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RYE Welcome Home Dinner

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Your D6970 Rotary Youth Exchange team extends a sincere invitation to all Rotarians to attend the 10th Annual Welcome Home Dinner to be held on Saturday, August 2nd, 5:00 p.m., at Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street (the Five-Points area), in Jacksonville. It is the showcase event of our award-winning program. Enjoy the adventures of our 26 teenage Rotary ambassadors as they share their exchange in one of 35 countries offered through the RYE program.
 
Please register at http://www.ryeflorida.org/6970-welcome-home-dinner. Tickets are $25.
 
It is an emotional evening, and one that will make you proud to be a Rotarian. For any further questions please contact Daphne Cameron at daphnecameron@ryeflorida.org or call 904-814-6799.
 
Hope you will attend – it’s an amazing event. Please share this information with your club members – especially those who are or have been involved with RYE.
 
Light Up Rotary!
 
Percy Rosenbloom III
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Sunsetters Welcomed

Posted by Chuck Schoonmaker on Jul 07, 2014

During our August 26th meeting we were happy to host:

Guests:
  • Dan Floryan
  • Carol Ann Speer
  • Brent Morris
  • Seana Baker
  • Larry Baker
  • Leslie Keener
  • Vicky Brown
  • Jeanine Hart
  • RYE Inbound Student Kaisla Heikkila
 
Speakers:
  • RYLA Rebound Student Hannah Baker
  • Clayton Bromberg
  • Tim Tyler
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2014 Jaguar Tickets!

 
Sunsetters,
 
Below is the link to the website to purchase home game tickets with our special Rotary pricing: please note Rotary Day is October 26th vs Miami. All other home game tickets are available with the exception of the London game, tickets for the Steelers and New York games can be had but at regular pricing.
 
Rotary designated games are available at $45, $50 and $55, these include preseason and regular season including;
 
TAMPA BAY BUCANNEERS 8/8
ATLANTA FALCONS 8/28
INDIANAPLOIS COLTS 9/21
CLEVELAND BROWNS 10/19
MIAMI DOLPHINS 10/26
HOUSTON TEXANS 12/7
TENNESSEE TITANS 12/8
 
 PLEASE NOTE- When you are navigating the website, it shows the regular pricing in the price box and section, when you actually click on the seat want it will then show the the special Rotary price of $45, $50, OR $55. For every ticket sold the club will receive $9.25. We also get other goodies if we meet certain benchmarks of 25, 50, 100, 250 tickets sold. so tell all your friends and neighbors
When you get to the website you will need to enter promo code ROTARY48
Any questions, please let me know, thanks and GO JAGS!!!!
  
Dave
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Rotary Survey

To all our wonderful 6970 Rotarians, we need your help.

The following is a survey link.  It is going out to every Rotarian in the District that we have solid contact info for.   It is being provided by Survey Monkey.  Please be honest, be quick as we are late delivering it to you, and understand that responses are totally anonymous.  We are doing it in an effort to make our District better and stronger.

This is the link to the survey, simply click and go:
If you have already taken the survey, no need to do it again, please do not.  It should take no more, and probably less than 10 minutes of your valuable time.

In the near future we look forward to sharing the survey results with all our members.

thanks so very much,
Art
 
 
                          
Art MacQueen, District Governor 2013-14
District 6970 | cell: 386.295.1620
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Ola's Presentation

Olga (Ola) Grzegorczyk-RYE Inbound from Poland made her final presentation to the club this past Tuesday.
 
Due to some technical issues the video she made did not work.  Here is link to my video http://youtu.be/eucZO1CFrFY
 
 
 
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Week 51 - Rotary Minute

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 28, 2014
Week 51 Rotary Minute
 
Rotarians of 6970, 

One week to go in a great Rotary Year.  Sound familiar?  Please remember: the fun, fellowship, business and work of Rotary go on every day all around the world.  We merely change much of our leadership.   We don't fire em, we just move em on to the next thing.  

Speaking of changing leadership, induction events have started all over the District.  Thanks to all those that have served their clubs this year. Some will continue to serve in their existing or new roles, and others will step into leadership positions for the first time.  Thanks to all.

Thanks to the hard work of our webmaster, Howard Kelley, Club awards are now on the District website, awards tab!     You will also find a full listing of our Rotaract and Interact Clubs.   If your clubs Interact isn't listed, it's probably due to a lapse in paperwork.  It can be rectified, but we need to follow up.  Just let DGE Percy, or I know and we'll be happy to help.

June brings many sad goodbyes as we all wish our departing youth exchange students well on journeys to their other home.  Thank you for enriching our lives.

Speaking of youth, RYLA is this coming weekend at UNF.  Good luck RYLAarians, and all our volunteers that make it happen.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville showed it's not too late in the Rotary year, inducing two new members last week.  Welcome Jon Uman and Ben Meyers.   It should be pointed out that Ben is a young professional in his twenties.   Age is not and should not be a barrier to what Past District Governor Tommy Grimes always said, "Doing Good".  

Yes, it's a long minute this week, and next's may be even longer.  Bear with me!

Keep doing those wonderful things you do!  Have a great week!
 
Engage Rotary, Change Lives
 
District Governor Art
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BEAM Truck Dedication

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 06, 2014

The Rotary Club of PVB Sunset was part of a joint venture lead by the PVB Morning club and the Oceanside Club to acquire a refrigerated truck for BEAM.

The dedicated will occur on April 17th at 7:30AM at the morning club's weekly meeting.

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PVB High School - Service Above Self Scholarship

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 01, 2014

Presentation of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Service Above Self Scholarship to McKethan Parker,
 a Senior at Ponte Vedra High School on April 2, 2014. 
 


 (Pictured left to right.)
Jeff Hart, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee Co-Chair
Emery Clance, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee
McKethan Parker, 2014 Service Above Self Scholarship Winner for Ponte Vedra High School
Dave Howie, President of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset, Committee Co-Chair
Stephen Sumner, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee

McKethan Parker received a $1,000 Service Above Self Scholarship towards his college education.
He is being recognized for achieving a high level of academic success with a 4.4 GPA but also
showing leadership and initiative in serving others in the community. McKethan was the Co-Founder of
Kids Helping Kids and has been a volunteer With Helping Hands at PVHS, American Cancer Society-Relay
For Life, Mu Alpha Theta as a math tutor and with the Faithful Servant in Bajo Tejares in Costa Rica.
MeKethan is the son on Kathy and BC Parker of Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

PVB High School - Service Above Self Scholarship Charles Schoonmaker 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Service Above Self Scholarship Award Presentations

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 31, 2014

Madison Stenzel of Nease High School and McKethan Parker of Ponte Vedra High School each received a $1,000 Service Above Self Scholarship Award to go towards their college educations. Winners are recognized for their high level of academic success and also for showing leadership and initiative in serving others in the community.

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Nease High School Scholarship Award Presentation

Pictured left to right: Jeff Hart, Service Above Self Scholarship Co-Chair; John A. Duffy, Master Chief, USN, (Ret.), NHS Naval Science Instructor; Nikki Lynch, NHS Assistant Principal; Margaret Byrns, NHS Math Teacher; Logan Stenzel, brother; Susie Stenzel, mother; Madison Stenzel, Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotary Club's 2014 Service Above Self Scholarship Winner; Kim Hollis, NHS IB Coordinator; Dave Howie, President of the Rotary Club of PVB Sunset; Stephen Sumner, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee; Derek Coghlan, AP literature/IB English Instructor.


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Ponte Vedra High School Scholarship Award Presentation

Pictured above left to right: Jeff Hart, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee Co-Chair; Emery Clance, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee; McKethan Parker, PVHS 2014 Service Above Self Scholarship Winner; Dave Howie, President of the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset and Committee Co-Chair; Stephen Sumner, Service Above Self Scholarship Committee.

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LIFECYCLE OF A SERVICE PROJECT (PART 4): PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 16, 2014

Rotary International is pleased to present this five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

The series will highlight different strategies, best practices, and Rotary resources available to help clubs and districts undertake successful, sustainable service initiatives, using real-life examples from Rotarians.

In this webinar (part 4 in the series):

  • Learn best practices for implementing your project and leading volunteers 
  • Understand how to define and coordinate roles and responsibilities within your project team 
  • Learn how to manage your service project budget 

Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register today!  Please note these times are in US Central (Chicago) time.  To see what time this will be in your area, please use the time zone converter. 

Click on the hyperlinks below to register:

English 1: Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 10:00-11:00

English 2: Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 18:00-19:00

Japanese: Monday, 21 April 2014, 19:00-20:00

Spanish: Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 10:00-11:00

French: Thursday, 24 April 2014, 9:00-10:00

Portuguese: Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 14:00-15:00

Please share this opportunity with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors who may be interested in attending.

Sincerely,

Lifecycle of a Service Project Webinar Planning Team
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Chip in for Youth Program

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 11, 2014

We as a Rotary Club have an opportunity to raise some funds for Polio Plus through the sale

of tickets to the 2014 PLAYERS, May 5-11, 2014.

How does the Chip in for Youth program work?

The PLAYERS has created a unique ticket for the 2014 PLAYERS Championship (called a "Chip in" ticket)

which is only available for sale by youth organizations. We are representing our Rotary Youth Exchange

program within our Rotary Club. The ticket is a Good-Any-One-Day Grounds Ticket to the 2014 PLAYERS.

Regular daily grounds tickets sell for $58.00 and are day-specific. The Chip in ticket is discounted to $45.00.

The organization selling the tickets keeps $25.00 of every ticket sold!

The remaining net proceeds are donated to the Local First Tee Chapters.

All the information can be found at www.chipinforyouth.com

We as a Rotary Club are registered and have signed up to participate.

The following is the code that our supporters will enter on the TicketMaster page when purchasing tickets.  They must enter our

 code for our organization to receive credit for the ticket purchase! The TicketMaster page can be found at www.chipinforyouth.com or you can click here.


Our Code is: EXPERT

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Reads Aloud Surprise

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 10, 2014

Jeff Hart had a wonderful surprise when volunteering with the Reads Aloud Program at PV PV Rawlings

Elementary School.  He received 18 " Thank You" notes from the First Graders in Ms. Kathy Bowes classroom.

Jeff has been a Rotary volunteer and reading books each week to their First Grade Class.

 

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Rotary Has Heart

Posted by Carol Maurer on Feb 14, 2014

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset celebrated "Rotary Has Heart" by participating in the "Stop Hunger Now" Service project at Duncan U. Fletcher High School on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Sunsetters presented a donation check of $250.00 in advance of the project for the purchase of food for the 24,000 bags put together for the support of the Service Project and Third World Countries.

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Rotarians At Work

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 10, 2014

PVB Sunset Rotarian, John Rutkowski with Underwood's Jewelers:

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN EVENT-EVERBANK FIELD

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SIR-SUCKER SATURDAY

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PINK RIBBON BREAST CANCER RESEARCH COCKTAIL PARTY

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RUTH CHRIS AWARD DINNER

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Operating in Jacksonville Florida for over 80 years.

At Underwood's we are devoted to being the best Jeweler in the South. We accomplish this through our long-term philosophy that quality in merchandise, presentation, personal service, and our integrity will bring the customer back to shop with us

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Welcome!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 03, 2014

 This past week we were honored to have Carole Ann Steiger Vice President of HandsOn Jacksonville join us.

HandsOn Jacksonville inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world.

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http://www.handsonjacksonville.org/

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District Events

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 03, 2014

February 2014 - World Understanding Month
Feb 2nd, 2014 - Rotary Anniverary

Feb 8th, 2014 - Million Dollar Dinner

Feb 14th, 2014 - Rotary Has Heart Project
Feb 17th, 2014 - 25th Annual Stock Car Hall of Fame
Feb 28th, 2014 - Public Image Award Deadline
Mar 1st, 2014 - Literacy Month
Mar 6th, 2014 - All Florida PETS
Mar 31st, 2014 - Awards Submission Deadline
Apr 1st, 2014 - Rotary Magazine Month
Apr 5th, 2014 - District General Assembly
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Rotary Has Heart

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 26, 2014

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset #66794  will  have  volunteers at the "Stop Hunger Now Service Project at

Duncan U. Fletcher High School on 2/15/14 at 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 PM." 

 

-Stop Hunger Now

 This is a project that the Fletcher Interact Club has done for the past 4 years, this year it is on February 15, 2014 at 10 AM -12:30 PM   Last year we packaged 40,000 meals and hope to package as many, if not more this year! That can not be done without the help of other rotary and interact clubs. We would love to have your rotary come and help us package meals! But this can not be accomplished without funds, to put on this project we need donations to make this possible. Clubs in the past have set goals to raise a certain amount of money and would extremely appreciate it if you would think about doing the same.

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We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 20, 2014

PVB Sunset Rotarian Ron Mott spoke to our club last week about his experiences during the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

Amazing work was done by Ron, the team he was on, and the Salvation Army as a whole.

 

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2013 Bell Ringer Champions!!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
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THANK YOU!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 12, 2014
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THANK YOU!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary: A Year of Exciting Achievements

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 12, 2014

Rotary.org 

dear Rotarian, 

This past year was one of exciting achievements and forward momentum for Rotary, as highlighted in the 2012-13 Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation Annual Report

We launched a bold new chapter in our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that makes your contributions to the vital polio eradication end game work three times as hard. 

We also finished preparing for the global launch of our new grant model, boosting our ability to help more communities secure and sustain a better quality of life. And we carried out our first projects with Mercy Ships, while building on our work with Aga Khan University, UNESCO-IHE, the Rotary Peace Centers, and other partners. 

In addition, The Rotary Foundation earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institiute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, and the Wise Giving Alliance. 

I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary. You can order print copies of the report at shop.rotary.org. For those who want a more detailed look at Rotary finances, the audited financial statements are available for download

Thank you for the important role you play in Rotary's work to help meet critical human needs, strengthening the groundwork for a more peaceful world. 

Sincerely, 

John Hewko
General Secretary
Twitter: @
johnhewko 

 

ONE ROTARY CENTER 

1560 SHERMAN AVENUE 

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201-3698 USA 

ROTARY.ORG 

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Rotary News from Around the World

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Dec 09, 2013

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Relief Aid Pours into Typhoon-Struck Communities

For more than three hours, Typhoon Haiyan violently shook the roof, walls, and windows of Edgar Chiongbian’s house. The heavy winds and flying debris threatened to collapse his home to its foundation at any moment.

After the winds subsided and the rain stopped, he emerged from where he and his family had taken cover and inspected the damage.

“We were one of the lucky families,” says Chiongbian, governor of Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. “There was no major damage to our house.”

The outcome was very different for communities and towns in central Philippines closer to the sea. One of the  strongest storms in history, the typhoon brought overwhelming destruction to coastal towns, killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million, and causing billions of dollars in damage.

Soon after the storm, Rotary clubs worldwide began rushing relief aid and funds into devastated communities.

Chiongbian, whose district includes hard-hit Bohol, Cebu, and Ormoc, quickly coordinated efforts with other Philippine districts and clubs to bring lifesaving emergency aid, including food, water, medicine, and clothing, to survivors.

The district also set up a disaster relief fund to channel money where it’s most needed. Chiongbian says they will continue to focus on providing emergency aid, then shift into rebuilding communities.

“To help the victims through the immediate hardship and get them back to having functional lives will take at least one year,” he says. “The rebuilding and recovery phase that follows can be much longer.”

Chiongbian says the typhoon destroyed homes and meeting places of Rotary members throughout the country, “but in spite of their situations, they are working around the clock to aid other victims. We’ve received support from Rotarians all over the world. It is very heartwarming. We are very grateful.”

Other Rotary relief efforts:

·         The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Ontario, Canada, raised more than $20,000 in relief funds, which will be matched by the Canadian government.

·         The Grind Earth Project, founded by members of the Rotary Club of Northwest Austin, Texas, USA, is working with the Rotary Club of San Pedro South, Laguna, Philippines, and WakaWaka Light to supply thousands of solar-powered lamps to affected areas.

·         WorldWaterWorks, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge, England, has delivered more than 500 Water Survival Boxes to disaster areas.

·         Five Rotary districts in Denmark raised more than $60,000 for emergency aid. The clubs plan to raise more for long-term projects.

·         The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians donated $30,000 to affected districts. Several fleets are distributing aid packages in hard-hit remote areas.

·         ShelterBox Response Team members are on the ground across five typhoon-struck islands to distribute nearly 600 ShelterBox tents, benefiting more than 4,000 families.

·         Rotary clubs in District 3450 (Hong Kong; Macau; Mongolia) have contributed more than $70,000 toward relief aid. 

·         Disaster Aid International, an emergency relief organization sponsored by clubs in Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, has provided survival kits and temporary shelter to more than 9,500 people in Leyte Island. 

Read a blog entry from a member of the ShelterBox Response Team 

By Ryan Hyland

Rotary News

6-Dec-2013

 

 

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Wine and Dine Charity Event

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Dec 09, 2013

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset woudl like to thank everyone that participated, volunteered, sponsored, and/or attended our Winefest Event this past Sunday 12/8/13.

It was GREAT FOOD, DRINK, and FRIENDS.

 

Wine and Dine Charity Event Charles Schoonmaker 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0

A Dear Friend's Passing

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 30, 2013

Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends, 

In case you have not yet heard, Ms. JoAnn Radcliffe passed away last Wednesday evening.  She was a past member of the Southside Rotary Club and a Charter Member and Past President of the PVB Sunset Rotary Club.  Memorial services will be held at noon Friday, December 6 at Christ Episcopal Church.  There will be a reception immediately following the service, also at the church.

In lieu of flowers, she and her family have requested donations be made, in her name, to the search for an ALS cure at www.alsa.org/donate.

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Our Club Continues to Grow!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Jacksonville Jaguars Owners' Suite Invitation

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 17, 2013

Owner Shad Khan has given us two seats in the owner's suite to auction off for the December 15th Jaguar/Rotary Game Day!

Description:

Have the football experience of a lifetime when you and a guest receive tickets for a Jaguars home game experience in the Owners' Suite at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium December 15th, 2014.

Your invitation includes two owners suite tickets, VIP parking pass and two pre-game field passes.  All guests must be 18 years or older.

This unique experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that any football fan is sure to love!  Surprise a loved one or splurge on yourself and know that every penny spent is making a difference in the life of a children around the world!  All proceeds will be sent to The Rotary Foundation for the End Polio Campaign in the name of the winning bidder, which means your contribution will also count towards Paul Harris Fellowships.  The Silent Auction begins NOW and ends Midnight, December 6th.  Send your bid to cyndecovington@gmail.com , the winning bidder will be contacted on December 7th. 

Jacksonville Jaguars Owners' Suite Invitation Charles Schoonmaker 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - R.Y.E. Student Interviews

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 02, 2013

Dear Fellow Rotarian's,

We are still requiring assistance with the Rotary Youth Exchange District Final

Interviews being held on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th at:

 St. Johns River State College                                                                                                       

Criminal Justice Building                                                                                                           

2990 College Drive (off SR-16)                                                                                                        

St. Augustine, FL 32084

This year we plan to interview 25 students a day in 5 separate rooms and in 4 different sessions. It will be fast and chaotic but extremely interesting. Although it is best if you plan to attend the entire day, a morning or afternoon session can be arranged. We will need a minimum of 25 Rotarian's per day. Please arrive by 8:00 AM for the Morning Shift (8:00 AM to

1:00 PM) and arrive at 12:45 PM for the Afternoon Shift (1:00 PM to 6:00 PM) on both days.  

 

Directions to sign up online: 

>Go to www.ryeflorida.org

> Open up the 6970 District page by placing the courser on 6970 under the map of Florida, Click on it.

>Page will open up to District 6970 Calendar, go  to November and sign up to participate in the interviews

                                                                                               Or

Please use this link to sign up to help with the interviews

 

   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EAAA72BABFE3-rotary

Or

 

  

                                                    Contact Jeff Hart at: jhart936@hotmail.com   

                                    Please give: Your Name, Cell #, E-mail address, and time(s) you wish to work.

Thank you in advance.

Yours In Rotary,

Jeff


Jeff Hart
Assistant District Vice-Chair, Outbound's
& District Counselor

Rotary Youth Exchange
District 6970

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - R.Y.E. Student Interviews Charles Schoonmaker 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Find out more about Rotary’s work around the world →

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 02, 2013

 

Rotary Giving and Grants

Take action to create positive change locally and globally

 

 

Doing good in Japan

With generous donations from Rotarians around the world, The Rotary Foundation is working to make a difference in needy communities.

Watch a video about efforts to help Japanese communities recover from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Dinner Cruising on the St. Johns River

Posted by Carol Maurer on Oct 30, 2013

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PVB Sunset Rotary Club members thoroughly enjoyed a perfect evening of cruising along the St. Johns River aboard the beautiful Foxy Lady, which docks next to River City Brewing Company.  Many thanks to Captain Steve Danzig and the attentive and friendly crew of Foxy Lady. 

Check out the pictures at: http://jackiehird.com/rotarypv  Password: JaxLady

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Second Harvest - October's Club Service Project

Posted by Carol Maurer on Oct 13, 2013

A volunteer force of 30, including Sunsetters, Ponte Vedra and Nease High Schools Interactors, Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra team members and friends and families, joined together to help Second Harvest.  They committed their Saturday morning to packing (and some unpackaging), sorting, distributing and checking freshness of donated food. Check out the photo album of the event. 

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Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Board Meeting Charles Schoonmaker 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Multi-Club Social

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 05, 2013

Rotarian Luna-tics!

Calling all Rotarians to gather at the bar atop

Casa Marina

October 18th

7PM

Howl at the Full Moon!

And join fellow Rotarians from

Oceanside Rotary

and Ponte Vedra Rotary

For Fun and Libations

Don't be too late- the moon rises at 7:37!

 

Rotarian Multi-Club Social Charles Schoonmaker 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0

Social Media 101 Lesson

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 30, 2013

 The Rotary Club of PVb Sunset welcomed Denise Chislett, RJ from Underwood's Jewelers.  Ms. Denise is responsible for Underwood's Social Media campaign and reviewed some basic Do's and Don'ts for businesses with the club. 

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Grows Again Charles Schoonmaker 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0

Habitat Project

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 28, 2013

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On behalf of the Rotary Club of Ponte VedraBeach Sunset, we wish to "THANK YOU" for donating

your time, effort and energy to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity St. Augustine Service Project

on Saturday, 9/28/13 from 7:45 AM until 3:00 PM.

 

Congratulations for a Service Project Well Done!

A BIG THANK YOU goes to the volunteers listed below:

Carol Maurer

Angus Stephens

Jeff Hart

Bill Renner........Chairman of the Habitat for Humanity-St. Augustine Service Project

Dave Howie

Mark Howie (Dave's son)

Cornelius Whitaker

Deborah Whitaker (Whit's wife)

Doug Brown-Teacher / Sponsor of Fletcher High School Interact Club

Doug Speed- Fletcher High School Interact Club

Brad Boyd-Fletcher High School Interact Club

Mason King-Fletcher High School Interact Club 

Bryce James-Fletcher High School Interact Club

Brian James-(Father of Bryce James, his daughter)

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Congressman Ron DeSantis Visits the Club Charles Schoonmaker 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0

PGA Academy - Not just for the Pro's

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 16, 2013

Jorge Parada, head instructor for The PGA Tour Academy, was nice enought to stop by our Rotary CLub meeting last week and give us an update on the Academy.

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Jags Trivia Night Charles Schoonmaker 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
R.Y.E. Student Ola pays us a visit Charles Schoonmaker 2013-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

It's Football Season!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 07, 2013

Is there a better way to "Kick off' this year's football season than by having our ole' friend and former NFL coach, Larry Pasquale, as our speaker?

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Every Rotarian Every Year

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 07, 2013

A new Rotary record for Foundation giving!

2012-13 contributions to the Annual Fund reached an all-time high, exceeding US$115 million for the first time ever! Achieving annual contributions of this magnitude is a reflection of the extraordinary work of Rotary leaders, like you, around the world. Thank you!

Please spread the word about how every Rotarian can make an impact in their communities and around the world, by supporting our Rotary Foundation every year. With your help, we can reach our visionary goal of US$120 million by 30 June 2014.

 

 

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Tee It Up for Charity

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 31, 2013

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Dear Friends,

 

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset has an opportunity to raise monies towards the eradication of Polio. 

What polio eradication costs

Upwards of US$1 billion per year from all sources is needed in donor contributions to fund the final eradication phase. This level of expense is expected to decrease as wild polio virus transmission is interrupted in the four remaining polio-endemic countries and outbreaks in previously polio-free countries are reduced. The budget for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is revised quarterly to reflect changes in epidemiology as well as financial contributions made by Rotary and other donors to the program.

The Web.com Tour Championship is offering the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset through their 501 (c)(3) Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary Sunset Charities, Inc., an opportunity to receive $10.00 of every $15.00 weekly Clubhouse ticket purchased using the code DRIVE.

All monies raised from ticket sales will be donated to End Polio Now. 

Online : Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster. Rotary supporters can visit www.teeitupforcharitytickets.com or 

webtourchampionship.com and click on the "Tee It Up For Charity " link. At this point, you will be directed to a dedicated Ticketmaster page,

where supporter will enter the unique promotional code....DRIVE, select the number of tickets you wish to purchase, and continue with the 

online purchasing process. once completed, you will receive a confirmation email. Tickets can then be printed at home for no additional charge.

Web.com Tour Championship....Tee It Up for Charity........September 23-29 at the DYE'S  VALLEY COURSE  

Located in PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL  FINALS END HERE......FOUR DAYS >50 PGA TOUR CARDS AT STAKE!

What forms of payment for online purchases are acceptable?

All online orders must be paid by credit card payment at the time of purchase. There are no invoices issued and no partial

payments accepted. MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express are all accepted.

Do you need a parking pass to park at the tournament lot on CR 210 every day?

No, parking is free in the tournament lot off of CR 210 all week.

Will the ticket purchaser receive a receipt for their charitable donation?

The ticket purchase does not constitute a charitable donation, because of the consumer is receiving something of value

in return. For more information, please consult your tax adviser.

Thank you in advance for your support to assist in the eradication of Polio.  

Service Above Self,

Dave

President Dave Howie

Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset 

District 6970

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Charles Schoonmaker 2013-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

Bridge Clean Up

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 23, 2013

The Rotary Club of PVB Sunset would like to THANK all the volunteers that helped with our Inter-coastal Bridge Clean-up Service Project on Saturday, 8/24/13

1) President Dave Howie

2) Megan Howie (Dave's daughter) 

3) John Mencke

4) Sue Mencke (John's wife)

5) Angus Stephens

6) Elena Castello- NHS Interact Club Member

7) Carol Maurer

8) Waine Banyas 

9) McKenzie Bolin-President of the NHS Interact Club

10) Cornelius Whitaker (new member)

11) Deborah Whitaker ( Wife of Cornelius )

12) John Rutkowski

13) Dr. Rebecca Cooper

14) Clarissa Cooper (Rebecca's daughter)

15) Jeff Hart 

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District Governor Visits Charles Schoonmaker 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of PVB Sunset Welcomes New Members Charles Schoonmaker 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

The 11th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 12, 2013

Jennifer Lovell from the Rotaract Club of Jacksonville stopped by to talk to us about the 11th Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala

Each year Rotaractors, Rotarians and other community leaders come together to support a local organization in need of funding at the Annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala. At this event, guests attend wearing anything from blue jeans to tuxedos and enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and an open bar, all while supporting a great cause.

This year First Coast Rotaract is helping in the fight to end cancer by raising monies for the JLG Brain Cancer Foundation. The JLG Foundation is focusing its funding efforts towards the opening and operation of the Mayo Clinic Brain Cancer Tissue Bank right here in Jacksonville. It is an exciting time to be involved with this organization because we have an opportunity to really make a difference. The foundation is $65,000 away from reaching its goal this year and we hope that the Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala will be instrumental in making this dream a reality.

The gala this year will be held on September 7th, 2013 at EverBank Center (301 W. Bay Street). Please come out for a fun and wonderful time while supporting this great cause.

For information on tickets and sponsorship packages please click here.

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Rotary Youth Exhange Outbound Students REBOUND!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

Jaguars 2014 Season

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 10, 2013
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Hello Jaguar Fans:

The weekend so many have waited for, the Return of NFL football is upon us.

Your Hometown Jaguars 2014 Season begins with in-state rival Miami Dolphins in pre-season action Friday right here in Everbank field. Take advantage of Rotary discounts and a portion of each ticket  is donated by the Jaguars to a participating Rotary Club. For this year the process is automated and you may use the following link to reserve and purchase your game tickets.

Last year over 1,000 Rotarians and guests visited Everbank field and the district was able to raise over $20,000.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE JAGUARS TICKETS THROUGH ROTARY6970 

When prompted populate ROTARYin offer and at checking out choose Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset to receive the ticket credit.

Any Question don’t hesitate to contact me directly 904-608-2811.

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Suns Baseball Outing

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 10, 2013

Fellow Rotarians,

Come on out to the baseball grounds to see our Jacksonville Suns take on the Mississippi Braves.

Bring a friend, bring the whole family, its Family Faith Night w/ Jason Crabb in Concert, Bragan

Field Replicia Giveaway and a truly awesome Fireworks display after the game.

Rotarians: There is no charge for admission and parking; additional tickets for family and friends are

$11.50 per person and $7.00 per vehicle.

 AGENDA

5:30 PM Tailgate

7:05 PM Game Time

Please make checks payable to Dave Howie and mail to Dave or give him the attachment at the weekly meeting.

Mail Checks To Arrive No Later Than August 19th TO:

Dave Howie

1813 Falbridge Lane

Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Any questions call or e-mail Dave: Ph (904) 742-2414, or Work: (904) 396-2202, Ext: 105 or

E-mail:  dhowie@mswcpa.com

 

Reminder: No Meeting at the TPC Sawgrass Club House on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 due to the Suns Baseball Bame Outing on Friday, August 30th.

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Welcome RYE Inbound Student Ola Grzegorczyk

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 10, 2013

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 Ola Grzegorczyk, RYE Inbound Student from Poland arrived on Thursday, 8/7/13.
Featured: (Left to Right in the picture below.)
 
Mckenzie Bolin, President of NHS Interact Club and RYE ROTEX Student
Turner Stells, NHS Interact Club
Jarrett Grant-Host Brother to Ola
Adrienne Lord-Host Mother
Ola- RYE Inbound Student from Poland
Kevin Grant-Host Father
Jeff Hart, YEO, RYE District Counselor 
Carter Grant- Host Sister to Ola  & RYE ROTEX Student  

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"The Value of Determination"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 05, 2013

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We were hnored to have Alan Verlander, Executive Director Sports and Entertainment for the City of Jacksonville, as our speaker on Aug. 6th.

In his position, Mr. Verlander, oversees all sporting events, Motion Picture / TV work, and facilities for the City of Jacksonville.  He also is the direct liason for the city to the Jaguars.  

Giving us just a small taste of what the future holds for us, Alan discussed the new NASL soccer team, the 2014 Country Music Fest, the 2015 NCAA Basketball tournament, and the potential for the city to host the BCS Championship game.  

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Exchange Students Visit Our Club

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 03, 2013

We had several Rotary Exchange students visit out club last week.

First we had Short Term Exchange Student Jannik Procman, from Germany, exchange club flags with President Dave.

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....and then we had Rotary Youth Exchange Students Brandon Francis and Hannah Baker practice their Club Presentations.
We wish them luck on their Rotary Exchange Year.
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RI President Burton's Membership Message Charles Schoonmaker 2013-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Foundation Seminar

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 27, 2013

August 17th, is the rapidly approaching date for our annual Foundation Seminar.  This year, in an attempt to give you more bang for the buck and save a Saturday, we are rolling in the Membership Seminar as well.   We listened to your feedback from the previous year, and this year we’ll have a working lunch.  By doing that, the overall length of the meeting will remain about the same. 

Registration will begin at 8:15AM and the seminar at 8:45AM

We should be done and on our way home by 2:30PM, unless we have so captured your attention, that you want us to keep talking!

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Great Lunch
  • Wonderful Speakers and Presentations
  • Fellowship
  • Old Friends

All for the low, low price, of $35 each.

Where you ask?  The Thrasher Horne Center, Orange Park.  This is the same facility we have used for several years.

Who should attend you ask?

  • Foundation Chairs
  • Membership Chairs
  • Clubs that didn’t get the grant they asked for
  • Clubs that did get a grant (this seminar is a requirement for your club and you must have representation)
  • Clubs that want to get involved in grants
  • Those that want to know about the changes to Foundation programs
  • Those that simply want to learn about the Foundation
  • Those that want to hear from clubs excelling at Membership
  • Those that may have received a Foundation award (yes we will be doing those at this meeting)

If your club is exceeding all giving goals, has no membership retention issues and is inducting members every week, and if you know all there is to know about the current state of the Polio Plus campaign, you need not attend.  All others, please come!

Please, asap, get an email to our District Executive Secretary, Patti ChapmanRotaryexecsec@aol.com  with a club headcount.  We need to plan the food accordingly.

thank you so much,

Art

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"We Are Met on a Great Battlefield of that War" Charles Schoonmaker 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 22, 2013

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was proud to have District Governor Nominee Fel Lee on hand to award Paul Harris Fellows to the following Rotarians:

  • Dave Howie
  • Steve Sumner
  • Ron Mott
  • Steve Jones
  • Kathleen Floryan
  • Angus Stephens 

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And awarded this past week, Emory Clance!!!!

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and Dr. Rebecca Copper July 23rd!!!

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Record Breaking PLAYERS and inaugural Web.com Tour Championship

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 15, 2013
 

It was great to have Dan Glod, Vice President of THE PLAYERS and Special Projects as our speaker last week. 

Dan joined THE PLAYERS in April 2013 but has been with the PGA TOUR since 2003.  He will be working closely with THE PLAYERS team to continue enhancing the fan experience, increasing the tournament’s charitable impact and connecting with our local community.  Additionally, he will be working closely with the Web.com Tour Championship team on the inaugural event that will be played on TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course to determine the 50 professional golfers that secure their 2014 PGA TOUR cards.

Check out Web.com at: www.pgatour.com/webcom.html 

 

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 08, 2013

ImageRYLA Student Mckenzie Bolin was on hand to share here experiences with the club.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. 

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Charles Schoonmaker 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0

Week 2 - Minutarian

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 08, 2013

Week 2. Rotary Minute

District 6970 Rotarians

Did you Know we have a new District Website?  Check it out and kudos to our web guru, Howard Kelly.  Included you will find a Speakers Bureau.  These are folks willing to speak at your clubs, and their contact info. Should your club host a great speaker, and they are willing to visit other clubs, please let me know.  We might just add them to the list.

 

Did You Know there is a RealRotaryRadio.org website?    Listen to recorded interviews with RI President Ron Burton or Vice President Anne Matthews.   Rather hear someone from the past, how about Paul Harris, from a 1933 interview?  In a pinch, any of these would make a great program.   There’s more!  A phone number you can call and record your message, about your upcoming club fundraiser, or project.  Best part, it’s free! 

 

Did You Know August 3rd is your next opportunity to attend Rotary Leadership Institute?  Please go to the RLI website, find out more and register.

 

Lastly, I Am Sure You Knew August 17th is our upcoming Foundation and Membership Seminar.   For the fist time, we will combine these two critically important aspects of Rotary, into one meeting.  We hope this will encourage more members to attend, and get engaged.   Included will be updates on all things Foundation and Grants, Foundation related awards, and NO talk about recruiting members.  Instead, best practices on strengthening and increasing your clubs value proposition will be offered. 

Join me as we continue to Engage Rotary, Change Lives

Thanks

Art

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Rotary Year Ends

Posted by Angus Stephens on Jun 24, 2013
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Stephens year ends. Howie Begins.

On Tuesday June 25 the club celebrated the 2012-2013 year with the passing of the gavel. President Angus Stephens recognized his Board of Directors: Carol Maurer, Chuck Schoonmaker, Dave Howie, Jeff Hart, John Mencke, Kathleen Floryan, Steven Jones, Waine Banyas.

Stephens also recognized Steve Danzig as Project Chairman for the year heading the charge on Gala Art Auction. Additonally, Jeff Hart and Carol Maurer were recognized to their contributions to this project in addition to the entire club that participated. Foundation Director Jeff Hart was instrumental in obtaining Paul Harris status for the remaining club members that were not at Paul Harris status. These new Paul Harris members will be recognized on Tuesday the 9th.

Service Above Self Scholarship committee including Jeff Hart, Waine Banyas, Rebecca Cooper, and Emery Clance in addition to Angus Stephens were recognized for their efforts. Two $1000 scholarships were awarded to two outstanding Ponte Vedra youth.

Secretary Carol Maurer was recognized by President Stephens for her selfless contributions not only to Rotary and the club's continual leadership but for her efforts above and beyond in assisting throughout the year. Maurer organized many events and coordinated lots. Carol thanks for all you.

President Angus Stephens

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANN!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 19, 2013

Happy Birthday today to a Rotarian ALL of us LOVE dearly.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANN!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

"Answers for Veterans"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 17, 2013

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset welcomed John Henry November, from Gratitude America Organization.

GratitudeAmerica's mission states that they goal is to "champion an alliance of service & support organizations that partner to provide comprehensive community resources for veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen. These American heroes are owed a debt we can never fully repay, but we are passionate about making a significant difference in their lives."

Check out their website at: http://www.gratitudeamerica.org/

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Craft Talk

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 17, 2013

Newest member Bill Renner presented his Craft Talk to the club last week;

Highlights:

  • Returning Rotarian - Paul Harris Fellow
  • Congressional Page
  • West Point Graduate '53
  • 30 years in Army Signal Corp.
  • Worked in Silicone Valley after retirement
  • Highlights of Military and Civ Career:
    • Cell phones to the battlefield to improve communications
    • Upgrading systems from analog to digital
    • SDI Launch
  • In 2013 he will celebrate his 60th Wedding Anniversary with his wife
  • 3 Children / 5 Grandchildren / 6 Great Grand Children
  • Hobbies:
    • Genealogy
    • Mystery Reader

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"God Gave Her the Words"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 17, 2013

We were honored to have Susan D. Brandenburg, President of Susan the Scribe, Inc., as our speaker last week.  

Ms. Susan is a professional biographer, journalist and freelance writer with more than thirty years of experience.  Recently, in response to several requests, Susan has expanded her services to include mini-biographies and unique Memory Booklets for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Memorials.  Susan has also expanded her list of freelance writing services.  

Versatile and imaginative, Susan has won local, state and national recognition for excellence in communication.  In 1999, Susan wrote the text and Mary Fisher Design provided the graphics for the Creative Environs International, Inc. Silver Addy Award winning Project Book. In 2003 and 2004, Susan's Women's Digest Cover stories received the American Heart Association's Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Communication.  Susan wrote the Teacher's Guide for Holocaust Survivor Henri Landwirth's Gift of Life in America DVD in 2007 and compiled the materials and transcriptions for Stetson Kennedy's Key West Memoir, Grits & Grunts in 2008 (www.stetsonkennedy.com).  Susan is President of Susan the Scribe, Inc., and a bi-weekly columnist for the St. Augustine Record newspaper.  She specializes in human interest stories and in writing the life stories of extraordinary people.  She has discovered, through writing articles, columns and biographies, that there are no ordinary people in this world.  Everyone has a fascinating life story to share with future generations.

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Every Door Direct Mail Charles Schoonmaker 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

Saying Goodbye Again

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 03, 2013

As another Rotary year comes to an end, we once again have to say goodbye to the newest "daughter" of the club RYE Student Maurane Schyns. 

She has touch the lives of so many during her brief stay with us and we wish her the best in all her travels.

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For those of you that weren't with us last week, her touching letter to us is posted above and a picture of the homemade Belgium Chocolates she presented to us as gifts is below.....not jealous are you?  :)

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A New Life, Another World Charles Schoonmaker 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
RYE Outbound Students Soon to Return Charles Schoonmaker 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0

"Buy it Now"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 27, 2013

The club would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Belk Ingram for stepping in as our speaker last week when we received a last minute cancelation.

Belk is a PVB Realtor that has been in the market since 1986.  He noted that the market has been "Great!" and that the only obstacle has been the lack of inventory.

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WELCOME!!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 27, 2013

 The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was proud to welcome in new member Bill Renner. 

Bill is a returning Rotarian after a 2 year hiatus.  He is retired from the Army and as a point of interest is a West Point graduate.

WELCOME BACK BILL TO THE ROTARY FAMILY!

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"Networking for a Cause"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 20, 2013

What a great meeting last week as we had several traveling Rotarians with us.

Not only did we have returning friends like Kathy Emily from NC, Helge Strom-Olsen from Sweden, Susan Goldring and Horton Hickerson from NJ, but we met our new friends Marshal and Lynda Hartman from St. Thomas who presented President Angus with a flag from their club:

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 Our Guest Speaker for the night was also Rotarian Joe Anzalone, who is District's 6970 Foundation Area Governor.

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Joe spoke to us about some Club Membership Do's and Don'ts and the need for each Rotary Club to evaluate itself to ensure it is relevant to the younger generation behind us as a solid networking opportunity. 

 

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Service Above Self Winner - Ponte Vedra

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 20, 2013

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We were pleased to present Kaitlyn Kessler with our Service Above Self Award for Ponte Vedra Beach High School.

Kaitlyn's Community Service efforts included:

  • Volunteering with the American Cancer Society as a team captain for the Relay for Life Event as a freshman and then expanded her talents as a Junior, when she was appointed to the Advocacy Chair for the Ponte Vedra Relay for Life Event.
  • She heightened her commitment when she was promoted to the St. Johns Executive Unit Operating Board for the American Cancer Society where she lobbied for funding for cancer related programs during the Advocacy Day in Tallahassee.
  • Tutored middle school students in Algebra.

Her other activities included:

  • Kaitlyn was a recipient of the Academy Award for Excellence during her freshman and sophomore years at Ponte Vedra High School.
  • As the founding member of the Future Business Leaders of America Chapter, she won the district and state levels as a freshman and qualified for the National Competition. 
  • Her leadership continued as the Captain of the Academic WorldQuest Team and as an active member of Rho Kappa and the Hispanic Society.
  • As the first Short Term Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Germany, she represented the United States well and became a citizen of the world.

In her essay, she stated, “ Service Above Self will mean something different to every person you ask. It’s an inspiration to turn your life around, the call to community

service, or the invitation to brighten another’s day. All are noble interpretations but to me, Service Above Self is more than a temporary inspiration, it’s a mantra I try

to live my life by.” 

 

She is certainly an inspiration to all of us. 

Service Above Self Winner - Ponte Vedra Charles Schoonmaker 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

Every Rotarian Every Year

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 20, 2013

 

Rotarians in Maharashtra, India, used funds from their 2011-12 district grant to provide families with clean water and to equip homes with solar energy.

“The overall impact of the district grant on the quality of life in the communities served can be described as very significant,” says Rahul Timbadia, past governor of District 3140. “Since the district awarded grant funds to 45 clubs, the impact was certainly widespread.”

Check out the whole story:  http://www.rotary.org/en/mediaandnews/news/pages/130124_news_indiagrants.aspx

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HELLO SUNSETTER BOARD

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 20, 2013

We have a full agenda this evening so PLEASE be on time for our 5pm Call to Order.

ALL are welcome.  If you are looking for a makeup or just interested in what we're up to please join us.

 

 

 

 

 

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Off Property During the TPC

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on May 06, 2013

What a great time we had at the Hilton Garden Inn this past Tuesday May 7th.

Due to the tournament we needed to change venues from the Clubhouse to HGI's banquet room and as usual that team welcomed us with open arms.

We had some great traveling Rotarians with us:

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One of our Service Above Self Award Winners Cassie Perrela:

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 And we had Tom O'Neal, VP of American Funds as our guest speaker:

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 Tom spoke to us about Perception vs. Reality in the market recently.  Which table do you think has the most top area?

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Surprise Going Away Party

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 29, 2013

Last week our club was honored to attend the surprise going away party for Sam and Lolly Van Leer. 

What better place to have the party than the place that has meant so much to Sam and his wife Lolly than the Beaches Museum Chapel . These photos show the smiles of the many that attended to let them know they will be missed:  http://beachesmuseum.org/gatherings/2013/SamVanLeerGoingAway/photos.php

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Celebrating Our Island's Heritage

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 15, 2013

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was honored to have Dr. Maarten van de Guchte, Executive Director of the Beaches Museaum and History Park, as our speaker last week.

Dr. Maarten updated us on a project near to our heart, the relocation of the St. Paul's By-The-Sea/Beaches Chapel, the Oldest Historical Structure on the Beaches, to the Beaches Museum & History Park.  The chapel was the setting of it's 1st wedding this past weekend.

The Beaches Museum & History Park has also been chosen to conduct the HGTV Smart Home 2013 Charity Tours, located in Paradise Key, South Jacksonville Beach, Florida. The proceeds of the charity tours will benefit the Beaches Museum & History Park.  The HGTV Smart Home 2013 is a fully furnished coastal classic design with a modern twist.  The home features a front porch, metal roof, shingle siding, and is contemporary and progressive coastal cottage in nature. Smart home technology connects many of the home's appliances and devices, and allows occupants to monitor energy use and control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other electronics. The grand-prize package is valued at over $900,000.  Check it out at: http://www.beachesmuseum.org/sh/index.php

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“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 15, 2013
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We were happy to have fellow Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotarian Sam Van Leer at our last meeting on Tuesday April 16th.

Sam spent time describing his unique beekeeping past time to the club.

It times like these that we know Sam will truly be missed when he moves away.

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“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Charles Schoonmaker 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

Nease High School Service Above Self Scholarship Winner

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 04, 2013

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Cassie Perrella....2013 Service Above Self Scholarship Recipient from Nease High School.
Cassie was awarded a $1,000.0 Scholarship and Service Above Self Plaque from the Rotary Club
of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset. 

 

Nease High School Service Above Self Scholarship Winner Charles Schoonmaker 2013-04-05 00:00:00Z 0

D6970 Awarded North American Certificate of Achievement in Youth Exchange

Posted by Carol Maurer on Apr 01, 2013
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Congratulations are in order to us! On February 16, 2013 at the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) Conference, District 6970's Rotary Youth Exchange Program was awarded a Gold Certificate of Achievement. This is testament to all the hard work and commitment to the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  Thanks to all the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians for their hard work and continued support.
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Walk to defeat ALS Charles Schoonmaker 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0

"We want to know what your palate is looking for"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 25, 2013

 New Rotarian, Emery Clance, was nice enough to expand on the normal Craft talk and speak to the club last week about his business Tim's Wine Market located right here in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Emery is a native Floridians born in Jacksonville, Fl. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Jean for 40+ years. They have lived in New Orleans, LA (where their children were born); Savannah, GA and Dallas, TX before moving back to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in 2000. Emery and Jean began enjoying wine in the early 80s. Their enjoyment grew into the desire to open a wine shop.

Tim’s Wine Market operates on a very simple model: provide service, selection and value. This old fashioned, customer oriented attitude has allowed us to be the number one choice for Florida Wine drinkers that want the unbiased opinions of a local expert.

Their website is an extension of this attitude.  Unlike most sites, you won’t see an extensive inventory, wine critic scores or a shopping cart. They prefer personal interaction with their customers, to listen to your needs and help you select the best wine for your budget and taste. Rather than carry every wine made, they try to carry something for everyone’s taste and assure you that every selection is made with an attention to the quality and value of the wine. Because of this, they hope that every bottle you buy from Tim’s exceeds your expectations in both value and enjoyment.

http://www.timswine.com/locations/ponte-vedra/

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"We want to know what your palate is looking for" Charles Schoonmaker 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z 0

2nd Harvest Food Bank Event

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 23, 2013

Sharing Floor Stocking Event  

Saturday - March 23rd 

THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING!!!

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Individual & Family Adjustements to Medical Hardships

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 18, 2013

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset welcomed Michael J. Womack L.C.S.W. this past week as it's featured speaker.  Michael spoke to the club about the hardships that can occur to a family dynamic when a sudden illness occurs within it.

Michael has been a Clinical Social Worker since 2011 and has been with Mayo Clinic since 2009.  His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University.  He has also spent time with the Veterans Administration, is a adjunct professor at UNF, and has just recently opened up his own private practice in Neptune Beach, FL.   

Please feel free to contact him at: mwomacklcsw@gmail.com

Connecting     Guiding     Empowering

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First Coast Beaches

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 11, 2013

This past week the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset welcomed Rotarian and Engineer Dr. Keven Bodge who spoke to us about the environment and beach erosion here on the First Coast.

Dr. Bodge is Senior Vice President of the coastal engineering consulting firm of Olsen Associates, Inc. where he began his life in Jacksonville in  1986.

Dr. Bodge’s undergraduate & mastersdegrees in engineering are from Virginia Tech & University of Delaware, and he received his doctoral in coastal & oceanographic engineering from University of Florida.

He is a resident of Atlantic Beach and a member of Oceanside Rotary.

   

 

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Economy, Earnings, and Emotions

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 04, 2013

 PVB Sunrise Rotarian Neil Powell was nice enough to speak to our club about the economy on Tuesday March 5th.

As a Wealth Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Neil brings thirteen years of asset management experience to the team.  In his role as Senior Portfolio Manager, he develops and implements the team’s customized investment strategies and proactively manages their tactical investment portfolios.  In addition to researching information from numerous third party sources, Neil works closely with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Global Investment Committee, strategists, and economists throughout the world.

 

Neil graduated cum laude from the University of Florida (UF) with a BSBA degree in Finance.  He worked his way through UF as a part time assistant to the director of the Finance department.  He serves his community through the American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps and Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary.

 

Born in Jacksonville, Neil now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach and treasures time with his wife, Kristina, and their two young children, Marin and Davis.  Neil is an avid Gator fan and enjoys the Jaguars, surfing, live music, and golfing.

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Relay for Life

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 04, 2013

Nancy and Eric Sandler stopped by the meeting on Tuesday March 5th to present some information on:

  • March 2013 is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  • Relay for Life Event: April 6-7, 2013 at the Ponte Vedra High School

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Together, Anything's Possible

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 25, 2013

It was a pleasure to have Bill Hughes, General Manager TPC Sawgrass, as our speaker last week.

Bill Hughes turned professional in 1979 after playing golf at Bowling Green State University. A member of the PGA of America since 1984, Mr. Hughes became a member of the illustrious group of PGA Master Professionals in 1995.

Throughout his career in the Club Industry, Mr. Hughes has held the position of Head Professional at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, Ohio and General Manager/Owner of Country Acres Golf Club in Ottawa, Ohio. In 1996 Mr. Hughes was hired by the PGA TOUR as General Manager/Director of Golf at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1999, Mr. Hughes relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio as General Manager/Director of Golf to open the first and only PGA TOUR owned and operated facility in his home State, the TPC Rivers Bend designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. In 2003, Mr. Hughes was promoted to Regional Director of TPC Operations and relocated to Dallas, Texas to open the 25th owned and operated PGA TOUR facility in the United States working with PGA TOUR Player and famed architect Tom Weiskopf.

In 2006, Mr. Hughes was asked to relocate to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and oversee the final stages of construction and global repositioning of the TPC Sawgrass, the flagship of the TPC Network.

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Rotary: A Year of Major Accomplishments

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 25, 2013

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This past year was one of major accomplishments for Rotary and your Rotary Foundation.

Extraordinary progress was made toward the eradication of polio. We made history when India was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries — leaving just Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A difficult road lies ahead, but thanks to the commitment and generosity of Rotarians and friends, we are confident that Rotary will lead the way toward a polio-free world.

We also expanded Rotary’s reach in new and effective ways by entering into partnerships with Mercy Ships and UNESCO-IHE. And we built on our record of humanitarian service by continuing our strong relationships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Aga Khan University, Oikocredit and the Rotary Peace Centers.

Over half a million young people worldwide participated in our New Generations programs. Their involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract and Interact clubs, and RYLA events helped them develop skills that they’ll need to become service-minded community and global leaders - and future Rotarians.

In 2012, The Rotary Foundation also earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.

As we look ahead, we can be proud of all that Rotarians have accomplished. I am pleased to share the digital version of the 2011-12 Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual Report (click here), which offers a firsthand look at how Rotarians are working to improve the lives of people in need. I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.

Thank you for helping Rotary achieve lasting change in your community and around the world. 

Sincerely,

John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation
Twitter: @johnhewko

Rotary: A Year of Major Accomplishments Charles Schoonmaker 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0

No Excuses!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 18, 2013

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Phil Squatrito, the new owner of Fitness Together in Ponte Vedra Beach, spoke to our club last week about setting personal fitness goals.  By making fitness hard but fun, Phil is currently "whipping" several Sunset Rotarians back into shape. 

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Gala Art Auction

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 14, 2013

Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset

would like to Thank everyone that supported our

Gala Art Auction

 

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Stand United

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 11, 2013
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Gene Frenette, Sports Columnist for the Florida Times-Union, was our guest speaker this past week at the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset. 

Gene has been employed at the Florida Times-Union since 1981 and has been a sports columnist since 1988. Although a native of Vermont, he has lived in Florida since right after he left college. He is married and has four children. 

Ironically it was the same day the Jaguars rolled out their new logo and announced plans for the upcoming year.  "Stand United" is the team slogan for the new year that will have a new GM, coaching staff, and potentially a lot of new players.  The team has decided to keep tickets prices at the same rate for 80% of the stadium in the hopes that the already strong fan base supports the team even more.

Gene predictes this offseason for the Jags to be a very interesting one as the team tries to re-build through free agency as well as the draft.  As the team turns over players it also has some very tough decisions to make on key players like Derick Cox and Blaine Gabbert.   

It was a great evening with Mr. Frenette, and we look forward to having him back soon.

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'A St Valentine's Day Murder Mystery'

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 09, 2013

 

At the height of prohibition in 1920s Chicago, there was a mob war brewing between the South Side Gangsters and the Northern Chicago Mob Outfit. The two ruthless crime leaders Hal Sapone and Beanie O’Dannon reached a mutual agreement on bootlegging practices in Chicago and decided to pull together resources and undergo a collaborative effort with criminal endeavors. This was similar to bailing out a hole-ridden ship with tin cups as it was only a matter of time before one side dropped the anchor and let the ship submerge.

To everyone’s surprise, gangsters from either side were spotted partying together at various speakeasies around Chicago but the tension in the air was always thick enough to be cut with a knife. However, this newfound relationship between the mob bosses did inhibit gratuitous bloodshed between the two groups as there had been previously. To further aid this new relationship, both crime bosses found new female companions, thereby intertwining more relationships between the two mobs.

However, one fated night at ‘The Grand Gatsby’ Speakeasy proved to be the final straw that broke the camel’s back as the two crime factions gathered together for a good time on St. Valentine’s Day. To everybody’s horror, one of the guests at the speakeasy was murdered! It was not a cut-and-dry case on whodunit so the mobsters decided to work together to solve the crime before a massive mêlée broke out that would certainly rekindle the fatal flames between these two criminal organizations.

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'A St Valentine's Day Murder Mystery' Charles Schoonmaker 2013-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Heals on Wheels

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 09, 2013

The Rotary Club of Jacksonville enjoyed such an abundant success on their Centennial Project, funding a fully equipped mobile health clinic (aka: Heals on Wheels) for the St. Vincent’s Foundation’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, that they we will be also able to present a check in the amount of $55,000 to the St. Vincent’s Foundation this coming Tuesday, February 12th. This check will help fund an electronic medical records system, which will in turn improve efficiency and enable the mobile health clinic to serve even more people in need of its services.

Rotary District 6970 Check Presentation to St. Vincent’s

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

11:30 am

Lake Shore Baptist Church Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

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We win!!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 28, 2013
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Salvation Army Major Ron Mitt presents the Rotary Club of PVb Sunset the traveling trophy for top charitable club this year.

Community Service Director Waine Banyas organized this years service project.

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A Journey Into Radio

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 28, 2013
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Mr. Dave Archard was the speaker this past week at the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset's weekly meeting.

Dave Archard was born in 1936 in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the Bergen County school district in 1954 and, after training at Broadcast Coaching Associates in New York City, began his career as staff announcer for WMYB in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In the late fifties, he introduced the exciting Top 40 sound to the west coast of Florida from powerful WALT, Tampa, achieving record breaking audience ratings in both Hooper and Pulse surveys. He moved with his growing family to WFUN in Miami where he excelled as a copywriter and production director. Settling in Daytona Beach in the seventies, Archard handled broadcast duties at several stations in the market including sales and operations for number one easy-listening WWLV (FM). Now retired, he resides with his wife in Florida.

Dave relived with the members the era of radio when mysteries and comedy shows filled living rooms from radios that were more four-legged cabinets.  He also described what happened as the Golden Age of Radio waned at the beginning of Rock 'n' Roll, and FM.  He even described more recent changes that brought about Talk Radio, all sports/news channels, and today's satellite driven market.

Check out his website and book at:  http://www.davearchard.com/index.html

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The Players Championship - A Local Tradition for Over 40 Years

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 14, 2013

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Matthew Rapp, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship, was our club's guest speaker on January 15, 2013.

Matt has worked for the PGA TOUR since 2005. Before taking over The PLAYERS Championship in May of 2010, he worked in the TOUR’s corporate marketing department where he focused on title sponsor sales and was responsible for over $500 million in sponsorship agreements with companies that include: The Greenbrier, Children’s Miracle Network, Transitions Optical, Northern Trust, Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Royal Bank of Canada, Boeing and Regions.

Since taking over as Executive Director of The PLAYERS Championship, Matt has focused on significantly enhancing the fan experience, increasing the event’s charitable impact and reinvigorating its vital connection with the local community. 

Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, Matt held several senior executive positions in public relations and communications with the ATP World Tour, governing body of men’s professional tennis and Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations firm. His first job was working on Capitol Hill with the former assistant majority leader of the US Senate, Wendall Ford.

A native of Louisville, KY, Matt has lived and worked in many cities throughout the United States and around the world including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, London and Brussels, Belgium but is proud to call Jacksonville his home since 2001.

Matt graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 where he rowed crew and studied international relations.

The Players Championship - A Local Tradition for Over 40 Years Charles Schoonmaker 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Scholarship

Posted by Angus Stephens on Dec 31, 2012
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“Service Above Self”

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Foundation will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to two high school juniors or seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”  Scholastic achievement is also taken into consideration when selecting scholarship recipients. 

 

To be eligible, a student must be a junior or senior in good standing at Ponte Vedra High School or Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida.  Students attending other schools are NOT eligible. 

 

The student should be planning to attend a four-year college, a two-year college, a trade school or a vocational/technical school with a program of study of one year or longer.  Immediate relatives of Rotarians are not eligible for this scholarship.

For more information or an application please see Site Page or email President Angus M Stephens at angusmstephens@gmail.com

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PVB SUNSET Rotary Gives Back

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Dec 17, 2012

The Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotary Club President Angus Stephens and Community Service Director Waine Banyas delivered donated goods to the Mission House at 800 Shetter Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. 

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RYE Student Maurane Schyns

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Dec 17, 2012

Fellow Rotarians,

We have the rare opportunity to be hosting Maurane Schyns as our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Belgium this year.

If you have not had the opportunity to invite Maurane to participate with your family in an activity, please consider to do so in the future. Maybe invite Maurane to dinner, a movie, a concert, a theater play or some other fun activity, that you and your family may enjoy.  

We are wishing, that Maurane will gain a better insight of our American culture.

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Holiday Greetings from the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset Charles Schoonmaker 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 26, 2012

Rotarians have been "Bell Ringing" for two weekends now with some great results!

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Not a Good Meeting to Miss...

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 19, 2012

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Steve Jones prepared dessert tableside (so to speak) for us last weej, using 2 skillets, each containing butter and brown sugar.  Once hot, he added juice and sliced fresh strawberries to the first skillet and then generously sprinkled that with cracked black pepper (yes! black pepper!).  To the second skillet he added bananas and a sweet liquor - to make Bananas Foster.  These decadent concoctions were served hot over generous scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Can a dessert be too yummy?

Not a Good Meeting to Miss... Charles Schoonmaker 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0

What to Wear - What to Wear

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 05, 2012

If by chance you see a Sunset Rotarian this week and think: "Wow! They look fabulous!"  That's all because we were paid a visit from Fitz Opie and Christine Bornmiller from Rosenblum's this past week.  Both Fitz and Christine brought everyone up to speed on the latest fashions from cuts to colors.

Rosenblum's has enjoyed clothing generations of friends for over 110 years by establishing relationships built on trust and their continued desire to exceed expectations.

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November Community Service Project

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 05, 2012

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The Rotary Club of PVB Sunset joined forces with The Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra Beach and two other northeast Florida HGIs packaging food for distribution to 17 north Florida counties, on Saturday November 10th at the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

This event kicked off Hilton's Global Week of Service, and fellow Rotarian Carol Maurer lead their efforts.  

THANK YOU for your generous Rotary spirit! 

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President of the Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Lamping

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 05, 2012
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Mark Lamping, President of the Jacksonville Jaguars, spoke to the club on Tuesday Nov. 6th and th PVB Sunset Rotary Club is now ALL IN!!!    

Mark Lamping was named President of the Jacksonville Jaguars on February 13, 2012. A veteran of more than 20 years as an executive in professional sports, Lamping became the Jaguars’ first president since the end of the 1996 season. His professional career includes experience as a marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch, serving as Commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association, 14 seasons as president of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and the past four years as CEO of New Meadowlands Stadium Company where he ran MetLife Stadium. The Giants 2012 Super Bowl victory enabled Lamping to become one of the few sports executives to have received both a Super Bowl ring and World Series Championship ring. Lamping earned his World Series ring as president of the St. Louis Cardinals following their 2006 championship season.

 

 

President of the Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Lamping Charles Schoonmaker 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Effective Proton Cancer Treatment Delivered with all the Resources of a Non-Profit Major Academic Medical Center.

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 22, 2012

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was proud to have Dr. Nancy Price Mendenhall from the University of Florida Proton Therapy Instiute as our guesy speaker.

Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute is staffed, situated and structured as a major clinical research facility, and serves as a center for multidisciplinary research involving all interests that touch cancer and its treatment. 

Proton therapy is a relatively new cancer treatment to the Southeast United States. With the availability of proton therapy, Florida residents – and cancer patients throughout North America and the world – enjoy access to one of the most advanced non-invasive cancer treatment tools available.

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Effective Proton Cancer Treatment Delivered with all the Resources of a Non-Profit Major Academic Medical Center. Charles Schoonmaker 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Helping Today's Youth Become Tomorrow's Successful Leaders.

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 15, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset welcomed Kirk and Linda Farber from the F.A.C.E. program.

Since its inception in 2003, F.A.C.E. has reached more than 20,000+ students building self- confidence, nurturing broken spirits, growing moral character and instilling a non-defeatist attitude. In addition to the contribution F.A.C.E. makes building a child’s self esteem, F.A.C.E. also helps combat one the greatest new threats facing our next generation, childhood obesity along with addressing anger management issues.

F.A.C.E. achieves holistic personal and academic success by simultaneously:

• Combining exercise and coordination drills with character education development training to enhance the ability to learn in and out of the classroom.
• Targeting at-risk children selected by their teachers and school administration to receive personalized attention through an intensive eight-week program.
• Utilizing a component program of F.A.C.E.,“Building a Community – One Leader at a Time!”, that reaches all students through an assembly presentation.
• Combining mentoring and positive social learning techniques.
• Building confidence and self-esteem that nurture a students’ ability to achieve academically.

Check them out at: http://www.face4kids.org/

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OFFSITE MEETING TONIGHT

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 15, 2012
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This week's regular meeting will be held offsite at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ponte Vedra Beach which is located right at the front gates of TPC.

We wish our friends at TPC good luck as the Winn Dixie Golf Tournament kicks off.

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Looking for a Online Meeting Make-up?

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 08, 2012

 

It’s now official. Sandra Hartley is the charter president of our District’s first E-Club. Its official name is the Rotary E-Club of Northeast Florida. The website is fully operational. Go to:

eclubnefl.clubexpress.com

Rotarians in our district can attend E-Club of NE Florida meetings to do their make-ups. And you are encouraged to join in the conversations with their members.

If you are a visiting Rotarian wishing to make up a meeting with this club, please select the tab in the left menu entitled "Member Signup". Sign in as a "Visiting Rotarian" to get started. Once in, click "Next" at the bottom of the Member Interest page.

Rotary International requires that visiting Rotarians who plan to use our club for a make-up spend a minimum of 20 minutes in the site. The program portion of the meeting will provide you with the 20 minutes you need. However, you are invited to visit the entire meeting. A minimum donation of 5.00 is required and must be separate from any additional contribution. To donate more, please go back to the main menu and click on the Donation link. Make your contribution in the "miscellaneous" category. To receive credit for your visit, please print your $5.00 receipt to give to your club secretary. More information available at District Conference.

Looking for a Online Meeting Make-up? Charles Schoonmaker 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

RYE Student Interviews - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 08, 2012
Once again our district is gearing up for another great year in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

In the next 2 weeks "At Home" interviews will be taking place and the RYE program needs you.

Two person teams will interview potential students at their house with their parents.  The interview will take about 1 hour and has a standard set of questions that are asked of all students.  The interviewers simple ask and score the response.

PLEASE contact Jeff Hart if you would like to help out.
RYE Student Interviews - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Charles Schoonmaker 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

"Intelligence Lead Policing"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 08, 2012
It was our pleasure to welcome Major Sam Williams and Detective Dave Rasado to our meeting On October 9th.

The officers introduced the new ILP (Intelligence Lead Policing) process the county is using to the members.  ILP is a proactive process that not only forecasts potential criminal trends but also shares information between separate departments throughout the state.

When asked what the best thing members could do to protect themselves, the officers were in agreement that just locking your car/house would probably cut crime 50%. 

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"What are you passionate about?"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 01, 2012
It was a pleasure to host Ken Weise and Kristi Robins from the Youth Crisis Center last week.

Founded in 1974 as Florida’s first runaway program, Youth Crisis Center has grown to one of the largest and best-known providers of services for runaway, displaced and troubled youth and their families.

YCC provides residential shelter, counseling, transitional and independent living programs for children, teens and young adults. YCC provides more than a safety net for those in need, YCC provides hope to hundreds of youth and their familes every year.

Nationally recognized as setting a standard in youth services, YCC is ranked as one of the top five programs in the United States by the Youth Policy Institute in Washington DC. YCC has been honored with two Presidential Commendations for Excellence, and has received numerous state honors awards by the State of Florida.

YCC has been featured on 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, and Wards of the Street, a national documentary. YCC has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and Readers Digest, and has been featured numerous times by local media.

YCC continues to be one of the highest scoring residential programs in the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Quality Assurance process. As a leader in the field, YCC has launched and championed a variety of innovative programs over the years, the most recent of which is Touchstone Village. This unique program is already being studied as a model for effective transitional facility for young adults aging out of foster care nationwide.

Check them out at: http://www.youthcrisiscenter.org/

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“My life is like a stroll on the beach...as near to the edge as I can go.” - Thoreau

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 17, 2012
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It was a great pleasure to host our own local "Certified Beach Comber" Craig Hamilton last week.  Craig was able to fill in at the last minute and kept us all entertained with stories of all the items he has found "washed up" on the 1st Coast.  From unique shells, stones, and camel's teeth to FOUR messages in a bottle, it was clear that one just needs to keep your eyes open to find amazing things locally.

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Feeling the Heat in Florida

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 10, 2012
It was our pleasure last week to host Dr. Allen Tilley (Emeritus Professor at UNF) and retired US Navy officer. 

Dr. Tilley taught courses on global warming and organized an interdisciplinary course cluster on the topic.  As moderator of the North Florida Global Warming Study Group he has been producing an online global warming newsletter for years.  Dr. Tilley talked us through not only some basic facts about the subject but also the discourse that has been occuring on the subject.

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"Focus on What's Good for You"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 03, 2012
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This past week we had the pleasure to host Emily Hoffman, MSH, RD, LD/N.  Emily currently works as the program dietitian for Jacksonville’s senior
centers, where she plans menus, provides nutrition counseling and conducts nutrition education and exercise classes for the seniors. She received her graduate degree from the University of North Florida and has been working as a dietitian in the Jacksonville area for the past 2 years. Emily enjoys promoting overall health and well-being by teaching and getting others excited about food and nutrition.

Emily talked to our club about focusing on eating the right foods NOT just avoiding the bad foods.

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"Focus on What's Good for You" Charles Schoonmaker 2012-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

From the Fields to Our Tables

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 20, 2012
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John D. Willis, owner of the Columbia Livestock Market, spoke to us this past Tuesday and did a very good job letting us know exactly "where that steak on your plate came from."

Columbia Livestock Market is a family owned and operated business located just South of Lake City on US Highway 441, they hold a cattle sale every Monday.  The owners/ operators of Columbia Livestock Market are on sight before, during and after the sale to assist their customers with any questions or concerns regarding the sale order, bidding process, price of cattle, and transaction process.

Check them out at: http://www.columbialivestock.com/Home_Page.html
 
From the Fields to Our Tables Charles Schoonmaker 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Sunsetters WELCOME BACK Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jane Viviano

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 20, 2012
What a joy it was for our club to WELCOME BACK our 2011-12 RYE student Jane Viviano from her year abroad in Turkey.

Jane shared with us some great photos taken during her year as well as all of her highs and lows.

We are very happy to have her back.

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Sunsetters WELCOME BACK Rotary Youth Exchange Student Jane Viviano Charles Schoonmaker 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

AMAZING Presentations

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 20, 2012
The Rotary Club on Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset was proud to WELCOME BACK our RYE Student Victoria Gesell at last Tuesday's meeting.  Victoria did a fantastic presentation on her time spent in Finland this past year.
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We also were excited to have Shannon Cantwell, 2011-12 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Ireland and Founder & Director of Athletes for Africa.  Shannon shared with us not only about her time in Ireland but all of the projects she has worked on throughout the year.  We wish her well with the Tim Tebow Foundation.  
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Back to School Community Service Project

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 12, 2012
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This past Monday August 13th, Sunset Rotarians set out for Elkton, FL to support the SEA Community Center in their annual Back to School Event at the First Baptist Church Armstrong. Not only only were we able to participate in handing out the school supplies we donated to families in need, but we were also able to see the brand new Rotary sponsored St. Vincent's Mobile Health Clinic.  What a GREAT night! 

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THANK YOU to our Rotary Leadership Institute Attendees Charles Schoonmaker 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Victoria Gesell is back!!! Carol Maurer 2012-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

St. John's County Foster Kids - Clothing Drive

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 29, 2012
The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset is currently collecting "gently used" clothing for children of ALL ages for the St. John's County Foster Kids Program.

Please feel free to drop any clothing off at any meeting, Tuesdays at TPC,  or at the Front Desk of the Hilton Garden Inn.
St. John's County Foster Kids - Clothing Drive Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
RYE Outbounds Students heading out this Week!!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

SAVE THE DATE

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 29, 2012
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August Community Service Project - "Smart Potatoes"

Monday August 13th
SAVE THE DATE Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z 0

Supportive - Considerate - Sensible - Contructive - Mutual

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 23, 2012
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The club was honored to host our speakers from The Collaborative Group.

The Group assists divorcing individuals with a cooperative process that gives families resources and options unavailable in traditional divorce models. First Coast Collaborative Family Law is a group of independently practicing family law attorneys, mediators, business valuators, mental health professionals and financial advisors specializing in divorce issues. Each practitioner, while in business independently in their field, has joined First Coast Collaborative Family Law to provide cohesive, multi-disciplinary services to divorcing clients. Realizing that the issues and concerns of most divorcing individuals do not fall into one area: legal, financial, emotional - but rather a combination of all of these, First Coast Collaborative Family Law works to find a better solution to divorcing clients' family and settlement needs.


Check out their website at:
http://www.thecollaborativegroup.com/
Supportive - Considerate - Sensible - Contructive - Mutual Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Jane is Back!!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 23, 2012
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RYE Outbound Student Jane Viviano returned to the U.S.A. @ 1:30am Sunday, or is that Monday, the 15th.

Make sure to join us in August when we properly welcome her back and hear her presentation.

 
Jane is Back!!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

2012-13 Rotary Theme : "Peace Through Service"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 23, 2012
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New Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka: “Peace is not something that can only be achieved through treaties, by governments, or through heroic struggles,  It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways.  Peace and conflict resolution should start at home. The family is the smallest unit of society, so we should start from there. If you are mindful of peace with your partner and your family members, that gives you an opportunity to reflect on your family life and to spread that sense of peace by example. Peaceful families lead to greater peace for everyone ”

see his full story at: http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/TheRotarian/Pages/Tanaka1207.aspx
2012-13 Rotary Theme : "Peace Through Service" Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Best in Luxury! Best in Tours! Best in Service!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 23, 2012
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It was our pleasure last week to host Garry Sasse, Owner of AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation, Inc. 

AdLib Luxury Tours & Transportation is a licensed Receptive Tour Operator in North Florida.
They offer a custom service for groups of ALL sizes with specialty tours of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, & Ponte Vedra Beach. 
"AdLib" allows customers to be flexible with their itinerary.

AdLib Tour services include: 

  • Step-on group bus tours
  • Private van tours
  • European tasting tours
  • Military group tours
  • River cruise tours

Their latest idea is the Jacksonville Walking Tour: Jacksonville "Top to Bottom" - You can enjoy the River City's unique sites and untold stories. Discover secret underground tunnels and view Downtown atop the historic Florida Theatre

Check out Adlib tours at: http://www.adlibtours.com or contact Gary directly at gary@adlibtours.com
Best in Luxury! Best in Tours! Best in Service! Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Make Your Plans with Confidence

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 09, 2012
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It was our pleasure last week to host Mr. Kellen Bryant, founder of Law Office of R. Kellen Bryant, P.L. and a Jacksonville, Florida native, as our speaker.

Kellen focuses his law practice on estate planning and elder law with a particular focus on asset protection and preservation from long term care costs, creditors, and predators. Kellen works with families with special needs adults and children, small business owners, newlyweds, octogenarians and their respective parents and children in between.

Kellen’s approach to estate and elder care planning seeks a comprehensive and collaborative involvement, not only with himself and you, but with the important folks involved in your life such as your children, financial advisor, accountant and professional caregivers.

Check out his firm at:
http://www.kellenbryantlaw.com/index.php

http://www.youtube.com/embed/OubRDBUHw14?feature=player_embedded
Make Your Plans with Confidence Charles Schoonmaker 2012-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world."

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 29, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was at it again this past Saturday June 30, 2012 as they were out in force to clean up our lovely intercoastal bridge.  Although small in number this team was able to clean up the entire bridge, gutters included, in under 2 hours.

THANK YOU to ALL that participated - especially those children or friends of Rotarians.
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"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world." Charles Schoonmaker 2012-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Gavel Passing

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 25, 2012

Although officially not taking over as Club President until July 1, 2012, the official gavel passing between 2011-12 Club President Chuck Schoonmaker and 2012-13 Club President Angus Stephens occurred during the club's last official meeting on June 26th, 2012.   

We wish our new Club President much success in the upcoming Rotary Year.

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Gavel Passing Charles Schoonmaker 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0

Lawn Golf Anyone?

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 18, 2012

What a great way to finish the year!

2011-12 Club Prez. Chuck had one more game up his sleave for the June 19th Meeting.  The club arrived to find that we were meeting outside the TPC clubhouse on a croquet field.  A quick tournament ensued and RYE inbound student, Miri Sumida, was crowned our champion.
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Lawn Golf Anyone? Charles Schoonmaker 2012-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

JAXPORT Visit

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 04, 2012
It was our club's pleasure last week to have Robert Peek, Director of Marketing Development for the Jacksonville Port Authority, as our speaker for the evening.  Robert was not only able to give us a small history lesson on the port but also discuss the current strategies and events that are shaping the port's future.

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For more information check out: http://www.jaxport.com/home
JAXPORT Visit Charles Schoonmaker 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

"Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 04, 2012
Don't you love it when you have a speaker miscommunication and a true Rotarian steps up to help out.

WE DO!!!

Especially when that Rotarian is Steve Jones, Regional Director of F&B Operations - Resort Destinations for TPC Sawgrass / PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties and Certified Sommelier.


Steve lead us through a tasting of a selection of wonderful summer wines:

1.  Picpoul de Pinet 2007  ($9 "ish" @ Total Wine) 
http://www.picpoul-de-pinet.com/english/index2.html

2.  Vina Godeval 2010 ($12 "ish" @ Total Wine) 
http://www.wine.com/V6/Bodegas-Godeval-Vina-Godeval-Blanco-2010/wine/111357/detail.aspx


3.  Falanghina dei Feudi Di San Gregorio 2008 ($14-$16 "ish" @ Total Wine) 
http://www.wine.com/v6/wineshop
/Detail.aspx?product_id=100158&state=FL

THANK YOU STEVE for a fantastic night!

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"Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used" Charles Schoonmaker 2012-06-05 00:00:00Z 0

Special Message

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jun 04, 2012
It was a great joy to see Rotorian and Honorary member Emanuelle Dabizzi stop by our our meeting last week to visit.

He had one message:
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Mike Anderson with President Chuck

Posted by Carol Maurer on May 15, 2012
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What a great time we had last week with our fellow Rotarian Mike Anderson.

Mike is President and CTO of SecureSI, Inc.  His company specializes in providing network design, implementation, and support for Small to Medium Businesses (SMB's) in Northeastern Florida.  Mike spoke to us about the dangers that exist out there on the internet and the security we should take to keep our personal and business information safe.
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Johanna at THE PLAYERS Carol Maurer 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0

Dreams From Our Founding Fathers

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 30, 2012
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It was our pleasure last week to have Ron DeSantis as our guest speaker.  Ron Presented his book : "Dreams From Our Founding Fathers - First Principles in the Age of Obama"

Using critical primary sources like the debates at the Constitutional Convention and The Federalist Papers, Ron DeSantis identified the important principles that the Founders relied upon when they created the Constitution and compared them to government practices of today.


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Dreams From Our Founding Fathers Charles Schoonmaker 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

"I don't carry a gun to go looking for trouble, I carry a gun in case trouble finds me"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Apr 01, 2012
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Barbara Johnson from the Gun Gallery of Jacksonville was our speaker last week and what a great conversation it was.  A strong gun advocate, Barbara strongly believes in and defended the nt Amendment but also clearly stated that improper gun ownership was almost as bad as criminal activity itself.  Owning a gun comes with a high level of responsibility and requires training and practice.  That's why her gallery provides access to their range for 30 days after purchase. 

Barbara, her husband, and their great staff have been serving the Jacksonville area since 1993, They pride themselves in offering a safe, fun place to shoot as well as only the best in production and custom firearms and accessories. 

Check out the gun Gallery's website at:
http://www.gungalleryjax.com/
"I don't carry a gun to go looking for trouble, I carry a gun in case trouble finds me" Charles Schoonmaker 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Winner - Ponte Vedra High School

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 27, 2012
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This past week we were honored to have our 2012 Service Above Self Award and Scholarship winner for Ponte Vedra Beach High School, Jack McSwain, as our guest.  The $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional leadership, community service and academic achievement.

In his role as President of PV High School's Interact club, Jack initiated several serviced based projects such as: letters to our troops, cards to children in the hospitals during the holidays, Easter baskets to a children's hospital and a "Relay For Life" event with the American Cancer Society. Jack was also the driving force behind the mentoring program for Exchange Students at Ponte Vedra High School where he planned, organized, and supervised a new program to welcome and integrate four International students more effectively into the student body. 

Jack has served on mission trips with Appalachian Service Project, who's motto is making homes "warmer, safe, drier". On mission trips to Appalachia and Jamaica, Jack repaired roofs, reconstructed foundations and put in floors while building relationships with families.

Jack described, "service is both uplifting and spiritual; compassionate and caring; and always given willing".  

Service Above Self Winner - Ponte Vedra High School Charles Schoonmaker 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self Winner - Alek Abate from Nease High School

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 25, 2012
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Last week it was our pleasure to have our Service Above Self winner from Nease High School, Alek Abate, present his winning essay.

Alek Abate was recognized for his commitment to and passion for volunteerism and philanthropy both on a local and international level. In the past three years, Alek volunteered building homes at a local Habitat for Humanity chapter in St. Augustine and teaching English and computer skills to youth in Ethiopia and India. He also served as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool in Cusco, Peru. While in Peru, Alek organized an inaugural road race for children in an impoverished section of the city, and distributed toys and clothing. This summer, Alek will volunteer in Iten in Rift Valley, Kenya, where he is planning to work with underprivileged youth. Alek is a co-founder of the Pebble Foundation (IRS 501(c)(3) status currently pending), whose mission is to promote grassroots outreach and encourage meaningful cross-cultural exchange and relationships among children and adults.

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Service Above Self Winner - Alek Abate from Nease High School Charles Schoonmaker 2012-03-26 00:00:00Z 0

“I took an IQ test and the results were negative”

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Mar 05, 2012
Speaker?  Who needs a speaker!

When the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset was faced with a speaker cancelation we broke out the games.  President Chuck lead the group in a friendly competition in which two teams faced off against each other in IQ Tic Tac Toe.  Teams has to decipher word puzzles in a 4X4 grid in an attempt to get 4 in a row.

Some examples would be: 

1) night fly or 2) esroh riding or 3) 9ALL5
Don't cheat but the answers are below.

The competition was fierce but ended in a 1-1 tie.
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THANK YOU (and we're sorry) to our RYE students that got caught up in the competition.
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Answers: 1) Fly by night  2) horseback riding  3) All in a day's work
“I took an IQ test and the results were negative” Charles Schoonmaker 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0

"Either you're S.W.A.T. of you're NOT."

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 20, 2012
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We were blessed last week to have St. Johns County Sheriff's Officers Sam Williams, Tommy Aman and our speaker Brian Canova from our county's S.W.A.T. team.  Officer Canova not only described the qualificiation of the officers that our on his team but the role of his team within our community. 

The S.W.A.T. team falls under Support Services Division within the St. John's County Sheriff's office.  This division is the most diverse division within the Sheriff's Office and is divided into a variety of specialized bureaus, units and teams, which includes the Special Operations and Training Bureau, Community Services Bureau, and Communications Bureau, each with its own unique function and responsibilities in the day to day function of the SJSO.  All of the sections of Support Services Division require specialized training, a strong dedication to duty and the best supervision possible. SSVS has around 300 full and part time personnel assigned into the different specialty areas with the majority of the members being the most senior people within the SJSO.

The division is responsible for everything from training each employee of SJSO as well as many other agencies, and is responsible for answering every incoming call for service received in the communication center and dispatching help, to working with our youth in schools and through programs such as ACE, to a high liability deployment of the SWAT team.

We THANK the officers for not only speaking to our club but for there service as well.

"Either you're S.W.A.T. of you're NOT." Charles Schoonmaker 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset's Newest Member: Carol Krogh

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Feb 06, 2012
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After a successful executive career with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Carol moved to Ponte Vedra Beach to "enjoy the sun, sand and amazing coastal lifestyle." She joined the team at Watson Reality and joined the club during our recent Club Assembly on February 7th, 2012.
 
Welcome Carol!
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The Power of Potential

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 30, 2012

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We were delighted to have Dr. Ted Lombardo from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. 

Dr. Lombardo earned his doctorate in psychology in1985 and worked for his first 10 years professionally in Denver Colorado. That is where he caught the bug of working with deaf people, learning sign language and working his way up to being the state hospital's consultant with the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. When he moved to Florida he assumed a variety of management positiions in behavioral health for a central Florida hospital system. In 1999, He made the biggest leap of his professional life when he accepted a position as a full time psychologist working with deaf people in St. Augustine. He has been there for 13 years and in that time, has done a wide variety of activities including evaluation, counseling, consultation, research, etc. A few years ago he began teaching sign language for fun thru Learn Jacksonville. He's also maintained a small weekend private practice in clinical psychology in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra.

 

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state public school located in St. Augustine, Florida, that is available at no cost to parents and students. They serve eligible students from across the state that are deaf/hard of hearing, or blind/visually impaired. The school maintains full accreditation, and provides pre-kindergarten through 12th grade children with various opportunities for independence, growth and learning. Get the facts about FSDB. 

The Power of Potential Charles Schoonmaker 2012-01-31 00:00:00Z 0

Tres Heureuse Annee!

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jan 16, 2012
ImageWhich means "Happy New Year" en francaise!  And so started the wonderful letter from Ashley Graveleau, our much-loved inbounder 2 years ago.  She writes, "Dear Rotary Club, May the good home and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.  Wish you lots of love, joy and happiness for this new year.  As I used to do, I'll give my last bill of one dollar to put in the 'Happy Box' and thank again for the moments that I share with you almost two year ago.  Time is flying, however you remain in my heart.  With a lot of love and hope to see you in 2012!  Ashley"  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU , TOO, ASHLEY!  Thank you for your beautifully-written letter and your kind words.  It was truly a joy to have you with us for a year, and we look forward to seeing and hearing from you, watching you grow and mature. 
Tres Heureuse Annee! Carol Maurer 2012-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

Passionate Presenter, Creative Communicator

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jan 09, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset kicked off the new year with motivational speaker Brad Raney.  Brad has spent most of his life entertaining people. Either on radio, television, or in live events, Brad’s strong charisma, sharp wit, and likeable charm have made people laugh and think.

Brad has over 25 years of experience in sales and sales management in the broadcast industry.  His background is diverse and encompasses success on both sides of the microphone and camera. From a radio DJ to television show host, commentator, and producer, to account executive, sales manager, and small business owner, Brad has seen every side of the broadcast industry.

Brad presented the VOWELS program that he developed in 2009.  The success it brought to his sales team has spurred keynote speeches, workshops, seminars, a website, and his first book “Improve Your VOWELS, Improve Your Career!” was released in July 2010. 

The VOWELS are:

Attitude, Energy, Effort, Integrity, Intensity, Outlook, and Uniqueness

For more information on Brad or one of his exciting programs visit: http://www.bradraney.com/

 http://vimeo.com/25163827

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Passionate Presenter, Creative Communicator Charles Schoonmaker 2012-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Peanut Butter Project

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jan 05, 2012
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January 5, 2012.  Due to near-draught conditions, the price of peanut butter has become cost prohibitive for most families.  So, Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotary Club members decided to help needy families stock their pantries with this excellent source nutrituion that kids love.  The club's past president Jeff Hart delivered 310 pounds of peanut butter to Second Harvest, located on Jacksonville's near northside.  Bruce Ganger, Executive Director, had the following response.  "Jeff, Great to meet you today and thanks a bunch for the peanut butter.  I’m sure it will all be gone before noon tomorrow...  It’s always a hot product and one that provides significant nutrition value for families with kids."  And the very next day, "...half of your peanut butter is already gone.  And it’s a light ‘shopping’ day here.  Make sure to say a special thanks to your group from us and from those who will smile when they receive your generosity."

For those who are unaware of Second Harvest Food Bank and its impact, the volunteers and workers there:

  • Processed 20 million pounds of food for local agencies last year.

  • Provide an after school food program and a back pack program with food for the kids to take home on the weekends.

  • Distribute the Federal Food Program from their building.

  • Train local volunteers and develops personnel to join local work force.

  • Serve all our local community agencies, including B.E.A.M.. 

  • Operate as a distribution center for local agencies who to their building to pick up foods

  • Work with farmer's in Hastings to recover foods from farm fields after crops have been harvested (to gather fresh produce that the harvesting equipment missed).

 

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GALA ART AUCTION!

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jan 01, 2012

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What a fantastic night!

THANK YOU to EVERYONE that supported this very important fundraiser for our club charities. 

GALA ART AUCTION! Carol Maurer 2012-01-02 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Club Holiday Party

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Dec 05, 2011

What a great night last Tuesday as Club members, family, and loved ones gathered together to celebrate the holidays.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves so please check out our photo gallery.  ------->

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“Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound” - Thomas More

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 21, 2011

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Deputy Melanie Russell and K9 officer Kahlua from the St. Johns County Sheriff's K9 team were our speakers last week.  They gave the club a small taste of what it's like to be part of this team and how they work together.

Deputy Russell started out with K9's about 12 years ago in Search and Rescue.  Kahlua has been with her for 5 years and is the 3rd blood hound she has had.  She actually has just started training another puppy at home.

The K9's Team is made up of 9 dogs: German Sheppards,  Black Lab, Belgian Malinois, and one Blood Hound (Kahlua).The team not only takes care of St. John's County but has had calls from Clay, Duval, Flagler counties for assistance.  They have assisted with the Haleigh Cummings case, as well as the Somer Thompson case where Kahlua actually the scent to the ultimate suspects house.

Deputy Russell and Kahlua received the 2009 Governor's Tracking Team of the Year Award for their work in finding a lost Eagle Scout that year. The incident occurred on August 11, 2008. A 17-year old male, who was visiting his grandparents, was reported missing in a heavily wooded area behind their home. He had been lost in the woods for nearly six hours before the Sheriff’s Office was contacted.  At 7:00 p.m. Kahlua and Deputy Russell began tracking the juvenile into the woods and continued in knee deep water in the swampy area. At 8:14 p.m., Deputy Russell had fallen during the search and sustained an injury, however, her K-9 marched on through the mud and swamp water; pinpointing the juvenile’s location. It took bulldozers and chainsaws to cut out a track for the deputies and the juvenile to get out to safety.  The juvenile was reunited with his grandparents without any injury. Deputy Russell was transported to Flagler Hospital where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Check out this link for more information: http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/17941379/206340287/name/Scan.pdf

 It was a pleasure to host 2 True American Heroes.

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“Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound” - Thomas More Charles Schoonmaker 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
"For over a century The Salvation Army has been a beacon of faith and caring throughout the world." Charles Schoonmaker 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0

"This Week in Football"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 14, 2011

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Our speaker last week, Larry Pasquale, is in his seventh season with the YES Network, bringing 39 years of coaching experience to the network's flagship football programs, "This Week In Football." Pasquale's "Coach's Class" segment and weekly Jets and Giants game plans also appear on YESNetwork.com. 

Pasquale played college football at the University of Bridgeport (Conn.), where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education. He completed post-graduate work at Columbia and Fairfield University.  Prior to coaching in the NFL, Pasquale was the wide receivers and special teams coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1978 and '79. He also coached 11 years of college, with stints at the United States Naval Academy and Boston University, where he coached No. 1 draft choice Bruce Taylor, and four years of high school football at Chappaqua (N.Y.), Greenwich (Conn.), and Danbury (Conn.).

Pasquale entered the NFL in 1979 as special teams coach for the Detroit Lions.

In 1980 he joined the New York Jets as wide receivers coach, then took over the Jets' special teams for the next nine seasons. With the Jets, Pasquale led an impressive run of high special teams rankings. The Jets had the NFL's top-ranked punt-coverage teams in 1981 and from 1986 to '88, and were ranked second in 1989. In 1984, the Jets also had the top-ranked kickoff return team. Under Pasquale, the Jets had an 80 percent success rate on fake field goals and fake punts, while never allowing an opponent to convert a faked kick.

In 1990 and '91 Pasquale coached San Diego's special teams, boosting the Chargers to the top of the NFL in kickoff return average and punt coverage in his first season. He coached Philadelphia's special teams from 1992 to '94.

Serving under current New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin from 1995-99 in Jacksonville. He helped create our home town's new franchise team and turned the Jaguars into one of the most venerable special teams units in the NFL. At this time each coach was responsible for bringing in their own talent and Coach Paquale help bring in: WR Jimmy Smith, DE Clyde Simmons , DEJeff Logarman, P Brian Barker, WR Keenan McCardell.

The St. Louis Rams' special teams in 2000, helping lead the Super Bowl champions to their second consecutive playoff appearance. That season, Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins didn't miss a field goal or extra point, and the Rams led the league in kickoff touchbacks. In addition, punt returner Az-Zahir Hakim led the NFC in average yards per return.

During his coaching career, Pasquale's special team units produced 42 touchdowns in the regular season and preseason, while allowing only four blocked punts. He was one of the most respected special teams coaches in the NFL. He was named Special Teams Coach of the Year in 1990, and was nominated for the award again in 1995 and '97.

Pasquale began his broadcasting career as an analyst for the New York Jets on MSG Radio, and even though, self admitally, he has a "face for radio",  his 4 hour audition for the Yankee Entertainment Sports (YES) network landing him is first position in television.

Coach Pasquale is a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, and his wife, Joann, have two daughters, Lisa and Lauren, a son, Darrell, a son-in-law, Ben, and six grandchildren: Andrew, Carter, Lindsay, Michaela, Amelia Grace, and Juliet Ella.  Currently they reside right here in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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Would You Like The Freedom To Do The Things That Bring You Joy?

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Nov 07, 2011

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 That was the question asked this past Tuesday night by our guest speaker Dr. John Davenport.

 Jacksonville Beach Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Davenport is a native Floridian who has been helping people regain their health for over thirty-five years. He has worked in traditional medicine, mental health, natural and alternative medicine.

He has an undergraduate degree in human biology, a doctorate in chiropractic medicine, and postgraduate training in sports medicine, automobile accident trauma, and nutrition. Dr. Davenport is board certified in acupuncture and has a Fellowship with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

He has been in private practice in Jacksonville Beach, Florida since 1992 and during that time has had the privilege of successfully treating thousands of clients ranging from 5 minutes old to 103 years old, including athletes from both the NFL and the PGA.

His passion for organic and bio-chemistry has enabled Dr. Davenport to work directly with some of the nations leading authorities on orthomolecular medicine, making him uniquely qualified to provide cutting-edge treatments for acute and chronic illnesses.

Dr. Davenport is an active member of the Florida Chiropractic Association and served on the board of the Northeast Florida Chiropractic Society as its President. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for different organizations, such as the Heritage Institute.

As a chiropractic physician, Dr. Davenport was invited to participate in research to study whiplash injuries using live subjects in controlled rear end collisions.

He has been interviewed on television and by other news publications. He is a contributing writer on health issues and as such has several published articles. He also lectures and provides workshops for groups and organizations.

Presently, Dr. Davenport maintains a busy practice focusing on physical medicine and difficult-to-treat illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, ADD/ADHD, and mood disorders.

As a Chiropractor and wellness consultant in Jacksonville Beach, Fl., Dr. Davenport believes his life’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain their health naturally.

http://davenportchiropractic.com/welcome/ 

Would You Like The Freedom To Do The Things That Bring You Joy? Charles Schoonmaker 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY!!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

"A man of wisdom delights in water" - Confucius, Analects

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 31, 2011
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We're were blessed last week to hear from Mark Middlebrook, Executive Director of the St. John's River Alliance and Andrea Conover, Program Manager.

The St. Johns River Alliance (SJRA), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization was formed in 2003. Governed by a regional, 34 member Board of Directors that includes elected officials, agencies, citizens and businesses, the SJRA's board members represent the entire 310 miles of Florida's river that uniquely flows north.

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Their Mission:

To preserve, protect, promote, restore and celebrate the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational and cultural significance, so that the public may gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the river's importance to the quality of life for current and future generations.

 Since the alliance was founded, there have been a number of achievements to note, including:

  •  Production of the documentary "River into the World: the St. Johns"
  • Coordination of 2010 St. Johns River Summit, a 2-day conference with over 3250 attendees
  • Passage of the St. Johns River Specialty License Plate, which will provide funds for river research, access, outreach, and grants to community-based organizations.
  • Participation in the St. Johns Caucus inaugural meeting in Tallahassee

Future plans include:

  • Establishing a research institute to monitor the River's health & coordinate restoration efforts
  • Creating a legislative plan for the St. Johns River
  • Developing river-focused tourism opportunities to grow small businesses and fuel sustainable economy

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"A man of wisdom delights in water" - Confucius, Analects Charles Schoonmaker 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

District 6970 Outbound RYE Student Interviews

Posted by Carol Maurer on Oct 30, 2011

Rotary Youth Exchange

2011 District Interviews

Here’s our chance to help “share the world with the Sunshine State!”

 

Who: Potential Rotary Youth Exchange “outbound” students and their parents.

What: Ask them questions, to determine who’s best able to represent Rotary.

When: November 11, 12 & 13 (Friday thru Sunday).

Where: at St Johns River State College in St Augustine. 

District Governor Clint Dawkins and Youth Exchange District Chair Bill Learn are asking for volunteers from across our district to help with these annual interviews of candidates, high school students all. Volunteers can be: Rotarians, their spouses, Rotaract members and their spouses, current RYE “outbound” parents, any RYE host parent who has hosted at least one student in the past (but is not currently a first-time host parent), and parents of rebounders.

There will be two shifts on Friday: 11:00 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 6:30.

Three on Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 4:00; and 4:30 to 8:00.

Two on Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 4:00

Volunteers may register online by contacting Bill Learn at b.learn@gmail.com with “District Interview Volunteer” in the subject line.

Note: Anyone who volunteers for the entire weekend will be provided with a free hotel room (double occupancy; so we recommend you volunteer with significant other or close friend!); more goodies: free hotel breakfasts; morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch on site.

No experience is necessary! Training and interview questions will be provided.

Questions? Contact our Paula Roderick, paroderick1@comcast.net, 543-2495.

District 6970 Outbound RYE Student Interviews Carol Maurer 2011-10-31 00:00:00Z 0

2011 Halloween Jeopardy Champions

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 24, 2011

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Do you know the origins of Halloween, the writer of the Shining, or maybe what movie the quote "We need a bigger boat" comes from?  If you so, you could have competed last week in the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra - Sunset's Halloween Jeopardy Contest held at their weekly meeting.

The team of JP Diedrich, John Rutkowski, Bryan Goode, and Angus Stephens ran away from the competition quickly as they not only were able to answer their team's questions but were able to steal questions from their competitors as well when they faltered. 

Congratulations not only to the Jeopardy champions, but to all the members who participated and made the night one to remember.  

2011 Halloween Jeopardy Champions Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

"Wine is Bottled Poetry" - Robert Louis Stevenson

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 17, 2011
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Since the The Players Championship Clubhouse was at full capacity this past week, due to the Winn Dixie Golf Tournament, the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset once again needed to step off property and enjoy a friendly club social. 

This time we decided to go a lil'green and meet at Mulligans Pub inside their private dining room.  This was not a major inconvenience though as the club kidnaped the best part of TPC, as club member Steve Jones, Regional Director of Food and Beverage Operations for PGA Tour Golf Course Properties and Certified Sommelier, was our guest speaker for the night.  

Steve treated everyone to a "Trick or Treat" wine tasting in which we compared the flavors of different price points without knowing what wines we were tasting.  While it was obvious that some members of the club have a very sophisticated noses and great knowledge of wines,  most of the the members were fooled by the choices presented and many a claim of "my allergies must be acting up" could be heard. 

The theme of the night though was to enjoy the wine that taste better to you because everyone palate is different.  Don't let your selections be purely driven by price.

THANK YOU Steve for a great night!

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"Wine is Bottled Poetry" - Robert Louis Stevenson Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Feast

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 17, 2011
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IHOP Restaurant

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The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
2nd Annual ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Feast

Saturday November 19, 2011
8am until 1pm
The Players Community Center
175 Landrum Lane

ADVANCE TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN - PONTE VEDRA BEACH 

$4.00 Adults advance purchase - $5.00 at the door
Purchase of adult ticket includes an entry into a drawing for a 40" flat screen HDTV
Kids 12 7 under only $3.00

Interactors' Pancake-Eating Contest @ 10am

Email rotarypancakebreakfast@gmail.com for more information.

2nd Annual ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Feast Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-18 00:00:00Z 0

Monique Burr Foundation for Children

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 10, 2011

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We were blessed to have Edward Burr, Lynn Layton, and  Stacy Pendarvis from the Monique Burr Foundation for Children as our speakers last week.

Please see: www.MoniqueBurrFoundation.org for more information.

 

Monique Burr Foundation for Children Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

Craft Talks are so much fun!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 03, 2011
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Some quick facts about Dave Howie:
  • Born in Massuchuets Dave is a huge Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins fan.
  • Dad was from North Carolina and Mom was from Greece
  • Dave met and married Becky in South Florida 17 years ago.
  • Becky is a Teaching Tennis Professional
  • They have 2 kids:
    • 14 yr old Mark who is a surfer and Skateboarder
    • 12 year old Megan who is a swimmer.
  • Dave has been a CPA for 14 years and specializes in business audits.
  • He is with Masters, Smith & Wisby, P.A. CPAs and Business Consultants
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  • Hobbies: Running (Gate River Run Team), Reading.
  • Other Volunteer work: Venture Guides where he served several positions, and he was a member of the St. John's County Historic Resource Review Board.

One more step closer to that Blue Badge!!!

Craft Talks are so much fun! Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

Fall 2011 Community Service Project Completed

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 03, 2011

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THANK YOU to everyone that particiapted by donating your cold weather clothes.  Tonight's meeting (Tuesday 11/8/11) is the last night for any frop offs.

Special thanks to all of our local High School Interact Clubs for their great support for this clothiing drive.  

Fall 2011 Community Service Project Completed Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

SWAMPED!!! Our Team Adventure

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Oct 03, 2011

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Our Leader was prepared:

So how did we go from this:

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but yet stayed inside the clubhouse the whole time.  

SWAMPED!  Individual and Team winners Announced this Tuesday night. 

SWAMPED!!! Our Team Adventure Charles Schoonmaker 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

"Banked Blood" The Charles Drew Story

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 26, 2011

Our Guest Speakers last week were Odette Struys from the Blood Alliance and Kathleen "Bo" Bobak.  They both introduced us to the story of Dr. Charles Drew and some of the details surrounding his life.  How exciting to be working on a local feature film project on such a great American.

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Today's American Red Cross blood program is the result of the efforts of Dr. Charles R. Drew, an African-American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist. His pioneering work in blood collection, plasma processing and transfusion laid the foundation for modern blood banking.

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It wasn’t easy for Charles Drew to get through Medical School. As a black man in the late 20’s, his prospects were limited. His prowess in sports guaranteed a scholarship through Amherst; after that he was on his own. But self-sacrifice and determination got him through McGill’s surgical program at the top of his class. Charles' hard work paid off. In 1938, he found himself at Columbia University participating in an advance studies Fellowship with associated blood research. Here too, Charles rose to the top. But World War II was coming. Little known at the time, his research would save millions of lives for decades to come. Balancing love with a killing-pace at Columbia, the completion of his thesis (Banked Blood) launched him into the world limelight. This attention eventually led to the position of Medical Director of the Blood for Britain Project. Here his theories would be put to the test and lead to the largest blood drive in world history. Although at the top of his field, Charles was not immune to the politics of race. Realizing the path to racial equality would be long and hard, he found his true calling as an educator and advocate for young black doctors. A mission he attacked with the same vigor and determination as his research and surgical work. A pioneer in both medical science and racial equality, Dr. Charles Drew is a true American hero.

"Banked Blood" The Charles Drew Story Charles Schoonmaker 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

Membership Tribes Selected

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 26, 2011
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Let the competition begin!!! 

Past President and current Membership Chair, Jeff Hart, had a surprise for the club two weeks ago when he created 4 teams out of all the club members.  Randomly selected these teams (or tribes) are now in direct competition with each other.  The overriding goal is to grow our club membership with quality individuals.  Each team is being ask to successfully bring in 1 new member in the next 6 months.  The first team to bring in a new member will win $25 Gift Certificates to Mulligans Pub for each team member. 

The teams are:

Membership Teams

Team A:  GRUMPY                                      Team B:  Think About It

Capt. Carol Maurer                                     Capt. Dave Howie

1) Judy Jennings                                          1) John Mencke

2) Carol Maurer                                           2) Jeff Hart

3) Rebecca Cooper                                      3) Waine Banyas

4) Chuck Schoonmaker                                4) Dave Howie

5) Mike Anderson                                        5) Steven Jones  

 

Team C: Money Change                  Team D: Rotary Rocking Recruiters

Capt. David Hess                               Capt. JP Diedrich

1) Sam Van Leer                                 1) JP Diedrich

2) Angus Stephens                             2) JoAnn Radcliffe

3) Kelly Matthews                              3) John Rutkowski

4) David Hess                                     4) Steve Danzig

5) Jud Durel                                        5) Bryan Goode

                                                           6) Kristi Quick

The very first order of business though is that Jeff needs each team to come up with a team captain and a team name.  Please bring those to tonight's meeting.                                                                                                                               

Remember: The #1 reason given by Rotarians on why they joined is: "I was asked"  - Let's start asking!!!                                                                         

Membership Tribes Selected Charles Schoonmaker 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 19, 2011

Terry Norvelle, Director of Athletic Development at Jacksonville University (JU), is showing that determination in his work towards improving JU Athletics.

Terry is a graduate of Jacksonville University where he played baseball for the Dolphins.  A broadcast veteran of both radio and television in and around the Jacksonville area he has been heard:  as a radio co-host of "Gators and More", as a weekend sports anchor on FOX 30, a television analyst for SportsChannel Florida, as well as many other television and radio projects. Currently he is "on-air" as the "Voice of the JU Dolphins".

The induction of Artis Gilmore into the NBA Hall of Fame has once again brought JU Athletics into the limelight.  Men's basketball however is not the only successful sports program at JU.  This year in fact, JU's baseball program in predicted to go at least to the Super Regional.  JU's Football program is on the cusp of something special but needs help getting there.

JU's Football program plays within the Pioneer Football League (www.pioneer-football.org), which is the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference.  Although very successful within this league (2008 and 2010 Championships), they have been unable to move on into the NCAA playoffs due to their non-scholarship status.  In an attempt to boost their strength of schedule they have added scholarship programs to their list of opponents, but that puts them in a "High risk - High Reward" situation.  Terry's vision is to bring the JU Football program to the scholarship level so they not only are they able to compete for players but are able to play high revenue producing teams.  To do this JU needs a bigger football stadium than the 5,000 seat Milne Field that is currently on campus.  Terry explained that although this initial investment is needed to put the team on the right growth path, the real sustaining revenue would come from being a visiting team to a larger conference opponent (i.e. SEC, ACC, etc.).  These teams sometimes pay over 1 million per game to the visiting team.

We wish Terry and the JU Dolphins the best of luck on the field this year and in reaching their goals. 

For more information on the current projects underway at JU visit: http://www.judolphins.com/
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"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." Charles Schoonmaker 2011-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 12, 2011
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This past Tuesday Sept. 13th the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset went off site of the The Players Championship Clubhouse to the Hilton Garden Inn and enjoyed some light hearted trivia competition.

Host Brandon Crawford, with his scorekeeper Ashton Holloway, from Trivia Throwdown were there to run a shortened version of their normal 2 hour game just for the club.  A great range of questions ranging from comic strips to politics were asked challenging some members memory of basic facts and/or their own childhood.  Throughout the night groans and cheers could be heard as the answers were announced indicating which team's answers were correct or incorrect.  At one point our President even bowed out of his team because his knowledge of State Capitals was WAY OFF.

With a Final Jeopardy style question asking members to rank 4 Super Bowl winners by the date of their 1st Super Bowl (Green Bay, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Fran) one team came out the winners.  They were: Judy Jennings, Jeff Hart, Angus Stephens, and Mike Anderson.

Congratulations to the Winners!

They are now the reigning champions of PVB-Sunset Trivia! 

Enjoy those $25 Gift Certificates to Mulligans Pub 

   

If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host. Charles Schoonmaker 2011-09-13 00:00:00Z 0

NASA and Risk, Risk, Risk

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Sep 05, 2011

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The Rotary Club Ponte Vedra Beach was treated this past week to Thomas Napton and his vast knowledge of the past and future of the space program.

     To start with, NASA was incorporated in 1958 when it was  reincarnated from existing agencies.  During WWII the government co-opted national industries but then returned them to the private commercial/industrial world.  The infant space program was kept under government control though.  President Eisenhower set up NASA under a special government relationship with industry.  NASA administers but has no regulatory authority.  The  FAA regulates NASA. 

     Since the beginning over 3600 types of space vehicles have been launched with a lot of them not being successful.  In fact one scary fact is that if the Columbia disaster occurred 3 seconds later it would have hit New Orleans.  From the very beginning one major issue has been how to manage the risk involved in putting vehicles into space. In 126 launches no company was ever willing/able to underwrite the complete launch/landing.  The US Government has stood behind (indemnify) any injuries that have ever occurred and insurance coverage is broken up for every aspect of the complete launch to landing.

 Other interesting tidbits:

  • Changes this past year:
    • Space shuttle program scuttled because of costs (500 million per launch).
    • Russian missile exploded putting serious doubts on their program.
    • China, Japan, India, and France can all launch. 
  • Space program seems to be going backwards because no one has figured out a better way (cost effective) than putting a capsule on a rocket arian.
  • Mayport named "Space Port Florida"
  • So far there has been a peaceful co-existence in space, no “Star Wars”, although China blasted a satellite hinting at what could be coming our way.
  • The future of the law in space is still to be defined. So far it is pretty much the mundane work of contracts, treaties, etc., but should humankind finally populate space, near and outer, all the aspects of the law existing and to be created, will come to play, and the biggest challenge is doing all of this in a peaceful way

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset would like to Thank Mr. Napton and his lovely wife for visiting our club and talking to us on a very interesting subject.

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NASA and Risk, Risk, Risk Charles Schoonmaker 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

RYE Inbound Student Johanna Heikkila Presentation

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 29, 2011
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The Rotary Club of PVB-Sunset was blessed once again with a fantastic RYE inbound student, Johanna Heikkila.  Johanna visited the club this past Tuesday to make her formal introduction presentation.  Johanna shared pictures of her home and family.

Some interesting tidbits:

  •  Johanna hails from Tampere, Finland.  The 3rd largest city of Finland. 

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  • She has a sister and a twin brother.

  • She is a cross country skier

  • Her family has a cottage in Lapland, Finland.

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  • In the winter after hitting the sauna they roll around in the snow or cut a hole in the ice in lake and go swimming.  In fact, she finds our pool and ocean water a little hot.

  • She plays piano and is starting to learn guitar.

  • She attends an art school. 

  •  She speaks: English, Swedish, German, Finnish, and a little French.

 

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RYE Inbound Student Johanna Heikkila Presentation Charles Schoonmaker 2011-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

RYE Program Needs You

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 29, 2011

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DISTRICT ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE  

 OUTBOUND STUDENT INTERVIEWS

 NOVEMBER 11,12,13 2011 

Please contact Paula Roderick or Jeff Hart to sign up. 

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Blood Donations

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 29, 2011

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PVB Sunset members 

"BANK" your blood donations to

our NEW

Account #3354.

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RYE Outbounder Jane Viviano Finally Takes Off for Turkey!

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 26, 2011
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After many delays and threats of storms, Jane Viviano was able to board her long-awaited flight to Turkey where she will be living for the next year.  According to her father, "She made it safely and had no problems other than some confusion at customs.  She told me the city looks absolutely amazing and she sounded very excited although she's a bit jet lagged.  Given it's the end of Ramadan and a traditional time for celebration there, she informed me she was going to spend this week at her host family's summer house!  What a nice start to her adventure!"
RYE Outbounder Jane Viviano Finally Takes Off for Turkey! Carol Maurer 2011-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

District Foundation Key Note Speaker - Ramesh Ferris

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 19, 2011
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There is no better spokesperson for the effort to eradicate Polio than someone who has been directly affected by the disease.

Ramesh Ferris was born in December 1979 in Coimbatore, located in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu in India.  He contracted polio at age six months and his legs were left paralyzed for life.  With no means or access to rehabilitation for him, Ramesh’s mother placed him in Families for Children, a Canadian-founded orphanage, a year later. Soon after, Ron Ferris, Anglican Bishop of Yukon in Canada, and his wife Jan began the lengthy process to adopt Ramesh and take him back to Canada.  With the support of his new Canadian family and after several operations, Ramesh learned to walk with crutches and braces for the first time at age 3.5 years.


After much reflection about a visit to India, Ramesh was determined to raise money in order to make a difference in the lives of polio survivors and to prevent polio from claiming new victims.  Cycle to Walk Canada was born, with a focus on Polio Eradication, Education and Rehabilitation. In 2008, Ramesh hand-cycled 4400 Miles (7140 kms) across Canada.  Along the route, he participated in 350 media interviews and made over 200 presentations at Schools, Rotary Clubs, Churches and various levels of Government.  This ampaign raised thousands of dollars and increased the awareness of polio dramatically.

Ramesh is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Whitehorse Rendezvous. In April 2010 Ramesh released his first book entitled, Better Than a Cure, One Man’s Journey to Free the World of Polio. Books are available for $19.55 online at www.amazon.com, proceeds benefit Rotary PolioPlus for a Polio Free World.

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District Foundation Key Note Speaker - Ramesh Ferris Charles Schoonmaker 2011-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

August 20th District Foundation Seminar

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 19, 2011
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Rotary Foundation Seminar 2011

Polio Plus Highlights:

  • In 1988 there were 350,00 new cases of Polio
  • Last year there was only 1300
  • So far this year there has been only 309 new cases of Polio worldwide (There were 608 new cases the same time last year).
  • 2 billion children have been immunized
  • Every single club in our district has given to the program and in fact last year we lead our zone in giving (On average $5,000 per club).
  • To date, our district has given over $360,000 to the fight against Polio
  • Gates Challenge:
  • Rotary has reached 90% of the needed $200 million to receive $355m donation.
  • Once again our district has lead our zone with over $17,000 on average per club.
  • In fact we are 8th out of all the 500 Rotary districts in total giving.
August 20th District Foundation Seminar Carol Maurer 2011-08-20 00:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting with District Governor Clint Dawkins

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 17, 2011

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The Morning Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach was host to a joint meeting with The Oceanside and Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset clubs with District Governor Clint Dawkins.

Highlights of District Governor's Comments: 

  •  Embrace the internationality of Rotary.  Be proud of as a member of this district and organization you are leading the way against the eradication of polio.

    • If you have contributed, you have the right to say you were part of the team that defeated polio.  If you haven't don't miss the opportunity to join the team today.

  • Become the BEST ROTARIAN you can be!

    • Do something in your club you have never done before.  Don't wander though your Rotarians experience.

  • Seriously evaluate your level of giving to the Rotary Club Foundation.

    • The Foundation is out there in the world fighting against conditions we can't even imagine and yet have achieved great things.

  • Membership: We need to keep working not only to improve our numbers but diversity as well.

  • Synergy: "All clubs can reach greater heights by associating with other nearby clubs to do joint projects, fund raisers, and social events that are bigger and better than they can do by thermselves.   These relationships create this synergy where the new whole is greater than the sum of the parts."

Special Recognition to Mike Anderson for becoming our District's Newest Foundation Major Donor.  CONGRATS and THANK YOU MIKE!!!

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Joint Meeting with District Governor Clint Dawkins Charles Schoonmaker 2011-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Check Out Our District's Spiffy New Web Site! Carol Maurer 2011-08-18 00:00:00Z 0

"It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit"

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 14, 2011

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach - Sunset joined forces this past Monday August 15th with JCP Cares for their 'Back to School" Event down in south St. John's County.  The event supports the migrant farm workers and their families that live in the area.  Over 250 back packs filled with school supplies donated by the Rotary club were handed out that night.  Other organizations joining in the event were:

  •  St. Luke's Mobile Outreach Ministry: Their mobile unit provided free School Health Check ups for all the children in the area.

  • 1st Baptist Church of Armstrong, FL where the event was taking place.

  • Lake Shore Baptist Church who provided two strong men that cooked all the hamburgers and hot dogs outside on the grill in the heat, some fantastic homemade desserts, and several boxes of clothes that were donated by members.

 In Attendance were:

 JoAnn Radcliffe with her mother, Carol Maurer, Jane Viviano - Outbound RYE Student, Sarah Davenport - Host sister, Johanna Heikkila - RYE Inbound Student from Finland, Mike Anderson, Jeff Hart, Chuck Schoonmaker, and Waine Banyes.

THANK YOU to all that help out that night amongst all those thousands of bugs. 
 

  

"It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit" Charles Schoonmaker 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Victoria Gesell in Finland

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 14, 2011

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Recently arrived Victoria enjoys the gorgeous scenery on a beautiful summer day in Finland. 

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Rotex Sierra Arnold Loves India!

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 11, 2011

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Rotex (former Rotary Youth Exchange) student Sierra Arnold wove her fascinating pictorial web around the culture, sights, sounds, flavors and friends she had the pleasure to experience during her 10½ months in India.   Her home was in the state of Gujarat, located in the northeast region of India, near Pakistan and about 8 hours north of Mumbai, is famous for being the home of Gandhi and his Ashram, and also for their wildlife park where Royal Bengali tigers and lions can be sighted.  Sierra conquered both the Hindi and Gujarati languages.

Festivals and religion are very important in Indian culture.  During the Navratri, a hugely popular fall festival, hundreds of thousands of people, including Sierra, danced the “Garba” for 5 hours per night for 9 nights!  She got 3 weeks off school at the end of November to celebrate the Hindu New Year, Diwali, during which time they made sand art (Rangoli), shot off fireworks and shared sweet treats with family and friends.  The kite festival of Uttarayan was held in mid-January.  Everyone buys at least 50 kites and spends the day and evening flying them from their rooftops.  They celebrated thespring Hindu festival of Holi by patting each other with colored powder.

During her year, Sierra got to travel a lot and experience a great many adventures: riding an elephant; trekking through the snow of a Himalayan mountain; touring south India with all of the other exchange students; and visiting Mahableswar, a small chain of mountains south of Mumbai; Dharamshala (Sierra’s favorite city), a hill station in the Himalayas where the government of Tibet is located in exile from China (the Dalai Lama lives there); the very hot desert state of Rajasthan; Rotary District 3060 Conference in Bharuch; and Surat where she learned some traditional Indian dances to popular Hindi songs.   

For the “amazing exchange” Sierra completed, she says, “shookriyah,” which means thank you, in Hindi.

Rotex Sierra Arnold Loves India! Carol Maurer 2011-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

RYLA Attendee Max Ervanian Details Event

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 11, 2011

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Max Ervanian graciously thanked Sunsetters for sponsoring his participation in the recent weekend-long Rotary Youth Leadership Awards seminar held at historic Flagler College. RYLA was a great opportunity for Max to not only enhance his leadership skills, but also to create new and lasting friendships.  One entire day of the weekend was devoted to community service.  In the morning, he attended the Center for Living, a retirement community, and in the afternoon he assisted at a Y.M.C.A. camp activity for the children of low income families.  He also attended interesting and "remarkable" lectures, presentations and short classes.
  

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Johanna Arrives Safely From Finland

Posted by Carol Maurer on Aug 08, 2011

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Our charming new Rotary Youth Exchange student has finally arrived safely from Finland.  Johanna is excited to learn all about her new neighborhood.  As members of her host club, we have an opportunity to share aspects of American culture and family life with her.  Please consider inviting Johanna to dinner, whether at home or at a restaurant.  And think of all the wonderful sights and activities northeast Florida has to offer and plan an outing with her.   Can’t come up with any ideas?   How about:


·         Jacksonville Zoo ·         Jaguars football game
·         Gators football game ·         Fishing
·         Cummer Museum ·         St. Augustine Alligator Farm
·         Imax Theatre & World Golf Village ·         Old Town St. Augustine
·         Jacksonville Landing ·         Ripley’s Museum
·         Fort Castillo de San Marcos ·         Y.M.C.A.
·         Tinseltown ·         Your church
·         Swimming ·         Boating
·         Garage Sales ·         Flea Markets
·         Bike riding ·         Hiking
·         Little Talbot State Park ·         Ghost Tour in St. Augustine
·         Guana River Park & Info Center ·         Hanna Park
·         Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra ·         Times-Union Center event
·         UNF and recreational trail ·         Trinity Oak
·         Extracting honey (hey Sam!) ·         Surfing
·         Jet skiing ·         Home cooked family dinner
·         Bowling ·         And much more…
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RYE Outbounders Practice Presentations

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Aug 01, 2011
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We were lucky last week to have both of our Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound students, Jane Viviano and Victoria Gesell, and their families visit our club.  Both Jane and Victoria practiced their "introduction" presentations that they will have to give to their host clubs once they arrive.  From Jane's competitive nature to Victoria's Finish introduction, both presentations showed us very clearly why these two young ladies were chosen to represent us abroad.  While Jane will be heading out for Turkey sometime in late August, Victoria left this past Saturday for Finland.  

We wish them the best of luck and hope that their year is very fulfilling. 

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LIFE IS A GAME. BOWLING IS SERIOUS!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 18, 2011
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 Well for some of us it was (Waine!). 

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset relaxed this past week at Latitude 30 during their first Club Social of the year. 

Jacksonville's newest entertainment center, Latitude 30, is located off US 1 near The Avenues Mall.  They offer an unmatched entertainment experience for all that include: boutique bowling lanes, an arcade offering all the latest in video games, a casual, dining bistro, a sophisticated sports bar, and they will soon be opening a luxury movie theater as well.

The night started out with some great food and drinks but our Rotarians quickly got into the swing of things.  None of them will be joining the professional tour anytime soon but there are a couple "ringers" in our club.  We should have known when they brought their own balls and shoes.  Far more gutter balls were thrown though.  Waine took the night but many noticed Angus' skill as well and a head-on-head match up will need to happen in the future.

All in all, a great time was had by all.  A big THANK YOU to all the members and guests that attended especially our Sergeant of Arms who came out event hough ihe was njured.    

LIFE IS A GAME. BOWLING IS SERIOUS! Charles Schoonmaker 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0

Register SOON for Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jul 17, 2011

What is the Rotary Leadership Institute?

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.

It is not an official program of Rotary International and is not under its control. The RLI seeks to have Rotary Clubs in member districts identify those Rotarians who seem to have the POTENTIAL for future club leadership (not necessarily as club presidents) and provide those so identified with a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills for voluntary organizations.

The next local RLI classes are scheduled to be held August 6, St. Johns River Community College, 282 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065.  Go to http://www.rlitraining.org to register now!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker on Jul 04, 2011
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We brought in the new Rotary Year with a bit of fun and work this past Tuesday at our first club meeting of the New Year.  Every new Rotary year has a new theme and this year’s is:  “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity“.  Rotary International President Banerjee describes the theme as follows:  Through service, we are able to look within ourselves to find reserves of generosity, of grace, and of care and concern, and to seek a deeper meaning to our daily lives. We discover what it means to help a human being and, in so doing, become more fully human ourselves.” 

            Our new club president, Chuck Schoonmaker, decided our club should “reach within” by reintroducing ourselves to fellow club members via his favorite “ice breaker” toilet paper game.  In this game, members had to tell something about themselves for every piece of TP they previously had chosen for themselves (not knowing what President Chuck was up to).  Besides some fantastic new stories we also learned why each member was a Rotarian, what their favorite part about our club was, and the greatest opportunity for improvement our club has.  Some highlights were:

·         Many members joined because “THEY WERE INVITED”

·         We have a lot of Rotary as well as worldwide experience

·         Overall, Rap music is not even near the top of our list but we have many Hard Rock & Jazz fans.

·         We have way too many Boston Red Sox or Bruins fans (really if you have one that’s too many right?).

·         Sam Van Leer has been a Rotary President 3 times but that exorcism story will be most remembered from that night.

Most importantly though was the lessons learned about our club.  We heard great stories of strong friendships, great fellowship, and the service projects that have come from those.  Like many clubs though, membership has suffered and we need to do a lot better job telling our story to the local community. Although small, this club obviously has a strong base we can grow from and accomplish great things this year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Charles Schoonmaker 2011-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

Year-End Highlights of District 6970 Accomplishments (Excerpts from PDG Cynde’s final newsletter)

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jun 30, 2011
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It is no surprise to most of you that Rotary District 6970 continues to receive kudos and awards for their superlative accomplishments.  As now-Past District Governor Cynde Covington states in her last newsletter, “Collectively we accomplished almost all of the District Goals for 2010-2011.” 

  • We exceeded our Polio Challenge goals for the year.
  • Our district was the first in Zones 33/34 to pass the $1 million mark, and the number continues to climb.
  • The Rotary Club of Gainesville is 4th in the world in Per Capita for large clubs.
  • District 6970 is 5th in the world for giving.
  • We presented a check for $1,050,000 to Director John Smarge and Zone 34 Polio Chair Robert Hall at the District Conference, and contributions are still coming in.
  • District 6970 led an International NID team to India to personally administer polio, one child at a time.
  • Our contributions to the Annual Fund also exceeded the collective club goals this year.
  • As a Future Vision Pilot District, we were able to match $157,000 in District Grants for club projects and we had $157,000 available for Global Grants.
  • 38 different district clubs were involved in 30 Projects supported by District/Global.
  • Rotarians from around the District worked side by side with New Generations (Interact Students, Youth Exchange Students, and Rotaract) to package 40,000 meals that have since been delivered to Haiti.
  • Formation of an Early Act club in DeLand spawned a county-wide project within the school district to get Early Act clubs in all of the elementary schools.
  • 2 new Rotaract clubs were chartered within the District, one university-based and one community-based.
  •  Once again District 6970 Youth Exchange was recognized as one of the best examples of the program in North America.
  • The new District website www.rotarydistrict6970.org is ONLINE NOW!  The online District Directory that will allow you to search for fellow district members should be completed soon.
  • We responded to those suffering in Haiti and District 7020 from the earthquake and hurricanes, continuing to offer assistance as Haiti endured a cholera epidemic.
  • We reached out to those in Pakistan after flooding and Japan after the tsunami.
  • When the tornados hit in Joplin, we mobilized again, offering donations, supplies, and manpower when it was needed most.
  • And we assist with the ongoing wildfires raging in Florida, with supplies and donations to help the firefighters.

In closing, Cynde says, “I would like to personally thank you for Building Communities and Bridging Continents together this year.  Let us continue to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity during the coming year under the able leadership of Clint Dawkins. “

Year-End Highlights of District 6970 Accomplishments (Excerpts from PDG Cynde’s final newsletter) Carol Maurer 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Year 2010 - 2011 Recap

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jun 27, 2011
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During Jeff Hart’s year as president, we all enjoyed his capable and high quality leadership.  He kept so many balls in the air at once that it will be tough to fill his place.  Nothing failed to get done thanks to his “attention to detail.”  And we grew to count on him so much, perhaps too much, taking advantage of his willingness to take on any job that needed doing.  He was an outstanding president!   Under his care, our club:

 

·         Sponsored 1 RYE outbound

·         Sponsored 1 RYLA student

·         Hosted 2 RYE inbound students

·         Inducted 2 new members (Angus Stephens and Dave Howie)

·         Completed a successful, school-year-long “Reads Aloud” program

·         Supported 2 international service projects (Guana Water Tanks and Philippines Microloans)

·         Held 2 separate fund-raisers (All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Feast and 3rd Annual Plant Sale & Festival)

·         Attended 2 networking fellowship events with other beach clubs, at Engine 15 and Coppertop Restaurant

·         Participated in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive

·         Raised more than $1,800 happy dollars

·         Held a successful blood drive

·         Received the Presidential Citation with Distinction Award

·         Participated in multiple fellowship events (Jacksonville Suns, picnic at Saw Mill Lakes, Rotary-Jags Game Day)

·         Threw our 5th Annual St. Johns Foster Children’s Christmas Party

·         Volunteered for 2 “hands on” service projects:  Habijax (that was fun!) and St. Andrews Lighthouse (also fun!)

·         Completed many, many monthly service projects

·         Toys for Wolfson’s Hospital’s young patients at Christmas

·         School supplies for St. Johns County Education Foundation

·         Toiletries for Mission House

·         Bridge Clean-up (several times)

·         International Coastal Clean-Up

·         Child Protection Team clothing for at-risk children

·         Food and supplies for the families assisted by B.E.A.M.

 

Wow!  Many, many thanks, Jeff!  We truly appreciate the work you’ve done for us and our club.  And we look forward to a new year, with a new president, and new goals.

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Pattern of Service

Posted by Carol Maurer on Jun 27, 2011
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Eric Morris, our PVHS Service Above Self Scholarship awardee, has already in his young life established a very definite pattern of service.  An Eagle Scout and Standard Bearer volunteer for THE PLAYERS, he has also completed a service project (a memorial garden) for PV United Methodist Church and 5 separate and widely varied mission trips – Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Daytona Beach and Nicaragua, plus participating with Dignity-You-Wear and International Coastal Clean Up day.  “Service is not a sacrifice” he very aptly wrote in his scholarship-winning essay.  “Volunteering opportunities are endless.”  Well said, young man! 

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Operation New Hope

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on Jun 06, 2011
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Bill Carroll, Life Coach Coordinator for  Operation New Hope was our guest speaker on June 7th.

 Following a successful career in financial and mortgage banking services, our speaker Bill Carroll took on a new role – Volunteer Coordinator for Operation New Hope, an organization dedicated to improving urban communities through investing in its residents, and Keystone Leader of its Ready 4 Work program, an initiative designed to combat the growing recidivism rate.

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Commander Brad Rosen of the United States Navy

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on May 30, 2011
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 Commander Brad Rosen is a native of New Jersey, but in his role as Naval officer he has lived in or been stationed in Pensacola, San Antonio, the Pentagon, El Salvador, Italy, Djibouti and of course, Jacksonville, the Navy’s most requested duty station.  Highlights of his impressive bio include a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, his Weapons Tactics designation and his personal awards:  the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various other campaign, service and unit awards.  

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Water, Water Everywhere, Right?

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on May 23, 2011

Jeff Coles - St. Johns River Water Management District, was our guest speaker on Tuesday, May 24th.  

 St. Johns River Water Management District is assigned the formidable task of planning our water supply for the future, a staggering undertaking, especially when you consider the facts.  Though 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, only approximately 1% is available for human use.  

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"We Save Lands"

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on May 16, 2011
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Director Bonnie Barnes of the North Florida Land Trust was our guest speaker on May 17th.

Where will your grandchildren go for outdoor recreation?  Parks and recreation areas are threatened regularly by development.  So, the now 12-year-old North Florida Land Trust was created and dedicated “to permanently preserving natural areas and special places in North Florida.” 

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Mission House

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on May 09, 2011
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Lori Delgado Anderson of Mission House was our guest speaker at the May 10th meeting held at Hilton Garden Inn.

Mission House’s new director, Lori Delgado Anderson, admits that the beaches homeless shelter had an other than stellar reputation, but that is changing.  Focus is now directed at getting them off the street into permanent housing (sometimes a call to a long lost relative is all it takes) and supplying them with the tools to help them get jobs.  A tall order.  Our beaches homeless consist of some rather formerly successful people including NFL players, artists, construction workers. 

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District Conference

Posted by Nancy Bresnahan on May 06, 2011
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 “Have you ever been to another District’s Conference?  No?  Then you don’t know how good you are!”  Remark made by R.I. Representative and Director John Smarge, during Closing Comments at Saturday’s Awards Luncheon

We received 2 awards - Premier Club with Distinction and Best Attendance (97%).

 By all accounts and feedback, District 6970 is a stellar district, both nationally and internationally.  So it is no surprise that this year’s District Conference was a big success, with all aspects running smoothly.  Combining District Assembly with District Conference proved to be a welcome change, reducing time and money invested by participating Rotarians.  Also, the addition of Webinars for each club leadership position to the District website provides easily accessible educational materials for new Chairs.

 

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Thank you, Angus!

Posted by Carol Maurer

Members Chuck Schoonmaker and Kathleen Floryan show their fond thanks for their Certificates of Appreciation from Past President Angus Stephens.

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“Tomorrow’s futures rely on our memories of yesterday’s pasts.”

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker
 Last week's speaker, Peter Mullen, waited for 40 years and through 10 Kentucky governors before he was inducted as a Honorary Kentucky Colonels.  He visited the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach to talk to us about medical practices during the civil war. 

 

 During the Civil War both the North and South practiced “state of the art medicine” but this war was fought at the end of the Medical Middle Ages. Two years typically produced a doctor; however, once the war was underway apprenticeship (most of the physicians) training was accomplished in fifteen months. Knowledge in physiology would be comparable today to a middle school science student. At the beginning of the war the North had 98 doctors and 13,000 at the end. The South had 24 doctors at the beginning and 4,000 at the end. About 4,000 nurses served both sides.

 

 Looking at the death count, relatively few died of wounds themselves; disease, including disease caused by wounds, was the biggest killer. 360,000 northerners lost their lives and 260,000 southerners. In four years between 100 and 200 times more soldiers died than in all the years in Iraq. The civilian count, including starvation mainly in the South where the war was hosted, put up rival numbers.

 

 Louisville was the major medical center for both sides. Two levels of field hospital preceded getting there. Appreciate that only 150 years ago at this time medicine did not even know that blood circulated. There were absolutely no antibiotics. In France Louis Pasteur was just beginning to transform medical knowledge. Hindsight in this death toll reveals to us there were seven major microorganisms (unknown then and therefore without treatment).

 

 Dietary contrasts between North and South were interesting, too detailed to report here. Both diets were out of sight with high bad carbs and highly salted protein. Even though in limited quantity, they messed huge with immune systems. “Traveling” tent stores owned by entrepreneurs followed the troops selling moonshine, tobacco, sardines and cheese. If only the soldiers had saved some money for sardines and cheese, the health damage might have been quite different.

 Ambulance service moved at 3 mph, horse drawn. Hospital trains went to Louisville for both sides. Peter shared the film footage from “Gone with the Wind” that so accurately depicted this. Both sides respected each other’s primitive medical efforts and treatments. Many medicines used were toxic, most of them inappropriate and ineffective in their intended use. Some of the worst experimental medicines were used blindly where the eventual discovered antibiotics would have saved hundreds of thousands.

 Peter takes some flack for perpetuating the memory of this war, but the historical lessons to be learned from it are too great not to remember. A favorite quote of his goes, “Tomorrow’s futures rely on our memories of yesterday’s pasts.” So his presentation ended.
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Rebuilding Lives - Restoring Communities - Renewing Hope

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker
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It was our pleasure this past Tuesday night to have Brittany Anthony, Director of Fund Developement for Operation New Hope, as our guest speaker.  Founded in 1999, as a faith-based nonprofit community development corporation, Operation New Hope has maintained a two-pronged business model vital to sustaining broken urban communities – affordable housing and successful workforce reintegration of ex-offenders.

In 1998, Operation New Hope President, Kevin Gay awoke to a charge of becoming part of a movement aimed at giving back, a movement rooted in community and faith, a lasting movement. The charge steered him to Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield, a community foreign to him but one rich with history. Springfield’s architectural landscape was an amazement he had never witnessed. Yet, his amazement was trumped by the neighborhood’s more than 30-year struggle with crime, homelessness, disrepair, poverty and drugs.

Kevin was immediately compelled to restore the stately architecture and restore the neighborhood’s pride. As Kevin’s vision began to take shape, his eyes were widened to the residents and occupants of Springfield; many were in a state of hopelessness, seemingly empty and broken. Quickly, reality unveiled itself – restoring the homes would certainly displace many of the residents, potentially worsening their lives. Kevin’s vision evolved; he wove together a project committed to rebuilding lives and restoring communities – one home and one life at a time. Kevin’s vision became Operation New Hope.

During its infancy, Operation New Hope traversed many barriers and obstacles: skeptical onlookers, funding shortages and equipment theft. Searching for balance between the community and his efforts, Kevin initiated a strategy of employing neighborhood residents as craftsmen and laborers.  Unknown to Kevin, his efforts in bringing together a community lost to blight, poverty and outright neglect soon would capture the attention of the most powerful office in the world.

In June 2003, President G.W. Bush and the Department of Labor’s Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives selected ONH as the national model for the Ready4Work program.

The designation afforded ONH the opportunity to provide additional support services: case management, job placement and career development along with matching mentors.

Operation New Hope, the brainchild of Kevin Gay, opened in November 1999, and continues to function as a Community Development Corporation. To date, ONH is responsible for restoring more than 70 homes throughout Springfield and the Eastside neighborhoods, and works in concert with community organizations to provide assistance to those requiring treatment for chemical dependency, clothing and shelter, educational training and employment.

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STOP HUNGER NOW

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What a fantastic event this past Saturday as our club joined forces with Fletcher High School's Interact club as well as the Oceanside Rotary Club to assist in packing meals for Stop Hunger Now.  Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.

As volunteers, we packaged the meals in teams of five then handed them off to be measured, sealed, and then handed back off to the Stop Hunger Now organization.  This event allowed Interact Club members from several different high schools and Rotarians to work side by side, and truly live the motto "Service Above Self".   In this year's event we put together over 20,000 meals for these impoverished nations.

THANK YOU to everyone that supported this event!
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Wounder Warrior Project

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 MISSION

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
 

PURPOSE

To raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.


HISTORY

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment.


Wounded Warrior Project® is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.


For more information on WWP, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
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St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Clinic

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker

Dear Sponsoring Rotary Clubs:

 

It is with a great deal of gratitude, pleasure and Rotary pride that I send each of you the link to the above referenced video. Last Wednesday at the foot of King Street in Jacksonville at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Rotarians, St. Vincent’s staff, community leaders and other guests gathered for the blessing of the brand new St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Clinic donated by 29 Rotary Clubs in District 6970. This video captures portions of the events that day.


http://youtu.be/BOPfUPAxJIo
 
On behalf of the Rotary Centennial Coordinating Committee, the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry and those who will be served by this clinic for the next 15 years – a heartfelt thanks to you for making this dream come true.

 

I hope to see each of at our District Luncheon at the Hyatt in Jacksonville on February 15th where Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee will be on hand to recognize your efforts.

 

 

Yours in Rotary,

  

Percy Rosenbloom III

Centennial Coordinating Committee, Chair

Rotary Club of Jacksonville

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There is Safety in Numbers

Posted by Charles Schoonmaker
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     You not only get “safety in numbers” but you sure can clean a large bridge faster too.  That’s what The Rotary Club of PVB sunset found out this past Saturday during their quarterly Intercoastal bridge clean up project.   17 Rotarians and friends showed up at 8:30am with gloves, trash pickers, bags, etc. and attacked our link to the "mainland".

 THANK YOU to EVERYONE that came out but especially to our RYE outbounders Victoria Gesell and Jana Viviano and to our many friends Sue Menke, Jason Hart, Bob Gesell, and Brian Fullford.

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Kathy Bravo from JCP CARES visits out club.

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Kathy Bravo was the speaker this past Tuesday night at the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset.  She introduced the club to her volunteer organization JCP CARES which stands for:  Julington Creek Plantation - Community Active Residents Engaged in Service.  JCP Cares is an all volunteer organization that was started in June 2007.  Their mission statement is “Uniting the community through helping others in need.”  She was quick to point out that by community she meant ALL of St. John’s County.

Some quick facts on JCP CARES:

·         Provides assistance to local charities and those in need through donations and time. 

·         They divide charity efforts into four different categories; Animals & Environment, Senior & Medical, Children, and Homeless & Abused.  They focus on one specific group per quarter from each of these categories throughout the year.  

·         Over 109 volunteers– NO salary for anyone – No overhead expenses

·         Logo created by Bartram Trail High School student

·         Generated $170K in donations

·         Average $20 donated to charities for every $1 spent in expenses

·         4,000 hrs donated hrs

Kathy stated that her #1 goal is to bring awareness to the charities in St. Johns County.  Most people are unaware that state and federal funding is based on the per capita income of the county.   St. Johns County is the 3rd wealthiest in Florida but that is driven by the northern half of the county.  In truth the southern half is very poor.  JCP CARES is trying to make people aware of the situation in southern half.

JCP CARES is involved in a variety of charities and events throughout the county all year long to drive awareness.  Kathy had mainly come though to introduce the club to the farming community in south St. John’s County.  Specifically the horrible living conditions of resident and migrant workers in the community.    90-95% of these workers are US citizens but live in conditions that would shock you.  Once a month the St. Luke’s Mobile Health Van makes a visit to the community and there is a dinner held that night at the SEA Community Center for the workers.  Monday August 15th dinner will have a “Back to School” theme in which The Rotary Club of PVB-Sunset will be participating by conating and handing out school supplies to the children of these workers.    

It was a pleasure to have Kathy as our speaker and look forward to seeing her again at the ‘Back to school” event.

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