Club Information
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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Next Weeks Speaker
Jerry Hinson, Keith Strausburg, Kelli Allen
Last Weeks Speaker
Our President Elect, Antoinette Richter
It was a great presentation. It started out right away with the Topics such as:
Antoinette called the above "The Kool-Aid"
One by one she went over each category as it related to our club and some interesting idea's on how we as a club would address each one of these area's during her Presidency.
She identified some "Fun Facts" for us.  Believe it or not, there is an "Online Motorcycle Rotary Club" that is doing quite well.  Who would have figured...crazy but definitely a "Kool" idea smiley
Antoinette also went over Rotary's core values one by one:
Service "Above Self"
She asked us all, why Rotary? What is your "Why?" We heard a few interesting stories. Then we were asked, What was your Rotary Moment? We heard some interesting responses to that question.  Antoinette wants all of us to ask these questions to ourselves and write down the answers.  
Interesting tid-bit was when she told us that Rotary had 1.2 million members around the world. That number seems impressive by itself however, that number has changed in a decade. I guess there is only a member replacing a member and somehow, we should figure out how we can grow our memberships!
For those who haven't been involved in leadership or committee of late, what board or committee could you do to be more active in your club?
Antoinette will give us more information as we move forward as a club. Until then, we have a great start for the coming year of her presidency. I'm confident it's going to be a good one.
Last Weeks Meeting Highlights

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: Guest Singer Mary Alello

Mary Alello


Another 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, Frank Ridley and Jim Hicks


Visiting Rotarians: Rotarians Bob Ward from the Ada, Ohio; Bill Eisley from Bar Harbor, Maine; Bruce Heggenstaller and Jody Henson from the Sunrise Club of Amelia Island


Visiting Guests

Mary Alello, guest of Rotarian Bonnie Ridley; Harrison Pollack, guest of Rotarian John McAfee; Heta Patal, guest of Rotarian Dr. McClane


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


Boy Scouts: $40

Shelter Box: $51



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report - But Great Baseball Trivia!



President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette wowed us with her President-Elect Training information and what some of her plans are for the coming year!


John Howard, Community Services Report:

Waiting on John to give us an update on the Blood Drive Results from this past Wednesday at the Nassau Health Food Store.



John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

We have filled the needs to house all the visiting Exchange Students from Northeast Florida so thanks to all who stepped up to the plate to help out. some more help:

Dr. Page has agreed to  host Friday nights gathering at his home. Thank you Dr. Page!!!


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:

Nothing new to report


Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report


Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Talked about teaming up with the Sunrise Club to attend a Jumbo Shrimp game in a booth to celebrate Rotary, make new friends and show unity in our vision.  More information forthcoming!



President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BREAKFASTApril 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