Calendar of Events

August 4, 2015

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

 Meet Andy Kidd - Episcopal HS Athletic Director

Andy Kidd serves as the Athletic Director for Episcopal High School of Jacksonville.  His duties include overseeing 61 middle school, junior varsity and varsity men’s and women’s teams in 16  sports as well as the physical education program.  In this role he directs 115 coaches and administrative personnel and recruited and hired all new athletic department employees.

Before his selection to take over direction of the athletics program in July 2012, he served for nine years in the ESJ Advancement (Fund-Raising) Office, including a year as Director of the Advancement in the 2011-2012 school year.  Over these years, he was fully involved in alumni relations, the Episcopal Annual Fund, major fund-raisers and capital campaigns before serving as Director of Development from 2009 to 2011, and ultimately the entire Advancement program. Before being elevated to the A.D. position, he served as assistant coach for the football and men’s soccer teams, head coach of the junior varsity football team and from 2007 through 2012 as head coach of the mens’s varsity soccer team.

 From 1999 to 2003, he attended Furman University, earning a B.A. in business administration and earning four varsity letters as a member of the Furman men’s soccer team (co-captain 2002).   From 1993 to 1999, he attended Episcopal, earning 11 varsity letters in football, soccer and baseball and being voted the JASPer Award as Publix Top Male Student Athlete of the Year for Northeast Florida in 1999.  He was recently recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as a 40 under 40 top performer in Jacksonville.

A bit about our new member - Jacqueline Rudloff

Jacqueline recently celebrated her ten year anniversary with husband Josh. 
They have a Maltese dog named Cotton and some cats (as she says "numbers aren't important--I'm a failed foster parent--but I'm married so I am not qualified to be a crazy cat lady!").
She and Josh went to Bangkok in 2012 for her year as president of the Arlington Rotary Club, which was an amazing trip. They have a comic book series--and believe laughter is a necessary component for each day. We're so glad your with us!

July 28th Speaker - Shari Duval with K9s For Warriors

Important Club News ---- Tayla will be here soon!

Please join the Gentry family and PP Vicki-lynne in welcoming Tayla Maturo,  our 2015-2016 RYE student as she arrives in the USA on Sunday August 9  @ 6 p.m.  Jacksonville International Airport

Candid Lunch Shots...Don't Miss Out!

Some of our newest members getting to know each other

Enjoying Lunch and conversation with fellow members

 Our Club in Action!
Patrick Victor Updating the Club on International Water projects

Donation Check presented to Builders Care, this year's beneficiary of the Alhambra event

An Important Message From Pres David  

Dear Members of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville,
There have been some developments brought about by the Board’s recent decision to approve the new Satellite membership concept. Recently you were all notified by mail regarding changes to our Club’s by-laws which were drafted and approved by the Board.   
The new by-law allows for the Satellite membership classification and the letter indicated a date for a full club vote to be held at the luncheon on August 11th.  However the Club’s leadership became aware that these changes may not have gone far enough in ensuring that the new Satellite members met adequate criteria for membership in Rotary. 

Several long-time members voiced concerns and made some very valuable and helpful comments, all of which led us to reconvene the Membership Committee and revisit these rules. The result, I am very proud to tell you, are some subtle yet very impactful changes that I believe will address these concerns and allow us to move forward with this new membership concept.

Plans are underway to immediately present these changes to your Board for a vote and if approved, to proceed to a full Club vote. However, time constraints have necessitated that we push back the Club vote originally scheduled for August 11th to the August 18th luncheon…a delay of one week. Please make note of this change and plan to attend on the 18th to have your vote count.

This new Satellite classification concept is very exciting and one we hope will allow us to capture otherwise lost candidates who have graduated from Rotaract but not yet reached full Rotary membership criteria, as well as other upcoming leaders in our community. An enormous amount of effort went into the formation of the infrastructure for this concept and while it would have been fantastic to capture the ideals we were after the first time, it just wasn’t very realistic. Many voices were heard and the input was incredible… the result is one we feel confident you will all be proud of.

Being part of this process and watching it play out over the last several days has been a very humbling and prideful experience for me personally. The outpouring of respect and adoration for Rotary in general and our Club in particular has been inspirational and makes me enormously proud to be your President. Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions.

David Bissell

Our Governor's Message:

Week 4 Rotary Minute

Have you heard the exciting news, Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus! This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa.

Plan to attend the August 15th Be a Gift to the World training seminar to hear the personal story of Ramesh Ferris, a 35 year old Polio Survivor who resides in Whitehorse, Yukon Canada. He has shared Rotary’s End Polio Now message with countless heads of state and other world leaders including: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Ban Ki Moon, Margaret Chan, Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, &  Neil Young. Ramesh has traveled throughout Canada, India, USA, Puerto Rico, Australia, South Africa, France, Denmark, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Portugal, and Switzerland, all to convince more people to support the end of polio! He has spoken to delegates at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and many Rotarians at various Zone Institutes and District Conferences.

The seminar will be held at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park starting at 8:00am.  The cost of the seminar per Rotarian is $35.  Your registration includes a continental breakfast served from 7:00am-8:00am and a fabulous Italian meal for lunch. To register, just tell your club president you plan to attend.

I have personally heard Ramesh Ferris share his story and you will be impacted by his message. Thank you each for your continued service and I look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

Morning of August 1st: D6970 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Saturday, August 1st in Palm Coast, Florida. Make last minute registrations at

Evening of August 1st: Come help us welcome home 23 Rotary Youth Exchange students after a year of living abroad. Reservations are available on the website under About RYE Florida... click on District 6970.

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