Calendar of Events

November 5, 2013

Welcome Congressman Ander Crenshaw

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30pm

Congressman Ander Crenshaw

Ander Crenshaw represents Florida’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently in his seventh term representing a district that includes Baker, Nassau, and Duval Counties, Crenshaw is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Prior to coming to Congress, Crenshaw worked both in the private sector, as an investment banker, and served as an elected official in the State Legislature. His life in public service ultimately led to the Florida State Senate where he served as the state’s first Republican President of the Senate. Representative Crenshaw was first elected to Congress in 2000.

In that time, Crenshaw has established himself as a respected voice on defense issues and a champion for our men and women in uniform. He has fought for key priorities for Northeast Florida and led the way to bring the National Veterans Cemetery to Jacksonville.  He continues the fight to make Naval Station Mayport a nuclear aircraft carrier homeport. In 2013, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recognized Crenshaw's dedication to the nation's Sailors and Marines and awarded him the Navy's highest civilian honor - The Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
Originally a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Crenshaw is now a member of the Appropriations Committee where he chairs the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and sits on the prestigious Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and also serves on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Additionally, he is a member of the Republican Leadership Whip Team serving as a Deputy Majority Whip.
Representative Crenshaw has gained a reputation for being a strong advocate for strengthening and rebuilding our military, enacting responsible and permanent tax relief, and standing up for projects vital to Northeast Florida. Long an advocate of job creation and economic prosperity for Florida, Crenshaw has worked to secure projects that benefit the Port of Jacksonville, local beaches, and other important economic drivers.

A third generation resident of Northeast Florida, Congressman Crenshaw was born on September 1, 1944 in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Crenshaw attended Robert E. Lee High School, the University of Georgia on a basketball scholarship, and later received his law degree from the University of Florida.

Crenshaw and his wife, Kitty, have been married forty years and live in Jacksonville. They have two grown daughters and two granddaughters.

Community Service Project & Fellowship
All members are invited to come socialize and assist with placing 
Rotary stickers on dictionaries to be donated to local elementary schools. 

Beer, wine and light snacks will be served.
Tours of Florida Custom Marble available.  
Please wear closed toe shoes if you want to participate in tour.
Social time and community service combined - come join us!  

Thursday, Nov 7th at 5pm 
Florida Custom Marble, 4566 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL  32207.
Take an American Hero to Lunch
Show your appreciation by buying lunch for a wounded warrior. 

Minutarian Update, Week 18
This past Thursday was World Polio Day.  Clubs have made contributions, with the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach leading the way with $10,000, and Deerwood with $5,500 submitted to the Foundation; the Jacksonville Oceanside is nearly half way to their $18,000 pledge. The District Foundation Share Committee stepped up to the plate with $50,000 from our Designated Funds. The donations listed here, together with the Rotary and Gates Foundation matches, represent immunizations for over a half million children; District 6970 has always been a world leader with it’s commitment to this fight. Thank you and please keep your pledges and dollars coming!

Past District Governor William (Bill) Moredock passed away Friday.  Bill was our Governor in 1994-95, a friend to many, a family man and a great Rotarian.  Please keep Bill, his wife Sparky and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Information on services and Bill, will be posted on the District website soon.


October 29, 2013

Welcome Sam Kouvaris, WJXT Sports Director

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

Meet Sam Kouvaris
Georgia vs Florida Game Highlights

Wear Your Game Colors!

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Sam Kouvaris began his broadcasting career in Charleston, S.C., as the sports director at the ABC affiliate, WCBD.  He also worked as a sports reporter in the Washington/Baltimore area.  In June 1981, Sam joined WJXT, formerly the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, and was promoted to sports director in March 1982. On Jan. 1, 2000, Sam was given additional duties as managing editor of the sports department at WJXT.

As sports director/managing editor, Sam's responsibilities include the presentation of the daily newscasts and the leadership of the sports department.  Along with the news director and general manager, he helps determine the sports coverage policy throughout the year.  Sam's play-by-play experience stretches from football to polo, and he has called events for CBS, NBC, ABC and ESPN. A three-sport varsity athlete in high school, Sam also participated in football and baseball in college and on the semi-professional level.  He still stays active in sports as a tri-athlete and the occasional fantasy baseball camp.  As part of his sports coverage, Sam has tried out for the Jacksonville Tea Men and the USFL Jacksonville Bulls. He served as voice of the Tea Men of the NASL in 1983.

A popular feature on WJXT's Channel 4 News at 5:30 p.m. is "Stump Sam."  Viewers are invited to send in their sports questions to see if they can "stump Sam." Sam has maintained about an 80 percent correct answer rate since the feature's inception in 1990.  Sam also maintains a sports-themed Web site -- -- with current sports information, as well as personal commentary.

Sam calls his experience flying Navy tactical aircraft the highlight of his career.  After a promotional flight with the "Blue Angels," Sam completed six weeks of training from the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Cecil Field, and was qualified to fly in the FA-18. He has done stories with several squadrons in the Atlantic Fleet and has one carrier arrested landing and launch.

His sports commentaries can be heard twice each day on WFYV-FM in Jacksonville and on the syndicated Lex and Terry radio show, which is broadcasted throughout the country.
A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee, Sam is one of 38 electors asked each year to vote on candidates eligible for induction into the hall.  He also is a designated voter for the Heisman Trophy and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sam is an Emmy Award winner and has won the Associated Press Broadcast Award, as well as other honors, including Sportscaster of the Year by numerous organizations.  Music and drama are among his hobbies.  Sam plays several musical instruments, including the trumpet and guitar.  He has appeared as the lead vocalist for the St. Johns River City Band at several "Big Band" concerts.

He serves on the Board of Directors for numerous charities in North Florida and is active at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  Sam lives in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville with his wife.  Together, they have three children.

Rotary Fall Social Event
What:  FL-GA Oyster Roast (dinner, live band)
When:  6:30pm, Friday, Nov 1 (night before the game!)
Where:  San Jose Country Club
How much?  $50 per person, inclusive
Dress:  Casual, long pants for gentlemen and your school colors!

It is the best party you could possibly attend the evening before the big game 

with great food and entertainment!

Take an American Hero to Lunch
Show your appreciation by buying lunch for a wounded warrior.  

Sign up with Patti.

Minutarian Update, Week 17

DG Art thanked Jeri Williar, our District Interact Chair, for a successful Interact Summit. The annual summit was much like a District Assembly, with the event being held at St Joe’s Academy in St Augustine with 67 Interactors and 19 sponsors from 19 different schools in attendance. They learned about Rotaract, RYLA, how to run a great meeting, fund raising, best club practices and the family of Rotary. Pictures can be found on the District Website.

DG Art also mentioned PETS (Personal Energy Transportation System). This is a project of the Rotary Club of Orange Park and supported by Rotarians throughout our District (including our club). Any club looking for a project should take a look at PETS.

Remember, October 24th is World Polio Day.

October 22, 2013

Welcome Joe J. Tepas, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

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

Meet Joe Tepas
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville

Joseph J. Tepas  III, M.D. FACS, FAAP is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, and is certified by the American Board of Surgery in the specialties of Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and General Surgery. He was Principal Investigator for the Florida Emergency Medical Services for Children federal demonstration project, and has served on numerous national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.   He is a member of numerous editorial boards of scientific journals, and is the author of 150+ peer-reviewed publications, 27 book chapters, and 225 national and international presentations. As a consultant to the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Tepas has helped develop effective systems for pediatric injury control, and has promulgated policies intended to provide seamless integration of rehabilitation into systems of acute care for injured children. Research activities include NIH-funded investigation of biomarkers of acute brain injury as well as multi-institutional investigation of the role of biomarkers of metabolic derangement in defining timing and technique of operative intervention in high risk premature infants with necrotizing enterocolitis. Dr. Tepas has served as a physician member of the Florida Medicaid Waiver Low Income Pool (LIP) council, and is Chairman of the Socioeconomics Committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. He is state surgical coordinator of the Florida Surgical Care Initiative, and is the Chief Medical Information Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Informatics at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville.

Mark Your Calendars - Rotary Fall Social Event
What: FL-GA Oyster Roast (dinner, live band)
When: 6:30pm, Friday, Nov 1 (night before the game!)
Where: San Jose Country Club
How much? $50 per person, inclusive
Dress: Casual, long pants for gentlemen and your school colors!

It is the best party you could possibly attend the evening before the big game
with great food and entertainment! 

Minutarian Update, Week 16

About a month ago, all Club Presidents were asked to submit names of qualified individuals for a newly formed Foundation Scholarship Committee. DG Art thanks all nominees, and takes this opportunity to announce and thank those selected.

One Year Terms: Maralee Walsh-Flagler County and Jeff Abbott-New Smyrna Beach
Two Year Terms: Ram Nayar-Daytona Beach West and Pat Mulvihill-North Jacksonville
Three Year Terms: Wayne Smith-Gainesville Sunrise and Jeff Michelman-Oceanside
Non Voting Alternate: Gretchen Espinetti-Hastings

More on this committee will be coming soon.

October 24th is World Polio Day. All over the world, Rotary Clubs and Districts will fund raise, create awareness, and light up buildings shining a light on this dreaded, preventable disease, all in an effort to finally put the light out!

Please keep Rotarian John Deal in your prayers. John, 94 years young, joined the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach in 1946, 67 years ago! John is currently in the Halifax Hospital.

Photos from PET Event October 12th

Take an American Hero to Lunch November 12th
Show your appreciation by buying lunch for a wounded warrior.
Sign up with Patti.