Calendar of Events

September 23,2014


Please Welcome Lisa Rinaman - St. Johns Riverkeeper
The St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and public’s voice for the St. Johns River.  Responsibilities include: holding regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable; identifying and advocating for solutions that will protect and restore the river; working with government entities, businesses, community leaders and citizens to resolve problems that impact the river’s health; and communicating with the media and the public to educate and raise awareness about important river-related issues.

As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city’s successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.

Before being named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa served as a valuable member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuse and policies that are more protective of our water resources.

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.

The Jaguars and the Rotary have joined together again to bring you this special fund raising opportunity to support your club's charity projects.  Go to the Rotary District website ( and click on the Jaguar logo in the left hand column. Be sure to let your friends and family know about this-everyone can go to the site and order tickets for any game!

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.

    Our Club has an opportunity to serve at the Sulzbacher Center.  We are set for Monday October 13th to serve.  If you have students that need community hours, this is an excellent opportunity to get them involved.  Please contact Meredith Porter at to be included! 

 Rotaract Mentoring Program
PP Hobart Joost and PP Jay Plotkin along with Will Torres have begun a program that will partner our members with a Rotaractor in the same profession.  These young professionals are the future of our city and our businesses.   This program offers the opportunity to meet with them once a month perhaps at lunch or after work (or a time that is mutually agreed upon) to discuss the issues they are facing as they work their way through today's corporate environment.  If you are interested in participating in this program, sign up at the next meeting.    

Minutarian Minute Week 12
Where do District Governors come from? Despite what devious and sarcastic thoughts you may be harboring, they all start out as Rotary Club members, who at some point in their Rotary journey agreed to serve as club President.

Moreover, they ventured outside of their clubs to do things like:

Attend District Assemblies and Conferences
Serve on District committees
Serve as Assistant and Area Governors
And maybe even attend a Rotary International Convention or two

But most importantly, in order to even be considered for District Governor, they had to be nominated by their club. And now is the time for each club in our District to be thinking about that Past President who would make a great District Governor.

Please do your part for District 6970 and give serious thought to active Past Presidents in your club to serve as District Governor for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. All of the information you need to nominate can be found on our incredible District website, Look under District Events and scroll down to “Deadline November 1 – District Gov. Nominations”. Best to get those nominations in well before the deadline.

Event Reminders:
*Saturday, October 4th (9:00am to 1:30pm) – 2014 Interact Leadership Summit, which includes lunch, will take place at St. Joseph Academy, 155 State Road 207, St. Augustine. Five Interact members per club (especially officers) plus faculty advisor and Rotary Club sponsor rep.
*Saturday, October 11th – The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will hold its first sessions for the year at the Orange Park Campus of St. Johns River State College; breakfast and lunch included.
*Monday, October 20th – all Rotarians in district 6970 are invited to a special luncheon to hear the latest update on Rotary’s epic project to end Polio worldwide. RI President Nominee John Germ and Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Chairman Aziz Memon will be the presenters.
*Sunday, October 26th – Rotary/Jaguar Game Day at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.

Information about all events can be found at

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

Photos from 9/16 meeting

Board News
The following member candidates have been approved by the Board for your consideration into membership: Casey Martin has sponsored Bill Traer and the classification is CPA-Financial Planner.  PP Jay Plotkin is sponsoring Diane Boyle and the classification is Non-Profit-Children's Health.
Anyone having an objection should submit it to the Board in writing within ten (10) days.