What an interesting experience -- Orlando
Evening club was chartered in May, and I was the first Rotarian
to bring them a banner! So White Plains is their first flag from
another club. How cool is that?
Here I am presenting the RCWP banner to charter President
The club inducted 3 new members the evening I
visited (9/19/06), bringing their membership to 23. It was a good
environment, with camaraderie among a very impressive group of
professionals. They had a speaker, happiness dollars, and a split
(no, I didn't win). The restaurant is very nice and the food
excellent (Gentry's Wine Bar, $25 for Rotary dinner). All in all, quite nice.
Rotary Club of Orlando, September 21, 2006.
Here is a big club (230 members) that ran their lunch program very
much as we do ours.... welcoming guests the same way, happiness the
same way, singing the same way -- a similar program except they are
just a bit bigger and better organized. I picked up at least one
idea from them, however.
I was the only
visiting Rotarian at this meeting, and did a banner exchange with
President Jim Stowers. I asked their executive director to send me a
copy of their email Bulletin.
Among the most interesting things about this club
was that they started promptly at noon, and finished by 1:15.
It seemed quick; but everyone was punctual and few left before the
program -- which was the politician who is speaker-elect from the
state legislature (the youngest ever). BTW, they fine you $2
if you leave early, which they call "scooters." More than any other club I have visited around the
world, these Rotarians were the most hospitable to me personally,
Dozens came up to me afterwards to chat, talk about Westchester
County, thank me for visiting, etc. I really felt "at home"
as a visitor with