Calendar of Events

Welcome President Jim Lanahan

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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

President Jim Lanahan
To Share His Vision
Join Us for Our First Meeting of the 2012 Rotary Year

Dear South Jacksonville Rotarians,

Thank you for this opportunity to serve.  It is truly my honor to hold this position.  Past President Odette has navigated some challenging issues this past year and deserves our gratitude for her leadership.

Much like the Chinese curse, though, we are still living in interesting times.  Our club has been through what I call “re-sizing”.   Our finances continue to go through “reviewing.”  The membership composition of our club is “re-doing.”  In this sense, we are no different than most other clubs in the USA.

Things are not what they were when I joined.  I am sure they are different than when you joined. 

Yet, we continue to serve.  We continue to seek out opportunities to make our planet and our community a better place to live.  The Rotary International Strategic Plan defines Rotarians this way:

“A worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.”

In my vision for our club in the coming year, I see an organization that actively seeks out members who match that definition.  We will participate in high visibility projects in our local community that will enable us to be viewed in a more positive light.   I see continued progress towards a solid financial foundation for our club.  We will pursue cooperative activities with other community organizations, even outside of Rotary.  Our international water efforts will continue to be a highlighted emphasis for our club.  Additionally, I envision a club with 100% participation in the Rotary Foundation’s efforts.

I plan to initiate a 3-5 year strategic planning process with 3 goals: 1) Identify and develop a signature project for which the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville will be well known. 2.) Identify major long term fund raising opportunities to support our services, and 3.) Develop improved processes for member recruitment and retention.

Finally, for those of you who enjoy the comaraderie of long time friends at our meetings, I ask that you work to make new friends of our newer members.  There are interesting people among us.  For those of you who are looking for new ways to serve, just say yes when asked.  If not asked, speak up.   For those newer members in the “networking” mode, get to know your fellow members through your involvement.  The networking will happen.

For everyone, bring your sense of humor.  It will make a better experience!

What I plan to bring to the effort as your president is renewed enthusiasm for our mission.  I believe by re-emphasizing these efforts, we can solve our membership, financial and our club activity challenges.

I will be outlining specific activities in our first meeting of the Rotary year on July 10.  I am looking forward to a great year with you.  Thank you again for this opportunity!

Jim Lanahan

 Hail & Farewell Event

Bruce Maddern, Marcus Drewa & PP Odette Struys
 Marcus Drewa Receives the Frank Sherman Award

Lisa Appelo, Chris Bouton, PP Odette Struys & Ben Appelo
Chris Bouton the First Recipient of the Dan Appelo New Member Award
The Dan Appelo New Member Award recognizes new members who obtain a
Paul Harris Fellowship within their first year of joining Rotary, 
as did the namesake of this award, and for additionally excelling in 
Service Above Self within the first year of being a member of our Club.
Bea Fore & PP Odette Struys
Bea Fore Receives the Spotlight Award

Jason Burnett Receives the President's Award

Wayne Young Receives the MVP of the Year

President Jim Lanahan & Past President Odette Struys

 The Passing of the Gavel

More Pictures from the Hail & Farewell Event

Hail & Farewell Party

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Party begins at 6:00 p.m.

Thank You President Odette Struys

Join us for the "Hale & Farewell" event on June 26th at the River City Brewing Company at 6:00 p.m.  The party is free, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket!

Welcome Bill Masson, President Emeritus and Member of the Board of Baptist Health

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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

Meet Bill Mason
President Emeritus & Member of the Board  of Baptist Health

Our speaker on Tuesday, June 19th, is William C. (Bill) Mason, President Emeritus and Member of the Board  of Baptist Health. Mr. Mason has enjoyed a long career in hospital administration both at home and abroad. He began his career as a Foreign Service Officer in the US State Department serving as an Officer in the US Agency for International Development building hospitals and medical schools through the American Embassies in several nations, including one three year tour at the US Embassy in Saigon from 1966 through 1969. He also served a four year term as CEO of the Baptist Medical Centers in Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa and another four year term as the CEO of the new Baptist Medical Center in Bangalore, India. Mr. Mason began his Jacksonville responsibilities at Baptist Medical Center  Jacksonville in 1978.
            Mr. Mason has had an active life of public service in Jacksonville, having served as Board Chairman of several organizations including the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Jacksonville Port Authority, the Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI), the Baptist/St. Vincent’s Health System, the Board of Deacons at the Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, and Treasurer of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission. He has been the recipient of awards for his community service including the Humanitarian Award of One Jax, the Distinguished Business Leader/Prime Osborne Award of the UNF College of Business and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jacksonville Business Journal. Bill is the incoming President Elect of the Downtown Rotary Club.
            Bill Mason and his wife Julie reside on Greenridge Road in San Marco in the home built in 1938 by our own Ken Guernsey, President of Rotary International in 1947-48. Paul Harris also slept there when visiting the Guernseys in Jacksonville.

Tyrie Boyer on the Florida Times Union

Tyrie Boyer was recently quoted in the Florida Times Union regarding the old courthouse. "Everybody thought it was so modern, and it was modern.  I mean, terrazzo floors compared to the other courthouse".  The entire article can be found at

Dale Malloy 
Receives the Dorothy Hansen Award
Dale Malloy received the Dorothy Hansen Award on Thursday night at the Florida Association of Blood Banks 66th annual conference in Gainesville.  The entire article can be found at

Hale & Farewell Event

Mark your calendar to attend the "Hale & Farewell" event on June 26th at the River City Brewing Company at 6:00 p.m.  The party is free, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket!  Please RSVP the June 19th meeting. 

Pictures from the June 12th Meeting

Welcome Jon Heymann, Chief Executive Officer, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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

Meet Jon Heymann
Chief Executive Officer, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville

Jon Heymann attended the University of Florida where he received his master’s degree in education leadership and is currently in the process of completing his doctoral degree in education leadership at the University of North Florida.  He is a Florida Board Certified Addiction Professional (CCJAP) with a specialization in Criminal Justice.  He has written a substance abuse curriculum and has assisted the Certification Board of Florida in establishing standards for the Certification of Addiction Professionals.  Jon serves on various national and state boards including Foundations Inc., the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Education, and has served on the boards of North East Florida Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.  Jon’s professional background of working in private ministry, public penitentiaries and substance abuse programs has led him to his current position of Chief Executive Officer of Communities In Schools of Jacksonville which he has held for the past 14 years.

Dale Malloy in the News
The Florida Times Union and the St. Augustine Record recently announced Dale Malloy's replacement, Valerie Collins, as CEO of The Blood Alliance as of this October.  The articles can be found at  and

        For The Purpose of Doing Good In the World

F or a man best known as the father of The Rotary Foundation, Arch C. Klumph was modest about his role in its creation.
In 1928, he listed three accomplishments that gave him "more satisfaction than any other contributions to Rotary" -- and launching the Foundation wasn't among them.
Instead, he emphasized his role in writing Rotary's constitution in 1915, which he asserted "gave Rotary International its first centralized power and made all the Objects and fundamentals of Rotary universal." He also took pride in establishing attendance reports and in being the first to insist upon founding a European branch office of Rotary International.
Klumph was born in the small town of Conneautville, Pennsylvania, USA, on 6 June 1869. When he was a child, his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he would later become a member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland. In 1914, he was elected a director of the International Association of Rotary Clubs and served on the Constitution and By-laws Committee and the Executive Committee. He was elected Rotary's sixth president in 1916, five years after he became a Rotarian.
Near the end of his term as president, at the 1917 international convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Klumph reminded Rotarians that "Rotary is at the present time entering a new era, demanding improved methods in administrative machinery, with which to carry out the splendid principles which have been laid down heretofore." He defined six points of action, including an endowment, which would later become The Rotary Foundation:
"Carrying on, as we are, a miscellaneous community service, it seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world, in charitable, educational or other avenues of community progress, or such funds could be well used for extension work."
Through Klumph's simple yet profound statement, the Rotary Endowment Fund was born. The first contribution was made by the Rotary Club of Kansas City in 1917. By 1928, when the RI Bylaws were amended to change the name to The Rotary Foundation, the endowment fund had grown to over $5,000.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first grant: $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children , as requested by the donor, Rotary founder Paul P. Harris.

Joe Miller's Son Appearance on First Coast News