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May 2016 Events
May 1     Rotary Youth Service Month
May 4     Captain John A. Carter, Commanding Officer

Captain John A. Carter
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Capt. John “JC” Carter is a native of Hampton Bays, N.Y. on the South Fork of Long Island. A 1988 graduate of the University of Rochester, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

His sea assignments have included division officer tour on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mississippi (CGN-40) as the Reactor Controls Officer and Reactor Training Assistant. His first department head tour was on guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37) as the Operations Officer. His second department head tour was on guided-missile cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN-37) as the Engineer Officer. Additionally, Capt. Carter served as the Fleet Force Protection Officer for Sixth Fleet, Chief Staff Officer for Task Force Sixty-Eight, Reactor Officer for the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Executive Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS BATAAN (LHD-5).

Ashore he has served as an instructor at Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla., and as the Surface Nuclear Assignments Officer in Millington, Tenn. Additionally, he completed his Joint Officer tour while assigned to the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command.

Capt. Carter has commanded three ships for the United States Navy. He commanded the rescue and salvage ship USS Salvor (ARS-52) from 2001 to 2003, guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) from 2006 to 2008, and amphibious assault ship USS BATAAN (LHD-5) from 2014 to 2016. While in command, Capt. Carter has deployed to both the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean. Ships that he has commanded have been awarded; four Battle E’s, twenty-four warfare E’s, four Golden Anchors, four CNO Safety Awards, Secretary of the Navy Safety Award, the NEY award, and twice selected as SURFLANT’s Battenberg Cup Nominee.

Capt. Carter has earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from U.S. Naval War College. He is a proven sub-specialist in Nuclear Propulsion, and he is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.

Capt. Carter has served in the following Campaigns: Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Strike, Support Democracy, Operation Active Endeavor, JTF Aztec Silence, JTF Agile Response, Operation Enduring Freedom, and JTF-RNC. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars).

May 6     The Annual Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club-CSI Golf Tournament


The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club

in conjunction with

CSI - Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach Alumni 

Presents the 

The 24th Annual Scholarship 

Golf Tournament 

To Benefit our Scholarship Fund 


 Palm-Aire Country Club

Cypress Course

3701 Oaks Clubhouse Drive

Pompano Beach, FL 33069 

May 6th, 2016


Shotgun Start @ 12:45 PM
Registration opens @ 11:30 AM

Banquet after Tournament 

4 Man Scramble

  11:30 AM
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May 7
– May 8
    Fort Lauderdale Air Show

  9:00 AM5:00 PM
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May 8     Mother’s Day
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May 9     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Board Meeting
  5:30 PM6:30 PM
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May 11     Chris Wren,The Downtown Development Authority


Chris Wren


Chris Wren has over 20 years of leadership in economic development and urban planning and over 30 years in the industry. Since Mr. Wren’s appointed position with the Downtown Development Authority in late 2002, he has been instrumental in his participation or programming in various initiatives such as The Wave Streetcar, Streetscape Capital Enhancements, The Federal Courthouse,  The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Urban Oasis, Utility Box Wraps and numerous others.

  12:00 PM1:30 PM
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May 16     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Board Meeting 2015-2016

Our board meetings are open to all members. New members are encouraged to attend, to better understand the decision models used for our club.

  5:30 PM6:30 PM
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MAY 18. 2016


  11:30 AM1:45 PM
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May 25     Last Meeting of the Month

The last club meeting of the month 4/27/16

 is a sponsored evening social.


Our next "Last Meeting of the Month" is sponsored



Carolyn Pierce from the Art Institute:




  5:30 PM7:30 PM
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May 28
– June 1
    Rotary International Convention - Seoul, Korea 2016

Seoul — officially the Seoul Special City — is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the developed world. The Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, is the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people, home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents.

Situated on the Han River, Seoul's history stretches back more than 2,000 years when it was founded in 18 BCE by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. The Seoul metropolitan area contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world's most visited national park per square foot. Modern landmarks include the iconic N Seoul Tower, Lotte World, the world's second largest indoor theme park, and Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world's longest bridge fountain. The birthplace of K-pop and the Korean Wave, Seoul was voted the world's most wanted travel destination by Chinese, Japanese and Thai tourists for three consecutive years in 2009–2011 with over 10 million international visitors in 2012.

Today, Seoul is considered a leading and rising global city, resulting from an economic boom and growth known as the Miracle on the Han River which transformed it from the ashes of the Korean War to the world's 4th largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$774 billion in 2012 after Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. A world leading technology hub, it boasts the world's sixth largest number of Fortune Global 500 multinationals such as Samsung, the world's largest technology company, as well as LG, SK, and Hyundai-Kia. Gangnam is the commercial center along with Yeoui Island forming the financial center and Digital Media City being the technology hub. Jongno and Central District are the historical and cultural center of Seoul. Ranked sixth in the Global Power City Index, the metropolis exerts influence among global affairs as one of the five leading hosts of global conferences.

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May 30     Memorial Day
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