Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute
St. Augustine Campus of St. Johns River State College
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
Cooking at the Ronald McDonald House: Visit.Chefs
Feb 16, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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
Board of Directors Meeting
May 15, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Jan 24, 2019
2019 Wild Game Feast Master
Jan 31, 2019
Feb 07, 2019
Preview of Motown Musical
Feb 14, 2019
Bring Your Valentine!
Feb 21, 2019
Founders, Foster Florida
Feb 28, 2019
Mar 21, 2019
Club Assembly
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This Week's News
UF student Bhakti Sharma wows us with her almost unbelievable accomplishments
Many, many thanks to our speaker last week, Bhakti Sharma, a delightfully engaging graduate student at UF who thrilled us with her story of swimming the English Channel, and setting a record for swimming 1.36 miles in the waters of Antarctica for 41 minutes. It was such an inspiring presentation, and we had an unusually large audience attending, so lots of folks got to hear it. Bhakti posted a nice thank you on her FB page, and complimented us as well. "An amazing group of people doing some great work in and around Gainesville. Thank you for such a warm welcome and the opportunity to share my story," she writes. 
Aw shucks! Nathan Whitaker wins us over with humor and insight
We enjoyed a humorous, inspiring talk last week from Nathan Whitaker, a Gainesville writer who has co-authored the best-selling memoirs of both NFL coach Tony Dungy and Gator great Tim Tebow. All of us were highly entertained by the self-effacing way that Nathan shared stories about his time with the stars, but when he began to talk about the struggles he himself has encountered finding his way in life, his message of belief and perseverance really had the members hanging on every word. Thank you so much to Nathan for sharing the motivation with us! And if you're curious to check out some of his titles, check out Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life and Tim Tebow: Through My Eyes.
A nice thank you note to share with our members
We received this nice letter from Chief Tony Jones of the Gainesville Police Department, for our ongoing support of the students at the Reichert House. It says:
I send this letter to say thank you for your continued support of the Reichert house and the many programs that they offer to the youth of promise. This year the Reichert house served over 150 children who come to the program with many risk factors. With your support the Reichert House was able to provide hope and protective factors in their lives, through mentoring, nutrition, technical and vocational training and academic assistance. Thanks to your generous support our students continue to discover more about who they are and what they can do to reach their creative potential in life. Your gift and support have made a difference in their lives.
I believe that the first step toward creating a better future for this community is by uplifting the next generation. This year the Reichert House played an integral part of 10 students completing high school in which several are now undergraduates in various colleges throughout the State of Florida. One of the graduates, Steven Williams, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps; those that did not pursue to pursue post-secondary education are gainfully employed.
Another milestone reached this year was alumni Eric Chandler of the Reichert House received his MBA. Also, several alumni, representing various careers, returned to the Reichert House to give motivational talks to the current membership of the program. These activities would not be possible if it were not for the continued sustained support for persons like you.
Thank you once again for your support of the Reichert House. It means the world to us and it builds the future of hope and transforms these young persons from being tax takers to contributing members of society for the future! With gratitude, I say thank you once more. I wish you a Happy Holiday Season.
Tony R. Jones
Chief of Police
Sunrise Rotary board meeting is this Wed night, Jan. 16

Our next board meeting for Sunrise Rotary is this Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, from 6 pm to 7 pm. We will not be meeting at Katie Floyd's home this time due to an unforeseen complication, but Dave Ferro has graciously offered us meeting space at Watson Realty, 4516 NW 23rd Ave. If you have agenda items, please send them to Dorothy Zimmerman at The meeting begins promptly and ends on time, and all Sunrise Rotarians are welcome to attend. You can view the agenda at this link. Thanks!

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Pam Gretter on the loss of her father
As some of you may know, Pam Gretter lost her father early Friday morning, Jan. 4, from complications of a heart attack he suffered just before Christmas. She has invited all of us to join her for a gathering to remember her father, Mr. Gary Keith, on Saturday, January 19, beginning at 3 pm at the Limerock Road restaurant in the Haile Village. The venue may seem a bit unusual, but Mr. Keith enjoyed lunch at Limerock almost every day, and Pam often joined him there, either for lunch, or for drinks after work. "There's no better place to celebrate him," Pam writes, and adds, "Thank you all so much for your warm thoughts and kind words! It’s been a tough time, but we are making our way through it. I want to let you know that we are having a gathering for my Dad on Saturday January 19th at 3:00 pm at Limerock Road. It is not a traditional service, just a casual, friendly time to remember Dad at his favorite hangout. All are welcome to attend." 
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?
Newberry scholars receive their scholarship checks
Two of our three Newberry High scholarship winners attended our meeting last week to collect their $1000 awards, and to tell us something about their successful studies at Santa Fe Community College. Pictured from left are Maria de la Cruz Mora and Myia Solomon, along with Kristine van Vorst, who coordinated the competition for us last year. One of the scholars, Kara Haglund, who could not be present, will be attending this week, and saying a few words.
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:  

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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