Calendar of Events

October 13, 2015

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

Welcome Martin Goetz

When he joined the River Garden in 1978, Martin A. Goetz was certain he would remain through the first year, before moving to the next opportunity. And now, 37 years later, as Chief Executive Officer of River Garden since 2004, Marty continues, with visionary leadership, to guide this dynamic organization on its journey as a strong agency recognized nationally as one of the leading senior service agencies.

Marty understands the value that stability and longevity bring to River Garden. Recently, when asked about his own tenure, he wrote, “There are now 86 members of our staff with more than a decade of service… River Garden’s longstanding ability to attract and retain excellent staff is the hallmark of our agency. Staff stability tied to a culture of care and caring that goes back to our 1946 founding on Stockton Street in Riverside is unquestionably what makes our River Garden community so special.”

After 37 years of dedication to River Garden, it is quite evident that Martin Goetz has built a career by helping to build a community.

About Marty Goetz
Marty is a past member and treasurer of the Board and Executive Committee of the Florida Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (FAHSA).
In 2001 Mr. Goetz received FAHSA’s Public Policy Award for advocacy on nursing home litigation reform and in 2003 received FAHSA’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the association.
Mr. Goetz was presented with the Chairman’s Award by FAHSA in 2007 in recognition of his years of service to the organization.
In 2008 Mr. Goetz was elected by FAHSA membership to a three-year term in the AAHSA (now LeadingAge) House of Delegates.
In 2005 Mr. Goetz was elected to the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) Board of Directors in Washington, DC. and in March 2011 became its Board Chair.

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
October 30th -                               Annual Oyster Roast at San Jose Country Club
November 10 -                              Sponsor lunch for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
November 19, 7:30 am -              Gingerbread set-up project
Mid December -                           Delivering Dictionaries to 3rd graders
February 6th from 9am - 12p      Dignity U Wear Event
February 18, 2016 -                     Final event for the Rotary Oratory Competition

Rotary in Action!

Nigeria is 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.

Induction of Satellite Members ... 

 Our newest South Jacksonville Rotary members, with President David Bissell

Satellite Chair - Julie Pyburn, accepting the Bell and Gavel

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 next meeting - is Monday,October 12th
  • Dr. Dan Robie will speak as lead surgeon on the separation of the conjoined twins at Wolfson Children's Hospital earlier this year.  It's amazing!

    Satellite Club Officers: 
    Chair                                                  Julie Pyburn
    Vice Chair                                         Dave Armentrout   
    Director of Communications        Andrea Hartley-Myers
    Director of Finance                        Amanda Watson

Annual Oyster Roast October 30th San Jose Country Club

Lots of good food, beer, good band. 
 Any extras......other adult beverages, etc. can be paid at the time by credit card.  
It'll be a fun time for anyone wishing to attend.  We didn't have much interest last year but it's always a big event, so let's get a big Rotary crowd for this year! 
 Should be easy for South Jax members to sit together if desired, or spend the evening wandering around, pigging out, running into friends, dancing, etc. 
$47.50 per person after adding service and tax.
 Interested members are to contact Barry at or call him at 287-6222. 

AmazonSmile Foundation Donation Disbursement

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You can help increase our organization's donation potential by spreading the word about AmazonSmile.    Sign in to and click on Marketing Tools to access customized online tools to let your supporters know that their AmazonSmile shopping can support Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville Charities Inc.  Share this link: and ask your donors, volunteers, employees, and friends to bookmark this link so all their eligible shopping will benefit Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville Charities Inc.

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

******** Several Upcoming Service Events ********
Sign up for with the project Coordinator

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
    • 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 14 Rotary Minute

Saturday, October 10th at St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, Interact leadership, faculty sponsors and club liaisons will gather to conduct our annual Interact Leadership Summit. 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.

Please remember in your daily thoughts our fellow Rotarians in the Caribbean District 7000, which includes The Bahamas and surrounding islands, as they assess the impact of Hurricane Joaquin. The Caribbean consists of the three Rotary districts 7000, 7020 and 7030. Rotary International Zone 34 consists of those three districts, the eight districts in Florida and the three districts in Georgia.    

October 24th: 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