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Fast Pitch 2023



Applications due:  September 20, 2023
Fast Pitch Lunch: October 4, 2023

 
Attention Non-Profits!
Do you have a project that needs some funding and volunteer support?
Fast Pitch it to the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale!

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale’s Fast Pitch Competition where local non-profits vie for $2,000 in funding and volunteer support.

Local non-profits apply to the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale (“Club”) with a service project to benefit their organization.  The Fast Pitch committee will choose three projects from the applications to make their pitch to the Club.  Each presenter will have 10 minutes to pitch their cause to the Club’s membership, followed by 5 minutes of Q & A.  The winning organization will receive $2,000 to be used solely for the pitched project and the volunteer support of Club members to execute the project.  The runners-up will receive $1,000 each.Service Project Requirements
 
  • The project must be primarily in Broward County (and surrounding area as determined by the Club and the Committee, in their sole discretion).
  • The project must allow Club members to participate as volunteers.  It could be multiple volunteer opportunities, recurring/ongoing service, or a one-time volunteer event.
  • Project must be fully completed by May 31, 2024.
  • The project does not have to require the full use of the $2,000.  The goal is to positively impact your community and involve and engage the Club’s members with your organization.
  • Service project categories are open.  Projects to benefit youth, elderly, homelessness, environmental concerns, etc. are all invited to apply.
  • Make the pitch informative and fun!

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Rick Riccardi

2023-2024 Club President


Club President Letter 2023-24

Hello Fellow Ft. Lauderdale Rotarians,

I’m so proud to be your President this year. This is not a “job” I had hoped for in my later years but one that I’m excited about, and more than willing to do. “Service Above Self” and being a “Servant Leader” are principles in life (not just in Rotary) that I, hopefully, will be positively measured by.

This year, thankfully, does not have the obstacles of COVID and the aftermath of COVID to deal with. Thanks to Perry, Terry, and Jaye, our three previous leaders, I now have the opportunity to lead this club to new heights of accomplishments.

We are off to a good start with so many of you stepping up to participate in so many ways. Every member will be asked and given the opportunity to be of service to the club or to the community. We are all here to be of service, and hopefully you will all find that opportunity by serving on a committee or participating in one or more service projects. For that reason, I will make sure you all know about each committee and service project, week after week.

I would like to initiate two new long-term service projects for our club that, I believe, conform with Rotary International’s initiatives on “Bringing Hope to The World”. The first is Homelessness and Behavioral Health (including mental health and substance-use disorder).  The second is Urban Farming or “Agrihood” to bring better health (mental and physical) to our neighborhoods.

I will make sure that the new members are welcomed with enthusiasm and are included immediately in our weekly luncheons and service projects. I will ask you members with more time in our club to be of service to the club by sharing your time with other members who need to feel wanted and included. To help this along, I’m promoting the idea of a random seating system at lunch for those of you who don’t have a guest or have some reason to have to sit with a specific member.

I’m also trying a new weekly meeting structure. In order to get to know each other better, I’m asking you to volunteer to tell us who you are. On the first Wednesday of each month, we will have a club meeting that will include two of our members who are willing to tell us their story in a 12-minute presentation, with or without slides.

We will continue to have our evening social meeting on the last Wednesday of the month and continue to have our speaker luncheon meetings the other two or three Wednesdays each month.

We now have about 120 members, of which about 50 are new in the last two years. Our intention is to have more new members to replace and exceed the average 15% of members who leave the club each year. This club is here to serve each other and to serve the community – local and worldwide. Let’s let the community know what we do and how we serve, so others may have the opportunity to join us in service. I look forward to our Public Image Committee, with all its Information Technology commitment and talent, being very busy this year getting the word out on our club’s behalf.

Let’s be the best we can be.

Rick

Rick Riccardi, Club President 2023-24
Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale

International Projects

Volunteer With Us

As we begin our Rotary year, here is a quick reminder of the service projects we have on our schedule so far. We do not have exact dates for everything, but please keep these projects in mind and be on the lookout for more information. If you would like to help with any of these projects, please contact the chair directly. If you have ideas for new projects, please contact Kristin LaFleur or St. George Guardabassi.

  • Find Your Way Home – Jorg Hruschka – Select Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Holiday Toy Drive – Linda Cooke – October – December
  • Thanksgiving Baskets – Steve Botkin – Saturday, November 18
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Steve Botkin – December
  • Challenge Air – Dan Rizzi – January 26 & 27
  • Agape Love Breakfast – Gail Auguston-Koppen – February 9 & 10

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