Calendar of Events

January 5, 2016

We will see you in 2016!!

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

Please Welcome, Kifimbo Holloway-Parnell
2015 Duval County Teacher of the Year

Kifimbo (Kee-Feem-bow) Holloway Parnell is originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Although a New Englander by birth, she has made Florida a place for academic enrichment and proudly, her home.   

She began her teaching career in Dade County.  Her work as an English teacher in Homestead, Florida was highlighted in a former's students essay entitled "Apples of Gold," in which the student credits the then Ms. Holloway for an eye-opening year learning 7th grade English.  This essay would win the young author Khaleah Evelyn, a 4 year college scholarship awarded by former Governor and Presidential hopeful, Jeb Bush.  It also awarded Mrs. Holloway-Parnell recognition from Dade County Public Schools.

Mrs. Holloway Parnell would eventually move to Duval County where she has served Florida State College at Jacksonville as an adjunct professor teaching English to immigrants assimilating into the United States and Kirby Smith Middle School as a Journalism and English Literature Instructor.  Whether she is teaching adults or children, Mrs. Holloway-Parnell encourages her students to obtain an education in order to build a legacy for oneself, one's community, and one's nation.  In her opinion, without a legacy, what remains is the baggage of history. 

Kifimbo was named the 2015 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 24th Annual EDDY Awards. Holloway-Parnell, a language arts teacher at Kirby Smith Middle School, was selected from five outstanding finalists.  She was recognized as an exemplary educator who is continuously exploring new ways to connect her students with new experiences and hands-on projects, helping them use their voices to seek answers about society's imprint in their lives. Her students conducted research at Kingsley Plantation, producing documentaries that led them to compete and defend their research in state-level competitions.
Rotaract News-Change of Meeting Location
Rotaract will be meeting back at River City Brewing Company (NOT Hightide Burrito) on the second and fourth Thursdays starting with the meeting of January 7, 2016

2016-2018 Board Nominations

PE Jason is pleased to announce the nominations to serve on the Club's Board for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018:
PP Harlan Bost, Bea Fore, Bill Langley, Jacqueline Rudloff and Robyn Watson.
Nominations are open and will be accepted from the floor at the January 5, 2016 meeting.  The Club will hold it's vote at the meeting of January 12, 2016.

Satellite Club News!

The next meeting will be held on is January 11th!
The Speaker will be Tayloe MacDonald of the Dolores Barr Weaver Policy Center.

Tayloe represents and promotes the work of the Policy Center to stakeholders, the community and the media. Bringing 15 years’ experience in nonprofit management and business development to the Policy Center, she identifies and develops strategic collaborations that sustain and advance our mission. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

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Rotary Satellite Club of South Jacksonville

** Save the Date...Saturday, February 6, 9:00am-12:00pm **

The Undie Campaign
Dignity U Wear provided brand new clothing to over 200,000 people in need last year. Underwear is the most requested item. To provide more people with basic human dignity and to meet the incredible need, Dignity created The Undie Campaign.

DONATION REQUEST:  During the month of February 2016, please bring BRAND NEW socks and underwear to any meeting.  We will collect and donate them to Dignity U Wear for those who need them most!

SERVICE EVENT:  In addition, we have an opportunity for eight (8) club members to volunteer to sort clothing:  Saturday, February 6th from 9am – 12pm.

Contact Robyn Watson if you are interested in volunteering!

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
February 6, 2016 from 9am - 12p     Dignity U Wear Event
February 18, 2016                                Final event for the Rotary Oratory Competition

Stay Tuned... more service events coming soon!
Our Club In Action.... 
2015 Salvation Army Bell Ringers...

Week 25 Rotary Minute... Our District Governor's Message:

December 13th was Rotary Game Day during the Jaguars vs. Colts football game. To say it was almost a perfect day would be an understatement. Prior to the start of the game, the Jaguars organization presented our district with a check to assist us in our fight toward eradicating Polio. With close to 1000 Rotarians, family members and friends in attendance, the Jaguars took the day with a 51 to 16 win over the Colts. We are still tallying all the information and after the holidays we will announce how much we have raised toward our Polio campaign. Thank you to the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and to each of you in support of this partnership. 

This will be the last Rotary minute of the year given most of our clubs are not meeting the last week of the year. I will resume the Rotary minute the week of January 4th.

Wishing each of you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a joyous Holiday Season, and a most prosperous and exciting New Year. Regardless of your faith and religious practices may be, you each are a Gift to the World as we continue to Do Good in the World!


May 13-15, 2016:  District Conference and District Assembly weekend in St. Augustine

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