Calendar of Events

October 14, 2014


Welcome Ron Littlepage

Ron graduated from Baylor University with a degree in English. He began his journalism career in 1972 with United Press International in Houston. He began at the Times-Union in 1978. After working in several management positions, Ron began writing an opinion column in 1989 and has been doing it ever since.

Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal 
Please  include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here.
 You can call, text and communicate with our exchange student at 1-904-307-3806

Hold the date - Several Rotary Club Activities coming soon... 

Salvation Army - bell ringing on Wed. Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving) from 10 till 8.
Publix - 2875 University Blvd. We will have 2 kettles and the time slots are for 2 hours each.  We like to have at least 2 people per time slot.  With an additional kettle this year, we'll need at least 4 people per time slot-2 for each kettle.  Be sure to sign up and participate in this worthy project.

Oyster Roast October 31st
 Barry Covington announced he is putting together a group (reservation) for the annual Oyster Roast at San Jose Country Club on October 31st.  Interested members are to contact Barry at or call him at 287-6222. 

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.   

  Jaguar Fund Raising Opportunity

 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.  

Welcome New Member
Christy Jones grew up on the Space Coast in Merritt Island, Florida.  She graduated from the University of
Florida, attended law school at Florida Coastal here in Jacksonville, and then received her LL.M. in Tax from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.  Christy worked for one year at an accounting firm in West Palm Beach, then moved back to Jacksonville in 2012 and has been practicing law for two years.  She is an associate with Frazier and Frazier and practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and probate. 

Christy's fiancĂ©, Taylor King, is a bankruptcy attorney in Jacksonville.  They are planning to be married in June, 2015 in St. Augustine.  She enjoys yoga and exercising, going to the beach, and cooking with Taylor.  Christy has studied abroad twice (both in undergrad and in law school) and has been fortunate to have traveled to Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, France, England and Ireland.  Her favorite places so far are Capri, Italy and Santorini, Greece.

Minutarian Minute Week 15
Next week will be an exciting time in District 6970. Why? Because that is when we start our District’s “Rotary Days” events.

The kick-off event takes place on Monday, October 20th. It’s a noon luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of the Jacksonville Omni Hotel. At this luncheon you will hear from our Rotary International President for 2016-2017, John Germ, who also serves as our International PolioPlus Chair. Joining him at the podium will be Aziz Memon (pronounced:  ah-zeez  may-mahn), a successful entrepreneur and fellow Rotarian who serves as Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Chair. Considering that October 24th is World Polio Day, we are very fortunate to have these two Rotarians speaking to us at this luncheon.

To attend the luncheon, contact our District Executive Secretary, Patti Chapman, at You can register individually or Club Presidents can simply contact Patti and let her who from their club will be attending. The cost of the luncheon is $35 per person.

It is not often that we have the opportunity to hear from a Rotary International President. So I really encourage you to be there to show our respect to Rotary International President Nominee John Germ. It will be a powerful and informative program.

We will end our District’s Rotary Days events with another kick-off. Only this kick-off will take place at 1pm on Sunday, October 26th, when the Jacksonville Jaguars take-on the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. As you know, the Jaguars have partnered with our Rotary District for over 10 years through a ticket sales program. This program has provided funds not only for our campaign to end polio, but for many individual club projects within our District. Rotary will be recognized at this game during half-time and throughout the whole game on the newly upgraded digital displays featured inside the stadium.

I hope that you will make the effort and take the time to participate in these two big events when we come together as a District to Light Up Rotary!

Information about all events can be found at

Yours in service to Rotary,

Percy District Governor 2014-2015
Rotary International District 6970

Photos From Recent Rotary Meetings