Calendar of Events

September 15, 2015

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

Craig Smith - Alhambra Managing Partner
Craig Smith is a lifelong North Florida resident calling Jacksonville and Callahan home. He credits his small town roots during his teenage years as an important part of his current and past success. His first real job after and while being a lifeguard, was with the Jacksonville Suns, then an affiliate of the Montreal Expos. Craig did everything from ticket sales, corporate promotions and even took a turn as the clubhouse manager. With Peter Bragan as his mentor, Craig took what he learned at Wolfson Park and set off on a path that would see him as the owner of a paging company, weight loss company, limousine service and involved in numerous companies as a business development consultant.
In 2009, he found himself quite by accident as the owner of the Alhambra Theatre & Dining venue. Craig says it has been the best 5 years of his life. It was through this "show" business that he really got to "shake things up." In 2011, he was asked to participate in DWTS Jacksonville-style; if you could have seen him you would understand "shaking it up." Craig made Biggie Smalls proud. In 2013, he was lucky enough to be a judge of this great event. Craig is so excited to be a part of this event as emcee, stating that, "It looks like I made it around all the bases. I love the mission and work of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus as well as supporting Darren and the kids in all their efforts."

Answers to Labor Day Trivia .......

1.  Since the year 1900, how many times has Labor Day fallen on Monday September 7th?  14,  16,  18,  20 or 22 

2.  What is the next year that Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday, September 7th.  2018,  2019,  2020, 2021 or 2022
...... 2020

Help Raise Scholarship Funds For the Rotary Oratory Competition Through Our GoFundMe Account.  Pass it along to your colleagues and friends...

Speech Competition Donation Link
                                      The Rotary Oratory Competition committee has been working hard to conduct another outstanding event for our area high school seniors. The final event will be held February 18, 2016. We are currently in the stage of raising funds to pay for the scholarships. We would like to encourage your friends, family and business associates to make a tax-deductible donation for the project by going to the link above.. You can also help generate scholarship funds by going on to your Linkedin account and sending out a message about the GoFundMe donation. We already have a message you can just cut and paste into your Linkedin message box. Just email Bill Langley at and he will send you the message.

South Jax Rotary 2015-16 Rotary Oratory Competition Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several ways to sponsor: 

Rotary Oratory Competition $20,000 Title Co-Sponsorship  Rotary Oratory Competition $1000/$500 Scholarship Sponsor Rotary Oratory Competition $3,000 Regional Sponsor

Make check payable to Rotary Club of South Jacksonville Charities, Inc.; P.O. Box 47546; Jacksonville, FL 32247. Funds will be used for scholarships, charity donations and related costs. For more information, contact Rotary project chair Les Loggins at (904)699-6578 or email 

Planning Meeting of the New Satellite Classification Hopefuls!

Come see for yourself what the newest Rotary concept is planning for its membership and our community. 

This is a great time to engage with this club by attending and/or sending a qualified prospect.    We are looking for qualified candidates ages 32 to 45 that are leaders in business, their profession and/or our community.

WHEN: Monday, September 14th, from 5:30 to 7:00

WHERE: Indochine San Marco - UPSTAIRS.  1974 San Marco Blvd, 32207

********  Upcoming Service Events ********

Below are some events that the Social Committee and Community Service Committee lined up for us. Please sign up with the Project Coordinator listed:

  • Reading to the children at the San Jose Elementary School- interested members need to get a background check and get scheduled. 
    •  Project Coordinator is Dinkins Grange-Ms Penny's class
  • Guardian ad litem program   
    • Project Coordinators are PP Jim Lanahan and P David Bissell  

Gingerbread set-up project - November 19, 7:30 am  Project Coordinator is PP Mike Darragh..

  •  Delivering Dictionaries to 3rd graders ( tentative Mid December) 
    • Project Coordinator is Stevan Jones


  • Sponsor a lunch on November 10th for the "Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation"Project Coordinator is PP Odette Struys

We Get Around!
PP Odette was recently invited to speak to the St. Augustine Sunrise Club-she sent us these postcards!

Our District Governor's Message:

Week 10 Rotary Minute

What can a $100 bucks buy you these days? How about a luxury suite at the Jaguars vs. Falcons game on December 20th. Suite includes 20 tickets to the game, six parking passes, four additional passes for game day guests and $500 credit for game day menu and bar. Only 600 raffle tickets will be sold. Speak with your club’s Jaguar captain or check our district website for more information.

     Did you know we have four community-based and nine college-based      Rotaract clubs in our District?  Recently during our Be a Gift to the World seminar, a group of district Rotaractors developed our new District 6970 Rotaract Website. I hope you will take a few minutes to discover and learn about the activities of these young leaders. The new website can be found at


September 19th: Hosting a Youth Exchange student for 2016-2017 forms due

October 10th: Interact Summit

October 24: World Polio Day

November 1, 2015: Nomination forms due for our 2017-2018 District Governor

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