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    Cliff Lyda

Cliff Lyda has recently returned to Gainesville after retirement from the ministry of the Presbyterian Church, USA.  Born in Jacksonville,  he graduated from the University of Florida and pursued theological education in Baptist and Presbyterian seminaries.  He served congregations in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, and most recently served as pastor of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, Elmhurst, IL, where he was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Elmhurst.  


Cliff first joined Rotary in 1984 while pastor of a congregation in Palatka.   He has been a member of four Rotary clubs (two in Gainesville), filling leadership positions in each club.    For 2013-14 he served as Governor of Rotary District 6450 (Chicago), and in 2014-16 served as assistant coordinator for Rotary Public Image for Zone 28 (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota).  He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society.


Cliff has broad professional experience in pastoral ministry, conflict management, community building, fund raising management, social justice advocacy, ecumenical and interfaith relations, and executive leadership.  He served as moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago in 2010, and is a three time commissioner to the General Assembly of the PCUSA. 


Cliff has extensive non profit board experience in fields as diverse as mental health, youth ministry, homeless shelters and transitional/affordable housing, community organizing, prison reform, and high school athletics.  He loves people, books, good coffee, is an avid fan of Gator athletics, and plays a very poor game of golf.


Cliff is married to Martha Halsey-Lyda, a nurse practitioner who recently retired from a clinical practice  in pediatric endocrinology.  She now practices retail medicine in Gainesville.  They have five grown sons.


New Member Mixer/Orientation
Aug 02, 2016 at 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Home of Karen and Bruce Sandelin
2006 NW 23rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32605
United States
Please join us for a new member mixer/orientation on Tuesday, August 2nd at the home of:
Bruce and Karen Sandelin, 2006 NW 23rd St, Gainesville 
Come and meet Rotarians and learn about the Rotary Club of Gainesville


Rotary Bowling Night

@ Splitz Bowling Center


Wednesday | August 3rd | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | $13.00

1311 NW 76th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606

Join your fellow Rotarians for an evening of fun & fellowship (and Prizes) at Splitz Bowling Center on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8 p.m. 

Splitz is offering a reduced price of $13 per person for shoes and two hours of bowling for our group and is extending their nightly happy hour specials through 8 p.m. 

Space will be available for up to 48 bowlers.  RSVP required before August 1st

Please email matthewbraddy@windstream.net to RSVP.

You will simply pay your fee when you arrive at Splitz to collect your shoes and open your tab. Family, spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome!



This is a final reminder that midnight this Tuesday, July 26, is the cutoff date to register for the upcoming D6970 Rotary Leadership Institute that will be held on Saturday, August 6, in Palm Coast, Florida. This RLI session will offer Parts 1, 2, 3, along with a special Graduate Class. The Graduate Class topic is “The Rotary Foundation” and it will be taught by PDG Cynde Covington.
We fully expect that these RLI classes will fill to capacity, as before. Just follow the link below to register now.
For more information contact D6970 RLI Director Charles at claputt@cox.net or phone him at (352) 214-1904.
WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016, Breakfast & Sign In 7:00am to 7:45am. 
               Classes 8:00am to 3:00pm        
WHERE: Flagler/ Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College
                  3000 Palm Coast Parkway S.E., Building #3, Palm Coast, FL 32137.
TO REGISTER: Just log onto www.RLItraining.org and go to
                              “Online Registration” to reserve your places now;
                              prior to our July 26 cutoff date.
FEE: $95.00 per Rotarian – includes the class registration fee, course material
           notebook, breakfast, lunch, facility fees and the completion certificate.

Rotary Global Rewards – a new member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services like travel, hotels, dining and entertainment.
Rotary Global Rewards is designed to make membership even more rewarding for Rotarians and is an exciting way Rotary can give back to those who give so much.
Rotary Global Rewards help Rotarians:
  • Do more good work - involve more members in or expand the impact of Rotary projects with savings on truck rentals, airfare or hotels
  • Build Rotary friendships - forge richer friendships with fellow Rotarians with your dining and entertainment offers
  • Share your story with someone new - tell people about Rotary's work with discounts at coffee shops and restaurants
With Rotary Global Rewards, the good you do comes back to you. Rotarians will find ways to take advantage of the benefits this program offers.
You can learn more and redeem Rotary Global Rewards at: rotary.org/globalrewards

The history committee of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, has their report posted online.
There are over 45 categories that can be selected.  We will be deciding where to store the physical objects once we have them.
There is a new Site Page open to the public as well as members, "It all began at Miller's store..."
We encourage all of you to read this short piece and then for members, visit the History of the Rotary Club of Gainesville Site Page with lots of interesting facts and photos.

The new Membership Directory:
Go to http://rotaryroster.org/ and follow the login instructions in the top left column. Use your ClubRunner website password for your Rotary Roster password or follow the Rotary Roster instructions on how to create a password.

If you're confused at this stage, e-mail me gs6466@cox.net and I'll be able to send you your current login name, "reset" your current ClubRunner website password, or both.



Send an e-mail to Renee at:  ReneeMac6@aol.com

Include your name, makeup date, location, and a description of the makeup event in the body of the message.
Go to the ClubRunner website using www.rotaryclubofgainesville.org or (click on) http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=2119.
Click on "Login" on the upper right corner of the page, then click on “New and existing users, retrieve login and/or reset password", then follow the instructions.
If you get stuck, e-mail George Sims for help at gs6466@cox.net .
To go directly to the Rotary ClubRunner home page click on www.rotaryclubofgainesville.org or paste it into your browser address bar window.

Want to makeup online?
Click on the following link to Club One: eClubOneLink

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Aug 30, 2016
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