Calendar of Events

February 2, 2016

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

 This week we will have the pleasure of the Semi-final Speech contest
We will be hosting a regional competition among students from several High Schools.  Each school will be bringing 8 guests including the student who will give the speech.  Please be sure to welcome them to our meeting so they feel comfortable.

Trivia Questions of the Week:
1.  Why is February 2 a day of celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? 
2.  If the eastern end of the earth is called the Orient, what is the western end called?
3.  In which sport do people compete for the America's Cup? 
 Answers at the bottom. 

Rotaract News!   
Rotaract meets at River City Brewing Company on the second and fourth Thursdays.

Satellite Club News!
Satellite meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month! 
  • 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

Oratory Competition Finals - February 18th
The Regional Rotary Oratory Competitions will conclude on February 2nd.  The four Regional's have been great and the winners are listed below: 

Westside Regional - Stevin Smith – Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Duval) 
St. Augustine Regional - Nathan Veatch – St. Augustine High School (St. Johns) 
Orange Park Regional - Auriel Haack – St. Johns Country Day School (Clay) 
Fernandina Regional - Jalicia LewisStanton College Prep (Duval) 

This years' Rotary Oratory Competition included seniors from public and private high schools throughout the First Coast to participate in researching, writing and presenting a speech about Jacksonville’s greatest assets.  The final event is being held on February 18 at the Adam Herbert UNF Conference Center. 

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
Social Opportunity...

South Jacksonville Rotary Club and Satellite Club Social
Irish Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch tasting  

WHEN: Thursday February 25th.
TIME: 5:30 arrivals, 6:15 start tasting
WHERE: The Blind Rabbit ---- 901 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Irish Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch tasting.  Three of each types of the drinks mentioned will be displayed and talked about by the vendors. They will provide homemade chips for the group and we can add additional appetizers. 

The cost will range $25-$35 depending on the number of people.  We may opt for additional food.  The venue will hold 40 comfortably, and we can rearrange if need be. 

RSVP to Randy Gordon at

February Service Opportunity...

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 nine (9) club members to volunteer to sort clothing: Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9am – 12pm.
Contact Robyn Watson if you are interested in volunteering!

Stay Tuned... more service events coming soon!

February 18, 2016 Final event for the Rotary Oratory Competition at UNF

March 5, 2016 from 9am - 12p Dignity U Wear Event

Our Club In Action:

Founders Day presentation by Joe Miller

Enjoying Lunch with visiting Rotarian Rashid Montshe

The Frank Sherman award presented to PP Ted Johnson.  The award was presented by long-time friend and PP Harvey Schlesinger.

Ted's wife and children attended the meeting to be a part of the presentation :-)

Week 30 Rotary Minute... Our District Governor's Message:  

Rotary clubs in the Eastern United States and across the Caribbean Basin are combining resources to promote Community Service Projects reflecting Rotary International’s Six Areas of Focus.  The project known as Rotary Has Heart is using Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016, as a day to promote your club’s signature projects and publicize Rotary’s accomplishments. Go “Tell the Rotary Story.”

The 2016-17 Rotary theme is here!
President-elect John Germ announced during the 2016 Rotary International Assembly this past week Rotary’s 2016-2017 theme is “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
"Now is the time to capitalize on our success — as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world,” said Germ.  In celebrating this year’s theme, we also pause to reflect on the progress Rotary made last year — when each Rotarian was encouraged to "Be A Gift to the World." Rotary clubs across the nation gave their time and talents to worthy causes — whether it was donating dictionaries to local schools, collecting resources for area food banks during the holidays, or raising money to support efforts to eradicate polio.

February 14, 2016: Rotary Has Heart – publicize Rotary
February 20, 2016: Rotary Leadership Institute – St. Johns River College - Orange Park
May 13-14, 2016: District Conference and District Assembly in St. Augustine

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

Trivia Questions Answers:
1.  Groundhogs Day   2.  Occident    3.  Yacht Racing