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The theme for 2021-22 Rotary Year
One-Time Meeting Location Change Notice
This week's meeting will be held at the Gainesville Women's Club on University Avenue....not the Hilton.  This is a one-time change only.
This Week's Speaker:  Mike New, City Manager, Newberry, Florida.
New Member Spotlight--Joe Dixon
Joe Dixon is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. His mom was an educator, and his dad was an engineer while at the same time both were pastors.  Joe is the youngest of eight siblings (five brothers and two sisters) who have all been very successful.  Their occupations include an FBI agent, medical doctor, machinist, salesman and nurse, along with Joe who is the Fire Chief for Gainesville. Joe graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a degree in Fire Science and from Waldorf University with a M.A. in Organizational Leadership.  He began his fire service career as a recruit in Howard County, Maryland, where Joe learned his craft and was serving as Assistant Fire Chief when he retired in 2018.  Joe then became Fire Chief in Goldsboro, North Carolina for three years before coming to Gainesville in early 2021.  Joe attributes his success to self-preparation, his ability to build TEAMS and a level of faith that is unyielding. He is a member of Springhill Baptist Church. Joe and his wife live in Blues Creek, and they love to travel and cruise with New Orleans one of his favorite destination cities. He is a Ravens, Orioles and Terrapins fan; our job is to train Joe to add Gators to that list!  Joe became a Rotarian not only because Rotary‚Äôs mission, vision and values align with his own, but because of the history of good deeds that indicate that Rotary is true to its intent.
A Paul Harris Fellow and Another New Member
Be on the Lookout for How We Can get 40 Paul Harris Fellows in One year
Cleve Cooper received his Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin, meaning Cleve has become a Paul Harris Fellow a total of three times.  Congratulations Cleve!  A Paul Harris Fellow Pin is shown on the right.  Don't you want one (or another one)?
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Our club's goal this year is 40 for 40; 40 Paul Harris Fellows in our 40th Year as Sunrise Rotary.  Contact Wayne Smith if you need information about your current Paul Harris Fellow status.
Our newest member, Alejandro Balcazar Montalvo was inducted last week.  Alejandro was sponsored by Pam Gretter. Alejandro transferred to Sunrise Rotary from the Rotary Patuju Club in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  We'll learn more about Alejandro in an upcoming New Member Spotlight. 
A Tribute to Bill Jones
Longtime Sunrise Rotary Member Liz Jones lost her husband, Bill Jones, who passed away Saturday, January 15.  I first met Bill Jones, chemistry professor, in 1984, when we were both faculty representatives on the University of Florida Athletic Association Board of Directors.  Bill was a multiple term member and served as the treasurer of the association. Bill also was a member of the Title IX committee in the 80's and 90's which was instrumental in the development of women's sports programs at UF. Becky and I later had the privilege of being neighbors to Liz and Bill for 25 years in Northwest Gainesville.  We enjoyed attending their annual pig roast and just being neighbors.  The Oxford Dictionary defines a gentleman as a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man.  Whoever wrote that definition must have had the future Bill Jones in mind and wrote it to describe Bill.  Our condolences from Sunrise Rotary members to Liz and rest in peace, Bill Jones.  
Jim Cato
In Memoriam
Linnie Ruth Coburn, mother of Terri Causseaux, and mother-in-law of Rory Causseaux, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022. She provided service throughout her life as a public school teacher, a girl's basketball coach but most of her career as a dietician at Howard Bishop Middle School in Gainesville.  A celebration of life will be held Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 3:00PM at Westside Baptist Church, 10000 Newberry Road, Gainesville.  The visitation is one hour prior, beginning at 2:00PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Westside Baptist Foundation.  Rest in peace, Lillie Ruth Coburn.  Sunrise Rotary members express our condolences to Terri and Rory.
Remember the Winterfest Party?  It is now the Spring Fling Party!  New date, Same place!  We'll show those spring breakers how to really party!
When:  March 15, 2022
Where:  Chuck and BarBee Geiger's House
             772 SW 136th Street
             Tioga, Florida 32669
What:  Appetizers provided.  Please bring your drink of                   choice, or you risk being very thirsty.
How:   Please RSVP using Club Runner under Upcoming                 Events at the top of this newsletter or sign up                     during the next meeting.
Sunrise Rotary Gossip Column
A number of Sunrise Rotarians were seen out and about in Hogtown last Friday night.  Observed clapping their hands and tapping their toes (at the same time), UpStage at the Phillips Center at The Darren Nicholson Band performance, were Ron and Dianne Farb, Wayne Smith and Mitzi Austin, Jim and Becky Cato and Bob and Kay Mitchell.  The four good 'ol boys from Western North Carolina laid out some Bluegrass original lyrics such as "my love is so high, the angels taught me how to fly," sang and played some standard tunes and finished with the hymn, "Praise the Lord, I saw the Light." You can report any other social sightings of Sunrisers in this very space.
Another Sunrise Rotarian is on the Road
Francois Roulet and Helen are on the road in Davos, Switzerland. Francois sent this photo to show they are completely snowed in. Hopefully, they are not stuck in the car, but made it inside to a cozy and warm hotel room.  We presume Francois went to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, held in Davos annually.  Someone needs to send Francois a message that the forum is not until May 2022.  But wait, Francois is a dentist; perhaps he just went skiing. 
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.
Wild Game Feast Tickets Available
Don't forget!  The Gainesville Rotary Club's Wild Game Feast is just around the corner:  March 3, 2022.  Please purchase your tickets from Rory Causseaux. Sunrise Rotary needs to support its share of ticket sales to enjoy providing good works for our community.
Transition Dinner
  New Date:  June 16, 2022
Mark Your Calendar
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
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 352.317.6341
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Spring Fling party at the Geiger's residence
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Sunrise Rotary 40th Anniversary Celebration
Gainesville Women's Club
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 16, 2022
Transition Dinner (passing the torch)
Location and time will come later
No morning meeting
A Couple of Announcements:
1.  District 6970 will not be holding a RYLA program this year. While a very successful Virtual RYLA was organized in 2022, the District RYLA team had some changes in leadership and will need some time to rebuild the RYLA effort in the district. We will be looking for some folks that have a passion for the RYLA program and a vision to lead it into the future. We are calling for Rotarians that would like to help creating an awesome RYLA in 2023 and into the future. If you have an interest, please reach out to Youth Services Chair, Michael Bruce at
2.  Sunrise member Tim Rogers has a supply of face masks and shields should anyone need some.  You can contact Tim at 352.262.4856 or .
***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 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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