Calendar of Events

August 26, 2014

Lunch begins at noon - Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m
Welcome Michael Corrigan
Duval County Tax Collector
Michael Corrigan was elected Duval County Tax Collector and assumed office July 1, 2011. Prior to taking office, Michael was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2003, reelected for a second term in 2007 and served as City Council President in 2006-2007. He also served as chair and vice-chair of all City Council standing committees during his two terms.
For over a quarter of a century, Michael helped build a family third-generation business literally from the ground up. He served as CEO of Nu-Trend Plastics, a manufacturing company of plastic packaging for the bakery, airline, seafood and candy industries since 1980.
A Jacksonville native and life long resident, Michael graduated from Bishop Kenny High School, received his Associate in Arts degree from the former Florida Junior College and attended University of North Florida. He is a 1997 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Class XXVI.
Michael also has a long history of involvement with and commitment to community service. In addition to being a Rotarian, Michael has spent decades working with great organizations that focus on mentoring, education, job creation, elimination of poverty, leadership development and neighborhood improvement.
Our Club has an opportunity to serve at the Sulzbacher Center.
We are set for Monday October 13th to serve.   Please sign up to help!  

Welcome New Member
Joe Durkin is NE Florida Division Sales Manager for Republic Services.  In that role Joe manages an eleven-member sales team and is responsible for achieving challenging revenue targets in the commercial and industrial service sectors for solid waste and recycling hauling and processing.  Prior to this job, Joe was a sales account manager at Aerotek Commercial Staffing Company for more than 6 years. 
Joe and Carmen have three children:  Joseph is a Senior at Bishop Kenny,  Gabriela is a Second Grader at Alimicani and Ryan goes to VPK at The Goddard School.  Our only pet is the ghost of Keane, who was one of the family until 2011.  He cannot be replaced until my wife, Carmen, stops finding his hair in the lint screen and forgets about all the sweeping and vacuuming we did when he was around.  Joe's hobbies are volunteering with Metro Kids Connections where he teaches soccer, spending time with his family at the beach, playing games, helping with homework, and watching the Jaguars.  His favorite vacation with Carmen was the Caribbean Cruise they took for their honeymoon.

The Jaguars and the Rotary have joined together again to bring you this special fund raising opportunity to support your club's charity projects.  Got to the Rotary District website ( and click on the Jaguar logo in the left hand column. 

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
Make sure you are in attendance to support this year's Rotary game on October. 26 vs. the Miami Dolphins.

Join with Rotaract in supporting Purple Stride on 9/27
Rotaract is involved in the PurpleStride 2014, a 5K run/walk hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Please join their 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 PurpleStride" 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.
Join PurpleStride 2014
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

News From the Board

The Board has approved the following candidate for your consideration into membership:  Jeanne Cooke - classification is Internet Marketing.  Jeanne's sponsor is Les Loggins.  Anyone having an objection should submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.
Minutarian Minute Week 8
Every 4th week the Weekly Minute serves as a recap for the previous three weeks.

Week 5 Recap: This week’s minute served as a reminder to sign-up for the Light Up Rotary Seminar that took place on August 16th. Apparently it worked as we had over 200 D6970 Rotarians fired-up and ready to go last Saturday at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

Week 6 Recap: This week’s minute was intended to spotlight our District’s Rotary Youth Exchange program, better known as RYE Florida. It also congratulated our District’s RYE Committee on a successful and well-attended Welcome Home Dinner for the 26 returning students we sent abroad for a year of study. Keep in mind we are preparing to interview the next round of Outbound RYE applicants in November.

Week 7 Recap: This week’s minute was a shout-out to all of the Rotarians who attended the Light Up Rotary Seminar and a special thanks to the Rotarians who planned, organized and presented – too numerous to mention individually in the Weekly Minute, but very much appreciated by all. All who attended are encouraged to share the information and enthusiasm with your fellow club members.
NOTE: The presentation at the seminar on the historic Membership Survey is available for all to see on our District Website, along with many other interesting stats and information. A huge shout-out goes to South Jax Rotarian and District Trainer Mike Darragh for the insightful and interesting analysis.

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 Polio Plus Committee Chair Aziz Memon – location to be announced soon
•Sunday, October 26 – Official Rotary Jaguar Game Day 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
PP Odette as guest speaker for the Rotary Club Johor