SUNSET 12/3: Gina Wilkins, The Kind Mouse Productions, Inc.

Gina Wilkins

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.

Kind Mouse Logo

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.




SPECIAL GUEST: Beth Houghton, St. Petersburg Free Clinic Executive Director. Beth also serves as Chair of the Hospital Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research; is a member of First Presbyterian Church; and is Treasurer of the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board. Beth also serves as Treasurer for the Foundation for International Missions and has taken 15 mission trips to rural Honduras in support of a medical clinic.

ENGAGE this highest-honors Stetson grad, licensed lawyer and public accountant, USF & Stetson adjunct professor, and recipient of multiple awards for her leadership in community service.

This is a regular meeting for all members, guests, visiting Rotarians, and anyone interested in our Club or Rotary International.  Check-in and networking starts at 6pm; meeting begins at 6:15 and ends at 7:30.

SUNSET 101 Monday Oct 19th 6:30pm @Hooker Tea

Want to learn more about our club?

imageWe’re hosting a “Sunset 101” at the Hooker Tea Company on Monday! This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning a bit more about Rotary, our club, and what we have been up to – so just stop on by to join in this informal chat! This is open to all – friends of the club, club members, and those just curious!

Date: Monday, October 19
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Hooker Tea Company ~ 300 Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete.

Hope to see you soon,

Carla Clayton
Membership Chair

SUNSET THIS WEEK 10/15 – CHRIS STEINOCHER, President & CEO St. Pete Chamber of Commerce // 6pm @Hilton Bayfront



Christopher Steinocher is President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  He joined the Chamber in February of 2011 and is responsible for the vision, strategic direction and overall operations of the Chamber.His current post is a coming home of sorts for him as he was employed at the Chamber over 24 years ago. He’s been a resident of St. Petersburg for over 26 years along with his wife, Juli. They are the proud parents of two boys. His professional goal with the Chamber is to ensure this city does everything it can to be so attractive to his two boys that they’ll never want to move to another market – (after all, isn’t that every parents’ desire?!). His personal goal is to be the starting 2nd baseman for the kids & kubs softball team in the year 2039.

October 15th is a Regular Meeting of the Rotary Club of Saint Petersburg Sunset. Members and their guests, Rotarians, and anyone interested in Rotary or our Club, are welcome.

SUNSET THIS WEEK–OCT 8th–Working Meeting 6pm @Hilton Bayfront

sunset-logo-smSame time/place and agenda – except we’ll do some club business in place of a speaker.




We’ll regroup at 7pm to discuss committee outcomes plus our regular meeting agenda items, and close out with the Four-Way Test at 7:30. See you there!

Sunset This Week: MARCIE BIDDLEMAN and COURTNEY COVINGTON of the Juvenile Welfare Board // Thursday 6pm @Hilton Bayfront

Special Guests: MARCIE BIDDLEMAN and COURTNEY COVINGTON of the Juvenile Welfare Board, speaking for their Family Services Initiative.

507490421_640The Family Services Initiative (FSI) is a collaboration among four partner agencies: Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB); 211 Tampa Bay Cares; Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBHN); and Personal Enrichment for Mental Health (PEMHS)

This initiative extends beyond these major partners to include many service providers in the community and the Pinellas County School system. The initiative is about prevention and providing families the right service, at the right time, for the right need. The initiative provides supports and wrap-around services to meet families’ basic needs and help empower them to become self-sufficient.

October 1st is a Regular Meeting of the Rotary Club of Saint Petersburg Sunset. Members and their guests, and anyone interested in Rotary or our Club, are welcome.