Calendar of Events

Welcome District Governor John Brunner

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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

Meet District Governor 
John Brunner

John is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville.  John joined Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville in 1999.  He served in various capacities before becoming President in 2002-2003.   John served as the District Newsletter editor in 2003 through 2005, District Secretary from 2004 through 2006 and as an Assistant District Governor from 2007 through 2010.  He also served on the District Rotary Youth Exchange team from 2003 through 2006 and the District Foundation Committee from 2006 through 2009.   He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor, and both a Benefactor and a member of the Bequest Society.

John served in the US Navy for 22 years retiring in 1995.  While on active duty, he received his BA from California State University, Long Beach.  Since his retirement, John has been very active in his adopted hometown of Gainesville. He attended the University of Florida as a Post Graduate student in the College of Education.   He served as a Guardian ad Litem in the 8th Judicial District, a mentor in Take Stock in Children, and as a board member of the American Cancer Society.  John is a former chair of the Alachua County office of Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing Board and was chair of the Alachua County Planning Commission.  

When time permits, John and his wife Ruth (Ruthie), a Paul Harris Fellow, enjoy working on their home together and tending to their flower gardens.   Ruthie has two daughters and three grandchildren which she proudly shares with John.  

Literacy Mentoring Partnership
San Jose Elementary

Below are the steps for all volunteers to complete the application on line:

 Greetings from Taiwan

South Jacksonville Rotary's 2011-2012 inbound exchange student, Rex Fan Chiang, has been busy since his return home to Taiwan on July 13th.  On July 20th he shared his experience as an exchange student with the Taichung South Rotary Club.  Then on August 18th, he received an exchange student diploma from District 3460.  Rex is back in school, catching up with family and friends, and settling back into his life in Taiwan.   He sends a big "THANK YOU!" to the South Jacksonville Rotary Club.

 Update from Denmark

Krista Hill, South Jacksonville Rotary's 2012-2013 outbound exchange student, arrived in Denmark on August 4th.  She was met by her counselor and host brother.  In the few weeks she has been there she has traveled with her host family for a weekend in the north and to Germany for her birthday.  School has started.  Krista is attending school with 2 other Rotary exchange students from Wisconsin and Columbia.  As part of the intro-camp for all of Denmark's inbound Rotary exchange students, she has Danish lessons 6 hours a day.  

Board Action
The following candidate has been approved for your consideration into membership:  Roy Neal, sponsored by PP Mike Darragh and presented under the classification of Transportation-Railroad Operations.  Anyone having an objection, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days. 

Recap of the August 28th Meeting
Greeter:  Doug McCullough
The Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer:  Carolyn Gentry
Literacy Partners UpdateKristie Kemp, Principle San Jose Elementary
Update on N. Jacksonville Annual Fund Raiser - Oct. 5 at the Zoo:   Doug Register
Introduction of Visitors & Guests:  Casey Martin
Family of Rotary - Member Update: 
Carolyn Gentry
Guest Speaker Introduction:  PP Barry Covington
Speaker:  Corky Rogers
Corky Rogers, Bolles Head Football Coach, spoke to the South Jacksonville Rotary Club.  He shared his personal experience as a high school football coach, the rewards and the challenges of working with young players.

Welcome Corky Rogers, Bolles Football Head Coach

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.
Meet Corky Rogers
Bolles Football Head Coach

Career Record:
411-71-1 (through the 2011 season)
270-32 at Bolles (1989-2011)
141-39-1 at Lee High School (1972-88)

10 State Championships
  • Became the eighth coach in the history of high school football throughout the nation to reach 400 wins
  • Named National High School Football Coach of the Year for 2004-05 by the National High School Coaches Association
  • Most wins, state titles, and playoff victories among high school football coaches in Florida history
  • Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame (2002)
  • FACA Life Membership Award for outstanding contribution to high school athletics and the coaching profession
  • USA Head Coach for NFL Global Junior Championships (2005)
  • Sunshine Network Coach of the Year (2002)
  • FACA-Dairy Farmers Football Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008)
  • Nominated for NFL High School Coach of the Year (2002)
  • Head Coach of the North-South All-Star Football Classic (1990)
Charles “Corky” Rogers' career as a high school football coach has spanned five decades, producing more wins than any other coach in Florida. In 2011, Rogers became just the eighth coach in the history of high school football in the nation to reach 400 wins.  He has guided the Bolles football program since the 1989 season, helping the Bulldogs to compile the most state titles of any football program in Florida.  In 2011, Rogers led Bolles to the program's 11th state title, increasing his own state records for wins to 411, state titles as a coach to 10, and playoff victories to 70.

The 2010 Bolles varsity football team posted the program’s fourth undefeated regular season in the last five years, won the 30th district title in program history, posted an overall record of 11-1, and advanced to the Region 1-2B Final.

The 2008 and 2009 seasons produced the first back-to-back state titles in program history, bringing Bolles’ state football titles to ten. Rogers recorded his ninth state title as the Bulldogs’ coach in 2009, increasing his lead in state championships among Florida coaches.  Bolles posted a 12-1 record in 2009, winning the program's 29th district title along the way. The 2008 Bolles squad went undefeated, notching 14 victories.

In 2007, the varsity squad posted a 10-0 regular season record, winning the district title, their opening playoff game, and reaching the regional final.  The 2006 season ended with Bolles’ eighth state title in program history and Rogers’ seventh as the Bulldogs’ coach.  Rogers tied the mark for most state titles among high school football coaches in Florida history.  The team also posted a 14-0 record to go along with district and regional titles.  In the 2005 season, he guided the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record, district championship title, and a region runners-up finish.

The 2004-05 academic year proved to be one of the most significant in Rogers’ coaching career as he guided the Bulldogs to the School’s seventh state title in football, became the all-time leader in wins among Florida high school football coaches, was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and was named National High School Football Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.  He also shared in the Bolles Athletic Program being selected the ninth best overall program in the nation by Sports Illustrated and the 2005 football squad being named one of the top 25 teams to watch in the nation by Street & Smith’s.

Rogers has established this outstanding success by focusing on a single objective: developing his players into young men who possess the character-building skills necessary to win at football and life.

Nationally recognized by collegiate coaches for his skill in producing outstanding college football recruits, Rogers insists it is due to his team members’ dedication.  He requires them to play the game to the best of their abilities, maintain respect for their coaches and teammates, excel academically, participate in their communities, and make the right choices in every area of their lives.

Prior to Bolles, Rogers coached at his alma mater, Robert E. Lee High School, leading the Generals to playoff appearances in 10 straight seasons.  As a student-athlete at Lee, Rogers played for the 1960 state championship football team and the 1961 state baseball championship team. He is a graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology where he lettered in football.

Rogers and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Tracy and Jennifer, and several grandchildren.

Inbound Orientation

Anna Zimmermann, South Jacksonville Rotary's youth exchange student, attend RYE-Florida Inbound Orientation at Lake Yale the weekend of August 17 - 19.  In attendance were 78 Florida inbound youth exchange students from 30 different countries.  

Recap of the August 21st Meeting
Greeters:  Dinkins Grange & Leandra Dopazo
The Pledge of Allegiance:  Doug McCullough
Prayer: PP Odette Struys
Literacy Mentor Program UpdateRichard Dow
Treasury Update:  Tom Ranney, Jr. 
Update on Son's Achievement:  Ken Wilson
Jaguar Ticket Update:  Ron Patrick
Introduction of Visitors & Guests:  PP Robert Meek
Family of Rotary - Member Update:  Mary Alice Phelan
Service Opportunity Contact:  Doug McCullough
Football Report:  Jeremy Miller
Guest Speaker Introduction:  Lynn Betros
Speaker:  Macky Weaver

Macky Weaver, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jaguars,  spoke to the South Jacksonville Rotary about working with the Jaguars, the new ownership and changes for the coming year.

Welcome Macky Weaver

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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

Meet Macky Weaver
Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing

Macky Weaver was promoted to Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing in April 2010. His responsibilities include overseeing all sales activities (premium, general bowl, and suites seating), and marketing.

Prior to this, Macky served as executive director where he was responsible for the sales and service of all sponsor and media inventory associated with the Jaguars and Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. 

He originally joined the Jaguars on May 15, 1994 as an account executive in corporate sponsorship. He was promoted director of corporate sponsorship in December of 1997 and to executive director in 2004.  He is one of 13 staff members who joined the Jaguars in 1994.  Weaver was born in Atlanta and moved to Jacksonville in 1976.

Anna Zimmermann
Inbound RYE Student 
Welcomed by
South Jacksonville Rotary Club

Anna Zimmermann, South Jacksonville's inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student 2012-2013, arrived in Jacksonville on Saturday, August 11, 2012.  She was welcomed by President Jim & Marian Lanahan, Past President Vicki-lynne Gloger & Rod Hindman, and her new host families, the Van Den Heuvals and the Fores.

Anna is from Wohlen, Switzerland.  She is 17 years old and the oldest of 3 children.  She has 2 younger sisters, Lisa and Lara.  Anna loves music.  She sings in the choir and a band.  She also plays the piano.  She speaks 3 languages, German, English and French.  Anna will be attending the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Recap of the August 14th Meeting
Greeter:  Dinkins Grange
The Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer: DougMcCullogh
Introduction of Guests:  Bob Massey, Jr.
Family of Rotary - Member Update:  Mary Alice Phelan
Guest Speaker Introduction:  Lynn Betros
Speaker:  Erik Dellenback
Erik Dellenback, President, Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, spoke to the South Jacksonville Rotary Club about what it was like to come to work for Tim Tebow and the foundation.  The mission of the Tim Tebow Foundation is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.

Welcome Erik Dellenback

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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

Meet Erik Dellenback
President/Executive Director, Tim Tebow Foundation

Erik Dellenback is currently serving in his second year as the President / Executive Director of the Tim Tebow Foundation where he oversees all areas of the foundation including fundraising, selection and fulfillment of outreach initiatives, and operations and brand management.

Prior to this role, Erik served for over 11 years at the Gator Bowl Association, most recently as Vice-President/CMO. Erik also served the Gator Bowl as Director of Marketing, Director of the ACC Football Championship, Director of Promotions and Ticket Manager.

Erik served for 3 years as an adjunct professor in Flagler College’s nationally accredited Sport Management program. Prior to joining the Gator Bowl Association, Erik worked for the University of Florida Athletic Department in Marketing and Promotions.

He is active in the Gator Bowl Association Committee and Christ’s Church.

A Florida native, Erik graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sports Management. Erik and his wife Elizabeth have three children: Blake, Tyler and Emma. 

At San Jose Elementary School

Would you like to spend an hour a week making a powerful impact on a child’s life?  Rotary Literacy Partners know that reading skills impact all other learning, and help with those skills early on is key to academic success.  As you consider volunteering, please look over this year’s program features:
  • Training onsite (weekday)    
  • School District approval required (includes background check and found online at under Community/Volunteers)  
  • Serve as a mentor of your student for the length of the school year 
  • Commit to consistency with student (meet each week or minimum of 2 times per month)   
  • Mentor at Kindergarten level at San Jose, during class time   
  • Cultivate a mentoring relationship with a young reader.  
Please contact Richard Dow at to volunteer or for more information. 

Mark Your Calendar

Anna Zimmermann
Arrival of Rotary Youth Exchange Student - August 11th:  Please come out and welcome Anna Zimmermann to the U.S.A.  Anna is South Jacksonville Rotary's inbound exchange student from Switzerland.  She arrives on Saturday, August 11th, 6:55 pm at the Jacksonville International Airport.
Rotary Foundation Seminar - August 18th Rotary Foundation Seminar at the Thrasher Horne Center in Orange Park on College Drive.  Breakfast and lunch are provided and the club pays for anyone who would like to attend.

Congratulations Members
Perfect Attendance 
During the 2011-2012 Year 


President Jim Lanahan began the year by sharing his vision and goals for the South Jacksonville Rotary Club.  The goals included leadership development with a goal of 3 members to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).   Four members attended RLI on August 4th.  Dinkins Grange and PE Harlan Bost completed Part I.  PP Barry Covington completed Part II.  President Jim Lanahan and Bea Fore graduated with the completion of Part III.

Recap of the August 7th Meeting
Greeters:  Dinkins Grange & Jim Casey
The Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer:  Christine Goldsmith
Introduction of Guests:  Jim Casey 
Family of Rotary - Member Update:  Mary Alice Phelan
Blue Badge Recipient:  Jim Casey 
Welcome Back:  Maury Pilver & PP Odette Struys
Literacy Mentor Program Update:  Richard Dow
Water Project Update:  PP James Chansler
Guest Speaker Introduction:  Lynn Betros
Speaker:  Donovin Darius

Donovin Darius visited the South Jacksonville Rotary Club .  He spoke about events from his NFL draft experience, career and the Donovin Darius Foundation.