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Come visit the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, doing good things since 1926!

Fernandina Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Story and Song Bookstore Bistro
(self-serve lunch begins 11:30)
1430 Park Avenue - Second Floor
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034
United States of America
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Mary Ann Blackall, Lifestyle Advisor, Osprey Village
 
Mary Ann Blackall was born in Hope Mills, North Carolina and raised on the South side of Chicago. 
 
She will tell you that she had the best of both worlds while growing up; the excitement and culture of the big city, and the peaceful and character-building time she spent on her grandparents North Carolina farm in the summers!
 
School took Mary Ann to Michigan, and she fell in love with the state.  She stayed and lived in Holland, Michigan until moving to Fernandina Beach in 2005.
 
Some Career Highlights:
While living in Michigan, Mary Ann was enjoying her role as a Domestic Engineer, when one Sunday in church, she was approached by the Dean of a local private University who encouraged her to investigate an open position at the school.  That conversation led her to accepting the position as Director of Admissions for the University. 
 
After several years in college administration, she decided she wanted to try her hand in the business world, which led her to accepting a position as Director of Marketing & Business Development for a National, Commercial Construction Company, headquartered in Holland. 
 
Eventually, the hard hats and sledge hammer environment gave way to her desire for a role where she was again, helping people reach their potential, and she returned to college administration at a Private, Christian University in MI. 
 
When Mary Ann decided to make the move to Florida, she intended to explore what retirement would feel like.  She quickly discovered, she didn’t care for it!  Again as chance would have it in church one Sunday, a friend approached her about a position she should investigate.  That led to her accepting the position as Program Director for the Barnabas Center.
 
For seven years she handled managerial oversight of the Barnabas’s, Financial Assistance Program, Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic, Food Pantry & Volunteer Program. 
 
These days, she can be found at Osprey Village, where she enjoys helping people work through the various stages of transitioning to Senior, Retirement Living.
 
Mary Ann holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree, with a concentration in Leadership from Davenport University, and various certifications and achievement awards, which she asserts are totally immaterial to today’s discussion; therefore, no need to mention them 😊

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

 

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song!

 

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed by singing: 

 

An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 34 Club Members.  42 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance -Larry Myers and Frank Ridley

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Bruce Heggenstaller, Art Shuster, and Greg Holding from Amelia Island Sunrise Club.

 

Visiting Guests: Dr. Tim Rawls, guest of Dr. Page and Chip Ridley, guest of  his parents Frank & Bonnie Ridley.

 Our exchange student, Simon, was also present.

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 316 - Rotarian Art Shuster had the drawn ticket and pulled the "6 of Spades"  ! 33 cards remaining?

 

Boy Scouts: $21

Shelter Box: $37

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No Report -

 

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

No Report -

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

No Report -

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

No Report - 

 

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

No report -

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report -

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

No Report -

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

 
 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Deb has reached out to the club looking for volunteers to join he Club Foundation Committee.  Please see Deb if you are interested in helping her out if you are not already on a committee. Looking for some support. Thanks
The Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Event
 
The event is not new but it was our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club's first; taking over as the sponsor.  In the past, it was a luncheon but we decided as a club to have it as a breakfast instead.  Attendance was respectable and we will surely build on it's popularity moving forward.
The breakfast was catered by a long time Fernandina Beach Chef, Kenny Pickett with coffee, tea, juice, fruit, tatters along with your choice of Bacon, Sausage or Vegetable & Egg Tortillas. 
 
Each participating organization had the opportunity to recognize and introduce their Volunteer Of The Year in front of everyone. Below are the pictures I took for each organization's presentation.  I did not get any list as to who was who for everyone so to be fair, I left that part out except for our own club's announcement by President Elect, Rotarian Antoinette Richter.
 
President Ron Heymann with opening remarks at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast
 
Breakfast was catered by Chef Kenny Pickett
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Ann Blackall, Osprey Village | Lifestyle Advisor
Continuing Care of Retirement Living
I did not receive any pictures or a bio of Mary Ann 

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

 

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song!

 

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed by singing: 

 

An excellent invocation by Rotarian Larry Myers

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 27 Club Members.  31 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance -Larry Myers, Jim Hicks and Frank Ridley

 

Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Bill Eisele from Bar Harbor Maine (soon to be transferring to our club permanently) smiley

 

Visiting Guests: No visitors this week

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 287 - Rotarian Rick Campana had the drawn ticket and pulled the "7 of Spades"  ! 34 cards remaining?

 

Boy Scouts: $14

Shelter Box: $39

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No Report -

 

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Only 6 donors this last round with Big Red

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

No Report -
 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast is ready for Friday morning! 

 

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

No report

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

No Report

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

Need 8 volunteers for Thursday night and Friday morning for the BKF 

Club members gave financial support for several club members to participate in the Katie Ride!

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Deb has reached out to the club looking for volunteers to join he Club Foundation Committee.  Please see Deb if you are interested in helping her out if you are not already on a committee. Looking for some support. Thanks

Rotarian Kris Meyer
 
Robotic Process Automation (or RPA)
 
RPA is a business systems computer approach, where they use software to replicate the actions of a human for repetitive tasks. Basic routine functions that are done over and over many times every day by staff and employees. However, it is not intended to replace humans, but to free them up for more important tasks and decision making, while the RPA does the routine repetitive stuff....compiling many source inputs...mining Data and using AI (Artificial Intelligence) to prepare findings and recommendations.
 
Kris gave a few  examples of RPA:
In HR, a new hire has to fill out a lot of repetitive forms and applications: i.e., Parking Pass, Security Badge, Medical Benefits, Retirement Plan, Computer Access Password, Facial/Thumbprint recognition, Educational Assistance, etc., etc.  All the systems and processes for a new employee to check into a new company or for a departing/retiring employee to check out/leave a company.  With RPA, the employee fills out one data application and all the respective new enrollment steps are automatically completed.
 
Accounts Payable, instead of employees adding up all the pluses & minuses…the daily, weekly, monthly payments, the partial & full payments, the late payments…and preparing a monthly Accounts Payable Report…The RPA prepares the report automatically based upon daily input.  Then humans check the monthly report for accuracy/variances.
 
Medical Reports, a RPA scans a new patients medical history and previous lab work…then based upon the new hospital/clinic/Doctors specialty and recent medical research, prepares a suggested medial approach for the Doctor to review as to the best course of action to take with the new patient.
 
A recent April 3 article on the CEO of IBM presentation was discussed: IBM artificial intelligence can analyze data and produce an RPA report, which will predict, with 95% accuracy, which workers will be quitting their jobs in the future…when & why they will be quitting. Provides management with suggestions on how to engage and retain the employee....interesting!
 
Impact on Society
Academic studies project that RPA, among other technological trends, is expected to drive a new wave of productivity and efficiency gains in the global labor market. Although not directly attributable to RPA alone, Oxford University conjectures that up to 35% of all jobs may have been automated by 2035.
In a TEDx talk hosted by UCL in London, entrepreneur David Moss explains that digital labor in the form of RPA is not only likely to revolutionize the cost model of the services industry by driving the price of products and services down, but that it is likely to drive up service levels, quality of outcomes and create increased opportunity for the personalization of services.
Meanwhile, Professor Willcocks, author of the LSE paper cited above, speaks of increased job satisfaction and intellectual stimulation, characterizing the technology as having the ability to "take the robot out of the human", a reference to the notion that robots will take over the mundane and repetitive portions of people's daily workload, leaving them to be redeployed into more interpersonal roles or to concentrate on the remaining, more meaningful, portions of their day.
 
(Thank you Larry Myers for the feedback on this topic).
MEMBER CRAFT TALKS:
 
Jerry Hinson, Keith Strausburg, Kelli Allen
 
 
Mr. Mike Mullin, Nassau County Manager
"Tallahassee's Impact on Nassau County"

Mr. Mike Mullin graduated from Stetson College of Law in 1980 and has been practicing law ever since.

He has served as the County Attorney off and on for 29 years. Mr. Mullin has worked in the private practice as an attorney for Rogers Towers. He likes to read and run in his free time. The people that work with Mr. Mullin haven't figured out when he has free time since it appears he's always at the office working!

Anyone that knows Mike Mullin would say he has a great sense of humor and tells really great stories!

 
 

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