Next Meeting, Tuesday, Friday, October 29
at 12 Noon.

Meetings are at 12:00 Noon, pre-pandemic held at Marina Jack Restaurant,  located at 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota — on the beautiful Sarasota bayfront, one traffic light south of the John Ringling Causeway just west of US 41 (Bayshore Drive).  We’re upstairs in the spectacular Bayfront Room.  Valet Parking is available ($1 per car plus gratuity if desired). 

 

CURRENTLY MEETINGS ARE VIA ZOOM.

 

Our speaker topic will be:

 

October Speaker:

Vickie Oldham, President/CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc.

 TOPIC: 

The African American Art Center & History Museum

Vickie Oldham, an experienced journalist, media and public relations strategist, is now President/CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc.  She is engaged in a groundbreaking historic preservation project called “Newtown Alive." 

 

The project began as an effort to trace and preserve the history of one of the oldest communities of Sarasota and resulted in a book and documentary; then expanded into showcasing the community with historic markers and a heritage trail brochure, a podcast series and traveling exhibition, and very popular trolley tours. 

 

Now the organization’s goal is to open a facility that celebrates art, history, heritage and culture. The project has received many local and state awards. 

 

The African American Art Center and History Museum will soon become a reality when the Leonard Reid House, a historic home that is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is moved from Overtown (later renamed the Rosemary district) to Newtown.  

 

We welcome local or visiting retired attorneys who are interested in learning more about our organization. However, advance reservations are required.

 

You may contact us using the form below or email us at: ARAS271@comcast.net

Call our President, Steve Sturm directly at 941-487-7176.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

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At our January 27 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Gerald J. (Jack) Robinson and David E. Morrill presented a lively, enlightening debate exploring "Can Union Dues Be Unconstitutional Compelled Speech?" (revisiting U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association).  Their program was enjoyed by more than 65 members and their guests.
In the photo left to right: Jack Robinson, former
ARAS President Bernie Ehrlich, and David Morrill.

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At our February 24 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Chief 12th Circuit Judge Charles E. Williams spoke to a packed house on "A View from the Bench: Updates, Reflections and Observations."

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At our March 31 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Dr. Jan Schneider spoke to another packed house on
"Federal Benefits for the Aged
and Others in Need."

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At our October 27 luncheon meeting,
Dr. Robert Barylski spoke on "Vladimir Putin: Making Russia Great Again."