The Rotary Club of St Petersburg Sunset is unlike most Rotary groups you’ll find across the country, or around the world! St Pete Sunset’s founding members were all 30-something when they chartered the club and it remains a young(ish) crowd with careers, families, and big hearts. Sunset holds service, social, and self-development as top priorities, with a monthly service project, monthly happy hour, and diverse weekly speakers. Sunset is a tight-knit group looking to aid the community, expand its ranks, and make sure it is all done with fun!
Come meet Sunset on February 18, at 6 p.m. at the back of the Bayfront Hilton lobby (333 1st St S in Downtown St. Pete).
Learn more about us at http://www.stpetesunsetrotary.org/. We’re really looking forward to introducing you to our quirky group! 10 Reasons to Join
What were we up to this past year?
- Sunset collaborated with St. Pete Chamber’s Young Professionals to host the 2nd Annual ‘Engage St Pete’ conclave of local civic and business leaders with over 400 attendees and $10,000 raised for our 501c(3)
- We held 12 monthly service projects supporting various local organizations
- Sunset produced the 3rd Annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ fundraiser that highlighted local musicians
- We led local Rotary Clubs in collecting one ton of toiletries for St. Pete Free Clinic’s Family Residence
- Sunset sponsored and provided the Christmas gifts for 10 children of Ready for Life members
- We gave away thousands in grants to local and international causes focused on humanitarian endeavors
Join us for our Monthly Social at Old Northeast Tavern at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
Guest Speaker Karen Card will speak to us about Understanding the Opposite Sex. Ms. Card is a relationship expert, coach and author of three relationship books. For over 10 years, she has helped hundreds of clients achieve happier and healthier relationships through her personalized coaching, books and workshops. She holds a degree in Corporate Wellness Management, certification from Dr. John Gray’s Mars/Venus Institute, and a membership in the Relationship Coaching Institute.
You can reach Karen Card at www.CoachingForLove.com
Committees will meet to discuss Club business in place of a speaker.
Join us for our Club meeting, during which Special Guest Kathy Mize Plummer will speak to us about Ready for Life, Inc. All are welcome. Ms. Plummer is the Executive Director of Ready For Life, Inc. Ready for Life’s mission is to engage foster care youth, private citizens and public resources to assist Pinellas County foster youth in a successful transition to adulthood.
Ready for Life, Inc. serves youth in Pinellas & Pasco Counties 15 – 23 years old that are in foster care or have already transitioned out and are on their own by connecting them to resources, to each other, to mentors and to their future.
Join us for a Wrapping Party during which we will wrap gifts for children of Ready For Life participants.
We will review our achievements so far, what lays ahead, and meet the nominees for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year.
Gina Wilkins is the Founder and CEO of The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc. The Kind Mouse is a nonprofit established in 2012 to assist families in transition and their chronically hungry children.
When The Kind Mouse was formed, Gina was a self-employed certified architectural draftsman. Upon the decline in the economy, she saw many of her friends and peers fall into financial despair. These hardworking career people were too prideful to ask for help and eventually lost their homes and businesses. Gina, wanting to help her proud friends, saw a need to assist these displaced families and to also feed the hungry children of her neighborhood.
Currently The Kind Mouse is feeding 250 food insecure students every weekend through their Mouse Nibbles Weekend Feeding Program, an additional 90 students monthly through Pinellas County School Board’s Jane’s Pantry and is assisting families monthly with food, pet supplies and housewares. Over the summer the student number increases to almost 400 students. A peer to peer children’s club called Mice In Training is in it’s pilot stage.
Gina is a 5 year member of The St. Petersburg Northeast Exchange Club, where she served a 2 year term on the board. She is also a 4 year member of Angels Against Abuse and is a 7 year member of The Rainmakers Business Networking Group and was a 4 year member of BNI. Gina also presents The Kind Mouse as a Junior League St. Petersburg Advisory Board Member.
Gina is keenly aware that nonprofit partnerships are key to those in need. The Kind Mouse partners with approximately 12 local agencies.
Gina and Stan have been married 21 years. Stan is a freelance photojournalist. They have 3 children, Alex, Hillary and Carl.
Cliff Smith, Manager of Veterans, Social and Homeless Services for the City of St. Petersburg. Cliff’s responsibilities include coordinating the city’s initiatives that assist our homeless citizens, as well as programs that serve our veterans, low-income families, individuals and seniors. He represents the city on a number of boards and committees that provide services to the homeless, at-risk citizens and veterans. He has served as the coordinator of the Cold Night Shelter Program for over 30 years.
This is a regular meeting of Sunset Rotary. Members, their guests, visiting Rotarians, and anyone interested in our Club or in Rotary are welcome to attend.
Committees will meet to discuss Club business in place of a speaker, and we will regroup at 7 p.m. to share updates. All are welcome. See you there!