Calendar of Events

September 29, 2015

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

Rotary District Governor, Fred “Fel” Lee
Fel is a member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville – Oceanside in Atlantic Beach. He served as his club’s president in 2005 and served as an Area Governor for the District. He is a Major Donor, a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Rotary Benefactor.
Fel has held several public offices including past Chairman of Duval County Public Schools, City Councilman and the Vice-Mayor of the City of Neptune Beach.
Fel is committed to his community, and endeavors to give back not only through elected office but also through volunteerism. He served on the Boards of the Greater Southeast and Florida/Puerto Rico affiliates of the American Heart Association and past Chairman of the First Coast Community Board. Fel served on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida, as well as the Board of External Advisors for the Center for Urban Education and Policy. He is currently serving on the Baptist Health Foundation board.
Fel’s professional experience encompasses customer service operations, focusing on technical, billing, retention, electronic mail and online interactive services, as well as technology operations such as systems integration, systems development, system analysis, programming and computer operations. Fel held posts with several Fortune 500 companies including international experience in Europe and Asia.
Fel also has experience in local business, having owned and operated a small business in Jacksonville Beach. Fel is once again starting a new venture, purchasing the family farm in Georgia from his extended family and reorganizing to recreate a working family farm for his generation.
Fel is married to Karen Johnson Lee, a teacher by profession, and a strong supporter of Fel’s many Rotary roles. Fel and Karen have three sons and a daughter; Travis, a Merchant Marine, Dustin, in his last year of law school at Cornell University, Sawyer and his wife Olivia, graduates of Appalachian State working and living in Waycross, GA on the family farm, and Alyona, a junior at Ponte Vedra High School. Their first grandchild, Jameson, was born in May 2015 to Sawyer and Olivia.
Fel and Karen are active members of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach. Fel and Karen attended and graduated from Duval County Public Schools. Fel is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Engineering.

Our Club in Action!

The September 22 meeting was called to order by President Elect Jason Burnett 

September 22 speakers....

Hugh Greene President & CEO at Baptist Health,and   
Nicole Thomas,Sr VP Specialty Services


PP Jim Lanahan presents PP & PDG Paul Mori 
with a box of buckeyes :-)


Judge Wilkinson attended the meeting

The Newest South Jax Rotary Member...  
Leslie Redd, sponsored by PP Vicky-lynne-we're glad to have you with us, Leslie!

Our Rotary Satellite Club News!
Our Rotary Satellite Club of South Jacksonville meets every 2nd and 4th Monday, 
upstairs at San Marco Indochine.  5:30 social time and 6:00 meeting.  
This is an additional time and place for our members to enjoy Rotary fellowship.
  • The club's first speaker meeting - is Monday, Sept 28.  
The speaker will be PDG Cynde Covington, our District's Rotary Foundation Chair and Current Rotary Zone 34 End Polio Now Coordinator .  She will speak on the many programs of the Rotary Foundation including Rotary's 20+ year effort to eradicate Polio worldwide, including the results to date and her trips to India to immunize.

This will be a great program.  Please feel free to bring a business leader, professional or community leader with you.

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

********  Sign up for the 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.

Important Nigerian Press Release...

On Friday, September 25th, Nigeria has officially been declared polio-free and removed from the list of endemic countries!!!!

If you recall, back on August 24th, Nigeria surpass the one year mark without any cases of the wild polio virus.

Please take the time to share this wonderful news with your fellow club Rotarians and help us keep the momentum going!  We can't stop until all of the world is polio free, but this is a giant step forward leaving just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the last two endemic countries. 

PDG Cynde & DG Fel

Our District Governor's Message:

Week 12 Rotary Minute

Second Call: Nominations for our 2018-2019 District Governor are now being accepted. Nomination forms must be sent to our District's Nominating Committee Chair PDG Clint Dawkins by 5:00pm Sunday November 1, 2015. For instructions on submitting nominations for District Governor, please refer to our District's website.
We are two weeks away from conducting our annual Interact Leadership Summit on October 10th. Please contact District Interact Chair Jeri Williar,, to register your Interact leadership, faculty sponsors and club liaisons.

District Rotarians have asked how they can assist as an individual or club toward the refugee crisis affecting the Middle East and Europe.  Through our affiliation with ShelterBox, we can support temporary shelter and lifesaving supplies to displaced families. ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. For more information, please contact District ShelterBox Chair Jim Samuelson at the following email address:

October 10th: Interact Summit
October 24th: World Polio Day
November 1st: Nomination forms due for our 2018-2019 District Governor

For more on these and all other events in District 6970, please go to

Yours In Rotary Service,

Fred “Fel” Lee
District Governor 2015-2016

Rotary International District 6970