Calendar of Events

Welcome Past President Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr., MD

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Albert H. Wilkinson, Jr. MD
"Changes in Medicine"

Dr. Wilkinson is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville.  He attended public school through the tenth grade, following which he finished high school at Emory University Academy in Oxford, Georgia.  He served in the United States Navy toward the end of World War II and soon thereafterAfter he completed pre-med requirements at Emory University, he attended Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia.  Dr. Wilkinson served a rotating internship on Tulane Services of Charity Hospital in New Orleans followed by residency training in General and Thoracic surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine.  He then began training in children’s surgery including time spent in pediatric pathology and research at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern School of Medicine in Chicago.  In 1959 Dr. Wilkinson returned to Jacksonville as the first pediatric surgeon in Florida, where for many years he practiced pediatric surgery, served as surgeon-in-chief at two children’s hospitals as well as on their respective Boards of Directors.  For 12 years he served as Chief of Children’s Surgical Services at University Hospital and its predecessor Duval Medical Center.  He founded the first pediatric surgery clinic in Florida at Hope Haven Hospital under the aegis of the Florida Crippled Children’s Commission.  He also served as founding President of the Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals and continues to serve in a part-time capacity for the association.  He was also the founding medical director and director for the planning and development of Nemours Children’s Clinic – Jacksonville.  He has published many papers and in the recent past, a book that deals with children’s hospitals and healthcare.

In 2010, Dr. Wilkinson received the Presidential Citation, Humanitarian Honoree of the Year awarded by “One Jax” and, several years ago, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award as one of Jacksonville’s Health Heroes.

Dr. Wilkinson has served on the clinical faculties of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Emory University and Mercer University School of  Medicine.

Rotary Night at the Jacksonville Symphony

Cirque de la Symphony

Thursday April 26, 2012 7:30pm
Jacoby Symphony Hall

Rotary Special discount tickets: $40
{$10 of each ticket will support Rotary’s Polio Eradication Program
credited to your club}

Ticket includes Pops Concert and Symphony hosted beverage reception at 6:45pm
for Rotarians and guests in the Davis Gallery

To make reservations and purchase tickets call Bill Cosnotti at 356-0426 or

Fidelity National Financial Pops Series    Concert Sponsor: SunTrust


Congratulations Doug McCullough on  receiving the Stephen Wise Award and your recent marriage!

After 19 years with The Blood Alliance as its President and CEO, Dale Malloy will
be retiring.  Dale’s retirement plans include spending time with his extended family, 
improving his golf game and continuing his community volunteerism. 
Congratulations Dale!   
President Odette aggravated an old knee injury while at 
her first Daytona 500 race.  The tickets were her birthday 
gift from boyfriend, Robert Schindler.  After a trip to the 
Mayo Clinic's  Emergency Room, she will be on crutches 
for a few days! 

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
There is a correction to the amount raised during the Salvation Army Bell Ringing.
The recently published total listed was not all inclusive.  The correct total for the bell
ringing is $2,004.33.  A job well done!

Welcome Bill Warner, Rotary Club of South Jacksonville

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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

Meet Bill Warner
Concours d'Elegance

William (Bill) C. Warner is the CEO of H.C. Warner, Inc., a retired Major of the Florida Air National Guard, a Contributing Editor of Road & Track Magazine, and the Founder and Chairman of The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Bill Warner has been around automobiles his whole life.  As a teenager he worked at the local Volkswagen and imported car dealership in the parts department and driving the delivery truck.  On weekends, he worked as a “gopher” for the dealership racing team and became enthralled with motor racing.  Upon earning his degree in Electrical Engineering, he entered the family filter business and started work on the side for Sports Car Graphic Magazine.  In 1971, he began his relationship with Road & Track Magazine which continues today.  His photographs and writing have appeared in Road & Track, Car and Driver, Autoweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Automobile, Automotor und Sport, Classic & Sportscar, Porsche Panorama, and Forza to mention a few.   His photography has won awards from The Los Angeles Art Directors, the Creative Arts Yearbook, and the Sports Car Club of America (Photographer of the Year 1970).  His photos have been featured in the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles as part of the 50th Anniversary of Ferrari and at the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

In 1975, he teamed with Tom Nehl in a Porsche 911 to finish 14th in the third running of the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash (AKA The Cannonball run) and with English racing great, Innes Ireland; Can Am racer, George Drolsom; and sedan racer, Dick Starita, to finish 26th in the inaugural running of the Cannonball One Lap of America.  The One Lap was run in a Hertz-Unlimited Mileage Lincoln Town Car.  Warner started racing in 1978 in a Brabham BT-8 and later in the SCCA in an ex-Bob Sharp Racing Datsun B210.  He finished 5th in the American Road Racing Amateur Championships at Road Atlanta in 1982 in Class GT-3 (having started in 22nd place).  His drive earned him a nomination for the Mark Donohue Award.  In 1984 he entered the International Motorsports Association Firehawk Series in a Camaro and had top ten finishes at St. Louis and Sebring, top five finishes at Watkins Glen (twice), a 3rd at Road America, a 2nd at Lime Rock, Ct., and a win in the Escort Series at Mid Ohio, all in Camaros.  Warner won the IMSA Media Challenge (for racing journalists) in 1984, 1985, and 1986.   He participated as a driver in the SAAB World Speed Record Run at Talladega, Alabama in 1986.  Warner has driven factory sponsored road races for Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Mercury, and Ford.  He currently races the ex-Bob Tullius, Group 44/ ex-Paul Newman Triumph TR-6 and the ex-Group 44 Triumph TR-8 Trans Am/IMSA car in vintage racing. He has been awarded the Skip Barber Cup (Lime Rock) and the John Kelly Trophy (Mid Ohio) for driving. 

In addition to racing, he restores and collects interesting cars.  Currently in his collection are a 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, a 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham, a 1955 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 “Daytona”, a 1952 Muntz Road Jet, a 1971 Porsche 911T (owned since new), a 1979 Mercedes Benz 450SL (Jane’s car), a 1928 Simplex Piston Ring Special, 1978 Bill Mitchell Special Vehicles Development Oldsmobile Omega, a 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder, a 2005 Ford GT, and the two previously mentioned Triumph race cars.  The centerpiece of his collection was Edsel Ford’s 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster which he sold in 2008.  Over the years he has restored a Brabham BT-8 (ex-Denny Hulme, Tourist Trophy winner), an Elva Mk 5, a Lotus 11 LeMans (ex-Innes Ireland), the Lang Cooper (nee Shelby King Cobra), a 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta (now in the General Motors Heritage Collection),  a 1954 Corvette, and a BMW M-1.

In 1996, he founded The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance near his home of Jacksonville, Florida.  In the fifteen year history of the show, it has raised over $ 1.7 million dollars for Community Hospice and Spina Bifida.  For his charitable work, he was recognized by The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville with the Frank Sherman Award;  The WTLV Channel 12, Twelve Who Care Award;  The National Philanthropic Award as Volunteer of the Year (1998)and the American Institute for Public Service, Jefferson Award.

In 2002, he was recognized by a panel of automotive writers and journalists with the Meguiar’s Automobile Hobby Person of the Year.  The ceremony was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, and was nationally televised.  Other recipients of the Meguiar’s Award have been Jay Leno, the late Chip Miller of Carlisle Productions, and Steve Earle of the Monterey Historic Races.

In 2003, he was inducted into the Road Racing Driver’s Club by British Racing Champion, Brian Redman.

In September of 2005, Warner was named to the Steering Committee of the LeMay Automotive Museum, Tacoma, Washington.

In February 2006, The Federacion de Automovilismo de Puerto Rico recognized Bill and Jane for their contribution to the preservation of antique and classic cars.

In July of 2008, Bill was named  one of the “Top 50 Players in the Classic Car World” by Octane Magazine (UK) joining such automotive luminaries at Sir Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Jay Leno, Phil Hill and Lord March.

In October of 2008, Bill was awarded the Lee Iococca Award given as recognition for “Dedication to Excellence in Perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition”. 

In August of 2009, Bill was appointed to the Selection Committee of the Monterey Historic Races, Monterey, California.

He has served as the Honorary Chief Judge at the Thousand Oaks Concours d’Elegance, Thousand Oaks, California, and Honorary Chairman of the EyesOn Design, Detroit, Michigan (2010).  He has served on judging teams at the Glenmoor Gathering (Ohio), the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance (Philadelphia), The Louis Vuitton Concours, New York City, and the Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance (near Houston).

Bill is recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Florida Service ribbon and served 30 years in the Florida Air National Guard, retiring at the rank of Major.

He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in 1966.

His wife of forty-four years, Jane, has patiently put up with his automotive mania with an understanding beyond reasonable expectations, as have his three children, son, Clay, and twin daughters, Demery Webber and Dana Shewmaker, and granddaughters, Lindsey Jane Webber and Mildred Huxley Warner.

Newest Paul Harris Fellow

Congratulation to South Jacksonville Rotary Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow, Chris Bouton!

Board Action
Approved for your consideration into membership - John Lawlor, sponsor is PP Al Wilkinson and the classification is Law, Wills/Estates/Trusts.  Anyone having an objection, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

A spring time social will be held on May 22 at the Alhambra dinner theatre.  The show is the Buddy Holly Story and we are looking forward to a fun event!  Mark your calendars and be sure to support the club.

We are pleased to announce the Jacksonville Historical Society raised approximately $15,000 with the Gingerbread Event this year.   

Welcome Howard W. Kelley, Rotary Club of Jacksonville

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

 Meet Howard W. Kelley
"The History of Rotary in Jacksonville"
Howard W. Kelley has been a member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville for 30 of its 100 years and is also a Sustaining Paul Harris Fellow.
Howard is the recently retired president of Jacksonville-based Sally Corporation. Sally is one of the oldest and largest designers and fabricators of animation robotics and dark rides used internationally in theme parks, museums, and attractions.
Before joining Sally in 1985, Howard spent more than 25 years in broadcasting including 10 years in television management as news director and later vice president and general manager of Channel 12 WTLV. He has been a reporter, assignment editor, news producer and anchor. He is recipient of a number of awards for broadcast journalism.
 In his retirement he is president of Aspergantis LLC, an Internet services company which provides specialized web hosting, custom software applications, and operates a series of retail and commercial websites.
A Jacksonville native, Howard received his undergraduate degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida. He is a PMD graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Japanese International School of Business Studies.
Howard is currently a director Houston-based American Electric Technologies, a NASDAQ energy equipment manufacturing firm. He previously served as corporate director of broadcast strategic planning for a major U.S. communications company.  He has served as a director of several U.S. technology corporations with diverse international business activities. He is a frequent international lecturer on future technology, international business, strategic planning, and corporate governance and ethics.
Howard is a former chairman of the District Board of Trustees of Florida Community College at Jacksonville. He as an executive lecturer at the University Of North Florida College Of Business Administration and Jacksonville University's Executive MBA program.  Howard has also been an adjunct instructor for Florida Community College at Jacksonville teaching courses in Internet technologies and Internet business. 
For more than two decades, he has been active in local and regional civic and community affairs. Howard has been a five-time member of the executive committee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Jacksonville World Trade Center Association and a founder of First Coast Council of Chambers. He has received the Governor's Excellence in Export Achievement Award and is a holder of the Williamson Award for Contributions to Regional Economic Development.

Update on the Eradication of Polio

Rotary International has matched the Bill Gates grant!!!!  Rotary International President Banerjee accepted the largest check from any district at the Centennial Celebration in Jacksonville on February 13th with a donation of more than $1 million from our District 6970. Rotary International has now collectively contributed $600 million towards polio eradication!

When Rotary International began working towards the eradication of Polio, there were 1,000 new cases of polio a day.  In the mid 1990's, India had over 50,00 new cases per year.  In 2011, there were less than 2 new cases per day.  There were only 611 cases in all for 2011.

Centennial Celebration Pictures

John McCarthy, President Odette Struys, RI President Kalyan Banerjee and Jane Upton

Dedication of the Mobile Unit

Rex  & Grant
Rotary Youth Exchange Students participated in the Centennial Celebration.  Our inbound exchange student from Taiwan, Rex Fan Chiang entered the celebration with Grant Zwolinski, the outbound exchange student going to Taiwan in August.

Celebration of 100 Years of Rotary in Florida

Monday, February 13, 2012

100th Anniversary Celebration
Doors open at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker Kalyan Banerjee
2011-12 Rotary International President

You are invited to the 100th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on February 13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 224 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL.   The keynote speaker is our 2011-12 Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee.  Doors open at noon and the meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.   The South Jacksonville Club will cover the cost for their members to attend.  There is a $5 parking fee.  

Welcome to Our Newest Member 
Charlie Sheppard
Charlie is a native of Newport News, Virginia and earned his BS degree from Virginia Tech.  He has lived in Jacksonville 14 years.  Charlie is married to Brenda, a RN at Baptist Medical Center, and he is the proud father of twin daughters and a son.  He is the Past President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Southpoint Jacksonville and chaired the annual fundraising event for two years to fund the first patient room in the new Wolfson Children’s Hospital building under construction at this time.  Charlie's hobbies include shooting sports, tennis and fishing.

A Note From The Board
 Approved for your consideration into membership - Kevin Hyde, sponsor is PP Allan Clark; classification is Law-Labor & Employment.  Anyone having any objections, please notify the Board in writing within ten (10) days.

Welcome Back President Odette!

It is good to have President Odette 
back at our meetings with us.  
She has been missed by all!

In Memory of Bob Massey, Sr.

Welcome Jerry Mallot, President of JAXUSA Partnership

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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

Meet Jerry Mallot
 President of JAXUSA Partnership

Jerry M. Mallot is executive vice president of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and president of JAXUSA Partnership, formerly Cornerstone. Mallot directs a staff of 12 in the areas of Business Development, International, Workforce and Research.  He led the formation of a seven-country economic development program to expand high wage jobs in northeast Florida.  During his tenure, Jacksonville has seen its greatest number of new and expanded companies, as well as new jobs created, in the city’s history.

Mallot serves on the Board of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities and is president of Leadership Jacksonville.  He is past president of the Florida Economic Development Council and World Trade Center Association of Florida.  Mallot has served on various Boards including Enterprise Florida, Visit Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council.  He has been named the Professional Economic Developer of the Year in both Florida and Kansas.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in January of 1994, Mallot was senior vice president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Tampa Bay Partnership, a six-county regional economic development program.

Mallot, with his wife Janet, spent the majority of his life in Wichita, Kansas where he served as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce and led economic development for 19 years. 

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in business and a Master’s Degree in economics from Wichita State University.  Mallot has earned the Certified Economic Developer and Certified Chamber Executive designations, the top professional certifications in these fields.   

Mallot enjoys golf and outdoor activities, has six grandchildren and serves as a big brother in the Big Brother, Big Sister Program.
Celebration of 100 Years of Rotary In Florida 

You are invited to the 100th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on February 13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 224 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL.   The keynote speaker is our 2011-12 Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee.  Doors open at noon and the meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.   The South Jacksonville Club will cover the cost for their members to attend.  There is a $5 parking fee.  

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The club raised $1,057.25 during the holiday season ringing the bell for the Salvation Army!  Thank you to all who participated!

Blood Drive
Thank you to Harlan Bost, Richard Dow, William Dufresne, Christine Goldsmith, Ted Johnson, Jim Lanahan, Miguel Mariano, Charlie Sheppard and Victor Zambetti for donating blood!

 Pictures from January 31 Meeting

Bill Jaycox, Rick Morales, Jane Upton, Ben Warner, Mary Alice Phelan
Joe Miller welcomes his guests!
Our exchange student, Rex Fan Chiang, providing an update.
Jane Upton ending the meeting with a quote!