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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Executives & Directors
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immediate past president
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
Sean McGillThe Katie Ride and Organ Transplants
Sean McGill is the event director for the !5th Annual Katie Ride for Life.  Sean has lived in Nassau County for the last 18 years with his wife, Tifini, and their son Lucas.  He moved to Fernandina Beach in 2001 to run his father’s business, McGill Aviation, at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.  That position allowed him to become intimately involved in the community.  He has been and continues to be actively involved with the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving on their board.  He is also currently serving as a board member of the Trinity Love Hoblitt Foundation.  He has also served on the boards of Marathon High and the Amelia Island Montessori School.  Sean is also a fellow Rotarian, Past President and still an active member of the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club.
Sean has extensive experience with endurance events.  He has completed fifteen Ironman triathlons, numerous marathons, and most importantly, has been a participant in all fourteen of the prior Katie Rides. 
Held each year in April (National Donate Life month), the Katie Ride was created in 2005 to raise awareness about organ donation and to raise funds to support the Foundation’s expanding Organ Donor Registration Education programs. The ride provided an opportunity to create media attention and communicate the impact Katie had as an organ donor. The community has embraced the ride and its popularity continues to grow attracting participants from across the country.
The fully-supported ride caters to cyclists of all abilities and includes a fun-ride, 18 miles, 36 miles, and 62 miles. In 2009, a 5K and 10K walk and fun runs were added as another option for participants to support the cause.  The proceeds from the Katie Ride support the Foundation’s organ donor education program.
The Katie Caples Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), was founded by David and Susan Caples in the fall of 1998 after the death of their daughter Katie. Katie had just turned 17 and as a new driver she had recently made the decision to register as an organ donor. Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of 5 individuals (aged 9 to 62) and further enhanced the lives of several others. Since 2005 the Foundation has delivered the message of the impact of organ donation to more than 150,000 individuals in the northeast Florida area.
Last Weeks Speaker

A quick bio of Bob Langert:

He was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago and is an avid Chicago Bears fan. Bob became very Irish when he married his wife Diane Mulkerrin 40 years ago this October coming.
Bob was blessed with two daughters and continues to stay young by hanging with six grandchildren from ages 3 to 9.  Bob enjoys tennis and pickleball. He is an avid reader of history and especially anything about U.S. Presidents.  Bob and Diane became residents of Amelia Island paradise four years ago. Welcome neighbor!


Bob Langert speaking to our Rotary Club

While in retirement and now a Published Author, Bob Langert decided a few years back to write a book about his experiences as the Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Executive with McDonalds Corporation. His new book, “The Battle to Do Good,” has recently been published and Bob was here this past week to share with us some specific challenges he faced starting back in the mid to late 80’s.


His book takes us on a behind-the-scenes account of the most recognized and mega brand giant with decades of battles that addressed numerous societal hot-button issues, such as packaging, waste, recycling, obesity, deforestation, and animal welfare. Bob dealt with one contentious issue after another, often locking horns with powerful NGOs such as Greenpeace, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Corporate Accountability.


Bob told us that during the 80’s there was a sudden shift from being the beloved Golden Arches since it first opened its doors in 1955, to the demon of many societal trials of the time. They were the beginning of turbulent times and the sustainability journey was ignited in the Corporate world of “Fast Food!”


Getting caught off guard and playing defense was difficult. In many cases, it just became a PR nightmare. Bob took us through some highs and lows during his tenure with the company and the first one was the battle against “Waste.” 


Bob went from playing defense to strategically solving issues with unlikely partners working with a whirling dervish, autistic animal scientist (Dr Temple Grandin), and avid environmentalists from the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International.


Bob Langert’s book “The Battle To Do Good” is a great read and especially for executives and NGO leaders. It provides many unique insights and guidance on how to successfully navigate with scores of lessons learned and societal issues that will help make business stronger, more relevant and profitable.


From early lessons on, one of Bob’s leaders said once “Let’s fix the leakey roof while the sun is out!” It was the beginning of proactive vs reactive movement with the company staying ahead of the curve of societal sustainability.


By sharing the lessons learned from decades of front-line experience at McDonald’s, Bob Langert helps leaders do just that. The Battle To Do Good shows business leaders not only how—and why—to confront societal issues, but to embrace them in the knowledge that by doing good they can do well and help both their business and society prosper.

Packed with real-world anecdotes and countless lessons learned, The Battle To Do Good provides keen insight and practical tips for managers of companies large and small as they navigate this increasingly complex, interconnected world where good news travels at the speed of light—and bad news travels even faster.


There are many remarkable stories and you will just have to buy the book to read them! You will not be disappointed. Another great read!

You may buy his book at the Story & Song Book Store Bistro right here on the Island!


Author Bob Langert with Rotary Club President Ron Heymann
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 singing: "I Want A Girl" and "Rotary Bonds"


An excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 33 Club Members. 39 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley and Larry Myers


Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Chris Martin from the Amelia Island Sunrise Club.


Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest of Rotarian John McAfee; Jeff Dela Combe from St. Martin Mid-Island Rotary Club was guest of Rotarian Larry Myers; Dr. Shelby Cruse, guest of Rotarian Dr. John McClane


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$ 208 - Rotarian Jonathan Levitt had the drawn ticket and drew the 4 of Hearts  ! 40 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $25

Shelter Box: $25



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick speaking with Bob Langert, Published Author.


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette is attending her President-Elect Training in Orlando this weekend.  Have a great time Antoinette!! 


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    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:

Katie Slaughter from Fernandina Beach H.S. placed 2nd in the District 6970 Rotary Oratory Contest....Congratulation Katie!

President Ron took an open vote from the club to defer a $9,000 scholarship award to a Nassau County Take Stock In Children recipient!  Unanimously, we elected to award the scholarship to be taken out of our clubs $50,000 Scholarship money we raised this year.  Within the next few weeks, our Scholarship Committee members will be interviewing Seniors from the Nassau County Schools to award the Club's scholarships.  More on that coming soon.





Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report
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.