Posted by Frank Gagnier on Mar 09, 2019

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: "I Want A Girl" and "Rotary Bonds"


An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 33 Club Members. 39 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley and Larry Myers


Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Chris Martin from the Amelia Island Sunrise Club.


Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest of Rotarian John McAfee; Jeff Dela Combe from St. Martin Mid-Island Rotary Club was guest of Rotarian Larry Myers; Dr. Shelby Cruse, guest of Rotarian Dr. John McClane


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 208 - Rotarian Jonathan Levitt had the drawn ticket and drew the 4 of Hearts  ! 40 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $25

Shelter Box: $25



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick speaking with Bob Langert, Published Author.


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette is attending her President-Elect Training in Orlando this weekend.  Have a great time Antoinette!! 


John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for March 20th.


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

It is again that time of year when host families are needed for our 22 Exchange Students from Northeast Florida that will be coming to Fernandina Beach, FL, on Friday, March 29th thru Sunday, March 31st.
The commitment is to provide a bed for two nights, and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday/Sunday.   For the most part on Saturday, the students will be doing a service project, downtown, and on the Cumberland Island boat ride, and on Sunday, enjoying our beach at Amelia Island on Main Beach.

If you have the time and space, please contact John Boylan at the contact information listed below.  THANKS for considering!

John S. Boylan

Senior Reliability Engineer


North 8th Street | Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

T  904-491-7071 | M  570-499-6949



Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:


1    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

2    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials are available.


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:

Katie Slaughter from Fernandina Beach H.S. placed 2nd in the District 6970 Rotary Oratory Contest....Congratulation Katie!

President Ron took an open vote from the club to defer a $9,000 scholarship award to a Nassau County Take Stock In Children recipient!  Unanimously, we elected to award the scholarship to be taken out of our clubs $50,000 Scholarship money we raised this year.  Within the next few weeks, our Scholarship Committee members will be interviewing Seniors from the Nassau County Schools to award the Club's scholarships.  More on that coming soon.





Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report
Next UP:
On April 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Atlantic Rec Center 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club has assumed responsibility for the Nassau County Volunteer Recognition Event. SAVE THE DATE!
In prior years, the Nassau County Volunteer Center (NCVC) ran this event as a luncheon during National Volunteer Week. With the closing of the NCVC last year, our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club has undertaken to recognize the spirit of volunteerism throughout Nassau County, will be a breakfast, designed to provide an opportunity for any organization in the county to recognize its volunteers and in doing so, to nominate that person for the Rotary Club's "Nassau County Volunteer of the Year."
Participating Organizations - Table preferences from prior years will be honored for full-table purchases through March 15th.  Reservation forms and payment can be sent to: Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach PO Box16046, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035  For additional information, you can visit or email 
Price: - $15.00 for single ticket * $100.00 for full table of 8  * $60.00 for half table of 4
Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained from any club member or by contacting the club at: 
Priority seating will end on March 15! Table assignments will then be first come first served basis, at the Rotary Club's discretion!
Be sure to fill out your Nomination Form can be scanned and submitted to the above email address by the close of business, Friday March 29th. You can mail the form as well....just be sure it arrives at Rotary by the 29th of March.