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Here’s What’s Happening @ The Rotary Club of Orange Park Sunset:


The last Monday of each month our club joins the Orange Park Noon Club, Orange Park Sunrise Club, and the Fleming Island Club at a different area restaurant for our monthly “DINE AROUND”. A portion of the proceeds from the event is donated back to our clubs by the participating restaurant and is donated to the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW campaign. This donation is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation, so every dollar we raise becomes THREE!

Guests of Rotarians and Rotarians from other clubs are encouraged and welcome to join us. This event replaces our regular last Tuesday of the month evening meeting at the Holiday Inn, so check with our club on a monthly basis to see the location of the next “Dine Around”. Come out and join us!
(June 25, 2015)


Great news from Mark Parow, Chairman of our Chili Cook-off Committee. This past Saturday our Club participated in a chili cook-off at Moosehaven to help raise money to send World War II Vets to Washington DC. It was a great event, 12 members of the Club attended the event and our Club took First Place for Peoples Choice Best Chili and Second Place for Best Decorated Booth. Kudos to Mark and his team, (nice trophy Mark) and to Jacki Hale for a great chili recipe.

Joe Anzalone, Chairman of our “Feed The Hungry” program announced that Turkey Dinners for Thanksgiving were ordered for many families in need in our community. Our club members will be distributing these meals on Wednesday, November 24th.

Our Club will be holding another social this Friday at Whity’s Fish Camp. Our Club Social Director Bob Tatum let everyone know that we will be outside near the dock area. Bring a jacket.

Our “Rotary Minute” this week was on meeting attendance and make-ups. A member must physically be at a meeting for at least 60% for it to count as an attended meeting. Make-ups could be from attending other club meetings, committee meetings, District and RI events and committee meetings, and other events that are sanctioned by the club board of directors. There is also an Internet make-up meeting that takes @ 30 minutes to complete. Members cannot gather in impromptu settings and count this as a make-up even if Rotary is discussed.

This weeks guest speaker was Mary Hay, Volunteer Recruiter for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. The Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program is supported by the Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation.

There are still thousands of dependent children who have no voice in court. Mary explained how this program enables the volunteers to advocate for children in the court system that come from these abusive families. Here in NE Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit, the program is looking to add an additional 500 much needed volunteers. Currently there are about 300.

(November 16, 2010) ******************************************************************************************************

This weeks meeting was Club night and we did a lot of housekeeping. President Harold announced the results of the vote for the first Directors of the clubs Foundation (Sunset Bridge Foundation). The Charter Directors are: Bob Tatum, Angela Leidig, Chris Gatenby, Gary Luke, and Joe Anzalone.

Tonight was the first installment of our “Rotary Foundation Minute”. This is a way for the club to be educated on how the RI Foundation operates and how our contributions help . Foundation Director Jacki Hale gave the club an outline of the Foundation’s early beginnings and the programs we help to support through the Foundation.

Our Club Trainer Joe Anzalone began a new “Rotary Minute” series. The mission here is educational as well. Joe educated the group on some Rotary statistics and the origin of the Rotary emblem and the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, “They Profit Most Who Serve Best”.

Many announcements of current and up comming club activities (see calendar of club events) were discussed, most recent and pressing are our clubs participation in this weekends Chili Cookoff at Moosehaven (Nov 13th), our Blanket and Clothing Drive, and Thanksgiving meals for the hungry.

The Board of Directors meeting started immediately after.
(November 9, 2010)


At this weeks meeting, Jill Buie from the Orange Park Medical Center explained the new expansion of the hospital and introduced the addition of the new head of Thorasic Surgery. Soon the hospital with have a new open heart surgical suite.

The Club also voted by ballot for the new Directors of the Sunset Bridge Foundation, the Clubs newly formed 501 (c) (3). Results will be released after all ballots have been counted.

The Club also kicked off its new member drive with hopes of adding 10 to 12 new members to the group by January 2011. A video was produced featuring members talking about their personal Rotary experiences. The video can be seen here: “Member Video”
(November 2, 2010)

Survey forms were sent out to all members via email last week. The board requested that these be filled out and submitted anonymously to Dan Pinto at tonight’s meeting. This is a short survey designed to capture the general consensus of members in terms of how we are doing as a new club. Please submit your survey if you have not done so at the next meeting.

Tonight’s meeting included an open forum board meeting, which all members were encouraged to attend.

Tonight’s guests were Chris Tomlinson, branch manager of BB&T, who was invited by Gary Luke, and Ken Baker, President of the Bartram Trail Rotary Club.

Ken came to pitch to us the Bartram Trail 2nd annual Poker Night to be held on June 5th at the St. John’s Poker Room. He asked that we encourage attendance for this fundraiser event which netted $10,000 last year for the foundation.

All Sunset members are encouraged to attend the District Award Luncheon which will be held at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Jacksonville, on Monday, May 10th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Our club is being considered for several awards. President Joe Anzalone announced that attendance at the luncheon will count as the meeting for the week. There will be no meeting on Tuesday night, the 11th, but there will be a board meeting that evening and a sign-in sheet will be available.

Other events noted:

Bowling Alley Social, April 24th at 7 p.m. (behind Lowe’s on Blanding Blvd.)
Spring Fling (karaoke and luau – leis provided!) at President-Elect Harold Rutledge’s home on May 1st, 6 p.m.
Family Club Night, May 4th with motivational speaker, Andy Anderson, whose inspirational message is “do for others and make a difference”
President Anzalone announced that Emily Gardner and Bob Tatum were both 2nd place winners in their age divisions in the Fleming Island 5k Rotary Run on April 10th. We’re not telling what the age divisions were! Carrie Kashawlic’s sister, Halie Zaqrock, who joined the Sunset team as non-Rotarian, won 1st place in her division!

Bob Tatum provided the Shop Talk tonight. Bob was raised in coastal N.C. He joined the Air Force early in his career. There, he “grew up” and also met his wife of 45 years, Jayne. They have two children. Most of Bob’s career was spent in the building supply business where he was in management. He retired in 2007 but stays very busy doing gardening and yard work, exercising, bowling and betting on dogs!
(April 13, 2010)

Orange Park Sunset has several important events coming up in the next month, most notably the District Award Luncheon which will be held at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Jacksonville, on Monday, May 11th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. President Joe Anzalone encouraged all club members to plan to attend this important event. Our club is being considered for several awards.

Other events noted:

Second Annual Fleming Island 5k Rotary Run on Saturday, April 10th
The Clay County Fair, also on the 10th
April’s social at Bowl America (behind Lowe’s) off Blanding, April 24th
Spring Fling at President-Elect Harold Rutledge’s home on May 1st
A Family Club Night is also being planned for one Tuesday in May (to be determined) with motivational speaker, Andy Anderson.
Guest Speaker for this week’s meeting was Joe Anderson from Paper Retriever. The purpose of Paper Retriever is three-fold. (1) Paper Retriever finds groups who are willing to collect “white” paper (such as old newspapers) in large bins – the contents of which are funneled to a large manufacturer of newsprint located in Georgia. The manufacturer saves money by using recycled papers instead of wood pulp to create more newsprint. (2) This process diverts papers from the landfills to the manufacturer, which saves room for other non-recyclables and (3) creates an income stream for the groups which sponsor the bins at various locations.

According to Anderson, 38% of the newspaper manufactured at the Georgia plant comes from the recycled papers funneled through Paper Retriever.

Anderson entertained us with his down home rendition of “the Cowford Code” – a poem about the early pioneer days in the Jacksonville area, then known as Cowford – which he recited in our honor. The poem, he said, “captures the spirit of the Rotary Club.”

Troy Schader was a guest this week. He is a Certified College Planning Specialist with College Tuition Solutions, helping families through the sometimes lengthy and difficult process of financing college education – but also helping them make the smartest choices so their students can have the most successful college experience possible.

Shop Talk this week was from Emily Gardner. Emily is a CFP® and the owner of EEG Financial Consulting, Inc. Her services include Comprehensive Financial Planning and Investment Consulting. But no one will remember any of that…..all they will remember is that she was a bus driver in high school and that she won the county-wide bus rodeo!
(April 6, 2010)

Our Guest Speaker for this week’s meeting was Larry Johnson of the Fleming Island Club who is the District Foundation Co-Chairman of Major Gifts and Bequests. He spoke about the value of individual and club contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and about becoming a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow sustaining contributor. Larry referred to the RI Foundation as “a five-star foundation” and” the muscle behind our service projects!”

The Foundation is structured as an independent entity of Rotary International. The annual interest from the permanent fund is used this way: 90% of the funds are applied toward use for charitable works, with the remaining 10% used for administration. According to Johnson, this is a high standard as far as charitable organizations are concerned.

Johnson emphasized the impact that a contribution at the club level can make toward achieving an end result. The foundation is set up to match, or even sometimes double or triple the value of a service project. For example, if a clubs raises $15,000 for a service project, that amount could be matched with a $15,000 or even $30,000 match grant from the foundation, to make the total amount available for this service project $45,000. In order to get these type of grants, the club must make annual contributions to the foundation through the District.

Johnson related the story of how the Foundation was begun in 1917 – with an initial $26.50 donation which were dollars left over from a Rotary event. By 1928 over $5,000 had been donated. In 1930 the Foundation made its first grant of $500 which was given to a group which later became known as the Easter Seals!

After Larry’s presentation, President Joe Anzalone explained that one of the many qualifications for a club to become an annual Premiere Club of Rotary International, at least one individual member must become a Benefactor to the Paul Harris Foundation during that calendar year. He then announced that Keith Litterick had decided to become our clubs “first” benefactor with a bequest of $1000! The RI Foundation sent President Joe a Foundation Benefactor certificate and Benefactor chevron which he presented to Keith to add to and wear with his Rotary pin as recognition of his contribution.

Our Shop Talk this week was from Denise Buzzy. Denise grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida. While “staying home to raise three boys” she dabbled (more than dabbled!) in cooking and entertaining, and as a result was able to create a line of 18 different cookies, along with other dessert cakes which were sold through a wholesale bakery. After that she owned a restaurant (Buzzy’s Café) and a catering service of her own. She also taught cooking classes during this time. Currently, she is the Sales and Catering Manager for the Holiday Inn in Orange Park. She is engaged to be married to her fiancée Joe, who she has known for the last five years. The wedding is planned for July!!!

Other items to note: Don’t forget that volunteers are needed to help on the last day of the Clay County Fair which is April 10th. Also, our next social is at Bowl America (the Bowling Alley behind Lowe’s) off Blanding Blvd in OP. That social will be on April 24th at 7 pm, so don’t forget to bring your bowling ball!
(March 30, 2010)


This week Sunset Rotary participated in two events on Saturday the 20th: the St. John’s River Cleanup – in conjunction with the Orange Park Sunrise Club (with 10 of our members in participation) – and our monthly social event was at the Orange Park Kennel Club. Both events were a lot of fun! Club members learned how to pick the winning dogs from our own Bob Tatum, in-resident expert. But Peter Bracken was apparently the big winner on the last race which was named after our club! We had our picture made with the winning dog whose name was “Skiddy Budget”.

Harold Rutledge invited two of his high school students to our Sunset meeting to talk about their experience last year at the annual National Police Officer’s Memorial event held in Washington, D.C. Every year, Harold and his wife host a group of kids from Clay High to go visit the nation’s capital during the time of this event. Harold is spearheading an effort to raise a needed $3000 to send the group to D.C. later in the spring. He and others will be stationed at the corner of Blanding and Wells Road on Saturday, April 3rd to take donations from passersby. Please let Harold know if can help out with this fundraiser for the kids who want to go on the trip.

Other volunteers are needed to help on the last day of the Clay County Fair which is Saturday April 10th.

Don’t forget to mark you calendar – our next monthly social is at the Bowl America Bowling Alley on Blanding Blvd, (behind the Lowe’s) April 24th at 7 p.m.

The guest speakers for tonight’s meeting were from Best Buddies of Florida. The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. It was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver who was inspired by the disability of his aunt, Eunice Kennedy. Best Buddies has chapters in all 50 states and 46 countries. There are 1,000 people involved in the program here in Northeast Florida.

The end of our meeting was spent discussing various charities which our group would like to consider for sponsorship in the future.

There were a number of charities listed by group members at large. We will be researching these organizations and narrowing them down over the next few weeks to determine which ones our club will sponsor.

Member Carrie Kashawlic announced that she will be traveling to NYC next week (April 2nd) for World Autism Awareness Day. She will be traveling with a delegation from Alpha Delta Social Fraternity, for which she is the National Philanthropy Director, to visit the United Nations on Wednesday, ring the opening bell on Wall Street on Thursday, and the visit the Today Show on Friday. Go Carrie!
(March 23, 2010)


Tuesday night’s meeting opened with “ringing of the bell to service” at Orange Park Sunset. We were reminded by President Joe Anzalone that February 23rd marks the 105th birthday of Rotary International which officially started on today’s date in 1905!

Tonight’s guest club members were Peggy White of the Palatka Club and Jim White of the Orange Park Sunrise Club. Peggy presented our club with a check from the Palatka Club in honor of our new club charter.

John Sims reported that the Clay County Science Fair, which took place today at the fairgrounds, was a huge success. One hundred volunteers, 18 affiliated with our club, participated in the event. The Science Fair is an excellent event which provides scholarships and opportunities to Clay County students every year. Thank you to John Sims for spearheading the Sunset effort! Also, John thanks all of you who volunteered!

An announcement was made by President Joe Anzalone concerning the upcoming District Assembly Meeting to be held on Saturday, March 27th at the SJRCC Palatka campus from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend this important event.

Keith Litterick reported that the Big Brother Big Sister fundraiser for Clay County will be March 27th. Keith is sponsoring a pre-fundraiser event on Thursday, the 4th to raise additional monies. This will be a wine tasting at his store, Make-and-Take Wines on Blanding Blvd. from 6 – 8 p.m.

John Long was the shop talk presenter this week. John, in his typical folksy manner, delivered a talk that was spontaneous and humorous. John is the founder of JA Long, Inc. which has been a builder of custom designed homes in NE Florida for over 30 years. John explained how he fell into the business rather by accident. But he went on to become quite successful. (John didn’t really talk so much about his successes in the talk but I know his company built about half of my neighborhood over the years!) Currently, his oldest son is the president and his second son also works in the company. Linda, his wife, is the office administrator. He and Linda dance West Coast Swing and other dances for fun.

Our guest speaker this past week was Fred Pragasam, a native of India, who teaches in the college of Management and Business at UNF. His emphasis is international management and entrepreneurship. He teaches students to become involved in developing and promoting international programs that foster social responsibility in business through an organization called SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise). Fred is the faculty sponsor for SIFE at UNF.

The mission is of SIFE is to train and motivate college students to teach others how the free enterprise system works and how to succeed in the global market. SIFE motivates students by creating competition among rival colleges to see who is the best at teaching others how the world works and how to achieve their dreams. Go to for more information as to how this organization is making a difference in the world.
(February 23, 2010)


Guests at tonight’s meeting were Gene Mazey of Suntrust Bank and Betsy Crawford, Branch Manager of Suntrust Bank. Keith Litterick invited them both.

Shop talk was provided by Scott Baltes, Captain of the Clay County Fire Rescue.

Our guest speaker this week was Rita Story, program director for Jr. Achievement of NE Florida.

Rita explained that Junior Achievement Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Rita and others in the organization recruit volunteers who are equipped to go into the school system to work with kids on a regular basis. No teaching experience is needed – just a love for children and a desire to help them succeed!

In-school programs are volunteer-led and require a commitment of one hour each week for 5-8 weeks. JA provides volunteers with the training, materials and support needed to make this a successful experience for all involved in the process. If you are willing to participate please contact Rita at or 398-9944 x. 224. You can visit the Junior Achievement website at
(February 16, 2010)


There were two guests at tonight’s meeting, invited by Ralph Puckhaber and John Sims. JR Redlitz, Orange Park Sunrise Club member, was also in attendance.

Shop Talk for the evening was from Dan Pinto, the club’s Sergeant –at-Arms for this year. Dan is an electrical engineer by trade, and has a master’s degree from George Washington University. For the past three years he has owned a consulting company that involves internet security. His past work experience includes 14 years of work in intelligence for a major firm, along with 9 years of work in global network security at Johnson & Johnson.

Dan is married to Barbara and they have three daughters. He was invited to join Rotary by Chris Gatenby.

Our biggest “Rotarian push” continues to be the 1st Annual Charity Golf Shootout our club will be sponsoring February 26th at Eagle Landing Gold Course.

Other points of interest and discussion were:

An social evening of bowling in April, headed up by Bob Tatum
A social at the Dog Track in March
The 5 K race day in December
The Fleming Island Club race on April 17th (our club has been asked to help)
The Gingerbread program, sponsored by the South Jax Club
(February 9, 2010)


Tuesday night’s meeting opened with the very first “ringing of the bell to service” at Orange Park Sunset Club. President Joe Anzalone did the honors.

District Governor Dave Faraldo was in attendance at the meeting. Dave presented us with the Paul Harris Society banner which officially acknowledges Orange Park Sunset as a PHS club. This distinguishing honor is given to those clubs which donate $1,000 per year to the foundation.

Other guests included Sandy Faraldo, Dave’s wife, Curtis McClees (President -elect Orange Park Noon club), Lillian Bell (Orange Park Noon) and Jim Hughes, Goran Fredrikson and Tim Coleman (Orange Park Sunrise).

Lillian Bell (Orange Park Noon Club member in charge of Rotary at-large participation in the Clay County Science Fair) thanked Sunset members (and related friends and family of our club members) who have volunteered to serve in the upcoming event on February 23rd. Apparently we have hit a volunteer record! One hundred volunteers at-large were needed. And our club participation this year is 18! The Science Fair is an excellent event which provides scholarships and opportunities to Clay County students every year. Thank you to John Sims for spearheading the Sunset effort!Also, John thanks all of you who are volunteering!

At the time of this writing, the Super Bowl Fundraiser has been deemed a huge success! All 100 squares were sold – meaning our club met the goal of raising $1,000 which will go to the winners and another $1,000 for charity. A big thank you to Peter Bracken for organizing the event and pushing us to sell squares! In addition, thank you to Keith Litterick for sponsoring the pre-game party we all enjoyed at Make-N-Take Wines on Friday night!

We were privileged to hear from Tom Signorello during shop talk last meeting. Tom is a server and encourager. So, it makes sense that after Hurricane Katrina, an opportunity to do disaster recovery work and a “heart to help” landed him in New Orleans for a few years. Through disaster recovery work he later met someone in Houston who offered him a job in Jacksonville. As he explained, sometimes you end up somewhere and you just have to make the best of it (my paraphrase). Of course, that is exactly what Tom has done! He now owns a Landscape and Outdoor Lighting company. He is also in the greeting card business – which allows him to help other people “reach out” and get more business through appreciation marketing. Meet with Tom and let him explain how this business works.

Tom is from Wilmington, NC and is the proud father of two children – the most important people in his life – Alexander, 11, and Kaylee, 5, who were both born in Russia! Currently, they live with their mom and step-dad in Wilmington.

Our guest speaker this past week was Fritz Bering, County Manager of Clay County. Fritz relayed to us the seriousness of the local and state economies due to the recession of the last two years and the consequent need to figure out how to “do more with less.” He assured us, however, that Clay County is doing a good job of keeping our local system running as smoothly as possible under the circumstances. (Relative to other many other counties we are faring well.) He encouraged us to keep up the good work as Rotarians and continue to serve the community during this time of crisis.

Our biggest “Rotarian push” now is the 1st Annual Charity Golf Shootout our club will be sponsoring February 26th at Eagle Landing Gold Course. Please contact Dan Pinto if you are able to volunteer.

We are still looking for a tournament sponsor! Please contact Joe if you know anyone who may be willing to fill this position, along with any of the other sponsorship opportunities.
(February 2, 2010)

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