Event Types


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

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