Calendar of Events

September 22, 2015

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

A. Hugh Greene, FACHE - President & Chief Executive Officer
Baptist Health 

Hugh Greene is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health, a comprehensive community-based health system that is comprised of five hospitals. Mr. Greene holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a master’s degree of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wake Forest University where he was Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Greene currently serves as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees for the University of North Florida and was named an honorary alumnus of UNF. After serving numerous times on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, he served as chair in 2011 and chair of the Cornerstone economic development division in 2007. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Jacksonville Civic Council, the regional CEO group. He also served on the corporate Board of PSS World Medical prior to the recent sale of the company to McKesson. 

In 2007, the Jacksonville Business Journal named him one of the area’s 12 “Ultimate CEOs” and he was also inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame. He has been active with the United Way of Northeast Florida where he has served as chair of the Board of Trustees and as 2006 Campaign Chair. Mr. Greene was the founding chair of JaxCare, a program for the working uninsured. Additionally, as chair of the Sulzbacher Center Board, he received the Excellence in Healthcare Award for his efforts on behalf of healthcare for the homeless. He serves as a member of the Healthcare and Bioscience Council of Northeast Florida where he chairs the Access to Care work group. He is a member of Downtown Rotary. Mr. Greene was a member of the 1991 Leadership Jacksonville class, and the recipient of the Leadership Jacksonville 2006 Community Trustee Award. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian Award by OneJax; and the 2013 Distinguished Business Leader Award by the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business. Most recently, he was the national winner of the Community Leader Award by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Hugh and Susan, his wife of 38 years, have three sons and two grandchildren.

South Jax Rotary Club History...

It was September 13, 1954 that the matter of a second Rotary Club in Jacksonville came up in discussion.  There was not universal agreement on the matter but there was universal agreement that any action should be deferred for at least another month.  Four weeks later the Rotary Club of Jacksonville went behind closed doors to debate the need for a second Rotary club in the city.  The debate was said to be spirited.

A proposal was on the table to "cede that portion of the city and tributary territory lying south of the St. Johns River to a Rotary Club of South Jacksonville.  However, the club reserved the right to admit members from that territory whose business, executive duties or professional activities are wide in scope, and without affecting the status of any present member of the club."

Thus the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville was formed on a vote of 126 to 62 which reached the requisite two-thirds vote needed to change the club charter.

T - Together
E - Everyone 
A - Achieves
M - More

The Newest South Jax Rotary Member, Judge Michelle Kalil; but it seems like we have known her forever!

Judge Michelle Kalil has a 7 year old son who keeps her busy when she is not on the bench. When they're not at his flag football games, she is an avid fitness enthusiast. Michelle enjoys dining out and trying new restaurants, attending theater and sporting events, travel whenever time allows, and spending time with friends. We are happy to have Michelle as our newest member!

From the Board of Directors
The following candidates have been approved for your consideration into membership with the newly added classification of "Satellite":
Dave Armentrout, sponsored by Casey Martin and PP Dean Scott
Julie Pyburn, sponsored by PP Robert Harris and PE Jason Burnett 
Patrick Baiocco, sponsored by Les Loggins and Bob Massey
Beth Briand, sponsored by PP Vicki-lynne Gloger and PE Jason Burnett
Tim Driscoll, sponsored by P David Bissell and PP Dean Scott 
Meghan Hotchkiss, sponsored by PP Mike Darragh and PP Vicki-lynne Gloger
Josh Rudloff, sponsored by Jacqueline Rudloff, PE Jason Burnett
Melissa Shrader, sponsored by Bob Massey, Les Loggins
Amanda Watson, sponsored by Les Loggins, PP Mike Darragh 

The following candidate has been approved for your consideration into membership:
Andrea Hartley-Myers, sponsored by PP Odette Struys.  Classification is Non-Profit-International.  
Anyone having an objection, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days. 

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

********  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:

  • 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


    • Volunteer opportunity at Dignity U Wear on Saturday, February 6th from 9am - 12pm.  They can accommodate 8 volunteers.  Look for sign-up sheets and additional details later this year.

    Our District Governor's Message:
    Week 11 Rotary Minute

    We are less than 30 days away from conducting our annual Interact Leadership Summit on October 10th. The summit provides an opportunity for Interact club leadership and Rotary club sponsors to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects and learn valuable leadership skills. Registration information available on our district website or by contacting District Interact Chair Jeri Williar at Cost is $10.00 per person.

    Have you conducted business, studied or traveled abroad at some point during your lifetime? The experiences and knowledge we gain from traveling abroad can be invaluable and have a lasting impact on the rest of our life. We need your help in providing similar opportunities for high school students throughout our Rotary world. The Youth Exchange Committee is in desperate need of host families and club sponsorships for inbound youth exchange students during the 2016-2017 school year. The number of inbound students that we agree to host determines the number of students from our district that we send abroad. Please consider hosting or sponsoring a youth exchange student. Deadline to make your intentions known is September 19th.

    If you have any questions regarding what is involved with hosting an exchange student, completing the forms or arranging a RYE presentation for your club, please contact District RYE Chair Jeff Hart at

    October 10th: Interact Summit

    October 24th: World Polio Day

    November 1st: 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