Calendar of Events

November 4, 2014


LUNCH BEGINS AT NOON ~ MEETING BEGINS AT 12:30

Welcome Leonard Propper
Leonard Propper works as the Assistant Chief of Special Events in the Jacksonville Sheriff's office.  He has been with the JSO for 26 years.  His experience includes the patrol division, COPS unit, Public Housing Sgt, PAL Sgt and he is very active in Sports and Entertainment planning for the city of Jacksonville

Chief Propper is married and has three children.  He and his family attend North Jacksonville Baptist church.  In his leisure time, he enjoys golf.



Rotary of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events Calendar 

 November 13 - Birthday Party/Dinner for Pierre @ Jason Burnett’s House
 November 26 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing
 December 16 -  Family Holiday Luncheon





Ring the Bells for the Salvation Army
Salvation Army - bell ringing on Wed. Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving) from 10 till 8p at Publix - 2875 University Blvd. 

We will have 2 kettles and the time slots are for 2 hours each.  

We like to have at least 2 people per time slot.  With an additional kettle this year, we'll need at least 4 people per time slot-2 for each kettle.  

Be sure to sign up and participate in this worthy project.



Rotaract Mentoring Program
PP Hobart Joost and PP Jay Plotkin along with Will Torres have begun a program that will partner our members with a Rotaractor in the same profession.  These young professionals are the future of our city and our businesses.   This program offers the opportunity to meet with them once a month perhaps at lunch or after work (or a time that is mutually agreed upon) to discuss the issues they are facing as they work their way through today's corporate environment.  If you are interested in participating in this program, sign up at the next meeting.   


             Mobile Health Clinic

The Blood Alliance has  generously handed the title deed to a retiring mobile bus with a replacement value of $235,000 to the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville's PP Odette Struys -- who has swiftly identified a new home for it with the Boston-based St. Boniface Haiti Foundation. The organization runs a 75-bed hospital with outlying clinics in Southern Haiti for  more than 25 years.

A Mobile Health Clinic Bus Committee has been established to logistically plan the vehicle's passage to Haiti with Deerwood President, Dr. Bill Cody, PP Barry Covington, PP Vicki-Lynn Gloger, Patrick Victor, Christine Goldsmith, Chris Bouton, members from The Blood Alliance that include its CFO, Jack Wolcott and PP Odette, and Sarah, a representative from Rotaract.

A Rotary logo is being planned for the sides of the bus and other areas have been identified for other partners who can help with the logistics of transporting the bus to Haiti.

If anyone would like to get engaged with this exciting project, please reach out to Odette: ostruys@thebloodalliance.org


Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal 
Please  include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here.
You can reach Pierre at 1-904-307-3806




Minutarian Minute Week 18
 
On Monday of this week I complete my District Governor club visits. It has been an exhilarating and remarkable experience. The diversity of our clubs in District 6970 is amazingly refreshing. And that is greatly appreciated by this District Governor after making visits to 60 different Rotary Clubs! Each club has its own culture and character – from traditional to very casual – from breakfast to lunch to hors d oeuvres to dinner. And though quite diverse, all of our clubs share Rotary’s common purpose: Joining business and professional leaders; exchanging ideas; and taking action to serve our communities and to do good in the world.

I know it’s not for everyone, but I wish each Rotarian could make the rounds to visit every club in our District. You’d see what incredible acts of kindness and service take place through the good works of the Rotarians in our clubs. You would know with absolute certainty that you are part of one of the greatest service organizations the world has ever seen. And you’d be darn proud to be a Rotarian in District 6970.

I want to take this time to thank all of you for serving – you’re an amazing group of people. Through your efforts I know we will continue to Light Up Rotary in a big, bold and beautiful way!

Event Reminders:

November 15 and 16: We need volunteers to help conduct interviews for the outbound applicants in our Rotary Youth Exchange program. We will be interviewing over 60 applicants to fill 20 slots. So a lot of help will be needed. Please pitch-in to make sure that we select the best representatives from our District to spend the 2015-2016 school year studying abroad. Go to our District website to find out how you can sign-up to help for a half-day, whole day or both days. It’s a very rewarding experience.

May 8-10: Save the dates as we combine our annual District Conference and District Assembly into one big event.

For more on these events please go to www.rotary6970.org on the home page under the District Events column.

Yours in service to Rotary,
Percy  
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970



Photos From Recent Rotary Meetings

Rick Catlett, speaker at the Oct 28th meeting

 

October 28, 2014

LUNCH BEGINS AT NOON ~ MEETING BEGINS AT 12:30


Welcome Rick Catlett
Rick Catlett has resided in Jacksonville since the age of two. Over the past 25 years, Rick has held three jobs. He spent eleven and a half years as a Senior Administrative Aide under two different mayors. Then for three years, he was the Executive Vice President of Touchdown Jacksonville, which was the ownership group that acquired the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the past eleven years, he has served as the President of the Gator Bowl Association.
During his tenure at the Gator Bowl, Rick was elected and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Football Bowl Association. He served as the Chairman for two consecutive years in 2000 and 2001.
Rick has served on numerous Boards and Commissions during his professional career including the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, the Boys and Girls Clubs and is currently on the Board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Revive the Pride for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


WEAR YOUR COLORS!!

Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal 
Please  include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here.
You can reach Pierre at 1-904-307-3806

Rotary of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events Calendar 
October 28 -  GA/FL Meeting (Regular Club Meeting) – Football/Tailgate Themed Lunch & Speaker*Encourage club members to wear team colors!!
October 31 - Oyster Roast @ San Jose Country Club (contact Barry Covington)
 November 13 - Birthday Party/Dinner for Pierre @ Jason Burnett’s House
 December 16 -  Family Holiday Luncheon

Ring the Bells for the Salvation Army
Salvation Army - bell ringing on Wed. Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving) from 10 till 8p at Publix - 2875 University Blvd. 

We will have 2 kettles and the time slots are for 2 hours each.  

We like to have at least 2 people per time slot.  With an additional kettle this year, we'll need at least 4 people per time slot-2 for each kettle.  

Be sure to sign up and participate in this worthy project.





Rotaract Mentoring Program
PP Hobart Joost and PP Jay Plotkin along with Will Torres have begun a program that will partner our members with a Rotaractor in the same profession.  These young professionals are the future of our city and our businesses.   This program offers the opportunity to meet with them once a month perhaps at lunch or after work (or a time that is mutually agreed upon) to discuss the issues they are facing as they work their way through today's corporate environment.  If you are interested in participating in this program, sign up at the next meeting.   


Minutarian Minute Week 17
Trick or treat came early here in District 6970. And it was definitely a treat when the Rotary Club of Jacksonville hosted our District Days event on Monday, October 20th, at the Omni Hotel. We don’t have the official count yet, but Rotarians from practically every club in our District were there to hear Rotary International President-Elect Nominee, John Germ, and Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Chair, Aziz Memon present the latest updates from the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee. The event was capped-off when our District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Cynde, presented a $20,000 check from our District’s global grant funds to John and Aziz toward the End Polio Now campaign –  $10,000 for each presenter . There will be a video available soon thanks to RC Amelia Island Rotarian Stan Cottle. Stay tuned for more details on that.

And now for the big announcement of the week! Working closely with DGE Fel and DGN Marshall, we have decided to combine our District Conference and District Assembly into one really awesome weekend event. So mark your calendars now for May 8-10, 2015. And be on the lookout for an announcement with more details. It will be coming your way soon. And here’s a hint: It will be from the PoncĂ© de PercĂ©.

Event Reminders:

November 1: Deadline for the submission of District Governor nominations to serve during the 2017-2018 Rotary year.

November 15 and 16: We need volunteers to help conduct interviews for the outbound applicants in our Rotary Youth Exchange program. We will be interviewing over 60 applicants to fill 17 slots. So a lot of help will be needed. Please pitch-in to make sure that we select the best representatives from our District to spend the 2015-2016 school year studying abroad. Go to our District website to find out how you can sign-up to help for a half-day, whole day or both days. It’s a very rewarding experience.

Details and instructions for these events can be found on www.rotary6970.org on the home page under the District Events column.

Yours in service to Rotary,
Percy  
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970


Photos From Recent Rotary Meetings

 

Photos From Recent Rotary District Meeting

The recent Rotary District meeting held at the Omni last Monday, 10/20, with all area Rotary Clubs featured an iron lung that has helped save lives afflicted with Polio, to a global update with a hopeful end-date in sight to eradicate the disease by December 2018, to the tune of a total of $5.5B! It was also announced that Jaguars owner Shad Khan is the first and only NFL celebrity to join the "We are this close..." worldwide Polio ad campaign. Wayne and Delores Weaver were also honored for their personal donations to Rotary and for their collaborative efforts with Rotary District Clubs in recognizing Rotary at one Jaguars home game each season, which Shad Khan has pledged to continue.

 Rotary International's President-Elect, John Germ, was also on hand to offer his congratulations, with former DG Cynde Covington, to our District 6970 for raising more than $4M towards End Polio Now. It was also noted that North  Floridians are extremely generous - making our region the 6th most giving place to live in America!


 



October 21, 2014

LUNCH BEGINS AT NOON ~ MEETING BEGINS AT 12:30

Welcome Dennis Kelly
Regional Vice President & General Manager, TraPac

Dennis has 46 years of experience in the Maritime industry and has held various manager positions.  He has relocated to numerous ports with Dole Fresh Fruit Company and other stevedoring/maritime companies.

In 2000, Dennis was promoted to Vice President of Operations, U.S. Ports and was responsible for Dole’s six (6) port and terminal operations in the Caribbean, and the East, Gulf and West Coast.  Dennis worked to coordinate the efforts of Dole’s production, logistics and sales groups to maximize efficiency with Dole’s transportation infrastructure.  He was responsible for long-range planning, selection of new ports and services and negotiation of strategic contracts relevant to port operations.  In addition, Dennis represented Dole’s interest within the port community in relations to governmental agencies, transportation companies, customers and the public at large.

After 33 years of employment with Dole he joined TraPac in January 2006 as Regional Vice President & General Manger to develop and operate Jacksonville’s, Dames Point Marine Terminal a $300 million project. In January 2009 TraPac opened for business on schedule and on budget and is now operating one of the East Coast newest & automated container terminals.

With New Orleans family roots, he is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and he presently resides in Jacksonville, FL.



Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal 
Please  include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here.
You can reach Pierre at 1-904-307-3806

Month
Event Date
Event Description
July

No Event
August

No Event
September
09/09/14
Lunch meeting at Courthouse with Tour (coordinated by Greg Anderson)
October
10/23/14
Happy Hour with Rotaract, 5:30 – 6:30pm at HighTide Burrito

10/26/14
Rotary Jags Game

10/28/14
GA/FL Meeting (Regular Club Meeting) – Football/Tailgate Themed Lunch & Speaker
*Encourage club members to wear team colors!!

10/31/14
Oyster Roast @ San Jose Country Club (contact Barry Covington)
November
11/13/14
Birthday Party/Dinner for Pierre @ Jason Burnett’s House
December
12/16/14
Family Holiday Luncheon
January
01/29/14
Wine Tasting @ River Club (with Rotaract), 6:00pm – 8:00pm
February
02/12/15
Speech / Oratory Contest

02/26/14
Happy Hour with Rotaract, 5:30 – 6:30pm @ HighTide Burrito
March
03/17/15
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Meeting

03/26/14
Hour Hour with Rotaract, 5:30 – 6:30pm @ HighTide Burrito
April
04/23/14
Alhambra Event
May
TBD

June
TBD
Hail & Farewell

Florida Georgia Oyster Roast
After adding gratuity and tax, the price per person is $47.50, which includes complimentary beer., music and dancing with a good band.




  Jaguar Fund Raising Opportunity

 The Jaguars and the Rotary have joined together again to bring you this special fund raising opportunity to support your club's charity projects.  Go to the Rotary District website (www.rotarydistrict6970.org) and click on the Jaguar logo in the left hand column. Be sure to let your friends and family know about this-everyone can go to the site and order tickets for any game!


Select (click) your club's name, then input the Promo Code "Rotary53" and purchase tickets to support your Rotary club today!  For each ticket purchased, our club receives $9.25.
•   No minimum number of tickets required for purchase -Available for all Home games
•   FREE Shipping on all orders
•   In 2014, we have created specific Rotary Seating Sections. These sections are Sections 231, 436, and 433 allowing Rotarians from all Clubs throughout District 6970 the ability to sit together. Click on the section and then select the seats to see the pricing for the seats being selected.  Ticket prices are $45, $50 and $55 per ticket, depending on location and availability.  South Jacksonville's promo code is Rotary53
For more information contact Brad Fain @  (904) 633-6534 or email  fainb@jaguars.nfl.com.
Make sure you are in attendance to support this year's Rotary game on October. 26 vs. the Miami Dolphins.  

Oyster Roast October 31st
 PP Barry Covington announced he is putting together a group (reservation) for the annual Oyster Roast at San Jose Country Club on October 31st.  Interested members are to contact PP Barry at bacov@hotmail.com or call him at 287-6222.

Ring the Bells
Salvation Army - bell ringing on Wed. Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving) from 10 till 8p at Publix - 2875 University Blvd. 

We will have 2 kettles and the time slots are for 2 hours each.  

We like to have at least 2 people per time slot.  With an additional kettle this year, we'll need at least 4 people per time slot-2 for each kettle.  

Be sure to sign up and participate in this worthy project.



Rotaract Mentoring Program
PP Hobart Joost and PP Jay Plotkin along with Will Torres have begun a program that will partner our members with a Rotaractor in the same profession.  These young professionals are the future of our city and our businesses.   This program offers the opportunity to meet with them once a month perhaps at lunch or after work (or a time that is mutually agreed upon) to discuss the issues they are facing as they work their way through today's corporate environment.  If you are interested in participating in this program, sign up at the next meeting.   


____________Welcome New Member ________________

Bill Traer has been providing tax and investment advice for more than thirty-five years.  He
is a managing partner with Merit Financial Advisors with offices in Jacksonville, Alpharetta, Ga and Birmingham, Al.  Prior to attending college, Bill served two years in the Army where he was a parachutist with the 82nd Airborne Division. After his military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Florida, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1974. Bill obtained his CPA certificate in 1975 and his Certified Financial Planner certificate in 1999.  Bill is a member of the Southside Businessman’s Club, and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he has served on the Financial Planning Committee.  Bill and his family are active members of Christian Family Chapel . He is also an avid cyclist in the warm months and snow skier in the cold months. He enjoys reading, sports, and staying in shape. Bill and his wife Ann have four adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Minutarian Minute Week 16
As you know, every 4th week is recap time for the previous three weeks, so here we go!

Week 13: This week’s minute turned into a recap of weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12 because of the special announcement in week 12 about nominations due on November 1 for District Governor. So I will take this opportunity to remind you that all clubs should be sending in their nominations for District Governor to serve during the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. Let’s get going and send in those nominations.

Week 14: This week’s Minute was a reminder that October is Vocational Service Month in the Rotary year.  Through our vocations we join together to do good in the world. And you were all encouraged, as we transitioned monthly themes from September and New Generations to October and Vocational Service, to take this opportunity to share our passion for doing good with our Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs, Rotary Youth Exchange students and RYLArians. Make the effort to spread the good word and light up the family of Rotary to the next generation of Rotarians.

Week 15: This week’s Minute served as an announcement to sign-up for our District’s Rotary Days event: A luncheon at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel to hear RI President Nominee John Germ and Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Chair Aziz Memon talk about Rotary’s epic project to end Polio worldwide. I hope you are able to be there.

Event Reminders:

November 15 and 16: We need volunteers to help conduct interviews for the outbound applicants in our Rotary Youth Exchange program. A lot of help is needed to make sure that we select the best representatives from our District to spend the 2015-2016 school year studying abroad. We will be interviewing over 60 applicants to fill 17 slots. Go to our District website (www.rotarydistrict6970.org) to find out how you can sign-up to help for a half-day, whole day or both days. It’s a very rewarding experience.

Yours in service to Rotary,
Percy  
District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970


Photos From Our Recent Rotary Event


Members of the South Jacksonville Rotary Club volunteered at the Sulzbacher Center Monday Oct 13th. We cooked and served dinner for over 500.  The menu was stir fry chicken, rice, green beans, cole slaw, bread and watermelon.  
 Looks like fun was had by all :-)