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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 of America
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L. Dee Torre Kaufman is the Marketing and Development Chair for Take Stock in Children. She has served in various capacities on the Take Stock Board of Directors since 2007 and is proud that the Take Stock student that she met as a seventh grader is now a graphic artist in the Admissions Department of the University of North Florida.
 
Dee is a former President of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library and was chair of the non-profit's Capital Campaign to build a better library.
 
Prior to moving to Fernandina Beach in 2004 to restore a historic home downtown, she was a partner in a national educational evaluation and research firm where she specialized in conducting statewide evaluations of reading programs, special education services, low-performing schools and programs for at-risk youth.
         
A former teacher and education administrator, she holds a doctoral degree in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York at Albany.
 

"Challenges Facing Today's Journalists"

 

Mary Kelli Palka became editor of The Florida Times-Union in January 2017.

 

Unfortunately, I have been out of town on business and did not attend the meeting.  I did not receive any pictures or information on her talk with the Club and therefore I have no information to report. Sorry

Frank Gagnier, Editor

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

   

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song. 

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were  Club Members. total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - 

 

Visiting Rotarians: 

 

Visiting Guests: 

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$  - Rotarian  had the drawn ticket and drew the  ! 42 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $

Shelter Box: $

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report -

 

Just wanted to make note that due to my absence, there was very little information  shared with me for this weeks News Bulletin.  If  topics are blank, there  was no report given.

Frank Gagnier, Editor

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette announced that she will be collecting Toiletries to bring with her to the March 7-9, 2019 - President-Elect Training in Orlando.  Please contact Antoinette for further information about donating.

Members of our club who attended the Luncheon this past week with Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for March 20th.

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

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    Oratory Contest coverage (with photo) and Scholarship Luncheon Coverage have gone to NL.

2    Scholarship application availability is being published in the NL.

3    Blood Drive dates and info will go to NL at end of Feb.

4    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Prices are Locked:  Single seat: $15;  full table of 8: $100; half table of 4:  $50.

5    Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Collateral Materials will be available in 1-2 weeks.

 

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:

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

 
 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

No Report

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

   

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

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 35 Club Members. 58 total attended the meeting.

Signing in was Rotarian John Howard. Officers of the club from L to R John McAfee, Vince Cavallo and Rick Campana

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Frank Ridley and Jim Hicks

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Bob Ward from Ada, Ohio, Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN,

From the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville were:   Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr. – Co-Chair of the Oratory Competition, Steve Madden – Co-Chair of the Oratory Competition, Assistant Area Governor Dean Scott, Dinkins Grange and Les Loggins

 

Visiting Guests: Guest of Rotarian Janice O'Connell was Sara Fargo.  Guest of Rotarian Jonathan Levitt was Beth Stark

Also four Oratory contestants and their coaches - 8  And two Officers of the US Army, Co-sponsors of the Oratory Contest.

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$148  - Rotarian Doug Geib  had the drawn ticket and drew the Queen of Clubs ! 43 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $22

Shelter Box: $111

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report - just a couple of quick trivia questions while votes were being tallied for the Oratory Winner.

Rotarian Joe Hastey with some good trivia for us about the Ground Hogs and their shadow smiley

 

Just wanted to make not to you all that due to time restraints to have the Oratory Contest, we pushed through rather quickly, the Report section of our meeting.  We will get caught up with Reports next week.

Frank Gagnier

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Antoinette announced that she will be collecting Toiletries to bring with her to the March 7-9, 2019 - President-Elect Training in Orlando.  Please contact Antoinette for further information about donating.

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for March 20th.  Our quota is set at 11. Let's do another 18 again! wink

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

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 it!

 

 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

 

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

 

Scholarship Luncheon Event.  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach’s annual scholarship luncheon will be held on February 7, and features a surf-and-turf menu prepared by the culinary team at Fernandina Beach High School under the direction of Chef Michael Gass.

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Nick Thanked everyone who showed up and helped put 52,000 meals together last Saturday for the Rise Against Hunger event! Thank you!!!

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

Our Annual Rotary Scholarship Luncheon was a huge success this past Thursday at the Fernandina Beach High School!  Everyone enjoyed the Surf-and-Turf menu prepared by the culinary team at Fernandina Beach High School under the direction of Chef Michael Gass.  More on this event will be in next weeks Bulletin.  Here are a few pictures of the event:

 

Chef Michael Gass and his Culinary Students

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Nothing new to report at this time

The 2019 District 6970 Regional Rotary Oratory Contest was AWESOME! 
 
First, let me introduce the Rotarians from the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville who are the caretakers of this event.  In attendance were:

Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr. – Co-Chair of the Oratory Competition

Steve Madden – Co-Chair of the Oratory Competition

Dean Scott - Assistant Area Governor

Dinkins Grange

Les Loggins

 

 

Rotarian Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr., PA began opening remarks by introducing the Rotary team with him and the contestants.  The Nassau County Region Oratory Contestants in no particular order were:

 

Kiersten Wright - Hilliard Middle Senior High School

 

Lukas Smack  – West Nassau

 

Katie Slaughter - Fernandina Beach High School 

 

Mitchell Allen, V – Yulee High School

 

What they had to speak about:

What are developing cultural trends that will change our community at home and world wide over the next 20 years regarding social service to humanity?

 

Their theories must include trend identification, trend growth and projected anticipated outcomes. They had to support their argument through research, supporting data and quotes and/or opinions from cultural experts.

 

 

We Rotarians, were to score each speaker on seven different categories on a scale from 1 (below Par) to 4 (Excellent) adding up to a maximum of 28 total points:

Introduction, Organization, Content, Delivery, Timing/Pace, Grammar/Vocabulary and Conclusion.

 

While Votes were being calculated, Captain Prado from the Us Army spoke to the Club.

 

 

Every one of these young students were special for sure.  Scoring was difficult as they all did so well with there own subject of choice and everyone of the choices were very interesting!  When it was all said and done and the votes were in, the winner was:

 

Katie Slaughter - Fernandina Beach High School 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Katie Slaughter with Club President Ron Heymann

 

Contestants with Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr. – Co-Chair of the Oratory Competition & Club President Ron Heymann 

 

The Students with Army Sgt. First Class Graham and Army Captain Prado (co-sponsors)

 

 

 

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W. Henry “Hank” Hurst, Jr., CPA - President, & Chief Executive Officer and partner Jaret P. Rice, CPA, Vice President, & Chief Financial Officer of the Hurst Company brought the club up to speed with the new tax laws effective 2019.

 
I'll preface this information with admittance that a lot of information was given and should you want a more clear definition, please contact Mr. Hurst or Mr. Rice for exact clarification.  
 
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22nd 2017.  Effective for calendar year 2019, there has been some changes with the individual tax rate.  Here is what I captured:
Again....better for you to evaluate this than I!
 
For personal exemptions, the new tax reform suspends deductions to zero.  You can no longer claim personal or dependency exemptions.
Alimony payments are no longer deductible for post 2018 divorce agreements.  Alimony received is no longer taxable for the recipient for post 2018 agreements. So prior divorce agreements are grandfathered in and remain unaffected. 
 
Moving expenses - Job-related moving expenses are no longer deductible.  Certain military personnel are allowed the deduction. The exclusion for moving expense reimbursements has been suspended.
 
 
 
For Standard Deduction of Married Filing Jointly is at $24,000.   For Head of Household is at $18,000 and for Single it's at $12,000.
 
For State & Local Tax Deductions, it has dropped and is "Limited" to $10,000 (married filing Jointly) to $5,000 (married filing single).
 
Mortgage Interest - Only deductible on debt up to $750,000.  Pre December 16, 2017, mortgages are grandfathered in to the previous $1,000,000 debt.  The HELOC is not longer deductible, however, there are some exceptions and you would have to check with your CPA on this subject.
 
Miscellaneous deductions subject to the 2% of AGI limit are no longer allowed! This includes items such as:
Tax preparation fees
Investment and advisory fees
Union Dues
Unreimbursed employee expenses
 
 
There was a lot to the Child & Family Tax Credit so my advice would be to check with your CPA on this subject!
 
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) - For Married, it's up to $109,400 and for Single to $70,300
 
 
It went on to become more involved at this point in time but you have the jest of some bigger things.  Your CPA or speak with the Hurst Company CPA's to get even more details of other area's including Business affects and the tax cuts and Jobs Act!
 
This is all I have with this subject for now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

President Ron Heymann called the meeting to order.  

  

 

Dr. Page lead the club singing a patriotic song. "God Bless America" followed by "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" and "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"

 

Rotarian Dr. Page leading the club in song!

 

Recited our "Pledge of Allegiance"

 

Followed with an excellent invocation by Rotarian Joe Hastey

 

Secretary, John McAfee Report:

In attendance were 34 Club Members.  38 total attended the meeting.

 

Honorary Rotarian Members in attendance - Larry Myers and Jim Hicks

 

Visiting Rotarians:  Bob Ward from Ada, Ohio, Joe Gullo from Gatlinburg, TN, Pete Stevenson & Ann Apt from the Sunrise Club

 

Visiting Guests: None this meeting

 

50/50 Jack Pot:  @$134  - Rotarian Joe Hastey  had the drawn ticket and drew the 10 of Spades ! 44 cards remaining.

 

Boy Scouts: $26

Shelter Box: $43

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Sergeant at Arms, Larry Melnick:

No Report

 

Rotarian Larry Melnick with some good trivia for us

 

President-Elect, Antoinette Richter:       

Reporting the Rotarians who were supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Nassau County "Swing To Open Doors" Golf Event at the Golf Club of Amelia Island this past Friday.  Not pictured who supported the event was Rick Keffer.

Rotarians Ray Whitehead & Frank Gagnier with President Elect Antoinette Richter

Rotarians Larry Melnick and Rick Campana & his team.

 

John Howard, Community Services Report:

John thanked everyone for a great successful blood drive turnout!

 

John Boylan, Director of Youth Services Report:

New information forthcoming

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

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

 
 

Kris Meyer, Public Relations Report:

1    Majority of publicity for Scholarship Luncheon is complete.

2    CALL TO ACTION:  Each member to contact two (non-restaurant) businesses and endorse the fund drive on social media.  Contact Kris or Bradley Bean if you need help with social media.

3    Scholarship applications available at local public high schools.  Pamela Brenner to provide deadlines, which will then be submitted to NL and other media and social media.

 

Barbara Gingher, Fundraising Report:

Everyone should be involved with the Luncheon whether you're on the committee or not!

Scholarship Luncheon Event.  The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach’s annual scholarship luncheon will be held on February 7, and features a surf-and-turf menu prepared by the culinary team at Fernandina Beach High School under the direction of Chef Michael Gass.

 

Pam Crouser, Club Membership Report:

No Report

 

Nick Klein, Club Social Events Report:

Reminded everyone about the event coming up that was yesterday.  More on this event below.

 

President Ron Heymann, Club Report:

Tickets to our 2nd Annual Scholarship Lunch are limited and selling fast.  The Cost is $300 per individual or $500 per couple.  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available at $1000, $2500 and $5000 levels. See Ray Whitehead for the information Sheet.

Even if you cannot attend the lunch, please consider donating what you are comfortable with.  We are a 501(c) organization so your contribution is tax deductible (consult you tax advisor).  100% of your contribution will be used to send a local kid to college and help them achieve their dreams.

Checks can be made payable to:

The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach (Please write Scholarship on the Memo Line)

PO Box 16046

Fernandina Beach, FL 32035  

Ladies and gentlemen - we all support our community in different ways through Rotary.  Unquestionably, we are some of the busiest humanitarians around - and we do that work humbly and tirelessly.  A sincere thanks to each and every one of you for the support that you provide to the Club, the community and world around us, and for bearing the torch of  "Service above Self".
 

WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! 

 

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of our Club members who showed up to the Rise Against Hunger event yesterday.  There were at least 20 members of the Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach in attendance - and some spouses, too!  Both Interact clubs- Yulee and Fernandina Beach HS - showed up in force.  Among the 320 local volunteers, there were representatives from Rotary Clubs up and down the First Coast - Amelia Sunrise, Jacksonville Northside "Zoo Crew", Arlington, Ponte Vedra, and even District Governor Jeanette Loftus came up from Daytona.   All in all, in 90 minutes, we packed 52,000 emergency rations to be distributed to those in dire need around the globe.
 

And it was fun. 

President Ron Heymann

 

 

Debra Connelly, Club Foundation Report:

Nothing new to report at this time

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Professor Eric Johnson, UNF
"Threats to Sea Life from Invasive Species"
 
The effective management of invasive species requires detailed understanding of the invader’s life history. This information is essential for modeling population growth and predicting rates of expansion, quantifying ecological impacts and assessing the efficacy of removal and control strategies. Indo-Pacific lionfish ( Pterois volitans/miles ) have rapidly invaded the western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea with documented negative impacts on native ecosystems. To better understand the life history of this species, we developed and validated a length-based, age-structured model to investigate age, growth and population structure in northeast Florida. The main findings of this study were: (1) lionfish exhibited rapid growth with seasonal variation in growth rates; (2) distinct cohorts were clearly identifiable in the length-frequency data, suggesting that lionfish are recruiting during a relatively short period in summer; and (3) the majority of lionfish were less than two years old with no lionfish older than three years of age, which may be the result of culling efforts as well as ontogenetic habitat shifts to deeper water.
Sorry.....we did not receive any other information from Eric G. Johnson in time for this publication.
Above was taken from the web site about his writings. FG
 
 
Speakers
Jerry Hinson, Keith Strausburg, Kelli Allen
Mar 27, 2019
Member Craft Talks
Mary Ann Blackall, Osprey Village
Apr 17, 2019
Continuing Care of Retirement Living
Mr. Mike Mullin
Apr 24, 2019
Bruce Horowitz. Topic is "Gamble Rogers: A Trouba
May 01, 2019
"Gamble Rogers: A Troubadors Life?"
Renee Stoffel
May 08, 2019
Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Brandy Carvalho, CFRE
May 22, 2019
White Oak Conservation Foundation
Dickie Anderson
May 29, 2019
"Memoir Writing"
 

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