The Rotary Club of Miami
Due to COVID-19, all Club meetings will be held via ZOOM until further notice. 
 
To visit our Meetings, please contact Diane Landsberg at 305-975-7521 or Email Diane
Rotary & Miami's 125th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Miami is proud to have been and to continue to be part of Miami's history and future.  Our Club was chartered 105 years ago and we have been active ever since. Dr. James Jackson was the first president of the Rotary Club of Miami. Dr. Jackson participated in the early development and many civic aspects of the new City of Miami. Upon his death in 1926, the community recognized Dr. Jackson for his many outstanding contributions by naming the only hospital in town as the Jackson Memorial Hospital in his honor.
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Dr. Bascom H. Palmer, a Miami ophthalmologist settled in Miami in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Rotary Club of Miami. The Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine carries his name. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked as the #1 in the USA and is a Global Leader.
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The first Burdines store started in Miami in 1898, and the founder’s son, Rodney Burdines, took over the chain in 1911. The chain grew under the leadership of Rodney D. Burdines and became essentially the “Florida” Department Store. Rodney D. Burdines was an active member of the Rotary Club of Miami. Eventually, the Burdines Department Store merged with Federated Department Stores, in 1956. Several years later to the disappointment of Miamians, Federated management decided to consolidate many of their department store brands under the Macy’s brand name.
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105th President Installed - Noreen Timoney
On Friday, June 25th, Noreen Timoney was installed as the 105th President of our Club.  An elegant event for this occasion was held at the Miami Police Benevolent Association Hall.  President Noreen Timoney has been a member of the Rotary Club of Miami since October 2015.  She brings a wealth of leadership experience.  She was the President of the Miami Women's Club for ten years and prior to arriving in Miami, Noreen held several managerial positions.  We all wish her great success for the 2021 - 2022 fiscal year.  Congratulations!
 
Just prior to being installed as President of the Club, the current President, Robert Bull, passed to her the traditional Rotary Club of Miami wheel.  This wheel will symbolically help her steer the Club through good times and more difficult moments.  Below is a video of this part of the ceremony.
 
President Robert Bull was presented  the Past President plaque by Norman Kassoff. 
 
We were honored by the attendance of four District Governors at this installation.  Pictured below from right to left are: Noreen Timoney (President 2021 2022), Robert Bull (Past President 2020 - 2021), Peter Verbeeck (District Governor 2020 - 2021), Joe Schmuker (incoming District Governor 2021 - 2022), Michael Kesti (District Governor Elect for 2022 - 2023) and Barbara Gobbi (who recently held the position of District Public Image Chair and now District Governor Designate for 2023 - 2024). 
 
During the evening several Rotarians were recognized.  Below is a photo of David Anderson who was recognized as the Distinguished Rotarian of the Year.  In the photo from right to left are; Joe Schumaker (Governor for 2021 - 2022), Diane Landsberg (the Club's Service Chair who also received Queen Bee dish towels), David Anderson and Robert Bull.
Miami Rotary Awarded Public Image Citation
The Rotary Club of Miami was recently awarded a Public Image Citation within Zone 34.  There are 18 Districts and over 750 Clubs in Zone 34, so we are so very honored to be awarded this Citation.  Jay Almeida is the Club's Public Image Chair and has diligently placed our posts on Social Media and other vehicles, while Robert Bull has managed the frequent internal/external communications and the website.  Together they formed a powerful team and the results were that they built the Club's Image and gained many new Members and most importantly, held a strong Member retention rate.
#IFixThePlanet Video Competition Results
The results of the #IFixThePlanet Video Competition were published today, June 5th World Environment Day,  None of our three videos qualified amongst the Top 7 Videos, but part of our videos were used in the ESRAG teaser video.  Please see below.
 
Dr. Melissa Abdo's Presentation on June 3, 2021
On Thursday, June 3rd, we had Dr. Mellissa Abdo as our keynote speaker.  Dr. Abdo is the Sun Coast Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA).  The NPCA was founded in 1919, two years after the Rotary Club of Miami was founded.  Dr. Abdo is a conservation biologist and an excellent presenter.  Enjoy this video recording.
 
Barry Rassin, RI Past President Attends Our ZOOM Meeting
Rotary International Past President, Barry Rassin, attended our May 20th Midday ZOOM meeting.  His words were very inspirational and clearly demonstrated to all the "value" of Rotary.  The theme during his year as President 2018-2019, was Be the Inspiration.  Some of his comments dealt with the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the Grand Bahama Island.  He thanked our District's assistance with the immediate recovery efforts and most recently with the GBI Rx fundraising program.  Through this program, Phil Seipp who led this process, raised over $350,000 to purchase medical supplies and equipment for the Rand Memorial Hospital.  As a  result of his efforts and past involvement, Phil was recognized as Rotarian of the Year after Barry Rassin's comments.  Watch the video below to see this event:
 
Another #IFixThePlanet Video Competition Submission
The Rotary Club of Miami is trying very hard to be amongst the top seven videos in the #IFixThePlanet Video Competition.  The prize is that Rotary International President, Holger Knaack, will attend one of our meetings to congratulate.  That would be a wonderful honor.  This is our third video submission.  It is about Saving Biscayne Bay from the Brink.
 
Beach Cleanup at Matheson Hammock
On Saturday, May 13th, the Rotary Club of Miami along with Miami Senior High School Interact Students and FIU Medical School Rotaract Students and a few visiting Rotarians, friends and family conducted a Beach Cleanup in Matheson Hammock.  We also honored the End Plastic Soup campaign, whose goal is to eliminate plastic pollution in our Ocean by 2050.
 
#IFixThePlanet Video Contest 2nd Submission
The Rotary Club of Miami has submitted three separate videos to the #IFixThePlanet Video Competition.  Our Club is showing how serious we are in addressing environmental issues.  This video is about reforestation in the Key Biscayne salt water marshes.
 
Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour on the 6th of May
The Rotary Club of Miami had not had an in-person meeting/reunion in over fourteen month. Then we decided to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo on the 6th of May with a Happy Hour Party at the Miami Yacht Club. 
 
Donating Dictionaries & Bilingual Booklets
Rotary Club of Miami is supporting Rotary International's Area of Focus: Basic Education & Literacy Area of Focus
 
Miami Rotarian, Steve Dutton, Organizing a Trash Pickup
Rotary Club of Miami Rotarian, Steve Dutton, organizing a trash pickup at Bay Front Park, downtown Miami, to commemorate Earth Day.
 
 
We are proud of FIU's ROTARACT CLUB
 
Tree Planting at Crandon Park - March 13, 2021
Two hundred salt-resistant green buttonwood trees were planted in Crandon Park on March 13, 2021.  Great turnout and a lot of fun.
 
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
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Enjoy this funny JibJab for St. Patrick's Day.  In the photo above are, from left to right: Diane Landsberg, Robert Bull, Amelia Bonilla, Jay Almeida and Noreen Timoney.
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FIU TBM Scholars Video Thank You Note
The Rotary Club of Miami has been granting scholarships to medical students over the past years.  The FIU Medical Student Scholars prepared this video to thank the Rotary Club of Miami. We have edited this video on YouTube, but to see the full length video, you may also click here: https://floridainternationalu.thankview.com/video/3a8f6012fe34e1819/rotary-club-of-miami
 
Ongoing Efforts to Support the Food Insecure
Working with the FEED MIAMI organization.
Club's Submission to the ESRAG Video Contest
The Rotary Club of MIami has entered the ESRAG Video Contest.  The theme of this contest is #IFixThePlanet.  The seven winning videos will have RI President Holgar Knaack attend one of their Club meetings.  The winning videos will be based on votes and a jury panel of Rotarians and Rotaractors.  We need your vote.  Please look for our video on this link and vote by clicking here: www.ifixtheplanet.org/the-videos.  Below is the video that was submitted:
 
State of Union of the Rotary Club of Miami Address
On January 1, 2021, Club President, Robert Bull, presented the State of the Union of the Rotary Club of Miami.  To read his address, please click here.
Hear What Tim Ryan, The Former President of the Rotary Club of Miami, Says About Rotary.
Rotary Club of Miami Supporting Miami Rescue Mission's Christmas Toy Drive
The Rotary Club of Miami support of the Miami Rescue Miami Christmas Toy Drive was a great success. Over 400 toys were wrapped and delivered to the Miami Rescue Mission. The toy wrapping was at Diane Landsberg's home. In attendance were: Arlene Terrinoni, Jay & Mara Almeida and three Miami High School Interact students.
 
Helping Our Neighbors Restore the Only Hospital On The Grand Bahama Island
 
In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama Island. The only hospital on the Island, Rand Memorial Hospital, was flooded. Repairs are ongoing but most of the basic and vital equipment must be replaced. The Rotary Clubs on the Island created project GBI Rx to help fund these expenses. The Rotary Club of Miami stepped up to help our neighbors will match any & all contributions.  It seems as though we will exceed a total match of over $100,000. 
 
We invite you to join us in this effort through your tax-deductible contribution to this GBI Rx project. The funding part of this project will continue through mid January 2021, so please contribute right away. Just use the PayPal on this page to contribute.
Honorary "Italian" Norby Saying the Four-Way Test
November 14th - WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Our Rotary Club of Miami participated in the (Virtual) Walk to END Alzheimer's.  We walked in our neighborhoods and helped raise funds for this cause.
HAPPY HOUR - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
We had a great time.  Thank you to Dunia Miranda and Ron Botran
Norm Kassoff's ninetieth (90th) Birthday Celebration (Sept. 2020)
 
Look at How Much Litter We Picked up in Miami Beach!
October 2020
Nine Rotarians and friends met at Miami Beach.  We were so surprised by the amount of litter we found.  In addition to all what is see in the photo above.  Cory Gittner found a rusted bicycle in the bushes by the Beach.
Helping the Food Insecure through FEED MIAMI
 
Beach Cleanup Set-up at Matheson Hammock
(October 2020)
 
Retrieving a Plastic Chair from the Mangroves
Beach Cleanup at Matheson Hammock
Passing the "Wheel" - New President for 2020 - 2021
 
Walk to End Alzheimer's (Nov. 2019)
Miami Rotarians and Rotaractors at the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Great Speakers at our Meetings
 
Providing for the Food Insecure in Homestead, Florida
(July 2019)
Helping the Homeless & Food Insecure
 
Thanks 4 Giving with Seniors (Thanksgiving Day, 2019)
Serving Seniors in Miami Beach
Bringing Smiles to Senior Citizens
Miami Rotary at the Heart Walk (Nov. 2019)
The Rotary Club of Miami and our Rotaractors march for a cure for Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart and Alzheimer's Walks
 
Miami Rotary Volunteers for Million Trees Miami  (Feb. 2020)
Miami Rotarians and Friends spend Saturday morning planting trees at Zoo Miami
Caring for the Environment
 
Assisting Girl Scouts in Overtown
Overtown Girl Scout Troop 1877 send their thanks for the support they received from our Club. Firstly, the Troop leaders were at our Alberto Carvalho presentation and they found his comments to be truly enlightening and impactful. The Girl Scouts were also grateful for the support they received from our Membership who bought $541 of Girl Scout Cookies. During their presence at our lunch meeting, Linda Singer noticed that the Troop leaders did not have a adequate way to carry and move their supplies. So Linda volunteered to purchase two All Terrain Wagons for the Troop on the Club's behalf. We are so proud of the progress that Troop 1877 has had and we plan to continue to provide them assistance.
Miami Rotary at the UM DOCS Liberty City Health Fair

President of UM DOCS Yash S. Soni (top left), the Rotary Club of Miami's own Norman Kassoff and DOCS members. The Rotary Club of Miami is proud to support the UM DOCS program which serves as an opportunity for students and institutions to provide necessary healthcare to underserved patients in our community. Students gain hands-on clinical experience, hone leadership skills, and receive mentorship from upperclassmen and volunteer physicians.

 
 
Volunteers distributed free books to children who visited the Health Fair.  The Rotary Club of Miami provided toys for the children. 
Miami Rotarians serve at Miami Rescue Mission  (Oct. 2019)
 
Miami Rotarians at the Miami Rescue Mission. We provided new, clean socks to the homeless served dinner. Included in our group was: Rick Miller, Jan Figa, Linda Singer, Shirley Pardon, Robert Bull, Marcos Menendez, Dave Skinner and our Club's "professional" photographer and videographer, Jay Almeida, aka Spielberg. In addition to distributing socks and serving dinner, we also gave a donation check to the Miami Rescue Mission. Joining us in the photo above is Ms. Lian Navarro from the Rescue Mission.
 
School supplies for children in Haiti  (Aug. 2019)
 Miami Rotarians sorting and packing school supplies for our own Renel Noel to distribute in Haiti. 
Miami Rescue Mission "Christmas in July" (2019)
Miami Rotarians serving the homeless at Christmas in July for Miami Rescue Mission.
2019-20 Rotary Club of Miami President Norby Rudel is installed
PDG Robin Shelley prepares to install 2019-20 President Norby Rudel as soon-to-be Past President Dave Skinner looks on.
Night of 1000 Paul Harris Fellows
Rotary Club of Miami members celebrate with RI President Barry Rassin and wife Esther.
New Paul Harris Fellows
Miami Rotarians are presented with their Paul Harris Fellow awards.
 
MDC Rotaractors at the Ronald McDonald House
Miami Dade College Rotaract members and Advisor Randy Lichtman serving dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House.
Robin & Susan Shelley at the 2018 Best Buddies Miami Gala
Miami Rotarians Robin and Susan Shelley are enthusiastic supporters of Best Buddies.
Miami Rotary at the American Heart Association 2018 Heart Walk
Rotary Club of Miami and Miami Rotaractors walked to support the American Heart Association's life-saving activities.
Miami Rotarians at Inn Transition
Marcia Brod, Angela Deggs and Amelia Bonilla deliver supplies for the families at Inn Transition shelter. Norby Rudel also participated.
Rotary Club of Miami World Polio Day Brunch
The Club hosted a “World Polio Day” brunch on Sunday, October 28. The brunch was a wonderful success with 50 members and guests. 
Miami Lighthouse "See The Light" Luncheon
On Thursday, October 25, President Dave Skinner, Linda Singer, Phil Seipp, Noreen Timoney, Robert Bull, Rick Miller, Bunny Uriarte, Karla & Scott Richey, Jessica Almeida and Diane Landsberg attended the “See the Light” luncheon put on by the Miami Lighthouse and our members Virginia Jacko & Cameron Sisser.  We are proud that our club was one of the founding forces of the Lighthouse, and we will continue to support their excellent work.
City of Miami Chief of Police Jorge Colina is now an Honorary Member
President Dave Skinner, City of Miami Chief of Police Jorge Colina & Past-President Norm Kassoff
Miami Rotary at the Miami Kids Magazine Back to School event
Norby Rudel, Dave Skinner, Phil Seipp and Maria Rudel at the Rotary Club of Miami table
Dave Skinner, Scott Richey, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, Norby Rudel and Phil Seipp
 
 
District Governor visits the Rotary Club of Miami
President Dave Skinner, AG Clint Bush, DG Drew Monaghan and President-Elect Norby Rudel
New Girl Scout Troop in Overtown
Past-President Linda Singer and President Dave Skinner distribute backpacks and school supplies to the girls of Girl Scout Troop 1877
Past-President Diane Landsberg addresses the girls of Troop 1877
Past-President Linda Singer and President Dave Skinner with the girls of Overtown's new Girl Scout Troop 1877
Rotary Club of Miami 2018-19 Presidential Installation
DG Drew Monaghan, President Dave Skinner, PDG Alan Cohn & DGN Ray Williams at President Dave's installation as Rotary Club of Miami 2018-19 President
Past President Phil Seipp turns the wheel over to President Dave for the 2018-19 year.
Angela & Amelia at the women's shelter
Angela Deggs and Amelia Bonilla purchased and delivered supplies to the women's shelter.
Rotary Club of Miami joins with Chapman Partnership to feed the homeless
Some 16 Miami Rotarians gathered to serve a Valentine’s Day lunch to 500 people at the Chapman facility for the homeless. This was a project spearheaded by our “Red Badgers” who showed their community service spirit.
City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez becomes an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Miami
Past President Oliver Ruiz, Mayor Francis X. Suarez and Club President Phil Seipp
Griffitts Award & City of Miami Police Recognition Party
Lt. Lazaro Alfonso receives the Rotary Club of Miami Griffitts Award for 2017 as City of Miami Police Officer of the Year
 
The Star-Spangled Banner was performed by Kelly Woodson.
Miami Rotarians at RI Convention in Atlantic City, 1924
We've been doing this a long time. Love those hats!
Congratulations to new members of the Rotary Club of Miami
 
Past President Oliver Ruiz, Jaime Tobin, Leonard Pardon, Clora Nelson, Past President Dave Anderson, Shirley Pardon and President Phil Seipp
Thanks to all who contributed on Give Miami Day!
 
A very big "Thank You" to all who contributed to our Rotary Club of Miami TBM Medical Scholarship Program on Give Miami Day 2017! Your gifts make it possible for us to provide more support to more amazing medical school students who graduated from high schools in Miami-Dade County.

Cathy Cahill & Bob Lepore
Robert & Stephanie Bull
Marcia & Lenny Brod
Phil & Sharon Seipp
Linda Singer & Dave Skinner
Gregory Herman-Giddens
Scott & Karla Richey
Robin & Susan Shelley
Cory Gittner
Maria Socarras
Brian & Kathy Tschirhart
Noreen Timoney
Shirley & Leonard Pardon
Randy & Susan Lichtman
Diane Landsberg
Bonnie Greer
Tim & Sue Ryan 
 
 
Rotary Club of Miami Charters New Rotaract Club of Downtown Miami at MDC
A pinning ceremony was held 10/29 to officially induct the first 12 members of the new Rotaract Club of Downtown Miami at Miami-Dade College. 29 Miami Rotarians together with District Governor Alan Cohn were present to help launch this new Rotaract Club. Also pictured are Phil Seipp, President of the Rotary Club of Miami, Randy Lichtman, Youth Services Director and Club Advisor and Past President Dave Anderson, event emcee. 
Phil Seipp installed as Rotary Club of Miami President 2017-2018
 
2017-2018 Rotary Club of Miami President Phil Seipp gavels his installation dinner to a close.
 
President Phil introduces his 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
 
The Rotary Club of Miami celebrates 100 years of serving the Miami community
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Club News
At the 2015 District 6990 Conference, Robin & Susan Shelley were honored for their Arch C. Klumph Society induction. Robin Shelley also received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation "In recognition of outstanding efforts to promote the Foundation's many programs dedicated to international understanding".
 
The Rotary Club of Miami's own Robin & Susan Shelley at their Arch C. Klumph Society induction ceremony at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. This award recognizes major donors to the Rotary Foundation.  
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Norm Kassoff talks about one of the many things

that makes the Miami Rotary Club great,

the Thomas Brown McClelland Medical Scholarship Program

 
In the Community
MIAMI DADE MAYOR, Daniella Levine Cava, joined our May 20, 2021 Midday ZOOM meeting.
2020 Griffitts Award - Outstanding Officer of the Year
Officer Erica Socarras was recognized by the Rotary Club of Miami as the City of Miami Officer of the Year with the Griffitts Award.  Many of her police colleagues and the Chief of Police, Jorge Molina, were present at the ceremony.
Paul Harris Award to Police Patrol Dog Kano
This year, the Rotary Club of Miami also decided to recognize the Canine Patrol Dog, Kano, with a Paul Harris Award.  The Paul Harris Award is an honorary award that recognizes achievement.  Kano has risked his life several times and was always helping his handler solve cases. Below is a photo of Kano.
Distinguished Citizen Award 2020
Beatrice "Bea" Hines was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Rotary Club of Miami for his illustrious career as a journalist.  Ms. Hines, broke racial barriers many years ago while working at the Miami Herald.  Ms. Hines has been a pillar in our Community,  She is a symbol of success and an example to follow for young women and especially women of color.
Club Executives & Directors
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Vice-President
Chair-Community Service
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Chair-Club Service
Chair-Public Image
Chair-Youth Service
Chair-Membership
Chair-Foundation
Meetings Secretary
Birthdays
Member Birthdays:
  • Craig Kravetz
    August 5
  • Christina Moore
    August 8
  • John Carroll
    August 15
  • Robin Shelley
    August 19
  • Nelly Anderson
    August 22
  • Gloria Romero Roses
    August 25
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 43-1466
Miami, FL 33243
 
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