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This Week's News
All this month: Appreciating Florida's Ocean Bounty
You're in for an extra special line-up of programs throughout July! That's because we've arranged to hear from experts with Florida Sea Grant who will join us live from across the state to talk about some of the fascinating and engaging stories that flow from our state's most bountiful treasure, its oceans and coasts.
We all know why so many millions of vacationers travel to our beaches each year, but you'll have the chance to learn surprising and unusual new things about the ocean and coastal environments surrounding our state. These programs will introduce you to how important the coast is to our way of life, as well as give you renewed appreciation for its invaluable natural areas. This is an excellent month to invite friends and potential members to join our meetings, so be sure to extend the invitation far and wide. Enjoy!
Zoom connecting information
The first meeting of the 2020-21 Sunrise Rotary year can be accessed via Zoom at this link:
Meeting ID: 993 6566 8958
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If you have trouble with your connection, don't panic. Normally all you have to do is to type in the meeting number, which in this case are the same numbers found in the link above. That is, 993 6566 8958. However, you can reach out to me, Dorothy at 352.377.5901. 
We'll be starting promptly at 7:15 am, but feel free to log on earlier if you wish to test your connection or visit with fellow members.
Transition Dinner will be this Sat, June 27 at Hatchet Creek

The club meets this Saturday afternoon at the Hatchet Creek Conservation Area to conduct its annual leadership transition event. President Rory Causseaux will pass the gavel to President-elect David Coker.

Registration for the event is now closed. Club officers are attempting to provide an outdoor venue that permits us to gather at a responsible personal distance. Please wear a facial covering when possible and use hand sanitizer liberally. Of course facial coverings do not have to be worn while eating or drinking. Please stay home from the dinner if you are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus.

Socializing begins about 3:45 pm. If you enjoy beer, wine, etc... please bring your favorite drink for the evening. Our dinner will begin at 4:00 and will be prepared by Hill's BBQ & Catering, featuring BBQ chicken and pulled pork, sides, rolls, and iced tea.  A vegetarian option is available for those who requested.  The charge for each guest will be $25 (we will invoice you).

Our program begins shortly after dinner and we will adjourn by 6 pm. See you there.


Please continue to share your good news with President Dave

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Free Fridays leaves plaza, comes right into your home
The Free Fridays Concert series, long based at Bo Diddley Plaza, have gone online! Yes, the soundtrack of Gainesville summers have moved online to accommodate concerns about the spread of the pandemic.
Free Fridays, described by Visit Gainesville as the “region’s longest-running and largest free outdoor concert series,” typically runs from May to October at Bo Diddley Plaza downtown.
This Friday night, June 26, it's Soul Tran, live at 8 PM EDT. Soul Tran is Tran "The Piano Man" Whitley of Little Jake Mitchell and The Soul Searchers performing a show of soul favorites in his inimitable style. He's played all over the world and now he's playing this exclusive show for Gainesville LIVE!
A note of thanks from Phil Kabler
Many thanks to all who wrote with your good wishes. I will certainly do my best during the next year to assist the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association with serving the communities in our six county Circuit. (While applying “The Four Way Test”, of course.) Please feel free to contact me when we can be of assistance.
Look in Your Inbox: April, May and June dues are now due
Please check your Inbox. By now, each of you should have received a statement for $64.00 for April, $162.50 for May and $51.00 for June. If you haven't, it is your responsibility to reach out to Darleen at 352-215-1487 and get current. Please don't wait for her to call you. She's asked to include a reminder that all invoices through April 30 are due NOW.
Send in your check to the Sunrise Rotary mailbox, P.O. Box 140422, Gainesville, FL, USA 32614-0422. As was explained earlier, these amounts include a charge for breakfast, which is entirely optional. If you do decide to remit payment for your breakfasts along with quarterly dues, that money will be given to worthy charities in our community.
Still time to attend a few sessions of the virtual Rotary International Convention
There's still time to catch some terrific programs online at this year's virtual Rotary International Convention. The sign-up is at this link. Here's a sampling of some featured breakout sessions:
  • Wed, June 24, 8 am (Chicago time) : Adopt-a-River Initiative: A Rotary & UNEP Partnership Model
  • Thurs, June 25, 8 am: How to Submit a Great Rotary Global Grant Application
  • Thurs, June 25, 6 pm: Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials
  • Fri, June 26, 6 pm: Personal Growth Opportunities: Rotary’s Alliance with Toastmasters
As a bonus, some breakout sessions will continue into July, and a full schedule can be found at this link.
The Minutarian from District Governor Mike Darragh

[“Ring” by striking your glass of orange juice…or beer?]

I celebrated Father’s Day as a District Governor for the first—and last—time on Sunday.  I started really early so I could catch up with the District Governor stuff.  Then a great day started, with the RI Convention, calls from the kids, and a bike ride.

Just when I was ready to start work on Rotary again, I heard the words that every parent dreads, “Mike, the computer doesn’t work.”  `The rest of my day was hijacked.

At first, I thought how life would be so much simpler without the complications of family and fatherhood.  No more disrupted plans.  No extra responsibilities that get in the way of doing what I want to do.

But that isn’t very rewarding.  It’s in the helping that we get our reward.  It’s that inconvenient disruption of our schedule that helps us realize we actually feel better when we put someone else first.

Rotary is like that.  We drag ourselves to a service project, then we come home, feeling enlivened—feeling like we really DID something. 

Share that feeling with a friend.  Ask them to join you at a service project.  They might learn the secret of Rotary:  that life is much more fun and fulfilling when you work with friends and make a difference in someone else’s life.

So Share Rotary.  Our community needs it more than ever.

District 6970 Governor 2019-20

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Feel the Energy in Taipei
Experience the energy of Rotary like never before in a city filled with tradition and infused with ingenuity. Join us at the 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei, Taiwan, 12-16 June.

Registration is now open for the 2021 convention. To get the best rate, register and pay by Friday, 26 June, 23:59 Chicago time (UTC-5). You’ll pay just $315. With so much to see and do, the convention is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Remember, this rate is available only until 26 June. Register at this link.

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