitcomb 2011-12-19 00:00:00Z
Holiday Food Boxes for Legal Aid Families

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Thanks to RCM volunteers and Legal Services of Miami, 10 needy families will be receiving these boxes, to help feed their children over the winter break. 

Holiday Food Boxes for Legal Aid Families Diane Landsberg 2011-12-14 00:00:00Z
Installation Dinner Video Installation Dinner Video Shari Whitcomb 2011-10-03 09:49:01Z
UM Tissue Bank Project
UM Tissue Bank Project Shari Whitcomb 2011-09-13 17:56:49Z
Outstanding Detectives Presented with Annual Griffitts Award
Outstanding Detectives Presented with Annual Griffitts Award Shari Whitcomb 2011-09-13 17:54:40Z
Literacy Project
Literacy Project Shari Whitcomb 2011-09-13 17:52:18Z
First Wednesday Happy Hour in the News First Wednesday Happy Hour in the News Jonathan Parker 2011-09-13 12:51:16Z
Highlights from Moonlight & Mojitos Annual Gala
Highlights from Moonlight & Mojitos Annual Gala Jay Almeida 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z
Our Rotarian of the Year
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Rotary Club of Miami is proud to bestow the Rotarian of the Year Award for the 2011-2012 year to Robert Marshall.  Mr. Marshall showed exemplary "Service Above Self" in his roles as Director, Membership Chair and Sargaent-at-Arms.
Our Rotarian of the Year Shari Whitcomb
Rotary Club of Miami Honored at University of Miami Tissue Bank
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On March 8, 2012, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony and special event at the newly built, state of the art, University of Miami Tissue Bank located at 1951 NW 7th Ave.,  Miami.  Former member of our club, Thomas Temple, M.D., who is the present Medical Director and CEO of the Tissue Bank, honored The Rotary Club of Miami and presented a plaque designed by our member Nathan Kast to acknowledge the role that the Rotary Club of Miami played in the development of the Tissue Bank. Phil Seipp, Norman Kassoff, Linda Singer, and Gary Sisler received the plaque on behalf of the Rotary Club of Miami.  Joe Davis was honored but unfortunately was unable to travel to Miami from his home in Tallahassee to attend.  We know he would have loved to have been there. In his place, were his grown children who spoke on his behalf and transmitted Joe Davis' own speech to the audience.

After the ceremony, Nathan Kast led a tour of the tissue bank facility, which was incredible.  (If you ever have the opportunity to view this fine facility, do so and wear warm clothing!) Four rooms in the Tissue Bank are known as the Joe Davis Bone and Tissue Harvesting Suites.

Rotary Club of Miami Honored at University of Miami Tissue Bank Linda Singer
President's Volunteer Service Awards

Honoring Americans Who Make A Difference by Volunteering

Every day, millions of Americans volunteer, using their time, talents and compassion to make a difference in the lives of others.  By mentoring a child, teaching someone to read, or binging food and clothing to those in need.  Americans are helping to foster a culture of service, the ideal that we, as Rotarians, incorporate into our personal and professional lives.

The President’s Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer service.

Click here for complete listing of honorees.

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President's Volunteer Service Awards Diane Landsberg
President David Anderson's Installation Address

It is daunting to stand before you on the threshold of a year as president, president of a club that is bursting with leadership, talent, and true Rotarian dedication to service above self.  It is such an honor to know that I follow in the footsteps of so many great Rotarians who have served as club presidents starting with Dr. James Jackson who founded Jackson Memorial Hospital and the local YMCA 95 years ago.  Our heritage as the second oldest Rotary club in the District is a legacy of service projects too numerous to list here, such as the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, University of Miami Tissue Bank and the Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship Program which has given out almost $5 million in scholarships to medical students.

Incoming Rotary International President Tanaka has chosen the 2012-2013 International Theme of “Peace Through Service” which has already touched many hearts in its simplicity yet ability to capture a major aspect of the meaning of Rotary.  The new theme is captured on the pins and the Rotary cookies at your tables. This year’s theme truly expresses our core value as expressed in “Service Above Self.”

Whether it is the 1.2 million business and professional leaders worldwide …. or the 2000 members we now count as District 6990 Rotarians …. Whether it is the 32,000 world clubs attempting to eradicate polio or when local clubs join forces to raise funds for water projects or relief for Haiti, …. we all believe we can make a difference under the collective banner of Rotary.

The more I have learned about the organization of Rotary during this past year in my training as a President Elect, the more I am humbled by the great work that has forged a pathway for all of us to acknowledge and to admire.  I would like to share with you one story I heard at the President Elect Training Seminar in Orlando which is so common.  A man I’ll call “Joe” was asked to join a Rotary club and was installed.  He came to some meetings and took some time to get involved.  After awhile, he was asked to play Santa at a holiday party given by his club for some disadvantaged elementary school children.  He donned his costume and soon had a line of children waiting to tell Santa what they wanted.  It wasn’t long before Johnny climbed up on his knee and when asked what he wanted, Johnny said he wanted to have a mattress to sleep on because he had to sleep on the floor and it was too cold.  Next, Susie asked Santa to make her mother’s boyfriend stopping hitting her mother.

Needless to say, this was not exactly what Joe thought he had signed up for.  The next day, he made sure to get a mattress to Johnny and after a few phone calls, he made sure that Susie’s mother was not being hit again.  Joe went from being a member of a Rotary club to being a Rotarian.

This brings me to my “theme” for this next year:  "Making a Difference....With Passion", as you can see on the banner.  Yes, we are making a difference in the world in so many ways, in our communities but most importantly, we are making a difference in ourselves.  Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote the following: “I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a person that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

We are blessed with a club full of dedicated Rotarians who are committed to making a difference by practicing Service Above Self.  By doing so, the greatest change is occurring within each one of us.   I heard a minister say that a church without faith is just a Rotary Club; I say that a Rotary Club without passion is just, well, a country club.

RI President Tanaka has expressed this very well: “Through our service, we learn that the problems that may seem large to us are really very small.  We learn empathy for others.  We come closer to people who seem very different from us.  And we begin to understand how alike we really are.  Through Rotary service, we learn that cooperation is more productive than conflict.  We learn to value each other, as human strengths and weaknesses.  We learn that everyone of us has something to give, and everyone of us has something to teach.  To me, Service Above Self is more than just a motto.  It is a way of life–one that will make any life richer and more meaningful.”

My goals for this club for the next year are straightforward: to concentrate on the basics.  We need to reach out and recruit quality new members to bring in additional talents and contributions in our quest to make a difference; to plan and implement service projects that impact our community in a tangible and identifiable way; to promote and foster leadership and business skills of our members so that business among fellow Rotarians is increased; to have fun and enjoy guests and family members in social activities; and most importantly, to hand over our club improved in all areas.

In closing, I wish to thank each of you for being here this evening and making the Rotary Club of Miami a better club.  Each one of you is important to me; even more, you are important to this club, your community and to Rotary.  Keep making a difference, with passion!

President David Anderson's Installation Address David Anderson
Polio is 99% Eradicated

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has produced a video about polio eradication.


Polio is 99% Eradicated Shari Whitcomb
Rotary Re-Start
Members of the Rotary Club of Miami, along with many members from Miami High School's Interact Club and FIU Rotaract Club joined together to put together boxes for formerly homeless families.  These boxes provided some of the necessities of setting up a home.  
Rotary Re-Start Shari Whitcomb
October's First Wednesday Happy Hour
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October's First Wednesday Happy Hour Shari Whitcomb
President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard - measured by the number of hours of service over a twelve-month period.
President's Volunteer Service Award Diane Landsberg
Feed My Sheep Program - Ongoing Community Service Project
Serving meals to the homeless in Downtown Miami.
Feed My Sheep Program - Ongoing Community Service Project Robert Marshall
Rotary Club of Miami Celebrates Over 90 Years of Service
On March 1, 2007, Rotary Club of Miami celebrated 90 years of existence and community service.
 
The Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Coral Gables, City of Homestead and the Village of Key Biscayne declared March 1, 2007 as Rotary Club of Miami Day, and, as such, presented their proclamations at a celebration held at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Key Biscayne.
 
Keynote speaker was Frank Devlyn, Rotary International President 2000-01.  Over a hundred community leaders such as mayors, university presidents and CEOs of major businesses and non-profits attended the celebration. 
 
Chartered in 1917 with founding President Dr. James Jackson, the Rotary Club of Miami has maintained its historically pivotal role.  What would Miami-Dade County be without the University of Miami, the Orange Bowl Committee, the YMCA of Greater Miami, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the United Way, Junior Achievement and Everglades National Park? 
 
These are a few of the institutions and dozens of civic, cultural and social service organizations that were founded and developed with the assistance of the members of the Rotary Club of Miami.  Members have included William Jennings Bryant, Stanford Ash, Frank Shutts, Frank Stoneman, Rodney Burdine, Alexander Orr, Jr., William Robbins, Dr. Bascom Palmer, Thomas Brown McClelland, Roger Barreto, Robin Shelley, Dr. Joe Davis and Paul Williams. 
 
Rotary Club of Miami Celebrates Over 90 Years of Service Shari Whitcomb
Welcome to Rotary Club of Miami

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Miami! We are known for our enthusiasm, infectious spirit, camaraderie and commitment to serve others. We work together on a number of different projects each year to benefit our youth and our community, touching thousands of people since the club’s inception.

The history of the Rotary Club of Miami is closely interwoven with the history of our community itself. Our founding president was Dr. James Jackson, for whom Jackson Memorial Hospital was named.

This year the Rotary Theme is "Building Communities - Bridging Continents" - explaining Rotary to non-Rotarians, and to validating the work Rotarians do.  The Rotary Club of Miami celebrates over 93 years of service to our community.  Membership consists of men and women of all ages from various vocations and ethnic backgrounds.

Although membership in the Rotary Club of Miami is by invitation only, I encourage you to learn more about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian. We meet every Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. Miami, FL 33149, just across the first bridge of the causeway, where there is always ample free parking. Our fellowship, greeting, and lunch begins at 12:15 p.m.; meetings start exactly at 12:30 p.m. We wear business and “Miami casual” attire. For more information, visit our Program Calendar.  Check our group page out on Facebook.

We don't just talk about “Service Above Self" -- we live it! Come find out how you can make a difference in our community, have good fun with others, and discover how taking a break from work on Thursdays can be so rewarding. Please call or email me if you would like to know more about the Rotary Club of Miami.

Ann de las Pozas,
President 2010-2011
305-546-0555
adelaspozas@familycentral.org

Welcome to Rotary Club of Miami Shari Whitcomb