Calendar of Events

March 31, 2015

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

Welcome Paul McElroy

Paul McElroy is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of JEA – Jacksonville, Florida’s municipally owned electric, water and wastewater utility. The JEA Board of Directors named Paul the company’s seventh Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2012. From January 1, 2006 to October 1, 2012, he served as JEA’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he served as JEA’s Vice President, Financial Services.

Paul currently serves on the boards of The Energy Authority, Inc. (“TEA”), Colectric Partners Inc., Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, Northeast Florida Safety Council, Inc., and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Public Power Association Board’s Executive Committee and serves as Treasurer, as well as a member of the Large Public Power Council CEO Roundtable.

Mr. McElroy holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana and a certificate from the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and pursued graduate level studies at the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Before joining JEA, Mr. McElroy served as a Vice President and General Manager for Bombardier Capital Corporation in Jacksonville, Florida and Colchester, Vermont. Prior to that, he served in a variety of management positions with Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation, including Controller, Director – Marketing and Vice President, Internal Finance Division in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Our Club Easter Bunnies Wrapped and Delivered!

Our Easter Bunny Helpers did a Great Job!
Chris, Richard and Odette served as Easter Bunnies and Delivered the baskets of goodies...

Rotary Speech Contest goes DIGITAL!

The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville organized 6 semi-final Speech Competition events held in January at different Rotary Clubs across the five counties of NE Florida where students representing 25 high schools gave 5-minute speeches on the topic of Financial Literacy in competition for college scholarships. Five other Rotary Clubs hosted semi-finals: Fernandina, Oceanside, Westside, Orange Park and St. Augustine. The winner of each semi-final competed at the UNF Final Event Feb. 12.  Rotary Club of South Jacksonville raised the $33,000 funds for the events including paying for all the school guest lunches, dinners and scholarships.  The Final Event at UNF was emceed by Arthur Crofton of WEJZ-FM 96FM and Mary Baer of WJXT-TV4.  We look forward to doing this again in Jan. 2016.

For information about how you and/or your Rotary Cub or high school can participate, contact Doug Matthews, Event Chair at

This is a link to the 4 minute interview on WJXT-TV4 of March 21, 2015:

The following are links to the Final UNF Competition held February 12, 2015:

This is the link to the 4 minute highlight video link:

This is the link to the 30 minute summary with “snip-its” of the six 5-minute speeches:

This is the link to the entire 90 minute program with the six complete 5-minute speeches:

Also, posted below are images for two digital billboards displayed on major roads:

Winner: The first board is at 95 on Airport Rd. This board features Jolene Stubbings of W Nassau HS the Final Event winner at UNF and Semi-final winner at event hosted by the Rotary Club of Fernandina Semi-final

Runner-up: The second board is on San Jose at Kori Rd. in Mandarin. This board features Abby Murphy of Creekside HS the runner-up at the UNF Final Event and the semi-final winner from the Rotary Club of St. Augustine.

Thanks Doug for all your work!

Making Media Memories

PP Odette Struys provided our French exchange student, Pierre Vidal, with a media experience by arranging for him to sit-in and observe an entire "Morning Show" with Light 96.1 and Gator Country. Thank you to Renda Broadcasting morning personalities Arthur Crofton, Yvonne Velasquez and Steve Sutton for accommodating Pierre!


The Journey Continues for the Bus!

A retiring bloodmobile has a new home and is now officially transformed into a Mobile Health Clinic belonging to Zanmi Lasante Haiti.  The Blood Alliance’s CFO, Jack Wolcott, signed over the title deed to Zanmi Lasante in the presence of his staff, and South Jacksonville Rotarians.  

The Bus was shipped last week, courtesy of Crowley Maritime, to Port-Au-Prince on March 22 and should arrive on March 25, ready to begin service to the community.

Thank you, to everyone involved, especially President Bill Cody of the Rotary Club of Deerwood for connecting us with Zanmi Lasante, and for those who supported this wonderful little suggestion that will now touch the lives of more than 3 million Haitians!

Other On-Goings!



April 23rdOn Golden Pond:

Mike Farrell of MASH stars in On Golden Pond, the Tony Award winning play by Ernest Thompson. The play explores the often turbulent relationship of a young woman and her father, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

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  Rotary Club of South Jacksonville is hosting a blood drive! 

April 28th! 
 There is always a need for blood, and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.  Nationwide, someone needs blood every 2 to 3 seconds, and most of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime.

Rotary Club of South Jacksonville
Tuesday, April 28th (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
835 Museum Circle
River City Brewing Company - Bloodmobile
Jacksonville, FL 32207


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