Rotary District 6980


Rotary District 6980 covers Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter Counties. We are the only landlocked Rotary District in Florida. There are over  2,000 Rotarians in our district.

Our VISION statement states that the District will be Member healthy, Rotary educated and Community/Globally sound.Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000+ clubs around the world. Rotary encourages community leaders to exchange ideas to improve their local and global communities.  Rotary International District 6980 administratively serves, on behalf of Rotary International, 48 Rotary clubs in five Central Florida counties; Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter with a total membership of approximately 2,100.


The first Rotary Club in Central Florida was the Rotary Club of Orlando club, chartered in 1920. Rotary International is an association of Rotary Clubs.  Each club is chartered by and is a member of Rotary International.  The individual Rotarians are members of their respective Rotary Clubs.  There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and territories world-wide.  For administrative purposes, Rotary International has established Districts and Zones to better serve the member Clubs.  There are 532 Districts and 34 Zones which serves as a link between Rotary International’s Board of Directors and its member clubs.

Each District is led by a District Governor who serves a one-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  The District Governor is an Officer of Rotary International.  The Rotary Clubs are autonomous with regard to how they conduct their business and are expected to follow the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.  The role of the District is to assist the Clubs in their pursuit of the Object of Rotary.


District Governor Dan Semenza joined the Rotary Club of the Villages, June of 1997. He served as Club President 2001-2002. From the time he entered Rotary he chaired or was a member of every committee in the club and received the Avenues of Service Award in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded the Rotarian of the Year award.

At the District level, Dan served as an Assistant Governor for four years, chaired the Service Project Committee, was a member of both the District Foundation Committee and Membership Committee. He graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute in 2007 and became a discussion leader. He became the Director of the District Leadership Institute in 2013. In 2013, he became the District Rotary Foundation Chair having served as the Future Vision Chair the previous year. In October of 2013, Dan was selected as the District Governor Designate.

District Governor Dan Semenza taught elementary school for 25 years before moving to middle school to test the new computer science curriculum, which he chaired. While teaching, he received the Governor’s Recognition Award and was nominated for the Donald Quigg award by the United States Patent Office for Innovative Ways of Teaching Children. Between his active duty and reserve time, Dan spent thirty-five years in the military, reaching the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Dan is married to Past District Governor Jo Weber. Both Jo and Dan are Paul Harris Society Members, Bequest Society Members, and Major Donors. For more information check out our website.