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News from the Rotary Club of Inverness ...

We're happy to share information about our activities in the community and about our members. Click on the links below to read or view our news.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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** News snippets from 2014 - 2015 **

Click here to see a compendium of short news items that have been on our website's front page over the past year. 

 

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 ** March 2015 **

We were pleased to welcome Cami Plaisted into membership recently, especially as she plans to spearhead our efforts to work with youngr members and prospective members. We also were pleased when she recruited her father, Inverness mayor Bob Plaisted, as a member. Click here to see them at his induction ceremony.

 

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  ** October 2014 **?

Hosting our Students of the Month from Citrus high School and Inverness middle School is our favorite meeting each month during the school year.  Click here to see our October honorees. 

 

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** October 2014 **

Congratulations to current club president Connie Lobel for completing all three sections of the Rotary Leadership Institute, and to PE Lace Blue-McLean for completing the first two. Click here to see them on RLI day in October.

 

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** June 2014**

We spent quality time at this year's S4TL with exceptional young leaders. Read all about it and see some of the local students who attended -- click here.

 

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** October 2013 **

Our first-ever Bass Blasters Fishing Tournament was a great success -- for the fishing participants, for the volunbteers in our family of Rotary, and for community beneficiaries, including the Key Training Center. Click here to see the news report on check presentation to the Key Center Foundation's director, and click here to read about the winning fishermen.

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** July 2013 **

At our installation banquet, a very surprised Bonnhie Rybak was named the club's Rotarian of the Year. Click here to see the newspaper story and photo.

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*** May 2013 ***

Our club and members w?ere recognized at the 20123 District conference. Click here to read about it.

 

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*** May 2013 ***

 

 

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*** September 2012 ***

We're enjoying time with our RYE students! Read about it and see them on hoseback with club member Trish Thomas... and think about what you can do with them too.

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*** August 2012 ***

Larry Gamble, manager of the Inverness Walmart Supercenter, jumped in to assist two Rotary Youth Exchange students sponsored by the Rotary Club of Inverness. His store donated a bicycle for RYE students to use this year and in the future, and he managed a discount so a student who needed a laptop for schoolwork could afford it. Read about it and see the photos. Thanks, Larry!

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*** July 2012 ***

Changing of the guard -- Eloy Nunez takes over as 2012 - 2013 club president. 

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*** July 2012 ***

The 2012 - 2013 Board is sworn in. Click here to see them.

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*** July 2012 ***

Dora Hunt is named Rotarian of the Year. Read about her dedication to the club!

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*** July 2012 ***

Our club's donation made a special learning day possible for Citrus County YMCA student Counselors in Training. Read about it here.

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*** June 2012 ***

The Rotary Club of Inverness had a great year! We received multiple District honors. Click hereto read about it!    Bragging rights ... but we have to work every day to keep it up. The Rotary Club of Inverness is proud to have achieved three District 6950 awards in the 2011-2012 year: Presidential Citation, Changemaker, and A.C.E. Award. Congratulations to the entire membership for living their Rotary beliefs.

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*** June 2012 ***

Club member Doug Lobel was named Rotarian of the Year for District 6950. What a great honor!

See more information here.

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*** May 2012 ***

More progress on our signature project, improvements to Whispering Pines Park in Inverness. Click here to see some of the work crew at the final dedication of the renovated clubhouse building.

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*** March 2012 ***
Our crew again helped the Friends of the Citrus County Library System by setting up tables [LOTS of tables!] in the auditorium for the massive Spring book sale.  Click here to see the work crew.
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*** November 2011 --

The attached article from the Citrus County Chronicle is and example of how Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) impacts the world as the students act as good will ambassadors for their countries. Please note the boxed portion of the article about RYE District 6950 student Jessica Kamsteeg who is sponsored by Inverness Rotary Club expressing her gratitude to 17 American World War II Veterans for the freedom she has today. God Bless Her! Also, thanks to Inverness Rotarian Barbara Mills who began Operation Welcome Home that sends care packages to our troops over in Iraq and Afghanistan and welcome home parties when they return to Citrus County and with Inverness Rotarian Doug Lobel started the Citrus County Honor Flight.

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*** November 2011 --

The attached picture of our exchange student and caption appeared in the Inverness Pioneer today for those of you who don't get the Chronicle or just missed it when looking through the paper and passed it by.

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*** August 2011 --

Article from the St. Pete Times about our new Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jessica Kamsteeg.

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*** August 2011 --

President Rob Tessmer, Jr accepts a banner from Immediate Past President Charlie Richer. He exchanged our club banner for a club banner from the Rotary Club of Aruba on a recent trip.

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*** August 2011 --

Rotary Youth Exchange student Jessica Kamsteeg visits her 1st club meeting. Pictured are from left to right: President Rob Tessmer, Jr., Sandra (Sam) Himmel Superintendent of Citrus County Schools, Jessica Kamsteeg Citrus High exchange student from The Netherlands, Ned Barry Youth Exchange officer for Inverness Rotary Club and Cyntha Resare Youth Exchange Councilor for Inverness Rotary.

 

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*** August 2011 --

Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jessica Kamsteeg from The Netherlands being greeted at the airport upon her arrival. With her left to right are Doug and Connie Lobel Jessica, Host Mother Donna Cali and in front Host sister Gioia Mia Cali.

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*** August 2011 --

President Rob Tessmer, Jr accepts a banner from Bonnie Rybak. She exchanged our club banner for a club banner from the Rotary Club of North Adams, MA on a recent trip.

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*** July 2011 --

District 6950 Governor Carl Treleaven (far right) visits the visits our club and speaks about his vision for our district for this year. Also pictured are (from left): ADG Tom Feeney, Dist. Sec. Brenda Wendt, President Rob Tessmer, Jr, and Carl's wife.

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*** July 2011 --

RYE Student Marlee White

Article from the Chronicle about Marlee White our Rotary Youth Exchange student

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*** July 2011 --

Eric Williams receives his Blue Badge from President Rob Tessmer, Jr

Eric Williams receives his "Blue" badge from President Rob Tessmer, Jr. He received the badge for completing all of the new member requirements of the club.

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*** July 2011 --

The Rotary Club of Inverness receives the

The City of Inverness recognized the Rotary Club of Inverness at a recent council meeting by presenting the club with a "Cooter Kudo" for being named the number one Large Rotary Club in Rotary District 6950 which includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties and the 48 Rotary Clubs located in these counties. The Rotary had just received the Large Club Award at the District Conference in St Petersburg Beach. Pictured in the center with the "Cooter Kudo" certificate in hand is newly installed 2011/2012 Inverness Rotary President, Rob Tessmer, Jr., standing next to Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted. Other Rotarians pictured left to right are: Rocky Hensley, Ron Lundberg, Connie DeWeese, Chris Smith, Rotary Immediate Past President Charlie Richer, Bonnie Rybak, Eloy Nunez, Connie Lobel, Bill Catto, Jackie Burger, John Rogers, Lace Blue McLean, DuWayne Sipper, Rebecca Martin, Jim Neal, Dora Hunt and Patricia Thomas.

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*** July 2011 --

Paul Perregaux & Anne Black inducted as members of the club by Trish Thomas

Trish Thomas inducts Paul Perregaux and Anne Black as new members of our club, as sponsors Craig Davies and Sonny Hunt watch on.

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*** July 2011 --

David Rom receives his PHF Award from Treasurer Dora HuntPaul Harris receives PHF Award from Treasurer Dora Hunt

Congratulations to David Rom & Paul Harris on receiving their PHF Awards from Treasurer Dora Hunt.

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*** June 2011 -- Congratulations to our 2010 - 2011 Rotarian of the Year.

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*** June 2011 -- Changing of the guard. Click here to see the plaque presentation.

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*** June 2011 -- New leadership team is installed. Click here for the photo.

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*** June 2011 -- Meet outgoing and incoming Rotary Youth Exchange students who attended the recent District Conference.

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*** June 2011 -- See some of our members at the Governor's Banquet at District Conference.

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*** June 2011 -- Two more banner exchanges! Click here to see who had banners for us.

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*** May 2011 -- Clerk of the Circuit Court Betty Strifler visited to share information about the services her office provides.

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*** May 2011 -- Welcome new member John Butler

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*** May 2011 -- County Commissioner Joe Meek updates the club at a luncheon meeting. 

--- *** May 2011 -- Welcome new member Debbie Branson Scott.

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*** May 2011 -- Meet our Citrus High School scholarship recipients for 2011.

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*** May 2011 -- Click here to see news from a particularly interesting luncheon meeting.

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*** April 2011 -- Thanks to everyone who made our annual charity golf tournament such a success!

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*** April 2011 -- What an honor! The six Rotary clubs in Citrus County again received United Way's "Spirit of the Community" award. We were well-represented at the awards luncheon.

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*** April 2011 -- The Rotary Club of Inverness sponsors the Interact Club at Citrus High School. We were pleased to recognize the winners of the Interact's essay contest on the 4-Way Test.

 Click here for the report and photo. Congratulations and thank you to these wonderful Interactors.

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*** April 2011 -- We really enjoy our "Students of the Month" days. Click here to see April's students and their families.

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*** April 2011 -- What a treat -- we held our meeting at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute so we could award two scholarships to students there. Click here to read the story and see the recipients.

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*** March 2011 -- The CEO of Citrus Memorial visited one of our lunch meetings to give us a hospital system update.

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*** March 2011 -- Vocational Service is an important Avenue of Service for Rotary. We were pleased to recognize an individual and a business that exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self.

 Click here for the report and photo. We appreciate the opportunity to congratulate and thank our partners in the community.

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*** March 2011 -- We always help the Friends of the Library with setting up tables at the Citrus County Auditorium, getting ready for the big fundraising, multi-day sale.

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*** March 2011 -- Banner exchanges are always fun. Click here to see our exchange with Joanne Laughland of the Rotary Club of Chapleau, Canada. 

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*** March 2011 -- Our 100 Club proceeds are a win-win propostition.

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*** February 2011 -- We welcomed new member Eric Williams to the club. 

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*** February 2011 -- Our members helped the Kings Bay Rotary Club with the Stone Crabv Jam last year. Here's a photo of our president getting our "pay", which goes directly to our scholarship fund.

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*** January 2011 -- United Way is one of our fundraising beneficiaries, and we're proud to present the check each year.

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*** January 2011 -- New member Sloan Young earned his blue badge.

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*** December  2010 -- Congratulations to member Ned Barry, who achieved his 5th Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

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*** December  2010 -- A big thank-you to District 6950 DGE Carl Treleaven for visiting our club. He talked about networking as a tool for Rotarians, from the very beginning of the organization more than 100 years ago to today.

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*** December  2010 -- We enjoyed bell-ringing for the Salvation Army again this past Christmas season. At a recent meeting, we were presented with a certificate of appreciation. Click here to see the photo.

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*** November 2010 -- We welcomed more new members to the club this month. Click here to see who they were.

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 *** November 2010 -- The reorganized EDC's Executive Director spoke to our club about success stories and plans for the future. Read about it here.

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*** November 2010 -- We're always happy to see new members earn their blue badges. Click here.

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*** October 2010 -- Our club sponsors the Interact club at Citrus High School. Click here to see this year's sponsor and officers at the installation, which took place at our October business meeting.

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*** October 2010 -- Click here to see the Rotary crew working our booth at Cooterfest, including a visiting RYE student.

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*** October 2010 -- Students of the Month -- always an inspiration!  Click here to see the October honorees.

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*** October 2010 -- Guest speaker Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections, helps ready us for the upcoming general election. Click here to read about it.

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*** September 2010 -- Member Lacde Blue-McLean presents banners from clubs she visited on vacation. Click here to see where she went.

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*** September 2010 -- We welcomed three new members to the club. Click here to see them.

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 *** August 2010 -- DG Vinson presents our own Bill Metzendorf with his Past DG pin. Click here.

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*** August 2010 -- DG Vinson visits with the Rotary Club of Inverness. Click here to see the group.

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*** August 2010 -- Thanks to member Bob Cohen for running our 100 Club.

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*** July 2010 -- Click here to see PEE Eloy Nunez receive his PHF certificate.

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*** July 2010 -- Read about Citrus County clubs being recognized at District awards meeting.

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*** June 2010 -- We support the Key Training Center -- it's a good partnership. Read here about our recent cash donation.

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*** June 2010 -- Citrus County Rotary clubs earn ACE award. Click here to read about it.

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*** June 2010 -- Meet Citrus High School's new principal. We sponsor Interact at CHS, honor Students of the Month, and award scholarships to CHS students.

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*** June 2010 -- Click here to read about our honor from the Fairman Trust.

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 *** June 2010 -- A donation and a success story! Click here to read about it.

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*** June 2010 -- A new tradition is begun -- a Rotary history book to pass along.

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*** June 2010 -- A new member earns his blue badge! Click here to see John Murphy's photo.

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*** June 2010 -- Click here to read about recent guest speaker Barbara Mills, who talked about how we can support our troops.

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*** June 2010 -- Welcome to new member Dr. John Rodgers. Click here for photo at his induction.

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*** May 2010 -- A number of our members were delighted to attend the six-club luncheon with RI representative and motivational speaker John T. Capps. Click here to see them.

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*** May 2010 -- We welcomed Klaas Van Der Valk into the club as an honorary member. Click here to see the photo and story.

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*** April 2010 --  The six Rotary clubs in Citrus County shared in receiving the Spirit of the Community Award 2010 at the recent United Way of Citrus County annual awards luncheon.

  Click here to read about it and see a photo of Rotarians attending the presentation. 

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*** April 2010 -- Congratulations to our annual charity golf tournament winners! Click here for the listing and photos. And we couldn't have been successful without our sponsors. Click here to see the list of these generous individuals and businesses.

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 *** April 2010 -- A new Rotary wheel for the Historic Inverness sign downtown!

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*** March 2010 -- We love having the middle school and high school Students of the Month visit. It's a high point for all our members. Click here for photo and information on our March honorees.

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*** February 2010 -- Click here to learn about our guest speakers from the Red Eagle Lodge.

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 *** February 2010 -- A big thank-you to Paul Harris, owner of Sportsmens Bowling Center, and his league members who generously made possible a wonderful donation. Click here for story and photo.

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 *** February 2010 -- The Rotary Club of Inverness supports United Way. Click here to read all about it.

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*** January 2010 Students of the Month -- We always enjoy honoring our best and brightest. Click here to see the story and photo.

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*** January 2010 -- Rotary supports CFCC! Click here to see a photo and story about how the six Rotary clubs in Citrus County have contributed to development of Central Florida Community College's new Learning and Conference Center.

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 *** December 2009 -- Thank you, Citrus County, for helping to make our charity auction a great success. Read the newspaper summary of our event by clicking here.

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*** October 2009 -- Congratulations to our October Students of the Month! Click here to see their photo and read about them.

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*** October 2009 -- We welcome new honorary member Robert Plaisted, Mayor of Inverness!

See the story and photo!

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***  October 2009 -- Congratulations to the new officers of the Citrus High School Interact Club. We were delighted to perform the installation ceremony at one of our October meetings. -- click here to see the photo and read about the ceremony.

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*** October 2009 -- It's always a delight to welcome Rotarian guests to a meeting. Click here to see the banner exchange with a member of the Rotary Club of Vlaardingen,Holland.

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*** October 2009 -- Rotarians celebrated the official ribbon-cutting at CFCC's new Learning and Conference Center on the Citrus campus. Donations from five local Rotary clubs sponsored the Rotary Conference Room at the facility. Click here to see Rotarians at the celebration.

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*** October 2009 -- Honorary Rotarian Courtney Lobel reports on the successful Bulgaria project, and delivery of $400,000 in medical supplies. Read the story OR  View Slide Presentation.

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***  September 2009 -- Inverness Rotarians help Whispering Pines Park celebrate a milestone anniversary -- 30 years after they helped the City establish it. See the newspaper article here! 

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*** September 2009 -- Rotarians again set up tables for the big Friends of the Library sale in Inverness. See a photo of the work crew here!

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  Another Rotary - Habitat dedication with new homeowner

 

   Rotary with Habitat for Humanity and new homeowner

 

  Blood, Sweat & Tears concert - May 2009

 

  Students of the Month -- April 2009   

 

  Rotary Clubs win United Way service award

 

  March 2009 Students of the Month

 

  Contributing to a healing environment

 

   United Way donation

 

  Donation presented for Citrus Memorial Foundation

 

  New member Mike Hall earns his blue badge

 

  School Board Chair is guest speaker in January

 

  Students of the Month -- January 2009

 

  Banner exchange and update from RYE student Dora

 

  Interact installation for 2008 - 2009

 

  Students of the Month - December 2008

 

  Students of the Month - November 2008

 

  Rotarians as Teachers - November 2008

 

  Students of the Month, October 2008

 

  Scholarship recipient reports on her progress

 

  New county administrator visits the club

 

  Birthday concert from member Lionel King

 

  Update on the Whispering Pines Park budget

 

    DG Russ Miller shares his Rotary passion

 

   May 2008 - Inverness Pioneer column

 

  Exchanging banners

 

  Presenting banners from St. Croix

 

  Service award to long-time member

 

  Sports rivalry all in fun