Calendar of Events

November 17, 2015

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

 Please Welcome, Chief Tara Wildes

Director, Department of Corrections - Jacksonville
Chief Tara Wildes, Head of the Department of Corrections for the City of Jacksonville, has over 20 years of experience in corrections and law enforcement.   Tara graduated for the University of North Florida with a BA in Criminal Justice and History.

Tara's long history and experiences in law enforcement has led her to publish, "Jails, Prisons and You Community's Health Journal" and co-author a "Tomorrow's Worth Waiting For" seminar with Lynn Brueske, LMHC.  A workshop seminar designed to teach law enforcement officers and school officials how to react in mental health crisis situations.

Wildes and Brueske volunteered to research, write and present the workshop, which helps officials recognize suicidal tendencies and intervene.  Thus far, Brueske and Wildes have trained more than 600 law enforcement and corrections personnel and more than 300 educators in Duval, Nassau, Clay and St. Johns counties, and plan to work with Baker County.  One of the motivating factors Wildes contributes is stated, "I feel like it's our responsibility to have compassion for individuals regardless of what they've done.  We're responsible for their care, custody and control.  A lot of people only focus on the custody and control part."  Brueske and Wildes don't have any statistical data on the program's effectiveness, but response has been positive.

*** Special Reminder ***
No meeting November 24, 2015

Enjoy the Holidays with Family and Friends!!!

** Save the Date...Thursday, December 3 6:00-7:00pm **

Wine and Cheese Social Event at Ameris Bank.  Hosted by Meredith Porter at Ameris Bank, 4835 Town Center Parkway, Jacksonville, FL  32246.
In 1905 when Rotary was just beginning, members met at one another's place of business (rotating to a different place each time-thus the term, Rotary).  To honor Rotary's original intent, we would like to schedule an after-hours social each month to help everyone get connected with their fellow Rotarians and learn more about their businesses.  If you are interested in hosting a social event at your office, please contact Jacqueline Rudloff at

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
November 19, 7:30 am -                     Gingerbread set-up project
November 20, 9 am-7 pm                  Salvation Army Bell Ringing @ Publix-University near   St. Augustine Rd
December 3, 6-7pm                             Wine & Cheese Event @ Ameris Bank

Mid December - TBD                          Delivering Dictionaries to 3rd graders

February 6, 2016 from 9am - 12p     Dignity U Wear Event

February 18, 2016                                Final event for the Rotary Oratory Competition

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

*** Pictures from the Launch Party... a great success!! ***

 Reception line and GoFundMe introductions.

 Everyone enjoyed
fellowship and live music!

** Last week's meeting candids:


******** 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

    • 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 19 Rotary Minute
    The Rotary Youth Exchange Committee urgently needs district Rotarians to conduct student interviews on Saturday, November 14th or Sunday, November 15th. We have 30 student applicants competing for a position on our Outbound candidate roster for the 2016-2017 Rotary year. I have personally participated in the interview process in the past and I promise you will find it rewarding as a Rotarian. I have already secured my slot and you can too via the following link:

    Would you like to be a founding member of a Rotary Fellowship? Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians and Rotaractors who share a common passion.  There are currently over 60 fellowships within Rotary and a list can be found on Past President Ed Book and Past District Governor Wes Eubank are looking for Rotarians interested becoming founding members of a new “Rotary on Pins” Fellowship, a fellowship that will engage new generations and Rotary youth programs via Rotary pins and memorabilia. Contact Ed at about becoming a founding member.

    December 1, 2015: Jaguars/Polio Partnership Raffle Ticket Drawing

    December 13, 2015: Rotary Game Day - Jaguars vs. Colts
    For more on all other events in District 6970, please go to

    Yours in service to Rotary,

    Fred “Fel” Lee
    District Governor 2015-2016