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Come visit the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, doing good things since 1926!
Fernandina Beach
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Story and Song Bookstore Bistro
(self-serve lunch begins 11:30)
1430 Park Avenue - Second Floor
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034
United States
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Coach Benson
August 1
Rick Campana
August 1
John McClane
August 6
Dorothy Lord
August 15
Foy Maloy
August 28
Spouse Birthdays
Dick Connelly
August 7
Darrell Holcomb
August 12
Aaron Bean
August 22
C. Buck
Dolly Buck
August 24
Join Date
John McClane
August 1, 1981
38 years
Mary Ruark
August 2, 2017
2 years
Dorothy Lord
August 4, 2010
9 years
Rick Campana
August 8, 2018
1 year
Rick Keffer
August 8, 2007
12 years
Timothy Flanagan
August 15, 2018
1 year
Laureen Pagel
August 19, 2009
10 years
Russell Hampton
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Next Weeks Speaker
NOTE: There will be no meeting this Wednesday, the next speaker will be:
Bob Langert, Author, retired MacDonalds Exec.
"The Battle to do Good"
Bob Langert retired after 32 years at McDonald’s Corp., 27 of them heading the company’s environmental and sustainability operations. His was a remarkable run for a sustainability executive — not just in its duration, but in the wide range of challenges he encountered and addressed along the way, and the many sustainability innovations he helped his company roll out — most of them unseen and unknown by the hamburger-eating public.
Langert has joined GreenBiz part-time as an editor at large. He contributes to a regular column and working with the GreenBiz Executive Network, our peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives.

Bob Langert led McDonald’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability efforts for more than twenty-five years before retiring in 2015. Currently, he is a columnist and editor-at-large for the GreenBiz Group and Senior Sustainability Advisor, The Context Network, the premier global and agribusiness consulting firm in advancing agriculture.

His first book, The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald’s Sustainability Journey, is scheduled to be published in January 2019.

Langert has been engaged in social responsibility issues at a global level since the late 1980s, leading environmental affairs, animal welfare, and Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities’ grants. He was appointed McDonald’s first vice president to lead sustainability in 2006 with contributions spanning sustainable fish, coffee, palm oil, beef, packaging, extensive animal welfare progress, protecting the Amazon rainforest, nutrition strategy and CSR reporting, measurement, and accountability. Langert also led the development of McDonald’s 2020 Sustainability Vision and Framework. As part of this work, Langert has worked with numerous organizations, including Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, and World Wildlife Fund. 

Widely known as a subject-matter expert, Langert has spoken at numerous events for various organizations, including Aspen Institute, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Lewis University, National Research Council, the State of Green Business Forum, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and Yale University. He has been featured in a wide variety of media, including ABC News, AdAge, Christian Science Monitor, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He and his work also have been cited in numerous publications, including Organizational Behavior by Don Hellriegel and John W. Slocum (Cengage, 2008), The Global Corporation: Sustainable, Effective and Ethical Practices by Laura P. Hartman and Patricia H. Werhane, Eds. (Routledge, 2009), and Beyond the Bottom Line by Joel Makower (Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Langert received his BA from Lewis University and his MBA from Northwestern University. In 2007, Langert was named as one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. 

Last Weeks Speaker

L. Dee Torre Kaufman is the Marketing and Development Chair for Take Stock in Children. She has served in various capacities on the Take Stock Board of Directors since 2007 and is proud that the Take Stock student that she met as a seventh grader is now a graphic artist in the Admissions Department of the University of North Florida.





Take Stock in Children of Florida was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.




Take Stock in Children, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, transforming Florida one student at a time. Working in every county throughout Florida, our mission is to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. We offer college scholarships to students, provide caring volunteer mentors, and instill hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services begin in middle school, continue through high school, and include students' transition into college and career.


Take Stock in Children was founded in the early 1990s to combat a troubling and persistent dropout rate that plagued the public school system in Tampa. Created by a local education foundation with the backing of concerned community leaders, the initiative sought to give high-potential, low-income students the resources they needed to graduate from high school, go to college, and "set their course of life," says Don Pemberton, Take Stock in Children's founder. "We were looking to be transformative." From the outset, the program was elegantly simple. It recruited participants in middle school, early enough in their lives to make a difference; it provided scholars with adult mentors; and the program carefully monitored students' progress. Take Stock in Children emphasized responsibility and accountability among students, their parents and mentors.

The program was inclusive and intensely local, bringing together not only students and school personnel, but outside volunteers, philanthropists, religious groups, civic organizations, the social-services sector and for-profit businesses.
A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person, offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per week, you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, while developing their self-esteem and confidence. Mentoring sessions range from 45-60 minutes and occur at a school near your home or workplace, during school hours. The days and times are arranged between the mentor and mentee depending on their individual schedules and classes so mentoring is convenient for both student and mentor.
Take Stock in Children offers the opportunity to provide a child with an education and hope for a future of success. Tax deductible donations by individuals provide a valuable resources to children in need. Please visit their web site at for more information.
Below is Dee Kaufman with Club President Ron Heymann


Last Weeks Meeting Highlights

President Ron Heymanncalled the meeting to order.  


Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song. 


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"


Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were  Club attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley


Visiting Rotarians: 


Visiting Guests: 


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$  -Rotarian  had the drawn ticket and drew the  ! 41 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $

Shelter Box: $



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -


Again, due to my absence, there was very little information  shared with me for this weeks News Bulletin.  If  topics are blank, there was no report given.

Frank Gagnier, Editor


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette announced that she will be collecting Toiletries to bring with her to the March 7-9, 2019 - President-Elect Training in Orlando.  Please contact Antoinette for further information about donating.  


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    Oratory Contest coverage (with photo) and Scholarship Luncheon Coverage have gone to NL.

2    Scholarship application availability is being published in the NL.

3    Blood Drive dates and info will go to NL at end of Feb.

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

5    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials will be available in 1-2 weeks.


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:

President Ron attended a speech contest held at the Patio Place this past Wednesday night.  Katie Slaughter was there practicing for the Rotary Oratory Contest....she placed 2nd. Thursday night was the Oratory Contest but I have no info on the results as yet.  We will announce in the next News Bulletin.


Due to a scheduling conflict with Story and Song, there will be no meeting next Wednesday (February 27. Mark and Donna have a bi-annual workshop scheduled for most of the week. I will accept full Presidential responsibility for the oversight!   We are working on a possible alternate location or possible social, but at this time our next meeting will occur on March 6th at the regular time and date.


Thank you to Sean McGill and the Katie Ride for your flexibility - we'll see you on the podium soon!





Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report