Posted by Frank Gagnier on Jan 20, 2019

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  


Club President Ron Heymann


Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: God Bless America followed by Bill Bailey & Bye, Bye Blackbird


Rotarians Dr. Page, Wally Messer on bass and Bonnie Ridley on piano


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"


Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 28 Club Members.  34 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Larry Myers & Jim Hicks


Visiting Rotarians:  Bob Ward from Ada, Ohio - Micky Ulner, President of the morning Sunrise Club and fellow member Peter Stevenson.


Visiting Guests: Guest of Rotarian Mary Ruark was Tim MacNair


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$100  - Rotarian  Larry Melnick had the drawn ticket and drew the Jack of Hearts! 46 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $33

Shelter Box: $38




Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Nothing to report but we did have some good Trivia Questions.

Rotarian Larry Melnick 


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No report


John Howard, Community Services Report:

This Wednesday coming, January 23rd, is our Blood Drive being held at the Nassau Health Food Store like we did the last time we had one.  Please see John to sign up to donate.  We have many names already but short a few to reach our goal.  Much appreciated!


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Our Exchange Student, Simon, is with his new local foster family now....more info forthcoming!

Upcoming home games of Simon at FBHS (Exchange Student)…

Tuesday, Jan 22nd at home against Boles 7pm

Friday, Jan 25th at home against Baldwin 7pm

Tuesday, Jan 29th at home against Hilliard 7pm

Friday, Feb 1st at home against Yulee 7pm

Monday, Feb 4th at home against University Christian 7pm


Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

Public Image Report:  Scholarship Luncheon Publicity largely done.  Rick Keffer's column on the effort ran in the NL.  Still have social media to do once event page has been modified to allow for donations.  Bradley Bean to do in cooperation with Antoinette Richter. Bids are being sought for Volunteer Breakfast.  Prices and pre-event publicity will follow, once cost of tickets is locked down.



EACH MEMBER should approach a minimum of two businesses (not restaurants) and request support for the program. See Ray Whitehead for solicitation forms and Pledge Cards to help you out when approaching prospects.


Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Everyone should be involved with the Luncheon whether or not you're on the committee or not! 1 month to go!.

Scholarship committee meeting before our regular meeting

Our next meeting will be Wednesday January 23rd at 10:45am at the Story & Song Book Store just before our regular meeting to continue our focus on the February Scholarship Luncheon Event.  Please attend if you are interested in sitting on this committee or just helping out in any way! We are in full swing to the Luncheon!!!


Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report


Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Rotarian Nick Klein speaking to the club. I totally missed the info Nick but did get the picture..frown


President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

Tickets to our 2nd Annual Scholarship Lunch are limited and selling fast.  The Cost is $300 per individual or $500 per couple.  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available at $1000, $2500 and $5000 levels. See Ray Whitehead for the information Sheet.

Even if you cannot attend the lunch, please consider donating what you are comfortable with.  We are a 501(c) organization so your contribution is tax deductible (consult you tax advisor).  100% of your contribution will be used to send a local kid to college and help them achieve their dreams.

Checks can be made payable to:

The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach (Please write Scholarship on the Memo Line)

PO Box 16046

Fernandina Beach, FL 32035  




Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Jeni Kardinal our Rotarian on the ground in Nawa Kerti, Bali Indonesia; will be sending a presentation/status update for us this coming month.  We were hoping to have Jeni present to our Club during December 2018 but our schedule of presenters was too booked for the month of December.  Our Bali water project will provide clean water to over 3,000 members of the Datah village and toilets/hygiene training for 125 students/staff at the Sekolah Dasar Negeri School in the village of Nawa Kerti. This project was originally initiated with a $5,000 contribution by one of our Club Rotarians and contributions from clubs in Sweden, Tarpon Springs, Long Island New York and Bali.
Dear 2018-19 club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, membership chairs, and Rotary Foundation chairs:

We have launched Rotary’s redesigned Learning Center, and your new club officer courses are now ready.

First steps
If you don’t have a My Rotary account, learn how to create one. If you do have an account, sign in and:
  1. Go to
  2. Take the Getting Started With the Learning Center course to see all the ways you can use the new Learning Center.
  3. Search for the learning plan for your role:
  4. Club Administration Committee Basics 
  5. Club Service Projects Committee Basics
  6. Club Public Image Committee Basics
  7. Club Rotary Foundation Committee Basics
  8. Club Membership Committee Basics
  9. Club Treasurer Basics
  10. Club Secretary Basics
  11. Club President Basics
Note: If you were already signed in to My Rotary, you may need to sign out and sign back in to see the new Learning Center.