Posted by Frank Gagnier

Our Rotary District 6970 Governor, Jeanette Loftus


Area Governor Sandy Rogers introducing District Governor Jeanette Loftus
Governor Jeanette Loftus
After welcoming introductions, Governor Loftus started things out with mentioning some of our clubs successes and recognitions.  First up, the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.  
Paul Percy Harris was a Chicago, Illinois, attorney. He founded Rotary International in 1905
He passed away in 1947 at the age of 78. It was in 1957 that a Mr. Al Brush of the Rotary Club of Laurel, Mississippi was recognized as the first Paul Harris Fellow.  In 2006, Over 1 million Paul Harris Fellowships had been recognized and thousands more since.
Rotarian Mary Ruark receiving her Paul Harris Fellow recognition from District 6970 Governor, Jeanette Loftus
The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the first "recognition of exceptional service" in Rotary. To achieve this level of recognition, one must have donated $1,000 or more to the Rotary International Foundation.  For this achievement, you receive a certificate and a medallion:
Also, in 1957, Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the Paul Harris Fellow recognition, for a gift made in 1953.
This is a great achievement for Mary having been with us a short time and yet gives back so much.  Since, Mary has sponsored a new Rotarian and has assisted on several committees in her short time with us.  Mary has definitely earned the title Rotarian, a Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian.  Congratulations Mary!!!!
Rotarian and Past President John Boylan with Governor Loftus
John Boylan, an Engineer with WestRock, was recognized for the 6th, Paul Harris Fellowship by Governor Loftus.  This is an amazing achievement and it's recognition so worthy! This means that Rotarian John Boylan has achieved the Paul Harris Fellow recognition 6 times.  Wow....amazing!  John is 100% dedicated to Rotary and our Fernandina Beach Club.  We are so fortunate to have leaders in our community like John Boylan.  For this recognition, there is a special Pin for this level and it's awesome as it should be.
Rotarian John Boylan explaining how to achieve this incredible level of recognition
John seen here explaining how he got to this level and how it can be done with a plan and action.
President Elect Antoinette Richter with Governor Jeanette Loftus
A "little surprise" but a "big deal!"  A special award was given to Rotarian and President Elect Antoinette Richter a VP with Synovus Bank.  Since Antoinette became a Rotarian a little more than a year and a half ago, she has accomplished much, given a lot and threw herself into every committee and responsibility she could handle.  And now from Treasurer to President Elect, being at every meeting, taking lead on many committee's, volunteering her time and energy having a big job, raising two handsome young boys, she is being recognized by her District 6970 peers, Club President Ron Heymann and Governor Jeanette Loftus.
Awarded a pin that represents all those things mentioned above and this award affords her attendance to all District 6970 functions including our District Conference, District Training Assembly May 17 & 18 2019 at the Daytona International Speedway all at the expense of our District.  Additionally, Antoinette will be having lunch with Rotary International President Barry Rassin at the World Golf Village Renaissance Hotel Ballroom on February 15th, 2019.....again, paid for by District 6970.
The club is proud and "not surprised" that Antoinette received such an honor.  Congratulations President Elect Antoinette Richter cool
Governor Jeanette Loftus and Club President Ron Heymann
Governor Jeanette, President Elect Antoinette and President Ron Heymann
After Awards and Recognitions were done, District Governor Jeanette Loftus spoke with us explaining what the Rotary Wheel represents.
The Wheel is also  referred to as "The Mark of Excellence".
Started out as a simple wagon wheel representing dust and motion to the present day Rotary International Wheel with 24 teeth, 6 spokes and a key way.  
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made (1905) by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization, Movement and Service work in action." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
The gear teeth around the outside represent the fact that work is to be done. The six spokes represent the inner direction and path of our Vocational Service, through the representation of our membership via the classification system. Similarly, these same spokes represent an outward distribution path of Rotary's ideals of service and the Four Way Test… going out toward the community, vocations and businesses that our members represent.
A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923, the keyway was added to signify the wheel was a "worker and not an idler". The keyway in the center of the hub is of great significance, because it represents the individual Rotarian member, who is the key factor in every club. Quality members are the keys, needed for the hub to engage with the shaft and turn, putting the energy into motion and creating the power for the gears to do their work.
At the 1929 Rotary International Convention, it was determined that blue and gold would be the official colors of the organization, so the wheel was designed with these colors. The four blue bands within the outer radius of the gear represent our four avenues of service. And the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
Thank you Governor Jeanette Loftus for your inspiration, kind words and your time to visit our club. Thank you!