Wow, did you catch Sunday’s Jags game? Wow!! I hope you have your tickets for January 8, 2023.
Maureen and I hope that you and your family enjoy both a safe and happy holiday season. As Rotary leads the world in Peace initiatives, at this time in particular, Celebrate the Season and be proud to call yourself a Rotarian.
Great day of both service and Rotary fellowship as we served meals to over 400 families in need in Pierson, FL. Nice job Rotary Club of Flagler Beach with Past District Governor Art MacQueen, Laura Biddle’s fantastic leadership and District Nominee Mickey Ulmer, District Governor Nominee Designate Dale Moe, District Governor-Elect John Tabor, and Past President Roseanne Stocker.
With the first ever Membership Summit at Daytona State College in Palm Coast around the corner, have you signed up? It is 9am-12:30pm (Continental Breakfast and fellowship begins at 8am) on Saturday January 28. Cost is $25 and speakers will include Past Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette; Aide to Rotary International President Nominee Stephanie Urchick, Tom Gump; and Zone 33/34 Regional Membership Officer, Audley Knight. Seating will be limited so sign up now. This is your club’s opportunity to examine recruitment and engagement.
Great evening celebrating the “country reveal” of Rotary District 6970’s 9 Rotary Youth Exchange students by our Rotex and great presentation of District 6970 pins by District Governor Elect John Tabor. Thanks to Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Scott Burgess and his great committee for bringing Rotary Youth Exchange back to District 6970.
RYLA 2023 has a new format. We are hoping that every club will sponsor 2 students. Has your club completed the pledge form? The effort is being led by the District Youth Services Committee, Chaired by Lt. Governor Michael Bruce. Cost will be $150 per participant and will include:
- Act I—Saturday March 25 in person 8am-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker Jade Gordon (including a food packing event with Rotarians). Beachside HS, St. Augustine.
- Act II—Saturday April 15 Zoom 9-1pm.
- Act III—Saturday May 13 in person 8-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker Orion Jean (this will be running parallel to our District Conference and will separate presentations from District Conference speakers).
The Zones 33-34 You’ve Been Served Event will be February 23 to April 23, 2022. This event is designed to be a collaborative event that brings together clubs, Rotaractors, Interactors and Rotarians to demonstrate Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self by performing random acts of kindness and good deeds in their local communities. What an appropriate moment in time to serve others with Kindness! #rotaryserves #you’
On March 25 we will be doing District Grant Training followed by a food packing event, both at Beachside High School in St. Augustine. We will follow this with a Scotch & Wine Tastings at a separate location in St. Augustine. Details will be forthcoming.
The Rotary Club of Bartram Trail/Julington Creek has developed a good relationship with the Jacksonville Icemen. Use the discount promo code (BTROTARY) so all Rotarians (and friends/family) can purchase tickets to any game.
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Pictures of the Week
A fun night at the Annual Toys for Tots with Oceanside Rotarians. Thanks, Past President Dave Pesterfield for your continued leadership.
Pat Mulvihill- Rotary D6970 Ukraine Relief Committee Chairman and Member of the North JAX Rotary Club, along with: Ilya Soroka- CEO of The Global Outreach Charter Academy and Educational Foundation (“GOCA”); Jacksonville City Councilman Al Ferraro- Arlington District 2; and Dr. Tim Snyder-Dean of Jacksonville University’s Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities presented a check from JU for $17,225 to the GOCA School Foundation to acquire computers for the Ukraine Evacuee Students who are enrolled in the GOCA-EASL.
The Wreaths-Across-America program celebrated veterans at Jacksonville National Cemetery on December 17, chaired by North Jacksonville Rotarian Pat Mulvihill. There was a flyover by a group of military veterans. The cemetery in North Jacksonville is one of approximately 3,400 participating locations, including
The Arlington National Cemetery. These sites are situated in all 50 U.S. states, at-sea, and abroad. Volunteers actively participate in this Annual Community Outreach Event to show that WE WILL NEVER FORGET the sacrifices of our Veterans and their Families. The Rotary Clubs who participated this year were Fleming Island, North Jacksonville, South Jacksonville, and West Jacksonville. Pictures show Pat Mulvihill commencing the formal ceremony; and Rotarians Tom Meissgeier & Willy Rothrock preparing to place wreaths on the graves of fallen Green Berets, along with Bruce Pastorini. President-Elect Tom Meissgeier and Past-President Mulvihill are the co-chairs of the North JAX Military & Veterans Affairs Committee and Members the NE Florida Green Beret Chapter 88 of The US Army Special Forces Association.