Calendar of Events

September 1, 2015

Lunch is served at Noon, Meeting begins at 12:30 pm 

Meet Jerry Mallot- City of Jacksonville Economic Development

As president of JAXUSA Partnership and executive vice president of JAX Chamber, Jerry oversees the strategy for economic development in Northeast Florida. He directs a staff of 13 in the areas of business development, marketing, business expansion, workforce development and business intelligence.

A leader in state economic development, Jerry focuses on the expansion and relocation of headquarters to the Jacksonville region and supports the team on larger projects. Jerry enjoys playing golf on one of Northeast Florida’s many courses, riding his motorcycle or bicycle at the beach, spending time with his six grandchildren, and traveling.

Help Raise Scholarship Funds For the Rotary Oratory Competition Through Our GoFundMe Account

The Rotary Oratory Competition committee has been working hard to conduct another outstanding event for our area high school seniors. The final event will be held February 18, 2016. We are currently in the stage of raising funds to pay for the scholarships. We would like to encourage your friends, family and business associates to make a tax-deductible donation for the project by going to the link above.. You can also help generate scholarship funds by going on to your Linkedin account and sending out a message about the GoFundMe donation. We already have a message you can just cut and paste into your Linkedin message box. Just email Bill Langley at and he will send you the message.

We are having a meet and greet with the New Satellite classification hopefuls!
  • WHEN:    Monday, August 31 from 5:30 to 7:00
  • WHERE: Indochine San Marco-upstairs  
  •  Address is 1974 San Marco Blvd, 32207
  • Rotarians and prospects for Satellite are invited.  
  • We are looking for qualified candidates ages 32 to 45 that are leaders in business, their profession and the community

********  Upcoming Service Events ********

Below are some events that the Social Committee and Community Service Committee lined up for us. Please sign up with the Project Coordinator listed:

  • Reading to the children at the San Jose Elementary School- interested members need to get a background check and get scheduled.  Project Coordinator is Dinkins Grange-Ms Penny's class
  • Guardian ad litem program   Project Coordinators are PP Jim Lanahan and P David Bissell  

  • Dictionaries for 3rd graders ( tentative Mid December) Project Coordinator is Stevan Jones

  • Sponsor a wounded warrior for lunch on Nov 15  Project Coordinator is PP Odette Struys 

 Our Club in Action!

******** Our  Newest Paul Harris Fellows ********
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Marcus is a Paul Harris Fellow +6 times!
Great service Marcus!

Bill's mom, BJ Langley, surprises Bill with a Paul Harris Fellowship


PHF presented to Bill Langley  by
PP Dean Scott- Congrats Bill!


Then, Marcus Drewa surprised BJ Langley with a Paul Harris Fellowship!!!

Rick Morales congratulates Marcus Drewa for pulling off the surprises.  Melissa Bill and Tracy Langley are joined by BJ Langley 

Marcus planned an excellent surprise-Bill, his mother BJ, wife Tracy and daughter, Melissa made a great looking group to celebrate the Paul Harris Fellowship awards.

Several of our club's members were presented with attendance awards!
Congratulations to all!

  • Emory Meek           52 years
  • Marcus Drewa        46 years
  • PP Ted Johnson    40 years
  • PP Jerry Hanks      37 years
  • Larry Cavallaro      32 years
  • PP Robert Meek     30 years
  • Dinkins Grange      26 years
  • Skip Booth              24 years
  • Mary Alice Phelan   22 years
  • PP Mike Darragh     21 years
  • PP Lee Mercier       20 years
  • Tyrie Boyer             15 years
  •  PP Robert Harris   15 years
  • PP Odete Struys     14 years
  • Les Loggins            13 years
  • PP Gary Wilkinson  12 years
  • PP Jim Lanahan     10 years

South Jax Rotary 2015-16 Rotary Oratory Competition Sponsorships

There are several ways to sponsor: 
Through Our GoFundMe Account  .........
Rotary Oratory Competition $20,000 Title Co-Sponsorship 
Rotary Oratory Competition $1000/$500 Scholarship Sponsor
Rotary Oratory Competition $3,000 Regional Sponsor

Make check payable to Rotary Club of South Jacksonville Charities, Inc.; P.O. Box 47546; Jacksonville, FL 32247. Funds will be used for scholarships, charity donations and related costs. For more information, contact Rotary project chair Les Loggins at (904) 699-6578 or email

Last Speech Competition Finals at UNF (Feb, 2015)

Our Governor's Message:

Week 8 Rotary Minute

Each year over 8,000 high school students participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program worldwide, learning a new language and experiencing a new culture, through the efforts of Rotary volunteers around the globe. The program’s primary mission is “To work towards peace and understanding in the world.”

The Youth Exchange Committee is currently seeking host families and club sponsorships for inbound youth exchange students during the 2016-2017 school year. The number of inbound students that we agree to host determines the number of students from our district that we send abroad. Please consider hosting or sponsoring a youth exchange student. Deadline to make your intentions known is September 19th.

If you have any questions regarding what is involved with hosting an exchange student, completing the forms or arranging for a RYE presentations to your club, please contact District RYE Chair Jeff Hart at

Nominations for our 2017-2018 District Governor are now being accepted. Nomination forms must be sent to our District's Nominating Committee Chair PDG Clint Dawkins by 5:00pm Sunday November 1, 2015. For instructions and more information on submitting nominations for District Governor, please refer to our district's website,


September 19th: Hosting a Youth Exchange student for 2016-2017 forms due
October 10th: Interact Summit
November 22nd:  2015 National Immunization Day Tour

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, please go to

Yours in service to Rotary,

Fred “Fel” Lee
District Governor 2015-2016

Rotary International District 6970