Calendar of Events

January 12, 2016

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

Welcome Russ Armistead, CEO UF Health
Russell E. Armistead was named chief executive officer of Shands Jacksonville in 2013.  Armistead has broad experience in academic health center and medical school administration. Since 2004, he has served as associate vice president for finance and planning for the University of Florida Health Science Center in both Gainesville and Jacksonville.  The Health Science Center includes the colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions, and Veterinary Medicine. The HSC, which is part of UF&Shands, generates approximately $1 billion in annual revenue, with more than 6,000 students and 1,700 full-time faculty across both campuses.
Since March 2012, Armistead has worked closely with Dr. Daniel R. Wilson, vice president for health affairs at the University of Florida and dean of the UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville, on matters pertaining to the faculty practice in partnership with Shands hospital leadership. He has led initiatives to improve profitability, managing financial and planning projects affecting the Jacksonville campus.
“Russ has a long history of effecting change that has led to positive results for our patients and our employees. He was instrumental in leading the recent strategic planning process for the UF&Shands system, which we call ‘Forward Together.’ Our plan sets the vision for our organization as a place where the patient comes first, and where we make careful use of our resources in support of that goal,” Guzick said.
 “The Board of Directors believed we needed someone who could step in immediately in order to further efforts that have already led to significant accomplishments for Shands Jacksonville in the last two years,” DuBow said. “We are confident that his combination of business savvy and experience working in an academic health care setting will help us achieve our financial goals as well as plans for future growth.”
Russ is familiar with all facets of UF&Shands Jacksonville − from finance to clinical operations, patient care, education and research,” Wilson said. “Russ also has the right temperament to be a great CEO. He has consistently good judgment and a quiet wisdom that will lead us well. Russ is a direct, honest and very thoughtful person. I am confident he is the right person for this position of such consequence for UF, Shands and, indeed, the entire region.”
Prior to joining UF, Armistead was president of Armistead Consulting LLC, a North Carolina firm that provided management and consultation services to academic health centers, hospitals and other health care organizations. During this time, he served dual roles at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo – interim executive director of MCO Hospitals and vice president for finance and chief financial officer/treasurer. Efforts focused on revenue enhancement, consolidation and cost reduction, including efficiency and productivity of staff, resulting in the hospitals becoming profitable within a year.
Before starting his consulting firm, Armistead held leadership positions at Wake Forest University School of Medicine over the course of 24 years, including vice president for health services administration and associate dean for administrative services.

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 14, 2016

Satellite Club News!

Satellite meets the second and fourth Mondays!
The next meeting will be held on is January 11th at at Indochine in San Marco.
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.

  • The satellite speaker on Feb 8 will be Rotary 6970 DG Fel Lee

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

The Undie CampaignDignity 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 nine (9) club members to volunteer to sort clothing: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9am – 12pm.

***NEW DATE: Saturday, March 5th from 9am – 12pm
Contact Robyn Watson if you are interested in volunteering!

                      Stay Tuned... more service events coming soon!

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
January 21, 2016
The Lost Art of the Induction - Membership Seminar  6:30p
   To register:
February 18, 2016 Final event for the Rotary Oratory Competition
March 5, 2016 from 9am - 12p Dignity U Wear Event

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.

Our Club Members In Action....

Casey Martin presenting South Jacksonville Rotary banner to Daniel Balkudembe, President of the Rotary Club of Entebbe, Uganda


Photos from Casey Martin's recent safari trip to Uganda ...

Week 27 Rotary Minute... Our District Governor's Message:  

January is Vocational Service month. The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

As we start the second half of our Rotary year,  join in using your profession or trade with fellow Rotarians, exchange ideas on how to use your occupation and take action to impact each other, your community, your nation and the world !  “All of us have been given so many gifts. Now we have been given this great gift of another year…to take everything we are and can become – and Be a Gift to the World” - Rotary International President Ravi.

January 30, 2016: RYLA Pledge Commitments Due From Clubs
May 13-15, 2016: District Conference and District Assembly in St. Augustine  

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

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