Event Types

Apr 09, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Counter Terrorism in Central Florida

Danny Banks is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Region.  As the head of FDLE’s regional operations center, he oversees all of the department’s criminal investigations and forensic services for the nine-county region of Central Florida.

In 1993, Mr. Banks began his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, where he served for 6 years as a deputy sheriff before transitioning to FDLE.  Since joining FDLE, Banks has held a variety of positions throughout the agency and has served as a member of FDLE’s command staff for the past 10 years.  

SAC Banks was responsible for the development of FDLE’s current Policies and Procedures for the investigation of officer-involved shootings, a model that has been adopted across the state and nation.

During the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016, Banks served as the State Police Incident Commander for the incident response and subsequent terrorism investigation. 

SAC Banks is a graduate of the Florida State University. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute's Chief Executive Session 50 and several other nationally recognized leadership sessions. Banks currently serves as the Chairman for the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange (CFIX), the regional Fusion Center.   

He is a lifelong resident of Central Florida and is happily married with two children.

Apr 12, 2018

NO MEETING - Visit one of these businesses coordinated by these fellow Rotarians

Wycliffe Bible Translators             Amanda Fewless

Lynx Transportation.                    Edward Johnson

Orlando Union Rescue Mission.     Freddy Clayton

Salvation Army.                            Ted Morris

Law Firm of Diane McWhirter.       Diane McWhirter

Orange County Health Dept.         Kevin Sherin

Medical Research UCF.                  Kimi Sugaya

Apr 19, 2018
Apr 19, 2018
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

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.

Apr 26, 2018
Apr 26, 2018
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

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!

May 03, 2018

A Journey from Slavery to Freedom

A few weeks ago, John Bersia spoke to us about Francis Bok, a 7-year-old victim of human trafficking in South Sudan.  Francis spent 10 years living as a slave before escaping imprisonment in Sudan followed by a journey to the United States by way of Cairo, Egypt.

his trip to the United States was paid for by members of the Lutheran church. His first point of contact in the United States was a refugee from Somalia who helped him get settled in FargoNorth Dakota.

Bok has testified before the United States Senate and met with George W. BushMadeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, telling them his story of slavery.

He has been honored by the United States Olympic Committee, the Boston Celtics and colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Francis now lives in the U.S. state of Kansas, where he works for the American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) and Sudan Sunrise, an organization that works for peace in Sudan.

Bok's autobiographyEscape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America, published by St. Martin's Press, chronicles his life, from his early youth, his years in captivity, to his work in the United States as an abolitionist.

May 10, 2018
May 14, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
May 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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.

May 17, 2018

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. 

May 24, 2018

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.

May 31, 2018

3-D Printed Bionic Limbs Donated to Children

Dr. Albert Manero is the President of Limbitless Solutions non-profit, a direct support organization for the University of Central Florida.  Limbitless Solutions is an engineering innovation company that helps children in need through the design and delivery of 3-D printed bionic limbs and disability technology that are donated to every family. The non-profit organization uses additive manufacturing to advance artistically personalized bionics and solutions for disabilities. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Albert was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany during his PhD research to, and recently completed the Mirzayan science policy fellowship with the National Academy of Engineering. His work with Limbitless Solutions looks to advance bio-medical research and leading their mixed learning laboratory for student research at UCF.

Jun 07, 2018
Jun 11, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Jun 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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.

Jun 14, 2018

Political Discourse

Paul Owens has been the Orlando Sentinel's opinions editor, overseeing the editorial and op-ed pages, since July 2013.  Owens came to the Sentinel from The Associated Press in Maryland, where he worked as an editor and a reporter. Before joining AP, he spent 10 years at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail as a reporter, columnist and editor. He entered journalism after working for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Jun 21, 2018

Installation of the New Officers & Administration

This meeting is devoted to the recognition of the outgoing officers and administration and the installation of new officers and administration.  Please come and join in the recognition luncheon.

Jun 28, 2018


Due to the 4th of July holiday, we will not have a meeting on July 5th.  Enjoy the celebration of our Country's Freedom.

Jul 05, 2018

Funding the OPS Police Memorial

Jul 12, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Criminal Justice System

July 19 the Orlando Rotary Club will feature as program the Honorable O.H. Eaton, Jr., Circuit Judge (Retired).  Judge Eaton is an expert in judicial management of capital cases (death penalty possible) and a keen observer of criminal law and procedure.  For many years, he taught at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and also, the National Judicial College in Reno, NV.  In both instances, Judge Eaton’s subject matter was the handling of capital cases.  His students were other Judges.

With this background, Judge Eaton has accepted our invitation to share his critical thoughts on issues involving the bail bond industry and its current role in criminal procedure and practice in Florida.  He recently authored a My Word column in the Orlando Sentinel on this subject.

Before his retirement, O.H. Eaton was Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit sitting in Sanford. Born and raised in Central Florida, Judge Eaton is a Vietnam veteran.  Upon graduating from the University of Florida College of Law, he began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney.  This was followed by a period in private practice before being elected Circuit Judge. 

In addition to his teaching responsibilities as noted above, Judge Eaton has served as a legal analyst on local television and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors to the Florida Innocence Project.  Judge Eaton has been recognized by his peers with several professional awards for judicial excellence both local and statewide.  

His analysis promises to enlighten the group to current procedures followed statewide, the result of which determines which offenders go back on the street and which ones remain in jail awaiting trial.

You are urged to consider bringing a guest who may have an interest in this discussion. 




Jul 19, 2018
Jul 24, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Harry P. Leu & Paul Stine

Joe was born in Sanford, Florida, and moved with his family to Orlando when he was four years old.  He attended public schools in Orlando and graduated from Orlando High School.  He was in Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout.  Summers found him working on the family cattle ranch in Seminole County.  At the University of Florida, he graduated with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering with High Honors.  While at the university he was in the Sigma Chi Fraternity and was selected for Florida Blue Key.  Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force and married that cute little girl he met in freshman English class. He and Joan have six children.  He served for three years as a navigator on KC-97 tankers in the Strategic Air Command.

In 1959 he returned to the family business, Harry P. Leu, Incorporated, and worked in sales and management for 29 years, the last nine years as President.  He served as President of the Southern Industrial Distributors Association and on the board of Associated Industries of Florida.  In 1986 Tree Planting Systems, Inc., was started to manufacture his patented equipment for installing fabric containers used in tree nurseries.  In 1989 Joe began consulting as a licensed Professional Engineer in hazardous materials and hazardous waste, for cleanup of petroleum contamination, conducting environmental site assessments, and managing industrial environmental permits.

Joe served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church for fifty years and in higher courts of the church as Commissioner and Moderator of the Presbytery of St. Johns.  For over fifty years he taught Sunday School to youth and adults.

Joe has been a member of the Rotary Club of Orlando since 1961 and has served on the Board of Directors for several years.

Jul 26, 2018

Changing Lives with Permanent Housing

Muffet Robinson is Director of Marketing & Communications at Pathlight HOME, the first and largest provider of the “Housing First” approach to helping Central Florida’s homeless neighbors.

Muffet joined Pathlight HOME in 2017, with more than 30 years in the nonprofit, social services and transportation arenas in both Central Florida and her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, she served as Director of Community and Media Relations at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, managing their successful rebranding; establishing their social media presence; and communicating the realities of homelessness via presentations, tours, and traditional media coverage. A natural “next step” for her to Pathlight HOME, she is gratified to see that many of the very same individuals who were at the shelter now reside in permanent housing.

She is a graduate of University of Maryland (Go Terps!), the MDOT Executive Development Program and Leadership Orlando, and is an active member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Orlando.

Aug 02, 2018

Inbound & Outbound Interact

Aug 09, 2018

LifeNet International - An African Focused Non-Profit

Michael Spraggins Jr. is a 4th generation Floridian whose family has extensive Rotary Club of Orlando history. His grandfather WA McCree, father, great uncle, uncle, cousin, and others were and are very active in Orlando Rotary.  Today, Michael is the CEO of Spraggins Inc., a 39 year old Orlando based building products and specialty construction business with operations throughout Florida.  

In 2009, Michael founded an African focused non-profit, LifeNet International.  Today, LifeNet franchises faith based health centers and hospitals in four African countries.  Serving well over 1 million patients per year and operating in over 100 healthcare facilities, LifeNet is using innovative service delivery in collaboration with the local church to transform African health care.  

Michael has been married for 21 years to Beth and has three children Sarah Beth (19), Emma (17) and Ben (6).

Aug 16, 2018

Trial of Noor Salman, wife of the Pulse Shooter

Aug 23, 2018

Meet the Students & Discuss the Future

Aug 30, 2018