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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
Community Service
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
Thomas Sanger
Talk about his new historical novel "Without Warning"

Author, Thomas Sanger

Tom Sanger has been a writer for most of his adult life. After earning a journalism degree, he worked in Los Angeles as a news writer at KABC radio and a reporter at the Associated Press. During a tour of duty in Vietnam, he served as an information specialist, writing hometown news releases and stories for Stars & Stripes, the military newspaper. In Sydney, Australia, he researched and wrote documentary scripts for two years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, before starting a 22-year career in corporate public relations in southern California. Tom wrote newsletters, speeches, annual reports, and employee publications and supervised communications departments. With his wife, he has written freelance travel articles and a guidebook published in 1990 by Clarkson N. Potter titled Southern California for Kids. In 2010, Tom ghost-wrote Shepherd: Memories of an Interfering Man, a biography for a doctor in Australia. He presently lives in San Diego with his wife, Kay.
A brief on his Story:
Tom’s particular interest in the Athenia tragedy stems from his grandmother, Rhoda Thomas, who was a passenger on the ship. She survived the torpedoing and later wrote an account of her experiences.  Her personal recollections were so vivid that they inspired Tom to tell this story through the eyes of the people who lived it. Nearly 78 years after Athenia sank, there are several people still alive who were aboard that ship on Sept. 3, 1939, and who have vivid memories of those events.
Telling the story of the attack on the passenger ship Athenia required six years and a great deal of research. The first two years, Tom read contemporary newspaper accounts from 1939 about the incident and familiarized myself with the political and social environment in which it took place; reviewed affidavits given by many of Athenia’s passengers and crew members regarding their experiences; and studied the British government’s official inquiry into the ship’s sinking. He also read about German U-boat operations and torpedo technology at the start of World War II.
Because he wanted to tell the human side of the sinking, he identified a number of individuals aboard Athenia and the U-boat whose stories would allow readers to experience these events first-hand in order to bring this history to life. Getting to know these people, either through their writings or by meeting their descendants turned out to be the most rewarding part of the research.
On September 3, 1939, the first day of World War II, the British passenger ship Athenia was steaming 250 miles northwest of Ireland, bound for Canada. Many of the 1,100 passengers on board believed they had outrun the danger of a submarine attack, but they were wrong. As dusk fell that Sunday night, a young German U-boat commander fired the first torpedo of the war at what he thought was an armed merchant ship. It was a colossal mistake. Without Warning tells the story of eight people – six passengers, Athenia’s chief officer and the U-boat commander – whose lives were dramatically upended by the mistaken torpedo attack.
Last Weeks Speaker
Author Greg Knapp M.A.
"Do Less and Achieve More on Purpose"


"Do Less and Achieve More on Purpose"


Please excuse my absence (in WV on business) as I have no notes from Greg's presentation this past week. I know he was awesome!  Sorry! FG


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!

Greg Knapp M.A.

Author of GO!
Speaker, Coach, Talk Show Host

Free eBook, 5 Steps to Finding Your Passionate Purpose

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 Joe Hastey


Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 34 Club Members.   total attended the meeting.


Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley & Jim Hicks


Visiting Rotarians:  Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN and Stan Jackson from Aiken, SC


Visiting Guests: Guest of Rotarian Larry Melnick was Peter Turnbill


50/50 Jack Pot:  @$100  - Rotarian  Joe Gullo had the drawn ticket and drew the 6 of Clubs! 47 cards remaining.


Boy Scouts: $30

Shelter Box: $56



(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:

Finally, our next upcoming Blood Drive will be on January 23, 2019 at the Nassau Health Food Store like we did the last time we had one.  Please see John to sign up to donate this meeting coming.  Much appreciated!


John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

No report 

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

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:

Public Image Report:  Scholarship Luncheon Publicity largely done.  Rick Keffer's column on the effort ran in the NL.  Still have social media to do once event page has been modified to allow for donations.  Bradley Bean to do in cooperation with Antoinette Richter. Bids are being sought for Volunteer Breakfast.  Prices and pre-event publicity will follow, once cost of tickets is locked down.



EACH MEMBER should approach a minimum of two businesses (not restaurants) and request support for the program.


We can all do this....the result will be worth it! Everyone can do this part whether you are going to the event or not....Let's do this!!  FG



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 16th 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! We are in full swing to the Luncheon!!!


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