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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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Bradley Bean, Steve Stock, Eric Belley
Member Craft Talks
No meeting this week. These craft talks will be for Wednesday the 21st of November

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.

 

 

President Ron Heymann

 

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song: "God Bless America" & "God Bless Our Rotary"

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

 

Followed by an attempted invocation by Rotarian & Club President, Ron Heymann

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

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

 

Honorary Members in attendance - Jim Hicks and Larry Myers

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Mary Ann Jacobs from West Side Jacksonville, FL (also our speaker today) and Rachel Muller from Downtown Jacksonville 

 

Visiting Guests of the Club: Beverly Combs and Tom Washburn were guest of Rotarian Deb Connelly

 

 

 

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$134  - Tony Baia had the drawn ticket and drew the 10 of hearts.  43 cards left

 

Boy Scouts: $68

Shelter Box: $45

 

Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

Rotarian Larry Melnick had some great trivia and information for us this week.

SAA Larry Melnick

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

No Report

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

The Blood Mobile is scheduled to be back at the Nassau Health Food Store on the 28th of November for our 9th year. Awesome!

 

 

Mary Ann Jacobs, speaking

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

Needed help with interviewing students on Saturday to elect who our Youth Exchange Outbound Student will be this year....

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

1    Post-event publicity for the Taste has been submitted to News Leader.  Their deadline for Friday, to keep it timely, was Monday, so I sent what limited photos I had along with a short article / photo captions.

2    CALLS TO ACTION:  a) Anyone who has photos of the Taste should please send them to me (Kris), with names / captions if possible.  I need them for next year's brochure and for a possible article for the Islander and other broader-distribution publications in advance of next year's event. b)  For all workstream leaders on the Taste, please capture notes for next year in any format that's convenient and send them to me.  I'd like to start to put together a timeline and job descriptions for committee chairs (e.g. restaurant recruitment, publicity, ticket sales, licensing and logistics, etc.) to make it easier and smoother next year.

3    Pre-event publicity for the blood drive will go to the News Leader and the Observer this week.

4    Post-event publicity for the Dictionary Distribution will also go to the News Leader and the Observer this week.  

5    Pre-event publicity for the Scholarship Luncheon will begin ASAP.  I'll work with Barbara and Rick to generate content for that publicity.  It will, of course, be done on both traditional and social media.  Suggestions welcome.

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Barbara will be putting our focus now on the February Scholarship Luncheon Event

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

Pam said many cards were passed out at the Taste of Amelia during the Taste of Amelia and now we are waiting to see if anyone becomes interested enough to join our club.

 

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

November 14th, Tailgate Party....ChemCell Country Club - 2951 Riverside Dr - 

ChemCell is located off of Amelia Parkway, on the right-hand side if you are approaching from 8th St / A1A.   There will be balloons marking the turn.  Follow the road all the way back to the marsh front.

The Club will be providing steaks, chicken, and baked potatoes - with the fixings. There is also plenty of leftover wine, Coors Light, and bottled water from the Taste of Amelia. 

We ask that everyone who attends bring a dish to share.  Please invite family and friends - this will be a great time to hang out and (hopefully) enjoy some nice fall weather and fellowship.   We have a "Tail Gate" theme - consider wearing your favorite sports team gear. 

Somebody bring a football or a couple corn hole sets!  

The fun begins at 5:00!

 

December 15th, Rotary will be ringing the bell at Publix.  A sign up sheet was distributed for "teaming up" with another fellow Rotarian.  Please see Nick this week coming to sign up if you missed this past week.....thank you!

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

Ron has one remaining pop-up tent left over from the Taste of Amelia....  It is 10x10 and khaki colored.....

Anybody not get theirs back?

 

Anyone interested in helping our with putting meals together for Rise Against Hunger, put February 2nd at 9:30am at the Atlantic Recreation Center on your calendar.

A more extensive report on the Taste of Amelia is forthcoming.  It's projected to have netted between 8 and 10 thousand dollars. smiley President Ron also mentioned that Rotarian Dennie Pendergrass is recovering well from hip replacement surgery and can't wait to get back with us soon.

President Ron openly thanked everyone for their part in making the Taste of Amelia a success story again.  But of course, we thanked our President for all the hard work he did with taking lead for this event.  We appreciate you Ron Heymann....more than you know!! 

 

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Deb announced that we will be submitting for a Grant with Wells Fargo to cover the expenses for the Dictionary Project.

 

Rotarian Bradley Bean accepted a plaque on behalf of the Nassau Leadership Class 2018

 

Gateway Council has several outdoor programming facilities, including the Girl Scout Little House in Fernandina Beach that Leadership Nassau Class of 2018 and the Northeast Builders Association just generously donated their time and supplies to provide improvements. As a thank you, Mary Ann presented a Plaque to Rotarian Bradley Bean who accepted this plaque on behalf of the Leadership Team as a member of that Class.

 

 

 

Mary Anne Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc.

 

Mary Ann Jacobs and Club President Ron Heymann

 

GSA Building the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Mary Ann Jacobs said that today’s youth need a broad set of skills, behaviors, and attitudes to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform their best, and achieve their goals are competencies that are central to the development of human capital and workforce success around the world.

Unfortunately, there is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most youth learn in school and the knowledge and skills needed in 21st century communities and workplaces. Many employers worldwide report that job candidates lack the social and emotional skills needed to fill some positions.

It’s seems clear, having technical and or academic knowledge alone is no longer enough. Building confidence, forming healthy relationships, solving problems, and developing other such strengths is crucial to the well-being of youth, both today and in the future

“That’s where Girl Scouts comes in,” said Mary Ann. “Since 1912, girls have not only been our top priority they have been our only priority. Now, more than ever, we need to elevate the next generation of women.” 

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Their research-based program helps girls cultivate important life skills they need to take the lead.

At Girl Scouts, girls learn and grow in a safe, all-girl environment as they discover who they are, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.

“No other organization is bringing together time-tested, research-backed methods with exciting, modern programming that speaks to today’s girls and is designed to cater to the strengths of girls’ leadership development” said Mary Ann.

The GSLE (Girl Scouts Leadership Experience) prepares girls to take the lead from age 5 to 18 and into adulthood.

Gateway Council serves about 10,000 girls and is supported by more than 4,000 volunteers across 16 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida.

 

 

 

Gateway Council has several outdoor programming facilities, including the Girl Scout Little House in Fernandina Beach that Leadership Nassau Class of 2018 and the Northeast Builders Association just generously donated their time and supplies to provide improvements. Mary Ann said, “Thank you!” As a thank you, Mary Ann presented a Plaque to Rotarian Bradley Bean, a member of that class, who accepted this plaque on behalf of the Leadership Team 2018.

Rotarian Bradley Bean with Mary Ann Jacobs receiving the plague

 

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun 21st century activities. Their four pillars of programing focus is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and life skills.

Mary Ann said, “The Girl Scouts is the largest provider of STEM programming for girls in K-3 and we also have the world’s largest girl-run business, the Girl Scout Cookie Program.”

“The fact is, most of a girl’s life is coed. But the girl-inclusive safe space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer valuable knowledge and skills to any environment, both now and in the future,” said Mary Ann.

Mary Ann also said, “Studies show that when girls are with other girls, and only girls, they’re more likely to try new things, build more confidence, and explore STEM activities, and engage in healthy competition.”

The outcomes from the Girl Scout Leadership Program are proven. The Girl Scout Research Institute, the largest research organization focused on girl and women behavior, conducted a study in 2017 to assess the impact of Girl Scouting. The study confirmed Girl Scouts helps girls thrive in five key ways as they:

Develop a Strong Sense of Self

Seek challenges and learn from setbacks

Display positive values

Form and maintain healthy relationships

And Identify and solve problems in the community

 

 

CEO Mary Ann Jacobs

 

The impact of Girl Scouting does not end there. The research provides compelling evidence that Girl Scouts stand out significantly from non–Girl Scouts, demonstrating more well-rounded lifestyles and a stronger propensity for success. Compared to non–Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts are more likely to:

·        Exhibit strong leadership outcomes

·        Earn “excellent” grades

·        Expect to graduate college

·        Aspire to STEM, business, and law careers

·        And feel hopeful about their future

 

 

Also speaking with Mary Ann was Rachel Muller - I believe is an assistant to Mary Ann

 

And the impact lasts a lifetime. Compared to women who weren’t Girl Scouts in their youth, Girl Scout alum soar in life. For example, they:
·        Have more successful careers 
·        Enjoy higher household and personal income
·        Are more active as mentors and community volunteers 
·        Vote more regularly 
·        And are better educated
We see the Girl Scout difference in our workforce, demonstrating that Girl Scouts clearly fuels the female leadership pipeline. In fact:
·        90% all female astronauts
·        76% female senators
·        80% Female Tech leaders
·        100% U.S. Secretaries of State
                      Were all Girl Scouts!
 
Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls! Google Girl Scouts PSA!
 
To end the presentation, Mary Ann said, “As you will see, when you invest in Girl Scouts, you help change the future for girls and our world. Whether you give your time, talents, or financial resources, it is one of the best investments you can make in the short and long term. Together we can prepare girls for a lifetime of success, while developing female leadership in this country for generations to come.”
 
Thanks for you time Mary Ann and for getting us up to speed with GSA!
 
Mary Anne Jacobs
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Inc.
 
Mary Anne Jacobs is the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.  A lifelong advocate for children and women, she is determined to bring girl issues to the forefront.
Transitioning as an executive in the telecommunications industry to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Jacobs works to ensure every girl, throughout the Gateway Council sixteen-county footprint, has the opportunity to be a go-getter, innovator, risk taker and leader – all skills acquired through the Girl Scout program.   She is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and is a graduate of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2015.  Jacobs is a member of the Westside Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. She is a Covenant Member of The Church of Eleven22 where she serves as a Deacon.
Jacobs was named one of the Fifty Most Influential People in South Carolina by the Columbia Business Journal and honored as a 2016 Women of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
She is a graduate of the distinguished Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative at Furman University.  Jacobs holds an MBA from Webster University and a BA in Psychology from West Virginia University. The Jacobs household includes Jeff, Mary Anne’s spouse and two adult children residing in the southeast.
Mary Anne will be bringing our club up to date about the Girl Scouts
 
 
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.

Our speaker Tom Ray, a lawyer who practiced business and consumer bankruptcy law for 38 years, showed us how compassionate he is about his work with Rise Against Hunger. 

Tom Ray

 

Ray said that Rise Against Hunger has been driven by the vision of a world without hunger.

Mission Statement: To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize critical resources.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 is to end hunger by 2030 and they believe this is very possible.  With that said, Ray pointed out the 4 pathways to end hunger:

 

1. Grow The Movement

2. Empower Communities

3. Nourish Lives

4. Emergency Relief

 

815 Million people in the world don't get the food they need to live a healthy life. Other hunger facts include One in Nine people go to bed hungry each night.  Feeding programs that promote education will also improve their overall health.

The key area's covered are mostly Impact Areas, then International Locations and includes some U.S. locations.  In 2017, 36 countries were served overall impacting 1,404,110 lives.  56.2% of these were youths, 35% to schools for Child Development and 11.6% to children under the age of 5.

 

Tom Ray Speaking

 

All in all, there were 72.1million meals packaged worldwide from 398,264 engaged Volunteers. $26.1 million in-kind donations with $6 million in crisis assistance provided.  It's the tip of the iceberg but to end hunger by 2030 is possible still!  Also, Rotary International is a Partner with Rise Against Hunger.

 

If you choose to do an in-kind donation, you can visit their web page at www.riseagainsthunger.org 

 

OR you can help out at the Rise Against Hunger yearly event taking place at the Atlantic Rec Center from 10 a.m. till noon (Date is forthcoming - I will have this date in next weeks bulletin...actual date not in my notes for some reason angry).  Teams of volunteers will package 30 to 35,000 meals (the projected goal) of balanced dried foods for shipment to hungry people around the world.  Join friends from St. Peter’s, UMC, and the community in this significant effort to help others in need.  Our President Elect Antoinette Richter said she attended the event last year and took her boys with her. The packaging process is simple, well-orchestrated, rewarding—and fun! The boys had a good time!

Club President Ron Heymann and Tom Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.
 
Dr. Page was absent today so Jim Hicks lead the club singing a patriotic song: "God Bless America"
 
Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"
 
 
Followed by an excellent invocation by Rotarian Nick Klein
 
Secretary, John McAfee Report:
In attendance were 33 Club Members.  34 total attended the meeting.
 
Honorary Members in attendance - Jim Hicks, Larry Myers and Frank Ridley
 
Visiting Rotarians:  Rotarian Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN 
 
Visiting Guests of the Club: No guests this week
 
Rotarian's John McAfee, Rick Campana and Vince Cavallo                      Rotarian Eric Belley showing us "Service Above Self" outfit? wink
 
 
 
President Ron Heymann with Rotarians Pierre Guite, Mary Ruark, Larry Myers, Roy Benson and Larry Melnick
Halloween day at the Club.  Had some fun!!!
 
50/50 Jack Pot:  @$114  - Steve Struck had the drawn ticket and drew the King of Diamonds.  44 cards left
 
Boy Scouts: $29
Shelter Box: $48
 
Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:
Rotarian Larry Melnick had some great trivia and information for us this week.
SAA Larry Melnick
 
President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       
No Report
 
John Howard, Community Services Report:
The Blood Mobile is scheduled to be back at the Nassau Health Food Store on the 28th of November for our 9th year. Awesome!
 
 
John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:
 
RYE students getting a taste of DIV 1 football in The Swamp!!! Simon is up there on the left!! Posted on Facebook by Rotarian Shannon Brown.
 
 
Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:
I did receive some pictures of the Taste of Amelia Event from Saturday from Kris but no commentary as yet.  All will be in next weeks bulletin along with information about our selected outbound student!
 
Check in Table -                                                                                                  Membership Booth
 
Banners from other clubs.
 
 
Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:
Barbara will be putting our focus now on the February Scholarship Luncheon Event
 
Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:
Nothing New To Report
 
 
Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:
November 14th, Tailgate Party....more info on that next week.
December 15th, Rotary will be ringing the bell at Publix.  A sign up sheet was distributed for "teaming up" with another fellow Rotarian.  Please see Nick this week coming to sign up if you missed this past week.....thank you!
 
President Ron Heymann, Club Report:
Mostly focused on the event this past Saturday.  Can't wait to hear all the stories and see all the pictures.
President Ron did make a point to mention the hard work that went into our event this past Saturday especially from Barbara Gingher, Pam Crouser and Kris Meyer. We thank you all for your hard work and dedication to making the event the best possible!
 
 
Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:
Deb announced that Publix has declined the grant for covering the expenses for the Dictionary Project.  For good reason, Publix is putting all their efforts towards hurricane relief in the pan handle.  We understand.  We still need to raise $3500 to cover the projects expenses so we will continue to seek for some assistance with those costs.  Please see Deb if anyone of you have any idea's on this subject moving forward. Thanks
Ron Sapp
The State of City and County Budgets

Former Commissioner Ron Sapp spoke to us about some things we need to watch out for in the coming months/year.

There has been 33,000 Wildlight homes and business already permitted.  We need to watch out for fees that may come our way moving forward relating to the costs of infrastructure that will be needed.  It's not clear who will be responsible just yet for some of these fees.  Some area's of concern will be discussions on our beach access area's and roads due to increased traffic to the beaches.  The tax payers of the city/county will be responsible for any increase in infrastructure costs.

Another area of concern will be to watch out for Parking Meters in down town Fernandina.  There is some talk about that.  Also, there are conservation bond issues for 856 acres of undeveloped land that could become available for development and how much money will it cost to save this land from development overall.

Most likely more costs coming our way relating to the reconstruction of the Marina after much damage from the hurricanes.  The city decided to wait until FEMA sends a check to cover the costs.  Waiting for that money to start fixing the Marina up, dredging, etc. could have more costs added to the reconstruction due to continued erosion while waiting.  Maybe this should be under more discussion and a better plan in place then just waiting.  The Marina doesn't pay for itself and is compensated via the "General Fund" so to fix the Marina it will take 3 to 5 years.

The city Golf Course doesn't and never made any money.  That all comes from the "General Fund" as well.  The changes that have been made has not generated any difference (financially that is) with changes in management (most recent with the Casper Group).  There is always more money going out than coming in.  We need to watch out for discussions on that as well.  I will say this, the course is in the best shape it has been in YEARS!

There were more details spoken with the above mentioned but I just couldn't write that fast so I apologize for that.  However, Ron did take some time to answer many questions club members had that seemed to focus on Wildlight mostly.

We thank Ron for his time and getting us up to speed with the City of Fernandina Beach.

 
 
 
Speakers
NO MEETING THIS DAY
Nov 14, 2018
Bradley Bean, Steve Stock, Eric Belley
Nov 21, 2018
Member Craft Talks
Rotary District Governor, Jeanette Loftus
Nov 28, 2018
Our District Governor will update the club on Rotary News
Taco Pope and Adrienne Burke
Dec 05, 2018
Nassau County Planning and Economic Opportunity Department
Ed Hubel
Dec 12, 2018
Update on the Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Senator Aaron Bean
Dec 19, 2018
Aaron Bean Annual Trivia Contest
Author Greg Knapp M.A.
Jan 09, 2019
"Do Less and Achieve More on Purpose"
Thomas Sanger
Jan 16, 2019
Talk about his new historical novel "Without Warning"
 

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