Thanks everyone for making our First Annual Independence Day Bash a smashing success! We had a blast checking out our wonderful vendor booths, spitting watermelon seeds, getting our faces painted, tasting good homemade apple pie, playing with patriotic dogs, jumping in the kids' bouncy house, and watching spectacular fireworks with the 6,000+ people that came out on July 3rd! And let's not forget the amazing food, from the cold beer and grilled hot dogs to the pulled pork sandwiches to the ceviche shots!
Now that we've had a few days to re-coup from the event, we're getting ready to plan next year's event and we promise that it will be even bigger and better! So contact us if you're interested in being a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer. With the success of our first event, we've already have many inquiries and spaces are sure to fill up soon!
Thanks to the hard work of Vice President Elizabeth McCarthy and her Fundraising Team, we are officially set to throw the 1st Annual 4th of July Bash at Baldwin Park on July 3rd! We will be sending out more information on how you can be a sponsor for the event, volunteer to help, or just attend and have a great time! In the meantime, please help us spread the word and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
This week we had the great pleasure to welcome Sam Stark, President & CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. Did you know Orlando is #27 in the US for sports destinations? Sam shared some fun facts as well as great overall information, including membership information for the new Sports Club, a club that allows you to attend your favorite sporting events and pre-game functions while enjoying exclusive access to ticket pre-sales to numerous sporting venues, games and mixers. To learn more about the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Sports Club visit www.centralfloridasports.org.
To round out the SPORTS month, next week's speaker will be George O'Leary, UCF's head football coach. He is sure to have some great stories and insight. Don't miss it!
Another big thanks to all who attended the District Assembly this past Saturday. It was a great meeting that taught us alot about Rotary as a global organization, as well as specific job responsibilities of committee heads and club leadership. Plus, there were several hundred Rotarians there so we were able to meet tons of new friends. The club leadership will be sharing information from this event in the future so that we can all be well informed Rotarians.
We are officially a Rotary International chartered club and tomorrow night is the celebration to share the good news with all! Our Charter Banquet is gearing up to be one great event. With our co-charter club, Rotary Club of Lake Nona and various clubs throughout the district, we'll be celebrating with around 100 people - How exciting! Cocktail hour (cash bar) begins at 6 pm and dinner will be served at 7 pm. Dress is business attire. Parking in the lot adjacent to The University Club (black wrought iron fencing) is complimentary.
Vice President Elizabeth McCarthy provided an overview of our first major fundraiser happening Saturday, July 3rd. The yet to be named event will center around good old fashion family fun, celebrating the July 4th holiday. There will be food, beer and...FIREWORKS! Though there are several leading the charge for this event, we'll need most all of our club members help to make this event spectacular. We'll need event sponsors, volunteers and more. Look for more information from Elizabeth and the Fundraising team to see how you can help.
Are you interested in bringing a guest to a Rotary meeting? Maybe there is a speaker that would be perfect for someone you'd like to invite to potentially join our club? You can! We as a club are happy to sponsor any guests complimentary for one meeting. They are welcome to come and mingle with the group and see what it is to be a Rotarian. If they have detailed questions that you just don't know how to answer, please feel free to speak with Membership Chair, Stefan Smith or any of the board members and we'll gladly answer all their questions. If a guest comes back a second week and is not quite sure they want to join yet, the cost is $10 per person.
We were officially chartered on April 13th, and were recognized, along with the new club at Lake Nona, at the District Conference on April 29th during the Governor's Banquet. Vice President Elizabeth McCarthy accepted.
We had a wonderful speaker, John Classe, a Civil Engineer from PBS&J. John was on the original engineering team that demolished and rebuilt Baldwin Park into what you see today. To see a summary of the history of Baldwin Park, from Navy Base to Neighborhood, please visit http://www.baldwinparkstory.com
The first meeting of the Projects Committee was held on Monday, April 26th where many ideas about potential projects and fundraisers were discussed. If you are interested in helping on this committee please respond to this email and/or join us next Monday at 6 pm at New Broad Street Realty at the next meeting.
Also, our Rotary Club will have a table at the 3rd Annual Baldwin Park Doggy Derby Event this Saturday, May 1st from 9-2pm, and we are looking for a few volunteers to man the table. We also need a tent and 2 folding chairs. Marilen will be attending on behalf of Rotary, so please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out.
Last, but not least, Rotary Member, Elizabeth McCarthy, invited the Club to join in for a social her not-for-profit is hosting next Thursday evening, 5:30 - 8 at Ember. Tickets are $5 for drink specials and appetizers. Proceeds benefit C.A.R.E for Women. Please email her at email@example.com for more info.
That's it for now, but get ready for a great month of programs abou
Next Month's Programs Theme: SPORTS
Update on Baldwin Park Lake Clean Up, April 17th 9-11am:
Stefan Smith, PR Committee Chair, announced that planning for the lake clean up is in full swing, with information being spread through the Baldwin Park Weekly Email and a letter he will be sending out this week. We are asking volunteers to RSVP to BaldwinParkRotary@gmail.com so that we know approximately how many people will be joining the event.
The event begins at 9am and we'll have a welcome station located between the piers at Lake Baldwin. Volunteers will receive water, trash bags and a map. We encourage volunteers to wear clothes comfortable for an outdoor clean up. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring a snack so we can all have something light before we start the clean up. Special thanks to Elizabeth McCarthy (gloves, trash bags, O'Boys discount) & Frank Bartolomeo (trash pick up after event) for their volunteer efforts already. Stefan is looking for a few more volunteers for various jobs (working the welcome table, creating a flyer, etc) - if you are interested in helping please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our guest speaker tonight, Alice Lo. She introduced us to Permaculture, which is a movement with an extreme impact that we'll all be hearing more of the future. For more information locally, regionally and beyond, Alice provided the following links:
The Rotary Club of Baldwin Park was honored to have District Governor Randy Rawiszer to lead our Charter Ceremony tonight. Pictures will be added shortly.
President Marilen Marnett announced the date of our Charter Banquet, a celebration of of our new club status where other clubs in the district join us for fun and fellowship. All members, please mark your calendar for Friday, May 21st, 7pm, University Club, Downtown Orlando. Full details to be announced.
In conjunction with Earth Day's Global Days of Service, on Saturday, April 17th we'll be hosting a Baldwin Park Lake Clean-Up. Several members offered to help organize the event which we'll open to the public for volunteering. Thanks to all who will be organizing and volunteering that day. If you want more information on being a part of that events organization committee please email Stefan at email@example.com.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Commissioner Robert Stuart, a fellow Rotarian and Past President with the Rotary Club of College Park, as our guest speaker. We thank him for his information on a multitude of topics, including the Performing Arts Center, Baldwin Park and various charity projects, including those that he is a part of at the Christian Service Center. To learn more visit www.cityoforlando.net & www.christianservicecenter.org.