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Donald Gray ’58 941.918.1516 

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Welcome Suncoast Alumni!

More than 900 Syracuse University alumni live in the Suncoast Florida area of Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Many have joined the club since it was chartered in late 2005.

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Upcoming events appear below as soon as they are confirmed.

Suncoast Florida Alzheimer’s Research Luncheon

March 04: VENICE - The Syracuse University Alumni Club of Suncoast Florida invites alumni to an engaging presentation by Mark Baker from the Bradenton Research Center during a free luncheon. Learn about the strides being made in the fight against Alzheimer’s during our FREE event, which starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at the Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club (625 Center Rd.). Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP by February 25. Attendees will order off the menu and cover their own food and drink. This will also serve as our annual membership meeting. Attendees are encouraged to become members at this event. For questions or to RSVP, please email K.C. Walensky ’72 or call 941.780.3944.


Alumni membership is open to those who have received a degree from Syracuse University and those who have attended for a minimum of two years. Affiliate membership is available to friends of SU, such as parents, non-alumni spouses and friends. Affiliate members may not vote or hold office, but are invited to all other club activities. Family membership is for households which include more than one alumni or non-alumni who want to become members.

Join today!

Dues are FREE for area alumni and their spouses or partners, if applicable. Mail your completed application form to “SU Club of Suncoast Florida” to P.O. Box 1822, Venice, FL 34284.

Download the application form (PDF 95kb)

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Stay informed about upcoming events! Send us a message using the link below to be added to our email list, or to change your list subscription. We recognize your privacy. Your email address will not be shared with any third parties or be used for any purposes beyond announcements from the SU Alumni Club of Suncoast Florida.

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About our club

The SU Alumni Club of Suncoast Florida was chartered in October 2005. It includes alumni residing in Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties of Florida. Major cities and municipalities of Palmetto, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda are within these counties. Approximately 900 alumni call this area home.

Since we are located within a popular retirement and tourist area, our resident alumni population is augmented by many winter visitors. This includes non-alumni who formerly resided in the Syracuse area and decided to trade the snow for sun and sand. We welcome them as members or visitors to most club events.

Board Members

President Don Gray ’58
Vice President Ramon Racelis ’58
Treasurer Tony Turlenko ’73
Secretary Susan Earle ’73
Director Ruth Schaffer ’00
Newsletter Editor (vacant)
Director (vacant)
Past President Joyce Cattelane ’95, G’99

Read the club by-laws (PDF 100kb)

Photo gallery

Photos taken at Suncoast Florida club events.

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