Posted by Frank Gagnier
Past President Dr. David Page called our meeting to order- President Ron Heymann is on vacation.


We are in need of a new podium. I don't think this one is making the cut.  Past President Dr. Page was a good sport about this one and we had some fun with it.  Please be on the lookout for one and let President Ron know if you find one.  If it needs some repair, we can do that for sure. Thanks!  


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

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

We sang one other song: "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"


Followed by Rotarian Lee Colwell leading the club in an awesome prayer!


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 20 Club Members.  26 total attended the meeting! Many on vacation.


Honorary Members - Larry Myers and Dr. Jim Hicks 


Visiting Rotarians:  Rotarians Bruce Heggenstaller and Paul Hunt from the Sunrise Club


Visiting Guests of the Club:  Rotarian and President Elect Antoinette Richter had two guest - Karen Clark and Julie Everwoin.  


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$175  - Dr. Jim Hicks had the drawn ticket and drew the King of Spades.... 43 cards left.


Boy Scouts: $13

Shelter Box: $19 


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:

President Ron Heymann announced a few weeks ago the need for assistance to help off load some relief supplies at the Baptist Church in Callahan.  In the aftermath of Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017) - a non-profit group called "Convoy of Hope" arranged for several semi-trailers of much needed paper goods, school supplies, water, cleaning products, clothes, and toiletries to be given to Nassau County residents who lost their homes. Convoy of Hope delivered these additional supplies last Thursday the 19th at the church for some of our local Nassau County residents who are still suffering and in need of more supplies.  

Antoinette announced that Our Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach had been asked to help unload, sort, and distribute donated supplies starting at 8:30am last Thursday and that we had a great turnout with some of our club members that showed the "Rotarian Spirit" and to "Be The Inspiration!"


Here are some pictures that President-Elect Antoinette sent me:



Our Club Rotarians who were there: Antoinette Richter, Nick Klein, Roy Benson, Ray Whitehead and Larry Melnick. Kris Meyer had already left with this picture was taken.  Thank you all for representing our club well!!!!!


Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick went over some important meeting expectations: Unless you have the absolute need to use the outside elevator to get to our 2nd floor meeting room, Please enter via the book store and up the steps to show traffic and help promote the uniqueness of our meeting venue.  Since John and Vince are at the entrance to sign in there at the top of the stairs, traffic flow would be best and less confusing as well.  Also, to help out with the clean up after our meeting, please put your own trash in the receptacle provided.....that would be much appreciated.    Lollipops back in play with trivia!


Love the shorts Larry!


Club Foundation Report, Debra Connelly:

Compassionate Patch; we are developing a historical Fernandina patch for the Girl Scouts that will be submitted to the Jacksonville Gateway Council for their review and approval in the coming months.   


John Howard, Community Services Report:

Looks like we are going to be moving forward with having the Blood Drive Bus outside the Nassau Health Food Store located in the central part of the Walmart Plaza.


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:

No Report



Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

No Report



President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

President Ron will be back in the saddle this Wednesday's meeting.