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Welcome to Rotary in Central Florida

Rotary in Central Florida is a Community Information Center for people to learn about what our Rotary Club collective does in our community

Introducing the Rotary Works Initiative

Rotary District 6980 is paving the way in creating new solutions to benefit Central Florida Rotarians. Following the challenges our Hospitality and Service Industries faced in 2020, our Leadership Team created a Career Center initiative to help Rotarians find a job or change careers. Little did we know that this would now evolve into a larger effort in Rotary Zones 33-34 and it has now been branded as Rotary Works.

Learn more about Rotary Works by watching the introductory video by District Governor Mike Vernon or read about it in our News Section of Rotary Central Florida

Who We Are

Who We Are - Rotary in Central Florida

We are engaged members of the community who participate as members of local Rotary Clubs, volunteering to deliver Service Above Self.

What We Do

What We Do - Rotary in Central Florida

Rotarians are People of Action who see opportunity where others see challenges–working together to find solutions through collaboration.

Why We Do It

Why We Do It - Rotary In Central Florida

Rotarians are People of Action who see opportunity where others see challenges–working together to find solutions through collaboration.

Get Involved

Getting Involved - Rotary in Central Florida

Rotarians are People of Action who see opportunity where others see challenges–working together to find solutions through collaboration.

Rotary International’s Vision Statement

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

District Governor D6980 Mike Vernon and wife Susan

2020-2021 Rotary District Governor Michael Vernon and his wife, Susan, representing District 6980 in Rotary Zone 34

District Governor’s Message

Welcome to Rotary Central Florida.

I am Mike Vernon, and I am honored and pleased to serve as the Rotary District Governor for 2020 – 2021.

Rotary is a membership organization of volunteers focused on leadership and service in local communities and internationally.

There are over 1.2 million Rotarians located in countries throughout the world. In Central Florida, we have nearly 1,900 members in our 48 clubs in the five counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter.

Annually, we provided over 1 million dollars in support of our local and international communities. Some of our recent projects include the following:

• Scholarships, educational programs and supplies for students
• Youth programs
• Support of local food banks
• Help for who are impoverished
• Environmental clean-up programs
• Disaster relief programs in the Bahamas, Georgia, the Carolinas, and locally in Florida
• Clean water programs in Haiti
• Cleft lip and palate programs in Mexico, Peru, and Bolivia
• School construction in Ethiopia
• Grand Bahama fishermen’s boat upgrades
• Fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic
• Eradicating Polio throughout the world

The Rotary International theme this year is Rotary Opens Opportunities and our District theme is Friendship.

Rotary Central Florida is an active, vibrant, and exciting place to be!

We hope you will join us and take advantage of all of the opportunities that Rotary provides and become a treasured part of our family of friends.

See you at a meeting soon!

Michael H. Vernon
District Governor 2020-2021
District 6980, Central Florida

Rotary Opens Opportunities - Rotary Theme 2020-2021

District News & Updates

Rotary Works is OPEN for Business

2020-2021 District Directory

Meet the People of Action who lead Central Florida’s Rotary District 6980. Each of them brings a unique set of experiences, backgrounds and skills to lead the District and its Rotary Clubs.

Rotary is a Leadership Development Organization

Through the opportunity of membership, Rotary becomes a powerful vehicle for nurturing Rotarians’ leadership aptitudes in a variety of Rotary Club roles. This helps members apply their professional skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of our local community.

Rotary by the Numbers

Rotary has evolved much since it was founded by Paul Harris in 1905. Today, Rotary is a diverse and vibrant organization spread over the globe, with members representing every nationality, ethnicity, culture, and language. Most importantly, our growth and evolution has been shaped by staying in touch with our community’s needs—and by finding viable solutions with our creativity and synergy.

1,200,000+

Active Rotarians
in 160+ Countries

35,000+

Rotary Clubs
Worldwide

530

Rotary Districts in
160+ Countries

1,800+

Rotarians in
Central Florida

48

Rotary Clubs in
Central Florida

Did you ever want to be a part of Rotary?

Rotary needs People of Action just like YOU! Membership in a Rotary Club can help you channel your desire to volunteer in an established service organization with worldwide reach. While Rotarians normally invite friends, colleagues and families to join, we also want to welcome those who have a desire to do Service Above Self.

Words from Proud Rotarians

“Rotary has given me an opportunity to give back to my local community and to others in need around the world. Every week, I interact with my Rotary Club as well as with our Rotary District, making Fellowship a vehicle for personal and professional growth through human connections.”