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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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Executives & Directors
Past President
President Elect
Community Service
Director - Club Foundation
Vocational Services
Co-Director - Club Membership
Co-Director - Club Membership
Director - Fundraising
Bulletin Editor
Director- Youth Service
Club Director - Public Relations
Club Director - Administration
Club Director- Programs
Report A Make-up Meeting
Co-Attendance Administrator
Interact Club FBHS
Executive Secretary
Interact Club YHS
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Service
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Steven Sell
April 3
Larry Melnick
April 5
Pierre Guite
April 17
Bonnie Ridley
April 26
David Caples
April 28
Spouse Birthdays
Raegan Heymann
April 1
Frannie Whitehead
April 3
Chris Pagel
April 23
Bonnie Ridley
April 26
Dorothy Lord
Len Hogle (spouse)
April 28
Join Date
Darrell Holcomb
April 1, 1982
37 years
Lee Colwell
April 1, 1988
31 years
Dana McCoy
April 4, 2012
7 years
Kim Boylan
April 13, 2005
14 years
Kris Meyer
April 14, 2016
3 years
Bradley Bean
April 18, 2018
1 year
Antoinette Richter
April 19, 2017
2 years
Itzhak Perlman
April 26, 2017
2 years
Apr 17, 2019
Continuing Care of Retirement Living
Apr 24, 2019
"Tallahassee's Impact on Nassau County"
May 01, 2019
"Gamble Rogers: A Troubadors Life?"
May 08, 2019
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
May 15, 2019
"My Rotary Exchange Student Year"
May 22, 2019
White Oak Conservation Foundation
May 29, 2019
"Memoir Writing"
Jun 05, 2019
Jun 12, 2019
"Lassoing The Sun"
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
From Our Club President Ron Heymann

Club President Ron Heymann


Fellow Rotarians -


I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for an incredibly successful 2018.  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach accomplished amazing things over the calendar year. 


Among the highlights:


► Delivered 750+ dictionaries to every 3rd grader in Nassau County

► Raised and awarded $40,000 in scholarships for Nassau County students

► Sent 2 Shelter Boxes into disaster areas - and are close to sending a 3rd.  (We are #3 among ALL Rotary clubs in support of Shelter Box)

► Hosted Eero Lahtinen (Finland) and Simas Varnauskas (Lithuania)

► Hosted the 33rd annual "Taste of Amelia" - a first for us

► Moved to our new home at the Florida House

► Donated 50 +/- units of blood - providing blood products for 150 people in the community

► Supported RI grant projects for clean water in Bali and Haiti - including recent donation of a well-drilling rig (Thanks, Dr. Hicks!)

► Supported Boy Scout Troop 89  (since 1935!)

► Worked with the Northeast Florida Girl Scouts to develop a Rotary supported civics and history based merit badge for NE FL girls.

► Rang the Salvation Army Bell at a number of locations during the Holiday season.

► Hosted Italian concert pianist Francesco Attesti fundraising concert to benefit the McArthur YMCA

► Planted trees and picked up trash


Additionally, we made substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus funds, which were matched by Rotary International and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - multiplying and extending the reach of the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach. 


There are numerous other projects, community efforts, civic organizations, and people near and far who have been forever changed by your commitment to "Service Above Self".  As 2018 comes to a close, let's look forward to the New Year with open hearts and embrace opportunities to build on what we've accomplished over the past 93 years.


Furthermore - the calendar year may be over, the Rotary Year has six more months!

Yours in service,


Ron Heymann

President 2018-2019

Fernandina Beach Rotary Club


“Be The Inspiration”




This Weeks Speaker
Author Greg Knapp M.A.
Speaker, Coach, Talk Show Host, Author of "GO!"
"Do Less and Achieve More on Purpose"
Greg started studying personal growth and motivation 24 years ago when he was getting his master’s in counseling psychology. He has literally read hundreds of books on the subject. In fact, he has lost count of all the videos he's watched, books he's listened to in the car and seminars he's attended. Greg can’t get enough of it. He loves this stuff and is fascinated at how people change their lives. Greg uses what he talks and writes about in his life every day and it has served him well.
His Purpose:
For Individuals: Greg helps people find and pursue their Passionate Purpose so they can live out extraordinary lives
As a Leadership Keynote Speaker and Author, Greg Knapp helps leaders and organizations get crystal clear on their purpose in and out of the workplace, so they can be more engaged, happy, productive, and successful. He helps people live a life of significance and make a real difference. That’s what his book, Go! How to Find and Pursue Your Passionate Purpose, is all about.
Greg has used his degrees in counseling psychology, two decades of research, and his experiences creating three small businesses to become an expert in the field. He’s been in radio for over 20 years, winning awards and high ratings that led him to achieving his ultimate radio goal – becoming a nationally syndicated talk show host. His thousands of hours “on the air” are why his speaking events are so entertaining and transformative.
Greg’s previous work history helps him understand and relate to all kinds of team members. He’s dug ditches, worked construction, waited tables, spent some time as a felony probation and parole officer, counseled children, families, and adults, and taught executive team building classes at outdoor retreats – including climbing and rappelling techniques.
Greg has given his expert opinion as a guest on CNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, Fox Business, 41 Action News, KCTV5, and more. He has penned opinion columns for The Washington Examiner, The Dallas Morning News, Human Events, and Big Government.
He has an amazing wife and two daughters who are a ton of fun. The family enjoys living near the beach in Florida.
Let's Go!
I've heard him speak and he is quite dynamic & motivating and will capture you immediately and throughout his speech! I will be out of town on business and will miss his speech....a real bummer!  Enjoy
Frank Gagnier
Editor, FB Rotary News Bulletin




Last Weeks Meeting Highlights

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  


Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: (I did not receive this information. Sorry)


Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"


Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian (I did not receive this information. Sorry)


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 31 Club Members.  35 total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Larry Myers


Visiting Rotarians:


Visiting Guests: Guest of Rotarian Renee Stoeffle was Kellie Allen


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$100  - Rotarian Jeff Zola had the drawn ticket and drew the King of Spades! 48 cards remaining


Boy Scouts: $17

Shelter Box: $47



(I did not receive any report information this week. Sorry) FG



Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report


President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No report


John Howard, Community Services Report:

No report


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

No report 

Upcoming home games of Simon at FBHS (Exchange Student)...

Friday, Jan 11 at home against West Nassau 7pm

Friday, Jan 18th at home against Middleburg 7pm

Tuesday, Jan 22nd at home against Boles 7pm

Friday, Jan 25th at home against Baldwin 7pm

Tuesday, Jan 29th at home against Hilliard 7pm

Friday, Feb 1st at home against Yulee 7pm

Monday, Feb 4th at home against University Christian 7pm


Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

1. Early publicity has been submitted to News Leader, Islander and Observer. The Islander will do a Facebook post in mid-January and the event will be listed in the February issue.



Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Everyone should be involved with the Luncheon whether or not you're on the committee or not! 1 month to go!.



Scholarship committee meeting before our regular meeting

Our next meeting will be Wednesday January 9th at 10:45am at the Story & Song Book Store just before our regular meeting to continue our focus on the February Scholarship Luncheon Event.  Please attend if you are interested in sitting on this committee or just helping out in any way! THANKS


Here are a few pictures from last years successful Luncheon sponsored by the Keffer's!


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:

Jeni Kardinal our Rotarian on the ground in Nawa Kerti, Bali Indonesia; will be sending a presentation/status update for us this coming month.  We were hoping to have Jeni present to our Club during December 2018 but our schedule of presenters was too booked for the month of December.  Our Bali water project will provide clean water to over 3,000 members of the Datah village and toilets/hygiene training for 125 students/staff at the Sekolah Dasar Negeri School in the village of Nawa Kerti. This project was originally initiated with a $5,000 contribution by one of our Club Rotarians and contributions from clubs in Sweden, Tarpon Springs, Long Island New York and Bali.



Dear 2018-19 club presidents, secretaries, treasurers, membership chairs, and Rotary Foundation chairs:

We have launched Rotary’s redesigned Learning Center, and your new club officer courses are now ready.

First steps
If you don’t have a My Rotary account, learn how to create one. If you do have an account, sign in and:

  1. Go to
  2. Take the Getting Started With the Learning Center course to see all the ways you can use the new Learning Center.
  3. Search for the learning plan for your role:
  4. Club Administration Committee Basics 
  5. Club Service Projects Committee Basics
  6. Club Public Image Committee Basics
  7. Club Rotary Foundation Committee Basics
  8. Club Membership Committee Basics
  9. Club Treasurer Basics
  10. Club Secretary Basics
  11. Club President Basics

Note: If you were already signed in to My Rotary, you may need to sign out and sign back in to see the new Learning Center. 

Help other club officers prepare for the year ahead by sharing this email with them. Write us at if you have any questions or


Sarah Remijan

Learning & Development
Last Weeks Speaker
Jeffrey E. Michelman

Assistant District Governor, District 6970, Region 7

End Polio Now Coordinator





We apologize for the delay.  We will have this information published soon.



Frank Gagnier