Calendar of Events

June 16, 2015

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

Welcome, Dan Robie, MD

Chief of Pediatric General Surgery at Baptist Health

Dr. Daniel Robie is a surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida and is affiliated with Baptist Health Jacksonville.  He received his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and has been in practice for 30 years.  He is one of 24 doctors at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville who specialize in Surgery. He also speaks multiple languages, including Italian.

 Discusses the separation of conjoined twins, 
Carter and Conner

Carter and Conner, conjoined twin boys born Dec. 12, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla., underwent a successful separation surgery at Wolfson Children’s Hospital on May 7, 2015. The 12-hour surgery began at 7:11 am, led by a team of highly skilled pediatric specialists that included Daniel Robie, MD, chief of pediatric general surgery, and Nicholas Poulos, MD, pediatric general surgeon, for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

The boys were separated at 3:34 pm and after each of their surgeries were finished, Carter and Conner were transferred to the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The separation involved a 17-member surgical care team (blue for Carter, green for Conner and white for surgical support), including Stephen Dunn, MD, Division Chief of Solid Organ Transplant for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., who traveled to Jacksonville to assist the team in separating Conner and Carter’s fused livers.

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

Good news! The Blood Alliance’s retiring bloodmobile that was transformed into a Mobile Health Clinic in partnership with the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville and Rotary Club of Deerwood to help the people of Haiti has finally cleared customs! The keys were safely handed over to its new recipient organization -- Zanmi Lasante. It has taken over one month of paperwork to release the bus which has a replacement value of US$230,000.  It will now serve a catchment area of three million Haitians. All services surrounding this project were donated - with very special thanks to First Coast Signs and Crowley Maritime.




“Mission Accomplished!“

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

Les Loggins - Police Academy Final Shooting Test

Les is just about to graduate from the Atlantic Beach Citizens Police Academy. It’s a 12-week course where participants are trained in all phases of police work. This photo shows Les' final shooting test, hitting all 10 rounds in the heart area using a M4 rifle. He thought this would be great training for dealing with difficult advertising clients! Go get 'em Les!

Newlyweds, Christy Jones and husband, Taylor were married June 6.  The couple pledged their vows in front of family and friends at the River House in St. Augustine.   They are planning a honeymoon in September when they will attend the wedding of friends at the Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.  They will then head off for Rome, Tuscany and Santorini.

Rotary Minute- Week 48

The monthly theme for June is Rotary Fellowships. It is important to note that it is “Fellowships”, with an “s” on the end, and not “Fellowship”. Rotary Fellowships are actual organizational entities; not a general notion of congenial acquaintance as the term “fellowship” might imply . Though they are independent from Rotary International, Rotary Fellowships bring together Rotarians from around the world who share a common interest. As you might expect from a population of 1.3 million Rotarians, there are many varied interests represented in the list of Rotary Fellowships – wine tasting, scuba diving, cooking, cruising, golf, tennis, skiing, yoga, flying, yachting, railroads, magicians and marathon running to name a few. The common bond between all Rotary Fellowships is the opportunity for Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own Club, District or country. In doing so Rotarians naturally tend to promote world peace through friendship and by developing a better understanding of one another’s culture. Plus they have a lot of fun and get more enjoyment from the Rotary experience.

You can even start a prospective Rotary Fellowship if your recreational or vocational interest is not in the list of approved Rotary Fellowships. Look into a Rotary Fellowship and make the most of your Rotary membership.

Interested Rotarians can join a Rotary Fellowship by going to:

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

Annual Hail & Farewell Celebration

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