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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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Frank Gagnier
What a great time everyone had at our Social at the Chem Cell Club House.  The food was amazing and Chef Heymann was on the grill with steaks and chicken (but no ribs....that's a first)!
CheI guess we can add baked President Ron Heymann on the grill...…..I guess we can add baked potatoes as well.
We were celebrating the success of the Taste of Amelia event where we raised $12,000 smiley to add to our Scholarship Fund for the 2019 Senior graduates of Nassau County.  Up next is the Luncheon the first week in February sponsored by the Rick and Hollie Keffer.  
President Ron holding the Check!!!!
We had the social this past Wednesday evening in lieu of our normal Wednesday, noon meeting.  The theme was to wear your favorite teams colors which was a mixture of College and Professional team colors.
President Ron's family - Wife Reagan, Daughter Kate and son Jack
Everyone chipped in with extras such as salads, bread, dessert, fruits & vegetables.  The spread was awesome and everyone certainly filled their belly's.  Beer and Wine were left overs from the Taste of Amelia.  Soda and water were added as well.
Thanks so much to Rotarian & Past President Pam Crouser for all these wonderful pictures.  We apologize if anyone was left out it certainly was not intended.....we were just having a great time! Enjoy the pictures!
Rotarian's Frank and Bonnie Ridley
Rotarian's President Elect Antoinette Richter and Past President John Boylan
Rotarian's John McAffee, Dr. David Page, husband of Rotarian Kris Meyer Mike Fay & Kris Meyer and Tony Baia 
Rotarian's Pierre Guite and Jerry Hinson with his guest Wanda Wells
Rotarians Pam Brenner and visiting Rotarians from France Dick Stevenson & Carol Stevenson (a past Club President in France)
Rotarians Bradley Bean, Deb Connelly and Larry Myers
Rotarian's Jonathan Levitt, Barbara Gingher, Ray Whitehead and Mary Ruark
Rotarian Rick Keffer and wife Hollie. Rotarian Nick Klein
Rotarian's Barbara Gingher and Eric Belley
Club President & Chef Ron Heymann and wife Reagan
AS A BONUS:  I just couldn't resist....sorry Joe cool
Rotarian Joe Hastey now sporting a new hair-doo?  I think it's awesome!
Will it help his game? We shall see surprise
Our Next Speaker
Rotary District Governor, Jeanette Loftus
Our District Governor will update the club on Rotary News
Support our club and be there to meet her.  She's an outstanding speaker and passionate about Rotary and our District 6970.  I sure wish I was going to be there!!
Meet our District Governor:
Jeanette Loftus
Rotary Club of Flagler County
Jeanette joined the Rotary Club of Flagler County in 2004 after relocating with her family from Forked River, NJ where she became a Rotarian in 1997. Jeanette was club president in 2009-10 and began serving District 6970 in a variety of positions including District Secretary, District Trainer, Area Governor, District Grants Chair, in a number of committees. She has also served as PETS Trainer and remains a Rotary Leadership Institute Discussion Leader for the Sunshine Division where she has served as District Director and Faculty Coordinator.  Her passion is Rotary education and believes an educated Rotarian is a Rotary valuable asset.
In January 2017, Jeanette traveled to India and had a once in a lifetime opportunity of participating in a National Immunization Day just outside of New Delhi. The Loftus family has had the pleasure of serving as hosts for Rotary Youth Exchange on three occasions and has been enriched by hosting several GSE Team members. Jeanette is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.
Jeanette spent much of her life growing up at the Jersey Shore where she met her husband of 34 years, Tracy at the age of 9.  After participating in Rotary events for over 15 years, Tracy himself became a Rotarian and is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Flagler County.  Jeanette and Tracy have been blessed with two children, Timothy and Zachary and two granddaughters.  Both boys have served Rotary alongside of their parents throughout the years.  Timothy was a Charter member of the Rotaract Club of Flagler County and Zachary is Past President of his Interact Club, has attended RYLA and is currently enrolled as a Sophomore at Valdosta State University.  And, four-year-old granddaughter Emma Grace participated in her first Rotary service project this past year.  Rotary’s ethics and values run deep in the Loftus family.
Jeanette is a Realtor® with Palm Coast Real Estate where interestingly and not by coincidence, her business partner, Bill Lyon is also a Rotarian and Past President. Prior to a career in real estate, Jeanette spent much of her professional life in the banking industry where she specialized in new branch openings, business expansion and staff development. In her childhood years, Jeanette was a Girl Scout earning the highest rank of First Class Scout and went on to serve Girl Scouting as President of the Ocean County Girl Scout Council for three years and remains a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouting. Jeanette is currently a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors, the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and serves the community in a variety of other capacities whenever possible. The entire Loftus family are founding members of Beachside Community Church in Palm Coast.
The Loftus’ cherish their time with family whether it be boating on their pontoon, sharing a Sunday family dinner or participating at a Rotary function. Family time is their most precious commodity. When not busy with family and Rotary, Jeanette’s hobbies include boating, cooking and travel.
This is craft talk week and our speakers will be:
Bradley Bean
Eric Belle
Steve Stock
Come hear their story!
Bradley Bean, Steve Stock, Eric Belley
Member Craft Talks
No meeting this week. These craft talks will be for Wednesday the 21st of November

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.



President Ron Heymann


Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: "God Bless America" & "God Bless Our Rotary"


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"



Followed by an attempted invocation by Rotarian & Club President, Ron Heymann


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 31 Club Members.  35 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Members in attendance - Jim Hicks and Larry Myers


Visiting Rotarians:  Mary Ann Jacobs from West Side Jacksonville, FL (also our speaker today) and Rachel Muller from Downtown Jacksonville 


Visiting Guests of the Club: Beverly Combs and Tom Washburn were guest of Rotarian Deb Connelly





50/50 Jack Pot:  @$134  - Tony Baia had the drawn ticket and drew the 10 of hearts.  43 cards left


Boy Scouts: $68

Shelter Box: $45


Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick had some great trivia and information for us this week.

SAA Larry Melnick


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No Report


John Howard, Community Services Report:

The Blood Mobile is scheduled to be back at the Nassau Health Food Store on the 28th of November for our 9th year. Awesome!



Mary Ann Jacobs, speaking


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Needed help with interviewing students on Saturday to elect who our Youth Exchange Outbound Student will be this year....


Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

1    Post-event publicity for the Taste has been submitted to News Leader.  Their deadline for Friday, to keep it timely, was Monday, so I sent what limited photos I had along with a short article / photo captions.

2    CALLS TO ACTION:  a) Anyone who has photos of the Taste should please send them to me (Kris), with names / captions if possible.  I need them for next year's brochure and for a possible article for the Islander and other broader-distribution publications in advance of next year's event. b)  For all workstream leaders on the Taste, please capture notes for next year in any format that's convenient and send them to me.  I'd like to start to put together a timeline and job descriptions for committee chairs (e.g. restaurant recruitment, publicity, ticket sales, licensing and logistics, etc.) to make it easier and smoother next year.

3    Pre-event publicity for the blood drive will go to the News Leader and the Observer this week.

4    Post-event publicity for the Dictionary Distribution will also go to the News Leader and the Observer this week.  

5    Pre-event publicity for the Scholarship Luncheon will begin ASAP.  I'll work with Barbara and Rick to generate content for that publicity.  It will, of course, be done on both traditional and social media.  Suggestions welcome.


Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Barbara will be putting our focus now on the February Scholarship Luncheon Event


Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Pam said many cards were passed out at the Taste of Amelia during the Taste of Amelia and now we are waiting to see if anyone becomes interested enough to join our club.



Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

November 14th, Tailgate Party....ChemCell Country Club - 2951 Riverside Dr - 

ChemCell is located off of Amelia Parkway, on the right-hand side if you are approaching from 8th St / A1A.   There will be balloons marking the turn.  Follow the road all the way back to the marsh front.

The Club will be providing steaks, chicken, and baked potatoes - with the fixings. There is also plenty of leftover wine, Coors Light, and bottled water from the Taste of Amelia. 

We ask that everyone who attends bring a dish to share.  Please invite family and friends - this will be a great time to hang out and (hopefully) enjoy some nice fall weather and fellowship.   We have a "Tail Gate" theme - consider wearing your favorite sports team gear. 

Somebody bring a football or a couple corn hole sets!  

The fun begins at 5:00!


December 15th, Rotary will be ringing the bell at Publix.  A sign up sheet was distributed for "teaming up" with another fellow Rotarian.  Please see Nick this week coming to sign up if you missed this past week.....thank you!


President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

Ron has one remaining pop-up tent left over from the Taste of Amelia....  It is 10x10 and khaki colored.....

Anybody not get theirs back?


Anyone interested in helping our with putting meals together for Rise Against Hunger, put February 2nd at 9:30am at the Atlantic Recreation Center on your calendar.

A more extensive report on the Taste of Amelia is forthcoming.  It's projected to have netted between 8 and 10 thousand dollars. smiley President Ron also mentioned that Rotarian Dennie Pendergrass is recovering well from hip replacement surgery and can't wait to get back with us soon.

President Ron openly thanked everyone for their part in making the Taste of Amelia a success story again.  But of course, we thanked our President for all the hard work he did with taking lead for this event.  We appreciate you Ron Heymann....more than you know!! 



Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Deb announced that we will be submitting for a Grant with Wells Fargo to cover the expenses for the Dictionary Project.


Rotarian Bradley Bean accepted a plaque on behalf of the Nassau Leadership Class 2018


Gateway Council has several outdoor programming facilities, including the Girl Scout Little House in Fernandina Beach that Leadership Nassau Class of 2018 and the Northeast Builders Association just generously donated their time and supplies to provide improvements. As a thank you, Mary Ann presented a Plaque to Rotarian Bradley Bean who accepted this plaque on behalf of the Leadership Team as a member of that Class.




Mary Anne Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc.


Mary Ann Jacobs and Club President Ron Heymann


GSA Building the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Mary Ann Jacobs said that today’s youth need a broad set of skills, behaviors, and attitudes to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform their best, and achieve their goals are competencies that are central to the development of human capital and workforce success around the world.

Unfortunately, there is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most youth learn in school and the knowledge and skills needed in 21st century communities and workplaces. Many employers worldwide report that job candidates lack the social and emotional skills needed to fill some positions.

It’s seems clear, having technical and or academic knowledge alone is no longer enough. Building confidence, forming healthy relationships, solving problems, and developing other such strengths is crucial to the well-being of youth, both today and in the future

“That’s where Girl Scouts comes in,” said Mary Ann. “Since 1912, girls have not only been our top priority they have been our only priority. Now, more than ever, we need to elevate the next generation of women.” 

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Their research-based program helps girls cultivate important life skills they need to take the lead.

At Girl Scouts, girls learn and grow in a safe, all-girl environment as they discover who they are, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

“No other organization is bringing together time-tested, research-backed methods with exciting, modern programming that speaks to today’s girls and is designed to cater to the strengths of girls’ leadership development” said Mary Ann.

The GSLE (Girl Scouts Leadership Experience) prepares girls to take the lead from age 5 to 18 and into adulthood.

Gateway Council serves about 10,000 girls and is supported by more than 4,000 volunteers across 16 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida.




Gateway Council has several outdoor programming facilities, including the Girl Scout Little House in Fernandina Beach that Leadership Nassau Class of 2018 and the Northeast Builders Association just generously donated their time and supplies to provide improvements. Mary Ann said, “Thank you!” As a thank you, Mary Ann presented a Plaque to Rotarian Bradley Bean, a member of that class, who accepted this plaque on behalf of the Leadership Team 2018.

Rotarian Bradley Bean with Mary Ann Jacobs receiving the plague


The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun 21st century activities. Their four pillars of programing focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and life skills.

Mary Ann said, “The Girl Scouts is the largest provider of STEM programming for girls in K-3 and we also have the world’s largest girl-run business, the Girl Scout Cookie Program.”

“The fact is, most of a girl’s life is coed. But the girl-inclusive safe space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer valuable knowledge and skills to any environment, both now and in the future,” said Mary Ann.

Mary Ann also said, “Studies show that when girls are with other girls, and only girls, they’re more likely to try new things, build more confidence, and explore STEM activities, and engage in healthy competition.”

The outcomes from the Girl Scout Leadership Program are proven. The Girl Scout Research Institute, the largest research organization focused on girl and women behavior, conducted a study in 2017 to assess the impact of Girl Scouting. The study confirmed Girl Scouts helps girls thrive in five key ways as they:

Develop a Strong Sense of Self

Seek challenges and learn from setbacks

Display positive values

Form and maintain healthy relationships

And Identify and solve problems in the community



CEO Mary Ann Jacobs


The impact of Girl Scouting does not end there. The research provides compelling evidence that Girl Scouts stand out significantly from non–Girl Scouts, demonstrating more well-rounded lifestyles and a stronger propensity for success. Compared to non–Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts are more likely to:

·        Exhibit strong leadership outcomes

·        Earn “excellent” grades

·        Expect to graduate college

·        Aspire to STEM, business, and law careers

·        And feel hopeful about their future



Also speaking with Mary Ann was Rachel Muller - I believe is an assistant to Mary Ann


And the impact lasts a lifetime. Compared to women who weren’t Girl Scouts in their youth, Girl Scout alum soar in life. For example, they:
·        Have more successful careers 
·        Enjoy higher household and personal income
·        Are more active as mentors and community volunteers 
·        Vote more regularly 
·        And are better educated
We see the Girl Scout difference in our workforce, demonstrating that Girl Scouts clearly fuels the female leadership pipeline. In fact:
·        90% all female astronauts
·        76% female senators
·        80% Female Tech leaders
·        100% U.S. Secretaries of State
                      Were all Girl Scouts!
Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls! Google Girl Scouts PSA!
To end the presentation, Mary Ann said, “As you will see, when you invest in Girl Scouts, you help change the future for girls and our world. Whether you give your time, talents, or financial resources, it is one of the best investments you can make in the short and long term. Together we can prepare girls for a lifetime of success, while developing female leadership in this country for generations to come.”
Thanks for you time Mary Ann and for getting us up to speed with GSA!
Bradley Bean, Steve Stock, Eric Belley
Nov 21, 2018
Member Craft Talks
Rotary District Governor, Jeanette Loftus
Nov 28, 2018
Our District Governor will update the club on Rotary News
Taco Pope and Adrienne Burke
Dec 05, 2018
Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department
Ed Hubel
Dec 12, 2018
Update on the Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Senator Aaron Bean
Dec 19, 2018
Aaron Bean Annual Trivia Contest
Author Greg Knapp M.A.
Jan 09, 2019
"Do Less and Achieve More on Purpose"
Thomas Sanger
Jan 16, 2019
Talk about his new historical novel "Without Warning"
Professor Eric Johnson, UNF
Jan 23, 2019
"Threats to Sea Life from Invasive Species"
Hank Hurst, CPA
Jan 30, 2019
"Impacts of the New Tax Laws"
Selected Students from Nassau County
Feb 06, 2019
2019 District 6970 Regional Rotary Oratory Contest

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