RCJ and District Webmaster
Three years ago he was honored by Rotary International with its Meritorious Service Award for his development of an online grant application system which still serves four district foundations in the South.
Club membership continues to fall despite renewed efforts to reverse a five year trend of losses within our ranks. Rotary's Club Central reports our mid-year member count has slipped to 239 from the 242 start of the Rotary year. In 2011 the club had a membership of 291 but has been as high 303 when we surpasssed Gainesville as the largest club in the district. That distinction lasted only one year.
The club remains predominately male (84%) and the 38 female members represent 16% of the club membership. Globally, across Rotary's 1.2-million members the ratio is 80:20.
You can follow these club and global reports by loging into My Rotary at the Rotary website - www.rotary.com and click on Club Central.
Four African ophthalmologists have been selected as Williams Visionary Scholars for the 2015 program sponsored by our club. The two men and two women come from Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe/South Africa, and Togo.
The doctors will arrive in Jacksonville in early November to train and observe the latest ophthalmological techniques which they then can take back to their home practices.
Last year because of the Ebola outbreak in Africa the program selected ophthalmologists from Asia and South America as a precaution.
The four doctors will be hosted by member families during their stay. After their work is completed in Jacksonville they will then travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Is there an e-Club in your future? My hunch is probably not if you’re a regular old-school Rotarian like me. But, it takes all kinds to make this world go round. So for some out there, an e-Club might just be what the good doctor Paul Harris would have prescribed, if only the internet had been around back in his day.
E-Clubs may not be every Rotarian’s cup of tea, but they have their place in the Family of Rotary and they have been very beneficial to many Rotarians around the world. When Rotarians have to leave their clubs because they have moved to some far away place, an E-Club might be just the thing to keep them in Rotary. Do you have members who for whatever reason are unable to attend their regular club meetings?
Our club-sponsored Rotaract club is searching for a new home to hold its bi-monthly meetings. Downtown Rotaract Jax, which we initiated in 2012 as one of our Centennial projects, has continued to grow and become more and more active in community projects.
They are asking members of our club to assist them locating a new location to hold their meetings. These are their requirements:
Two new members joined our club on February 23. Please extend the hand of welcome.
President and CEO
Classification: AUTOMOBILE: Logistics
Sponsor: Steve Bacalis
Classification: BUSINESS SERVICE - Consultant, Non Profit Development
Sponsor: PP William Mason
NO MEETING in lieu of
Rotary Night at the Symphony
Rotary Night at JSO
Paul Williams Concert
Dr. Ricardo Hanel
Jimerson and Cobb Law Firm
701 Riverside Park Pl., Ste 302
March 26 - Wyndham Hotel
Guardian of Gudalcanal
Florida PETS - Orlando
Light Up Rotary
Flager College - St. Augustine
Rotary International Convention
São Paulo, Brazil
Zone 34 Regional Seminar
Hyatt Hotel Jacksonville