Calendar of Events

April 19, 2016

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

 Welcome Lisa Rinaman
St. Johns Riverkeeper

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is the chief advocate and public’s voice for the St. Johns River.  Responsibilities include: holding regulatory agencies and those polluting the river accountable; identifying and advocating for solutions that will protect and restore the river; working with government entities, businesses, community leaders and citizens to resolve problems that impact the river’s health; and communicating with the media and the public to educate and raise awareness about important river-related issues.

As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city’s successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.

Before being named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa served as a valuable member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuse and policies that are more protective of our water resources.

 St. Johns River Quick Facts: 
•  The St. Johns is the longest river in Florida - 310 miles long. It is one of the few rivers in the United States that flows north.
•  The land area that drains into a water body is called a drainage basin - also called a watershed The St. Johns is divided into three drainage basins.
•  The total drop of the river from its source in swamps south of Melbourne to its mouth in the Atlantic near Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the "laziest" rivers in the world.
•  Because the river flows slowly, it is difficult to flush pollutants.
•  Major pollution sources include discharges from wastewater treatment plants and runoff from urban and agricultural areas after it rains. This runoff carries pesticides and other pollutants into streams that lead to the river. Pollution is concentrated around urban areas.
•  Saltwater enters the river at its mouth in Jacksonville. In periods of low water, tides may cause a reverse flow as far south as Lake Monroe - 161 miles upstream from the rivers 
 Trivia Questions of the Week: 
1.  What were the two newest schools admitted, in 2011, to the Pacific 12 athletic conference? (Before then it was known as the Pac-10.)
2.  The Canary Islands are named after what kind of animal?
3.  Within a 36-year period, three U.S. Presidents were assassinated. Who were they?
4.  How many copies of a record album must be sold for the album to be awarded a "gold record"? Is it 1/2 million, 1 million, or 2 million copies? 
5.   What is the highest letter and number in the game of Bingo?

 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! Upstairs at San Marco Indochine.  5:30pm social and 6:00pm meeting. 

Satellite Club volunteers at the Cupcake Run!

Jacqueline and Mike at the Cupcake Run.  Mike saves the morning by sharing a hat and a pair of gloves.  A cool start for a great and fun event!

Last weekend, Satellite members volunteered at the Cupcake Run that supports "Girls On The Run".  The organization uses running to encourage girls to take on leadership and personal development.  The organization's mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion change the lives of thousands of girls each year. Our volunteers are dynamic role models dedicated to empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women. Whether you have just a couple of hours a year, a season or a month to help our cause, we would love to hear from you.  For more information visit

For more info visit our Facebook Site:  Rotary Satellite Club of South Jacksonville

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:

May 4, 2016 - Craft Social
Marcus Haile has graciously agreed to host our next Craft Social on the evening of May 4th.  Marcus invites all Rotarians and guests to visit Cathedral Arts Project at 207 North Laura Street, Suite 300 (corner of North Laura and West Adams) to enjoy an exhibit of work from Jacksonville University faculty.  This promises to be an exciting evening as our Craft Social will be concurrent with First Wednesday Art Walk.  More details to follow.

May 10-15, 2016 - TPC Week - all regular day job activities have been cancelled!
TPC Stadium Passes to Benefit Rotary Charity.  We now have TPC Stadium passes (daily) available to everyone.  The cost is $45 per ticket and there is no limit on how many you can purchase.  $25 of every ticket comes back to the Club for OUR Charity fund. This is an excellent deal and a good way to enhance the Club's charity contributions. See Patti to have the tickets added to your Rotary invoice.

June 1, 2016 - Alhambra Dinner Theatre - Blithe Spirit!

Blithe Spirit - This Broadway and West End favorite comedy follows the tale of socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’ marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. Written by Noël Coward, this is a funny and endearing show! 

Week 41 Rotary Minute... Our District Governor's Message:  

Rotary’s Council on Legislation convenes Monday in Chicago. The council is Rotary’s own version of congress.  Every three years, members from Rotary districts across the globe gather in Chicago to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council on Legislation is an essential part of Rotary’s governance. Council members will discuss more than 150 pieces of legislation. Our District’s council representative is PDG Cynde Covington and PDG Russ Miller serving as our alternate.

During the District Conference & Assembly weekend in St. Augustine, we will be chartering our new District 6970 Alumni Association.  To learn what a Rotary Alumni Association is, the purpose and benefits of membership, see our district’s new Alumni Association website at


April 2016:  maternal and Child Health Month
March 30, 2016:  Global Grant Scholarship Application Deadline
April 30, 2016: Deadline to submit 2016-2017 District Grant Applications
May 13-14, 2016: District Conference and District Assembly 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

Trivia Questions Answers:
1.  Universities of Utah and Colorado  2.  Dogs (canines) 3.  Abraham Lincoln,1865 / James Garfield,1881 / William McKinley, 1901  4.  1/2 Million  5.  O-75