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December 2016 Events
December 1     Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
December 3     ‘Ring the Bells’!


Sign up and mark your Calendar to

‘Ring the Bells’! 

Salvation Army partners

with our Rotary Club of Ft Lauderdale

Saturday, December 3, 2016

        Time Slots: 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-3:30pm

Salvation Army has 6 locations for our Club  

Please e-mail Steve Botkin to sign up.


       954 651 1003

Please sign up by email or contact Steve Botkin directly and Steve your preferred time slot along with your cell number!


The  money collected supports Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year, including food pantries, housing and utility assistance, behavioral health services and education.

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December 4     Rotary Holiday Party at the Bill and Susan Gundlach's Home
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December 7     Don Campion, President, Banyan


Don Campion

President of Banyan Air Service,

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Don Campion was born to medical missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa where his parents started a hospital and lived for 38 years.  Don and his 3 sisters grew up in a remote tropical village named Egbe where they built their own homes, dug their own water wells, and installed generators to power the hospital.

Don moved to Toronto, Canada where he studied aviation and earned his commercial, multiengine pilot’s license then continued his training in aircraft maintenance.

In 1979 Don moved to South Florida with a passion to grow in the aviation field. Within weeks he contracted as a co-pilot for a small charter operation flying primarily to the Bahamas.  Don quickly realized there was opportunity for a maintenance facility and started Banyan Air Service in a small hangar.

Now with over 190 teammates, Don views his job as a coach. In well-known national pilot surveys, Banyan is consistently voted among the top 5% business aviation companies in the USA. The company is a FAA approved repair station providing 24 hour fuel services, hangar storage, maintenance, avionics upgrades, aircraft sales, a pilot shop and a unique café. There are more than 400 aircraft based within the 100 acre complex and they view their  business as the gateway to the city of Fort Lauderdale, Bahamas, South America and Caribbean.

Don and his wife Sueanne are strong supporters of 4KIDS of South Florida, and project leaders in the Revitalization of Egbe Hospital in Nigeria.  Don recruits organizations, individuals and corporations to help rebuild this rural hospital which provides medical care to this forgotten and needy region.  Sueanne coordinates the loading of container shipments, travel arrangements for volunteers, procurement of supplies to Egbe Hospital and assists at Banyan Air Service during peak season.

Don served on the National Aviation Transportation Association Board, is president of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Association, was inducted into the Entrepreneurial Excellence Hall of Fame at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, named Junior Achievement South Florida Business Hall of Fame Laureate and received the Excalibur Award.

Don is driven by integrity, teamwork and operational excellence and believes that God Blesses people and businesses that honor Him.

  12:00 PM1:30 PM
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December 10     Winterfest Boat Parade 2016
  6:30 PM
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December 14     David Bennett, President, Cyber Security


David Bennett


David Bennett is the president of Connections for Business, which specializes in being the IT Department for businesses in South Florida. Serving his clients since the age of 12, David literally grew up in the IT industry. For the past three decades, David has tirelessly pursued his passion of helping firms implement their computer networks. His driving force is to increase his client’s profits by reducing their headaches, through the implementation of reliable networks at an extremely affordable cost. Having worked in almost every position at Connections for Business, David has built an organization that mirrors his own passion for client service.

David is in an elite group – a native Floridian. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Barry University while simultaneously managing the Engineering Department of Connections for Business. He took over as President of the firm in 2003 and has the primary responsibility for sales and finance within the company.

David lives in Hollywood with his lovely wife Sonia and their three children.

  12:00 PM1:30 PM
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December 19     Board of Directors

Rotary Board of Director’s Meeting 


Art Serve

1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


  5:30 PM
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December 21     Daniel Copher, ED, Floriida Singing Sons


Daniel Copher, Ph.D.

Executive Director


Daniel Copher has been a resident of Fort Lauderdale for sixteen years, moving to escape the harsh winters of Minneapolis. He was previously Florida Singing Sons Music Associate, Accompanist and Theory Instructor before accepting the position as Executive Director. In addition to his work with Florida Singing Sons, Daniel is Organist/Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a post he has held for sixteen years.

Daniel’s tours with Singing Sons include San Francisco, the Czech Republic, the upper Midwest, Italy and the Northeast US, Canada, PICFEST 2015 in Eugene, OR., and Spain 2016.

Dr. Copher was awarded his Ph.D. in Comparative Studies: Applied and Performing Arts at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. His dissertation topic was Authenticity of Space: 21st Century Convergence of Sacred Music and Sacred Architecture. Daniel completed his undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma in music and architecture studying with renowned organ professor, Mildred Andrews Boggess. His graduate work includes choral studies with Dennis Shrock, liturgical studies, and an MBA. In Minnesota he was partner in an architectural firm and served as Chapel Organist for fifteen years at the Catholic University of St. Thomas. As accompanist for the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir, he played for numerous European and Middle Eastern tours including the Vatican Christmas Midnight Mass in 1988 and 1998.

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December 28     Happy New Year!- No End of the Month Social this month

No End of the Month Social

Happy New Year!

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