Sheriff Rick Ramsey gave club members an update on the Monroe County Sheriff's Office activities since he took office in January. He and his officers have made a concerted effort to work with the community in cleaning up areas that have become magnets for criminal activity. They have cleaned out lots, painted walls and buildings, and helped improve neighborhoods as part of his community involvement focus. Pictured: Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsey and President Jim Reynolds.
Jim Smith gave club members an update on the Rotary International Foundation and its Paul Harris Fellow component as well as our local Club Endowment Fund. All club members should strive to participate in both the Rotary Foundation and our Sunrise Rotary Club Endowment Fund. We also listened to a first hand account from Roy Coley about his participation in the recent Boston Marathon. We are all glad that Roy and his daughter arrived home safe and sound!
We want to welcome Jeremy Wilkerson to the club as our newest member. Jeremy is involved with the Take Stock in Children Program and we know he will be a great member because he has already been involved in many of our community service projects! Pictured: President Jim Reynolds, Jeremy Wilkerson, Sponsor Vicki Gordon.
|Sunrise Rotary 25th Anniversary Party|
It was great seeing everyone (especially all our old friends) at our fabulous Key West Sunrise Rotary 25th Anniversary Party at The Top of La Concha! Thank you to Sue Hyde, Janie Rodriguez, and Stan Rzad for organizing the party. The food was delicious and the open bar helped everyone relax and enjoy the amazing company and the beautiful sunset. We are all indebted to our charter members who started the club in 1988 so that women could join a Rotary club in Key West! Pictured: Charter Members.
Pictured: Sunrise Rotary Presidents.
Thank you to Bruce Neff, Executive Director of Historic Key West, for his informative program on the historic flag markers placed around the City of Key West. The markers celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon discovering the Florida Keys and are a monument to the historic significance of various aspects of Key West history. Look for the markers as you walk or drive around our beautiful city. Pictured: President Jim Reynolds and Executive Director Historic Key West Bruce Neff.
Sunrise Rotary welcomed Commander Mark Hammond, Chief of Logistics at United States Coast Guard Sector Key West, as our speaker recently. Commander Hammond is a 36 year veteran of the Coast Guard and he gave club members an update on the new Fast Response Cutters that the Coast Guard will be deploying from Key West in their ongoing efforts at drug interdiction. The new cutter named the Charles David will be commissioned here in Key West in the near future. Pictured: CMDR Mark Hammond and Past-President Stan Rzad.
Steve Henson has been presenting some very interesting programs on Key West history this month. Steve explained how a small group of Sunrise Rotarians including Percy Curry, Kerry Highsmith, Tom Sawyer, Bill Horn, and Steve got together with Ed Swift and decided that Key West needed an historical area to showcase the founders of the city. Through this group, the Memorial Sculpture Garden was designed and built by the Friends of Mallory Square. The Walkway of History consists of donated named brick pathways with keystone pedestal sculptures describing the individuals' contributions to Key West history. Supporters of the Memorial Garden are able to purchase engraved bricks. Key West Sunrise Rotary purchased an entire square of bricks so, if you wish your family name to be memorialized with a Sunrise Rotary brick, let Steve know! Pictured: Steve Henson and President Jim Reynolds.
|Special Olympics Bocce|
Thank you to all the Sunrise Rotarians who came out and volunteered for the Special Olympics Bocce Championships! Over 60 Special Olympians plus their family and friends participated so the bocce courts were packed.
|25th Anniversary Party|
Sunrise Rotary's 25th Anniversary will be celebrated on 4/13 at The Top, at the La Concha Hotel! Stan Rzad, Sue Hyde, and Janie Rodriguez are organizing the event so if you want to help or have any suggestions, please let them know. Past President and Sunrise Rotarian Steve Robbins is offering rooms at the Sun Collection at the rate of $129.99 and you can contact him at: email@example.com. Past President and Sunrise Rotarian Matt Babich is offering a 20% discount on your room at the Southernmost Hotel and you can make arrangements at southernmostresorts.com. These rates are for current or former Sunrise Rotary members only!
Welcome to new member, local realtor, Gary McAdams! Gary has participated in numerous Sunrise Rotary events and was sponsored by JDL's Big Ten Pub owner John Lukas and Janie Rodriguez of La Pensione Inn. Pictured: President Jim Reynolds, co-sponsor John Lukas, Gary McAdams, membership chair Sue Fowler.
We were desperate for programs recently so Ron Demes gave a demonstration on how to dress for Fantasy Fest or if you want to hang out on Duval Street. Pictured: Ron Demes and his alter-ego, Suave Ronnie. Sorry, Mary.
Aviator and NAS Executive Officer Commander Greg Wilson thrilled club members with a slide show of the Navy's relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake which devastated the country. The military provided food, water, clothing and medical treatment for all who sought it. Pictured: Commander Greg Wilson and President Jim Reynolds.
Thank you to NAS Fire Chief Curt "CJ" Krieger for his informative program regarding the fire department at NAS. This is a civilian Department of Defense agency with 59 employees and firestations at Boca Chica, Trumbo, and Truman Annex. Chief Krieger and his staff are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community. Pictured: Fire Chief CJ Krieger and President Jim Reynolds.
|20th Annual Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament|Congratulations to everyone for making our golf tournament such a success! A huge "Thank You" to our sponsors who helped support our scholarship fund through their generosity. Kudos to Bart Smith and his committee for working so hard and pulling everything together -everyone had a great time!
Congratulations to John Lukas and the staff at JDL's Big Ten Pub on their one year anniversary! They had an awesome party and everyone had a great time! Stop by for some delicious food-JDL's is located at 920 Caroline Street in Key West.
Thanks to everyone who came out and volunteered for the Key West Half Shell 5k and Half Marathon! We had loads of volunteers and everyone had a great time!
Welcome to our newest Sunrise Rotarian Evan Smitkoff! Evan is a financial advisor and was sponsored by Past President Jim Reynolds. We are happy to have Evan in our club! Pictured: President Jim Reynolds, Past President Jim Smith, New Member Evan Smitkoff, Membership Chair Sue Fowler.
|Environmental Month|Jay Gewin, Utilities Manager for the City of Key West, gave an interesting presentation on the storm water projects currently underway in Key West. The pump station and generator in the area of Patricia and Ashby Streets are being upgraded to alleviate the flooding in that area. The George Street pump station is also being upgraded with a new underground system and elevated generator. The City will only use the stations in the event of hurricanes or a high tidal flood. The generators will keep the pumps running in the event the power goes out. The City plans to use artistic wraparounds on the generators so that they blend in with the nearby vegetation. Pictured: City of Key West Utilities Manager Jay Gewin and President Jim Reynolds.
|Southernmost Air Spectacular|
Commanding Officer NAS, Captain Pat Lefere encouraged all club members to attend the Southernmost Air Spectacular at Boca Chica Naval Air Station on March 23-24. It is open to the public and it is free! It is titled "The Blue Angels Rock Paradise!" and it will be quite an event. Gates open at 9am! Pictured: Captain Pat Lefere and President Jim Reynolds.
|Environmental Month|Allison Higgins, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Key West Planning Department, updated club members on the City's climate action plan. With the help of the Sustainability Advisory Board, the City of Key West has adopted a Twelve Step Program. Every month is devoted to a different topic: for example, February is water quality, March is transportation, etc. The goal is to help our island stay as beautiful as possible and to increase the quality of life for island residents. For additional information, sign up for the e-newsletter at www.preserveislandlife.com and see what you or your business can do to help! Pictured: Allison Higgins, Sustainability Coordinator City of Key West, and President Jim Reynolds.
Sunrise Rotarians were treated to an exceptionally exciting program this past week! Key West City Commissioner Teri Johnston and Director of Waste Management Greg Sullivan updated club members on the future of recycling in Key West and the Florida Keys. Key West residents can expect new recycling containers in the near future--purchased by the City of Key West to encourage its residents to recycle. A very spirited question and answer session followed the program. Pictured: Commissioner Teri Johnston, Waste Management Director Greg Sullivan, and President-elect Scott Duszynski.
|Take Stock in Children|
Sunrise Rotarians have always been big supporters of the Florida Take Stock in Children program. Our Past-President Tom Sawyer was chair of the Monroe County Education Foundation for many years and he worked closely with Steve Bear of the Monroe County School District to promote the goals of the Take Stock in Children program. This year the Sunrise Rotary board voted to donate $12,000.00 to the program's scholarship fund. Pictured: Jeremy Wilkinson (Assistant Project Director), President-elect Scott Duzsynski, John Padgett (President MCEF), Diamond Dumas (Take Stock scholarship recipient), Leslie Holmes (Program Coordinator).
A great time was had by all at our holiday brunch at the Key West Harbor Yacht Club. Sunrise Rotarians were very generous and donated hundreds of toys and gift cards for the children of Wesley House. Happy Holidays everyone!
|MARC Holiday Project|
Thank you to all the Sunrise Rotarians who came out and helped at the MARC Holiday Tree lot. This year we covered three different shifts at the lot and the flow of shoppers definitely kept us all very busy. Monroe Association of Remarcable Citizens provides services including housing to developmentally developed adults and their families. Pictured: Navy Commander Greg Wilson and Ironwoman Trice Denney.
Sandeep Singh, club member and owner of the Pegasus Hotel in beautiful downtown Key West, presented a slide show at our recent meeting to club members explaining his project as International Chair of our club. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club Clean Drinking Water Project paired our club with a club in India and helped drill wells, filter, bottle , and distribute water to schools in Candidham, India and the surrounding region. This was an area that had no clean drinking water. Residents had been forced to drink the water in local streams and rivers. This project was completed with the assistance of Rotary District 6990 and Rotary International and took approximately three years from beginning to end. Thank you, Sandeep, for being so dedicated to this project and for your service above self! Pictured: Sandeep Singh and President Jim Reynolds.
We want to welcome two new members to our club: United States Navy Commander Greg Wilson sponsored by Ron Demes and attorney Dustin Hunter sponsored in absentia for Jed Rigante by Janie Rodriguez. Welcome to our new members! Pictured: President Jim Reynolds, Commander Greg Wilson, Ron Demes, Janie Rodriguez, Dustin Hunter, Membership Co-Chair Sue Fowler.
Foundation Chair Jim Smith explained to members the ins and outs of our Rotary Foundation. Sue Hyde gave a presentation to members on the ins and outs of our Sunrise Rotary website. Pictured: Sue Hyde, Jim Smith, President Jim Reynolds.
Sunrise Rotarians were out in full force helping the Monroe Association of Remarcable Citizens man their Pumpkin Patch for Halloween. MARC provides services to developmentally disabled adults in our community. Pictured: the morning Sunrise Rotary crew.
Club members were out in full force this Saturday to assist with the Special Olympics First Annual Paddleboard Championship. George Lindner and his group of Special Olympics volunteers did an excellent job. Thank you to all the Sunrise Rotarians who came out to help! Pictured: Executive Director Special Olympics (and club member) George Lindner, Volunteer Maria Pierce, and Ron Demes.
Club Members welcomed Captain Alwyn Young, Sr., our newest member, at our most recent meeting. Captain Young is the Commander, United States Coast Guard Sector, Key West. Captain Young is excited to become a a member of our club and has already participated in some of our community service projects. Welcome to Captain Young! Pictured: Membership Chair Billy Davis, Captain Al Young, President Jim Reynolds, Sponsor Jim Smith.
Thank you to Jim Scholl for helping us understand what the Rotary Foundation is and for showing us the impressive projects Rotary International has undertaken throughout the world. Pictured: Foundation Chair Jim Scholl and President Jim Reynolds.
As always, Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright presented an extremely interesting program regarding the history of Fort Jefferson, West Martello Tower, and the Key West Garden Club. Fort Jefferson was built in 1845. East and West Martello Towers were built during the Civil War. There were to be 4 towers but only two were finished. In 1860, the Navy brought in ships with slaves aboard. Many died and are buried on the beach next to and possibly across the street from West Martello Tower. This site is classified as a World Heritage Site and is the only one located in Florida. At one point in time, there was a railroad connecting West Martello Tower and Fort Taylor. During World War I, the Inman Battery was built inside West Martello Tower. During World War II, West Martello Tower was upgraded and there were also guns and munitions ready to protect Key West at Fort Taylor and East Martello Tower. The Key West Garden Club was an offshoot of the Key West Women's Club. It held its first flower show in 1934 and currently resides and beautifully maintains West Martello Tower. Pictured: Monroe County Historian Tom Hambright and President Jim Reynolds.
Sunrise Rotarians enjoyed a fun sunset cruise aboard club member Rich Welter's beautiful Party Cat boat in celebration of a very successful Poker Run! A great time was had by all. Thanks again to everyone for making Poker Run such a huge success.
Sunrise Rotary welcomed Oliver Peacock from the Rotary Club of Colchester in England at a recent meeting. Oliver donated a banner from his club to Sunrise Rotary and President Jim promised to mail Oliver a Sunrise Rotary banner as soon as the new batch arrived! Pictured: Oliver Peacock and President Jim Reynolds displaying the banner from The Rotary Club of Colchester.
Sunrise Rotarians were treated to an informative program lead by Boys and Girls Club Director Dan Dombrowski. Dan explained that, in spite of the challenging times which have forced many cutbacks, the Boys and Girls Club still provides after school activities, tutoring, sports and recreation, teaches life skills, as well as involving their youth in many community service projects. The Big Pine program meets at the Blue Heron Park Teen Center and and serves 40-50 children. The Key West program meets at Bayview Park and serves 90-100 children. Dan and CC Williamson, director of the Big Pine Boys and Girls Club and President of the Lower Keys Rotary, spoke of the activities currently being offered in Big Pine Key and Key West. Pictured: Boys and Girls Club President Julio Avael, Executive Director Dan Dombrowski, President-Elect Scott Duszynski, Gayle Killian, CC Williamson, Lauren, Collin, and Director of a Positive Step Billy Davis.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered this past weekend for Poker Run! Most people don't realize that Rotarians and their families and friends are the workforce behind Poker Run. Once the motorcyclists hit the Keys, Sunrise Rotary's huge contingent of volunteers helps keeps the riders on track. A special "Thank You" to Jerry Sanders and the Poker Run Committee for all of their hard work!
|Health and Fitness Programs|
Sunrise Rotarians heard two very interesting programs recently about food. Vicki Boguszewski, Monroe County Health Department, spoke to members about the benefits of eating locally grown food. Charlie Wilson, from Help Yourself Market and Grocery at 829 Fleming, spoke to the club about eating Slow Food especially fresh, local food. There is a story behind your food that includes the farmers, families, and your community. Pictured: Charlie Wilson, President Jim Reynolds, and Vicki Boguszewski.
|Welcome new members!|
Sunrise Rotary is pleased to welcome two new members to our club! Bill Lezotte was sponsored by Vicki Gordon and Jedde Regante was sponsored by Ty Symroski! We welcome them to the club and know they will be excellent Rotarians! Pictured: Jedde Regante, Ty Symroski, President Matt Babich, Membership Chair Carrie Helliesen, Vicki Gordon, and Bill Lezotte.
Thank you to Sarah Cizmas, financial advisor from Edward Jones, for an informative program at our last meeting. Sarah advised members on the investment perspective outlook for 2011 for the economy. If you have any questions for Sarah, you can reach her at 305-743-6121. Pictured: President Matt Babich and Sarah Cizmas.
Health Department Director Bob Eadie gave a very informative program on all aspects of dengue fever. In 2009, there were 27 cases of dengue fever in the Florida Keys. In 2010, there were 65 cases. The disease is spread by a specific mosquito which can breed in a small amount of water. The disease can be controlled by eliminating breeding sites such as standing water in garden containers, recycling bins, etc. Pictured: Bob Eadie and President Matt Babich.
February Programs have focused on environmental issues and our most recent
program was presented by John Albert of Waste Management who talked to us about our garbage! John explained how individuals can make a difference by recycling and reusing their waste products. He also told members how Waste Management is acting green by introducing a household hazardous waste program and by switching to new environmentally friendly trucks. Guidelines call for a 75% waste diversion from landfills by 2020. Pictured: John Albert and
President Matt Babich
|Army Special Forces|
Club members and visiting Rotarians Retired Judge Dan Phillips from the Port Orchard club in Washington and Nick Estes from the Macomb club in Illinois were treated to an interesting program on the Army Special Forces underwater dive teams. Commanding Officer Army Major Trevor Hill explained the training and duties of the Special Forces teams. The teams have trained on Fleming Key since 1964 and they use the large silo that can be seen on the base. for some of their dive training. The Special Forces mission is to assist and train troops in their effort to change oppressive governments. The Special Forces go in, give supplies, train the troops,and perform underwater dive operations. The job can be very stressful and the Special Forces teams are trained to deal with the addtional stress. There are three courses: basic scuba, diving supervsor, and medical technician. The Special Forces training is like PADI on steroids. Pictured: Ron Demes, Special Forces Executive Officer Army Major Craig Milliron, Special Forces Army Sgt. Major Senior Enlisted Advisor Roberto Oqueno, President Matt Babich, and Special Forces Commanding Officer Army Major Trevor Hill.
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Welcome to Mark Moss, our newest member! Mark is the Director of Habitat for Humanity and his sponsor is Warren Leamard. Pictured: Scott Duszynski, Stan Rzad, Warren Leamard, Mark Moss, and President Matt Babich.
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Sunrise Rotarians were treated to a spirted rendition of God Bless America performed by Jim Carter, Director of the KWHS Choir, and student choir members Amber Streath and Greg Barroso at our last meeting. Club members joined in and were moved to tears by the singing of Sue Hyde. The Key West High School Choir is comprised of 130 students who learn student leadership and self sufficiency through participation in the program. The students compete on a statewide level against other high schools and performing arts schools. Congratulations to the students in the Mixed Women's Choir on their first place finish! The full Choir performs at KWHS on May 18th at 7pm with a dress rehearsal on May 17th at 4pm. Pictured: President Matt Babich, Jim Carter, Amber Streath, and Greg Barroso.
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Circuit Judge Mark Jones gave a very informative presentation on non-traditional sentencing in the judicial system at our meeting today. The topic was very timely as the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit (Florida Keys) is hosting the Statewide Drug Court graduation at the Freeman Justice Center. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady will be the special guest of honor and Judge Jones assured everyone that it would be a very exciting event. Judge Jones also discussed the difference between misdemeanor and felony cases. He explained that most cases are resolved by a plea agreed upon by representatives of the State Attorney's Office, the defense attorney, and the Court. The judicial system would come to a standstill without these agreements since the court system in Monroe County handles approximately 8000-9000 criminal cases a year. Pictured: President Matt Babich and Circuit Judge Mark H. Jones
|Visiting Rotarians Ciao!|
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Sunrise Rotarians were thrilled to welcome a group of visiting Rotarians from Italy. A group of 28 Rotarians all from Italy were on their way to the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans and decided to make a trip to visit our club. Not all members of the group managed to rise and shine for our early meeting but it was quite a treat to meet those who did! Since President Matt Babich will be in Italy next month, he promised to visit their clubs while there! Pictured: Gianfranco Caparello (RC Piombino), Luciano Fiaschi (RC Rosignano), President Matt Babich, Claudio Castellari (RC Bologna Est), and Renzo Zatelli (RC Firenze).
|Prez Matt signing up Rotarians for 2011-12 |
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|Sunrise Rotary 2011 Scholarship Recipients|
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|Barbara Anderson presents the Roy Anderson Scholarship|
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Enid Torrogrosso, on behalf ot the Historic Preservation Board (HARC), spoke to the club about Key West's unique history and architecture. Being old does pay and authenticity is most important when it comes to historic preservation. Historic buildings hold their own against the elements; they hold their property values; and they hold the interest and attention of tourists. Historic preservation is a tangible art that helps us connect to the past. Pictured: Enid Torrogrosso, President Matt Babich, writer and former HARC Board member Barabara Bowers.
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Joel Narlock, member and representative of Royal Furniture, gave a mini seminar on flooring available in the Keys. Royal Furniture has three installation crews and works throughout the Keys. Joel showed us samples of tile, carpet, and wood flooring and said that engineered flooring is best for our climate because it floats and will not warp. He also showed us a sample of Mohawk's Smart Strand carpet which is the next generation of carpets and bascially indestructible. Pictured; Joel Narlock and Vanna Chesnet.
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The club was happy to welcome Peralt Annulyssee, a Tom Sawyer Memorial Scholarship recipient, to our latest meeting. Peralt is a student at Mercy College in New York and has a 3.0 GPA. He saw snow for the first time this year and says he saw "too much of it." Peralt says that working with the community has made him realize that he wants to be extraordinary rather than ordinary. He has five brothers and sisters and is the first person in his family to attend college. We wish Peralt well and look forward to his visit next year. Pictured: President Matt Babich, Peralt Annulysse, and Scholarship Committee representative Doug Helkenn.
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Club member Doug Helkenn, an interior designer with D'Asign Source & Co., gave a great presentation on the latest trends in design. Doug grew up on a farm in South Dakota and became interested in design by raking his mother's shag carpet and rearranging her furniture after his chores were done. Doug attended South Dakota State and is still a Jackrabbit at heart! Doug explained how he and the staff at D'Asign Source can assist with customer's needs utilizing the latest trends such as going toward more natural tones as well as green products. If you have any questions, you can contact Doug at www.dasignsource.com. Pictured: Doug Helkenn and President-elect Stan Rzad.
|We had a great year, Matt!|
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We did indeed have an amazing year under Matt Babich's leadership. Thank you, Matt!
|Sunrise Rotary Installation 2011-2012|
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Sunrise Rotarians were fortunate to have the Rotary District Governor 6990 Todd Dayton at our Installation meeting to assist us with the swearing in of our new President, Stan Rzad. Karon Rzad, Stan's wife, and Katherine Rzad, Stan's daughter, were on hand for this momentous occasion! Congratulations to Matt Babich for an excellent year as our President! We now welcome Stan Rzad to the helm-we know he will do an excellent job and we look forward to another exciting year! Pictured: Rotary 6990 District Governor Todd Dayton and Sunrise Rotary President Stan Rzad.
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Charter member Steve Henson presented an exciting program on the events that transpired during his year as Key West Sunrise Rotary President in 1992-1993. 1992 was the year of Hurricane Andrew and, while the Keys were not directly hit, Hurricane Andrew had a devastating effect on South Florida. Sunrise Rotary was very generous in its support of the rebuilding efforts after the Hurricane and we all remember the rolling blackouts throughout the Keys. Sunrise Rotary started the first Career Fair at KWHS and 45 businesses participated in the first Key West Sunrise Seafood Festival at Bayview Park. Poker Run was just getting started and membership rose from 41 members to 51. There were two international projects that year. The first was headed up by member and past District Governor Roy Anderson. The club purchased and delivered insulin to three clinics in the Dominican Republic. Mayor Tom Sawyer presented a key from the city of Key West to the governor of the province. Steve Henson gave his first and only speech in Spanish. The second project took place in Spanish Wells in the Bahamas where club members helped rebuild a quiltmaking shack. All and all it was an amazing year! Pictured: Senor Steve Henson and President Stan Rzad.
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At this Friday's meeting, Candy Pablis accepted a check from Key West Sunrise for the Metropolitan Community Church Cooking with Love Program. Pictured: President Stan Rzad, Vicki Gordon, and Candy Pablis.
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Scholarship Committee member Douglas Helkenn presented Melinda Bailey with a scholarship check. Melinda is the recipient of the Mike and Debbie Horne Vocational Scholarship. Melinda received all A's on her final report card and she will be attending the FKCC Nursing Program in the fall. Pictured: Douglas Helkenn adn Melinda Bailey.
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A big Thanks to Barbara Anderson for chairing our Magazine Program. Barbara collects magazines from club members and hands them out at the hospital. Pictured: Past President Matt Babich and Barbara Anderson.
Sunrise Rotarians were treated to a very interesting program on Key West History at our recent meeting. Tom Hambright, local historical expert and Key West librarian, explained to the club the circumstances behind the constuction of the railway to Key West. Henry Flagler hoped to build a railway from St. Augustine to Key West since Key West was one of the major ports in the state. After the Spanish American War and the building of the Panama Canal, Key West was the nearest U.S. port and was considered to be a port of strategic value. The Key West library has a collection of over 1000 historical photos at keyslibraries.org. Pictured: President Stan Rzad and Tom Hambright.
We had a treat at our Friday meeting when the Gents Band showed up and played two songs for our members. Jim Smith was hot on the drums and Fred and Sue danced up a storm! You had to be there!
Sunrise Rotary is happy to welcome our newest members Key West City Commissioner Teri Johnson and Key West City Dockmaster Jonathan Blum. They are great additions to our club and have already participated in a number of club events! Welcome! Pictured: President Stan Rzad, City Dockmaster Jonathan Blum, Sponsor Bob Eadie, Sponsor Vicki Gordon, Sponsor Rosemary Enright (in spirit), Commissioner Teri Johnson.
The Second Annual Southernmost Hotel and Sunrise Rotary Brewfest is September 3, 2011, at the end of Duval Street on the beach at the Southernmost Cafe. The event runs from 4-? and will feature over 100 brews as well as food and music! Come on out and support Sunrise Rotary! All proceeds go to our Scholarship fund. This is a great event!
Congratulations to everyone for making Poker Run such a successful event! It was obvious that Jerry Sanders, Greg Barnes, and the entire committee worked very hard because things ran smoothly and with no hitches along the way. Thank you to all the volunteers including club members, spouses, and friends who helped out. Once again, Sunrise Rotarians showed that we practice what we preach: Service Above Self!
Josie Koler, member and owner of the Key West Weekly newspaper, gave a very informative program about controlling the media. As Josie explained, the media can decide your reputation and it is up to you to control what they write about you! Pictured: Josie Koler and President-elect Jim Reynolds.
President Stan Rzad presented Gary Hernandez, Key West High School Band Director, with a check at our recent meeting. Sunrise Rotary is helping the KWHS Band cover expenses for a competition in Orlando. Pictured: President Stan Rzad and Gary Hernandez.
Sunrise Rotarian Nick Wright lost his house in a fire recently. Club members generously passed the hat and also presented Nick with a check at our recent meeting. Pictured: Nick Wright and President Stan Rzad
Sunrise Rotarians were happy to welcome two new members this past Friday. Pictured: Membership Chair Carrie Helliesen, sponsor Ron Demes,new member Trice Denney, President Stan Rzad, new member Andrew Smyth, member Roy Coley(filling in for sponsor Jim Reynolds).
Thank you to the representatives of NORAD (North American Air Defense) for their excellent presentation on the 263rd Army and Air Missile Defense Command Vigilant Shield 12 homeland defense exercise which will take place November 1-November 10 in Key West. This is a joint theater level command operation which will bring in advanced weapon systems to participate in a national level exercise directed by the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pictured: Major Ben Francis, Ron Demes, Lt. Colonel Donny Wilson, Colonel Tim Sheriff, Major Michael Gibson, PAO Trice Denney, President Stan Rzad, Lt. Colonel Bill Lewis.
|MARC Pumpkin Patch |
We had a great turnout at the MARC Pumpkin Patch! Thank you to: member to be Susanne Campbell and members Ron Demes, Kerry Highsmith, Sue Hyde, Sue Fowler, Dan Dombrowski, Billy Davis, Julio Avael, Bob Eadie, Bill Lezotte, Cris Waite-Morgan, Jedd Regante, Catherine Vogel, Mark Moss, Denny Howley, Billy Davis, Janie Rodriguez, Tom Sawyer, Dave Chesnet, Teri Narlock, Joel Narlock, Rosemary Enright, Tegan Slaton, Teri Johnson, and Vicki Gordon for volunteering! A fun time was had by all!
Debra Yates, Landscape Designer, presented an informative program on the availability of varying designs for homeowners and commercial businesses. The New York Times recently featured an article on Debra and her work. Debra was accompanied by her son Ben Burley, an interior designer. Pictured: Debra Yates and President Stan Rzad.
It was especially nice to meet the visiting Group Study Exchange team from Australia at our recent Friday meeting. Transported by Carl Lanky, a Rotarian with the Miramar/Pembroke Pines Rotary club, the GSE team attended Rotary meetings throughout the Keys as well as a reception with all three lower Keys clubs.Thank you to Matt Babich and the Southernmost Hotel Collection for hosting the team. GSE team member Joanne McLane is an animal lover (horses in particular), the managing director of a consultancy business, and plays polocrosse. Joanne is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Inverell. GSE team member George Truman, is an outdoorsman who raises cattle, acts, and golfs. George is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gunnedah West. GSE team member Jack Woods is an electrical linesman, loves sports, and can't wait to meet an alligator. Jack is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tuncurry Forster. GSE team member Michelle Cameron is a primary school teacher, active in local sports, and her local choir. Michelle is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Guyra. GSE team leader Vicki Kembery is a journalist, tour guide, and runs a travel goods store. Vicki is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Armidale. GSE team member Helen Schmidt is a high school teacher, active in local sports, and is an umpire and a coach. Helen is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie. Welcome to our new friends who were dinky-di and ridgie didge! Pictured: Jack Woods, Carl Lanky, Helen Schmidt, Joanne McLane, Past president Matt Babich, Vicki Kembery, President Stan Rzad, George Truman, and Michelle Cameron.
Sunrise Rotary welcomed the Navy Commander and petty officers of the USS Key West submarine on Veteran's Day! Commander Duncan explained that visiting crew members were kept very busy. They had VIP tickets to the boat races, worked at Sigsbee charter school, took a sunset cruise, and attended numerous meetings while here. They also helped build a replica of the USS Key West as a float for the Veteran's Day parade. Pictured: Ron Demes, Collin Hedges (ship's electrical assistant), Terrence Fields (ship's electrical technician), Commander Duncan, Richard Thompson (ship's machinist), David Sushon (ship's culinary specialist), Chief Andy Patrone, and President-elect Jim Reynolds.
Club members were thrilled to welcome our newest member, Suzanne Campbell. Suzanne is a member of the Porter family which is a well-known and historic family in the Keys. Pictured: Membership Co-Chair Billy Davis, President Stan Rzad, Suzanne Campbell, Sponsor Denny Howley.
School Board Chair John Dick spoke to club members about the upcoming referendum which will allow the Monroe County School District to continue the flexibility it has had in transferring funding from capital accounts to operating accounts. He assured members that a "Yes" vote will not increase taxes but will help the school system recover from budget reductions. Pictured: School Board Chair John Dick and President Stan Rzad.
|19th Annual Key West Sunrise Rotary Golf Classic|
The Key West Sunrise Rotary 19th Annual Golf Classic is set for 2/26/12 at the Key West Golf Course! We have great prizes including 3 flights of winners for the golfers, a million dollar shoot-out, and prizes on every hole. We need sponsors and players so come on out and join us. For information contact: Bart Smith 305-495-1549
|Key West Half Marathon|
Sunrise Rotarians were out in full force to assist with the Key West Half Marathon on Saturday and Sunday January 21-22. Over 1000 people signed up to participate in the half-marathon, the 5K, or the walk. Sunrise Rotarians helped with every stage of the race from the registration in the beginning to handing out the medals at the end. It was an excellent event and we all look forward to helping again next year! Pictured: Sue Hyde, Jim Smith, Catherine Vogel, Sue Fowler, and the official photographer from Houston.
Club members were happy to welcome our newest members at a recent meeting! Tony Boza works for the City of Key West and was sponsored by member Greg Veliz. Chuck Fortier is employed with Iberia Bank and was sponsored by Matt Babich. Welcome to both new members and we will put you to work soon! Pictured: President Stan Rzad, Membership Chair Carrie Helliesen, Greg Veliz, Tony Boza, Matt Babich, and Chuck Fortier.
Our February Programs have been dedicated to Florida Keys history. Club members former Key West Commissioner Percy Curry and artist extraordinaire Sparky Carbonell were born and raised in Key West. They are true conchs whose families settled the island. Each spoke of the history of their families and how their families were involved in the growth of the town. Club members were treated stories of what it was like to grow up in the time when Key West was a sponging, cigar, pirate (drugs) town! Pictured: President Stan Rzad, Percy Curry, Sparky Carbonell.
Club members welcomed another new member at our last meeting. Kelly Marshall is the General Manager of Hard Rock Cafe and was sponsored by member Vicki Gordon. Kelly has already volunteered at a number of events and we know that she will be a great member! Pictured: President Stan Rzad, Membership Chair Carrie Helliesen, Kelly Marshall, and Vicki Gordon.
|Golf Tournament 2012|
Congratulations to everyone for a successful 19th Annual Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament! We had a full field of golfers and a great turnout of Sunrise Rotarians!
Commander Pat DeQuattro presented an interesting program on the US Coast Guard Sector Key West. He explained that their mission is to protect the public, the environment, and US interests in support of homeland security. There are 853 active Coast Guard members in the sector as well as a strong core of Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. The Coast Guard maintains 850 aids to navigation, provides security to the area, helps with search and rescue, and is involved in migrant interdiction. Pictured: USCG Sector Key West Commander Pat DeQuattro and President Stan Rzad.
|Rotary Programs |
Orville Brown, Range Systems Manager at Boca Chica Navy Base, explained to club members the dynamics behind the combat tactical training system. The P5TCTS is the standard for combat training since it allows the planes to make use of a much larger area up to 25,000 square miles. Personnel can track up to 100 planes at a time through the use of airborne pod instrumentation which includes the use of GPS and computers. Training officers positioned at ground stations can communicate with the pilots during flight and can review and correct the pilots via data links. Pictured: Range Systems Manager Orville Brown and President Stan Rzad.
|Habitat for Humanity|
President Stan Rzad presents a check to Mark Moss, Director of Habitat for Humanity, from club members.
Officer Penny Phelps, Monroe County Sheriff's Office, and Officer Diane Lipinski, Key West Police Department, gave an interesting program on the Police Unity Tour. Every year, over 1200 riders bicycle in support of the National Law Enforcement museum in Washington, D.C. Eight local officers are participating in the ride this year. Club members passed the hat and donated $283.00 to support their efforts. Pictured: Officer Penny Phelps, President Stan Rzad, and Officer Diane Lipinski.
|American Cancer Society and Relay for Life|
Please support ACS and local cancer survivors. Club member Carrie Helliesen, Director of the American Cancer Society, encourages people to sign up for the ACS' Cancer Prevention Study 3. ACS will track volunteers and all you have to do is fill out a survey every few years. Pictured: Club member Carrie Helliesen and President Stan Rzad.
Come on out and join all the local Rotary Clubs! Rotary Family Social, Marathon Community Park, 5/12, 12-4pm!
|Navy League Key West Council|
Lenny Salazar, President of the Navy League Key West Council, attended our morning meeting to thank Sunrise Rotary for buying a table at the Military Member of the Year Awards Banquet. Pictured: Lenny Salazar and President Stan Rzad.
Dan Dombrowski, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, and CeCe Williams, Director of the Big Pine Boys and Girls Club, gave an interesting program on the history and current status of the Boys and Girls Clubs locally and nationally. Don't forget the Boys and Girls Club is holding their 10th Anniversary "One Particular Harbor" fundraiser at Margaritaville Cafe on 5/13 from 5-8pm. For information call 296-2258. Lots of good food, music, and silent auction items! Pictured: CeCe Williams, Dan Dombrowski, and President Stan Rzad.
Patricia and Jaime Abell, from the Kissimmee Bay Rotary Club, exchanged club banners with President Stan Rzad. We hope they enjoyed our meeting!
|Distinquished Service Citation Awards|
Congratulations to Ron Demes and Matt Babich! District 6990 Governor Todd Dayton awarded Ron and Matt with Rotary's Distinguished Citation Award for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Rotary. They have both shown that the Four Way Test is more about action than words! Pictured: Ron Demes, President Stan Rzad, Matt Babich.
Colonel Rick Ramsey spoke to club members about the Monroe County Sheriff Department's agency practices. MCSO is an accredited law enforcement agency and takes great pride in its partnerships within our community. Crime is down in the county and MCSO has had nine perfect audits thanks to the hard work of Budget Director, Amy Heavelin, and her MCSO staff. Pictured: Captain Thompson, President Stan Rzad, and Colonel Ramsey.
Our club welcomed two new members recently! Amy Heavilin is the Budget Director for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and John Lukas is the owner of JDL's Big Ten Pub (the former PT's). We know they will both be excellent hard-working additions to the club! Pictured: President Stan Rzad, Amy Heavilin, sponsor Rosemary Enright, sponsor Chuck Fortier, John Lukas, sponsor Vicki Gordon, membership chair Billy Davis.
|Paul Harris Fellows|
Congratulations to the our new and multiple level Paul Harris Fellows! In honor of the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, the Rotary Foundation acknowledges friends of Rotary who contribute $1000 or more annually for Foundation grant activities This is a district administered recognition program which provides multiple recognition levels. Help promote Rotary goals by becoming a Paul Harris Fellow! Speak with Jim Scholl if you are interested. Proud Paul Harris Fellows: Jim Scholl (PHF+3), Douglas Helkenn (PHF), Steve Henson (PHF +5), President-Elect Jim Reynolds (PHF +2), Karon Rzad (PHF), Matt Babich (PHF+6), Billy Davis (PHF+1), Tom Sawyer (PHF), Janie Rodriguez (PHF+4), Stan Rzad (PHF+6). Not pictured: Greg Sullivan (PHF+7) and Ron Demes (PHF+6).
Club member Circuit Judge Mark Jones gave a very informative program on what happens after a person is arrested. Judge Jones explained that there are two components to the legal system: the courts and the law enforcement agencies involved. When a person is arrested for a crime, they have a right to appear in front of a judge within 24 hours so that conditions of release may be set. These first appearance hearings are held every day of the year including holidays and are attended by the judge, jail staff, the public defender, and the state attorney. At this hearing, the judge decides whether the arrested person should be released on their own recognizance, released to the supervision of pre-trial services, or have a bond amount set. Pictured: Honorable Mark Jones and President Stan Rzad.
Thanks to President Stan for a great happy hour party at JDL'S Big Ten Pub to celebrate the end of his year as President. Sunrise Rotarians toasted the end of another fun Sunrise Rotary year. We had a great year and, thanks to President Stan's hard work, another successful Poker Run, Golf Tournament, and Brewfest! Pictured: President Stan Rzad and member Susanne Campbell.
|Sunrise Rotary's 25th Year!|
Congratulations to Jim Reynolds our new Sunrise Rotary President for 2012-2013. Sunrise Rotary had the honor of hosting District Governor- elect Ellen Blasi (2013-2014) who traveled from Miami to swear in President Reynolds. Congratulations, Jim! We know you will have an excellent year! Pictured: President Jim Reynolds and District Governor-elect Ellen Blasi.
|Rotarian of the Year!|
Congratulations to President-elect Scott Duszynski, Chief Exceutive Officer at Federal Credit Union, our Sunrise Rotarian of the Year! Scott has worked tirelessly for the club and has managed to streamline the club's accounting system. Thanks you, Scott for always putting service above self!
A good time was had by all as Sunrise Rotarians volunteered their time to help clean the Key West Wildlife Rescue Center this past weekend. The high temperatures didn't thwart our relentless crew who shoveled, carried buckets, cleaned gravel, and rebuilt the drainage for the pens. The Key West Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitates injured birds of all types from chickens to pelicans. Stop on by the Center at 1801 White Street, next to Indigenous Park, to see our handy work! Pictured hard at work: Mark, Trice Denny, Jedde Regante, Dave Chestnet, Janie Rodriguez.
|Golf Tournament Sponsorship|
A big "Thank You" to Keys Federal Credit Union for their generous donation to our Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament set for February 27, 2011. FKCU (KeysFCU.org) has always been a big supporter of local events and, as a local credit union, been very helpful to residents in need of banking services. Pictured: FKCU VP and Rotarian Sue Fowler, Jedde Regante, FKCU Marketing Director Renee Travis, President Matt Babich, Joel Narlock, and Stephanie Griffiths.
Welcome to new member, Sue Fowler! Sue is an employee of Keys Federal Credit Union and was sponsored by Scott Duszynski. Sue has already volunteered for a number of events and is on her way to being the best Rotarian ever! Pictured: President Matt Babich, Carrie Helliesen, Sue Fowler, Scott Duszynski, Jim Smith, Cris Waite-Morgan.
Club members enthusiastically inducted our newest member, Tom Sawyer, Jr., at our recent morning meeting. In joining Sunrise Rotary, Tom, Jr., becomes a second generation Sunrise Rotarian. His father Tom Sawyer was a founding member and past President of our club as well as long time Board member and Mayor of the city of Key West. We know that Tom, Jr., will be an excellent Rotarian! Pictured: Carrie Helliesen, Stan Rzad, Tom Sawyer, Jr., Ron Demes, Sponsor Janie Rodriguez, Kerrie Highsmith, Steve Henson.
Our Golf Tournament was a huge success! We had a full field of golfers and lots of Sunrise Rotary volunteers making sure that everything ran smoothly. A big thank you to Bart Smith and the Golf Tournament Committee for all of their hard work and to Club members for getting sponsors and prizes. Check out the pictures under Photo Albums! Pictured at the start of the tournament: GT Committee member Stephanie Griffiths and President Matt Babich.
|Centennial of Navy Aviation|
Thank you to Captain Pat Lefere, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station in Key West, for his informative program on the celebration of the Centennial of Navy Aviation. The celebration is to honor a century of mission ready men and women who have valiantly represented our country and who bring humanitarian aid to others in their time of need. The Navy is excited about this anniversary and is inviting the public to an open house at
NAS Key West on April 16, 2011. It will be a fun filled day with static displays, fly-overs, food booths, tours and many other activities. Pictured: Ron Demes, Commanding Officer NAS Key West Pat Lefere, President Matt Babich.
|US Coast Guard Sector Key West|
Club members and Al Pollard from the Richland (Michigan) Rotary club learned about the US Coast Guard and its mission from Command Duty Officer Anna Dixon. Officer Dixon has been in the Keys for 2 1/2 years and is the public relations, government liaison, and contingency planner for the US Coast Guard. She explained that the US Coast Guard, District 7, is a multi-mission agency, involved in drug interdiction, migrant operations,search and rescue, investigations, enforcement of the marine sanctuary, as well as maritime and homeland security. Officer Dixon was honored to work alongside Assistant Commandant Admiral Thad Allen during the gulf oil spill. Pictured: Commander Coast Guard Sector Key West Pat DeQuattro, Command Duty Officer Anna Dixon, President Matt Babich, and Rotarian Al Pollard.
Sunrise Rotarians were out in full force to assist the Special Olympics staff and athletes during their recent bocce tournament. Thanks to Ron Demes for organizing everyone! Pictured: KW City Manager Jim Scholl, Barbara Anderson, Bill Lezotte, Vicki Gordon, Scott Duszynski, and Sue Fowler.
|Service Above Self|
Sunrise Rotarians were out in full force at
Bayview Park this past weekend helping the American Cancer Society at
their latest fundraiser for Relay for Life. Pictured: Ron Demes, Jeanette Lopez, Sue Hyde, Scott Duszynski, Stan Rzad, Sean Morton.