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Welcome Ron DeSantis

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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

Meet Ron DeSantis
"Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: The Enduring Relevance of America’s Constitutional Foundations"

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Ron DeSantis is a proud Floridian of humble beginnings who knows the value of hard work. To put himself through college, he swept floors, collected trash, moved furniture, parked cars, served as an electrician’s assistant, coached baseball clinics, and set up hospitality tents, earning a reputation as the most employable student at Yale University.
He received his bachelor of arts, magna cum laude with a major in history, from Yale, where he was a four year starter and the captain of the varsity baseball team. He received his juris doctor, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

While studying at Harvard he earned a commission as a JAG officer in the United States Navy. During his naval service, he supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq.

He has also served as a federal prosecutor and as a military prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as theft of sensitive military property, corruption, child abuse, child exploitation, and fraud, as well as notable cases concerning interference with military air navigation and “stolen valor” offenses.

His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

DeSantis’ service in the military and as a prosecutor has required him to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, an oath he takes seriously. Like many Americans, he is disgusted by political elites who display ignorance of—and in some instances, an outright contempt for—the very Constitution they swear to uphold. To this end, he wrote a book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama (2011), because he saw the nation moving away from the enduring principles that the Constitution reflects and upon which the nation was founded.

He is currently an officer in the reserve component of the United States Navy. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He has lectured on the law of war at Florida Coastal School of Law. His writing has appeared in National Review Online, The Washington Times, The American Spectator, Human Events and The American Thinker.

He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. On February 9, 2012, Ron announced that he is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly-created congressional district 6 along Florida’s First Coast, which includes St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia and Putnam counties. He has been endorsed by Erick Erickson of and by the Combat Veterans for Congress PAC. 

Joy Hardaker in the Times Union

Joy Hardaker was quoted on a Times Union article about Rotary.  The full article can be viewed at
Rotary Alhambra Event
May 22, 2012

Join us in the Rotary Alhambra Event on May 22, 2012 for the "Buddy Holly Story".  Tickets are $75.00 for adults and $50.00 for children.  It is sure to be a great event!

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! 

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 & 2 weeks in May.
  • TPC - Rotary Discount - May 10th - 13th
  • Rotary Alhambra Event - May 22nd

Pictures from Our April 24th Meeting