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The Rote for June 22, 2023

Scribe: Linda Singer

President Brian Tschirhart presided over his last meeting of the Rotary year held in person at 50 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, and by Zoom.


Invocation: Noreen Timoney


Pledge of Allegiance: Scott Richey



President Brian updated us on the membership. The Rotary Club of Miami now has 70 total members: 55 are active members and 15 are honorary members. Incoming President Norby Rudel has at least six new members lined up to join the club next month. Brian presented Norby with the gavel and the Rotary steering wheel for his presidency once again.

Phil Seipp reported that The Rotary Club of Miami, Florida Foundation Inc. matched $41,835 of donations made to the Thomas Brown McClelland Trust. He announced that 70 medical students received $250,000 in scholarships this year.

Norby Rudel informed us that the Interact Conference was well attended by 80 students at the Police Benevolent Association and spoke about the conference.



There will be no meetings until July 8th (see below).


On July 4th, we will be having a club party at the Van Orsdels’ home in Coral Gables and we will be watching the fireworks show on the Biltmore Hotel golf course.


On July 8th, Past President Norby Rudel will be inducted as the president for 2023-2024 at 50 Biscayne Blvd. Details will be sent by email. You won’t want to miss this evening event!


Awards Program

President Brian presented many awards to recognize our members who have given of their time in the past Rotary year. Receiving awards were:

Diane Landsberg, as chair of Club Service, who received a certificate for her leadership;

Dave Skinner, who received a Quiet Rotarian award for his technical service to the club and little libraries;

Linda Singer¸ who received an Above and Beyond Certificate of Appreciation, for her service scribing the club’s meetings;

Shirley Pardon received a Certificate of Appreciation for her scribing service;

Maria Rudel received a Quiet Rotarian award;

Susan and Robin Shelley, who received a Service Above Self award. Phil Seipp gave the Shelleys a framed stethoscope in honor of the Shelleys’ contribution to pay the cost of giving stethoscopes to the medical students at the pinning ceremony;

Amelia Bonilla and Angela Deggs of Northern Trust were recognized for their work on behalf of the club foundation and the TBM Trust;

Noreen Timoney belatedly was presented with her Past President Award;

The entire board for 2022-2023 was acknowledged.


Among others yet to be recognized at a future meeting that were not present are as follows:

Marcia Brod with husband Lenny were attending her daughter Stephanie's induction as president of the downtown Gainesville, Florida Club - a proud moment for parents! Marcia will be recognized for scribing and by TBM stethoscope contribution as well as alumni newsletter;

Randy Lichtman for Rotaract advisor (as well as district Leadership Institute instructor);

Cathy Cahill for recording board minutes, TBM stethoscopes donation, etc.;

Miryam Cotrina “You Make a Difference” for sorting library books with her son who attended RYLA;

Phil Seipp presented President Brian with an award for his presidency, a Past President pin, and a Paul Harris Fellow + 3 pin;

District Governor Michael Kesti announced that the Miami–Dade Chamber of Commerce will do a joint event with our club; and that for the first time ever, the Florida House recognized Rotary. Michael acknowledged appreciation and presented awards to Brian TschirhartWith Gratitude and Appreciation”, to Robin Shelley the End Polio Now District Award, and to Diane Landsberg for coordinating the Interact Conference.


The meeting concluded with Robin Shelley leading us in the reciting of the 4-Way Test.