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The Rote May 11, 2023
50 Biscayne and on Zoom
Scribe: Marcia Brod

President Brian Tschirhart opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to our new downtown Miami venue. What a view!!!

Cory Gittner gave an invocation and Linda Singer led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Birthday Wishes go out to our many May celebrants!
5/1 – Ariel Gonzalez; 5/16 – Hugo Montaudon; 5/17 – Dave Skinner; 5/20 – Shirley Pardon; 5/21 – Stephan Schenk; 5/24 – Linda Singer and Diane Stieber; and 5/25 – Randy Lichtman

Incoming President Norby Rudel reported on his upcoming travels. He’s heading to San Francisco, New Zealand and then the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia. Quite the exciting trip. He will be bringing back a lot of great ideas to add to his plans for 2023-24.

Interact Peace Conference – Norby shared the Club’s efforts in putting on the Interact Peace Conference. The conference involved nine different high school Interact Clubs and 78 participants. All gained a lot from the numerous speakers throughout the day. Thanks go out to all who helped organize and assist with the event.

Financial Report Treasurer Phil Seipp reported the Club and Foundation’s financials were in good shape. He did mention, however, that with our new meeting venue and the new fees involved, it is essential that all members do their best to attend.

Saturday, April 23 – Diane Landsberg reported that she and Robin and Susan Shelley attended the University of Miami’s Donors’ Luncheon. It was a lovely event.

Saturday, July 8 – will be the installation celebration for our incoming president Norby Rudel. It will be held in the evening at 50 Biscayne. There is no charge to members for the event, but guests will be $50. Be sure to reply to the invitation when it is sent. Additionally, it would really be helpful if folks would respond to any and all emails requesting rsvps. It will greatly help in the planning process. Thank you!

Women’s Club Honors our own Past President Noreen Timoney as the Woman of Impact for 2023! Congratulations Noreen!!!! Well deserved!!!! Shirley Pardon stated the Dade Heritage Trust presented the Women’s Club and award for the restoration of their building. Angel Rodriguez spoke to the Women’s Club about the Military Lounge at MIA and he was grateful for the $1,000 donation from the Club. He then explained to our many guests the origin, our clubs support and past involvement and current needs for volunteers. Consider 1 day a month between 9 to 5.

Pat Santangelo, co-founder of the Little Haiti Soccer League Teams, was a guest at today’s meeting. He spoke about what a difference the Rotary Club of Miami’s financial support has made in the lives of the girls participating in the soccer league. He accepted a check for $2,500 on their behalf and was very grateful. He suggested that the Rotary Club of Miami is a prime example of RI’s President Jennifer Jones’ wish to empower women and significantly impact the community. He also added that all the seniors are headed to college. The goal keeper, a newcomer to Miami from Haiti, was invited to join the Haiti women’s world cup soccer team. Of note is the promotional picture for the world cup features one of the girls wearing a Miami Rotary jersey we provided.

The Rotary Club of Miami is at work! Norby Rudel guided the group through the many projects that the club is working on and his hopes that our new meeting venue will be a catalyst for fresh ideas, increased excitement and new members. The Club has been active in so many areas: the environment; Rotaract and Interact Clubs; Thomas Brown McClelland Scholarship and Alumni Outreach; Little Libraries; The Griffitts Award and more. The Club looks forward to expanding our work into areas that interest our members. As always, we will continue to network and socialize – growth is such an important factor to the Club’s future.

Next week’s speaker will be a ZOOM meeting with Kris Hartley, Assistant Professor of Public Policy | City University of Hong Kong. Topic “Smart cities” Social, Economic & Environmental. You’ll want to tune in 5/18

Also put on your calendar 5/25 for an in person, at our new venue, audience participation, Surprise Speaker.

HAPPY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ were contributed to the Rotary Club of Miami Foundation to help the girls Little Haiti Soccer League

  • Brian Tschirhart was happy to make a $250 contribution to reimburse the foundation for the girls Soccer League. He also shared that Dave Skinner (who was not in attendance) was going to also make a matching contribution;

  • Linda Singer was unaware, but happy, about Dave’s generosity. She was also thrilled to be back on the road again driving after a 6-month restriction for medical reasons. FREEDOM!

  • Noreen Timoney enjoyed some travels to see family and friends and was thrilled about the Women’s Club Award;

  • Phil Seipp was excited to receive another check from a TBM Alum;

  • Robin Shelley was supportive of the Little Haiti Soccer League and is excited about our new location;

  • Marcia Brod loved the new location, the ease of using Metrorail and the People Mover to get there and the wonderful girls’ weekend she had with her daughters;

  • Tina Moore being British and a soccer fan was glad to contribute to the cause.

Happy$ for LH Girls Soccer amounted to $675 so far! Goal is $1,000 - only $325 to go!


Guests were:

Laura Persad Prospective Member

Joni Hughes Friend of Laura

Karen Nardoza – Prospective Member

Dr. Bruno Pasquale Prospective Member

Nicole Santiago Prospective Member


Phil Seipp led everyone in the 4-Way Test.