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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.