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Welcome David Daugherty, Wounded Warrior Project

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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

Meet David Daugherty
Wounded Warrior Project

David Daugherty had to navigate his own way through the mental health system to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

“You take one step toward fighting your anger,” says David, “and then two steps back struggling with rage.  You work on controlling your hyper-vigilance, and then fall into withdrawal.”

David enlisted in the military in 1990, deployed in 2004 and 2005 in the Air Force to serve in Combat Search and Rescue, then in 2006 as a Green Beret in the Army National Guard.

It was in a VA hospital where he first learned of his diagnosis of PTSD. There he began to understand the reasons behind his behavior as a first step toward stability in his life.  But he still had to deal with setbacks.

“I had to take responsibility for my own recovery.  The key is owning it, not posting blame, and doing a lot of forgiving – of yourself and others.” 

For David, there are three major accomplishments he feels he has achieved in dealing with PTSD.  He’s accepted help and become more teachable, he’s deepened his relationship with his children, and he’s doing his best to earn the trust of others. 

“I’ve gone from staring at the ceiling all day long to attending graduate studies in counseling and religion.  Along with that, I interned for six months in a homeless shelter, and another six months in a hospital chaplaincy program.  Now, increasing awareness to the mission of Wounded Warrior Project and reaching out to other warriors is the next evolution in my process of recovery.  It can be emotionally draining, but it brings healing to myself and others.” 

David is looking forward to completing his studies and entering full-time ministry. 

“I want to help teach others better ways to live,” says David, “and help them find their own way.”

Rotary International
Headquarters in Chicago
 PP Mike Darragh is attending a conference at RI headquarters in Chicago. Rotary International President, Tanaka, spoke at a Regional Foundation seminar.

News From the Board
The Board is pleased to announce the following candidate has been approved for your consideration into membership:  Joe Whitaker-sponsor is PP Jerry Hanks and the proposed classification is Government-Economic Development.  Anyone having an objection should submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

 Charity Recipients

Congratulations to this year's South Jacksonville Rotary Club Charity Recipients, Books-A-Go-Go, Pine Castle, Hands on Jacksonville & YMCA. 

Welcome Newest Member 
Stevan Jones

Stevan is a CFP® professional with Raymond James- Ameris Bank.  He has been a Financial Advisor for 12 years.  Prior to that he practiced law for 5 years.  Stevan graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 1996 and Western Kentucky University with a BS in Accounting in 1993.

He was born in Lynn, Cheshire, England and  grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has  two boys, Aden & Liam, ages 10 and 8.

Recap of the June4th Meeting
Greeters:   Stevan Jones
The Pledge & Prayer:  Dinkins Grange
Presentation to Charity Recipients: PP Lee Mercier
Introduction of Visitors & Guests: Patrick Victor
Few words to say "Thank You": Anna Zimmermann
Introduction of Guest Speaker:   Christine Goldsmith 
Guest Speaker: Ben Goldsmith
City Director for Here's Life Inner City Jacksonville