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Fernandina Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Florida House Inn
(self-serve lunch begins 11:30)
22 South 3rd Street/Meeting Room on 4th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034
United States
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The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise is excited to present their:
The 6th Annual - Wine & Food Tasting Gala Fundraiser
At the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
6:00pm to 9:30pm
Featuring selected wines and craft beers from Amelia Island Wine Company, entertainment with Crescendo Amelia, live auction bidding prior to and during the event, food tasting, raffles and Whisky Tasting!
     Tickets can be purchased at:
Proceeds from the event will benefit:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau county
The Nassau County Council on Aging
Friends of Fernandina Aviation
There are Program Advertising and Sponsorships available
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This is great event and attending would help out our local Amelia Island Rotary Club Sunrise.
As Past President Stan Fishburn said at our meeting this past week - "We are Two clubs, but One Rotary"
Come join us for another great member craft talk.  This month's craft talk will feature long-standing Rotarians  Brett Whittaker, Dr. Jen Towles, Frank Ridley and Janice O'Connell.  They'll be sharing their experience and history with the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach and
"Past Presidents Day: The Wisdom of Wise Elders."
President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order-
Dr. Page lead the club singing "God Bless America"
Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"
Followed by singing "Five Foot Two" - "Let me Call You Sweetheart"
and our very own "Rotary Bonds"
After all, we are a Singing Club
Secretary, John McAfee Report:
In attendance were 31 Club Members
4 Honorary Members - Larry Myers, Roger Ganzel, Frank Ridley and Jim Hicks
Visiting Rotarians: Cheryl Saint-Amand, China Lake CA - Steve Stock, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bob Ward, Ada, OH - Joe Gullo, Gatlinburg, TN - Our local "Morning Group" Visiting Rotarians:  Past President Stan Fishburn, Dan & Regan Westra and Art Schuster
Visiting Guests:  Jonathan Levitt and Jim Lohr, guests of Antoinette Richter -
Chip Ross, guest of our Larry "Happy" Myers
50/50 Jack Pot:  $287  - Kim Boylan drew Pierre Guite's ticket and he pulled out the K of Diamonds (a noticeable sigh of relief was heard in the room)!  LOL
Boy Scouts: $28
Shelter Box: $55
John Boylan, Director, Youth Services Report:
John reported that our inbound exchange student Eero from Finland,  loves his new home surroundings and is doing quite well with his visit to America and specifically, Amelia Island, FL.
John Howard, Community Services Report:
John, again, thanked everyone who assisted Past President Pam Crouser for their part in donating blood a few weeks ago but also wanted to specifically thank Visiting Rotarian Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN for taking the extra time to walk up and down Centre Street carrying a sign directing people to the Big Red Bus to donate blood prior to our meeting.
Barbara Gingher, Director, Fundraising Report
Another great year for fundraising and thanked everyone who attended and or supported the Luncheon last week!  We all thank Barbara and her committee team who assisted her in the fundraising event, The Luncheon. Additionally, we all thank Rick and Hollie Keffer for the second year in a row, covering all the expenses for the event so that all monies raised went directly to the Scholarship Fund.  President Ron also mentioned that there is time left for the pot to grow.  He encouraged anyone who was not able to attend, can still support.
Kris Meyer, Director, Public Relations Report:
Kris, again, encouraged everyone to send her any and all pictures relating to any Rotarian event so they can be used for any write up she does for a press release.  Everyone likes pictures and the more we have, the more interest we will draw.  I second this.  As editor of our News Bulletin, I would love to have more pictures as well.  Kris and I share whatever pictures we both have or come across so don't be bashful....send them to us!  Thanks!!!
Kris has written a press release for the Francesco Attesti concert that was held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church last Sunday evening to be in the local News Leader.  Be watching for that release.  Thanks Kris!
Vince Cavallo, Director of Administration:
Vince reminded everyone that make-ups are not being recorded on the sign-in sheet and they need to be in order to be credited properly.  Remember that recording these make-ups has a positive reflection on our club's attendance rating so please make sure you  record all make-ups.

SOMETHING NEW:  On going 2018, 100% attendance.

It's a new year and Larry Myers and I decided we would take note of all members who are at 100% attendance for 2018 to see who would be left standing at the end of the year or until everyone drops off before the year ends.  One thing I need to make clear though, its based on our clubs physical attendance.....NO make ups will be counted on this list of names.  So, if you did not "weather the cold" on our first 2018 meeting, you are already out of the picture. That said....her are the 100% attendees to date:

Roy Benson, Frank Gagnier, Barbara Gingher, Joe Hastey, Larry Melnick, Wally Messer, David Page, Rick Keffer, Roger Ganzel and Larry Myers

IT'S SHRINKING FAST!  Only 10 remain

President Ron Heymann
See Presidents Message below
Meet Jason and his wife Mary Alice Foote:
Scuba diving for megalodon shark teeth is Jason's  hobby!  He told us he loves looking for and finding megalodon teeth in dark water rivers across the southeast US but not necessarily the "dark" water part.  There are times when he can't see more than a few inches and that can be nerve think?  Because it's a hobby of  his , he offsets some of his diving and driving expenses by offering some of his  megalodon teeth for sale.   When you visit Jason's site at  he  has many pictures and videos of him recovering megalodon teeth for your viewing along with answering most common questions asked of him about diving in dark river waters.
The picture above shows what he brought with him to our meeting last week and some of them are pretty big finds.  The helmet has two flashlights attached to it to increase his vision but he says there are times when it is so dark, they are useless and he just turns them off.  
However, why the helmet?  Well, because his head is down when skimming the bottom, there are many times he just runs into something, like maybe a log, a rock or an "alligator" maybe.....and the helmet protects him from getting hurt.  Gee......that would definitely freak me out for sure.  His passion is far greater than the fear of not knowing what's down there around you.  I can respect that kind of passion and then some!
Thank you Jason for a great presentation!!
You can email Jason if you have a question about purchasing a Megalodon tooth or other fossils from his website.
You can also check out Jason's Web Design business at: 
Very talented young man!!
President Ron was out of town on unfortunate family business.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Former President Pam Crouser lead our meeting for President Ron
Dr. Page started things out with us singing "God Bless America"
Our Pledge of Allegiance
Followed by singing "Rotary Bonds"
Former President Pam moved forward with club business:
The Secretary Report 27 Club Members in attendance
Honorary Members present:  Roger Ganzel, Frank Ridley and Larry Meyers
Guests this weekJonathan Levitt, guest of Antoinette Richter
Visiting Rotarians presentJoe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN and Bob Ward from Ada, Ohio.
 50/50 Pot: $266.00
With the winning ticket, Coach Benson drew the Q of Spades
Money raised for Shelter Box:  $43
                             Boy Scouts:  $36
Doug Geib reading our District Governor's Report
Honorary member Larry Myers presenting a check from Teresa Dawsey to Former President Pam for our Scholarship Fund.  Teresa has been donating to our scholarship fund for years in memory of her husband Dr. Jim Dawsey.  Thank you Teresa for your ongoing loyalty and support!
Scholarship Fundraising:   Rick Keffer let us all know that we have $29,000 in the account with several more thousands still to come in putting us at around $34,000 and he is feeling optimistic that we can still hit the $40,000 goal even if we don't have the money in by the Luncheon this Thursday coming.  We will have another month or two before the deadline  to raise the money.  Remember, Rick has offered to pay for your luncheon if you can bring two donors to the fund so don't give up on taking advantage of that generous offer!!!
Community Service Director, John Howard, reported that last weeks blood drive had 11 Donors and thanked Former President Pam Crouser and all those who helped make this a success in his absence.

SYNOVUS - First Coast Community Bank Invitation:

Don't forget - Antoinette, on behalf of Market President Damon Olinto, has invited us to the bank at 1750 S. 14th Street in Fernandina Beach this Tuesday, February 6th from 12 noon to 2:00pm for some giveaways, good food and great company!!!


SOMETHING NEW:  On going 2018, 100% attendance.

It's a new year and Larry Myers and I decided we would take note of all members who are at 100% attendance for 2018 to see who would be left standing at the end of the year or until everyone drops off before the year ends.  One thing I need to make clear though, its based on our clubs physical attendance.....NO make ups will be counted on this list of names.  So, if you did not "weather the cold" on our first 2018 meeting, you are already out of the picture. That said....her are the 100% attendees to date:

Roy Benson, Frank Gagnier, Barbara Gingher, Joe Hastey, Larry Melnick, Wally Messer, David Page, Dennie Pendergrass, Rick Keffer, Roger Ganzel and Larry Myers

IT'S SHRINKING FAST!  Only 11 remain


Larry Myers has become a foot note in Viet Nam History.  This short story is coming soon....



An evening with internationally renowned pianist


Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 7p.m.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

801 Atlantic Avenue - Fernandina Beach

Tickets are $20 each and available at:

YMCA at 1915 Citrona Drive, Vystar Credit Union at 1014 S. 14th Street and our Chamber of Commerce

All proceeds will benefit the YMCA and support needed programs.

Last year was awesome and I'm sure this year will be no different.  So get you tickets and support our local YMCA
Nassau County High School Students
The Rotary Oratory Contest
Wow......there were four of our brightest students in Nassau County representing us in the Rotary Oratory Contest that were outstanding to the point that counts had to be recounted to make sure there was a clear winner because the votes were so close. Our 4 participants were in order of the draw:
Gabrielle Gibb (Fernandina Beach H.S.) with Steve Madden, Rotarian & Emcee
Olivia Arenburgh (West Nassau H.S.) with Steve Madden
Cameron Driggers (Hilliard H.S.) with Steve Madden
Jaelyn Guyton (Yulee H.S.) with Steve Madden
Visiting Rotarian Steve Madden emceed the event. 
One of the major sponsors for this event; US Army, with SSgt Jonathan Thompson to give a short talk.
SSgt. Jonathan Thompson spoke of his journey with the Army while his college degree and graduate degree were being paid for by the US Army.  Encouraging young men and women to consider joining the armed forces to take advantage of this great opportunity to be educated without the debt.  Sounds like some great advice for all young students where financial support is limited otherwise!
Thank you sir, for taking the time out of your busy day to be with us and for representing the US Army.  And most importantly, we thank you for your service!!!
Other major sponsors of the Oratory Competition were SYNOVUS, Coastal Construction Products, First Coast Honda Dealers, Visiting Angels (Living Assistance Services) and Merrill Lynch/Bank of America.
In attendance were five other working Rotarians from South Jacksonville as Oratory Committee Members to tally the votes and determine the winner.  Each student gave a maximum 5 minute speech on Technology and how technology is being used and how it can help further education around the world and specifically, Polio.
All 4 students were awesome.  Their speeches were informative, energetic and well spoken!  Great job!!!
And the winner was:
Gabrielle Gibb (Fernandina Beach H.S.)   With President Ron Heymann presenting her with the Certificate
Spoken by several Rotarians present, these young students certainly gave us a birds eye view of our future leaders of this great country will be!  Promising for sure and in good hands!
We thank all of you who were involved in making this a great and successful event.
The Nassau Education Foundation held their 4th annual Teacher of the Year Gala on January 12th at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach has a long history of supporting education and educators here in our community.  Three of our members sit on the NEF Board of Directors, and a number of club members were in attendance at the event.  Treasurer - and strong candidate for Sgt-at-Arms  - Antionette Richter made sure to get photographic evidence of Rotarians with - and without - their memberships pins........   
Senator Aaron Bean -
Be an ambassador of our Club!  Remember to wear a pin!   
Please come out and join us at the Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event being held Saturday January 27th, 2018 at the Atlantic St. Recreational Center in Fernandina Beach.  We have been asked to provide as many helping hands as possible to package over 20,000 meals that will be distributed internationally to those in critical need.  You will be directly participating in saving lives.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

Meal Program Provides Relief

School Feeding Initiative Combats Drought Effects

In partnership with ADRA International and Islamic Relief USA, we are spearheading a three-year Southern Africa School Feeding Initiative in response to recent drought in the region. We aim to increase school-aged children’s resilience and access to education, and to involve school staff, the local community and the private sector in efforts to promote sustainability.

Phil Scanlan
Feb 28, 2018 12:00 PM
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Mar 07, 2018 12:00 PM
"Is Nassau county a boom town?"
Aldo Morelli
Mar 14, 2018 12:00 PM
"3-D Printing for Fun and Profit"

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