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March 2017 Issue
Recapping February
Did you know?

Tolerance is one of the most important virtues in the Rotary spirit. As early as 1911 our founder Paul Harris in his essay “Rational Rotarianism” said, “If by interposition of Providence I someday were to find myself standing on a platform in some great Coliseum looking into the eyes of every living Rotarian, and were to be told that I could have one word to say, without an instant’s hesitation and at the top of my voice, I would shout ‘Toleration!’”

Our founder Paul Harris has repeatedly iterated: “Rotarians respect each other‘s opinions and are tolerant and friendly at all times. Catholics, Protestants, Moslems, Jews, and Buddhists break bread together in Rotary.” And it is this tolerant attitude that prompted the Rotary International to adopt the following statement in 1933: “Rotarians in all countries should recognize these facts (differences), and there should be a thoughtful avoidance of criticism of the laws and customs of one country by the Rotarians of another country.” Tolerance is a key to understanding among different peoples and nations.

February 7, 2017
Lunch Meeting
with 

Alex Sheer of the
Shops at Sunset Place

February 7, 2017 - A packed house including two new visitors thanks to our social media efforts, and a fascinating lecture by Alex Sheer! Mr. Sheer oversees the branding and re-positioning of several projects including Shops at Sunset Place and CocoWalk.

A Changing Skyline Landscape
Times change, and community issues need to be addressed as well as marketing concerns. As one example regarding Sunset Place, sidewalks will be widened buffered by Oak Trees, promoting greener spaces that also offer enhanced safety for both pedestrians and bike riders...

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February 14, 2017
Rotary Fellowship!

February 14, 2017 - A full house on this day of special fellowship that just so happened to fall on this day of sweethearts, Valentine's Day!

The board approved a thoughtful, and yet also sentimental luncheon deal which encouraged our members to bring their significant others or their friends. And, we were treated by more than just candy and roses, but by also getting to meet the current president of the South Miami Senior High-school interact Club, she was so inspiring as were the students ( one a fellow officer, the other a Teacher Advisor)!

Read Here for Much More!

February 28, 2017
Lunch Meeting 
with
Officer James Bernat

February 28, 2017 - Today, we welcomed a former international Rotary Club President from Panama, celebrated Paul Harris awards for immensely deserving members Mari and Brett, honored the Teacher of the Year, South Miami Senior High's Rudy Diaz, and listened to an engaging lecture regarding the homeless situation in Miami Dade County.  

Our guest speaker today, was City of Miami Police Officer James Bernat, who is the Homeless Coordinator for Miami Dade County. Their limited budget comes from the Homeless Trust where they offer temporary housing for over 3,000 homeless persons, however, there remains roughly 1,000 homeless persons still living on the streets in Greater Miami.

The homeless come from all kinds of situations, all walks of life, the saying, "We're just one paycheck from living in the streets" becoming a nightmarish reality for some families often with small children, others are illegal immagrants, or battling mental illness, still more fighting a seemingling endless losing battle to drug addiction. And yet, every one of these lives have something to offer. The goal: is not only to give these people relief from hunger, but something more substantial like the temporary housing help they need to get them back on their feet. Let's all be part of the solution!

“Our vision is to engage outstanding business and civic leaders in life-long learning, fellowship and service”

Rotary Club of South Miami
Meets every 1st, 2nd & 4th
Tuesdays at 12 pm
at American Legion Post 31,
7710 SW 59th Avenue, 33143


President: Subrata Basu
President Elect: Felipe Vidal
Past President: Michael Sutta
Secretary: David Jacobs
Treasurer: Doreen Reitnauer
Sargent of Arms: Leo Santos
DirectorsWendy Lapidus,
Brett Trembly,Jeff McNabb,
Julio Dominguez


President, Rotary International:
John F. Germ
District 6990 Governor:
Deb Maymon
District Assistant Governor:
Peter Verbeeck
 Recent Club Member Stories

What Does Rotary Mean to You?
by Subrata Basu,
Rotary Club of south Miami President 2016-2017
February 2017
Service Project Memories
Homeless Outreach
Downtown Miami
on February 19, 2017
South Miami Interact
at Downtown Miami
Ready to deliver
food & water!
on February 19, 2017
February 2017
Club Highlights
Rotary R2R @
Lincoln's Beard Brewery

February 23, 2017
Paul Harris
Award Recipients!
Two Presidents!
Past & Present!
February 14. 2016
Upcoming Events
March 2017
Meeting Schedule

March 7, 14 & 28
Speaker for
March 7, 2017

Greg Hamra
Miami Group Leader of Citizen's Climate Lobby
Speaker for
March 28, 2017

Misty L. Buck
Flawless Social Media Branding

 
March's Community
Service Projects:


When: March 4, 2017 - 6:30AM - 11:30AM
What:
Bike MS for National Sclerosis Society
Where: 15688 SW 232nd St, Miami, FL 33170-6928
&
When: March 18, 2017 - 9:00AM to 12:30PM
What:
South Miami Tropical Audubon Society Project!
Where: 5530 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL 33143-5610


 
Comments or concerns?

Feel free to reach out to president@southmiamirotary.org or any of the Board Members or Committee Chairs. We can only grow and improve through your valuable input! 

Committee Chairs

Membership: Ellen Book
Speaker: Brett Trembly
Service: Frankie Berti
Interact: Ernesto LaFontaine
Youth Exchange:Robert Kelly
Communication:(Publicity/Social Media/Web Site/ Newsletter)
Jeff McNabb, Flavia Berti, Frankie Bert
i

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