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Quinton White was originally from Norfolk, Virginia. He received his B.S. degree from N.C. Wesleyan College and his M.S. degree from the University of Virginia. Dr. White joined the faculty at Jacksonville University in 1976, having completed his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina at the Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research. In 1978, he established the major in marine science at Jacksonville University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Biology and Marine Science, Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and Dean of the College of Arts and Science. In July, 2008, he was named Executive Director of the Marine Science Research Institute and charged with development and construction of a 32,000 sq. ft. LEED certified facility.

The MSRI opened in July 2010. The MSRI is an interdisciplinary institute that focuses on the St. Johns River and other marine environments. Dr. White is chair of the JU Campus Sustainability Committee and is developing a campus wide sustainability policy and program.

He has been active in marine science education, and research concerning the St. Johns River and the impact of man on marine ecosystems. His marine science research has taken him to China, South America, the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas and Australia. While most of his research is done on the surface of the sea, he has been down to 1,500 feet in the Johnson-Sea Link submersible to do research on deep-sea crabs. Dr. White has written numerous research and technical papers or reports and received grants and contracts to support marine research at JU. Currently he is conducting research on manatees and king mackerel. Dr. White serves as a consultant with the City of Jacksonville Waterways Commission on manatee and water quality issues.

Dr. White is President of Jacksonville Community Council. Inc. for 2008-09. In 2006-07 he chaired the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. study on Energy, Environment and Economy: Sustaining Jacksonville’s Air Quality for the Future. He was a Past-President of the Board of Trustees for the Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, past President of the Board of Directors of Tree Hill, Inc. and past Chair of the Mayor's Mimi and Lee Adams Environmental Advisory Board. He was JU's Professor of the Year in 1987‑88. He was in the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1988 and President of the Board of Directors for Leadership Jacksonville in 1992‑93. In 2011, he was recognized by Leadership Jacksonville as a Community Trustee. He served on the Manatee Technical Advisory Council for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Dr. White was named American Council on Education Fellow for 1997-98 at Elon College, North Carolina. He was recognized in April 2000, by the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals with their Continuous Professional Achievement Award. He was a Founding Member of the Board of Director of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc. and received their River Advocate award in 2008. He serves on the boards of several local civic organizations. Hands-On Jacksonville awarded Dr. White the “Nature of Caring Award” in 2009 for his voluntary service to the environment.
Dr. White is married to Dr. Susan Hite White, a pediatrician who practices in Mandarin. They have three children. In his spare time, Dr. White enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and golf.

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Last Week At A Glance

Carl Cannon offered us a summary of the Civic Council goals for our city

PP Mike gives a thought for the week while PE Jim has many thoughts......

Bob Massey hosted his own table at lunch this week!

Warner Webb and his wife, Sherrie, talk things over with PP Al Wilkinson


Lunch begins at Noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 pm


Carl N. Cannon retired as publisher of The Florida Times-Union in December, 2007, after 18 years in Jacksonville, and was employed for a total of 42 years with Morris Communications, the newspaper’s parent company.
Carl, a native of Albany, Georgia, and alumni of the University of Georgia, was honored this year by the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service with the President’s Call to Service Award. With more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service, Carl’s statewide recognition saluted his leadership in numerous top-level positions. He has served as president of the Downtown Rotary, chairman of the Gator Bowl, symphony, YMCA and zoo. He has served Wesley Manor and the Alliance for World Class Education. In 1993, Carl was instrumental in bringing the Jacksonville Jaguars to town when he mediated a dispute between the team’s ownership and the city. He formed NFL Now! and spearheaded a drive that sold 10,000 club seats. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Commission and Florida State College Foundation . Carl continues to serve as chairman of Touchdown Jacksonville, the group that formed Team Teal, which assisted the Jaguar marketing organization in selling 15,000 new season tickets for the Jaguars in 2010.
Carl was a member of the Non-Group, a group of about 50 civic leaders that formed twenty years ago and evolved into the Jacksonville Civic Council in February, 2010. The Council made downtown development the focus of one of its first studies and the subject of his talk to South Jacksonville Rotary.

Last Week At A Glance

Our speaker, Steve Piscitelli implored us to Be Brief, Be Bright and Be Gone!

Exchange students, Shannon Jaycox welcomes Rex from Taiwan

Shannon Jaycox gives an emotional "thank-you" to the club for her year as an exchange student in Brazil

Rotary Gets A New Website

Effective immediately, the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville will be using a blogging system instead of the regular website.  This will allow members and editors to add and subtract articles, photos, movies and more -  live and in real time throughout the day.   In addition, this is where you will come to find out information on the next program.

If you sign in,  you will be kept up-to-date of any new articles added to the blog.   Please let us know what you think.

South Jacksonville Rotary Welcomes Steve Piscitelli

Steve Piscitelli

Steve Piscitelli is a recognized teacher, author and workshop facilitator. Whether delivering a conference keynote address, facilitating a day-long retreat for employees, or helping students understand the choices they make, Steve draws on his years of classroom and professional development experience to connect with his audience. His publications reflect his belief in the importance of personal responsibility and individual initiative.

His high-energy sessions combine interaction and practicality with music and humor in such a way that participants leave with practical strategies they can begin using immediately.

Steve, a tenured professor, has earned degrees from Jacksonville University , The University of North Florida, and The University of Florida. He has been recognized for his effective teaching style with awards at the school, county and international level. Steve also has served as the Chair of his college's Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

· Author.  Steve has written and published eight books. His latest is Choices for College Success (Pearson Education, 2011).  He has also written, recorded, and produced two full-length CDs.  The most recent release is Find Your Happy Place! (2010).

·  Teacher. Steve has three decades of direct (face-to-face) classroom experience. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and college level.  As a tenured professor, Steve knows the importance of connecting with the people in front of him.

Other News

Member Birthdays
Aug 16: PP Gary Wilkinson
Aug 18: PE Jim Lanahan
Aug 20: PP Hobart Joost

Partner Birthdays
Aug 16: Linda (Bob) Uible
Aug 18: Gail (Dinkins) Grange
Aug 18: Paul (Joy) Hardaker
Aug 19: Sandy (PP James) Chansler

Aug 15: Doug & Carol Matthews
Aug 17: Ken & Patti Wilson

Member Makeups
North Jax: Marcus
Drewa, PP Jerry
Deerwood: PP
James Chansler
Bartram Trail: PP
James Chansler
Downtown: PP Gary
Visiting Rotarians
& Guests:
San Marco
Members joined us
to hear the District
Governor; Chris
Bouton and
Lauren Hopkins
were also our guests.

District Foundation Seminar
Do you remember the day you joined Rotary?
Do you remember the day you became a Rotarian?
Don't forget the District Foundation Seminar, will be held on
Saturday, August 20, at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange
Park from 8am-2pm. It will be a highly informative half-day
session that includes continental breakfast and barbecue
lunch. The Club pays the cost and hopes you will attend and
enjoy the program. Ramesh Ferris from India will speak-for
those who missed him at the District Conference this past
May, his story is quite compelling and he is a wonderful
Join your fellow Rotarians from around our district (and there
are 62 clubs in all) and get engaged!

Board News
The following candidates have been approved by the Board for your
consideration into membership:
Lauren Hopkins, sponsored
by Bob Massey, Jr. Lauren's
classification is Non-
Profit/Children's Services

Greg Anderson, sponsored
by Rick Morales. Greg's
classification is

Chris Bouton, sponsored by
Bob Massey, Jr. Chris'
classification is Finance/Banking-Business Development

Anyone having any objections, please submit them in writing to the Board
within ten (10) days.

Tara Wildes will be on a leave of absence through Dec 2011.

After careful consideration and a great deal of discussion, the Board
unanimously decided to suspend our Gingerbread "G9" project. The Board
has tasked the Fund-raising committee (Joel Batten Josh Krehbiel, Mary
Goldsmith) to come up with three new ideas to carry us forward. The Board
has expressed their appreciation to our long standing partners, Ronald McDonald House, HabiJax, and the Jacksonville Historical Society. Your
Board also sincerely thanks all members who have put so much passion
into the project. We look forward to your full support as we move forward to
our next endeavor!
PP Judge Harvey Schlesinger and RADM Byron Fuller have been reelected
to honorary membership for the year 2011-2012.

Pledge & Prayer: PP Vickilynne Gloger
Introductions: PP Mike Darragh
Craft Talk:
Speaker: DG Clint Dawkins

Future Rotary Events
Aug 20: District Foundation
Nov 4, 5, 6: Blue Angels
100th Anniversary at NAS JAX
Nov 7: Rotary Cub of
Jacksonville hosts a Golf &
Tennis day at Timuquana to
support their Centennial
Nov 25: Salvation Army Bell
Ringing - Publix at 9A &
Member News
Martha Bogdan, the CEO of the American Lung Association of the
Southeast, has been appointed to the Florida Bar Citizens Forum. The
forum is an advisory group of 12 citizens who provide feedback on plans
and programs and advise the Bar.
Eight physicians from the Florida Radiation Oncology Group (A.K.A.
FROG) won the highly coveted Patients’ Choice Awards. Our own Doug
Johnson, was among the winners of this very special award. The "FROG"
Docs provide consultation and radiation treatment planning, external beam
therapy, brachytherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, therapeutic radioisotope
administration, research protocol administration and, ongoing care and
follow up for adult and pediatric patients with a variety of malignant and
non-malignant conditions.

2011 Gingerbread Extravaganza Suspended

After careful consideration and a great deal of discussion, the Board unanimously decided to suspend our Gingerbread "G9" project. 

The Board has tasked the Fund-raising committee (Joel Batten Josh Krehbiel, Mary Goldsmith) to come up with three new ideas to carry us forward. 

Jacksonville Beach Red Cross Lifeguard Station
The Board has expressed their appreciation to our long standing partners, Ronald McDonald House, HabiJax, and the Jacksonville Historical Society. Your Board also sincerely thanks all members who have put so much passion into the project.  We look forward to your full support as we move forward to our next endeavor! 

Rotary District Governor Clint Dawkins

District Governor
Clint Dawkins

Clint Dawkins has been a member of the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville since 1983. He has held all elected offices in his club, serving as President in 1999-2000. Clint has had the honor of serving District 6970 as Assistant District Governor from 2002-2005; District Fund and Procedures Committee member from 2005-2008; and as Major Gifts and Planned Giving Chair of the District Foundation Committee from 2006-2009. Clint is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the Bequest Society; and a Foundation Major Donor.
Clint graduated from Emory University (1971) and The University of Georgia (1972); and has been married to his wife, Lane (also a Paul Harris Fellow), for over 38 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Lane and Clint enjoy golf, reading, "Georgia Bulldog" football, and "hanging out" with family; as well as spending time in their home in Highlands, North Carolina. They are members of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.
Clint is a third-generation owner of Big D Building Center in Jacksonville, a building products distribution/subcontracting company. He is Past President of The Florida Building Materials Association; The Visiting Nurses Association of North Florida; and The Two Hundred Club of Northeast Florida. He is a Past Director of The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers' Association, and The Northeast Florida Builders' Association; and an alumnus of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1979. Clint is currently a Director of the Riverside Hospital Foundation and the North Florida Command of The Salvation Army.

District Governor 2011 - 2012
2358 Riverside Avenue
No. 604
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Dr. Jarik Conrad: South Jax Rotary

Dr. Jarik Conrad

Speaker: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Insightful, inspiring, and refreshing are the adjectives most used when describing award-winning author, speaker, coach, and consultant, Dr. Jarik Conrad. Dr. Conrad grew up in public housing in East St. Louis, Illinois; it is a place so economically challenged that it has been described as the “most distressed small city in the United States.” Dr. Conrad rose up from this difficult environment through education, hard work and self-determination. He has received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, two master’s degrees from Cornell University, and a doctor of education degree from the University of North Florida.

Dr. Conrad is now a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a certified intercultural sensitivity expert and a certified emotional intelligence expert. He has served on the board of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a past president of its North Florida Chapter. He currently serves on the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO). He has been an adjunct faculty member at Jacksonville University, taught continuing education classes at the University of North Florida and is an external faculty member at the Mayo Clinic. He has worked with several notable Fortune 500 companies, including Pillsbury (General Mills), Union Carbide (Dow), Citigroup and CSX Technology, a business unit of CSX Corporation, where he led the human resources department.

Currently, Dr. Conrad is the President and Founder of the Conrad Consulting Group. The company’s main focus is to teach skills for the development of emotional, social and cultural-emotional intelligence. The Conrad Consulting Group’s proven methods and strategies facilitate employee productivity and effectiveness on the job; they also boost the overall efficiency and economic potential of companies by transforming the way their employees relate to each other.

Dr. Conrad is a frequent radio and television commentator. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications. His books include: The Master of Success with notable authors Ken Blanchard and Jack Canfield, The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Intercultural Sensitivity, and the award-winning The Fragile Mind: How it has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuated America’s Tragic Disparities.