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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.