Calendar of Events

Come Out To A Suns Baseball Game

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ball Park Dinner begins at 5:45 p.m.

 Suns Baseball Event for South Jacksonville Rotary

Join us for South Jacksonville Rotary's Suns baseball event on April 10th at 5:45 p.m.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.  The event is $16.95 per person.  Children under 3 get in free.  The ticket includes group seating in section #101.  It also includes Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Popcorn and Sodas.

 President Odette Struys Visits Rotary Club of Johor Bahru

President Odette Struys presents the South Jacksonville's Rotary Club Banner to Ng Swee Poh, President of the Rotary Club of Johor Bahru.  

As President Odette returned from her travel, she saw a Rotary polio eradication advertisement in the Chicago airport.  Her quote about the experience, "Made me proud to be a Rotarian!!!"
Rotary Literacy Project
The well-known and well-attended “Box-A-Go-Go” is making its return Spring appearance in April.  “Books-A-Go-Go” Executive Director, Betty Metz, was our guest at the April 3 meeting to remind us about the importance of placing a child’s first book in the hands of children who would not receive one otherwise.  Contributing books (new or gently used, age appropriate for a first time reader) and donations will make our Spring Literacy Project even more successful than last fall!  (Donations can be made directly to Patti or they can be charged to your account.)  Thanks!

District Conference  
This year the District Conference is a little different.  It will be 3 mini conferences held on 3 different days in 3 different locations.  The mini-conference on Friday April 20, 2012 will be in Jacksonville at EverBank Field from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  For more information visit the District web site:

Rotary of South Jacksonville
Awards Nominations

The Public Relations-awards Committee of Rotary of South Jacksonville is proud to open nominations for two annual awards-The Frank Sherman Award and the Good Government Award.

The Frank Sherman “Service Above Self “ Award
The Frank W. Sherman-Service Above Self Award was established in honor of our Charter President and sponsored by the American National Bank.  Frank Sherman founded Southside Rotary in 1955.

This is an Annual award given to a Rotarian in the greater Jacksonville area who has demonstrated service to Rotary, his/her business or profession and community; selected by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Board. 

Past recipients have included Walter Bussells, I. M. Sulzbacher and Ashley Verlander.

The Frank Sherman Award is open to nominations from throughout the Greater Jacksonville Area. Nominations should be submitted to Neil McGuinness (n.mcguinness@murphy; 904-509-7582) by Tuesday May 22, 2012. The selected nominee will be announced at the “Hail and Farewell” event on June 26.

Good Government Award
The Good Government Award is given annually to a local government official in appreciation of his or her efforts. Past recipients have included Audrey Moran, John Delaney, Sheriff Nat Glover, Rick Mullaney and State Attorney Harry Shorstein.

The Good Government Award is open to nominations from throughout the Greater (multi-county) Jacksonville Area. Nominations should be submitted to Neil McGuinness (n.mcguinness@murphy; 904-509-7582) by Tuesday May 22, 2012. The selected nominee will be announced at the “Hail and Farewell” event on June 26.

Please take a moment right now to think of who you’d like to nominate for one or both awards. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and nominations.

Marcus Drewa in the Florida Times Union 
Marcus Drewa was recently mentioned in an article in the Florida Times Union as the recipient of the R. David and I. Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Children's Home Society of Florida.  The entire article can be found at

Thank You From Ken Weiss
Past President Ken Weiss thanks South Jacksonville Rotarians for allowing him to add their email addresses to the “Friends of YCC” list.  Periodic emails will keep readers up to date on what is happening at Florida’s FIRST and BUSIEST  emergency shelter for runaway and throwaway children.  Ken now serves as Associate Director of the Youth Crisis Center Foundation.  He invites all fellow Rotarians to visit the website .  Call Ken at 904-237-2876 (c)  for a tour of the YCC Campus.
 Promoting Rotary
Charlie Sheppard via the Sheppard Company website promotes Rotary and hopes to attract new members with a link to the South Jacksonville Rotary Club's site.

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

TPC Players Championship 
Discounted Tickets for D6970 Rotary Club Members
THE PLAYERS Championship is offering District 6970 Rotary Clubs a private, specially priced ticket program allowing members the opportunity to purchase 2012 PLAYERS Championship tickets at a substantially discounted rate. In addition, for each ticket purchased, THE PLAYERS will make a $2.00 donation to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. Members can purchase good any one day grounds tickets for $35.00, regularly $55.00! Because these tickets are good any one day, there are no worries if you are not sure which day you would like to attend as these tickets are good any one day, Thursday – Sunday (May 10-13). This program is not limited to Rotary members and there is no limit to the number of tickets one member can purchase. Youth, 18 and younger, are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. To purchase, go to the link listed below and enter the promo code, ROTARY1. Tickets will be emailed to you after the purchase is complete. Your Ticketmaster link:
Thank you for your support of THE PLAYERS Championship as we endeavor to showcase Northeast Florida and improve the lives of those in our community.

Mark Your Calenders
  • Our "Books-A-Go-Go" drive is on now during the month of April.
  • District Conference - April 20th.
  • Rotary Night at the Jacksonville Symphony - April 26th.
  • TPC - Rotary Discount - May 10th - 13th
  • Rotary Alhambra Event - May 22nd

Pictures from April 3, 2012 Meeting