Calendar of Events

October 6, 2015

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

Welcome Rick Mullaney

Rick Mullaney attended the University of Florida on a George Smathers Debate Scholarship, receiving a BA in Political Science and graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1980, serving as Executive Editor of the Law Review. After working as a business lawyer for Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith, and Cutler, then the state’s largest law firm, Mr. Mullaney was a prosecutor and was named Prosecutor of the Year for the state of Florida in 1991. 

While a prosecutor, he taught business law in the MBA program at the University of North Florida. He subsequently worked for nearly 20 years on diverse public policy issues, including economic development, municipal finance, healthcare, education, and infrastructure development as legal counsel and public policy advisor to the City of Jacksonville and former mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney and John Peyton. During this time, he served as Head of the City’s Tort Litigation Department, Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Delaney, and General Counsel to Jacksonville’s $5 billion a year consolidated government. In 2003, he received the Lawyer of the Year Award at the annual Jacksonville Bar Association Law Day Luncheon.

Mr. Mullaney currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gateway Community Services. He is past Chairman of the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation, serving on the board since 2004, and has served on the Board of Directors for the St. Vincent’s Healthcare since 2005. He is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001) and ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.
Mr. Mullaney became the Founding Director of the JU Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in 2012.

Rotary in Action!
Polio Free!!!

The World Health Organization announced on September 25, 2015, that Nigeria is no longer polio endemic. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio, called this a 'historic achievement' in global health. Nigeria has not reported a case of wild poliovirus since 24 July 2014, and all laboratory data have confirmed a full 12 months have passed without any new cases. 

Eradicating polio will be one of the greatest achievements in human history, and have a positive impact on global health for generations to come. Nigeria has brought the world one major step closer to achieving this goal and it’s critical that we seize this opportunity to end polio for good and ensure future generations of children are free from this devastating disease.

Last Week's Speaker - District Governor Fel Lee!

Highlights from DG Fel's address to our club:

DG Fel Lee had an intimate discussion with our Club touching on major Rotary points from friendship and fellowship to giving.

When we meet each week, we don't just network and socialize, we "do" great work. He shared how we are a tremendous asset in our community, and how we have awesome partners, like the Jaguars, who recognize our strength in numbers, strength in direction and strength in brand.

DG Fel challenges us all to protect and promote the Rotary brand - let's keep our lapel pins polished and avoid tarnishing in every sense of Rotary! Among other things, as Rotarians, we need to maximize our gifts, talents, knowlegde and efforts.

Be engaged as Rotarians and the leaders we are by exchanging ideas by joining, and taking action!                       We can all...
                                      "Be a gift to the world!"

Jerry Powers Badge Exchange Ceremony..


Newest Member - Leslie Redd

Leslie was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Towson University and completed her Masters at Bay Path University.

Leslie is married to Larry and they have 3 children - Mallory is 21 and attends UNF, Tyler is 20 and attends FSCJ and Raphael is 10 and goes to Resurrection Parish Catholic School.  They have two dogs.

In her free time, Leslie enjoys massages, traveling, swimming, zumba, camping and spending time with her family. 

Lunch Snapshots!                                  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.

Speech Competition

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.

Our District Governor's Message:

Week 13 Rotary Minute

We are two weeks away from conducting our annual Interact Leadership Summit on October 10th at St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine. Please contact District Interact Chair Jeri Williar, at to register your Interact leadership, faculty sponsors and club liaisons.

As we approach World Polio Day on October 24th, you have an opportunity to participate in supporting Rotary’s eradication program by purchasing a $100 raffle ticket (all proceeds go toward Polio). Each raffle ticket gives you an opportunity to win 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, check our district website or send me an email and I will get you a raffle ticket!


October 1st: Start of Economic and Community Development MonthOctober 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 Rotary Service,

Fred “Fel” Lee
District Governor 2015-2016

Rotary International District 6970