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The theme for 2021-22 Rotary Year
This week's speaker is Rick Reichardt 

Frederic Carl Reichardt is a former Major League outfielder for the Los Angeles / California Angels (1964–70), Washington Senators (1970), Chicago White Sox (1971–73) and Kansas City Royals (1973–74). He batted and threw right-handed.

Reichardt was a spectacular two-sport star at the University of Wisconsin, twice leading the Big Ten Conference in batting, and starring as a fullback on the 1962 #2 ranked Badgers Rose Bowl team, which was defeated in the 1963 Rose Bowl by #1 ranked USC in the "comeback that never was" where the Badgers scored 23 points in the last 12 minutes, but still lost by 5 points (42 to 37). His football playing career never went beyond being selected by the Baltimore Colts in the 17th round (238th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft.

His athletic prowess was highly rated by all Major League Baseball scouts, and when a bidding war ensued for his signing, he received a $200,000 ($1,690,652 today) signing bonus from the Los Angeles Angels, a record for that time. It was the bidding war for Reichardt that ultimately led Major League Baseball to institute a draft, which started in 1965, with Rick Monday being the first ever #1 overall selection (he was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics).

In 1966, Reichardt became the first player to hit a home run at Anaheim Stadium. Later that season, after batting .288 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI through just 89 games, he was diagnosed with a kidney ailment that necessitated the removal of the kidney. Although he recovered to hit .265 with 17 home runs in 1967, and .255 with 21 home runs in 1968, he was never quite the same after the operation. After hitting only 13 home runs in 1969, he was traded with Aurelio Rodríguez to the Washington Senators early in the 1970 season for 3rd baseman Ken McMullen. After a trade to the White Sox in 1971, he managed to hit .278 with 19 homers. From there, age and injuries took their toll and he never again attained double figures in home runs in a season. He retired after 1 at-bat in the 1974 season.

Greetings from the Miraflores Lock on the Panama Canal near Panama City, Panama. Sunriser’s Mitzi, Wayne and Jim, along with Becky are wrapping up their trip to Costa Rica and Panama with a private tour of the lock. We were up close and personal with a huge fuel tanker that was passing through the lock. 
MURDER, Medium Rare. 
Want to be a sponsor?  Want to buy some tickets?         
All the details are in the flyer below.  An email has been sent to all members with the flyer as an attachment.  You can print your own copies and get to work making this fund-raiser a success!  Copies will also be available at this Thursday's meeting or from Rory Causseaux. Act fast since only 160 tickets are available.
Parties and Events: 
Put these dates on your calendar Now!
 
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Weekly meeting will be at the Women's Club...not at the Hilton
 
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Murder, Medium-Rare
Mystery Dinner Play (fundraiser)
Gainesville Women's Club
6:00PM
Cost to be announced
 
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Rotary Leadership Institute
See below
 
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Wild Game Feast
See Rory Causseaux to become a sponsor
rory.causseaux@gmail.com 352.317.6341
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Winterfest at the Geiger's residence
 
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Sunrise Rotary 40th Anniversary Celebration
Gainesville Women's Club
6:00PM
No morning meeting 
 
Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022
District 6970 Assembly and Conference
Jacksonville Hyatt Regency
Registration information will come later
 
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Transition Dinner (passing the torch)
Location and time will come later
No morning meeting
***NEW DATE FOR Rotary Leadership Institute***
Get more out of your Rotary experience with RLI.
Plans for our next Rotary Leadership Institute - Sunshine Division (RLI) in person on February 26th have been approved and put on the calendar!
Training will be at the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State College.
You can sign up on DACDB or members can also register directly at https://www.rlitraining.org/course.../course-schedule/ Scroll down to February 26th, click on "More Info" and follow the prompts.
Discussion group size is limited, registration closes on Tuesday, February 15th, and "walk-ins" are not encouraged.

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