Calendar of Events

November 18, 2014



PP Robert Harris is hosting this week's lunch meeting at his home in Epping Forest.  Please check in at the guard gate and they will direct you to his home.  1860 Epping Forest Way-please be sure to park on the same side of the road-if you are the first one there, you can make that choice!!
Casual lunch with PP Robert manning the grill; fellowship, fun and good food are the order of the day.  If you would like to bring a guest, please let Patti know.  We want to be sure there is plenty of food. 

News From the Board
The following candidate has been approved by the Board for your consideration into membership:  Ward Bramlett, sponsor is Jason Burnett.  Classification is Non-Profit-Youth.  Anyone having an objection, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

From The Nominating Committee
This year's nominating committee is pleased to announce the following members have been nominated to serve on the Board for the July 1, 2015-June 30, 2017 time period.
PP John Callender, Les Loggins, Casey Martin, PP Jay Plotkin, Patrick Victor
Voting will take place at our annual meeting on December 2. 
Nominations are now open and will be accepted until the annual meeting on December 2.  At that time, all nominations will be announced and a vote will be taken. 

Rotary of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events Calendar
(see printed events list for detailed information)

 Thru November 18th - FOOD DRIVE
 November 26 - No Lunch Meeting (Thanksgiving Holiday)
November 26 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing
 December 16 -  Family Holiday Luncheon
December 23 - No Lunch Meeting  (Holiday Break)
December 30 - No Lunch Meeting (Holiday Break)

Ring the Bells for the Salvation Army
Salvation Army - bell ringing on Wed. Nov. 26 (day before Thanksgiving) from 10 till 8p at Publix - 2875 University Blvd. 

If you're in the area on that day, stop by and take a picture or just say "hi"

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.   

             Mobile Health Clinic

The Blood Alliance has  generously handed the title deed to a retiring mobile bus with a replacement value of $235,000 to the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville's PP Odette Struys -- who has swiftly identified a new home for it with the Boston-based St. Boniface Haiti Foundation. The organization runs a 75-bed hospital with outlying clinics in Southern Haiti for  more than 25 years.

A Mobile Health Clinic Bus Committee has been established to logistically plan the vehicle's passage to Haiti with Deerwood President, Dr. Bill Cody, PP Barry Covington, PP Vicki-Lynn Gloger, Patrick Victor, Christine Goldsmith, Chris Bouton, members from The Blood Alliance that include its CFO, Jack Wolcott and PP Odette, and Sarah, a representative from Rotaract.

A Rotary logo is being planned for the sides of the bus and other areas have been identified for other partners who can help with the logistics of transporting the bus to Haiti.

If anyone would like to get engaged with this exciting project, please reach out to Odette:

Our International Exchange Student - Pierre Vidal 
Please  include Pierre in local activities and events while he is here.
You can reach Pierre at 1-904-307-3806

Minutarian Minute Week 20
As you know, every 4th week is recap time for the previous three weeks, so here we go!

Week 17: A report on our District’s Rotary Day event on Monday, October 20th, at the Jacksonville Omni Hotel. Rotarians from practically every club in our District heard Rotary International President-Elect Nominee, John Germ, and Pakistan’s National PolioPlus Chair, Aziz Memon talk about Rotary’s epic project to wipe the scourge of polio from the face of the Earth. Our own Foundation Chair, PDG Cynde Covington, who also serves as our Zone End Polio Now coordinator concluded the program with insights on our local effort and a $20,000 contribution from our District to end polio.

Week 18: Mention of the completion of my DG club visits and a wish that each Rotarian had the opportunity to see what incredible acts of kindness and service take place through the good works of the Rotarians in our clubs. Affirming that you are part of one of the greatest service organizations the world has ever seen. Because of your efforts we will continue to Light Up Rotary in a big, bold and beautiful way!

Week 19: A reminder that November is Foundation month and to think of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as two parts:
•    Part 1: What The Rotary Foundation (TRF) does to benefit communities all over the world; and
•    Part 2: What we do as Rotarians to fuel the efforts of The Rotary Foundation.

As Rotarians we fuel The Rotary Foundation in a number of ways – from Every Rotarian Every Year, more commonly known as EREY (eee – RAY), to Paul Harris Society, to Benefactor and for some – by joining the Arch Klumph Society! Regardless of the amount, every contribution to TRF helps Rotary do good in the world. Think about what you can do to fuel The Rotary Foundation. It is one of the most efficient and effective avenues for your charitable giving.

Event Reminders:
May 8-10: Save the dates as we combine our annual District Conference and District Assembly into one big event. We’ll storm Flagler College in St. Augustine to Light Up the family of Rotary. Look for an agenda and more details soon.

For more on these events please go to on the home page under the District Events column.

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