Posted by Frank Gagnier on Mar 15, 2019

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  


President Ron's opening remarks and "always smiling," Rotarian & Past President, Kim Boylan


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


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"


Followed by singing: "You Are My Sunshine"


An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 32 Club Members. 36 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance -Larry Myers


Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Bob Ward from the Ada, Ohio.


Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest and sister of Rotarian John McAfee


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 221 - Rotarian Dr. David Page had the drawn ticket and pulled the "Ace of Clubs"  ! 39 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $21

Shelter Box: $27



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick in the orange shirt.


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette attended her President-Elect Training in Orlando last week and will present her experience there to the club this coming week.


John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for NEXT MEETING this Wednesday.  We need more volunteers please!


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

We still need some more help:

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:

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BREAKFAST April 12th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at the Atlantic Rec Center 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach-brief update:


We have at least 8-10 table commitments as of this writing, with more coming in.  We could easily see 20+ tables as word continues to spread.  First Federal Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, MacArthur YMCA, Synovus, Advance Rehab, Nassau County, City of Fernandina Beach, Boys and Girls Club are among the early commitments. (I'm sure I missed a few....)


There are 4 bids for breakfast service - we will decide who will cater on Friday

Advertising is being promoted through various channels - the Chamber of Commerce, community organizations, and online.  We anticipate approximately 200  - 250 attendees.


There are will be a need for approximately 15-20 volunteers during the day of the event - to help direct, seat, and break down the event.  I am working with both Interact clubs to provide help, but the 12th is a school day - most of the students will not be able to miss class.  We'll be reaching out to the other Rotary Clubs (Sunrise and Yulee Satellite) for assistance - more to come on that.


More updates to follow -


Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Deb has reached out to the club looking for volunteers to join he Club Foundation Committee.  Please see Deb if you are interested in helping her out if you are not already on a committee. Looking for some support. Thanks

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.