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Fernandina Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Florida House Inn
(self-serve lunch begins 11:30)
22 South 3rd Street/Meeting Room on 4th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034
United States
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The Nassau Education Foundation held their 4th annual Teacher of the Year Gala on January 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach has a long history of supporting education and educators here in our community.  Three of our members sit on the NEF Board of Directors, and a number of club members were in attendance at the event.  Treasurer - and strong candidate for Sgt-at-Arms  - Antionette Richter made sure to get photographic evidence of Rotarians with - and without - their memberships pins........   
Senator Aaron Bean -
Be an ambassador of our Club!  Remember to wear a pin!   
Please come out and join us at the Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event being held Saturday January 27th, 2018 at the Atlantic St. Recreational Center in Fernandina Beach.  We have been asked to provide as many helping hands as possible to package over 20,000 meals that will be distributed internationally to those in critical need.  You will be directly participating in saving lives.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

Meal Program Provides Relief

School Feeding Initiative Combats Drought Effects

In partnership with ADRA International and Islamic Relief USA, we are spearheading a three-year Southern Africa School Feeding Initiative in response to recent drought in the region. We aim to increase school-aged children’s resilience and access to education, and to involve school staff, the local community and the private sector in efforts to promote sustainability.

Last week's speakers were: Mary Ruark, Dennie Pendergrass and Joe Hastey.  Each spoke of how and when they joined our club along with other interesting information about their careers followed by some shared wisdom.
Mary Ruark spoke about the long road she traveled before finally joining our club.  Over many years, several of our club members approached her and told her she would be a great fit as a member.  Mary would reply, she was a busy woman, and in a nice way, declined the offer stating she was just to busy to join our club.....maybe some other time perhaps.  But that didn't stop our members, Pam Crouser and Wally Messer, to name a few, from asking Mary to come to a meeting every time they saw her.  Finally, Mary agreed to attend a meeting and we all know the history from there.  Mary stated that, "She unfortunately, along with many others, didn't understand what we were really all about until she attended her first meeting."  Had fully understood what we were all about from the first invitation, she would have joined for sure. did join our group Mary and we are happy that you did!
Dennie Pendergrass spoke of how he and his wife finally moved to Amelia Island and joined our club.  While living in SW Missouri, Dennie joined the Columbia Northwest Rotary group in 1985.  After many years of dealing with some harsh winters along with an injury following a icy mishap, his wife told him they needed to spend some warmer winters in Florida. This led to being on Amelia Island in 2009, first as renters, then as owners, then as their permanent residents. Dennie became a member of our club in 2015.
As the first in his family to attend college, Dennie joined the Army in 1965, went on to Officer Candidate School and became an officer serving two tours in Viet Nam.  After completing his BS in 1973 and his MS in 1976 from UMR, Dennie went to work for the City of Columbia, MO and ran operations in the Public Works Department.  He also went on to serve in the Army Reserves as a Mobile Designee to finish out his military  career. 
During that time, Dennie strongly supported the education system and became a H.S. Football Official and officiated H.S. football for 28 years (in the "freezing cold" at times) and at the college level in a strong Division II Conference for 12 of those years. He ended his officiating career on the field in 2002 while moving on with mentoring and evaluating H.S. officials for the MO HSAA for the following 4 years. 
Glad you're with us now, Dennie!
Joe Hastey spoke to the club highlighting his career in the engineering services industry. With many responsibilities from VP to CEO., it was obvious Joe has had many years of experience speaking before a group or groups as he captured everyone's attention not only with his accomplishments, but with his choice of words and flow of speech.
Joe shared with us the fundamental tenets of outstanding leadership;  developing a team of professionals that can be "trusted" to do their job and carry that "passion for excellence" to name a few.  Perhaps the most important part of any great leadership is truly having the deep rooted care for others over and above yourself....your people first!  There is nothing more rewarding to great leaders than seeing people succeed in their class of trade and develop into great leaders themselves.  
Joe ended his speech with pointing out that all these great traits of outstanding leadership are consistent with the Rotary theme of "Service Above Self!"  Something tells me that I would have wanted to work for someone like Joe Hastey.  Thanks Joe!!

Join us for Fernandina's most competitive trivia contest, hosted by the one and only State Senator Aaron Bean.   You don't want to miss this event!

Dr. Page started the club out singing Jingle Bells.
While on vacation, President Ron had Shannon Brown lead us through the clubs updates and reports.
50/50:  $186 (12/13)
Larry Melnick had the winning ticket but drew the King of Hearts.
Shelter Box Barometer:  No mention as to how much was collected last week
Troop 89Same for the Boy Scouts
Scholarship Pledges:  Currently $4500
Next Social/Christmas Party:    Upstairs at the Sand Bar restaurant, Sunday December 17th at 6pm.
Visiting Rotarians:  Bill Eisele from Bar Harbor, ME and Dick & Carrol Stevenson from Southern France.
Guests of the ClubOur exchange student, Eero from Finland was present.
Members Present: 26
Honorary Members present3
Saturday was Trash pick-up along the Parkway with the Boy Scouts
Club members were encouraged to get out and sell the two Fundraising Brochures they were given.  This is going to be a great year for us to reach our goals.  Rick Keffer reminded us all a week ago that most of the monies raised always comes from "Individuals" not businesses.  Keeping that simple statement in mind makes finding people to join us for a great Luncheon not as difficult as one might think!  Let's get this done!!

The FBHS Rose Quartet' played at our last meeting:

In attendance was Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele-DeMerle

Many of you may remember the days of Mr. Rob, or Mr. Johnnie Robinson, leading the music programs at Fernandina Beach High School. Some of you or your children may have actually played for him. But in 2014, Mr. Rob retired and a new era was born. New band leader, new ideas, but grown right here from the bosom of Mr. Rob and Mr. Asa Jernigan, the director of bands at Fernandina Beach Middle School. Mr. Tyler Odom, 2007 graduate from FBHS had some pretty big shoes to fill and has done extremely well in a very short amount of time. The Mighty Marching Pirates took straight Superiors this year at the District Musical Performance Assessment back in November, and now that marching season is over, the Symphonic and Jazz bands are fired up and ready to go. One of Mr. Odom’s new creations in this new era was the FBHS Rose Quartet- 4 saxophones, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone that are goodwill ambassadors and represent the school in many public and private events. Recently, they have played at the Jumbo Shrimp game, the Navy Seal Foundation Luncheon, the Women’s Club, the Nassau County School Board Holiday Luncheon, at Dickens on Centre and at the pajama party on Black Friday in the historic district. They are here today to play for you a mix of holiday and non-holiday sounds and will leave time for questions after their set. Please give a big Rotary Welcome to Bari Sax, senior Brandon DeVane, tenor Sax, senior Samantha Maltagliati, Alto Sax, Junior John Brown and Soprano sax, junior Shemayah Preliou- the FBHS Rose Quartet.

After many years and many "Baaaahhh  Haaaaabaahhha's!",  perennially visiting Bar Harbor Rotarian Bill Eisele presented the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach with a club banner.  Fernandina Beach Rotarians Dr. David Page, Frank Gagnier, and Larry Myers have all visited the Bar Harbor Rotary Club in the past.  Question is - did they present our banner?
The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach will be holding our annual Holiday Party at the Sandbar and Kitchen at Main Beach.  The festivities begin at 6:00PM.  We will have musical accompaniment by the Rotary Rooters, who will be playing a holiday themed set list.  There will also be live music.  Cost is $15 per attendee.  The Club will also be assisting with heavy appetizers and some additional menu items.  Please invite family, friends, and anyone who likes to have fun and do good in the world around them. 
Bill Brummond
Jan 24, 2018 12:00 PM
"The Art of Wood"
Jason Foote
Jan 31, 2018
Diving for Megalodon Teeth
Club President Ron Heymann
Feb 07, 2018 12:00 PM
"Taking Care of Business"
Aldo Morelli
Feb 14, 2018 12:00 PM
"3-D Printing for Fun and Profit"
Brett Whittaker, Jennifer Towles, Steve Sell
Feb 21, 2018
Member Craft Talks
Phil Scanlan
Feb 28, 2018 12:00 PM
"Update on Amelia Island Bike Trails"

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