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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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Our Exchange Student
From Lithuania introduced himself to the club -
 

Simas Varnauskas

 

Our 2018-19 Rotary Inbound Exchange Student, Simas "Simon" Varnauskas presented himself to the Club.  Simon gave the background on his home country Lithuania - and shared his experiences so far.  He's adapting well to the Island life, enjoys fishing, going to the beach, and basketball.  He said living on Amelia Island is a big change from his home city of Kaunas in Lithuania - but he is enjoying the experience, despite being a little homesick. His presentation highlighted the scenic beauty of his home country and brought us up to speed on the history and culture of Lithuania.  Simon is following in his brother's footsteps as a Rotary exchange student in Florida.
Welcome Simon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
DAVIS GRAND OPENING
 
Steve Spurrier joins Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Yulee Grand Opening.

The newly renamed Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Yulee will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 18th with SEC football legend Steve Spurrier in attendance. 

The dealership, which was recently taken over by Davis Automotive Group, has extended an open invitation to the community, including all media persons, to join in their upcoming Grand Opening celebration. Those in attendance can expect free food, free giveaways, music, and the chance to meet and take a picture with Steve Spurrier.

Angelo Fanelli will continue in his leadership role of manager under the new ownership; the entirety of his Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team will also remain in their current positions under the dealership’s new name. 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this incredible community, and we wanted to include everyone in our celebration. This is our way of expressing the gratitude we feel for receiving such a warm welcome into this town, and we hope to see everyone out at the dealership on the 18th,” said Rick Davis, owner of Davis CDJR of Yulee. 

“It was important to me that we make sure the dealership and its people were taken care of under the new ownership, and we couldn’t be happier with the Davis team in that regard. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at their Grand Opening celebration,” said Rick Keffer, previous owner of the dealership. 

The Grand Opening will take place on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30-7:30pm. Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located at 464037 E State Rd 200 Yulee, FL 32097.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Freddie Wehbe
Wehbe Marketing
352-284-3733

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 an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 35 Club Members.  38 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Members in attendance - Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN 

 

Visiting Guests of the Club: Kieth Strasburg - 3rd meeting and  Angelo Fanelli - 2nd meeting- both guests of President Ron Heymann

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$100  - Coach Benson had the drawn ticket and drew the 3 of Spades.  48 cards left

 

Boy Scouts: $24

Shelter Box: $46

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick had some fun trivia.

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Taste of Amelia event is quickly coming upon us. We could use some more volunteers to help out with logistics please.

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

The Blood Mobile event we had last week was a success! We had a goal of 11 units and we ended up with 14! yes

Dictionary Project:  The books have arrived at the schools so "The Lead" volunteers need to call and arrange a date and time with the school Principle and then notify his/her team to pass them out.   Remember, no pictures of the kids unless given specific permission in writing by the parents to do so or we can't use the pictures in any of our publications.  Also, make sure you get names with pictures please!!!

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Nothing new to report.

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

IMPORTANT- Call to action to support the 33rd Annual Taste of Amelia:

 

1    Order your tickets now!!  Click on the link and order your tickets:  https://904tix.com/events/33rd-annual-taste-of-amelia-a-culinary-crawl

2    Share the link on your social media.  Go to the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Facebook page here:  Log into Facebook | Facebook,  

      Scroll down to the "Taste of Amelia Event" and click the "Share" button.  Then say something positive about the event which will be shared to your network, make             sure you're posting either "public" or to "Friends," then hit "Share."

3    If you're on Twitter, write a short tweet about it and share the link.

4    Here's a draft you can use in your social media posts:  Very excited about the new format for "Taste of Amelia." The restaurants are showing amazing support           and it will provide much-needed scholarship funds for students in Nassau County!! See you there!!

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Taste of Amelia - Please start buying tickets for Taste of Amelia event.  Club web page / facebook event page

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Nothing New To Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Nothing New To Report

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

The 33rd Annual Taste of Amelia volunteer / steering committee will be meeting  at Story and Song at 10:45 weekly to discuss event planning.  We are making great strides to bring the event together, but still have some logistical issues that need to be resolved.  Please consider helping out.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with procuring event supplies, marshaling volunteers (including the Interact Clubs), and working with the restaurant owners to ensure smooth flow of information.  And of course, TICKET SALES!  Please help out and respond to Kris Meyer's "CALL TO ACTION ABOVE" if you haven't already done so!

We are one month from the 33rd "Taste of Amelia Event"  Please join us any week just prior to regularly scheduled meeting for updates.

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

  • The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach will now have a Girl Scout patch included in the 2019 Spring catalog of the Gateway Council.  The Compassionate Girl  patch will be available to over 13,000 girls in grades K-12.  
  • Larry Myers has been helping as we develop our second patch that will present questions and activities for the Girl Scouts to earn the Amelia Island Discovery patch.  We have submitted this second patch to the Gateway Council for their review and approval.
  • The CEO of the Girl Scout Gateway Council, Mary Ann Jacobs, will visit our Club on Nov 7th to provide a presentation on her plans to refurbish the Girl Scout Little House at 25 S. 13th St. in Fernandina Beach.

We have submitted our grant request to Publix to cover this year's cost for dictionaries for Nassau County third graders.

 

DAVIS GRAND OPENING
 
Steve Spurrier joins Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Yulee Grand Opening.

The newly renamed Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Yulee will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 18th with SEC football legend Steve Spurrier in attendance. 

The dealership, which was recently taken over by Davis Automotive Group, has extended an open invitation to the community, including all media persons, to join in their upcoming Grand Opening celebration. Those in attendance can expect free food, free giveaways, music, and the chance to meet and take a picture with Steve Spurrier.

Angelo Fanelli will continue in his leadership role of manager under the new ownership; the entirety of his Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram team will also remain in their current positions under the dealership’s new name. 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this incredible community, and we wanted to include everyone in our celebration. This is our way of expressing the gratitude we feel for receiving such a warm welcome into this town, and we hope to see everyone out at the dealership on the 18th,” said Rick Davis, owner of Davis CDJR of Yulee. 

“It was important to me that we make sure the dealership and its people were taken care of under the new ownership, and we couldn’t be happier with the Davis team in that regard. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at their Grand Opening celebration,” said Rick Keffer, previous owner of the dealership. 

The Grand Opening will take place on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30-7:30pm. Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is located at 464037 E State Rd 200 Yulee, FL 32097.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Freddie Wehbe
Wehbe Marketing
352-284-3733
freddie@wehbemarketing.com

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"

Followed by singing "You Picked A Find Time To Leave Me Lucille" we had a blast with this one! laugh

 

Followed by an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 27 Club Members.  32 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Members - Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN - Nancy Warren from Valdosta, GA - Bob Smith from George Town, TX.

 

Visiting Guests of the Club: Lisa Morris, guest of Rotarian John Howard

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$100  - Larry Melnick had the drawn ticket and drew the 5 of Hearts.  49 cards left

 

Boy Scouts: $31

Shelter Box: $23

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick has returned and we were back to normal trivia.

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Taste of Amelia event is quickly coming upon us. We could use some more volunteers to help out with logistics please.

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

The Blood Mobile was parked in the parking lot of Amelia Health Foods and doing ok.  John will have the end report to us next week.

Dictionary Project:  The books have arrived at the schools so "The Lead" volunteers need to call and arrange a date and time with the school Principle and then notify his/her team to pass them out.   Remember, no pictures of the kids unless given specific permission to do so or we can't use the pictures in any publication.  Also, make sure you get names with pictures please!!!

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Nothing new to report.

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

IMPORTANT- Call to action to support the 33rd Annual Taste of Amelia:

 

1    Order your tickets now!!  Click on the link and order your tickets:  https://904tix.com/events/33rd-annual-taste-of-amelia-a-culinary-crawl

2    Share the link on your social media.  Go to the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Facebook page here:  Log into Facebook | Facebook,  

      Scroll down to the "Taste of Amelia Event" and click the "Share" button.  Then say something positive about the event which will be shared to your network, make             sure you're posting either "public" or to "Friends," then hit "Share."

3    If you're on Twitter, write a short tweet about it and share the link.

4    Here's a draft you can use in your social media posts:  Very excited about the new format for "Taste of Amelia." The restaurants are showing amazing support           and it will provide much-needed scholarship funds for students in Nassau County!! See you there!!

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Taste of Amelia - We need volunteers and we need help with the organization of the event so please join us when we meet to discuss where we are at and what still needs to be done.

Taste Of Amelia committee meeting before our regular meeting.

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Nothing New To Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Nothing New To Report

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

The 33rd Annual Taste of Amelia volunteer / steering committee will be meeting  at Story and Song at 10:45 weekly to discuss event planning.  We are making great strides to bring the event together, but still have some logistical issues that need to be resolved.  Please consider helping out.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with procuring event supplies, marshaling volunteers (including the Interact Clubs), and working with the restaurant owners to ensure smooth flow of information.  And of course, TICKET SALES!  Please help out and respond to Kris Meyer's "CALL TO ACTION ABOVE"

THANKS

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A NOTE SENT TO PRESIDENT RON: 

Good morning Ron. It's been a while since I have been at a club meeting, but I do have some good news to share. My daughter Jessica, former Rotary scholarship recipient, gave birth to a baby girl on 9/12. Adalyn Bliss weight in at 7 lbs. 14 ounces and 19.75 inches long. Both are doing well. Jessica certainly performed service above self.
Best Regards and hope to see you soon,
Val Schwec

 

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

  • The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach will now have a Girl Scout patch included in the 2019 Spring catalog of the Gateway Council.  The Compassionate Girl  patch will be available to over 13,000 girls in grades K-12.  
  • Larry Myers has been helping as we develop our second patch that will present questions and activities for the Girl Scouts to earn the Amelia Island Discovery patch.  We have submitted this second patch to the Gateway Council for their review and approval.
  • The CEO of the Girl Scout Gateway Council, Mary Ann Jacobs, will visit our Club on Nov 7th to provide a presentation on her plans to refurbish the Girl Scout Little House at 25 S. 13th St. in Fernandina Beach.
We have submitted our grant request to Publix to cover this year's cost for dictionaries for Nassau County third graders.
 
 
Antoinette Richter
 
President Elect Antoinette Richter was born and raised in Miami Florida of Cuban parents.  They then moved to McDonough, 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, went on to get married and became a Branch Manager for then Wachovia now Wells Fargo.   Antoinette and her husband Shannon decided they would wait 10 years to have kids but that didn't work out completely.....after 5 years, Antoinette gave birth to her first son and within another year a second son......so.....it was then decided that Antoinette would leave her position with now Wells Fargo and be a stay at home mom to raise their two boys.
 
when it was getting close for the boys to begin school, Antoinette was thinking it was time to perhaps think about getting back to work and a career.  She then went back to school and received her Masters Degree in education.  Antoinette was STEM department chair (science, technology, engineering, math) for three years in the Griffin-Spalding County school system of Georgia before finally moving her family to Amelia Island where they use to visit on vacations and lover the area.
 
Antoinette is bilingual in English and Spanish and is presently the Retail Market Manager with Synovus Financial Corp. here on Amelia Island. . She 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……a very busy woman highly capable of multi-level tasking for sure.
We are so fortunate to have you as a member of our club and to be our future President.
 
 
 
Rick Campana
 

Rick is a retired VP of Marketing at United Parcel Service.  He's been retired for more than 8 years now.  His career at UPS lasted almost 38 years, beginning as an 18 year old part time sorter in his home town of Philadelphia, working at night while attending Temple University in the day time. 

When he graduated from Temple with a degree in Business Administration, he was promoted to a full time management position. Rick spent a couple of years in operations, but the majority of the first half of his career was spent in the industrial engineering function.  IE played a role in optimizing the utilization of facilities, vehicles and staffing.  Eventually, Rick became a director of industrial engineering, providing IE support for the metro Washington DC area.  His family enjoyed living in Ellicott City, Maryland, which was a great place to live and raise a young family. 

In 1993, Rick was transferred to UPS’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta to join a relatively new function called marketing.  Marketing was new at UPS because for much of their history they had been in a regulated industry.  Much of the marketing then was limited to advertising and customer communications. But, with trucking deregulation in the 80’s, there was a dramatic increase in growth opportunities as well as competition.  Rick spent most of his time working in a couple of areas:

One area he worked in was revenue management.  Through the 80’s all customers paid list rates.  That changed with deregulation.   It became necessary to use discounts to attract and retain profitable volume.  Their focus in revenue management was to build the infrastructure to manage the large number of customers receiving discounts.  Additionally, UPS built decision support tools to help in setting the right price on an individual customer basis.

Another area of focus was new product development.  UPS built and deployed new services, features, time of day options.  The company also expanded its portfolio of customer facing technology; software that enabled customers to integrate their business processes with UPS technology.

In his 38 years, Rick had the good fortune to participate in many milestones in UPS’s history.  One was the 100th anniversary of UPS’s founding.  UPS was founded in 1907 in Seattle, Washington by two teenagers.  One of them was Jim Casey who led the company through the early 1960’s.  It was his vision, his management style and his practice of promotion from within that established our corporate culture and provided people like Rick with so many opportunities.

Rick said that UPS was the second best thing to happen to him.  The first was meeting his wife Pat.  They have been married for 41 years. They have three children.  Two boys with one living in Atlanta, the other in Columbia, SC. and their daughter who lives in Boston with her husband and 15 month old daughter.  Rick said he really enjoys being a grandpa and loves to travel to Boston to visit.  I get that for sure!  

Rick said a fun fact was that he enjoys playing golf.  He said he was not very good at it, but he said the beginning of every round held unlimited potential for improvement.....At least for the first few holes….  His sense of dry humor was all throughout his talk with us.  He made me laugh hard.....thanks Rick....I needed that....you are a great speaker!

Rick said he was very happy to be a member of our Rotary club and is looking forward to making a his contribution. Well, already, Rick is jumping right in being on committee's and has taken on the role of being our Director of Administration.  We are excited to have you as a member Rick! Welcome!!

 
 
Tim Flanagan
 

Tim is co-founder of the law firm of Purcell, Flanagan, Hay and Greene. He has Offices in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and Amelia Island, Florida.

 

Tim received a B.S. in Accounting from Florida Southern College in 1978. He then received his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1981. Finally, an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida in 1983. Tim served as Trust Counsel for Florida National Bank, acting as in-house counsel for its statewide Trust and Investment Division.

 

Tim’s a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer and has served on several committees of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Estate and Trust Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in American and Florida Super Lawyers. Tim’s expertise lies in the area of estate planning and administration, including income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax, probate, fiduciary law, and other estate and trust matters, focusing upon estates of significant size and complexity. He also represents and advises clients with closely-held businesses on corporate matters, business successions, and related estate and tax planning issues.

 

Tim has two daughters Shelby and Delaney. Shelby has her Masters and is a Social Worker in Southern Maine near Portland.  Delaney has her undergraduate degree and is considering of going on to Veterinary School in the near future.

 

Tim is also a Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County and is very passionate about it!  I'm sure he will carry the same passion with him for Rotary.  Tim said that he is every excited about being a member of our club and the "positive" atmosphere that surrounds our meetings.  This is something Tim says is not always the case in his field of study. Let me see.....Positive Taxes...….nope.....I agree with him. smiley

 

We are honored to have you as a member of our club Tim.  Welcome.  

 

 

Simas (Simon) Varnauskas
Our exchange student from Lithuania will introduce himself to the club.
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Janice Acrum
Oct 17, 2018
Council on Aging
Ron Sapp
Oct 24, 2018
The State of City and County Budgets
Tom Ray
Oct 31, 2018
"Rise Against Hunger"
Mary Ann Jacobs
Nov 07, 2018
Girl Scouts of America
NO MEETING THIS DAY
Nov 14, 2018
Steve Stock, Jerry Hinson, Karin Clark
Nov 21, 2018
Member Craft Talks
TBD
Nov 28, 2018
UPDATES from Long Time Members
Becky Bray
Dec 05, 2018
Update on Nassau County Public Works
Ed Hubel
Dec 12, 2018
Update on the Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Thomas Sanger
Jan 16, 2019
Talk about his new historical novel "Without Warning"
 

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