As District Governor Nominee for Rotary District 6980, Andres Goyanes will lead Rotary’s Central Florida District in 2022-2023 in a historic year when Jennifer Jones will become the first woman President of Rotary International.
The members of the Rotary Club of International Drive, which meets in the heart of Orlando’s most vibrant tourist district, are celebrating the appointment of their Founding President to the honorable role of District Governor. This role, which requires a nomination process and subsequent vote by a board of District Leaders, is tasked with leading our District 6980 Rotary Clubs in achieving Rotary’s mission in Central Florida.
Rotary is made up of more than 530 Districts worldwide representing one or more countries out of a total of more than 160 nations. Overall, there are over 35,000 Rotary Clubs with varying club density on each District, depending on geography and members. Rotary District Governors are the strategic leaders for a District, providing guidance and support for District Officers, Area Governors, and Club Presidents.
Andres Goyanes first joined Rotary in 2009, when he became a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista, which meets in the Disney Springs area (formerly Downtown Disney). After a few years, Andres saw the opportunity to expand Rotary’s coverage into the tourist area of International Drive, where he began the process of starting a Rotary Club on October 6, 2011—exactly one year ago—with an Open House held at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, introducing the concept of Rotary to Hospitality and Tourism leaders.
After serving as Founding President during the 2011-2013 Rotary years, Andres took on the role of Public Image Chair for the Rotary Club of International Drive. In 2017-2018, Andres was appointed Assistant Governor by then-District Governor Jerry Mobley, a role he reprised in 2018-2019 under District Governor Ron Janssen, and then again under District Governor Cindi Cioci. It was also during that last appointment as AG that Andres was awarded the “Rotarian of the Year” Award for his contribution to District 6980.
Adding to his dedicated leadership career in Rotary, Andres Goyanes has served as a ShelterBox Ambassador since 2015. His passion for ShelterBox has allowed him to visit most of the 48 Rotary Clubs in District 6980 as well as venturing into other Districts. Then, after becoming a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate in 2017, Andres went on to become an RLI Facilitator for a variety of Rotary courses.
Andres Goyanes is a proud UCF Alumn, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and remaining active as a Student Mentor in the Business Knights Network at his Alma Mater. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Sustainable Business and Green Development from Marylhurst University. Last, Andres is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class 66, and is a Past President of the American Marketing Association of Central Florida.
It should be noted that Andres’ wife, Veronica Olivo-Goyanes, is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of International Drive and both are active in Rotary matters, always lending a helping hand wherever their assistance is needed.
The Rotary Club of International Drive in Orlando is excited to see Andres move into the role of District Governor ahead of what promises to be a historic year for Rotary. We wish him well and offer him our support so that he may lead our District into new endeavors and District-wide service initiatives.
On Wednesday, June 27th, Christopher “Chris” Evans was sworn-in by AG Kevin Shendok at our last meeting of the year, relieving Veronica Olivo-Goyanes, who served as President during the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.
Chris relocated to Orlando, Florida from Grand Cayman in 2016 with his wife Beth and their two Yorkies. After visiting a few different Rotary Clubs near his home in the Doctor Phillips community, Chris decided to join our Rotary Club of I-Drive and we couldn’t be happier with his decision.
Having served in a number of Club Leadership roles in Cayman, including Club President of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Chris brings not just his perfect attendance over two decades, but also a great amount of knowledge and experience to lead our I-Drive Club.
And in the usual fashion of our Rotary Club of International Drive, after the installation ceremony, we proceeded to “cross the street” to Pointe Orlando and reconvened at The Pub for drinks and fellowship with not just members of our club, but with visiting Rotarians from the newly-formed Rotary Club of Hunters Creek, of whom our club is a sponsor for their chartering.
We wish Club President Chris the very best on his presidency and look forward to seeing our club grow and do great community work in the upcoming months.
About our Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of International Drive – Orlando was chartered on January 25th, 2012. Since then, our Club has welcomed hundreds of visiting Rotarians who have come to enjoy Orlando’s famous theme parks and to attend trade shows and conventions at the Orange County Convention Center. Meetings are held weekly, except on the weeks of July 4th and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Our Rotary Club of International Drive meets from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at at the following address:
8440 International Dr.,
Orlando, FL 32819
The restaurant’s website is www.saltgrass.com/location/saltgrass-orlando-i-drive.
2023-2024 Board & Officers
Club President: Adriana SanFelice
Secretary: Adriana SanFelice
Treasurer: Michelli Tamburus
Sergeant-at-Arms: Chris Evans
Public Image: Rita Perez
Immediate Past President: Helen Chen
District Governor 2023-2024: Don Harris