Calendar of Events

December 01, 2015

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

 Please Welcome, Kristin Keen

  Founder and President, Sari Bari & Rethreaded

Kristin lived and worked for five years in Kolkata, India where she encountered the life-stealing effects of the area's sex trade on a daily basis.  Kristin helped co-found a business that could offer these women a safe haven.  Today, Sari Bari is a thriving business that employs more than 120 people in Kolkota who create beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics.

Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin felt called to fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born.  Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued healing through community.  Since Rethreaded's start in 2012, Rethreaded has helped 20 women locally and provided over 10,000 hours of work to women in Jacksonville.  In 2012 Rethreaded was the overall winner of One Spark.  In 2015 Kristin was awarded the "40 under 40" up and coming business leaders in Jacksonville and was chosen as one of Girls Inc. "Women of Vision" awards.  When she’s not at Rethreaded, Kristin is usually biking, doing yoga, or eating at some of Jacksonville's best local restaurants.

South Jax Rotarians in Action, again!

Gingerbread Setup Project
Mr. Mike....
The coordinator and project leader.....
Barry has met his match...No more talking or our podium issues will be resolved...
It is all about the foot wear!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing...

** Save the Date...Tuesday, December 8 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:
December 8, 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

Jacksonville Spotlights Dr. George Armstrong...Lifetime Achievement Award. You earned it all and we are Proud of You!

Our own, Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. George F. Armstrong Jr. may be retired, but he continues to take two trips to Grenada every year to help children there, as he has done for the past 26 years.  Read more in the Jacksonville Business Journal or online at Dr. George Armstrong.

Satellite Club News!
The next meeting will be held on December 14th!  

The speaker that evening is Michelle Clowe, World Relief Jacksonville Refugee Services Coordinator and recipient of the FBI's 2013 Director's Community Leadership Award for her work with the Human Trafficking Task Force of Northeast Florida. She will be speaking towards the experience of refugees, their contributions to the local community and the ongoing crisis. 

For more information - Visit the new Facebook Site:
Rotary Satellite Club of South Jacksonville 

Satellite Club Officers:

•Chair Julie Pyburn
 •Vice Chair Dave Armentrout
•Director of Communications Andrea Hartley-Myers
 •Director of Finance Amanda Watson

** Last week's Thursday dinner speaker:

Just Good Eatin'

******** 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:

•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 early next year.
Our District Governor's Message:

                    Week 21 Rotary Minute

Jeanette Loftus, from the Rotary Club of Flagler County, has been selected by the District Nominating Committee to serve as District Governor during the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Jeanette has served our District in many capacities and currently serves as our District Trainer. 

According to our District's By-Laws, any club which had submitted a candidate in accordance with the procedure specified may nominate its candidate from the floor at the ensuing Annual District Conference, provided that such club notifies the District Governor of its intentions to do so within fifteen days of November 18, 2015. If a notice is not received, Jeanette will officially become our District Governor Nominee Designate. I would like to thank PDG Clint Dawkins, who chaired our Nominating Committee, and the members of the Nominating Committee for their dedicated service.

Just a few days left before the December 1st raffle ticket drawing for use of a luxury suite at the December 20th Jaguars vs. Falcons game. In case you missed the announcement last week, we are limiting the total raffle tickets sold to 150. 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. Please check our website for purchasing instructions. Raffle tickets are $100 each.

Hope that you are surrounded with the love of your family and dear ones in this festive season. 

December 1, 2015: Jaguars/Polio Partnership Raffle Ticket Drawing
December 13, 2015: Rotary Game Day – Jaguars vs. Colts
December 16, 2015: Rotary Youth Exchange Big Reveal Country Announcements

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

Yours in service to Rotary,
Fred “Fel” Lee
District Governor 2015-2016