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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
This week coming we had Abby Bean scheduled to speak. Due to an unexpected schedule change, she is unable to be here before us.  She is being rescheduled at a later date.
However, our President Elect Antoinette Richter accepted to fill in and speak to the club on short notice.
Thank you Antoinette! 
Frank Gagnier, Editor
Our President Elect, Antoinette Richter
Rotarian Antoinette will be speaking before the club on her experience while at the Rotary President Leadership training she attended in Orlando a week ago.
She is a great speaker so this should be fun and interesting.  We all know what a great President she is going to be for sure!!
For all new Rotarians that don't know Antoinette as yet, here is a quick bio:
President Elect Antoinette Richter was born and raised in Miami Florida of Cuban parents.  They then moved to Atlanta. GA her senior year in high school which became a huge culture shock to her.
After High School, Antoinette went on to college and graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a secondary degree in education. 
Antoinette is bilingual in English and Spanish and is presently the Retail Market Manager with Synovus Financial Corp. her on Amelia Island. Before coming to Amelia Island, she was STEM department chair (science, technology, engineering, math) for three years in the Griffin-Spalding County school system of Georgia. Even earlier, as a Wells Fargo Branch Manager for five years and managed a 15-person team staffing a financial center in our South Atlanta market area.
Antoinette has a strong desire to help others achieve their best. She is a graduate of Leadership Nassau, a member of the Leadership Nassau Steering Committee and Ambassador, Nassau County Chamber of Commerce.  Now add in President Elect for our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club……busy woman.
Married, Antoinette enjoys watching college football with her husband, outdoor recreation and being the “loud wrestling mom” for their two young boys.
Last Weeks Speakers
Left To Right: Sean McGill, Amy Reese, President Ron Heymann and Rotarian David Caples, Katie's father
Details at:
Speaking to the Club was Rotarian Sean McGill, Katie Ride Event Director and Amy Reese, a donation program consultant with Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research and a Board member of the Katie Caples Foundation.
Some interesting numbers:
120,000  and children are currently on the national transplant waiting list.
95% of Americans support organ donation, but only 54% are actually registered organ donors.
92 people receive an organ transplant every day, on average.
22 people will die each day while waiting for an organ transplant.
97% of organ donor registrations occur at the DMV.
Finally.....Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list.
We all know Rotarian Sean McGill so here is a quick bio of Amy Reese:

Amy has devoted the last 13 years of her career to educating individuals on the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation. She uses statistics, facts and individual stories to connect audiences to the lifesaving message of donation.

Amy is Accredited in Public Relations and uses those skills to work with all facets of the community to educate and inspire others. She has served on a number of local and national organ donation committees to promote donations including past Chair of the Jacksonville Transplant Alliance, Donate Life Florida’s Driver License Liaison and Donate Life America’s education committee. She hopes that you will leave today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

Amy earned her degree in Public Relations from Indiana State University. She lives in Jacksonville Beach with her husband Dave and her son David who is an 11th grader, Amy also has a daughter who is a sophomore at Flagler College. Amy hopes that you will leave here today knowing how to save lives by the power of one “yes.”

That said, Sean and Amy brought everyone up to date starting with a short video of "Katie's Story" to how many lives have been saved because of this amazing young lady who tragically lost her life in a terrible accident in 1998, she was 17 years old. Katie had just become a licensed driver and she had made the decision on her own to become an Organ Donor! Her ultimate act of generosity saved the lives of five (5) individuals who ranged from 9 to 62 years of age and further enhanced the lives of many others.

The Katie Caples Foundation is committed to increasing the number of registered organ donors and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults & children in need of a lifesaving transplant. You can read much more about Katie on the website.

On Saturday, April 13th, on Amelia Island is the 15TH ANNUAL KATIE RIDE presented and supported by the Mayo Clinic. You or your business can become an Official Sponsor. Go to the website and sign on to the event and select a sponsor option such as a Medal & Lanyard Sponsor, a Water Sponsor, a Post Ride Celebration Sponsor, Route Sponsor, or to just making a donation that best fits your budget.

Volunteers - Always need volunteers because they can't do this without them.  If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the web site for details.

Sean and Amy invite all of us to join them for the 15th Annual Katie Ride benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation's organ donor awareness education and registration programs.

The Rides cover routes form 18 to 63 miles, an 8K walk, a fun run and a fun triathlon (300 yard pool swim, 18 mile bike ride and a 5K run all on Amelia Island.

Thousands of lives have been affected by the decision 17 year old, Katie Caples made back in 1998 and thousands more are still to come.  

We want to thank Sean and Amy for their time and the hard work they are doing for the Foundation. Also, our hearts still go out to Rotarian David Caples and his wife for their great loss and the courage they found early on starting the foundation and making this all happen in Katie's name. Amazing parents, you are!! 

Last Weeks Meeting Highlights

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  


President Ron's opening remarks and "always smiling," Rotarian & Past President, Kim Boylan


Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song "God Bless America"


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"


Followed by singing: "You Are My Sunshine"


An 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


Visiting Rotarians: Rotarian Bob Ward from the Ada, Ohio.


Visiting Guests: Francis Dunaway of New Mexico, guest and sister of Rotarian John McAfee


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


Boy Scouts: $21

Shelter Box: $27



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

Sergeant at Arms Rotarian Larry Melnick in the orange shirt.


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette attended her President-Elect Training in Orlando last week and will present her experience there to the club this coming week.


John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for NEXT MEETING this Wednesday.  We need more volunteers please!


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

We still need some more help:

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:

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION BREAKFAST April 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

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.