Calendar of Events

April 8, 2014

Welcome Dr. Laura Bailet,  Executive Director Nemours BrightStart


Lunch served at 12:00pm - Meeting at 12:30pm

Laura Bailet, Ph.D. is Executive Director of Nemours BrightStart!, an innovative program to put young children on the road to reading success. Nemours BrightStart! develops powerful tools and services for early childhood educators, parents, and health care providers, educating and empowering them to maximize their opportunities with young children.  These evidence-based tools are used in communities nationwide, helping struggling learners close their reading readiness achievement gap before kindergarten, and launching them on a path for sustained reading success.

Dr. Bailet is a licensed school psychologist with many years of experience in the learning disorders field. She earned her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.  She has conducted research studies and published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  She presents at local, state and national professional conferences on early literacy, dyslexia and related topics. She was appointed as a member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board in 2013. 

Easter Basket Literacy Project - Volunteers Needed
April 8th @ 11:30am (Tuesday)
Before our regular meeting at RCBC. Please join us to help pack 19 Easter baskets. Come as you are...come a little early...all supplies provided.

April 9th @ 1:00pm (Wednesday)
Delivery of baskets to the 19 students!
Location - San Jose Elementary School

Save the Date
Alhambra Fund Raising Event - June 5th!

 The Alhambra Fundraising Event Committee is working hard to plan a great event...

PP Odette Struys, President Harlan Bost & President Elect Bill Jaycox
PP Odette Struys, President Harlan Bost & Jason Burnett

Social Security starring Barbara Eden
"When a well-known art gallery owner and her husband receive a visit from her mother, all seems to be going smoothly until they find out the visit may not end. Panic and mayhem ensue as life takes a crazy turn in this hilarious comedy starring the always enchanting Barbara Eden."

Membership & Fellowship Evening Meeting

On Tuesday, April 29th, our regular club meeting will be held in the evening at River City Brewing Company.  Our speaker is Aundra Wallace, CEO of the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority.  This is a great opportunity for members to socialize and network – with current club members and guests. 
To encourage all members to bring guests – a coworker, a business partner/colleague, prospective member, spouse – there will be no guest fee for this meeting.
Meeting Details:
5:00pm – 6:00pm             Fellowship & Networking
6:00pm – 6:45pm             Club Meeting with Speaker Presentation
6:45pm - ???                      Fellowship & Networking
There will be an open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres available during the fellowship hour, with a cash bar available during and after the meeting.  Please join us for a fantastic evening! 
Wine Tasting Event - May 14, 2014 
Rotoract and Rotary members will have a joint wine tasting event on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 on the patio of the Corner Bistro  

 Corner Bistro and Wine Bar ---- Outdoor Covered Patio
9823 Tapestry Park Circle, Jax, 32246
North of Butler Blvd off of Southside Blvd in Tapestry Park, which is near Three Forks and Tinseltown
40 slots for Rotarians and their guests and 40 slots for Rotaractors and their guests

$25 per Rotarian or their guests includes wine and appetizers.
Wine to be served will be 6 tastes of approximately 2 ounces each to be chosen from three different Pinot Noir and three different Chardonnay.

Appetizers to be served will include Chicken Skewers, Shrimp Flatbread and Vegetable Spring Rolls.

The wine distributor for Corner Bistro will provide someone to serve as sommelier to describe the wines that we will be tasting.

Wait staff will assist with other drinks at the expense of each attendee other than water which will be at no charge.
Consider staying for dinner at Corner Bistro!

 Minutarian Update, Week 40
Congratulations to District Governor Elect Percy and all the Rotarians who participated in Saturday's District Assembly. Perhaps near 300 in total, it was a great day of fellowship, fun, information sharing, and inspiration. I want to offer a special thanks to all those that had a role in the organization and presentations, and all the Past District Governors in attendance: John Thompson, Bill Hill, Tommy Grimes, Carlos Giraldo, Russ Miller, Bill Griffin, and Clint Dawkins. When asked about Rotary service, I often jokingly paraphrase 70's rock band, The Eagles; “You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave”. We as Rotarians are grateful these individuals continue to share their council, insight and friendship.

April is Magazine Month, on the Rotary Calendar. Not just any magazine, but the Rotarian Magazine. It’s full of great Rotary information from all over the world, including projects, fundraisers, updates on polio, biographies, letters and more. Some of our area clubs use it as the source of their weekly trivia, while still others use it to share Rotary outside of the club. When we say recycle the magazine, we don’t mean with the trash collector. Share it with other area professionals, Rotaractors, Interactors, and more. Someone shared Rotary with you and if you’re like me, you thank them often.
The NEW District Facebook page has been launched! Please start ‘liking’ Rotary District 6970!

Photos from April 1st Rotary Meeting