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Welcome Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, M.D.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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

Meet Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, M.D.

Raised in South Africa, Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, MD, received his medical degree in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to the United States shortly after completing his Internal Medicine Residency and completed Neurology Residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Following his time in Colorado, Neill moved his family to Iowa, where he did a Behavioral Neurology fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  Neill’s final move was to Jacksonville, where he is a Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Graff-Radford has a special research interest in Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive disorders. He and his team are world leaders in the effort to better understand these conditions at the genetic level, with hopes of one-day providing means to prevent the terrible toll these maladies take on our senior citizens. When not in the lab or the clinic, Neill is a highly sought after speaker on the international medical stage.

Neill is married to his lovely wife Michelle, a very popular yoga instructor in town, and has two grown sons—one of whom is following in his father’s footsteps as a budding Neurologist in training…

New Members’ Service Project!
Our Club appreciates our new Members (and Sponsors) for Rotary Year 2012-13!
As we’ve done in the past, the Club is planning a “PET workday” on Saturday, April 27. The volunteer effort has been specially arranged for our new members and their sponsors, and anyone else interested is more than welcome to join the group for our 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. visit to the Penny Farms workshop & warehouse. 

What is a PET? Most of us never give it a second thought. However, for more than 20,000,000 people in developing countries who are unable to walk, it is a major concern. These individuals have suffered the loss of mobility because of landmine explosions, illness, birth defects, disease, or accidents. The three-wheeled, hand-powered PET wheelchairs, manufactured by PET-Florida (and other PET affiliates), provide a means for these physically challenged individuals to achieve the “gift of mobility”. And you have an opportunity to help provide that gift!
A PET vehicle in Honduras

So whatever your skill level, if you want to build “wheelchairs on steroids,” send James Chansler an email ( ) to sign up and for carpooling information. We will be leaving around 8:00 a.m. and returning at 12:30 p.m. Thank you for being  South Jacksonville Rotarians!

 Literacy Mentoring Service Project

South Jacksonville club members, family and friends assembled Easter baskets for kindergarten students at San Jose Elementary.


It's that time again-we're looking for 2 qualified high school juniors or seniors who would like to attend the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly June 27 -30.  This excellent youth leadership training program gets rave reviews each year from all those who attend.  This year's conference will be at Flagler College in St. Augustine.  Let Bill Jaycox know ( if you have someone who is interested.

Recap Of the March 19th Meeting
Greeters:  Christine Goldsmith, Rick Hartley, Ryan Maloney, Bill Langley, Cheryl Robitzsch, Sandi Christiansen & Robyn Watson
The Pledge & Prayer:  Rick Hartley
Craft Talk:  Bill Langley
Project Survey Update:   PP Gary Wilkinson
Alhambra Fund Raiser Update: P Jim Lanahan 
Special Thanks for Alhambra Fund Raiser to: PP Odette Struys, PP Vicki-lynne Gloger & Chris Bouton
Literacy Mentoring Easter Basket Update:  Chris Bouton
Update on Polio Plus India Trip:  PP Barry Covington & Warner Webb
Presentation of India Club Flag: Warner Webb

Introduction of Visitors & Guests:  Juan Miguel Gutierrez 
    Introduction of Guest Speaker:  Doug Johnson
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Murray, M.D.
Jaguar Team Physician