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Welcome Bruce Grange, Second Harvest Executive Director

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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

Meet Bruce Ganger
Second Harvest Executive Director

Bruce joined Second Harvest on September 1, 2011.  Prior to joining Second Harvest Bruce served as the Managing Director of ISF Group, a business he founded with his wife Peg in 2006 to assist area nonprofits with development, messaging and fundraising. During those five years ISF Group grew to serve more than 60 clients.

Prior to starting ISF Group, Bruce was the Executive Director of Marketing for OcĂ© North America, the domestic operation of a Dutch technology company.  In this role Bruce oversaw the re-branding and market positioning of this $750MM organization as well as all marketing operations.

In 1998 Bruce co-founded Digital Works and created and launched a web-based suite of targeted marketing tools and applications.  In 2001 Digital Works was sold to an integrated marketing company and re-branded as ePrint Advantage.

Prior to founding the software company, Bruce held a variety of senior and executive level sales and marketing positions during 18 years with Danka, Eastman Kodak and Xerox.  His career has included more than 25 years of marketing and organizational development experience.

Bruce’s corporate career was spent in the information systems and technology business with key roles in planning and development, sales, marketing and worldwide implementation of channel and product strategies. He is widely written on the topic and has edited two books on the subject of personalized marketing.  He has a BA in Sociology from Indiana University and a MBA in Business Management from Almeda University.  As a Kellogg National Fellow (1987-1990), Bruce traveled in the United States and abroad studying leadership and innovation from a global perspective.

Bruce and his wife, Peg, have three grown children, five grandchildren and live in Jacksonville, Florida.  He enjoys playing golf, reading and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and mentoring young professionals in their development and education.

Second Harvest North Florida is the oldest and largest program of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. LSS was founded in 1979 by area Lutherans and business leaders to fill gaps in services offered in the community for people in need. Second Harvest gathers food from local and national sources, shares these resources with more than 450 nonprofit organizations in 17 north Florida counties and helps thousands of people each year who are hungry or at risk of not having being able to provide food for themselves and their families. In addition to collecting and distributing food, Second Harvest serves children in after-school programs through its Kids Cafe and BackPack programs and in summer camps through its Summer Lunch program. It also takes Mobile Pantries filled with Family Boxes of food to people living in neighborhoods with the greatest needs. Call 904.730.8234 for more information about any of these programs and services.

September 24th

Celebrate the kickoff of football season at our tailgate-themed meeting on September 24. Wear your team colors and enjoy a buffet of all your favorite stadium fare (wings, nachos and more). The Rotarians of the most represented team get bragging rights and will lead us in their school fight song / cheer, so don't forget to dress!

Rotary Fall Social Event

What:  FL-GA Oyster Roast (dinner, live band)
When:  6:30PM, Fri., 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!


Hank Edward McGuinness was born on August 21,2013 at Norwalk Hospital in Ct. Proud grandpa, Neil McGuinness says son, Luke, and daughter in-law, Jenny, are the happy parents of their second son.

Minutarian Update, Week 11 (September 10th)

This week, the Minutarian Update was delivered personally by District Governor Art MacQueen.  Each year Rotary leadership, both past and current, attends a training and informational seminar, called Zone Institute. The institute neets yearly, rotating throughout the Southeastern states that make up zones 33 and 34. DGE Percy, DGN Fel, many of our Past District Governors and I just returned from this multi day event. One of our former District 6970 Governors, was totally taken by surprise when during a plenary session it was announced she had been awarded Rotary’s International Service Award for a Polio Free World. This award is bestowed on no more than 10 Rotarians worldwide in any given Rotary year, from a pool of well over 1 million.

Our well deserving recipient, has not only supported our Foundation with her treasure, but also her time and talent. Besides Foundation involvement at the District, Rotary Leadership Institute, Evanston Foundation meetings and many other events, she has also organized NID (National Immunization Day) teams and personally delivered polio vaccinations to the children of India twice. Please join me in thanking and congratulating PDG Cynde Covington, for her incredible efforts and well deserved receipt of this award.

PDG Cynde knows what it means to Engage Rotary, Change Lives!