The gavel of leadership was passed Monday from Past-President Pierre Allaire (right) to John Fryer who takes on the role of President of our 103 year old club. The ceremony was the feature event of the annual Presidents' Party held at the River Club.
President John will address the club on July 13 where he will layout his goals and objectives for the club to achieve in the 2015-2016 Rotary. He will also take the occassion to report on his recent trip to São Paulo, Brazil where Rotary International held its annual international convention.
John was accompanied on the trip with his wife Carol. Afterward the the convention John and Carol ventured further into the wildes of Brazil for a photographic expedition.
July 1st marks the start of a new Rotary year and with it comes many changes as members take on new club responsibilities. Key to the success of a new Rotary year is the replenishment of a long list of committees requiring a substancial number of members being directly involved in serving on at least one.
Now is the time for you to review the list of committees and take this opportunity to select a committee that interests you or fits your professional experitise. You get to select a committee assignment that you prefer.
You will find a list of committees on this website. Take a look now...right here.
The day has come; Weekly Minute #52 has arrived. Writing the Weekly Minute has been challenging, rewarding, interesting and even fun for me. Informing Rotarians about events and happenings outside of their clubs is an important responsibility of the District Governor. And inspiring Rotarians to engage in the Rotary way of life is an even more important responsibility. Each Weekly Minute was an attempt to do just that – inform and inspire.
What a treat it has been to serve as District 6970’s Governor. Getting to visit the communities, nooks and crannies that make up Florida’s Crown District; getting to meet so many delightful and interesting Rotarians in the 61 Rotary Clubs that form District 6970; and getting to serve alongside the amazing club and district leaders whose passion for service make our District one of the very best in the Rotary world – all of this adds up to a year that I will treasure forever.
And now it’s time to turn the helm over to DGE Fel. On July 1 his title loses an “E” and mine gains a “P”! I know for certain that DGE Fel is prepared and ready to go. Plus DGN Marshall and DGND Brent are busy ramping up for their years. If all of you will support Fel, Marshall and Brent the same way you’ve supported me, we will enjoy years of smooth sailing ahead. So keep up the good work District 6970 – you are now and will remain the very BEST!
For more on these and all other events in District 6970, keep an eye on the District website.
Yours in service to Rotary,
Registration is now open to all Rotarians for Parts 1, 2, 3 and a Graduate Class (GC) for the next District 6970 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) to be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Palm Coast.If you would like to attend to expand your knowledge of Rotary and broaden your experience to be able to participate in a future leadership role, attending RLI is a great way to do it. And, if you attend, our club will reimburse your cost of registration.
Does your last name begin with an "A"? This is your month to bring a prospective member or just a friend to the a club meeting.
Our Membership Development Committee has launched its Bring A Friend to Rotary Campaign which encourages members to invite at least one friend to visit at least one club meeting or event over the next year. To keep that process organized and progressing, all members have been assigned to a designated month to bring a guest and that month is determined alphabetically by member's last name. June is for "A" people. (Of course, you can bring a guest any month)
The project's mission is to increase new membership and get more people involved over the course of this Rotary year.
You B people are next in July.
Click READ MORE below for your assignment month.
ROBERT BUEHN, Capt, USN, Ret.
Gitmo: The Least Worst Place:
Captain Bob Buehn, USN Retired, was our guest speaker on Monday and he discussed the creation and the first 100 days of the Detention Center on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bob was the Commanding Officer of United States Naval Base Guantanamo Bay for a three year stint during the early 2000s. Guantanamo Bay, post Castro takeover, was an isolated yet beautiful and exciting place to be in Command of that was 45 square miles and about 500 miles from Havana. The area is only accessible from sea and air and the United States has an unlimited lease on the land. A check is literally written to Castro for $4,000 a month, yet no one knows if he actually has cashed a check.
Independence Day Holiday
Pres. John Fryer
Leveraging Northeast Florida's Most Important Resource: St Johns River
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CEO, Jacksonville Symphony
Sponsor: PP Carl Cannon