Calendar of Events

Welcome Dr. Quincy Gibson, Assistant Professor UNF

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lunch at 12:00pm - Meeting at 12:30pm

 Meet Dr. Quincy Gibson
Assistant Professor, UNF

Dr. Quincy Gibson received her Bachelors of Science degrees in both biology and psychology from the University of Maryland and her Doctorate in biology from Georgetown University.  Her dissertation research was focused on the social development of wild bottlenose dolphin calves in Shark Bay, Australia.  After graduating, Quincy moved to Maui to take on the position of Research Director for Pacific Whale Foundation.  In this role, she led research programs on humpback whales in Hawaii, Australia and Ecuador for over two years.  She then had the opportunity to spend a summer in Belize teaching a college study abroad course on dolphins, which inspired her to return to academia. In December 2010, Quincy joined UNF’s Coastal Biology Flagship Program as a visiting research scientist and established the university’s dolphin research program.  She was then offered a tenure-track Assistant Professor position and officially joined UNF’s biology faculty in December 2012.
Mark Your Calendar
  •  August 12 - Senator Marco Rubio will speak to the Downtown Club-make a reservation with Patti.  Cost is $26
  • August 17 - District Foundation/Membership Seminar in Orange Park
  • August 22 - Sulzbacher Project
  • August 27 - Blood Mobile

News From The Board

Lauren Hopkins will be on a maternity leave of absence through Sept 30. 
Bob Massey will be on a leave of absence through Dec. 31.
Resignations were accepted with regret from Holly Karstonis, Dale Mally, Juan Miguel Gutierrez and Doug Johnson.
Mary Alice Phelan and PP Bobby Purser have changed their status to Excused Active. 
The Board approved the club's working budget of just over $100,000 for the year. 

Club July 30th Meeting Photos


Welome Jerry Mallott, President of JAXUSA Partnership

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. - Meeting at 5:30 p.m.


Meet Jerry Mallott
President of JAXUSA Partnership

Jerry M. Mallot is President of JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber. Mallot directs a staff of 12 in the areas of Business Development, International, Workforce, Marketing and Research.  He led the formation of a seven-county economic development program to expand high wage jobs in Northeast Florida.  In his nearly 20 year tenure, the Jacksonville Region has attracted tens of thousands of jobs in our target industries, including headquarters, financial services, logistics and advanced manufacturing.

From July 2011 to August 2012, Mallot served as Mayor Alvin Brown’s economic development advisor. He was tasked with developing and implementing the new economic development structure and policies, which were implemented in 2012.

From November 2012 to July 2013, Mallot served as Interim President of the JAX Chamber, directing a staff of 50.  He was recently selected as one of Northeast Florida’s Ultimate CEOs in recognition of his commitment to excellence, leadership in his organization and unmatched contributions to the local community.      

Mallot is a past president of Leadership Jacksonville and the Florida Economic Development Council, as well as the World Trade Center Association of Florida.  Mallot has served on the Board of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Enterprise Florida, Visit Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council.  Mallot is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Jacksonville University School of Business, THE PLAYERS Council, Community Connections and the Gator Bowl Association.  He has been named the Economic Development Professional of the Year in both Florida and Kansas.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in January 1994, Mallot was senior vice president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the first executive director of the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Mallot is from Wichita, Kansas where he served as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce and led economic development for 17 years. 

He received a Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in economics from Wichita State University.  Mallot has earned the Certified Economic Developer and Certified Chamber Executive designations, the top professional certifications in these fields.   

Mallot enjoys golf and outdoor activities, has six grandchildren and has served in mentoring programs such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters for 16 years. 

Words of gratitude from Ms. Howell’s Kindergarten class to South Jacksonville Rotary Club.   According to Ms. Howell, the year end test scores showed a 60% increase in math proficiency and over 30% increase in reading proficiency for her students who had mentors.  We are truly making an impact on these great kids!

Family Of Rotary

President Harlan Bost presents a resolution honoring Dr. Albert Wilkinson to PP Gary Wilkinson.

Welcome the First 
New Rotarian of Our 
New Rotary Year

Joe Whitaker is the business recruitment and retention coordinator for the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Joe has been associated with the City of Jacksonville since 1980 and has also served as deputy director of the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority and as program director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Company.  Since 2001, Joe has assisted on more than 106 projects which have created more than 17,300 jobs  resulting in a private capital investment totaling $1,425,000,000.

Joe relocated to Jacksonville in 1978 to become vice president and general manager of Gaynon Iron Works, a truck equipment manufacturing company.   Before moving to Jacksonville he was a commercial loan officer for the First National Bank of Cincinnati (now Star Bank).  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business finance from Xavier University.

Joe and his wife Kathy live in Arlington.   Joe has two sons and four grandchildren.

A Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, Joe is a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee; a board member of Beaver Street Enterprise Center, and a board member of Steven Biko Charter High School.

Minutarian Update

Jaguar Tickets to any game at discounted group rates, and a portion of the ticket price returns directly to our club, for use in our projects. You can buy tickets directly from the district website (hopefully there will be a link on our web site soon). Last year this simple fund raiser reaped over $21,000 to our clubs and District.  **** Let your friends know they can buy these discounted tickets also.
Rotary Leadership Institute August 3 in Orange Park.

Mark Your Calendar
  •  August 17 - District Foundation/Membership Seminar in Orange Park
  • August 22 - Sulzbacher Project
  • August 27 - Blood Mobile  
Club Meeting Photos

Welcome Stephen Davis, P.A.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lunch begins at noon - The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Meet Stephen H. Davis, P.A.
Immigration Law

For over 30 years, Stephen H. Davis has been helping people from all over the world legally immigrate to the United States.

Stephen received his Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1968 and his B.A. degree from the University of South Florida in 1965.  His professional legal experience includes:
  • Adjunct Professor, Immigration Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Clients have included: Nobel Prize laureates, universities, medical schools, hospitals, State agencies, Fortune 500 companies, NFL team, professors, scientists, persons of international renown, entertainers, athletes, Olympic coaches, individual investors, engineers, executives, IT experts, medical professionals, family based cases, asylum and refugee applicants
  • General counsel for international corporation
  • Judicial Training/Court Information Officer, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Stat of Florida
Stephen received a Rotary International District Award for creating the Polio Plus Certificate which has funded the immunization of thousands of children world-wide.  He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  Stephen and his wife have been married for 45 years.  They have 3 children, a grandson and a granddaughter.

The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville


Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA Partnership

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Social hour at 5 p.m. with open bar (beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres)
Program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and adjourn at 6:30 p.m.

River City Brewing Company
835 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL
2nd Floor

Attendees are encouraged to stay for dinner.  RCBC is offering a discount to Rotary diners.  Please note that the evening meeting serves in place of the regularly scheduled lunch meeting.

Rotary Family News

James and Lauren Hopkins are thrilled to welcome their third son, Paul Baker Hopkins, born on July 15 at 2:19 p.m..  He arrived weighting 7 lbs. 7 ounces.  Paul has 2 older brothers, Ben and Luke.

Ron Patrick has been named Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch.  Congratulations!

Minutarian Update
A short addendum to last weeks announcement regarding It's more than a great place to hear interviews; the home page for this web site states it is for “Rotarians Sharing Experiences”. 

  • It is the Go To place for letting other Rotary Clubs around the globe know of your project; just dial a phone number and record a message; and  
  • It also is a place to go for project ideas and advice.
Polio Fundraiser: The Orange Park Sunrise Club recently gave a Paul Harris Fellow to Gustav Fredrickson.  The son of Rotarians Catrine and Goran Fredrikson, Gustave completed his bicycle journey from North Florida to Montreal, traveling some 2,200 miles and, thus far, received approximately $3,000 in donations to go toward the PolioPlus effort. 

                                 Mark Your Calendar
  • July 30 - Weekly meeting will be in the evening - Bring a guest!
  • August 22 - Sulzbacher Project
  • August 27 - Blood Mobile 

Club Meeting Photos

Welcome Eric Mann, YMCA

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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

Meet Eric Mann
President & CEO YMCA
Florida's First Coast

Eric Mann has served as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Florida's First cost in Jacksonville, Florida since July 2011.  Prior to his arrival in Jacksonville, Eric's YMCA experience began in 1981 and includes the following:
  • President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Senior Vice President and COO of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
  • Vice President of Operations/Special Services of the YMCA Greater Charlotte
  • Associate Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
  • Branch Executive at the Westchester YMCA in Los Angeles
  • Associate Executive Director of the Weingart Urban Center in Los Angeles
  • Senior Director of the New Haven Central YMCA in Connecticut
  • Youth Director of the Market Street YMCA in Asheville, North Carolina
Eric obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation with a minor in Psychology from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. His civic activities includes: Board of Directors Baptist Medical Center (Downtown Jacksonville), Board or Directors Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Jacksonville Civic Council, Committee Member of the Gator Bowl Association, Jax Chamber Trustee, Board of Trustees for YMCA  Retirement Fund New York, Chair of the South African YMCA Coalition, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Timuquana Country Club, Gamma Beta Boule and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Eric is married to Branita Thompson Mann and they have one daughter, Erica, who is a student at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

Rotary Family News

Chris Bouton's son, Shawn Gray (of Salisbury, Maryland) married his sweetheart of 4 years, Megan Curtis (of Princess Anne, Maryland) on May 25th, 2013. The beautiful wedding was held in Princess Anne, Maryland.  Two hundred and fifty friends and family gathered at Princess Anne Baptist Church to witness a beautiful traditional church wedding.  The reception was held at the Grand Ballroom of Pocomoke Community  Center in Pocomoke, Maryland. 

Casey Martin has been mountain climbing in Tanzania. A group of 18 set out to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro in early June  that proved to be the most difficult  climb he has ever experienced.  They were on the mountain for 6 days (4 1/2 days up, 1 1/2 down).   They started at 6046' elevation and summited at 19,341'.   They spent the night in hut camps along the way. Of the 18 who started 6 made the summit.  He was proud to be one who did. The final climb to the top took 22 hours.

Congratulations Toula Wooten!  Toula has received national recognition for her contributions to caregivers!  She hosts a weekly radio show, Toula's Tips for Caregivers, every Saturday at 11 a.m. on 600 AM WBOB.

 Thank You
Hi my name is Alaura Lucas and out of hundreds of students you chose to sponsor me. Therefore I would like to Thank You from the bottom of my heart because this truly was an amazing experience. I have been to a lot of Leadership Conferences and this was by far the most influential and most impacting of them all. I know for a fact that I will continue with RYLA, so that I can continue into ROTARACT, so that I can ultimately become a Rotarian like you. So Thank You again for giving me the chance to experience such a wonderful event. You've blessed me and I'll always remember that.

Minutarian Update

1.  Did you Know we have a new District Website.  It is first class, designed and maintained by web master and fellow Rotarian Howard Kelly.  The site is the GoTo place for just about everything concerning Rotary.
2.  Rotary has  No, it's not really radio, but a webcast with neat stuff, like live interviews with Paul Harris.
3.  Next Rotary Leadership Institute is August 3, however, if you plan on attending, you will need to travel.  The closest one listed on their web site is Tallahassee.
4.  Membership and Foundation Seminar is scheduled for August 17.  This combined seminar is for updates on all things Foundation and Grants, and Foundation related awards.  They will NOT be talking about recruiting members.

Mark Your Calendar
  • July 30 - Weekly meeting will be in the evening - Bring a guest!
  • August 22 - Sulzbacher Project
  • August 27 - Blood Mobile