Calendar of Events

June 2, 2015

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

Welcome,  Paul Frase

Paul Frase was born in Elmira NY.  He graduated from Syracuse University in 1988 with a BA in psychology.  Paul went on to play professional football in the NFL for 11 years.  He played 7 years with the New York Jets, 2 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 year with the Green Bay Packers (which culminated in a trip to the 1997-98 Superbowl), and finished his career with the Baltimore Ravens in 1998.  Paul received the Ed Block Courage Award an unprecedented 2 times while in the NFL.  This award is voted on by other players, and honors one who has successfully returned to the field after sustaining a major injury or life challenge.

Paul joined the Lewis Search Firm in 2012, an executive search firm focused on the pharma marketing and healthcare advertising landscape. 

Paul and his wife Alison founded the Joshua Frase Foundation in 1996 to raise awareness and to fund research for an orphan disease called Myotubular Myopathy (MTM).  Their son Joshua succumbed to this disease just a few weeks before his 16th birthday.  Joshua’s legacy will be one of a cure for his peers, as the research is entering clinical trials soon.   To learn more about MTM, visit 

Paul and Alison were blessed with the birth of their second child, Isabella Patrice on May 31st, 2001.  Isabella is Joshua’s only sibling.  Isabella is currently attending Landrum Middle School, is very active in sports, and excels scholastically in the AP program. 

Paul likes to share about how a boy from New Hampshire made it to the NFL, and more importantly, about the life lessons he’s learned from that journey, and from his son Joshua.  Paul’s talking points also include having a ‘never give up’ mentality, and being cognizant of the legacy you will leave behind.  

----Our Club in Action----

Congratulations to Lenny...  Our next Mayor...

Rotarian's take to the skies above Jacksonville...

Skip Booth, our resident aviation expert and pilot, takes Pierre up for a Memorial Day flight above the city.
Look, both hands on the yoke!

A perfect way to spend Memorial Day!

The President's luncheon...Past, Present and Future

Recipients of Our Fundraising Activities this year...
Family Promise of Jacksonville
Episcopal Children's Services
Children's Home Society
Florida Dental Association
Women's Center of Jacksonville
Communities in Schools of Jacksonville
All Saint's Early Learning and Community Care Center

Charity presentations will be done at our June meetings.

Save the Date.....June 4th

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!

Tickets are $25.95 each and include a barbecue dinner with ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, soda and a hat.  We have reserved the Palm Pavilion and tickets will be at the will-call window the night of the event.  Reserve your spot now by e-mailing Patti.   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.

Rotary Minute- Week 47

This week DGE Fel and DGN Marshall, along with many Rotarians from District 6970, are packing their bags to attend the 2015 Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There they will join 20,000+ Rotarians from 534 other Districts that span the globe. There they will enjoy an experience like no other. People from different countries and different cultures all coming together on the grandest of scale to join leaders, exchange ideas and take action – action that will do good in their communities and throughout the world – action that will stimulate goodwill and fellowship – action that will foster peace and understanding. Action that would make Paul Harris proud!

To all District 6970 Rotarians who are making this journey, we wish you safe travels. We hope that you will return even better and more energized Rotarians. And we hope that when you return you will share this experience to encourage all of us as we continue to Light Up Rotary and Be a Gift to the World.

 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

Keep doing those wonderful things you do! Make it a great week!