Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City

Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
The Center at Deltona
1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Deltona, FL 32725
United States of America
(407) 314-7965
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We had our last meeting of the current Rotary Year. Passing of the gavel, recognition of members/officers, and planning for the upcoming Rotary year occurred. Here's to a fabulous 2022-2023 Rotary year.
The 2022 Installation Banquet was held June 23. Outgoing President, Don Kanfer, installs new President, Joe Hearn. April Chilson is awarded Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris fellow.
Rotarians present a check from the proceeds of the Pat and Ed Northey River Run to the Advent Health Foundation for Nursing Education.
The Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City 5K/10K River Run Race/Walk was on Sunday, April 28.
It was a record turn-out with over 300 runners at the 4th Annual River Run 5k/10k. Thank you to all the runners, sponsors, volunteers, and our Chair Pat Northey.  - All in support of Rotary youth programs such as Rotary Youth Exchange.  Our inbound student from Turkey Dide Turut volunteered in the race too!

District Conference and Training Assembly at Daytona, Florida 


Rotary District 6970 Assembly/Conference
May 17 & 18, 2019
Daytona International Speedway

Register for this amazing weekend before January 31, 2019
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5 chances to win 2 free nights at the conference hotel
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Contact Erika. It is important that new members especially attend the District Conference and Training Assembly.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your Engines!  The District Conference Team is gearing up for an AWESOME and INSPIRING District Training Assembly and Conference May 17 & 18.  
Topic: "Women in the U.S. Navy."
Captain Mary McLendon is a native of Savannah, GA and an NROTC graduate of the University of Georgia at Armstrong with a degree in Mathematics & Computer Science.
She earned her commission in 1978 and served in the fields of Command, Control & Communications and Network Warfare, including major command billets in Hawaii, Japan, and the Communications Security Material Command in Washington, DC.
Captain McLendon earned her Master of Science Degree in Command, Control & Communications from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1983. She served as the Executive Officer of the former Naval Station New York, New York and completed tours of duty with the NATO staff in London, England and both US Space Command in Colorado Springs, CO and Naval Space Command in Dahlgren, Virginia.
In 2008, Captain McLendon completed 30 years of service with NORAD / US Northern Command in Colorado Springs. Captain McLendon was awarded several personal decorations during her career, including the Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit.
Captain McLendon and her husband, Bill Waters, also a 29-year Navy veteran, now live in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
With Captain McLendon is Eli Schaperow and Club President Bill Wright.
What a terrific presentation by Captain Mary McLendon (retired) on Women in the Navy. It’s Women’s History month and Mary and her colleagues have made some of their own serving our country. Thank you Captain for your service and sharing your story.
CERTUS at Orange City is a dedicated memory care assisted living community that provides meaning and purpose for our residents in order to create successful moments throughout their day. For engagement we utilize a program called “SPIN”, which stands for Social, Physical, Intellectual, and Nutritional Wellness. Using this model through any person’s daily routine promotes optimal brain health. CERTUS is built off a research based design which means details such as the pictures on the wall all the way to the colors utilized in our community have a purpose. At CERTUS at Orange City we truly provide care for the whole person and not just the diagnoses as well as creating an environment Where Every Moment Matters
Rachel Christian
Below is Tad Maynard (Community Relations Director for CERTUS), Club President Bill Wright, and Rachel Christian (our valued Club Member and Executive Director of CERTUS of Orange City)
Erika Benfield attended a meeting of the West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce. There was a presentation by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Local municipalities and the State needs to contribute to get matching federal funds for transportation infrastructure.
Celebrating leadership and economic development success within the Hispanic business community Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando. Rosen Shingle Creek - March 1, 2019.
What is the Florida United Methodist Children's Home?
How We Help Children In Need

The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home was established in 1908 to provide a home for orphans and other children that had nowhere else to live.

Today it serves as a diverse ministry with two campuses that include residential, therapeutic group, foster and emergency shelter care. The Home also provides independent living assistance and a community child care center.

Everyone in our care is safe and loved and treated as a unique and special creation of God.

YOUR Rotary Foundation

District 6970 is #1 in the WORLD for Polio Giving of DDF (District Designated Funds)

On FEBRUARY 15, 2019  you had lunch with RI President Barry Rassin.
Rotary International President Barry  Rassin came to District 6970  in St. Augustine to celebrate your generosity. 

Paul Harris Fellow Challenge - Day of 1,000 Paul Harris Fellows.  To show our appreciation to President Barry and all the good that The Rotary Foundation does in the world, your District Foundation Team is challenging each of you to increase your Foundation giving so we can do even MORE GOOD IN THE WORLD!

If you are not already a Paul Harris Fellow, talk to your Club Foundation Chair, President or Assistant Governor about how to become one.  If you are already a PHF, let's move up to that next level of giving, and/or become a member of the Bequest Society.  Let's get creative and work together to make this happen!

How awesome would it be to recognize 1,000 Rotarians form around our great District during President Barry's visit in February?  We CAN do it! 

Please share your club's success story including strategy and results by Aug 20th
Great start to the day seeing Shari Simmans playing hooky from West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce to share the good word of how the Chamber is supporting economic development to help our local businesses thrive. Shari was former Chief of Staff for the former Governor of Virginia.
Thank you everyone for the opportunity to speak at your club and to Eli for inviting me.  I hope I was able to share information that was interesting and fun.  We truly appreciate your consideration of moving your meeting to a different day so as to not to conflict with our regular Tuesday meeting. Typically, we have anywhere from 60 to nearly 100 people at our meeting so I am confident collaborating together will be a benefit to both our organizations.
Coming from a very service oriented community, I am well aware of the commitment and dedication of Rotarians in a community, and how much a Rotary club adds to the quality of life to everyone in that community. It was truly wonderful to hear all the amazing things your group undertakes to make West Volusia a terrific to live. 

Thank you again and I look forward to see you all soon!
Our Club contribution to Daytona State College for student scholarships was made today. Proceeds from our annual Hops & Vine funded this contribution. Thank you President Labasso for joining us.

It’s official:  I have filed to run for State House District 27 continuing to serve as DeBary Vice Mayor through Election Day 2020!
I want to pay it forward to honor the memory of my pow grandfather and continue to thank our veterans while serving our state of Florida to make it the best place to live, work, play, and retire!
This just in ... the City of Deltona has just been named a Trail Town by the Office of Greenways and Trails!
Congratulations to Jerry Mayes and the Deltona Trail Team!
Pat Northey explains why Deltona is a great Trail Town on the St. Johns River to St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance.
A great day at Silver Spring State Park as the Florida Greenways and Trails Council voted to designate 4 new Florida Trail Towns - 2 on the Loop!  Deltona and Palatka were both awarded the designation - this makes 3 Trail Towns on the Loop now with Titusville, and DeBary and Enterprise are in process.  The Deltona Lakeshore Trailhead was also awarded state Trailhead status.  You'll be hearing more on this when the trailhead takes shape according to Jerry Mayes' plans.  The Deltona team: Jerry, Lee Lopez, Pat Northey, Maggie Ardito, Georgia Turner, Herb Hiller.  The Palatka team: Kraig McLane, Sam Carr, Robbie Corea, Linda Crider and a few others.  The other newly designated Trail Towns are  Everglades City and Inverness - all were well deserved and all the presentations were inspiring testimonials to what Florida towns are doing to become bike-friendly and encourage trails, and trail-oriented amenities and wellness programs.
What a great day to break ground on the new “AdventHealth Deltona ER.” Health Academy students from Pine Ridge, Deltona High, University High & Galaxy Middle came to help us celebrate and break ground on AdventHealth’s latest investment in OUR community. The future of healthcare is bright. #feelingwhole #honoredtoserve #wearedeltona

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Photographs of students in Puerto Rico who received the special Student Dictionaries provided by the Rotary Club of DeLand with the assistance of District 697, and our Club.  100 boxes (2400 dictionaries) were provided to Rotary District 7000 last October. Below are pictures from the Aguada Club presenting the dictionaries. The Mayagüez Club in coordination with District 7000 has now distributed 95 of the 100 boxes.
It’s official, 850k Trail dollars to connect DeBary to Blue Springs.  I voted unanimously to approve this extension in 2017 and we had a lot of excited riders to partake today! Trail begins at DeBary Plantation and Donald E Smith.
Congratulations to Club Member Darrin Elkind for a first place finish in his age division in the Lake Helen 5K Stress Buster!
From Ruben's Facebook post:
Friends, each week I am going to feature a program offered in District 5. Please allow me to introduce you to the “Florida Hospital Healthcare Academy at Pine Ridge.” Volusia County’s only “Certified Nursing Assistant” program newly designated by the Florida Dept. of Health. Here students explore healthcare careers at the hospital, in clinics, nursing homes & on fire trucks. The future of healthcare is bright. Today I wear your polo with great pride.
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Florida Students from Rotary District 6970! 

RYE students had "the big reveal" and found out what countries they're going to this week! 

Presley Baesler is going to Brazil, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Paola Camacho is going to  Denmark, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bartram Trail.

Zuleyka Cardenas Zermeno is going to Taiwan, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Catalina Casillas is going to Japan, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Johns.

Safi Chalfin-Smith is going to Chile, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gainsville.

Wyatt Delaney is going to Hungary, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Johns.

Willem Hall is going to Finland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of  St. Augustine.

August Herrmann is going to Brazil, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gainesville.

Christian Hughes is going to Czechia, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine.

Joseph Hutchinson is going to Peru, sponsored by the Rotary Club of  Mandarin.

Kate Kelley is going to France, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County.

Amelia King is going to France, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bartram Trail.

Liam King is going to Taiwan, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Johns.

Veronika Leshko is going to Korea, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra.

Mya McAfee is going to Sweden, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gainesville.

Marley McCauley is going to Slovakia, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Anne Mirgle is going to Italy, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Deland.

Aliyah Molina is going to the Netherlands, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Deland (Breakfast)

Mia Mondello is going to Brazil, sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach.

Tristan Peevy is going to Sweden, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.
Morganne Percevault is going to Lithuania, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset.

Aliya Riechers is going to Slovakia, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gainesville.

Alyssa Rodriguez is going to Ecuador, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flagler County.

Marin Rohrbacher is going to Italy, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Flagler Beach.

Aleida Wells is going to Croatia, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gainesville.

To members of the Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City,

As I reflect on our accomplishments this year, I am thankful for donors like you who make it possible for The Rotary Foundation to empower Rotarians around the world to create meaningful change. Now, because of your support, Rotarians are hard at work transforming your gifts into service projects that improve the lives of people around the globe.

Thank you for your dedication and support of The Rotary Foundation this year and in the future. Together, we can continue to inspire people around the world to make a difference.


Ron D. Burton
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19
Sandhill Crane.  Boat Ramp, Lemon Bluff Road, Osteen, Florida.  November 23, 2018. By Eli Schaperow

Bonus pictures taken by Master Nature Photographer Eli Schaperow.
It's always a good meeting when you are visited by the next generation of leaders. We welcomed our RYLA students to our meeting and heard all about their leadership weekend.   You know the world will be in good hands when they take over the reins of leadership.
Our Club paid for four students and Florida Hospital funded two more students. - Thank You Florida Hospital (Advent Health) -Fish Memorial.
RYLA this year was on June 24 for three days at Stetson University. The students attended University High School, Deltona High School, Trinity Christian Academy, and Pine Ridge High School. Florida Hospital funded two more students who attended the Health Academy at Pine Ridge High School.

Why consider membership in any Rotary Club?

With a global network of over 1.3 million community volunteers, Rotary members are business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  Over 33,000 local Rotary clubs worldwide in more than 200 countries and geographical areas initiate service projects to address today’s challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns. Rotary International’s major initiative is PolioPlus, an ambitious program to immunize the world’s children against polio in partnership with the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.  Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”  

We invite you to become a member of The Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City if you live or work in these cities, or surroundings communities. Besides supporting Rotary International's service projects and District 6970's service projects we have our own projects which benefit the students and residents of the Cities of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City. You will meet great members in our club and make new, long-lasting friendships - and have fun!

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