Calendar of Events

May 19, 2015

Election Day Today!

.....Get out and VOTE.....

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

Welcome,  Steve Betz

 President, Danis Construction

Steve received his B.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati in 1986.  He joined Danis as an intern in 1984.  From 1986 to 2000 served in various capacities including Surveyor, Project Engineer, Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and Project Executive.

In 2000 Steve was promoted to President of the Southeast Operation and relocated to Jacksonville Florida. Notable project achievements in Jacksonville include the following projects:

•    Ribault Clubhouse Restoration
•    Nemours Corporate Office
•    Vistakon Distribution Center
•    Blue Cross/Blue Shield Recreation Center
•    Southpoint Surgery Center
•    Farah & Farah
•    Jake Godbald City Hall Annex
•    Regional Training Centers – Camp Blanding
•    Mayo Clinic’s Gabriel House of Care
•    St. Vincent’s Patient Access Redesign
•    Ronald McDonald House Addition/Renovation
•    Anheuser Busch Dining Facility
•    Jessie Ball duPont Center

Steve is a past member of  Associated Builders and Contractors of North Florida Board of Directors 2000 – 2002, American Heart Association Board of Directors 2010 – 2014, American Heart Association Executive Leadership Team 2010 – 2014, Downtown Rotary Club

Steve is a current member of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Trustee.

Save the Dates.....May 21st and June 4th

Charter Night for the Rotary E-Club of Northeast Florida...

Thursday, May 21st from 6:15pm to 8:30pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located 7190 US-17 in Fleming Island (Clay County - just south of Orange Park). It's Charter Night for our brand new Rotary Club, the Rotary E-Club of Northeast Florida. Charter nights are very special events within a Rotary District - mainly because we don't get too many new clubs each year!

This is also a great fun & fellowship experience and a super way for us to welcome new Rotarians into our District.  PLUS - as an added bonus we are fortunate to have Rotary International Director Robert Hall joining us that evening. It's not often we get the chance to hear from an RI Director in person. If you know anything about RID Robert, you know he's a great Rotary leader and speaker, and an all-around good guy. So let's show him a little D6970 respect and be there with him for the Rotary E-Club of Northeast Florida's charter night.

And if the foregoing is not quite enough to get you out of the house to attend - consider the food we'll be serving that night which is being prepared by none other than our own Nonie Larson - D6970's caterer extraordinaire! If you've experienced the gourmet feasts at our RLI events, then you know I am not exaggerating.  Enough said - check it out at and register to attend. 

What a fast Year! ... but we must bid Pierre his Adieu...

Going out with a Grand Slam!  For Pierre's farewell party, the Jacksonville Suns have offered Pierre the opportunity to throw the first pitch at the Thursday, June 4th game against Montgomery Biscuits.  Game time, 7:05pm, at Bragan Field Baseball Grounds.  Let's get as many Rotarians to maximize this opportunity and have some fun and fellowship while also bidding adieu to Pierre!

Buy tickets with seats in section 110 - that way we can all sit together. More on this great time at next week's meeting.  Let's get all our members to join us to bid our very active and engaged exchange student au revoir in style.

In Case you missed it last week...

Rotary's Interact Club in Action - Fund Raising

Rotary Minute- Week 45

Wow! What a weekend we just had in St. Augustine taking part in the fun and fellowship at our District Conference and Assembly. My heartfelt thanks go out to all Rotarians who attended – and there were a lot of you!  Your energy and engagement were a beneficial boost to all concerned.  And my deepest gratitude goes out to all of the Rotarians who helped plan the event and who lead the sessions.

If you missed this year’s District Conference and Assembly, you really missed out. But if you miss next year’s District Conference and Assembly, then you will really be missing out. We will be going back to Flagler College in St. Augustine again next year. And you know what; it’s only going to get better. So here’s my suggestion if you did not attend this year. Talk to one of your club members who did and ask one simple question: Was it worth it? My bet is the answer will be resounding YES! So be there next year for sure to light up your Rotary battery and have some fun doing it.

Event Reminders:

June 18-21: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) will take place again this year on the University of North Florida’s campus. Each club should sponsor at least one, and preferably two, aspiring high school leaders to attend this life changing event.

June 26-28: Zone 34 Regional Seminar at the Hyatt Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. All District and Club leaders are encouraged to attend. Look for more details soon on our District website.

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

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

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