Calendar of Events

Welcome Lisa Rinaman, St. John's Riverkeeper

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30 p.m.

Lisa Rinaman, St John's Riverkeeper

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and public's voice for the St. Johns River.  Responsibilities include: holding regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable; identifying and advocating for solutions that will protect and restore the river; working with government entities, businesses, community leaders and citizens to resolve problems that impact the river’s health; and communicating with the media and the public to educate and raise awareness about important river-related issues.

As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city's successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.

Before being named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa served as a valuable member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuse and policies that are more protective of our water resources.

Rotary District 6970 Conference  
Friday, May 17 - 18, 2013

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center 

Gainesville, FL

 “A Day of Action, Ideas, and Inspiration”

Join Us to Relax, Renew and Re-ignite
  • Exciting Keynote Speakers
  • House of Friendship
  • Inspiring RI projects
  • Island Theme, casual dress
  • Poolside party with live band and Caribbean food
  • Fun and Fellowship
To register: 

Friday, May 17, 2013
9:00 am                         Open Registration Booth
11:30 am–1:00 pm     Lunch with Ken Frantz as keynote
1:00 pm                         Open House of Friendship (club displays)
1:30 pm-5:00 pm       Break Out Sessions
5:30 pm-10:30 pm     Caribbean Party at pool deck 

Saturday, May 18, 2013
7:30 am-8:30 am        Breakfast with Dr. Bethune, Keynote Speaker
9:00 am-10:30 am     Break Out Sessions                                                                                     
10:30 am-12:00 pm  Closing Session and Awards    

Club Service Project is a Big Hit

The PET (Personal Energy Transportation) workshop in Penny Farms had a lot of workers on Saturday, April 27. South Jax Club Members and their families totaled SEVENTEEN pairs of helping hands cutting, drilling, counting, painting, assembling, and packing the "wheelchairs." Our Orange Park Club (noon) host, Jim Kaelin, kept us busy restocking the various assembly line stops in the workshop...and as icing on the cake, we also assembled and packed two completed devices for shipping!

Thanks to all those who attended:

Lendra Dopazo
Bill Langley
Roy Neal
Travis Peters
Cheryl Robitzsch (and family)
Sandi Christiansen (and family)
Robyn Watson
Dinkins Grange
Bob Massey
Rick Hartley
Alejandro Leon (and family)
James Chansler

Everyone had a great time--and really liked Cheryl's new hair color (PET Blue)...and think that Bob is going to sit soon for his banding machine operator's license!

The Team plans a follow-up PET activity later in the year.

Welcome New Member

Mike Manuele is a Jacksonville native who moved away and then came back!  Mike is the SE Manager for Violin Memory.  He coordinates pre and post sales and works closely with clients.  Violin is the pioneer in memory-based storage arrays in the data center.While living in NC, Mike worked for Cisco Systems in Technical Marketing. 

Mark Your Calendar
South Jacksonville Rotary Club Event
Jacksonville Suns Baseball Game
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Food & fun 5:45 pm , game time 7:05 pm
Includes All You Can Eat Pre-game Buffet  $16.95

Recap of the April 30th Meeting
Greeters:   Sandi Christiansen
The Pledge & Prayer:  Jane Upton
Craft Talk: Sandi Christiansen 
New Member: Stevan Jones
PET Update:  Robyn Watson
Membership Update: PP Mike Darragh
Committee Selection Update:  PE Harlan Bost
Introduction of Visitors & Guests: PP Gary Wilkinson
Introduction of Guest Speaker:  David Bissell

                    Ret Col David Abramowitz, Director of the Florida Dept of Children & Families, NE Region