District Governor Ted Johnston will speak August 1st

District Governor’s July Message

Ted Johnston
District Governor

DG Ted JohnstonJuly 1st; it’s a new beautiful day on the Nature Coast. The dawn sun is just breaking the horizon. Big cumulous clouds cover much of the high altitudes and brilliant hues of orange and blue light up the Skyline. The birds are singing and chirping their morning music. Delta and Mozart, my puppies are happily running about. Nice!The phone rings. I ignore it. The phone rings again. Who the heck is calling me this early? It’s PDG Roger Proffer calling to congratulate me for taking a load off his back. I can’t say I appreciated his sense of humor, but I like Roger a lot. His wit is mystifying at times.

So the first day at my new post starts.

This is enough rhetoric for the moment, so let’s get down to business.

“Why Rotary?” is a question that has been asked since the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905. Here’s a quick refreshers course. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women.

The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community and throughout the world. Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio.The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world.RI President Gary C.K. Huang picked‘Light Up Rotary’ as the presidential theme for 2014-15. President Huang said this past January: There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark.”

“The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world.”

“How you Light Up Rotary is up to you,” Huang said. “You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help.”

Our District Theme for the 2014-15 is “Everyone Bring ONE”. Let’s keep it simple. I would like you to go out and “Find ONE and bring ONE“. And in the larger scheme of things I would like “Everyone to Bring ONE”. It’s that simple.

You read that right. I am proposing that each and every active member of District 6950 bring a guest that joins the club within the year. That simple!

Increasing our District Membership will be advantageous, but increasing our membership will also increase our fun. The more the merrier from my point of view.Rotarians have different ideas on how to increase membership. You can analyze this until the cows come home. There is no secret formula to membership growth. Membership growth takes a little effort, determination, and of course, enthusiasm. You want to share Rotary, RIGHT!You will hear a lot about membership this year. In the meantime, I would like everyone to bring one.

Best Regards,

Every One Brig One




Mayor Chris Arbutine, Sr. of Belleair Bluffs to speak July 11th

chris-pirate-2_small Chris Arbutine, Sr. is currently the Mayor of Belleair Bluffs and involved in many community civic organizations.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Chris has lived in Pinellas County since he was a young child.  He graduated from Largo High School in 1984 and then attended St. Petersburg College and the University of Tampa before devoting himself to the family businesses.  He and his brothers run Belleair Coins and the Silver Queen, but he found the time to return to school studying Business Management at Eckerd College.

Mayor Arbutine will share his wisdom with us this Friday.  As always, Rotarians are welcome to join us and make up missed meetings.


Happy Independence Day! No meeting.