Rotary Club of San Marco
Jacksonville, Florida
The Highest Club in District 6970

Club Information

Welcome to The Rotary Club of San Marco

San Marco

The Highest Club in District 6970!

We meet Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
University Club
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
27th Floor
Jacksonville, FL  32207
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Sergeant at Arms
Past President
Public Relations
Club Administration
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation
Executive Secretary

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Home Page Stories

Tuesday's meeting featured Chris Folds, Director of Development at The First Tee of North Florida.


The First Tee's mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  In a past independent research study of The First Tee, 73% of young people at participating chapters reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically and 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.


The First Tee's Core Values are Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement, and as Chris will admit - make sure you get them in the correct order!




Tuesday's meeting featured Club Vice President Steve Ramsey and a tutorial on the features of the Rotary International, District 6970 and San Marco websites.  Members are encouraged to visit the club website and update their Rotary profile information.

At Tuesday's meeting we were joined by visiting Rotarian Joaquin Buzeta, Past President of the Rotary Club of la Victoria, Venezuela.
We are delighted you could join us!

At Tuesday's meeting we honored Officers Ron Johnson and Daniel Gaynor.  Thanks gentlemen for all you do for the city of Jacksonville!

Tuesday March 29, 2016 we inducted two new members into the Rotary Club of San Marco.  Pictured above from left to right are new member Denise Dreyer with sponsor Jason Ramsey, new member Bob O'Linn with sponsor Beth Clark and President Elect Tony Potochick.  Denise is Field Director with the Boy Scouts of America and Bob is an attorney with Balch & Bingham LLP.
Welcome Denise and Bob!

On Tuesday Ms. Tori Pappas spoke about the McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation.  The Foundation was created in loving memory of McKenzie, who passed away in 2010. The Foundation’s desire is to inspire and help young people find their purpose in a world of challenges. Tori spoke about their various programs, McKenzie's Run and distributed Liv-N-Grace Bracelets to everyone in attendance.

On Tuesday March 8th Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr. spoke about equal access to justice.
The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice will study the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income Floridians, considering Florida’s legal assistance delivery system as a whole: staffed legal aid programs, pro bono services, innovative technology solutions, and other models and potential innovations. The commission will create strong collaboration among all groups seeking to improve access to civil justice and a heightened awareness of the needs of Florida’s citizens. It was established Nov. 24, 2014, by administrative order of Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

Mark Snitzer and other cast members from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" entertained the San Marco Rotary with a medley of songs from the musical.  Mark and the rest of the cast can be seen performing at the N.E. Florida Conservatory March 11th thru March 20th.  Reserved seat tickets can be purchased for $20 at

On behalf of the RCSM Past Presidents that serve as your Nominating Committee, I would like to present the following Slate of Officers for the 2016-2017 Rotary year:
Heather Solanka
Angela DeMonbreun
Janet Reagor
Bob Freeland
Howard Dyal
Ellen Williams
Beth Clark
Jay Farhat
Public Relations
Pete Helow
Also Serving (Determined in Previous Year)
Tony Potochick
Steve Ramsey
Immediate Past President
Ruth Ann Hepler
If you have any questions or would like to nominate someone else please contact Kyle Reese or Meg Folds.  We will vote on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at our regularly  scheduled meeting.

We are excited to announce registration is now open for our 2016 District Conference and Assembly on May 13th-14th. For the second year in a row, both events have been combined into one exciting weekend on the campus of Flagler College in historic St. Augustine.
All events will be held at the Ringhaver Student Center on the campus of Flagler College except for Friday’s Recognition and Awards luncheon which will be held in the Ponce de Leon dining hall.
This year we have provided the ability to register online for all conference and assembly events. Registration fees have not changed from last year to keep the event affordable. Register early to take advantage of discounted rates! Early registration ends April 1st.
For your convenience, you should have received a personalized registration link to facilitate your registration process. This email is personalized for your registration only and should not be forwarded to anyone else.

President's Message
Upcoming Events
Sep 27, 2016
State Senator Aaron Bean
Legislative update
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
Dr. Edythe Abdullah
UNF Continuing Education
Oct 18, 2016
Sally Hazelip, Executive Director
North Florida School of Special Education
Nov 08, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
Karla Repper
Visit to The Wolfson Children’s Center for Behavioral Health
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.