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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
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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This 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.
Dee is a former President of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library and was chair of the non-profit's Capital Campaign to build a better library.
Prior to moving to Fernandina Beach in 2004 to restore a historic home downtown, she was a partner in a national educational evaluation and research firm where she specialized in conducting statewide evaluations of reading programs, special education services, low-performing schools and programs for at-risk youth.
A former teacher and education administrator, she holds a doctoral degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York at Albany.
Last Weeks Speaker

"Challenges Facing Today's Journalists"


Mary Kelli Palka became editor of The Florida Times-Union in January 2017.


Unfortunately, I have been out of town on business and did not attend the meeting.  I did not receive any pictures or information on her talk with the Club and therefore I have no information to report. Sorry

Frank Gagnier, Editor

Last Weeks Meeting Hightlights

President Ron Heymann called 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 Members. total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - 


Visiting Rotarians: 


Visiting Guests: 


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$  - Rotarian  had the drawn ticket and drew the  ! 42 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $

Shelter Box: $



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -


Just wanted to make note that 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.

Members of our club who attended the Luncheon this past week with Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  


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:



Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report