Sarasota, Florida – A lot has changed since the Rotary Club of Sarasota first hosted the Pioneer Picnic in 1974. A “pioneer” is someone having lived in Sarasota for at least 50 years; so the 35 attending the first event had lived in Sarasota since at least 1924… and we think a lot has changed in recent years! This year attendance is expected to be 700 people from age 1 to those in their 90’s.
This is a community event and all Pioneers (those with 50+ years of residence in the Sarasota area) are invited to attend and bring their families.
What: 40th Annual Pioneer Picnic; sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sarasota
When: Sunday October 5, 2014
Where: Robarts Arena 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
Time: Doors open at 12 noon
Lunch served at 1:00 pm
Menu: Old fashioned pulled-pork, coleslaw, black-eyed peas, hushpuppies and mounds of swamp cabbage; yes, swamp cabbage, a dietary staple of Sarasota’s earliest inhabitants.
Registration & More Info: www.PioneerPicnic.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 941-922-2852
Cost: $15 with advance registration and checks received by Saturday September 27th.
Pioneer Picnic is a homecoming, a family and school reunion and block party all rolled into one. It’s not unusual to see four generations of a family enjoying lunch and fellowship together. For many Pioneers this is the one time every year that they get to see childhood friends. The room is always filled with hugs, handshakes and big smiles. As long-time Pioneer Picnic chairman, and past club president Dr. Tim Herring said last year, “There’s a lot of love in the room at the Pioneer Picnic”. Pioneer Picnic offers a living history of Sarasota, the United States and the world. Pioneers have been here through it all and are eager to share.
The Rotary Club of Sarasota is a non-religious, non-political organization of professional women and men dedicated to high ethical business practices and networking as a way to serve the local community and around the world. The Rotary Club of Sarasota has 95 members representing the leaders in every professional field in the area. Rotary International has 1.2 million members in 200 countries and geographical regions. Internationally, Rotary has contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize two billion children against polio in 122 countries. The motto of Rotary is “Service Above Self”.