Posted by Frank Gagnier

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 "You Are My Sunshine" and "The Old Ball Game"


Followed by an invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 31 Club Members.  34 total attended the meeting.



Honorary Members - Larry, Frank and Jim


Visiting Rotarians:  Rotarians Greg Holding from the Amelia Island Sunrise Club and Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN


Visiting Guests of the Club: Our Exchange student Simon Varnauskas from Lithuania.

Simon and President Ron Heymann


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$294  - President Ron had the drawn ticket and drew the 5 of clubs 38 cards left.


Boy Scouts: $18

Shelter Box: $28


Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick has returned from his trip and he's back in the saddle with Trivia and fun!


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No Report


John Howard, Community Services Report:

The Blood Mobile will be parked in the parking lot of Amelia Health Foods on September 26th.  We will need volunteers to help coordinate donors – and we need donors!  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach has a quota of 11 units of blood so please sign up if you can.

Dictionary Project:  Here are the schools that still need assistance!  It's a lot of fun....don't miss out, please see John to commit to one school in need!

Timing is up to each team.

John said that the dictionaries boxes will arrival at SYNOVUS Bank on this Tuesday coming.  He would like to have about 6 to 8 members over to the SYNOVUS Bank on Wednesday after our meeting, to help line up the boxes school by school.

The books should arrive at the schools approximately the middle to end of September.
YULEE ELEMENTARY (232  Students)
  1. Wally Messer   (Team Leader)
  2. Jonathan Levitt
  3. Eric Belley
  4. Ray Whitehead
  5. Antoinette Richter
  1. Rick Keffer          (Team Leader)
  2. Roy Benson
  3. Joe Gullo
  1. Frank Gagnier    (Team Leader)
  2. Rich Campana
  1. Frank Gagnier      (Team Leader)
  2. Jim Hicks                            
      1.   Pierre Guite   (Team Leader)
      2.  Larry Melnick
      3.  Rick Campana
ST. MICHAEL’S ACADEMY (27  Students)
  1. Ron Heymann    (Team Leader)
  2. John McAfee                         
  1. Laureen Pagel   (Team Leader)       
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  1. Laureen Pagel  (Team Leader)                                       
  2. ________________  
  3. _______________

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

John had our exchange student at the meeting today.  Simon presented President Ron his Rotary Banner from back home in Lithuania


Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

With articles to be written with pictures coming soon, Kris reminded those of us who are going to the schools for the Dictionary Project need to get a picture of with the Principle or teacher for a write up.  Please do not include the kids.


Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Taste of Amelia - We need help in securing some Restaurants to commit to participate.  If you know someone from one of the Restaurants downtown, please help us out and contact them about the changes to the event and perhaps they will join us.


Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report


Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

No Report.....Nick on vacation


President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

President Ron announced that Jerry Hinson's wife passed away.  Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry and his family!!

We could use some help with making some contact with downtown restaurants. If you know anyone, see if they'd support us.  We have prepared some basic collateral for the proprietors and would like to "divide and conquer".  Initial discussions with proprietors has indicated many will support the new format of "Taste" so any help will be much appreciated.  Please see President Ron on which restaurants have been spoken with and have committed.


President Ron Heymann
Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:
  • We plan to develop a grant request to Publix to cover costs incurred while purchasing dictionaries for elementary school third graders. 
  • Request that all club members bring copies of the Rotarian magazine when finished reading them so we can redistribute them to our Interact members.
  • We have finalized arrangements for Mary Ann Jacobs, CEO for the  Girl Scouts' Gateway Council, to provide a presentation to our club on November 7th.  We are receiving great community interest in attending our meeting that day in order to hear from Mary Ann on that date. 
  • Larry Myers is assisting with the development of the Girl Scout patch for "Amelia Island Discovery".  If anyone is interested in getting involved in our development effort, please contact Deb Connelly.
  • Also, we have learned that our Rotary scholar, Cara Tupps, supported through the combined efforts of Sunrise and our Club and  has been approved for a Rotary Foundation scholarship for the upcoming school year.  The total from the Foundation was just over $42,000 by Rotary International.  Cara is on her way to complete her Masters at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  Twelve other clubs and District 7970 joined us in making this happen.