Calendar of Events

August 19, 2014

WE MEET AT THE RIVER CITY BREWING CO.  Lunch begins at noon - Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m

 Welcome Sheriff John H. Rutherford
John H. Rutherford was first elected Sheriff on July 1, 2003, after receiving a sweeping mandate from Duval County voters on April 5, 2003.  He was re-elected on March 20, 2007.  In April of 2011, the voters of Duval County overwhelming returned Sheriff Rutherford to office.
     Born on September 2, 1952, John has lived in Jacksonville since he was six years old. The Sheriff is married to high school sweetheart, Patricia, and they have two grown children, Michael (wife Francesca) and Lee (husband Delmar), who have blessed them with five grandchildren.
     Sheriff Rutherford is a graduate of Florida State University, the FBI National Academy, as well as the FBI’s Executive Institute.  He is a 40-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to his election, John Rutherford served for eight years under former Sheriff Nat Glover as the first ever appointment Director of Corrections.  This appointment was significant and unique because it placed a career police officer in charge of the Department of Corrections.  As expected, John’s “vision” and ability to manage change has led to several new innovations within local Corrections, making them a National leader.
     During his law enforcement career, the Sheriff has served as a uniformed patrolman, sergeant and lieutenant.  As a lieutenant, he worked in the Patrol and Detective Divisions and was soon assigned Director of the Region Five Criminal Justice Training Center, in charge of all regional police and corrections training in Northeast Florida.  Having proven himself to be an excellent leader and innovator of change during these various commands, then Sheriff Jim McMillan, placed him in charge of a study to determine the efficacy of revolvers for officer self-defense.  Rutherford produced a study on revolvers and semi-automatic pistols, which was later distributed across the country and is responsible for many agencies transitioning their officers to the Glock semi-automatic pistol.  At a time when many officers were “out-gunned” by the criminal drug dealers, this study was a high profile officer safety success.
     John was promoted to the rank of Captain and briefly returned to a patrol zone before being appointment to the rank of Chief by Sheriff McMillan.  Again, because of his leadership skills and ability to innovate and manage change, he was appointed to serve as Chief of Services, Chief of Traffic/Special Operations and Chief of Patrol, where he commanded over 700 uniformed officers.
     As Sheriff, John Rutherford quickly developed a ten-point plan to assure excellence in the department.  He maintains the philosophy that Jacksonville deserves the right officers with the right training and the right equipment, properly deployed and skillfully managed.  They must be men and women of character and sound judgment.

Our Club has an opportunity for a charity event - at the Sulzbacher Center.
We are set for Monday October 13th to serve.   Please sign up to help! 

A Message from Rotaract 

Hi Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, 
Thank you for giving me the chance to speak to the group the other day about the First Coast Rotaract Club’s planned service event this September.  As I mentioned, we are getting involved in the PurpleStride 2014, a 5K run/walk hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Please join our team and help support finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 27th at 8:30AM EDT at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavillion (75 North 1st St., Jax Beach, FL 32250).To join/donate to our team and run/walk in the event, follow the link below and click on the purple "Join Team" button.  
Also, please feel free to pass this along to any friends/family and have them come out and join us, make a donation, or both!  We have set a lofty goal of getting over 40 participants and raising $6,000, so please spread the word of this event quickly.
If you have any questions about the event or how to sign up, please let me know.
I look forward to seeing you out there!

Joe Robie       Cell: 808-780-3873
Donations of Behalf of Others:
If you wish to donate on behalf of a particular team participant then please do the following:
·Click on the “Join PurpleStride 2014” link above
·Select the individual member for whom you would like to make your donation on behalf of (participant names appear at the bottom of the Web page)
·Click on the purple “Give Now” button
Pancreatic Cancer Overview:
More than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year—that's 1 in 76 people.  The five-year survival rate is just 6%, and we recently learned that pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. by 2020.  Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer research has been underfunded: Only about 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated to this leading killer, so all fundraising help will go a long way in helping us fight this disease.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Overview:
Founded in 1999, this is a non-profit organization that consists of a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.  The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hosts the PurpleStride event in various cities throughout the country to help raise funds for its cause of fighting pancreatic cancer.  
Our Newest International Student has Arrived 
His host parents have provided Pierre with a local phone.  
Please communicate with him @ 1-904-307-3806
 Welcome Our New Rotarian
 James Shefelbine is Vice President of Marketing for Crawford 
and Company.  James is responsible for the company's marketing 
efforts supporting both insurance and consumer services. Prior to
this, James served as a marketing executive for the Railroad 
industry for nearly 20 years.
James and his wife, Kelly, have lived in Jacksonville for almost
20 years and his 2 daughters attend FSU.
Minutarian Minute Week7

 A heartfelt thanks to all of you dedicated, enthusiastic Rotarians who prepared yourselves to Light Up Rotary by attending our District 6970 Light Up Rotary Seminar. Please share the information and excitement from this dynamic seminar with your fellow club members. A big shout-out to all of those who made this event happen by helping to plan, organize and/or lead a discussion. An event like this is not possible without good leadership and teamwork. We are fortunate in District 6970 to have so many dedicated Rotarians who graciously give their time and talent to make our district one of the world’s best.

Event Reminders:
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.
October 20-26 – District 6970 Rotary Days Celebration Week
Monday, October 20 – District-wide luncheon in Jacksonville with Rotary International President Nominee John Germ and Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon – location to be announced soon
Sunday, October 26 – Official Rotary Jaguar Gameday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins at 1pm.

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

How do you grow a successful Rotary Club?.... by giving key Rotarians in your club the necessary leadership skills and knowledge of Rotary that will be taught at the upcoming D6970 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).
WHEN:    Saturday, October 11th from 8:00am to 3:00pm
WHERE:    Orange Park Campus – St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065
TO REGISTER:    Just log onto and go to “Course Information” then “Course Schedule” to reserve your places now; prior to the September 30 cutoff date.
FEE:    $95.00 per Rotarian - includes the class registration fee, course material notebook, breakfast, lunch, facility fees and the completion certificate.
What types of Rotarians can benefit from attending the Rotary Leadership Institute?
1.    Rotary Club officers; and those seeking to become a club officer.
2.    Current and upcoming Club Committee Chairs.
3.    New Rotarians that would like to quickly expand their knowledge of Rotary.
4.    Seasoned club members that would like to know and learn more about the Rotary organization they have come to know and love.
Parts 1, 2 and 3 will be offered at the RLI that will be held on Saturday, October 11th. Some of the interesting topics include: Membership Engagement, Analyzing Your Rotary Club, Strategic Planning, Service Projects, Effective Leadership Strategies and the History of Rotary. Our class sessions are not lectures, but are taught using the “Socratic Method” of teaching. This produces fun and interesting classes through our creative discussion groups, problem solving workshops and positive role-playing sessions.
Many Rotary Clubs choose to encourage their member’s attendance through subsidizing all or part of the registration fee. We recommend that each Rotary Club send a minimum of two or three key members to each of our RLI sessions. We limit the size of our discussion groups to 15 Rotarians. So please circulate this information well in advance of our September 30 registration deadline. Walk-ins are not encouraged.
We look forward to your Rotary Club members participating at our upcoming October 11 Rotary Leadership Institute! The next RLI sessions are scheduled to take place on February 7, 2015. Please feel free to call my cell phone at (352) 214-1904 with any questions. Thank you!
Yours in Rotary,
Charles L. Allen
Rotary Leadership Institute Sunshine Division
D6970, Vice Chair & Promotions Chair