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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
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Jerry Hinson, Keith Strausburg, Kelli Allen

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song "God Bless America"

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed by: Guest Singer Mary Alello

Mary Alello

 

Another excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 32 Club Members. 36 total attended the meeting.

 

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

 

Visiting Rotarians: Rotarians Bob Ward from the Ada, Ohio; Bill Eisley from Bar Harbor, Maine; Bruce Heggenstaller and Jody Henson from the Sunrise Club of Amelia Island

 

Visiting Guests

Mary Alello, guest of Rotarian Bonnie Ridley; Harrison Pollack, guest of Rotarian John McAfee; Heta Patal, guest of Rotarian Dr. McClane

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 221 - Rotarian Dr. David Page had the drawn ticket and pulled the "Ace of Clubs"  ! 39 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $40

Shelter Box: $51

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report - But Great Baseball Trivia!

 

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette wowed us with her President-Elect Training information and what some of her plans are for the coming year!

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Waiting on John to give us an update on the Blood Drive Results from this past Wednesday at the Nassau Health Food Store.

 

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

We have filled the needs to house all the visiting Exchange Students from Northeast Florida so thanks to all who stepped up to the plate to help out. some more help:

Dr. Page has agreed to  host Friday nights gathering at his home. Thank you Dr. Page!!!

 

John S. Boylan

Senior Reliability Engineer

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North 8th Street | Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

T  904-491-7071 | M  570-499-6949

 

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report: 

1    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

2    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials are available.

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Nothing new to report

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Talked about teaming up with the Sunrise Club to attend a Jumbo Shrimp game in a booth to celebrate Rotary, make new friends and show unity in our vision.  More information forthcoming!

 

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BREAKFASTApril 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Atlantic Rec Center 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach-brief update:

 

We have at least 8-10 table commitments as of this writing, with more coming in.  We could easily see 20+ tables as word continues to spread.  First Federal Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, MacArthur YMCA, Synovus, Advance Rehab, Nassau County, City of Fernandina Beach, Boys and Girls Club are among the early commitments. (I'm sure I missed a few....)

 

There are 4 bids for breakfast service - we will decide who will cater on Friday

Advertising is being promoted through various channels - the Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and online.  We anticipate approximately 200  - 250 attendees.

 

There are will be a need for approximately 15-20 volunteers during the day of the event - to help direct, seat, and break down the event.  I am working with both Interact clubs to provide help, but the 12th is a school day - most of the students will not be able to miss class.  We'll be reaching out to the other Rotary Clubs (Sunrise and Yulee Satellite) for assistance - more to come on that.

 

More updates to follow -

 

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

Our President Elect, Antoinette Richter
 
It was a great presentation. It started out right away with the Topics such as:
Leadership
Membership
Foundation
Engagement
Change
Structure
 
Antoinette called the above "The Kool-Aid"
One by one she went over each category as it related to our club and some interesting idea's on how we as a club would address each one of these area's during her Presidency.
 
She identified some "Fun Facts" for us.  Believe it or not, there is an "Online Motorcycle Rotary Club" that is doing quite well.  Who would have figured...crazy but definitely a "Kool" idea smiley
 
Antoinette also went over Rotary's core values one by one:
Integrity
Diversity
Leadership
Fellowship
Service "Above Self"
 
 
She asked us all, why Rotary? What is your "Why?" We heard a few interesting stories. Then we were asked, What was your Rotary Moment? We heard some interesting responses to that question.  Antoinette wants all of us to ask these questions to ourselves and write down the answers.  
Interesting tid-bit was when she told us that Rotary had 1.2 million members around the world. That number seems impressive by itself however, that number has changed in a decade. I guess there is only a member replacing a member and somehow, we should figure out how we can grow our memberships!
For those who haven't been involved in leadership or committee of late, what board or committee could you do to be more active in your club?
 
Antoinette will give us more information as we move forward as a club. Until then, we have a great start for the coming year of her presidency. I'm confident it's going to be a good one.
 
 
 
A QUICK NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR:
This week coming we had Abby Bean scheduled to speak. Due to an unexpected schedule change, she is unable to be here before us.  She is being rescheduled at a later date.
 
However, our President Elect Antoinette Richter accepted to fill in and speak to the club on short notice.
Thank you Antoinette! 
 
Frank Gagnier, Editor
 
 
 
Our President Elect, Antoinette Richter
 
Rotarian Antoinette will be speaking before the club on her experience while at the Rotary President Leadership training she attended in Orlando a week ago.
She is a great speaker so this should be fun and interesting.  We all know what a great President she is going to be for sure!!
 
For all new Rotarians that don't know Antoinette as yet, here is a quick bio:
 
President Elect Antoinette Richter was born and raised in Miami Florida of Cuban parents.  They then moved to Atlanta. GA her senior year in high school which became a huge culture shock to her.
 
After High School, Antoinette went on to college and graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a secondary degree in education. 
 
Antoinette is bilingual in English and Spanish and is presently the Retail Market Manager with Synovus Financial Corp. her on Amelia Island. Before coming to Amelia Island, she was STEM department chair (science, technology, engineering, math) for three years in the Griffin-Spalding County school system of Georgia. Even earlier, as a Wells Fargo Branch Manager for five years and managed a 15-person team staffing a financial center in our South Atlanta market area.
 
Antoinette has a strong desire to help others achieve their best. She is a graduate of Leadership Nassau, a member of the Leadership Nassau Steering Committee and Ambassador, Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.  Now add in President Elect for our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club……busy woman.
 
Married, Antoinette enjoys watching college football with her husband, outdoor recreation and being the “loud wrestling mom” for their two young boys.

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

 

President Ron's opening remarks and "always smiling," Rotarian & Past President, Kim Boylan

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song "God Bless America"

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed by singing: "You Are My Sunshine"

 

An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 32 Club Members. 36 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance -Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Bob Ward from the Ada, Ohio.

 

Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest and sister of Rotarian John McAfee

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 221 - Rotarian Dr. David Page had the drawn ticket and pulled the "Ace of Clubs"  ! 39 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $21

Shelter Box: $27

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick in the orange shirt.

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette attended her President-Elect Training in Orlando last week and will present her experience there to the club this coming week.

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for NEXT MEETING this Wednesday.  We need more volunteers please!

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

We still need some more help:

It is again that time of year when host families are needed for our 22 Exchange Students from Northeast Florida that will be coming to Fernandina Beach, FL, on Friday, March 29th thru Sunday, March 31st.
 
The commitment is to provide a bed for two nights, and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday/Sunday.   For the most part on Saturday, the students will be doing a service project, downtown, and on the Cumberland Island boat ride, and on Sunday, enjoying our beach at Amelia Island on Main Beach.

 
If you have the time and space, please contact John Boylan at the contact information listed below.  THANKS for considering!

 

John S. Boylan

Senior Reliability Engineer

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North 8th Street | Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

T  904-491-7071 | M  570-499-6949

 

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

 

1    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

2    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials are available.

 

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:

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BREAKFAST April 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Atlantic Rec Center 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach-brief update:

 

We have at least 8-10 table commitments as of this writing, with more coming in.  We could easily see 20+ tables as word continues to spread.  First Federal Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, MacArthur YMCA, Synovus, Advance Rehab, Nassau County, City of Fernandina Beach, Boys and Girls Club are among the early commitments. (I'm sure I missed a few....)

 

There are 4 bids for breakfast service - we will decide who will cater on Friday

Advertising is being promoted through various channels - the Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and online.  We anticipate approximately 200  - 250 attendees.

 

There are will be a need for approximately 15-20 volunteers during the day of the event - to help direct, seat, and break down the event.  I am working with both Interact clubs to provide help, but the 12th is a school day - most of the students will not be able to miss class.  We'll be reaching out to the other Rotary Clubs (Sunrise and Yulee Satellite) for assistance - more to come on that.

 

More updates to follow -

 

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
 
 
 
 
Left To Right: Sean McGill, Amy Reese, President Ron Heymann and Rotarian David Caples, Katie's father
 
 
THE 15TH ANNUAL KATIE RIDE
Details at: www.KatieRide.org
 
Speaking to the Club was Rotarian Sean McGill, Katie Ride Event Director and Amy Reese, a donation program consultant with Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research and a Board member of the Katie Caples Foundation.
 
Some interesting numbers:
120,000  and children are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
95% of Americans support organ donation, but only 54% are actually registered organ donors.
92 people receive an organ transplant every day, on average.
22 people will die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.
97% of organ donor registrations occur at the DMV.
Finally.....Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list.
 
We all know Rotarian Sean McGill so here is a quick bio of Amy Reese:
 

Amy has devoted the last 13 years of her career to educating individuals on the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. She uses statistics, facts and individual stories to connect audiences to the lifesaving message of donation.

Amy is Accredited in Public Relations and uses those skills to work with all facets of the community to educate and inspire others. She has served on a number of local and national organ donation committees to promote donations including past Chair of the Jacksonville Transplant Alliance, Donate Life Florida’s Driver License Liaison and Donate Life America’s education committee. She hopes that you will leave today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

Amy earned her degree in Public Relations from Indiana State University. She lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband Dave and her son David who is an 11th grader, Amy also has a daughter who is a sophomore at Flagler College. Amy hopes that you will leave here today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

That said, Sean and Amy brought everyone up to date starting with a short video of "Katie's Story" to how many lives have been saved because of this amazing young lady who tragically lost her life in a terrible accident in 1998, she was 17 years old. Katie had just become a licensed driver and she had made the decision on her own to become an Organ Donor! Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of five (5) individuals who ranged from 9 to 62 years of age and further enhanced the lives of many others.

The Katie Caples Foundation is committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults & children in need of a lifesaving transplant. You can read much more about Katie on the Katiecaples.org website.

On Saturday, April 13th, on Amelia Island is the 15TH ANNUAL KATIE RIDE presented and supported by the Mayo Clinic. You or your business can become an Official Sponsor. Go to the website and sign on to the event and select a sponsor option such as a Medal & Lanyard Sponsor, a Water Sponsor, a Post Ride Celebration Sponsor, Route Sponsor, or to just making a donation that best fits your budget.

Volunteers - Always need volunteers because they can't do this without them.  If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the KatieRide.org web site for details.

Sean and Amy invite all of us to join them for the 15th Annual Katie Ride benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation's organ donor awareness education and registration programs.

The Rides cover routes form 18 to 63 miles, an 8K walk, a fun run and a fun triathlon (300 yard pool swim, 18 mile bike ride and a 5K run all on Amelia Island.

Thousands of lives have been affected by the decision 17 year old, Katie Caples made back in 1998 and thousands more are still to come.  

We want to thank Sean and Amy for their time and the hard work they are doing for the Foundation. Also, our hearts still go out to Rotarian David Caples and his wife for their great loss and the courage they found early on starting the foundation and making this all happen in Katie's name. Amazing parents, you are!! 

 
 

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song "God Bless America"

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed by singing: "I Want A Girl" and "Rotary Bonds"

 

An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 33 Club Members. 39 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley and Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Chris Martin from the Amelia Island Sunrise Club.

 

Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest of Rotarian John McAfee; Jeff Dela Combe from St. Martin Mid-Island Rotary Club was guest of Rotarian Larry Myers; Dr. Shelby Cruse, guest of Rotarian Dr. John McClane

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 208 - Rotarian Jonathan Levitt had the drawn ticket and drew the 4 of Hearts  ! 40 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $25

Shelter Box: $25

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick speaking with Bob Langert, Published Author.

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette is attending her President-Elect Training in Orlando this weekend.  Have a great time Antoinette!! 

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for March 20th.

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

It is again that time of year when host families are needed for our 22 Exchange Students from Northeast Florida that will be coming to Fernandina Beach, FL, on Friday, March 29th thru Sunday, March 31st.
 
The commitment is to provide a bed for two nights, and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday/Sunday.   For the most part on Saturday, the students will be doing a service project, downtown, and on the Cumberland Island boat ride, and on Sunday, enjoying our beach at Amelia Island on Main Beach.

 
If you have the time and space, please contact John Boylan at the contact information listed below.  THANKS for considering!

John S. Boylan

Senior Reliability Engineer

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North 8th Street | Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

T  904-491-7071 | M  570-499-6949

 

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

 

1    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

2    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials are available.

 

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:

Katie Slaughter from Fernandina Beach H.S. placed 2nd in the District 6970 Rotary Oratory Contest....Congratulation Katie!

President Ron took an open vote from the club to defer a $9,000 scholarship award to a Nassau County Take Stock In Children recipient!  Unanimously, we elected to award the scholarship to be taken out of our clubs $50,000 Scholarship money we raised this year.  Within the next few weeks, our Scholarship Committee members will be interviewing Seniors from the Nassau County Schools to award the Club's scholarships.  More on that coming soon.

 

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

 

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report

President Ron Heymanncalled the meeting to order.  

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song. 

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were  Club Members.total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley

 

Visiting Rotarians: 

 

Visiting Guests: 

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$  -Rotarian  had the drawn ticket and drew the  ! 41 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $

Shelter Box: $

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

 

Again, due to my absence, there was very little information  shared with me for this weeks News Bulletin.  If  topics are blank, there was no report given.

Frank Gagnier, Editor

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette announced that she will be collecting Toiletries to bring with her to the March 7-9, 2019 - President-Elect Training in Orlando.  Please contact Antoinette for further information about donating.  

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for March 20th.

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

It is again that time of year when host families are needed for our 22 Exchange Students from Northeast Florida that will be coming to Fernandina Beach, FL, on Friday, March 29th thru Sunday, March 31st.
 
The commitment is to provide a bed for two nights, and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday/Sunday.   For the most part on Saturday, the students will be doing a service project, downtown, and on the Cumberland Island boat ride, and on Sunday, enjoying our beach at Amelia Island on Main Beach.

 
If you have the time and space, please contact John Boylan at the contact information listed below.  THANKS for considering!

John S. Boylan

Senior Reliability Engineer

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North 8th Street | Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

T  904-491-7071 | M  570-499-6949

 

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

1    Oratory Contest coverage (with photo) and Scholarship Luncheon Coverage have gone to NL.

2    Scholarship application availability is being published in the NL.

3    Blood Drive dates and info will go to NL at end of Feb.

4    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

5    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials will be available in 1-2 weeks.

 

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:

President Ron attended a speech contest held at the Patio Place this past Wednesday night.  Katie Slaughter was there practicing for the Rotary Oratory Contest....she placed 2nd. Thursday night was the Oratory Contest but I have no info on the results as yet.  We will announce in the next News Bulletin.

 

Due to a scheduling conflict with Story and Song, there will be no meeting next Wednesday (February 27. Mark and Donna have a bi-annual workshop scheduled for most of the week. I will accept full Presidential responsibility for the oversight!   We are working on a possible alternate location or possible social, but at this time our next meeting will occur on March 6th at the regular time and date.

 

Thank you to Sean McGill and the Katie Ride for your flexibility - we'll see you on the podium soon!

 

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

 

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report
 
 
Speakers
Mr. Mike Mullin, Nassau County Manager
Apr 24, 2019
"Tallahassee's Impact on Nassau County"
Bruce Horowitz. Topic is "Gamble Rogers: A Trouba
May 01, 2019
"Gamble Rogers: A Troubadors Life?"
Renee Stoffel
May 08, 2019
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Simas (Simon) Varnauskas
May 15, 2019
"My Rotary Exchange Student Year"
Brandy Carvalho, CFRE
May 22, 2019
White Oak Conservation Foundation
Dickie Anderson
May 29, 2019
"Memoir Writing"
TBA
Jun 05, 2019
Mark Woods, Jacksonville Times Union Columnist
Jun 12, 2019
"Lassoing The Sun"
Club President Ron Heymann
Jun 19, 2019
"TGIO"
Abby Bean
Jun 26, 2019
"Nassau County School Foundation"
 

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