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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
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President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order- 

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: "My Country Tis of Thee"

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

We sang two other songs: "Bye, Bye Blackbird" and "God Bless our Rotary"

Followed by Rotarian Joe Hastey leading the club in prayer

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:  John was absent so Vince Cavallo filled in.

In attendance were 32 Club Members (great attendance for the summer time for sure)

2 Honorary Members - Frank Ridley and Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians: Two Sunrise Club members were Paul Hunt and Bruce Heggenstaller

 

Visiting Guests of the Club:  Guest of Rotarian and President Ron Heymann was his father Ron Heymann, Sr.  Guest of Rotarian Antoinette Richter were Julie Eberwein and Karen Clark.  Guest of Rotarian Jeff Zola was his wife Donna Zola. Guest of Rotarian Dana McCoy was Michelle Dawson.  Guest of the Club was Gertrude Baumgaerter (she is considering returning to the club as a Rotarian) 

 

Doug Geib read District Governor Brett's Report.

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  $100  - Dr. John McClane had the drawn ticket and drew the Jack of Diamonds.... 47 cards left.

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Larry provided trivia questions and appropriate incentives for the haven't won yet group. (Larry was looking at me) LOL

 

Boy Scouts: $26

Shelter Box: $37 

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Some more discussion is needed on how to best position blood mobile for maximum traffic following move of weekly meetings to Story & Song.  

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Eero is currently visiting West Coast and will return to Finland in July.  Next incoming student expected early August.

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

There will be a single story, multiple pix, sent to NL and Observer once all scholarship recipients have been photographed.

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Slow season; meetings will resume upon President Ron's return from vacation (i.e. late July or

August)

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Nothing new
 
President Ron Heymann, Club Report:
A board meeting is to follow our meeting today for a quick vote needed.
 
President Ron will be attending the International Conference in Toronto, Canada starting this weekend 6/23 thru 6/27 representing our club and District 6970.  An estimated 24,000 Rotarians from more than 175 countries are expected to attend the Conference.  Safe Journey!
 
Off to our new meeting location, The Story & Song Book Store, beginning July 11th.  This week coming will be our last meeting at the Florida House. There will be no meeting the 4th of July.
 
 

Past President Pam Crouser called the meeting to order- President Ron Heymann is on his way back from Toronto

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: "My Country Tis of Thee"

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

We sang two other songs: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Bring Me Sunshine"

Followed by Rotarian Joe Hastey leading the club in prayer

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:  John was absent so Vince Cavallo filled in.

In attendance were 26 Club Members

Honorary Members - Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians: Two Sunrise Club members were Paul Hunt and Katie Newton

 

Visiting Guests of the Club:  No Guests this week

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  $116  - Coach Roy Benson had the drawn ticket and drew the 10 of Hearts.... 46 cards left.

 

Boy Scouts: $26

Shelter Box: $38 

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Larry provided trivia questions and appropriate incentives.  For the last meeting at the Florida House, Larry gave us all a Lollipop smiley

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Some more discussion is needed on how to best position blood mobile for maximum traffic following move of weekly meetings to Story & Song.  

 

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:

Nothing new

 

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

President Ron attended the International Conference in Toronto, Canada and has written about his stay directly on our web site.

 

Off to our new meeting location, The Story & Song Book Store, beginning July 11th.  There will be no meeting the 4th of July and I get a week off with no News Bulletin next week. cheeky

Marlin & Barrel Distillery

Owner Roger Morenc, officially opened his Marlin & Barrel Distillery here in Fernandina Beach back in 2015. 

He has bottles of his own vodka, rum and now gin ready for sale, along with T-shirts, glasses and beach towels with his logo.

He’s is the distiller.

Roger left his 20-year job with Air Tran Airways when Southwest bought it and wanted him to move to Dallas.  He didn't to do that, so he started looking around for something else, something that he wanted to do.

He decided to open a distillery and he chose Fernandina Beach here on Amelia Island.  He had considered several other area's like Hilton Head, SC, Savannah, GA and Ybor City in Tampa but the City of Fernandina Beach was more welcoming and most enthusiastic and won him over.  The rest is history.

Back in February, 2016 - Marlin & Barrel Distillery and Engine 15 Brewery entered into a strategic partnership to bring quality distilled products to the Northeast Florida area.  Good things to come following this partnership.

Marlin & Barrel is located at 115 South 2nd Street and is open on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am to 3:30pm - Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am to 5:30pm - CLOSED on Tuesdays

contact@marlinbarrel.com   904-556-3837

This is going to be a fun and interesting presentation to see where Roger is now with Marlin & Barre

 

Past President Pam Crouser and Mary Hamburg
 
 
 
MARY HAMBURG
Public Information Officer
 
Special Events & Permitting:
As PIO, Mary will be handling both media and social networking communications for the City of Fernandina Beach. Today she talked about permitting special events and its process.
 
As the Public Information Officer, Mary’s second responsibility is special events planning of Banner Hangings on 8th street, Centre and Lime street including Pole Banners.  Any event that has Alcohol with it must be permitted through Mary’s office.  Additionally, any event with more than 500 people or any street closures or food trucks and or even overnight parking must go through Mary’s office.  If the event is outside and is going to have amplified music, you will need to be permitted to do so through Mary’s office.
 
All these items needing permits must be submitted and approved at least 60 days in advance of the scheduled date of the event. You may contact Mary via phone at 904-310-3102 or maryhamburg@fbfl.org
 
Mary Hamburg
 
Special event Permitting process
  1. Submit your application
  2. Attend an event committee meeting
  3. Pay a refundable security deposit within two-weeks of the event
  4. Provide Certificate of Insurance, obtain a temporary Liquor License in Jacksonville if needed
  5. Remaining balance due before the event
Organizer is responsible for logistics before, during and after the event.  Mary’s office handles work orders (such as electrical, water, barricades, etc.) and communications with Police & Fire.
 
Otherwise, any event that does not need the above items may contact the Parks and Recreation office on Atlantic at 904-310-3350 and not Mary’s office.
 
 
NICOLE BEDNAR
Administrative Services Manager
 
City Commissioner Agenda Highlights:
 
Nicole has worked for the City of Fernandina Beach for 11 years now and the past six years in the City Manager’s Office. One of Nicole’s primary responsibilities is the compilation and preparation of City Commission agendas with the City Commissioners meeting in regular session 24 times per year. Additional workshops, special meetings and budget meetings, are scheduled on an as-needed basis depending on the topic or situation.
Regular Meeting agendas consist of Proclamations, Presentations, Consent Agenda, Resolutions, Ordinances, Board Appointments, and Discussion Items. Nicole focused on the function of the Consent agenda and how Resolutions and Ordinances are born. Here is what see told us:
 
The Consent Agenda groups together Resolutions which are customary and standard in nature thereby allowing the City Commission to make one motion to approve Consent Agenda items without having a lengthy discussion. However, a Commissioner may remove a Consent Agenda item if they wish to discuss the item in detail.
 
A Resolution formalizes the City Commission’s expression of opinion, will, or intent. Common uses for Resolutions may be the transfer of funds from one account to another, agreement approval, City policy approval, and purchases or services over $20,000, etc. Any purchase over $20,000 requires a Resolution and only one presentation to the City Commission is needed for its approval.
 
Ordinances are completely different. They regulate persons or property. Ordinances are adopted municipal acts that have the force and effect of a law, the violation of which may be enforced by the Code Enforcement Department or the Police Department, if necessary for instance.
 
Examples of Ordinances include zoning changes, land use changes, and Code related items. Ordinances must be presented to the City Commission a minimum of 2 times – 1st and 2nd reading usually one month apart. Also, a Public Hearing for each Ordinance must be properly noticed in the local newspaper.
 
Most Resolutions and Ordinances have voluminous supporting documentation which, when the agenda is entirely compiled, typically totals between 600 - 800 pages which equals almost 2 reams of paper. In years past, one agenda packet was printed for each Commissioner and key administrative staff. This task alone required almost 16 reams of paper! Crazy!
 
The City has recently acquired agenda management software to streamline the agenda processes now and as a result, the City staff is now able to focus on more pressing matters.
 
The Club thanks you two for your time and for speaking in front of us. Thank you!
The District 6970 Inspirer - July 2018
 
 
Congratulations to all of the incoming Club Officers and Directors.  I look forward to working with each of you and each member of our District to be the inspiration in our clubs, to our communities and most importantly to our families.
Wow!  Can you believe it is July 1st and the start of a new Rotary year?  Congratulations to all of the incoming Club Officers and Directors. I look forward to working with each of you and each member of our District to be the inspiration in our clubs, to our communities and most importantly to our families.
 
At the Rotary International Convention in Toronto we heard from fantastic speakers and humanitarians who share similar ideals, who are advocates of change and support Rotary’s six areas of focus. 
 
And, we all share one common belief.

That every child across the globe deserves to live in a world free of poverty, hunger, and disease. A world where every child has access to a quality education, clean water and sanitation, and gender equality.
 
It is not until these basic needs are met, can we live in a world of peace.
 
Rotarians, WE ARE people of action. And. I know that is especially true of Rotarians and the family of Rotary throughout District 6970, who work so hard day after day to enrich the lives of so many.
 
I look forward to working with each of you this year to accomplish great things in our communities and around the globe. But you know, we are much more effective and stronger when we work together. 
 
Each month, the newsletter will feature best practices that our clubs and members are implementing in Membership, Foundation giving and projects, and Public Image. If you have a great idea, please share it. 
 
I look forward to serving as your District Governor and to assisting each and every one of you and your clubs as we join together to BE THE INSPIRATION.
 
Membership Corner

Beginning in August, this area will feature best practices for attracting and engaging our members. 

Do you have a proven strategy to share to help increase and/or retain members?

Please forward your club’s membership strategies including facts and figures to: Inspire.Rotary6970@gmail.com by July 20th
 
 
 
YOUR Rotary Foundation

Beginning in August, this area will feature best practices for educating our members on The Rotary Foundation and ways in which to increase TRF giving and Polio giving and awareness. 

Has your club done something great to promote The Rotary Foundation? Or, are you participating in a Global or District Grant that you'd like to share?

Please share your club's success story including strategy and results to: Inspire.Rotary6970@gmail.com  by July 20th
 
 
 
Public Image
 
Beginning in August, this area will feature best practices and helpful tips for promoting club projects and attracting and engaging members by utilizing a variety of media platforms.  

Do you have a great Public Image strategy or success story to share?
 
Please share your best practices by forwarding to: Inspire.Rotary6970@gmail.com by July 20th.
 
District Calendar

July 28, 2019 - Rotary Youth Exchange Welcome Home Dinner

August 18, 2018 - District Grant Webinar

September 22, 2018 - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), Palm Coast

October 20, 2018 - 3 Keys 2 Success Summit, Orange Park

October 24, 2018 - World Polio Day

November 21, 2018 - District Governor Nomination deadline

December 2, 2018 - Rotary Jaguars Game vs. Colts

February 9, 2019 - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), St. Augustine

February 15, 2019 - RI President Barry Rassin visit, open to ALL Rotarians

March 7-9, 2019 - President-Elect Training, Orlando

April 30, 2019 - District Grant Application Deadline 2019-2020 Rotary year

May 17, 2019 - District Training Assembly, Daytona Beach

May 17 & 18, 2019 - District Conference, Daytona Beach

June 1-5, 2019 - Rotary International Convention, Hamburg, Germany
 
Copyright © 2018-19* *Rotary District 6970*, All rights reserved.
 
 
 
 

President Ron Heymann called our FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING at the Story and Song Book Store to order-

 

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: "My Country Tis of Thee"

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

We sang two other songs: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - "Bill Bailey" and "Rotary Bonds"

Rotarians Wally Messer on Bass and Bonnie Ridley on the piano

 

Followed by Rotarian Joe Hastey leading the club in an awesome prayer!

 

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:  Welcome back John!! And Thank You Vince for holding down the fort in John's absence!!!

In attendance were 33 Club Members.  43 people attended the meeting, our First meeting at the Story & Song Book Store!

Honorary Members - Larry Myers, Roger Ganzel, Frank Ridley and Dr. Jim Hicks 

Rotarians John McAfee and Vince Cavallo at work checking everyone in and then some.....

 

Visiting Rotarians:  No visiting Rotarians this week.

 

Rotarian John McAfee giving us the Secretary's Report. Rotarian Senator Bean wearing the Orange...I'm looking for the Blue? yes

 

Visiting Guests of the Club:  Rotarian and President Elect Antoinette Richter had two guests - Karen Clark and Julie Eberwoin.  Rotarian Dr. Page had one guest - Spencer Puentas.  Rotarian and Past President Shannon Brown had one guest - her son John Brown.  Rotarian and Past President Pam Crouser had her granddaughter Madison and her great granddaughter Piper with her.  Guest of the club was Gertrude Baumgaerter

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$130  - Jerry Hinson had the drawn ticket and drew the 10 of Hearts.... 45 cards left.

 

Boy Scouts: $17

Shelter Box: $35 

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

In Larry's absence, Past President Shannon Brown was our temporary Sergeant at arms.  But no lollipops! angry  Great to see you again Shannon!!

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Some more discussion is needed on how to best position blood mobile for maximum traffic following move of weekly meetings to Story & Song.  For now, it looks like we all agree to have the bus at the Nassau Health Food Store in the Walmart Plaza across the street for now. 

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

John announced that our past exchange student from two years ago Karla Jelsing  Kraup was here to visit with us all the way from Denmark.  It was great to see her again. She is now in college, Pre-med, and doing very well. With Kayak's break from school, she just had to come back to say hi and thank us again for a wonderful experience.  As a foot note, I might add that some of our ways and sayings stuck with her as she addressed us as "ya-all" wink

 

Rotarian & Past President John Boylan introducing Karla seated in front of him.  The picture of Karla came out blurry for some reason....sorry!

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

No Report

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

No Report

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Two new members and several others in consideration.  Moving along pretty well right now. Could be a great year for new members!!

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Nick mentioned that we will be having some social events coming soon as things are being worked out at this time.

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

President Ron has his trip report to Toronto for the International Convention directly on our web site for your read.  President Ron will have a Calendar of Events for us soon.  He also mentioned that the 2019 International Conference will be in Germany and  in 2020, the International Conference will be in Honolulu, Hawaii just in case anyone might be interested in attending cool   President Ron will be on vacation the next few weeks.  Next weeks meeting will be lead by Past President Kim Boylan and the following week will be led by Past President Dr. David Page.  Enjoy your vacation Mr. President.....you have earned it!! smiley

 

The "Served" Food was awesome...Mark and Donna were great hosts!   Wine & beer was offered too, for us retiree's! cool

 

 

 

Roger Morenc, Owner of 

Marlin & Barrel Distillery

 
 
 
Roger spoke about his humble beginnings.
 
 
Marlin & Barrel is a distiller of Venture Vodka and Bearing Light Rum and now 2nd Street Gin. It is hand-crafted, distilled and bottled in their Craft Distillery located on Amelia Island’s historic Fernandina Beach, FL. It is sold at restaurants and where fine spirits can be found in Northeast Florida. Since Rogers humble beginnings, he has partnered with Engine 15 Brewing Co. which is a craft beer producer of over 20 brands of beer that are distributed throughout the State of Florida.  Engine 15 operates a gastropub and brewery in Jacksonville Beach, FL. as well as a production brewery in downtown Jacksonville.  
 
 
Just a few of the items.....To see more, visit https://marlinbarrel.com web site. 
 
 
He’s is the distiller.

Roger left his 20-year job with Air Tran Airways when Southwest bought it and wanted him to move to Dallas.  He didn't to do that, so he started looking around for something else, something that he "wanted" to do.

He decided to open a distillery and after much thought and discussions with his wife as to where to do this venture, he chose Fernandina Beach here on Amelia Island.  He had considered several other area's like Hilton Head, SC, Savannah, GA and Ybor City in Tampa but the City of Fernandina Beach was more welcoming and most enthusiastic and won him over.  Dallas, Texas didn't have a chance.  The rest is history.

Marlin & Barrel is located at 115 South 2nd Street and is open on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 11:30am to 3:30pm - Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30am to 5:30pm - CLOSED on Tuesdays

 
 
We can follow Marlin & Barrel on:
Facebook: Marlin & Barrel Distillery     Instagram: @marlinbarrel     Twitter: @MarlinBarrel
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary International Convention - Toronto
 
It's difficult to fully express the fun, amazement, gratitude, camaraderie, and excitement of a Rotary International Convention.  Having the event in a cosmopolitan city like Toronto made it all the much better!  Despite getting off to a rainy and cool start, the RI Convention kicked into full gear during the Sunday opening ceremonies.  At least 30 Rotarians from District 6970 attended the Convention in Toronto - joining tens of thousands of Rotarians in the Toronto Convention Center and other venues in the City.  
 
 
Opening ceremony Sunday morning - Had the great fortune of meeting up with Vincent Panopio  - from the Philippines.  Many from our Club remember Vincent - he was always "on scene" to help out while he was interning as a pastry chef at the Ritz.  Vincent has moved home and has opened a successful bakery in his city - which more or less paid for his trip to Toronto.  The multi-national composition of Rotary was on full display - with delegates from West Africa, India, Thailand, and many other nations wearing their local garb.  Northeast Florida was represented well with flip-flops.
 
The city was overrun - with masses of Rotarians moving from session - speakers included Laura Bush, Justin Trudeau, RI President Ian Riseley and incoming President Elect Barry Rassin.  The message was clear:  Rotary is not done with Polio eradication, despite the disease being on the ropes, with just a handful of cases this year.  The emphasis was that clean water and sanitation were critical in preventing the recurrence of polio  - but also the key to preventing countless other diseases that kill millions worldwide.  There was heavy emphasis on education, empowering women, and preventing human trafficking.  In short, Rotary continues to work tirelessly to promote peace and to improve the human condition - and that's not going to change any time soon.
 
Toronto is a great city to host-  there were so many great places to eat, shop, walk, and be entertained.  The many delegations from far and wide were able to find their own tastes of home in Little Italy, Korea Town, Chinatown, and my favorite - Poutineville.  If you don't know what poutine is, ask Pierre Guite!
Board Meeting/Retreat at Oyster Bay.
 
Last Sunday, our Club had an important Board Meeting Retreat and Strategic Planning session from 1 to 3 at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club Clubhouse.  It was a great location and much was discussed and agreed upon.
 

The meeting went well and President Ron will soon be divulging that information that was captured during this retreat.

 

Here are a few pictures I took while the meeting was going on:

 

 

 
 
Last Saturday, our club helped out the Boy Scouts, Troop 89, with trash pick-up along the Amelia Island Parkway.  Another great turnout and the Parkway is clean.
 
Had a good time hanging with fellow Rotarian Nick Klein, Coach Benson and President Ron Heymann.
 
 
Nick Klein and Frank Gagnier....courtesy of President Ron Heymann  -  Coach Benson in the back ground
 
 
 
Speakers
Dr. Kimberly Geib
Jul 18, 2018
Tick-Borne Problems
Diane Hamick
Jul 25, 2018
"Kenya Partners"
Coach Jude Swearingen
Aug 01, 2018
His new position as Head Football Coach at FBHS
Chris Martin
Aug 08, 2018
Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County
PhD. William Perry
Aug 15, 2018
"Cybercrime and Computer Secruity"
Michael Hickox
Aug 22, 2018
Nassau County Property Appraiser’s Office
Cody Peters
Aug 29, 2018
Fort Clinch State Park and All it Offers
Jeff Zola, Jonathan Levitt & Ray Whitehead
Sep 05, 2018
Member Craft Talks
 

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