Speaker Date Topic
David J. Duda, President, CEO Apr 26, 2018
The American Dream
The American Dream

David J. Duda provides us a high-level look into this highly diversified company Duda & Sons, Inc. a privately owned, diversified land company headquartered in Oviedo, Florida, engaged in a variety of agricultural and real estate operations.

The company’s commercial property division manages a portfolio of commercial entities across the country, and the corporation's land asset management division actively seeks to enhance the value of existing land holdings and agricultural-oriented properties and facilities.

Mr. Duda holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Resource Economics, both from the University of Florida.  David and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Winter Springs, FL and have three children.  His interests include hunting and fishing, traveling, and gardening.

John DeMauro, Executive Director May 03, 2018
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America

John DeMauro is a 17-year Rotarian and currently a member of the Lake Mary Rotary Club.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1 and Past President of Lake Hickory Rotary Club, Hickory NC.  He is currently serving as the Polio PLUS Chair for District 6980

Six daughters, 10 grandchildren

Over 36 years in non-profit executive management which includes;

14 years as Senior Pastor of Baptist Churches in NC

2 years as Executive Director of CCM, Hickory NC

6 years as Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club of Hickory NC

9 years as Operations Director and Business Administrator for the Salvation Army, Hickory NC

1 Year as Operations Director for Meals of Hope Central Florida

4 years as Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida

Being a polio survivor, Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio from the face of the earth is what inspired John to become a part of Rotary. His identical twin brother and John contracted polio when they were eight months old. They were in isolation and for six weeks. They both went through years of therapy, braces and often ridicule from other children who just did not understand.

John is most fortunate to be alive and walking because Polio cripples children, even today.  The fact that it is possible to eradicate polio should motivate us all to do whatever we can to make it happen. Rotary is the world leader in doing just that!

Amanda Fewless May 17, 2018
Eastern African Trip & Translating Scriptures
Eastern African Trip & Translating Scriptures

Amanda Fewless serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators-- an organization committed to erasing Bible poverty by providing resources for people to translate the Scriptures into their own languages.  For more than 75 years, Wycliffe USA has not only helped with translation work, but also language development, literacy and other spiritual and physical support for communities around the world.

Amanda began her nonprofit career serving meals to Central Florida's homeless and eventually served as Director of Development for the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.  In 2015, she joined Wycliffe Bible Translators as a Relational Gifts Officer and has the privilege of engaging others with the work of Bible translation.  Most recently, her role has brought her to Guatemala and Tanzania to witness communities joyously receive their newly printed Scriptures.

She is a graduate of Bob Jones University and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Orlando since 2015.

Cheney Mason - Attorney May 24, 2018
Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge
Surviving a False Conviction, the True Story of Wilton Dedge

J. Cheney Mason enlisted in the United States Air Force on his 17th birthday in 1960.  Following boot camp and technical training, he served in the far east for three years, including numerous temporary duty deployments throughout the south pacific and south east Asia.  He was honorably discharged in 1964 and, shortly thereafter, attended the University of Florida.  He graduated undergraduate school with his B.A. in 1968 and immediately began law school.  He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1970 and, shortly thereafter, was admitted to the Florida Bar. 

For the past 48 years, he has practiced primarily in the field of criminal defense, marital and family law, and trial practice.  He is Board Certified as a criminal trial lawyer, certified by both the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also an elected Fellow of the elite American Board of Criminal Lawyers.

Mr. Mason is frequently a guest lecturer for various legal organizations and key note speaker to numerous legal, political, and social organizations.  He is often invited by the news media, on all levels, to provide expert commentary on legal issues involving criminal law and marital and family law.

Cheney is the recipient of numerous awards from a variety of professional organizations for his dedication to and accomplishments in the legal profession.  In 2004, he was awarded the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  This is “NACDL’s most prestigious award given annually to one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association and the legal profession.”

The press has also conferred upon Cheney special recognition for his skills, reputation, and expertise as a lawyer by naming him as a “Top Lawyer” on numerous occasions.  He has been profiled in Orlando Magazine as one of the Attorneys You Can Trust, Six of Orlando’s Legal Legends.  He has received national news coverage on ABC’s Nightline, Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel, NBC’s Today Show, NBC’s Dateline, CBS’ 48 Hours, Court TV, CNN In Session, ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, multiple appearances on Piers Morgan, Special CNN Profiles with Jean Casarez and dozens of local news/social interviews and broadcasts. 

Peter Gallo May 31, 2018
United Nations Issues
United Nations Issues

Peter Gallo is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Scotland, Hong Kong and New York. He has an MBA and an LLM in International Criminal Law.  He spent 19 years as an investigator based in Hong Kong, working on investigations in some of the most corrupt countries in Asia and was a leading authority on the identification and detection of money laundering.

In 2011, he was recruited by the United Nations, as an investigator in the Office of Internal Oversight Services, Investigations Division in New York; the office that is supposed to investigate corruption, fraud and other criminality in the Organization.

After his insights and personal experiences there, he became an outspoken critic of the UN, particularly with regard to the manner in which corruption is covered up. 

In April 2016 he testified before a Congressional Committee on the lack of accountability and the organization’s failure to address the widespread sexual abuses in peacekeeping missions, and was one of the founders of the group ‘Hear their Cries’ which was established specifically to fight the United Nations abuse of ‘privileges and immunities’ to protect UN staff members accused of child sex offences.

He has been quoted extensively in the international media and appeared on television in a number of countries worldwide.

Michele Rigby Assad Jun 14, 2018
The Secret Life in the CIA
The Secret Life in the CIA

Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA in January 2002 and spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations. Specializing in counter terrorism and counterintelligence, Michele worked in Iraq as well as other secret Middle Eastern locations. To date, Michele has lived in six countries in the Near East region and traveled to more than forty-five others.

Michele is an author, public speaker, trainer, and international security consultant focused on the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Her first book was released February 2018 and it is called Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What it Taught Me About What’s Worth Fighting For.  She has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Megyn Kelly Today, Fox Business, Janet Parshall, Eric Metaxas, and The Spy Museum.

Her story is an incredible struggle; of unexpected challenges and thwarted missions; and most of all, discovering a faith and purpose that outweighed her greatest fears. 

Michele holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida.

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