Upcoming Events
Cancelled: Butterfly Garden Work Session
Ronald McDonald House
Jan 12, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Jan 16, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Feb 09, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Gainesville Rotary 100th Anniversary Gala
Rembert Farms
Feb 14, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Butterfly Garden Work Session
Ronald McDonald House
Feb 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
A Celebration of Motown
M.K. Rawlings Elementary
Feb 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Wild Game Feast
Mar 07, 2019
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Butterfly Garden Work Session
Ronald McDonald House
Mar 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Mar 20, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Butterfly Garden Work Session
Ronald McDonald House
Apr 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Jan 10, 2019
Setting a world record -- an inspiring story
Jan 17, 2019
Kids Count in Alachua County
Jan 24, 2019
2019 Wild Game Feast Master
Jan 31, 2019
Feb 14, 2019
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This Week's News
To kick off the New Year, NYT best-selling author Nathan Whitaker
How many of us could dream of writing a book that becomes a New York Times bestseller? Join us this week to hear a presentation from Nathan Whitaker, who has co-authored a number of titles with NFL coach Tony Dungy that have all become NYT bestsellers. A two-sport athlete in baseball and football at Duke University, Nathan played for Steve Spurrier on Duke's ACC championship football team, then graduated with honors, and earned a law degree from Harvard. It was when he was working with the front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he met Dungy, and the rest is, . . . well, still being written!  We don't want to give away the whole story, but suffice to say that Nathan has had A LOT going on since then, even co-authoring a book with a certain famous Gator QB named Tebow. You'll hear all about it when you join us this week!
Say hello to our newest member, Randy Dexter!
We are so proud and honored to add a new member to our club, Mr. Randy Dexter, and his handsome service companion, Captain. Randy presented to our club last fall about the K9s For Warriors program, which is dedicated to providing service companions to our soldiers suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. Randy is the campus director of K9s For Warriors’ new training facility in Alachua, FL. He's also a veteran, having served over ten years as a combat medic in the United States Army. During his service, he was deployed twice to Iraq, totaling 27 months. 
Every last one of us were so bowled over by Randy's personal story, and the compassion he has developed for his fellow veterans as a result of having suffered from PTSD. But only one of us had the presence of mind to invite him to join Sunrise Rotary! Well done, Dick Tarbox, Randy's sponsor. His application was enthusiastically endorsed by everyone, and we're very much looking forward to the addition of this dynamic duo -- Randy and Captain.
You can read more about Randy's compelling story at the K9 for Warriors website, Welcome, Randy!
We had a wonderful and fun Christmas meeting to ring out 2018
We extend our biggest and most sincere thanks to Laraine Teiss, Teresa Davidson,  Jib Davidson and Mike Spranger, who really made our final meeting of 2018 a wonderful way to start the holiday season. No matter that it was raining cats and dogs outside, we stayed cozy and warm inside the Hilton.  In addition to our new member induction, we had a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then, Laraine orchestrated and conducted a rousing musical round of the 12 Days of Christmas, which hit all the right notes, even if most of us were challenged to do so.  Sorry for those of you who could not make the meeting; you missed an extra special occasion. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season. 
Postcards from our members on their holiday travel
Wild Game Feast ticket information found here!
The 35th Annual Wild Game Feast will be Thursday March 7, 2019. Tickets are now available for purchase and for sale. Tickets remain at $75.00, however up through Jan 31, 2019 one may purchase 6 tickets for the price of 5. I’m encouraging the continued strong participation of our club to the Foundation’s effort for the benefit of our community. We can support the Foundation through ticket sales, sponsorships and participation. The opportunity for sponsorships by our locally represented businesses is a huge way to be a part of the WGF. Ticket sales are also a very big part of making the WGF successful.
I request that you contact me by email (, cell phone (352-317-6341) or in person to purchase tickets or to collect tickets you have sold to others. We all can purchase tickets and we all can sell tickets. Reach out to your network of friends, businesses, and family to offer the opportunity of ticket purchases. Once you’ve made your sell get with me for the tickets for distribution. I plan on being at each meeting with tickets in hand. Based on the current size of our club we should be able to sell at least 250 tickets. To meet this goal we need each club member to participate, so won’t you make that commitment today?
Support this year's Wild Game Feast: here's how you can get involved
Sunrise Rotarians,
As many of you are associated with a business in our community I have a request for your consideration.
The Rotary Wild Game Feast is the largest Rotary fundraiser in our community and is an event organized and administered by the four Gainesville Clubs, including Sunrise. Each year this event raises an astounding $100,000 that is infused into a worthy cause within our community.
This year the proceeds support two park projects leveraging additional monies from the Wild Spaces, Public Places tax initiative. One park is located at the Senior Center and the second is at the Veterans Memorial Park. I am encouraging all businesses represented in our Sunrise Rotary club to consider participation in the Wild Game feast by being a sponsor.
Sponsorships begin at $250 and go up to $10,000. The complete sponsorship flyer is located at this link: Wild Game Feast Sponsorship Flyer.
Approximately 2000 persons attend this event each year and  there's lots of publicity surrounding it. Therefore, you can get lots of marketing, branding and goodwill out of your sponsorship. Plus you will get tickets to the event, have VIP treatment (at defined levels of sponsorship) and enjoy a great evening in addition to benefiting Rotary and our community.
So, want you join me to sponsor the Wild Game Feast in 2019? Please fill out the attached document and return to me in person or email to me. If you have any questions feel free to call my cell phone at 352-317-6341. Thank you!
Upcoming greeters

These are the greeters for the coming months, and suggested guidelines to follow:  

10 -- Katie Floyd
17 -- Mike Spranger
24 -- Larry Christian
31 -- Kathy Canon
7 -- Mike Walsh
14 -- Josh Chase
21 -- Max Lee
28 -- Leslie Wooten
7 -- Laude Arnaldi
14 -- Jim Cato
21 -- Meredith Goodrich
28 -- John Verkler

In general, 

  1. Please arrive by 6:45 am, some of our members arrive prior to 6:30.
  2. The supplies will be on the table including the sign-up sheets and member badge boxes.
  3. Greet members (this is a good way to learn names) and check them present on the sign-up sheets.  Let them collect their own badge since they know the location.
  4. Greet guests/visitors and register their presence on the sign-up sheet.  There are guest registration cards on the table or in the supply box if the guests needs a record of attending the meeting
  5. You will be asked to advise whoever is running the meeting of our guests and visitors. (Provide them with the signup list of guests/visitors you record.)
  6. The cost of breakfast for all visitors is $16, with the exception of prospective new members attending with current member which are allowed up to 2 free meetings.  If they do not have exact change we can supply them change once the trivia collections are competed.  Let Darlene know who needs change.
From our District Governor Jeanette Loftus
January is Vocational Service Month Vocational Service is how we use our talents and professions to do good in the world, all while maintaining the highest ethical standards possible in both our personal and professional relations. As Rotarians, we strive each day to live our lives according to Rotary’s motto “Service above Self”.
Many of us recite the Four-Way Test at our club meetings - but - do we take these words to heart? Have you ever wondered, what if everyone chose to live their lives by the Four-Way Test? Before a word was spoken or an action was taken, they asked themselves these four simple questions?
Today, this is more important than ever as we find ourselves in a world of turmoil, negativity, and a growing lack of respect. The internet, social media and technology have made it effortless to share negative opinions and disparaging remarks.
Can you imagine if everyone considered these twenty four simple words before reaching a decision?
Imagine the impact we could make by imparting these principles with all the world’s children? Could we reduce bullying and violence in our schools and help to grow responsible, caring and compassionate adults?
It starts with you. One person, one idea, one step at a time.
So, as we celebrate the start of a new year, let’s commit to not only upholding these high ethical standards, let’s share and encourage others to do the same as we all join together to “Be the Inspiration!”.
Jeanette Loftus
District 6970 Governor
(The video and full text of this message can be accessed at this link:

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