Calendar of Events

January 14,2014

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting begins at 12:30pm

James F. Bailey, Jr.
President of Bailey Publishing and Communications, Inc.

Born in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended public schools before graduating from the Bolles School. Following graduation, he attended Mercer University.
For over 35 years, Jim has been President and Publisher of Bailey Publishing & Communications, Inc. and employs 30 people. They publish the Daily Record, Realty Builder Connection and have a full service commercial printing and graphic design division, Bailey Printing & Design.
Jim is also President of Notaman LLC, a real estate investment firm and Long Branch Farms, a small agricultural firm.
The Daily Record celebrated its 101st anniversary in 2013.
Jim credits the success of the company to their ability to adapt to the environment, hard work and empowering people to work as a team.


Jim and wife Donna have six daughters, Christina, Melissa, twins Jennifer and Jessica, Casey, and Emily and one grandson and one granddaughter.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys boating, horseback riding and time with his family on their small farm west of Jacksonville.

Current community activities include:
Board Member-Downtown Investment Authority
Board Member-Episcopal High School
Board Member-Goodwill Industries of North Florida

Jim has a plethora of past community activities.

Awards and recognition:
Character Counts Golden Rule Award-2012-2013
The JEDC Klechak Downtown Leadership and Advocacy Award-2012
Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Assoc, Meritorious Service Award 2011
Recipient of Rotary's Service Above Self Award 2009
Liberty Bell Award-Jacksonville Bar Association 1983, 2008

Professional Associations:
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Rotary Club Of Jacksonville
Florida Press Association
National Newspaper Association

 Student Speech Contest and Dinner
Be sure to mark your calendars for January 21. We will not have lunch that day, but will instead be meeting for a special event that evening.  The student speech contest will feature a student from each school: Bishop Kenny, Douglas Anderson, Bolles, Episcopal, Wolfson and Stanton. First prize is a $2,000 scholarship. Second prize is a $1,000 scholarship and each of the other participants will receive a $500 scholarship.  The scholarship prizes are being sponsored by Synovus Bank, AmerisBank, and the law firm of Bledsoe Jacobson Schmidt.  If you are interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Doug Matthews at  The competition involves a five minute speech on the topic of Rotary International's theme for the year:  Engage Rotary Change Lives.

Minutarian Update, Week 28 

Welcome back from your Holidays!

January is Rotary Awareness Month. Rotarians, be knowledgeable about your clubs impact in your local community. Please share that information, especially with non Rotarians. Community service is at the very core of what we do and who we are. When others in the community are aware of who you are and what you do, it will impact the projects and membership in your club. 

The next RLI, or Rotary Leadership Institute is February 1st. If you’ve never attended before, please try it, you’ll like it. For those of you that have, it’s an opportunity to take more classes toward graduation. If you’ve already graduated, you will enjoy the graduate course being offered this session. Go to the RLI Florida website and sign up soon.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) registration is open. Your Presidents received lots of RYLA information recently, but it takes your club to get behind the program, and make it a success. Please commit, and then start identifying candidates for attendance.

Thanks so much,
Engage Rotary, Change Lives