Calendar of Events

February 4, 2014

We meet at River City Brewing Company
Lunch at 12:00pm - Meeting at 12:30pm

Don M. Fox
CEO, Firehouse of America, LLC
Don Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Firehouse of America, LLC, in which he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands. Under his leadership, the brand has grown to more than 730 restaurants in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and is recognized as one of the best franchises in the country. Don sits on various boards of influence in the restaurant community, and is a respected speaker, commentator and published author. He was recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as 2011’s Operator of the Year. In 2013, he received the prestigious Silver Plate Award from the International Food Manufacturers Association (IFMA), and was recognized by as the No.1 Executive in the fast casual restaurant community. 

Please join us for an evening social event to celebrate Yuka’s (our Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) inbound student from Japan) Birthday!!  This is a great opportunity to meet Yuka, introduce Yuka to American culture (“a Birthday Party”-this will be her FIRST) and to socialize with fellow Rotarians.

When:  Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time:  Doors Open @ 6pm, Food Ready @ 6:30pm
Where:  The Woods Community Clubhouse (near Hodges & Atlantic)
What to Bring:  Please bring a side dish to share* (meat & dessert will be provided)

*If you prefer to bring paper goods or a beverage, please contact Robyn or Leandra.

Please feel free to bring a guest.  RSVP is required for entrance at Guard Gate. Please sign the RSVP list during the 1/28 or 2/4 meeting or email Robyn at 

PLEASE NOTE - Yuka has NEVER had a birthday party in her entire life!  Please join us to make this a very special birthday week for Yuka (actual birthday is Friday, February 14th).

Attention Club Members - Bring in your wedding photos 

The Social Committee is requesting wedding photos of club members. We'll be having a slide show as we celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday, Feb 11, so plan to bring your spouse to the meeting.  Please send photos to Robyn Watson no later than Friday Feb 7th via email or to Patti at  

News from the Board

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following members as your officers for 2014-15:  Vice President/Pres Elect  is David Bissell; Sec/Treas is Jason Burnett; Sgt at Arms is Chris Bouton.  Congratulations to these fine members who said "YES" when asked.

Minutarian Update, Week 31

Rotarians of 6970,

Rotary International President Elect, Gary Huang, unveiled next years Rotary theme last week in San Diego, ‘Light Up Rotary’. Our own District Governor Elect, Percy Rosenbloom and his wife Betty, were in attendance for the full week of training. Percy stated after hearing President Elect Gary’s speech, “you could feel your heart thumping, it was very exciting”.
Gary is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan and will take office this July 1st.
Last week, over 200 people witnessed ground breaking ceremonies for a new Community Health Outreach Center on Timuquana Road, in Jacksonville. This clinic has operated out of a small, older building for many years. Offering dental, health, and other services for the under served, needy families of the area, it’s time for a new home. Much of the fund raising and procurement of in-kind materials and services for this $2 million dollar project, are being spearheaded by the Rotary Club of North Jacksonville and other area Rotary Clubs. If your club needs a project or just wants to help, contact North Jax Rotarians,
Rotary Has A Heart and there will be feeding projects going on all over our District on February 14th. Please remember to let District Governor Nominee Designate Marshall Butler, know what your club is doing to play a part in this great project.

Thanks so much,

Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Vicki-Lynne Receives the The Frank Sherman Award

The Frank W. Sherman-Service Above Self Award was established in honor of our Charter President and sponsored by the American National Bank.  An Annual award given to a Rotarian in the greater Jacksonville area who has demonstrated service to Rotary, his/her business or profession and community; selected by a committee appointed by the President and approved by the Board.  This year's winner is PP Vicki-lynne Gloger.

Award Committee Chair, Maureen Gartland (left) presents a crystal ice bucket to this year's Frank Sherman Award winner, PP Vicki-lynne Gloger

Photos from 1/28/2014 Meeting
Welcome our newest member, Will Torres