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Rotary International Virtual Convention
Virtual
Jun 12, 2022 – Jun 16, 2022
 
Transition Dinner
Kanapaha Gardens
Jun 16, 2022 6:00 PM
 
Zone 34 Leadership Training Seminar
Jacksonville Hyatt Regency
Jun 25, 2022 12:00 PM –
Jun 26, 2022 12:00 PM
 
Rotary Leadership Institute
Flagler / Palm Coast Campus of Daytona St College
Aug 06, 2022
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Jun 30, 2022
Update on Mars ROVER Project
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This Week's Program
Gia Arvin
Vice President, Florida Realtors
Trends in Florida's Real Estate Market

Gia Arvin, broker-owner with Matchmaker Realty in Gainesville, is the 2022 vice president of Florida Realtors®, the state’s largest professional trade association. She is active in residential brokerage.

A leader in local, state and national real estate associations, Arvin was 2011 president of the Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors. She has served on numerous committees and been a director and District 1 vice president for Florida Realtors. She was also the 2017 Florida president of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

We've had four new members and a returning former member the last few weeks.  The upcoming member spotlights will introduce these new members.
 New Member Spotlight
Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a native Floridian - was born and raised in the hopping metropolis of Lake City, FL.  She is the middle of three girls, who were raised by a single mother who worked two jobs while also going to college to earn her bachelor’s degree AND raising the daughters. Karen's still not sure how she did that! Her mother remains her biggest inspiration.
 
Karen has been married to her husband, Jon, for 20 years this July. They were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend (and she does mean blind – she wasn’t even aware she was being “set up”). Karen was a single mom of a young toddler and came as a package deal. When Karen decided to introduce Jon to her daughter, he showed up with a bouquet of flowers for Karen, and one for the daughter.  On hers, he had trimmed the stems down, so it was “kid-sized” and stuck lollipops in it.  She decided she was going to marry him on the spot.
 
They have three kids – Julia (22), Charlie (18), and Sailor (11).  The older two kids are in now in college at UNF and FGCU and they are very grateful for in-state tuition, the No. 1 higher education system in the country, and Florida Prepaid College Funds! 
 
They've got a 90-pound Lab, Rider, who thinks he’s a lap dog. In Karen's free time, she loves to put together puzzles, read all sorts of books, and raise house plants.  She's a foodie lover – and is very grateful to be married to an awesome amateur chef! Karen also loves to exercise, is currently obsessed with Peloton, but has discovered a new passion for yoga, Pilates, and Barre. The outdoors is her happy place – she am most happy when outside hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, even just porch sitting!
 
A very long time ago, Karen worked in Government Relations for that other university up the road (FSU) and very much enjoyed the work, but took time off to be home with her children for several years. She found fulfillment through volunteer work and spent her days sharing her time and talents with several nonprofits including Haven Hospice, Boys and Girls Cub, Ronald McDonald House, and Junior League.  After relocating to Gainesville, expanding the family, and eventually getting all the kids into school, Karen decided to go back to work.  She relaunched her career with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and used the skills and relationships she had developed during her time volunteering to work professionally with the non-profit community providing resources, training, and helping them build their capacity.  While at the Foundation, she launched the first “Amazing Give” (the 24-hour giving day that is still going strong – over $6 million has been raised for our community since its inception).  All of that background made it a perfect fit when a position open with Community Relations at UF.  And the rest, as they say, is history!
 
 
 
Transition Dinner A Big Success!
Queen Pam
Sunrise Rotary's Queen Pam!  Pam Gretter was officially installed as the 41st President of the Rotary Club of Gainesville Sunrise last Thursday evening.  it is appropriate that Sunrise Rotary continues with a woman president.  We're ahead of the trend since Jennifer Jones is now the FIRST woman president of Rotary International for 2022-23.  Sure hope that President Pam did not, as her first official act, trip over that extension cord she is standing on!
New District Governor Jeffrey Michelman came all the way from Jacksonville Oceanside Rotary to install our new president.  Both Pam and Jeffrey are pictured here with Pam's husband, Keith Gretter, or Keith Keith, so confusing, oh well, you get the idea.
Brent Williams
Spirit of Rotary Award Winner Announced
This year’s recipient of the District 6970 Brent Williams Spirit of Rotary Award is Marshall Butler of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville!  Long time Rotarians will recall the award is named after Brent Williams who was a member of The Rotary Club of Gainesville.
International Trip
Report #3
Caught a few more fish this week, including a fish box full of wenchman, a type of snapper.  A first time catch for this fisherman.  But instead of posting more fish, this week enjoy a peaceful scene from a beach on Spanish Cay.  The Atlantic Ocean has claimed a few more Australian pine trees, an invasive species.

Rotary Leadership Institute, Saturday August 6, 2022

We have another Rotary Leadership Institute coming up in August at the Palm Coast campus of Daytona State College. Log into DACDB to signup https://dacdb.com/Register4/index.cfm?EventID=77594264

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