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The Rote - June 1, 2023

Via Zoom


President Brian Tschirhart presided over the meeting held by Zoom.


Invocation: Noreen Timoney


Pledge of Allegiance: Steve Dutton



President Brian has worked with our venue, 50 Biscayne Blvd., to have our future meetings there proceed without glitches on the venue’s part.


Our next meeting will be a social event in person at Season’s 52 Restaurant, 321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, from 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8.


President Brian’s last meeting will be held on June 22nd at 50 Biscayne Blvd.


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


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.


Marcia Brod has written and mailed the Thomas Brown McClelland Newsletter to the past recipients of the TBM scholarships. Our membership will be receiving it by email very shortly from Dave Skinner.


If you haven’t already done so, please renew your membership as soon as possible for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023.


Past president Jay Almeida was our speaker for today. He announced that our incoming District Governor, Barbara Gobbi, invited him to serve as the incoming District Communications Chair, which he accepted. Congratulations, Jay!

Jay spoke about how communications can be used to achieve a Rotary Club’s goals, i.e. to increase membership or to communicate better with membership, to provide and coordinate service projects, social activities and youth services, to raise funds for Rotary International Foundation, and such.

He briefly talked about the different types of social media now being used. In order of importance with the most used applications being listed first, there are Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linked In, Twitter, and WhatsApp. WhatsApp has enabled people from all over the world to communicate long distance for free and enables our member, Steve Dutton, to attend our meetings virtually from wherever he is sailing.

He also touched upon the use of websites and printed material.

Thank you, Jay, for your presentation.


Happy $$$


Jay Almeida was happy that his son-in-law, who is married to Stephanie, will be doing his medical residency at Aventura Hospital.

Marcia Brod informed us that she will miss Brian’s last meeting because on that same day, Lenny and she will be attending her daughter’s induction as president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville, Florida. Congratulations and kudos to you for raising a child who is service oriented and has chosen to be a Rotarian leader. Afterwards, Marcia and Lenny will be traveling to Iceland for a vacation.

President Brian will be attending his oldest granddaughter’s graduation.

Past President Diane Landsberg was grateful to Jay for filling in as the speaker for today.

Randy Lichtman was grateful to Jay Almeida for assisting with Miami Dade College’s adult education classes in various roles.


4-Way Test was led by Randy Lichtman.