Rotary Club of Miami
The Rotary Club of Miami
We are holding periodic in-person meetings (which are also transmitted via ZOOM, known as Hybrid meetings), in addition to ZOOM only meetings.  Please check our calendar on the panel on the right of this page.
To visit our Meetings, please call 305-443-5787 or Email 
Rotary Club of Miami Co-sponsored lunch @ Miami Yacht for Beach Cleanup
In addition to beach cleanups in different locations on September 17th with the International Coastal Cleanup, our Club (Rotary Club of Miami) co-sponsored a lunch for volunteers at the Miami Yacht Club.
International Coastal Cleanup - Sept 17th
This year our District 6990 participated in the International Coastal Cleanup on September 17th.  Below is the photo of the cover page of the virtual bulletin.  Please click on the link to view the entire bulletin.
Girl's Team @  Little Haiti Football Club
The Girl's Team at the Little Haiti Football (Soccer) Club is growing.  The Under 19 boys team just won the Florida Championship in the UPSL - a major accomplishment.  Our Club is supporting all their efforts but we will provide greater attention to the Girl's Team going forward.  This is part of our support to the EMPOWER GIRLS NOW program that Rotary International has started,
Little Haiti Football Club Girl's Team
Brian Tschirhart Installed - 106th President
Dr. Brian Tschirhart, DDS, installed as the 106th President of the Rotary Club of Miami on June 25th, 2022.
Coral Reef Restoration Project
On May 7th a group of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Miami went to Key Largo to work with the Coral Restoration Foundation.
March - April Virtual Bulletin
Below please find the March - April 2022 bulletin.
Please click on the photo below to access the bulletin:
St. Patrick's Day Party
We held a St. Patrick's Day Party on March 15th, two days early to avoid the crowds, at the Titanic Brewery.  The Titanic was built in Belfast.
Interviewing TBM Candidates
Interviewing Medical School candidates for the Thomas Brown McClelland Trust scholarship is one of the annual key highlights for our Rotary Club.  It is so rewarding to meet these young scholars and to feel confident in the future of our country after meeting these wonderful Medical students.
Rotary Club of Miami also knows how to Party
Our Club also knows how to have fun and party.  We celebrated Valentine's Day with a Party at Diane's home.
Tree Planting in Crandon Park
This year we conducted two tree planting in Crandon Park. The first one was on February 12th, and the second was on May 14th.  We have now reached a total of 900 trees planting since we started this program with Million Trees Miami.
Jan - Feb. Virtual Bulletin
Below please find the Virtual Bulletin for the January - February period. 
Click on the Cover Page below:
Rotary Club of Miami Commemorating MLK Day
The Rotary Club of Miami commemorated MLK Day with a group BBQ at the fairgrounds at Tropical Park, Miami, Florida.  Over thirty (30) attended, including visiting Rotarians from Chicago.
Police Officer of the Year - Griffitts Award
For more than fifty years, the Rotary Club of Miami has been honored to recognize the Police Officer of Year of the City of Miami Police Department.  This award was made possible by a donation from Dr. Jack Griffitts to the Rotary Club of Miami Foundation, Inc.  (a registered not-for-profit entity - 501(c)3).  These events are always well attended and it is a pleasure to meet the officers who are awarded with this recognition.
Providing Luggage for Foster Children
The Rotary Club of Miami is addressing the needs of foster children by providing them with Luggage with a "Heart".  Unfortunately some foster children have to periodically move from one foster home to another another, and their belongings are simply placed in a large garbage bag.  Now they will have their own luggage to pack their goods with dignity.  Please see the video below:
Rotary & Miami's 125th Anniversary
The Rotary Club of Miami is proud to have been and to continue to be part of Miami's history and future.  Our Club was chartered 105 years ago and we have been active ever since. Dr. James Jackson was the first president of the Rotary Club of Miami. Dr. Jackson participated in the early development and many civic aspects of the new City of Miami. Upon his death in 1926, the community recognized Dr. Jackson for his many outstanding contributions by naming the only hospital in town as the Jackson Memorial Hospital in his honor.
Dr. Bascom H. Palmer, a Miami ophthalmologist settled in Miami in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Rotary Club of Miami. The Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine carries his name. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked as the #1 in the USA and is a Global Leader. 
The first Burdines store started in Miami in 1898, and the founder’s son, Rodney Burdines, took over the chain in 1911. The chain grew under the leadership of Rodney D. Burdines and became essentially the “Florida” Department Store. Rodney D. Burdines was an active member of the Rotary Club of Miami. Eventually, the Burdines Department Store merged with Federated Department Stores, in 1956. Several years later to the disappointment of Miamians, Federated management decided to consolidate many of their department store brands under the Macy’s brand name.
105th President Installed - Noreen Timoney
On Friday, June 25th, Noreen Timoney was installed as the 105th President of our Club.  An elegant event for this occasion was held at the Miami Police Benevolent Association Hall.  President Noreen Timoney has been a member of the Rotary Club of Miami since October 2015.  She brings a wealth of leadership experience.  She was the President of the Miami Women's Club for ten years and prior to arriving in Miami, Noreen held several managerial positions.  We all wish her great success for the 2021 - 2022 fiscal year.  Congratulations!
We were honored by the attendance of four District Governors at this installation.  Pictured below from right to left are: Noreen Timoney (President 2021 2022), Robert Bull (Past President 2020 - 2021), Peter Verbeeck (District Governor 2020 - 2021), Joe Schmuker (incoming District Governor 2021 - 2022), Michael Kesti (District Governor Elect for 2022 - 2023) and Barbara Gobbi (who recently held the position of District Public Image Chair and now District Governor Designate for 2023 - 2024). 
During the evening several Rotarians were recognized.  Below is a photo of David Anderson who was recognized as the Distinguished Rotarian of the Year.  In the photo from right to left are; Joe Schumaker (Governor for 2021 - 2022), Diane Landsberg (the Club's Service Chair who also received Queen Bee dish towels), David Anderson and Robert Bull.
Miami Rotary Awarded Public Image Citation
The Rotary Club of Miami was recently awarded a Public Image Citation within Zone 34.  There are 18 Districts and over 750 Clubs in Zone 34, so we are so very honored to be awarded this Citation.  Jay Almeida is the Club's Public Image Chair and has diligently placed our posts on Social Media and other vehicles, while Robert Bull has managed the frequent internal/external communications and the website.  Together they formed a powerful team and the results were that they built the Club's Image and gained many new Members and most importantly, held a strong Member retention rate.
Beach Cleanup at Matheson Hammock
On Saturday, May 13th, the Rotary Club of Miami along with Miami Senior High School Interact Students and FIU Medical School Rotaract Students and a few visiting Rotarians, friends and family conducted a Beach Cleanup in Matheson Hammock.  We also honored the End Plastic Soup campaign, whose goal is to eliminate plastic pollution in our Ocean by 2050.
Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour on the 6th of May
The Rotary Club of Miami had not had an in-person meeting/reunion in over fourteen month. Then we decided to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo on the 6th of May with a Happy Hour Party at the Miami Yacht Club. 
Tree Planting at Crandon Park - March 13, 2021
Two hundred salt-resistant green buttonwood trees were planted in Crandon Park on March 13, 2021.  Great turnout and a lot of fun.
Ongoing Efforts to Support the Food Insecure
Working with the FEED MIAMI organization.
State of Union of the Rotary Club of Miami Address
On January 1, 2021, Club President, Robert Bull, presented the State of the Union of the Rotary Club of Miami.  To read his address, please click here.
Hear What Tim Ryan, The Former President of the Rotary Club of Miami, Says About Rotary.
Helping Our Neighbors Restore the Only Hospital On The Grand Bahama Island
In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian devastated Grand Bahama Island. The only hospital on the Island, Rand Memorial Hospital, was flooded. Repairs are ongoing but most of the basic and vital equipment must be replaced. The Rotary Clubs on the Island created project GBI Rx to help fund these expenses. The Rotary Club of Miami stepped up to help our neighbors will match any & all contributions.  It seems as though we will exceed a total match of over $100,000. 
We invite you to join us in this effort through your tax-deductible contribution to this GBI Rx project. The funding part of this project will continue through mid January 2021, so please contribute right away. Just use the PayPal on this page to contribute.
Honorary "Italian" Norby Saying the Four-Way Test
Our Rotary Club of Miami participated in the (Virtual) Walk to END Alzheimer's.  We walked in our neighborhoods and helped raise funds for this cause.
Norm Kassoff's ninetieth (90th) Birthday Celebration (Sept. 2020)
Look at How Much Litter We Picked up in Miami Beach!
October 2020
Nine Rotarians and friends met at Miami Beach.  We were so surprised by the amount of litter we found.  In addition to all what is see in the photo above.  Cory Gittner found a rusted bicycle in the bushes by the Beach.
Helping the Food Insecure through FEED MIAMI
Beach Cleanup Set-up at Matheson Hammock
(October 2020)
Retrieving a Plastic Chair from the Mangroves
Walk to End Alzheimer's (Nov. 2019)
Miami Rotarians and Rotaractors at the Walk to End Alzheimer's
Providing for the Food Insecure in Homestead, Florida
(July 2019)
Thanks 4 Giving with Seniors (Thanksgiving Day, 2019)
Serving Seniors in Miami Beach
Miami Rotary at the Heart Walk (Nov. 2019)
The Rotary Club of Miami and our Rotaractors march for a cure for Heart Disease and Stroke
Miami Rotary Volunteers for Million Trees Miami  (Feb. 2020)
Miami Rotarians and Friends spend Saturday morning planting trees at Zoo Miami
Assisting Girl Scouts in Overtown
Overtown Girl Scout Troop 1877 send their thanks for the support they received from our Club. Firstly, the Troop leaders were at our Alberto Carvalho presentation and they found his comments to be truly enlightening and impactful. The Girl Scouts were also grateful for the support they received from our Membership who bought $541 of Girl Scout Cookies. During their presence at our lunch meeting, Linda Singer noticed that the Troop leaders did not have a adequate way to carry and move their supplies. So Linda volunteered to purchase two All Terrain Wagons for the Troop on the Club's behalf. We are so proud of the progress that Troop 1877 has had and we plan to continue to provide them assistance.
Miami Rotary at the UM DOCS Liberty City Health Fair

President of UM DOCS Yash S. Soni (top left), the Rotary Club of Miami's own Norman Kassoff and DOCS members. The Rotary Club of Miami is proud to support the UM DOCS program which serves as an opportunity for students and institutions to provide necessary healthcare to underserved patients in our community. Students gain hands-on clinical experience, hone leadership skills, and receive mentorship from upperclassmen and volunteer physicians.

Volunteers distributed free books to children who visited the Health Fair.  The Rotary Club of Miami provided toys for the children. 
Miami Rotarians serve at Miami Rescue Mission  (Oct. 2019)
Miami Rotarians at the Miami Rescue Mission. We provided new, clean socks to the homeless served dinner. Included in our group was: Rick Miller, Jan Figa, Linda Singer, Shirley Pardon, Robert Bull, Marcos Menendez, Dave Skinner and our Club's "professional" photographer and videographer, Jay Almeida, aka Spielberg. In addition to distributing socks and serving dinner, we also gave a donation check to the Miami Rescue Mission. Joining us in the photo above is Ms. Lian Navarro from the Rescue Mission.
School supplies for children in Haiti  (Aug. 2019)
 Miami Rotarians sorting and packing school supplies for our own Renel Noel to distribute in Haiti. 
Miami Rescue Mission "Christmas in July" (2019)
Miami Rotarians serving the homeless at Christmas in July for Miami Rescue Mission.
2019-20 Rotary Club of Miami President Norby Rudel is installed
PDG Robin Shelley prepares to install 2019-20 President Norby Rudel as soon-to-be Past President Dave Skinner looks on.
Night of 1000 Paul Harris Fellows
Rotary Club of Miami members celebrate with RI President Barry Rassin and wife Esther.
New Paul Harris Fellows
Miami Rotarians are presented with their Paul Harris Fellow awards.
MDC Rotaractors at the Ronald McDonald House
Miami Dade College Rotaract members and Advisor Randy Lichtman serving dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House.
Robin & Susan Shelley at the 2018 Best Buddies Miami Gala
Miami Rotarians Robin and Susan Shelley are enthusiastic supporters of Best Buddies.
Miami Rotary at the American Heart Association 2018 Heart Walk
Rotary Club of Miami and Miami Rotaractors walked to support the American Heart Association's life-saving activities.
Miami Rotarians at Inn Transition
Marcia Brod, Angela Deggs and Amelia Bonilla deliver supplies for the families at Inn Transition shelter. Norby Rudel also participated.
Rotary Club of Miami World Polio Day Brunch
The Club hosted a “World Polio Day” brunch on Sunday, October 28. The brunch was a wonderful success with 50 members and guests. 
Miami Lighthouse "See The Light" Luncheon
On Thursday, October 25, President Dave Skinner, Linda Singer, Phil Seipp, Noreen Timoney, Robert Bull, Rick Miller, Bunny Uriarte, Karla & Scott Richey, Jessica Almeida and Diane Landsberg attended the “See the Light” luncheon put on by the Miami Lighthouse and our members Virginia Jacko & Cameron Sisser.  We are proud that our club was one of the founding forces of the Lighthouse, and we will continue to support their excellent work.
City of Miami Chief of Police Jorge Colina is now an Honorary Member
President Dave Skinner, City of Miami Chief of Police Jorge Colina & Past-President Norm Kassoff
Miami Rotary at the Miami Kids Magazine Back to School event
Norby Rudel, Dave Skinner, Phil Seipp and Maria Rudel at the Rotary Club of Miami table
Dave Skinner, Scott Richey, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, Norby Rudel and Phil Seipp
District Governor visits the Rotary Club of Miami
President Dave Skinner, AG Clint Bush, DG Drew Monaghan and President-Elect Norby Rudel
New Girl Scout Troop in Overtown
Past-President Linda Singer and President Dave Skinner distribute backpacks and school supplies to the girls of Girl Scout Troop 1877
Past-President Linda Singer and President Dave Skinner with the girls of Overtown's new Girl Scout Troop 1877
Rotary Club of Miami 2018-19 Presidential Installation
DG Drew Monaghan, President Dave Skinner, PDG Alan Cohn & DGN Ray Williams at President Dave's installation as Rotary Club of Miami 2018-19 President
Past President Phil Seipp turns the wheel over to President Dave for the 2018-19 year.
Angela & Amelia at the women's shelter
Angela Deggs and Amelia Bonilla purchased and delivered supplies to the women's shelter.
Rotary Club of Miami joins with Chapman Partnership to feed the homeless
Some 16 Miami Rotarians gathered to serve a Valentine’s Day lunch to 500 people at the Chapman facility for the homeless. This was a project spearheaded by our “Red Badgers” who showed their community service spirit.
City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez becomes an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Miami
Past President Oliver Ruiz, Mayor Francis X. Suarez and Club President Phil Seipp
Griffitts Award & City of Miami Police Recognition Party
Lt. Lazaro Alfonso receives the Rotary Club of Miami Griffitts Award for 2017 as City of Miami Police Officer of the Year
The Star-Spangled Banner was performed by Kelly Woodson.
Miami Rotarians at RI Convention in Atlantic City, 1924
We've been doing this a long time. Love those hats!
Congratulations to new members of the Rotary Club of Miami
Past President Oliver Ruiz, Jaime Tobin, Leonard Pardon, Clora Nelson, Past President Dave Anderson, Shirley Pardon and President Phil Seipp
Thanks to all who contributed on Give Miami Day!
A very big "Thank You" to all who contributed to our Rotary Club of Miami TBM Medical Scholarship Program on Give Miami Day 2017! Your gifts make it possible for us to provide more support to more amazing medical school students who graduated from high schools in Miami-Dade County.

Cathy Cahill & Bob Lepore
Robert & Stephanie Bull
Marcia & Lenny Brod
Phil & Sharon Seipp
Linda Singer & Dave Skinner
Gregory Herman-Giddens
Scott & Karla Richey
Robin & Susan Shelley
Cory Gittner
Maria Socarras
Brian & Kathy Tschirhart
Noreen Timoney
Shirley & Leonard Pardon
Randy & Susan Lichtman
Diane Landsberg
Bonnie Greer
Tim & Sue Ryan 
Rotary Club of Miami Charters New Rotaract Club of Downtown Miami at MDC
A pinning ceremony was held 10/29 to officially induct the first 12 members of the new Rotaract Club of Downtown Miami at Miami-Dade College. 29 Miami Rotarians together with District Governor Alan Cohn were present to help launch this new Rotaract Club. Also pictured are Phil Seipp, President of the Rotary Club of Miami, Randy Lichtman, Youth Services Director and Club Advisor and Past President Dave Anderson, event emcee. 
Phil Seipp installed as Rotary Club of Miami President 2017-2018
2017-2018 Rotary Club of Miami President Phil Seipp gavels his installation dinner to a close.
President Phil introduces his 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
The Rotary Club of Miami celebrates 100 years of serving the Miami community

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Club News
At the 2015 District 6990 Conference, Robin & Susan Shelley were honored for their Arch C. Klumph Society induction. Robin Shelley also received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the trustees of The Rotary Foundation "In recognition of outstanding efforts to promote the Foundation's many programs dedicated to international understanding".
The Rotary Club of Miami's own Robin & Susan Shelley at their Arch C. Klumph Society induction ceremony at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. This award recognizes major donors to the Rotary Foundation.  
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Watch Here!

Norm Kassoff talks about one of the many things

that makes the Miami Rotary Club great,

the Thomas Brown McClelland Medical Scholarship Program

In the Community
CITY OF MIAMI CHIEF OF POLICE, Manuel Morales, spoke at our May 19th meeting, and subsequently was recognized as an Honorary Member of our Club.  Also pictured are Club President, Noreen Timoney, and Norm Kassoff.
2021 Griffitts Award - Outstanding Officer of the Year
Sargent Thelia Reynolds was recognized by the Rotary Club of Miami as the City of Miami Officer of the Year with the Griffitts Award.  Many of her police colleagues and the Acting Chief of Police, Manuel Morales, were present at the ceremony.
ESRAG Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group
 ESRAG, a Rotary Action Group, was key in having the 7th Area of Focus, Supporting the Environment, added to our Areas of Focus.  Our Club is the coordinator for ESRAG within District 6990.
Click on the ESRAG logo for further details.
EndPlasticSoup has the vision of eliminating plastic pollution in the Oceans by 2050.  Many Rotary Clubs and Rotaract Clubs are Members of this entity.  We encourage all Clubs within our District to join.  Please click on the logo.  Our Club is the Ambassador for EndPlasticSoup in District 6990.
Environmental Sustainability Miami Action Group
ESMAG, Environmental Sustainability Miami Action Group, is an action group that is open to all those who are concerned about the environmental.  There are no fee to join this group.  Just click on the logo and find out more.
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Chair-Club Service
Chair-Public Image
Chair-Youth Service (On leave)
Chair- Youth Service, Interim
Director (On leave)
Member Birthdays:
  • Oliver Ruiz
    March 8
  • Nella Solis
    March 13
  • David McManus
    March 20
  • Marcia Brod
    March 20
  • Brian Tschirhart
    March 30
Upcoming Events
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 43-1466
Miami, FL 33243
P.  305.443.5787
Donations to the Rotary Club of Miami Florida Foundation, Inc. support local community service programs. To donate, please click on the PayPal logo above.

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