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Welcome Jeffry Grady, FAIA President/CEO

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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

Meet Jeffrey Grady
Florida Association of Insurance Agents President/CEO

Florida Association of Insurance Agents (FAIA) President/CEO Jeffrey W. Grady received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University in December 1987.  Jeff started his career in banking in 1988 as a thrift examiner for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. He joined the Florida Bankers Association (FBA) in April 1994 as Vice President, Thrift Banker Executive.  Jeff designed and implemented FBA Leadership Division in 1995.  He joined the Community Bankers of Florida in September 1996 as Executive Director.  Jeff became President & CEO of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents in October of 1998.  Jeff served as chairman of the board of the American Heart Association, Leon County Division and served as vice chairman on the Board of Trustees of Capital Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee.  Jeff and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Kelsie and Julianne.  He enjoys golf and all recreational sports and is an avid FSU Seminole fan.

The Florida Association of Insurance Agents is a nonprofit state trade association of insurance agencies affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc., and 18 local boards throughout Florida. The association serves as a central source of information for more than 2,000 member agencies, and is dedicated to enhancing the independent agency system through education, legislation, communication, and FAIA Member Services.

Created more than a century ago in 1904 as the Florida Local Underwriters Association, the Florida Association of Insurance Agents adopted its current name in 1941. FAIA was first based in Jacksonville, and then Tampa, before moving to Tallahassee in 1971 to improve the effectiveness of the association's lobbying efforts and communications with state insurance regulators on behalf of independent agents. Surviving and thriving for more than a century takes an active, engaged membership, and a dedicated staff.  Most of all, it takes vision and leadership.  FAIA is led by a 14-member board of directors, which selects a president responsible for managing the association.

Throughout the year, FAIA holds various meetings for members. In March, during the legislative session, agents gather in Tallahassee for the Legislative Fly-In. Each year in June, FAIA hosts its Convention and Education Symposium, featuring presentations from industry experts, networking opportunities, and numerous CE-approved education classes, many of which are presented by FAIA's well known staff of instructors. In August, an annual Planning Session occurs where the association's board and committees meet to discuss goals and strategies for the coming year.

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!

1. Mental exercise (e.g., reading, doing puzzles, learning something new)
2. Moderate aerobic exercise, 50 minutes, three times per week (e.g., walking, bicycling)
3. B-complex vitamins (one per day)
4. Vitamin C (500 mg per day)
5. A handful (1.5 oz ) of nuts daily (e.g., almonds, walnuts)
6. Fish three times per week (e.g., salmon, halibut, mackerel)
7. Foods with curry spice including curcumin
8. Foods high in antioxidants (e.g., grape juice, pomegranate juice, beans, berries, green tea)
9. The Mediterranean diet (e.g., vegetables, legumes, fruit, cereal, olive oil, fish, moderate dairy products, wine, low intake of meat and poultry)
10. Treating cardiac risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and being overweight
11. Socialization (e.g., frequent time with family and friends)
12. Quality sleep (e.g., tell your doctor if you have loud snoring or episodes of stopping breathing or gasping.)

Recap Of the March 26th Meeting
Greeters:  Ryan Maloney, Bill Langley, Cheryl Robitzsch, Sandi Christiansen & Robyn Watson
The Pledge & Prayer:  Cheryl Robitzsch
Craft Talk:  Cheryl Robitzsch
Blue Badge Recipient:   Bill Langley
Rotary Inbound Youth Exchange Presentation: Anna Zimmermann
Introduction of Visitors & Guests:  James Chansler 
    Introduction of Guest Speaker:  Doug Johnson

 Guest Speaker: Dr. Neill-Graff-Radford, M.D. 

Meeting Photos