Calendar of Events

July 15, 2014


Cole Pepper has spent the last 20 years working in sports and media. A veteran of the Jacksonville sports media scene, Pepper began his career in Kansas City covering the Royals, Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks as well as working with his father’s advertising agency, Pepper & Associates.
Pepper has worked in Jacksonville since 1996 spending 15 seasons as the studio host of the Jaguars Radio Network.  He has also called play-by-play for the Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville Suns, Jacksonville Tomcats and Jacksonville University. He has also appeared on First Coast News and WJXT Channel 4 as a sports anchor and on WOKV AM/FM and 1010 XL radio as a host, anchor and reporter. This fall, he will begin his second season calling the play-by-play for Bolles Bulldogs football.
Pepper’s experience isn’t related to performing in front of the camera or mic. Off air he has helped to develop campaigns for numerous clients and has crafted the message for local businesses in print, on radio and on television. In 2013, he co-founded WhitePepper Sports Marketing, a division of Client Focused Media, a Jacksonville-based integrated marketing firm.
Pepper is active in the community, annually emceeing dozens of events and serving on the board of trustees for Daniel, the oldest child service agency in Florida, having served as the Vice Chairman of the Board.  Every spring, he and his in-laws host the Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships, a fundraiser for the Glyn Cook Memorial Scholarship for Daniel Kids. In six years, the event has raised over $180,000.
Pepper and his wife Emily, a Jacksonville native, live in Avondale with the world’s cutest and most spoiled dachshund, Penny.  

 Minutarian Update, Week 2
Greetings District 6970 Rotarians, are you ready for some football??!!  No, not the World Cup soccer-style football, we're talking about the American style football we all know and love.  This season marks our 11th year of partnering with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.  The purpose of this partnership is to raise money for our clubs and the Foundation by selling tickets to Jaguar home football games.  Early this week, team captains from each club in our District were invited to tour the newly renovated EverBank field-home of the Jaugars.  Thanks to a major investment by Jaguar's owner, Shad Kahn, EverBank Field will be THE VENUE for NFL Football in 2014-featuring the leagues' largest jumbo-trons in both the north and south end zones, in-stadium swimming pools and a lot more.  The stadium itself will be well worth the price of admission.  And your club will be the direct beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold.  So let's get the spirit, suit up for the game and sell some tickets!  Go Jags!!
Changing subject, here are a couple of "mark your calendar" items for this summer:
  • On Saturday, August 2, it's the annual Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome Home Dinner for our outbound students who are returning from all around the globe after a year abroad.   This year's welcome home dinner takes place at Riverside PResbyterian Church in Jacksonville.  All Rotarians are invited to attend and listen to our exchange students as they share their life-changing experiences made possible by the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Look for details on our District's website -
  • On saturday, August 16, it's our District's Light Up Rotary Seminar.  Sound boring? It's not!  Come to the Thrasher-Horned Conference Center in Orange Park to get informed, inspired and ready to see Rotary in a whole new light.  That's right; we're gonna Light Up Rotary with your help.  So plan to be here.  By the way for many years this event was known to most as the Foundation Seminar; and last year it was expanded to be the Foundation/Membership Seminar.  But this year, it's the Light Up Rotary Seminar, which will encompass all elements of Rotary International's brand visioning process.  Details about the various sessions will be available soon on our District website.

District Governor Percy 

 Last Week.........
President Bill Jaycox

Bill Jaycox, AIA, founder and Principal of Jaycox Reinel Architects is a native Floridian. Born and raised in Ocala, Florida, he studied architecture in Genoa, Italy and has a Master of Architecture Degree from Clemson University. He established the firm shortly after becoming Florida Board registered in 1987 to pursue his passion for design of upscale residential and historic restoration projects. His commitment to excellence created a large client base including oceanfront resort hotels, retirement communities and residential estates.  He partnered with Stephen A. Reinel and now the firm specializes in high end residential and hospitals.
Pres Bill is active in the community serving in the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects as a Director and Committee Chairman, a Rotarian and has been recognized by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Council for his contributions to the community. 
He married his wife Mary from Ottawa, Canada 27 years ago and has 3 children; Noelle, a publicist in LA; Shannon, who was a rotary youth exchange student in Brazil, just graduated from FSU and is headed to China for the next year to teach English and Randy, also an exchange student who went to Hungary and is now in college at UCF. Mary spends her time serving the community on the board of directors for the Florida Lyme Disease Association and keeping track of  3 very active children.
When he is not working, Pres Bill is hunting, fishing or traveling with his family somewhere in the world.
Survey Says.....
We will have the results from our interesting survey soon~everyone seemed to enjoy the process and the answers were rewarding!


June 24, 2014


The Board of Directors of the
Rotary Club of South Jacksonville
cordially invites you and a guest to the
Annual Hail & Farewell Celebration

Tuesday, June 24th

Social Hour begins at 6:00 pm with beer & wine
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
A short program will begin at 7:00 pm

San Jose Country Club
7529 San Jose Blvd

Attire is business casual

RSVP by Friday, June 20th               
PHONE:      904/994-7355            E-MAIL:

Board News
The Board has approved the following candidate for your consideration into membership:  Jill Moore-classification is Finance/Banking-Mortgage Originator.  Jill is sponsored by Greg Anderson.  Anyone having an objection to this candidate, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.  

Club Meeting on July 8th
 Please plan to join new Club President Bill Jaycox for the club meeting on Tuesday, July 8th.  President Bill wants to hear what you, the members, think about various aspects of our club.  During the meeting, members will utilize a real-time, interactive tool to answer questions about our club (food, venue, meeting time, fellowship & service activities etc.)  Please plan to join us - your input is important!

Note - As this is a working/planning meeting, it is suggested that members wait to bring guests/prospective members to the July 15th (or later) meeting.

Club Awards
PP Mike & Nancy Darragh, Award Recipients, with PDG Cynde Covington & President Harlan Bost
 The Bequest Society was established to recognize our support for the Permanent Fund of The Rotary Foundation through bequests – gifts at death. Bequest Society Members provide substantial support for The Rotary Foundation’s Permanent Fund, which generates interest in perpetuity for humanitarian and educational programs.

Minutarian Update, Week 51
One week to go in a great Rotary Year. Sound familiar? Please remember: the fun, fellowship, business and work of Rotary go on every day all around the world. We merely change much of our leadership. We don't fire 'em, we just move 'em on to the next thing. 

Speaking of changing leadership, induction events have started all over the District. Thanks to all those that have served their clubs this year. Some will continue to serve in their existing or new roles, and others will step into leadership positions for the first time. Thanks to all. 

Thanks to the hard work of our webmaster, Howard Kelley, Club awards are now on the District website, Awards tab! You will also find a full listing of our Rotaract and Interact Clubs. If your club's Interact isn't listed, it's probably due to a lapse in paperwork. It can be rectified, but we need to follow up. Just let DGE Percy, or I know and we'll be happy to help. 

June brings many sad goodbyes as we all wish our departing youth exchange students well on journeys to their other home. Thank you for enriching our lives. 

Speaking of youth, RYLA is this coming weekend at UNF. Good luck RYLAarians, and all our volunteers that make it happen. 

The Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville showed it's not too late in the Rotary year, inducting two new members last week. Welcome Jon Uman and Ben Meyers. It should be pointed out that Ben is a young professional in his twenties. Age is not and should not be a barrier to what Past District Governor Tommy Grimes always said, "Doing Good". 

Yes, it's a long minute this week, and next's may be even longer. Bear with me! 

Keep doing those wonderful things you do! Have a great week!

Engage Rotary, Change Lives

June 17, 2014

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

Welcome Steven Grossman
CEO Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Steven J. Grossman graduated from Michigan State University in 1977 with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning.

Steve assumed the CEO/Executive Director role of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority in September 2009 and oversees the operation, maintenance, development and marketing of all Authority assets, which include Jacksonville International Airport, Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport and Herlong Recreational Airport.  He provides policy recommendations to the JAA Board of Directors and serves as the primary Authority representative to the community.

Prior to joining the Authority, Mr. Grossman served as Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland for 17 years.  In this role, he was responsible for the operation, management and marketing of the aviation program for the Port of Oakland.

Mr. Grossman has been a member of the Airports Council International World Governing Board and is a past chairman of Airports Council International-North America, the association which represents airports all across North America.  He currently is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, the United Way Board of Directors and serves on the Campaign Cabinet, and the Jacksonville University Aviation Advisory Board of Directors.

Mark Your Calendar - June 24th 

The Board of Directors of the
Rotary Club of South Jacksonville
cordially invites you and a guest to the
Annual Hail & Farewell Celebration
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Social Hour begins at 6:00 pm with beer & wine
Heavy hors d’oeuvres
A short program will begin at 7:00 pm

San Jose Country Club
7529 San Jose Blvd

Attire is business casual

RSVP    By Friday, June 20th             
PH:      994-7355

News From The Board 

The Board has approved the following candidate for your consideration into membership: Ian Davies-classification is Employment Staffing/Technology.  Ian is sponsored by Randy Gordon.  Anyone having an objection to this candidate, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

In further news, the following charities have been awarded this year and will be presented at this week's meeting:
Sanctuary on 8th Street                   PET                                YMCA of Florida's First Coast
BASCA                                                                                 Family Promise of Jacksonville
Allison Brundick Haramis Foundation                                     Downtown Ecumenical Services Council

Thank you to PP Lee Mercier and his committee for their consideration to all of our charities!

Minutarian Update, Week 50
Rotarians of 6970, 

To all those Dads out there, Happy Father's Day!

Many of our members have just returned and are not yet over their jet lag from Sydney. Grab 'em while their groggy and make them the speaker, while the experience is fresh in their minds. I wish every Rotarian could experience an International Convention. However, since that may not happen, allow your club members to share their pictures, the fellowship and the inspiration that is a convention, with you.
I put a test in the Minute last week. I listed the next International Convention as Seoul, followed by Sao Paulo. It's actually reversed, Sao Paulo is in 2015 and Seoul in 2016. I want to thank the hundreds, perhaps thousands of our members that emailed and called me pointing this out. It proves that you do read the Minute! Like I said, 'just testing'. 

This week you may see a survey invitation. It may even come from me, but may come from a different member of the governor corp. It is the same survey some received a few weeks ago. If you've already taken it, great, please don't take it again. If you haven't, please fill it out. It is to help us serve you.
There is still time to get those Foundation donations submitted. If you have questions or need help, please reach out to me or anyone in District Leadership for assistance. If they don't know the answer, they know who to ask. 

Keep doing those wonderful things you do! Have a great week!

Engage Rotary, Change Lives

District Governor Art

June 10, 2014

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

Welcome John Wood, Chairman & CEO Sally Corporation

John H. Wood is Chairman and CEO of Sally Corporation, a Jacksonville, Florida firm specializing in the development of animatronic productions and theme park rides and attractions.  As one of the founders of the company in 1977, he has been instrumental in its worldwide activities in the theme park and attraction industries.

Mr. Wood is a graduate of Bolles School and Wake Forest University. He is very active within the amusement park industry and has twice served as a director to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (I.A.A.P.A.) and a director of the international board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013 he was inducted into the industry’s Hall of Fame.

As a native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Wood is also involved in a number of community activities. He is the past president of the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Fair Association, and serves on the Executive Board of North Florida Boy Scouts.


Pictures from the June 3rd meeting

Our Rotary Family

David Bissell's daughter and son-in-law en route to the "rest of their lives" after their wedding last Saturday

Joe Miller had a great trip to Nova Scotia

Fun had by all at the Alhambra fund raising event June 5th! 

 Minutarian Update, Week 49
 Did you know that June is Rotary Fellowship month on the Rotary Calendar? Currently, thousands of Rotarians and their guests, including over 60 from our District are making new friends and sharing fellowship in Sydney, at the International Convention. While we all understand the costs associated with International Conventions can be a bit high, they are well worth it. Often times they are life changing as first timers are exposed to the vastness of Rotary. Next year the convention will be in Sao Paulo, then on to Seoul. Still too far, but mark your calendar now for Atlanta in 2017. It will not only be the site of the convention, but the 100th anniversary celebration of the Foundation, our Rotary Foundation.

Want to share some fellowship and stay even closer to home? Get to know your local Rotaract Club, Interact and Early Act Clubs. Share a project with them. They are always eager to participate in service, and too often we forget to invite them.
The Rotary year is winding down. Please get those Foundation donations submitted. If you are a Paul Harris Society member, don't forget to get your final contributions in as well.
Keep doing those wonderful things you do! Have a great week!

Engage Rotary, Change Lives
District Governor Art