Calendar of Events

December 2, 2014

Lunch Begins at Noon ~ Meeting Begins at 12:30
Come Early and Meet Some of the Nicest People in Town!

Welcome Rick Marks 

Rick Marks is the Vice President for marriage at Live the Life. He earned his PhD in Psychology and Counseling, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Rick is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Rick is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Ministries and a 12 year U.S. Navy veteran.  He has served in various capacities from senior manager at private psychiatric hospitals, graduate school professor, pastor of the family ministries of a 28,000 member church, and most recently, a Special Assistant of Healthy Marriage and Fatherhood Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Kansas.

Rick coauthored the book Relationships for Life.  The book is much of his thinking about healthy relationships.  He is also the founder of HOPE Weekends,  a 22 hour intensive marriage education program for distressed marriages.  He is also a certified trainer for the relationship skills program, Adventures in Marriage and the premarital program titled; Start Smart.

Rick served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives from 2003-2007 and has been a keynote and conference speaker in conferences such as Smart Marriages, AACC, North American Conference for Divorced and Separated Catholics, and Association of Marriage and Family Ministries. He has conducted marriage and single adult retreats around the country as well as seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the workplace.  Rick has written articles for local publications in the Jacksonville area and has been on national and local radio and television shows such as the 700 Club.
Dr Marks will discuss the “Status of Marriage” in America.

Rotary of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events Calendar
(see printed events list for detailed information)
December 2    - regular lunch meeting
December 16 -  Family Holiday Luncheon
December 23 - No Lunch Meeting  (Holiday Break)
December 30 - No Lunch Meeting (Holiday Break)

                              DICTIONARY PROJECT UPDATE 
                                 Distribution Schedule  
We will be distributing the dictionaries to 3rd graders at seven elementary schools in the area during early December.  Please email if you are able to help out.  The time commitment should be about an hour or so to visit the classrooms and hand out the dictionaries.  We’d like to have at least two (2) (preferably several more) Rotarians covering each school.

Below is the dictionary distribution schedule:
                                                                                                        Date/Time                Coverage
Hendricks Ave Elem (3400 Hendricks Ave)            9am on Dec 8th    
Spring Park Elem (2250 Spring Park Rd.)             10am on Dec 5th     Jim Lanahan,
Greenfield Elem (6343 Knights Lane N.)  10am on Dec 3rd      Stevan Jones, Meredith Porter
Holiday Hill Elem (6900 Altama Rd.)            TBA- still waiting for school confirmation of time
Kings Trail Elem (7401 Old Kings Rd. S.)                              10am on Dec 4th           
San Jose Elem (5805 St. Augustine Rd.)                                10am on Dec 15th         
Southside Estates Elem (9775 Ivy Rd.)                                  10am on Dec 4th           

 THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up for the sticker party.  For anyone who is still interested, here’s the info again:  We will be meeting at 5:30 on Monday, December 1st at PP Harlan Bost’s business, Florida Custom Marble (4566 St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207, (904) 737-4513 ext. 163) to apply the stickers.  Please respond to Stevan Jones via email at if you are able help us out, so we can have a headcount.  Snacks/beverages will be provided.

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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. 
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 Mobile Health Clinic Bus Committee continues to meet and makes progress
 towards its end goal - of getting a Bloodmobile to Haiti.
Pictured: (from left) PP Barry, PP Odette, (top right) Dr. John Lovejoy, Pat and
David Balanky, Candis Steele.

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

Photos from the FL/GA lunch Meeting

 The Family of Rotary celebrates a wedding.  

Richard and Melissa Dow celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Laura, to Kevin Feenstra, son of Scott and Paula Feenstra of Orange Park, FL.  The ceremony and dinner took place at the Winterbourne, an 1870 vintage home on the St. John’s River.  The couple will reside in Jacksonville after a honeymoon cruise in the Caribbean.

Minutarian Minute Week 21
First, congratulations to Brent Coates who was selected last week by our District Nominating Committee to serve as District Governor for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Brent is a member of the Rotary Club of Palatka Sunrise. He has served in a number of District positions and currently serves as our District’s Sergeant at Arms. He also served as Assistant and Area Governor from July 2011 through June 2014. For those interested in our District’s process for selecting our District Governors, you can find that information in the D6970 Manual of Procedure. The manual can be accessed on the District website under the Goals and Procedures tab at the top of the homepage screen.

This past week several of our District leaders attended the Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS) and Zone 33/34 Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. It was an inspiring and informative event featuring sessions on membership, the Foundation, New Generations, the End Polio Now campaign and more. As with any event like this, the best part was connecting and networking with our peers from the 28 other districts that make up Zones 33 and 34 – stretching from the Caribbean to West Virginia. Needless to say, there was much to absorb. And yes, we will be bringing back a ton of ideas to share with each Rotarian in District 6970 and a thousand volts of enthusiasm to help us “Light Up Rotary”!

Final word – a big shout-out to all of the volunteers who helped interview our Rotary Youth Exchange outbound applicants in St. Augustine the weekend before last. Your participation is what makes the selection process work as well as it does. Selecting 20 outbound students from the 40+ applicants was not easy, but it is a rewarding experience. So thanks to all who were there to help us make sure we send our best to study abroad in the 2015-2016 school year.

Event Reminders:

May 8-10: Save the dates as we combine our annual District Conference and District Assembly into one big event. We’ll sail into the Flagler College campus 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