The Rotary Club
of Anna Maria Island
PO Box 1344, Holmes Beach, Florida 34218
Email Club President, Pam Schlueter: email@example.com
Meeting Tuesdays at Noon ~ Beach House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach
JANUARY 22, 2008
Christine Olson, TIFF (To Inform Families First) Initiative
2008 DATES TO REMEMBER
* Feb. 9, Club Fellowship, Day at the Horse Races (Tampa Bay Downs)
* Feb 14 Board Meeting, Fire Station in Holmes Beach, 5:15 p.m. (as originally scheduled)
* March 8 and 9, Rotary Club booth at Springfest
* March 13, Board Meeting, Fire Station in Holmes Beach, 5:15 p.m.
* April 10, Board Meeting, Fire Station in Holmes Beach, 5:15 p.m.
* May 8, Board Meeting, Fire Station in Holmes Beach, 5:15 p.m.
* May 26-29, District Conference Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas; registration
information available on the district web site: www.rotary6960.org
* May 31-June 1, Island Relay for Life
* June 12, Board Meeting, Fire Station in Holmes Beach, 5:15 p.m.
* June 15-19, Rotary International Convention, Los Angeles
* July 4, Rotary Club Entry in Privateers July 4 Parade
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
THANK YOU to all who helped with the 2008 Extravaganza--members, spouses, children, extended
family, friends. It was a monumental effort but the results will help many in our community over the next
ROTARY EXTRAVAGANZA REPORT
Torrential rain with scary thunder and lightning did not stop the crowd of attendees that nearly filled the
auditorium at St. Bernard on Saturday night. Despite the gloominess outside and the gloominess of the
economy the house was rockin' with music, merriment and culinary delights thanks to all the superb
professionals at Ezra Catering, Sandbar Restaurant, the band RPM, the enthusiastic casino staff, and of
course, Larry the bartender. But the real praise needs to go to the tireless Rotary volunteers that made the
event successful despite the economy.
Don Fernald again performed masterfully as the live auctioneer and the highlight of the evening was him
stimulating the sometimes tentative crowd to meet the challenge during the cash call to raise $5000. that
was matched by an anonymous donor which achieved our goal of $10,000. for Rotary's Camp Florida!
Thanks go out to all the generous donors, bidders and all that helped at this year's Extravaganza Casino
Night for a job well done!
A complete wrap up of the event will be in next week's bulletin.
Jan. 29: Dan Stephens, DeSoto Memorial, "Native Floridians"
Feb. 5: Rick Puckett, Time Financial, "Charitable Giving"
Feb. 12: Rick Kerby, Manatee Players artistic director and a singer from new production, "Best Sellers"
Feb. 19: Ian Munday, director for international service, ShelterBox Trust Board
Feb. 26, Gay Haines, "Think Caribbean"
March 4, Linda Riggs, Humane Society of Manatee County
March 11, Father Ron of St. Bernard, well update
March 18: Club Assembly & Getting To Know You Talk by one club member
April 18: Club Assembly & Getting To Know You Talk by one club member
May 13: Club Assembly & Getting To Know You Talk by one club member
June 17: Club Assembly & Getting To Know You Talk by one club member
June 24: Year In Review
HIGHLIGHTS OF JAN. 15 MEETING
* A total of 36 people attended the Jan. 15 meeting, including 20 visiting Rotarians and guests and 16
* Oranges from the Nissens' yard again were made available to club members, at a cost of $1.00 per bag
which will be donated back to Rotary.
* Happy bucks went to our club's Projects Fund.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK--NONE
* Steve Schlueter noted at the Jan. 15 meeting that the "Day at the Races" fellowship event at Tampa Bay
Downs Race Course is set for Feb. 9. Cost is $21 per person which includes admission and clubhouse
pass, a daily racing program, a private buffet lunch (just for us), all taxes, gratuities and services including
a bartender at our private cash bar. General parking is free; clubhouse parking is $2. There is a limit to 30
people so don't delay in getting your cash or check to Steve or Schlueter, Roseann Creed or David Pardue;
make checks payable to Steve Schlueter as he is fronting the event.
* Tom Creed advised club members on Jan. 15 about honorary memberships; a maximum of 10% of our
members could be honorary members. A five person committee will evaluate proposals for honorary
* Judy Rup gave a report on the "Just for Kids" area in the Manatee Memorial Hospital pediatric unit to
which our club contributed.
* Barry Gould mentioned the "Feel Good" story about Sue Normand in the Jan. 15 bulletin.
* Ned Perkins expressed his thanks for all the prayers from Rotary which were said for Mary Creamer as
she continues her recovery at Blake Hospital. He also noted that she would rather be at the Rotary
luncheon that at Blake, where she is in Room 419 and is happy to see visitors.
* Message from District Governor Gary Israel in response to our bulletin's request for info on the
conference cruise: "We are still pushing more to go on the conference cruise. Had 10 sign up last week!!!
Still have room." Cruise dates are May 26-31.
* David Pardue is busy filling the speaker schedule for the remainder of this Rotary year. If you have any
program ideas and/or want to know what kind of programs are needed, contact David at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-8060.
* The Rotary Leadership Institute is designed for all Rotarians, especially current and potential board
members and committee chairs. To graduate from the Institute, you need to complete all three parts--one
part per day. This is the best possible way to learn about Rotary and to prepare for positions of leadership
in Rotary. Current schedule of 2008 and 2009 classes is as follows:
* Feb. 2 in Ft. Lauderdale (all three parts)
* Feb. 3 in Ft. Lauderdale (parts two, three and five)
* Feb. 9 in Orange Park, FL (Jacksonville area) (parts one, two, three and five)
* Feb. 9 (PE's and AG's only), Fort Pierce, FL (1-1-1-1-5)
* Feb. 15, ( PE's and AG's only), Quincy, FL (part one)
* Feb. 16, (PE's and AG's only), Quincy, FL (part one)
* Feb. 23 in Clearwater (parts one, two and three)
* March 1, Port Charlotte, FL (parts one, two and three)
* March 3-7 on a Caribbean cruise ship (all three parts will be offered at a special rate of $40/each)
* March 15, Plant City, FL (all three parts)
* April 10, Panama City, FL (all three parts)
* April 26, Avon Park, FL (parts one and two)
* May 17, Ovideo, FL (Orlando area) (parts one, two and three)
* Sept. 6, West Peachtree City, GA (parts one, two and three)
* Sept. 7, West Peachtree City, GA (parts one, two and three)
* Sept. 13, Oviedo, FL (near Orlando) (parts one, two and three)
* Sept. 20, Avon Park, FL (all three parts)
* Sept. 27, Clewiston, FL (parts one, two and three)
* Jan. 10, Bainbridge, GA (parts one and one, two and two)
* Jan. 11, Bainbridge, GA (parts one, two, three and three)
* Jan. 24, The Villages, FL 32162 (parts one, two and three)
* April 26 in Avon Park, FL (all three parts offered)
* May 16, Ovideo (near Orlando) (all three parts offered)
* Sept. 6-7 in West Peachtree City, GA (all three parts offered)
JAN. 15 PROGRAM: 'GETTING TO KNOW YOU TALK'
BY PIETER THOMASSEN & UPDATE ON EXTRAVAGANZA
Speaking at the Jan. 15 meeting, Pieter Thomassen discussed his 26 year career "on the bench" as a judge
in Michigan. Talking about some of his cases, he noted that "sometimes it was a little more work than
you'd like to have."
In 1971, he and his wife bought a lot on Anna Maria Island. At the time he was still working.
Eventually, he retired and they sold their property in Michigan and bought a house here. When looking
for a larger house, they could not find anything they liked so they tore down the house where they lived
and built a bigger one.
In his retirement, he likes to fish and golf and enjoys Rotary. He noted the differences between the
"Town and Gown" Rotary club he belonged to in Michigan and the club on Anna Maria Island.
Pam Schlueter provided an update on the Extravaganza, noting that auction items include a Holland
America line cruise, two nights at an Anna Maria Island resort and a week at a beachfront condo on Anna
Maria Island. Also to be auctioned: a lot of artwork, a printer, a coffee maker, lots of gift certificates and
autographed books by David Hagler.
She noted that the Decorations Committee was starting work at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 and help was
needed then and at the end of the evening on Jan.. 19; additional decorations were to be taken down on
Jan. 21 starting at 9 a.m.
Mike LaPensee offered trucks to help with various Extravaganza-related activities.
FACTS ABOUT OUR CLUB
* The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island was chartered in 1966 and is in Zone 34, District 6960, Area 11.
* Our club has 32 members.
* Our club took second place in our district for per capita giving: $780.57 per capita was the final amount.
* In the last year, our club has made monetary or in-kind donations to 37 organizations/projects
worldwide and we provided instances of hands-on service to 14 local groups.
* We provide and maintain the "Welcome to Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island" sign on Manatee
Ave., on the street side of the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
* Our primary annual fundraiser is the Island Extravaganza and Casino Night, scheduled next for Jan. 19,
Past Rotary International director Ray Klinginsmith and Rotary Foundation trustee vice chair Mark
Daniel Maloney told incoming district governors at the recent International Assembly that Rotary's
leaders will impact the future success of The Rotary Assembly.
At the sixth plenary session, Klinginsmith highlighted the concepts of The Rotary Foundation's Future
Vision Plan, which he said "is going to move us into the Foundation's second century of service in a
simpler and streamlined method of operation."
The plan aims to simplify Rotary Foundation programs and sharpen the focus on measurability; balance
program options between those with global goals and those with local objectives; and increase the sense
of ownership among district and clubs by transferring more decisions to the districts.
Governors-elect are described as the "bidders and builders" for the new models of the plan, according to
Klinginsmith, who called this "an opportunity to unleash the creativity of Rotarians" in their respective
Maloney reminded governors-elect that The Rotary Foundation's "outstanding reputation" is based on the
integrity of Rotarians. He added that when using Rotary Foundation funds, it is the leader's duty to
ensure proper stewardship.
"Reporting by Rotarians is the backbone of stewardship for humanitarian grants," according to Maloney,
who said that concerns about irregular reporting in some districts led the trustees to revise the grand
process and procedures.
ROTARY'S 4-WAY TEST
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
ROTARY'S 4 AVENUES OF SERVICE
1. Club Service
2. Community Service
3. International Service
4. Vocational Service
HELPFUL WEB SITES
Rotary International www.rotary.org
District 6960 www.rotary6960.org
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island www.annamariarotary.org
Rotary Leadership Institute www.rltraining.org
Think Caribbean www.thinkcaribbean.org
REMEMBER-EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR
2007-2008 Rotary International President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson
2007-2008 District 6960 Governor Gary Israel
2007-2008 Assistant Governor, Area 11 Tim Milligan
OUR 2007-2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Pam Schlueter (E-mail: email@example.com)
President Elect/Vice President Barry Gould
Secretary Birgit Sesterhenn
Treasurer Ed Misner
Director-Club Administration Steve Schlueter
Director-Membership Jeff Cappello
Director-Public Relations Barry Gould
Director-Service Laura McAdams
Director-TRF David Zaccagnino
Immediate Past President Steve Schlueter
Ali Baser MD, SM
Win Bishop PHF + 3, SM
Mary Creamer MD, PHF, SM
Rosann Creed PHF
Tom Creed PHF, SM
Don Dolan DDS, PHF
Jim Dunne PhD, PAG, PP, PHF + 2
Don Fernald PP, PHF + 8, PHS, SM
Jack Fleisch SM
Barry Gould SM
Mike LaPensee SM
Ed Misner SM
Ned Perkins PHF + more than 9, PHS, B, SM
Pam Schlueter P, PHF + 1, PHS, SM
Steve Schlueter DAG, PP, PHF + 3, PHS, SM
Birgit Sesterhenn PP, PHF, SM
Pieter G.V. Thomassen
Doug Winton PAG, PP, PHF, SM
David Zaccagnino SM
PP = Past President
P = President
PAG = Past Assistant Governor
PHF = Paul Harris Fellow
PHS = Paul Harris Society
SM = Sustaining Member
All other abbreviations are the member's professional qualifications.
REMEMBER--EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR
HERE’S WHERE TO MAKE UP A MEETING
Bradenton Monday, 12:15 PM, Mattison's Riverside, Bradenton
West Bradenton Wednesday, 6:45 AM, Iron Skillet Café at 71st W and Cortez Road
South Manatee Thursday, 12:15 PM, El Conquistador Country Club, Bradenton
Lakewood Ranch Thursday, 12:15 PM, Lakewood Ranch Country Club, Bradenton
Palmetto Tuesday, 12:15, Bradenton Yacht Club, Palmetto
East Manatee Thursday, 7:30 AM, Popi’s IV, 3911 US301 North, Ellenton
Sarasota Wednesday, Noon, Marina Jacks, Sarasota
Sarasota A.M. Thursday, 7:00 AM, Millie's Cafe, 3900 Clark Rd., Sarasota
Sarasota Bay Tuesday, 12:15 PM, Grand Foyer at VanWezel, Sarasota
Sarasota Gateway Monday, 12:15 PM, Sahib Temple, Beneva Rd., Sarasota
Sarasota Gulf Gate Tuesday, Noon, Tournament Players Club at Prestancia, Sarasota
Sarasota Keys Thursday, 12:00 PM, Sarasota Yacht Club, Sarasota
Sarasota Sunrise Friday, 7:15 AM, Dutch Heritage Restaurant on Bahia Vista St., Sarasota
Sarasota Sunset Tuesday, 6:15 PM, Café Baci, 4001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
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