Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary club hosted the first annual Jim Dawsey Memorial-Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Sporting Clay Fundraiser at Amelia Shotgun Sports. The tournament began with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with some 15 shooting enthusiasts taking to the 70-round sporting clays course. At the end of the tournament, The CBC National Bank team of Mike Kelley, Doug Mackle, Dan Powell and Mike Sanchez had taken top Four-Man Team honors with a combined score of 272. The award for Top Two-Man Team went to Rick Keffer and Phil Schweizer with a score of 49. The Full Chokers, the four-man team the late Jim Dawsey often competed with in the past, placed second with trophies going to Mike Castner, Foy Maloy, Mike Griffin and John McClane. Other shooters winning trophies included the team of Michael Dionne, Kelly Walker and Tom Quinn as well as Charles and Jacques Shelton. The participants were honored to have Teresa Dawsey join them for lunch and the presentation of awards.


With the generous help of the News-Leader and the Nassau County Record as well as a the financial support of a number of other outstanding sponsors, the clay shoot raised funds for the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club’s Dollars for Scholars college scholarship program, which has to date awarded more than $300,000 to Nassau County high school graduates.




Fernandina Beach Rotary Club to host Jim Dawsey Memorial Sporting Clays Fundraiser

The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club will host the first Jim Dawsey Memorial Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach Sporting Clays Fundraiser/Fun Shoot on Friday, March 15.  The event will honor long-time club member Jim Dawsey, who passed away in 2010. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Club’s “Dollars for Scholars” college scholarship program.

Dawsey, a respected gynecologist, was an avid gun enthusiast who got his family involved in the sport he loved.  “On our second or third date, Jim took me target shooting,” said his wife Teresa.  “Jim taught our sons and me to shoot and we enjoyed the sport as a family, not just for the shooting, but because of the many beautiful places we visited.”  “I treated Jim to a pheasant hunting trip in Wales for our 25th wedding anniversary,” she added.  “I honestly believe the two things that kept Jim going during chemotherapy were his involvement in Rotary and shooting with his gun team the Full Chokers,” Teresa said.

The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club chose to honor Dawsey for his many years of support of the Club’s college scholarship program.  Dawsey often served on the committee that each year selected deserving local high school graduates for scholarships.  In addition, Jim’s family has made several generous donations to the “Dollars for Scholars” program in his memory – a legacy Teresa Dawsey intends to continue.  Such financial support coupled with the Club’s many fundraising events has allowed the club to provide more than $300,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of all four high schools in Nassau County.

The March 15 Clay Shoot will take place at Amelia Shotgun Sports, 86300 Hot Shot Trail in Yulee.  Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Shotgun Start at 9:30 a.m.  The shoot will wrap up with a lunch and awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.  Individual shooters can participate for $125.  Two-person teams can enter for $250 and four-person teams for $500.  Corporate teams of two- or four-persons can register at $375 or $625 respectively.  All entrants will compete on the 70-round sporting clays course with shotgun shells and lunch included in the entry fee.  Mulligans can be purchased at five for $20.  Trophies for Individual Top Overall Shooter as well as Two and Four Team Divisions will be awarded during lunch.  Station Sponsorships are also available to anyone for $125.  Other sponsorships are still available.  For information about the shoot, sponsorship opportunities or to register, contact Trip Clark at 904.626.0767 or by email at or Shannon Brown at 904.908.2463 or by email at