Calendar of Events

August 12, 2014

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m.
Welcome Jim Overton Duval County Property Appraiser

Jim Overton is a fifth-generation Floridian and a native of Jacksonville's Westside. He was elected Duval County Property Appraiser in 2003 and reelected in 2007 and 2011.
Public service is a family tradition for Overton. His grandfather served in the Florida Legislature, and several cousins have served on Florida county commissions or in the legislature. Overton was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in November 1992 and reelected in 1995 and 1999.
Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA); Member, Florida Association of Property Appraisers; Member, International Association of Assessing Officers; Florida Real Estate Broker - Voluntarily Inactive; Admissions and Certification Committee, Florida Department of Revenue.
University of North Florida, Master of Public Administration; Washington & Lee University, Cum Laude B.S. in Commerce.
Prior Government Experience:
Jacksonville City Council President 1997-98, Vice-president 1996-97, Rules Chairman 1994-95, Finance Chairman 1996-97, Public Services Chairman 1995-96, Historical Buildings Task Force Chairman 2001-02.
Prior Business Experience:
28 years in private sector; CEO regional electronics engineering company.
Honors and Achievements:
•FL Association of Property Appraisers - 2012 President’s Award
•Northeast FL Association of Realtors - 2007 Public Official of the Year
•FL Association of Property Appraisers - 2006 Legislative Award
•University of North Florida, College of Arts and Sciences - 2001 Outstanding Alumnus Award
•Pi Alpha Alpha - Public Administration National Honor Society
•Nature Conservancy - Conservation Award
•Boy Scouts of America - Silver Beaver Award
•Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Award
•Jacksonville Historical Society - Preservation Award
•Greenscape - Canopy Award
•Rotary Club of West Jacksonville - Shircliff Award
•Riverside-Avondale Preservation Inc. - Public Service Award
•Jacksonville Children's Commission - Hero Award
•1988 Marine Corps Marathon, Finisher
Present Civic Involvement:
•UNF Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Chair
•YMCA - North FL Metro Area Board Member
•Great Muskogee District BSA, Finance Committee Member
•First Coast Tiger Bay Club, Board Member
•Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, Board Member
•North Florida Soaring Society, Board Member
•Florida Tax Watch, Member
•Rotary Club of West Jacksonville, 27 years perfect attendance
Past Civic Involvement:
•Florida Association of Property Appraisers, President
•Troop 2 Boy Scouts of America, Committee Chair
•Leadership Florida, Class XXXVIII
•First Coast Tiger Bay Club, President
•JCCI St. Johns River Study, Advocacy Chairman
•Rotary Club of West Jacksonville, President
•Jacksonville Housing Partnership, Board Member
•Boy Scouts of America, Muskogee District Chairman
•Cecil Field Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission
•Riverside Presbyterian Day School, Board Member
•Theatre Jacksonville - oldest continually producing community theatre in America
•JCCI Study Groups Race Relations, Municipal Financial Health, St. Johns River
•Volunteer Jacksonville - city-wide volunteer coordination
•JaxPride - coalition for visual enhancement
•Golf, music, outdoor adventures, private pilot

Welcome New Member
Diane Pauly was born and raised in New York. She is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley and has
been in the Financial Service Industry for 30 years.
After several years working on Wall Street Diane relocated to Jacksonville and joined The Jaffe Group. She has two children, Austin (age 21) and Abby (age 19) who both graduated from The Bolles School and currently attend The University of Alabama. 
Diane and her family enjoy traveling and have been to Spain, Italy, France, and The Abacos as well as many states in the US. Every other summer 30 family members gather for their traditional family reunion on the water for a week of theme nights and family activities. 
Diane also enjoys boating on The St Johns,  snow skiing, attending Jaguar and Crimson Tide football games and frequent trips to NYC.

Minutarian Minute Week 6
 Want to make a world of difference in the life of an aspiring high school student?  Well, Rotary has a great program to do just that.  It’s called Rotary Youth Exchange. We are fortunate that District 6970 runs one of the best Rotary Youth Exchange programs in North America. Known as RYE Florida because our program encompasses all eight Rotary Districts in Florida, we have one of the largest and safest youth exchange programs anywhere.

Aside from the committee work there are three basic components to RYE:

Hosting: Providing a home for an inbound student for the school year, which is basically 10 months. Many times the host family will keep the same student the entire year. Sometimes the inbound student will be hosted by more than one family during the school year.
 Inbound Students: These are students from different countries around the world who come here for a year of education in our District. They are carefully selected by Rotarians in the Districts from which they come.
Outbound Students: These are students from our District who are carefully screened and interviewed to make sure we send good ambassadors abroad for a year of study. RYE outbound candidates who are related to Rotarians are eligible; outbound candidates not related to Rotarians are also eligible.

You know from previous announcements that we just held our District’s Welcome Home Dinner for the 26 students we sent abroad in the 2013-2014 Rotary year. It was an outstanding event with over 150 attending.  22 of the 26 outbound returning students were there and shared their inspirational and emotional stories with the audience. Perhaps one of the most moving stories came from Katy Marshall, an outbound student from a few years ago who was unable to complete her year of study abroad due to an illness. She nonetheless was so taken by the partial RYE experience that she is looking for means to return to India to teach English to impoverished village children.

As I stated earlier, RYE can make a world of difference in a high school student’s life. And it’s a world of difference that leads to peace and understanding in a world that desperately needs it. I urge you to take time to learn more about RYE Florida and become part of it. For more information please go to:

Event Reminders:
Saturday, August 16th – The Light Up Rotary Seminar – sign up now while space is still available.
Saturday, October 11th – The Rotary Leadership Institute will hold its first sessions for the year at the Orange Park Campus of St. Johns River State College. More information is available on our District’s website.

Yours in service to Rotary,

District Governor, 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970