Times-Union columnist Mark Woods's weekly report on his walking travels from the top of Jacksonville to the bottom, took a detour this week into the Panama Park neighborhood. This north Jacksonville neighborhood east of Main Street and at the south end of the Trout River bridge was developed by George C. Clark, the founder and first president of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. The club began with 11 leading businessmen and met weekly in the Windsor Hotel.
Pres. Clark, who made his fortune from the re-building of the city after the Great Fire of 1901, enlisted famed Jacksonville architect and club member Henry Klutho to design some of the homes and a school. Panama Park was actually a town in its own right at the time.
During the summer of 1912, the club's first year, Pres. George invited club members, prospective members and friends to come spend an afternoon at the public park he built Panama Park. Those that had autos and others who had horse drawn buggies made the Saturday morning journey and enjoyed a large picnic spread, softball, a game of quoits, and even a couple of rounds of boxing.
The Board of Directors approved a resolution calling on club members to support a series of amendments to the current club bylaws. The modifications were developed by the Bylaws Committee earlier this month when several members offered proposed the changes. Members will vote on the recommended alterations at the June 6 meeting.
The club had the honor of celebrating the 99th birthday of Past Pres Dr. Fran Kinne at Monday's meeting. Fran, one of the first two women to become a member, served as club president first woman president in 2000-2001. She recalled that in her inaugural address to the club she announced the revelation that she was the first club president to have a histrectomy. Dr. Kinne served as president of Jackonville University from 1979 - 1989 and then was chacellor until 1994.
Our speaker Monday was Chris Patterson, the founder of Interchanges. The topic of his presentation was, “Empowering Your Workforce for Success.”
In 1995, in Windsor Ontario, Chris was a self-described loser. Then his father took a success seminar that featured a presentation by Zig Zigler. It changed his life. As the result of that experience, Chris launched himself on a career that included managing health clubs in South Florida and then Plano, Texas, where one of his clients included Zig Zigler himself.
Week 46 beginning May 23
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) team still has six slots open for aspiring high school leaders during their June 16th through June 19th upcoming leadership event at the University of North Florida. The RYLA students will be packing meals for Stop Hunger Now as one of their service projects. They are in need of donations to support the project.
DGE Marshall and a contingent of 35 District Rotarians will soon travel to the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul Korea. We wish them safe travels and look forward to hearing about all their Rotary experiences.
Speaking of RI Conventions, the next RI Convention will be June 10-14, 2017 in Atlanta Georgia! DGE Marshall has started our district’s preparation and recently announced the following details during our District Assembly.
Memorial Day Recognition
Brigadier Gen. James Eifert
Adj. Gen. Florida Air National Guard
Mayor Lenny Curry
The Pension Crisis Revisted
In lieu of Presidents' Party
Timuquana Country Club
Independence Day Holiday
President J. Bryan Cooksey, III