Calendar of Events

May 31, 2016

No Lunch Meeting on May 31st...
See you at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre!
 June 1, 2016, 6:00pm

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.

6:00pm - Social and Happy Hour • 7:00 pm - Dinner • 8:00pm - Blithe Spirit

.....Remembering those who gave their lives for.....
.....this country on Memorial Day.....

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.  The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.  By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

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.

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

June Speakers
Monday, June 13 – Special Agent Carrie McNamara – Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
Carrie McNamara has been a Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service since 2002. With NCIS, she has been stationed in Dubai, UAE and Cairo, Egypt and has traveled throughout the Middle East to include Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Israel. In previous appointments she has traveled to Central America and the Caribbean and has deployed multiple times to Haiti. She is currently the forensics specialist for the Southeast region.

Monday, June 27 -- Senator Aaron Bean – Florida Senate District 4
Aaron Bean was elected to the Florida Senate in 2012, re-elected without opposition in 2014, and is currently serving his second appointment as chair of the Health Policy Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Commerce and Tourism, Fiscal Policy, Judiciary, Regulated Industries, and Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.

Satellite Project:
May Project - Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

Final PB&J Drive Total

58 - jars of Peanut Butter
31 - jars of Jelly
  8 - jars of Mixed 
  5 - cans of Tuna
  1 - crackers

Great Job-thanks to everyone who participated!

From The  Board
The following candidate is being presented for your consideration into membership: Donald Griffith (stage name Jack O'Brien).  His sponsor is Les Loggins and his classification is Communication-Radio Talent/Sales.  Anyone having an objection, please submit it in writing to the Board within ten (10) days.

May 20th - Tayla's Birthday Party Pics

Rotary Club Of South Jacksonville - Upcoming Events:
June 28, 2016 - Hail & Fairwell party

Week 47 Rotary Minute... Our District Governor's Message: 

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) team still has six slots open for aspiring high school leaders during their June 16th through June 19th upcoming leadership event at the University of North Florida. The RYLA students will be packing meals for Stop Hunger Now as one of their service projects. They are in need of donations to support the project.

DGE Marshall and a contingent of 35 District Rotarians will soon travel to the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul Korea. We wish them safe travels and look forward to hearing about all their Rotary experiences. Speaking of RI Conventions, the next RI Convention will be June 10-14, 2017 in Atlanta Georgia!  DGE Marshall has started our district’s preparation and recently announced the following details during our District Assembly:
•    2017 District 6970 All Star Conference will be held in Atlanta the Thursday and Friday prior to the International Convention. We are the only District in the Rotary world to combine conference and convention.
•    A limited number of hotel rooms have been set aside for District 6970 at the Sheraton Downtown, the location of the All Star Conference.

•    Registration will open May 28th.  The price for both the conference and convention will be $525 through June 6th, when the price will go up $75.
• Find all the details regarding the fun and festivities scheduled for June 8-14, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  at the All Star Conference website,
•  Still have questions?  Send an email to

Information about the special offer and attending this once in a lifetime event will be posted on the home page of our District website prior to May 28th at

May 28 – June 1: Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea
June 16-19: RYLA @ University of North Florida

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