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The Rote – June 15, 2023
Via Zoom

Scribe: Marcia Brod

President Brian Tschirhart welcomed everyone to today’s Zoom meeting. Robin Shelley gave and invocation and Randy Lichtman led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


We were joined today on Zoom by Charles Fitzpatrick. He has recently moved to Miami to work in IT at the Kaseya Center. Charles is interested in becoming a member – we all look forward to that!!!!


  • It’s time to renew your membership. If you haven’t done so already, please reach out to Treasurer Phil Seipp and let him know your intentions. Incoming President Norby Rudel has some great plans for the upcoming year – be a part of them!

  • Thursday, June 8 – 15 Rotarians braved some stormy weather to gather for a happy hour at Seasons’ 52 on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Beverages were flowing, the appetizers was delicious and the fellowship was outstanding and tons of fun!

  • Thursday, June 22 – Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting – it will be President Brian’s last meeting and he will be thanking and acknowledging everyone who helped make this year a success. We all want to thank Brian, as well, for his commitment to Rotary and his leadership. The luncheon meeting will be at 50 Biscayne. Be sure to RSVP!

  • Thursday, June 29NO MEETING

  • Tuesday, July 4 – Mark your calendar and RSVP to our big 4th of July gathering at the home of Don and Maria Van Orsdel. Dinner and fireworks right on the golf course at the Biltmore Hotel. You must RSVP to this event as well – cost is $25/person. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate – with your Rotary family and friends.

  • Thursday, July 6 – NO MEETING

  • Saturday, July 8 – Welcome in the new Rotary ’23-’24 Year with the installation of our soon-to-be president Norby Rudel. The event will be in the evening at 50 Biscayne and everyone should be there to kick off the new year for the Rotary Club of Miami. Times and cost to come – RSVP when advised.

  • Beach Clean ups are occurring throughout the County. Reach out to Arlene Terrinoni and learn more about when and where these activities are happening.

Today’s Speaker

  • Randy Lichtman introduced today’s speaker Jorge Ortega. Jorge is the Cybersecurity Center Director at Miami Dade College. He has 20+ years of experience across technology and business within a diverse group of organizations, from start-up ventures to multinational corporations.

  • Mr. Ortega spoke about a multitude of technology issues. When speaking about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) he posed the question – Is A.I. a friend or foe? He feels it is a bit too early to decide. A.I. is here to stay and it will be interesting to see the many ways that it will help us in the future. How the technology can be used in a negative way is keeping folks on alert.

  • He also advised those listening to be very aware of the information that we personally give out and also the need to be diligent in our use of social media in all forms.

  • Currently Jorge is focused on helping organizations use emerging technologies and innovation to improve business operations.



Happy $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ will be contributed to the Little Haiti Soccer Club

  • Randy Lichtman thanked Jorge Ortega for today’s informative presentation;

  • Brian Tschirhart also was grateful for Jorge’s talk today;

  • Marcia Brod appreciated the information provided today;

  • Diane Landsberg thanked our speaker and shared how grateful she is for the advanced technology her Tesla has to help keep her safe.

The Four Way Test was led by Jay Almeida