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Please Welcome Jim Clark

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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

Meet Jim Clark

James “Jim” Clark has built his own life around improving life for children and is considered one of the leading child advocates in the area.  He’s a licensed social worker and national speaker on topics including children’s mental health and raising positive children.

Since 1998, Jim has been the president and Chief Executive Officer of Daniel Memorial, Inc., Florida’s oldest child-serving agency.  He leads the staff to help an average of 1,000 children and families a day through programs including intervention, foster care and adoption.   

Jim is on the forefront of shaping government policies concerning children.  He designed and tested Florida’s Statewide Inpatient Prevention Program at Daniel.  The state has since adopted the program as its standard approach for dealing with serious emotional problems in children requiring out-of-home-care.

Another program lead by Jim at Daniel is the Independent Living Program, which helps abandoned and homeless teenagers so they can go on to become successful adults instead of falling into the same cycles of poverty, violence or homelessness that affected their parents.  The program has become a model for the entire country.

Jim works to ensure that children and children’s related issues are a top political priority in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.  In 2001, he co-founded the Jacksonville Kids’ Coalition. The organization educates elected officials, candidates and voters.

Jim’s other accolades include: serving as the chair of the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice, being a board of trustees member for the Florida Coalition for Children, serving as the chair of the District IV Juvenile Justice Board, being a member of the Duval County Juvenile Justice Council, being a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, serving as an advisor to the National Independent Living Association and being a member of the National Black Child Development Institute.

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 in its final week.  “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
  • Final week for our "Books-A-Go-Go" drive
  • TPC - Rotary Discount - May 10th - 13th
  • Rotary Alhambra Event - May 22nd  
Charity Dollars In Action

Here is a GREAT update on what our Club has been supporting for several years with $1,000-$2,000 annual charitable grants to the World Affairs Council’s high school educational program.  Our Jacksonville academic team competition’s winners (Stanton) got the kind of experience described below while in Washington to compete nationally. We'll have an update on the results soon!
Greetings Council Directors,
Please visit the homepage of the World Affairs Council website to see our Stanton students with the Chinese Ambassador at last weekend’s National Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.  The teams arrived at Georgetown University Friday afternoon. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China hosted the Academic WorldQuest Competitors Saturday evening and Ambassador Zhang Yesui gave his observations on the US-China relationship. Following Saturday’s competition, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia hosted the WorldQuest Competitors for an afternoon reception.  What a unique experience for these students and it makes all the dedicated support of Tuesday’s local adult WorldQuest even more meaningful.  

 Members In The News 
Carolyn Gentry, EVE Awards coordinator, was recently quoted in the Floirda Times Union regarding the EVE Awards finalist.  The article, in its entirety, can be found at

Neil McGuinness is credited with helping with the Times Union article, Blood, Mystery and Intrigue in Mayport's 450-year History: The Intrigue of Mayport Follows Ribault, War Efforts and Ghosts.  The entire article can be found at

Welcome New Member
Welcome our newest member, Lynn Betros.  Lynn is a Development Associate for Nemours.  Lynn and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 25 years and live on Hideaway Dr.  They have 3 sons, one plays football for Wake Forest, one for Cornell and their youngest son attends Bartram High School.