Calendar of Events

Please Join Us In Welcoming Stacy Ridenour

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lunch Begins at Noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Stacy Ridenour joined the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as Executive Director in October of 2008.  She is responsible for managing the fiscal and human resources of the organization to achieve the greatest artistic and community service potential.  She also works to build partnerships with other arts and community organizations and businesses.

Prior to her appointment as the JSO Executive Director, Ms. Ridenour served as Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2008. Ms. Ridenour previously served as Vice President/General Manager of the Grand Rapids Symphony.   She also held the position of Program Manager for the American Music Center in New York City. 

Ms. Ridenour holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from New York University.

Ms. Ridenour is an active volunteer with Jacksonville Rotary. Her husband is concert pianist Richard Ridenour who performed as soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony in 2005 and in 2011.   They have two sons:  Brandon (26) is the trumpet player for the Canadian Brass and Ross (22) currently works for American Eagle.  Ms. Ridenour is a native of Missoula, Montana.  She and her husband enjoy snow and water skiing in Montana and Michigan, and hiking and biking near their home in old Arlington. 

Annual Club Elections

The following members have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Club for the term July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014:

Skip Booth, Neil McGuinness, Chris Bouton, Juan Gutierrez,
Brendan Bledsoe, Mary Goldsmith, Ron Raymond

The annual business meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec 6 during our regular lunch meeting.  Voting will take place at that time.

Come and join your fellow Rotary members for an evening of Holiday tradition with a special performance of A Christmas Carole at the New Alhambra Dinner Theater.  Ticket prices are $100 each, or $150 per couple, $50 for children 16 years of age and under. 

Corporate sponsorships available - please contact Jason Burnett at 904-596-0284.

This Year's Bell Ringers Had A Great Time
Chris Bouton, Dale Malloy and Richard Dow

Pres Odette and Mary Alice Phelan

PP Jerry Hanks and Ken Wilson with today's youngest contributor 

Welcome Gary Chartrand

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lunch Begins at Noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Meet Gary Chartrand
Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta.  Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.   The Company employs over 18,000 associates and operates 64 offices in the U.S. and Canada. He has been the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company's geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into a leading full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada.
Gary received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and has been an extraordinary leader in his industry and his community.  From 2003 to 2009 Mr. Chartrand was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News.

Mr. Chartrand also has a passion for educating the children of Duval County.  In April 2007, he led a community effort to bring Teach for America to Jacksonville beginning in 2008.  Jacksonville was the second city in Florida to have attracted Teach for America to its community.  Without Mr. Chartrand’s leadership, coordination with the Superintendent of schools, and his gift of a million dollars, this program would not be a reality for Jacksonville. In June of 2009 Gary and Nancy made a pledge gift of $1Million dollars to KIPP schools of Jacksonville. The first KIPP School in Florida opened in August of 2010.

Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation; St. Vincent’s Hospital and is Chairman of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and a director on the board of the KIPP schools in Jacksonville, FL.  In May of 2011 Governor Rick Scott  appointed Gary to the Florida state board of education .He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the I. M. Sulzbacher Homeless Center in Jacksonville.    He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Catholic Charities, Guardian of Dreams, Catholic schools and the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Gary is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.  He resides in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wife, Nancy.  They have two children, Jeffrey and Meredith. 

Gary R. Chartrand is a native of Bedford, New Hampshire and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. After college, he began his career in the consumer products industry with the Carnation Company, where he served in various capacities that culminated in a year term as Assistant District Manager for the State of Florida. He joined Acosta in 1983 as a Business Manager, and subsequently was promoted to Vice President, Regional Vice President of Florida, President, and in January 1996, President and CEO. Under the leadership of Mr. Chartrand, Acosta merged with PMI-Eisenhart in July of 1998 and he became Chairman and CEO Acosta Sales and Marketing Company (one of the largest privately held companies in Jacksonville, Florida) represents 1300 Consumer Package Goods companies in America with annual billings in excess of $60 billion dollars.
Mr. Chartrand has been extremely active in supporting areas of critical need both as CEO of Acosta and personally through The Chartrand Foundation. For twenty years Acosta has implemented a cause marketing campaign that has raised over $70 million dollars for the support of MDA. In 2004 Acosta embarked on a similar campaign to raise money for Americas Second Harvest, the nation's largest food bank network. In 2006 St. Vincent’s Hospital named the Gary and Nancy Chartrand Heart and Vascular Center after receiving the lead gift from Gary and Nancy. The Chartrand Foundation was established to support innovative approaches to education with a focus on the underserved. Gary and his wife Nancy have two children Jeffrey and Meredith and reside in Ponte Vedra , Florida.

Come and join your fellow Rotary members for an evening of Holiday tradition with a special performance of Christmas Carole at the New Alhambra Theater and Dining.  Ticket prices are $100 each, or $150 per couple, $50 for children under 16 years of age. 

Corporate sponsorships available - please contact Jason Burnett at 904-596-0284.

An invitation from our guest speaker last week, Chris Veal, to the Women’s Heart Health Program.  The web sit for the program:  

Rotary News

The Nonprofit Times, a leading resource for nonprofits, annually lists the top 100 nonprofits in the country according to revenue.  The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is number 54 with 2010 total revenue of $275,377,951.

Heart Health Focus Week

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lunch begins at Noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Join us as Christine Veal from St. Vincent's Cardio Vascular Service provides information on AngioScreen.

Chris Veal will bring three members of the AngioSceen team who will give free screenings to five  members of the South Jacksonville Rotary Club from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  If you are interested in a free screen please send an email to  After the first five the cost is $50 for AngioScreen and $85 for AngioScreen Plus.  If at all possible, take advantage of this opportunity.

Last Week!

Member News
Luke William Hopkins

Luke William Hopkins was welcomed with joy on Friday, November 4th at 10:56 a.m., at 8lbs. 9 oz., 20.5 inches long, by proud parents, Lauren and James, and Big Brother Ben.

Carolyn Gentry
Carolyn Gentry was elected the 2012 president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network.  The Jacksonville Women's Network will start the New Year with 375 members. Membership is gender neutral.

**Correction to Member News in November 8th Gear: "Tyrie Boyer appointed to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Rick Scott.

Mark Your Calendar

Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 14th, to attend an elegant evening at the Alhambra Dinner Theater.  Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple.  Tickets for 16 years of age and younger are $50.  Much of your ticket price will go towards charity.  This is our fundraiser and we look forward to your participation.  We have already had great feedback and lots of interest in this unique idea.

Welcome Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Daniel E. Schnock

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting Begins at 12:30 p.m.

 Daniel Schnock
Director of Soldier Ride
Wounded Warrior Project

On 24 March 2011, LTC Dan Schnock began serving as the Director of Soldier Ride for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Prior to this assignment, he served 22 years in the United States Army as an Ordnance Officer.  During his career he was deployed four times operationally. 

LTC ® Dan Schnock has led platoons of logisticians in both peace and war with the 1st Calvary Division, companies of soldiers while deployed with the 1st Armored Division and battalions while deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division.  

Dan Schnock was deployed in our nations support numerous times.  He deployed to Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort in 1991 as a young Platoon Leader.  He then deployed as a company commander into Bosnia as the implementation force after the signing of the  Dayton Peace Accord in 1994.  In 2001, Dan was deployed to Kosovo with the 101st Airborne and 3rd Infantry Division as the Division Material Maintenance Center Chief.  After September 11th 2001, Dan was deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division to Iraq ins support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Dan was commissioned from the Virginia Military Institute as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1989 with a bachelors of science in Biology.  He graduated from the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advance Course, the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College where he received a Masters of Military Operations.  He later received a Masters of Education from the University of Louisville.

LTC ® Dan Schnock’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Superior Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Campaign Medal and the Airborne Badge.

Dan Schnock is married to his best friend, Susan, for the last 19 years.  They have a son, Daniel Wilson Schnock and daughter, Victoria Schnock. 

Board News

The following candidate has been approved by the Board for your consideration into membership:   Paul Frase, sponsored by President Odette Struys.  The proposed classification is Life Insurance.  Anyone having any objections, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

Member News
Tyrie Boyer

Tyrie Boyer appointed County Court Judge to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court by Governor Rick Scott.