Upcoming Events
In-person Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 09, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
2021-22 New Officers Installation Dinner
Gainesville Women's Club
Jun 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
The theme for 2020-21 Rotary Year
May 27, 2021 7:00 AM
Can at-home genetic testing kits tell you if you're at risk for disease or cancer?
Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
The Florida Museum of Natural History
Jun 17, 2021
UF Dept. of Entomology and Nematology
Jun 24, 2021 6:00 PM
Evening meeting (no morning meeting)
Jul 01, 2021 7:00 AM
Fourth of July break
Jul 08, 2021
Business program at Santa Fe and the niche SFC's programs fill in the community's educational system
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This Week's News
Sharing facts and potential solutions on climate change with communities in North Florida's inland counties
You've likely heard that Florida's changing climate is already impacting the state's coastal communities, where rising seas are eroding shorelines, submerging coastal wetlands and contaminating freshwater wells. But did you know Florida's inland counties are also experiencing the negative effects of warming temperatures? 

Our speaker this week is Lacey Lingelbach, a newly minted honors graduate from the University of Florida who majored in the environmental science program in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Lacey has worked in advanced research on the challenges of climate change adaptation and planning in Florida's inland rural communities.
Counties in North Central Florida have already seen increased flooding. Hotter temperatures are also decreasing the productivity of livestock, and reducing yields of corn, peanuts and cotton. Hot days and high humidity can also be trouble for people, aggravating lung diseases such as asthma, and increasing the risk of premature death from heart  and lung disease. 
What can be done? As part of her undergraduate research, Lacey has been giving presentations to community leaders in Chiefland, Ocala, and now Gainesville, and sharing with them potential solutions for protecting property, people and the local economy. She'll talk about examples of how communities are prioritizing adaptation, supporting new resilience projects and developing stronger responses to public health threats. Join us and learn how members of Sunrise Rotary can become climate leaders in our community. See you Thursday!
Zoom connecting information
The in-person portion of our weekly Sunrise Rotary meeting will be at the Gainesville Women's Club. To attend the remote version of our meeting, simply register in advance for the May 27, 2021 meeting at this link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Test out the link beforehand and email Dave Coker if you think you might have a problem. The interface may look a bit different but it will give us new flexibility and added security. 
We'll be starting promptly at 7:15 am, but feel free to log on earlier if you wish to visit with fellow members.
Last week's Mars researcher, Dr. Amy Williams, was inspiring
(Editor's Note: This news item was inspired by last week's speaker, and submitted by Penny Wheat.)
When he was a junior in high school, (Sunrise Rotarian) Richard (Willams) visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in California (where he lived), as part of a summer science program. As a UCLA student, Cal Tech/JPL professors taught his summer science programs. Then he moved to Florida, became a firefighter (not an engineer or physician), and retired in 2005 as Gainesville’s Fire Chief.
During one of her monthly week-long stays with us, Richard took granddaughter Remy (when she was 5, about 2011) to a Rotary meeting. In November 2011, we took Remy to the Kennedy Space Center to see the Mars Mission Launch. This morning, now 14-year old Remy tuned into the Zoom meeting to listen to Dr. Amy Williams talk about the Mars project. Thanks to her welcoming experience at that Sunrise Rotary meeting, we fully expect Remy to become involved with Rotary as soon as she can!
The Final Details on Our Cedar Key Weekend
We'll wind up our Cedar Key weekend with a delicious fish fry at the lovely home of Laraine and David Teiss.
We have a total of 27 Sunrise Rotarians and guests registered to attend the Sunrise Rotary Cedar Key Weekend during May 14-16. A great turnout!
We’re asking all attendees to bring a dish to the Saturday fish fry:  an appetizer,  salad, or side. Desserts are already covered. We’ll have 31 hungry folks at the fish fry.
An email has been sent to each Rotarian who is attending, with a request to let Jim Cato ( know what you are bringing. Please do this by this Thursday’s meeting, if you have not already done. This will allow us to know if we have the right mix of dishes.
Club invoices have been sent out: please send in dues on time

Look in your Inbox for emails with the subject line: "Pledge XXXX from Rotary Club of Gainesville Sunrise." This is the dues notice for active members sent out by our club treasurer. The invoice includes a special one-time quarterly dues assessment to get the club back on track for in-person meetings. Please remit payment as promptly as possible. Thanks! 

Don't wait to be asked! Sign up now for a month as speaker chair for Rotary Year 2021-22

I’d like to put in a plug for speaker coordinators for Rotary Year 2021-22, which starts on July 1, 2021. Josh will be traveling quite a bit this year, so I was asked to come alongside and assist in the recruiting effort. Please email me, Bryan, and sign up for one of the upcoming 12 months. Thanks!

Please respond to the call for committee chairs for Rotary year 2021-22
Sunrise Rotary president-elect Darleen Morgan is now asking for members to step forward and chair one of the club's committees. 
Because of the pandemic, our committees have not really been able to get very engaged, so this is the time for individuals to step up and help out. Darleen has several openings. At last count, these are some of the traditional club committees, but all is negotiable! Please contact Darleen, as soon as you can. Thanks!
  • Mama Mia's Old-Fashioned Italian Dinner 
  • Social
  • Membership
  • Service
  • Public Relations
  • Administration
  • Rotary Foundation
  • Young Generations
The GrowHub pop-up shops event is Saturday, May 8
Join us Saturday, May 9, from 9 am to 3 pm for a little pop-up shopping at GrowHub, the wonderful nonprofit organization where adults of all abilities can find meaningful work in a safe place. It's located at the end of NE 8th Ave (2900 NE 8th Ave, 32641). Shop from a few other local vendors (they keep it small-ish so we can stay safe!), enjoy our usual selection of plants and art, as well as music and food. Learn more at this link:
Check out the May 15 Master Gardener volunteer plant sale in Micanopy
The Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale will be Saturday, May 15, from 8 am to noon at Cuscowilla (the former Camp McConnell), 210 SE 134th Ave, in Micanopy. For sale will be a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more grown by Master Gardener volunteers. Choose from thousands of plants at unbeatable prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. Free admission and parking. This year there is a pre-order option available to pick-up purchases on May 14. For more information regarding the pre-ordering option and pick-up call 352-955-2402.
Agenda for May 8 District Training Announced
The time is upon us to gather together virtually and learn more about Rotary, our roles in Rotary, and learn new skill sets to help our clubs thrive, grow and prosper.

The schedule has been announced for the Virtual District Training Assembly on Saturday, May 8, from 9:00 am till 1 pm. All incoming officers, membership chairs, and foundation chairs are encouraged to attend. The event is also open to all interested club members. There is no registration for the event.
We will all meet in one large Zoom call at 9 am and talk about exciting things for this Rotary New Year. The guest speaker will be past Rotary International President Barry Rassin who will speak on the newest area of focus, the environment. He'll also give us an update on Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts.

We will all then leave that plenary Zoom meeting and attend one of four tracks: Club Admin, Club Finances, Membership, and Foundation.  If you see something in a different track at a different time please feel free to drop out of one zoom track and drop in to the other. 
Meeting ID: 812 2675 4796 Passcode: 697001
10 am: Club Administration:
If you want to be at multiple sessions at the same time and can’t, don't worry. We'll record all sessions and tracks and place them on the District YouTube page. Please make sure that you do not share the Zoom links above on social media, so we can avoid any issues with "Zoom bombing." We look forward to seeing everyone there!
UF Health researcher explains herd immunity and how it could end COVID-19 pandemic
It’s a term we’re going to hear much more frequently during the final chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic — herd immunity. With millions of Americans being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day, many are looking to the future and asking when the coronavirus pandemic will end. It’s a surprisingly difficult question that could hinge on this epidemiological concept. Read this brief Q&A and you'll be more versed in the COVID conversation. 

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