Event Types


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

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

Sierra Tagman is an exchange student from William R. Boone High school. She has spent the last year in Denmark with a host family.   During her time as an exchange student, Sierra has focused on learning Danish and cultivating new relationships.

The RYE program has given her a great opportunity to immerse herself in another culture, while expanding her horizons.  You can also read about many of Sierra’s adventures on her blog.

Aug 09, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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

Fritz Scheller, a graduate of University of California at Berkley, has been working as a federal defender in Central Florida since 2002 and now serves as a counselor for the Federal Middle District of Florida. In that role, he represents clients who otherwise could not afford legal representation in a federal case.

Scheller's firm focuses on cases involving appeals, federal prosecution, immigration removal proceedings, white-collar crimes, IRS tax cases and more. Scheller employs a three-pronged approach involving investigation, mitigation and litigation when it comes to defending his clients.

Most notably, Scheller defending Groveland Police Department officer Cindy Homelius who was fired and arrested after using a department credit card to buy party supplies for the department-sponsored Explorer Scout post. The charges against Homelius were dropped and the Public Employees Relations Commission ruled that the city was retaliating against Homelius because she was trying to bring a union to the department.

Aug 23, 2018

Group Study Exchange - Meet the Team

You will meet our Group Study Exchange team, (Left to Right) Voncara Daly, Greg Territo, Denise Behling, Bryan Moman, Amanda Gunter and Fred Jones.  The team will be sharing their recent trip to Australia and the future of the Group Study Exchange.

Aug 30, 2018

Full Sail University

David Morillo was born and raised in the South Bronx.  He currently serves as the Strategic Relationship Manager at Full Sail University.  David’s main objective is to ensure that the university remains on task in developing mutually advantageous partnerships and relationships with organizations.


He delivers a positive impact to K-12 learners, college students, and industry professionals through the power of technology and innovation.  David’s academic background includes a B.S. in Internet Marketing and an M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology.


David and his wife Dayana serve as licensed ministers under Love Gospel Worship Center of Orlando, a non-denominational Christ-centered church located in Orlando, FL.  They have two girls, Emma Grace and Esther Joy.

Sep 13, 2018

Arnold Palmer Hospital & Orlando Health Foundation

John W. Bozard  is senior vice president, Orlando Health; president, Orlando Health Foundation; and president, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation. John joined Orlando Health in 1977 as an internal auditor and has held numerous positions including financial analyst; director and vice president of Finance; president, vice president and executive director of Arnold Palmer Hospital; and vice president of Business Development.

A graduate of Florida State University, John is a CPA and certified fundraising executive. He is the current national chairman of the board of trustees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Mr. Bozard serves on LIFT Orlando Impact Investment Fund Committee. He also is a member of the Florida Baptist Financial Services Board, Florida Baptist Retirement Center Board and New York City-based Board of the Foreign Service Fellowship.

John has previously served as a board member of Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation,  Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Frontline Outreach, Better Business Bureau, Parent Resource Center, Visiting Nurses Association, FSU College of Medicine, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. John also served on the Sun Trust Administrative Board and the Clear Channel Advisory Board, and he is a past chairman of the Orange County Citizens Commission for Children, the board of trustees of First Baptist Church/Orlando, and Community Hospitals and Healthcare Systems.

Sep 27, 2018

Supporting Military & Humanitarian Missions

David Henry is a Contract Administrator with the Department of Defense in Orlando where he manages a portfolio of nineteen contractors and over two hundred supply and service contracts. He periodically deploys to support military or humanitarian missions, worldwide. His most recent deployment was with NATO in Afghanistan from 2017-2018.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, David was a Warranted Contracting Officer with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a YMCA Executive, and served 26 years with the US Army and Air Force where he flew F-105G and F-4D fighter aircraft as a Combat Systems Officer.

David was presented the Exceptional Service Award by the Civil Air Patrol in 1993 for his 26 years of volunteer work with that organization. In 1996 David was selected as the YMCA of the USA National Volunteer of the Year and was also recognized by the Savannah Guardian Newspaper with the Celebrate Savannah Award for his work with YMCA youth sports. In 2005, he was honored as the Branch Executive of the Year by the YMCA Professional Association of Georgia.

David is a founding member of the Rotary Club of Pooler, GA while he and his wife Lisa are members of our Rotary Club.

David is a graduate of Georgia State University-BS, Air Command and Staff College, and Purdue Global University-MPA. He enjoys running, backpacking, alpine climbing, and travelling with his wife Lisa.

Oct 11, 2018
Oct 13, 2018
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Rollins College Update

Grant Cornwell took office as 15th president of Rollins College in 2015, following eight years as president of The College of Wooster and 21 years at St. Lawrence University as vice president and dean of academic affairs, and as a faculty member.

Nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, he writes regularly about multiculturalism, freedom, diversity, and global citizenship. Cornwell is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and chairs the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ LEAP Presidents’ Trust.

He is also a member of the executive committee of Florida Campus Compact and has served on the boards of AAC&U and Teach for America, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Literacy Advisory Board, and the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives.

He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and biology from St. Lawrence, and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Oct 18, 2018