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

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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
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At Tuesday's meeting, September 1st, we were joined by Rotary Area Governors Barry Covington (Year 3), John Runyon (Year 2) and Chris Croft. The Rotary Club of San Marco falls under Area 6, which also includes the Rotary Clubs of South Jacksonville, Riverside, Jacksonville (Downtown) and West Jacksonville. Barry, John and Chris filled us in on their respective roles Area 6.  Barry's primarily role is assisting the District Governor as well as the Club Presidents in Area 6.  John's emphasis is the Rotary Foundation and Chris concentrates on Membership.

Dr. Timothy Paterick joined us Tuesday September 1st with a dynamic presentation on changing how we view our own health.  Tim is passionate about preventive health. He believes that we all are able to take charge of our health though exercising, proper eating and striving toward being emotionally centered within ourselves and with our family and friends. Tim professes that, whether alone or with the help of a health coach, throughout our lives we all can work to achieve good health; that it is never too late. Similarly, Tim believes it is never too early to instill healthy living values in our children so that they do not become part of our current trend toward a sedentary, obese population.

Tuesday's speaker was Stephen (Wally) Wallace with Flightstar Aircraft Services.

Flightstar is headquartered at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida and employs over 900 people in all skill sets. Flightstar is a FAA Part 145 Repair station with a Class IV rating and is also certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) of Brazil. In addition, Flightstar is certified by Bolivia, Columbia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.

Flightstar performs a comprehensive suite of services including:

  • Major maintenance inspections
  • Aircraft modifications and upgrades
  • Interior refurbishment and reconfiguration
  • Passenger-to-Freighter conversion
  • Engineering service and supporthis is the template with image at the left side and floating text on the right side.

To celebrate the start of the school year and to signify our appreciation for the teachers and administrators at Spring Park Elementary, a group of San Marco Rotarians served breakfast at the school on August 20, 2015

Our speaker on Tuesday was Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan, proving, in his own words, that while nobody loves to pay taxes, hopefully you can at least like the people who collect them.
As Tax Collector, Mike oversees a staff of 240 people who serve approximately 875,000 customers per year at 10 branch offices, all on an annual budget of $16M.  The Duval County office is structured to be very efficient.  Duval County was the first Tax Collector's office in the state of Florida to take over the Drivers License functions from the DMV.
To maintain staff moral Mike cooks and serves breakfast at one of the branches about once a month which also gives him a chance to chat with the staff and exchange ideas.
To effectively deal with the Tax Collectors office Mike offered 3 pieces of advice - embrace technology, avoid the branches on Mondays and Fridays unless you really like crowds, and if you have a positive experience please thank the person who helped you, otherwise let him know.

Each August we celebrate Membership Month, an opportunity to thank our members for their commitment to Rotary. We begin 2015-16 celebrating strong membership growth of nearly 25,000 members this past year. The hard work and support of our members has led to successes such as the recent polio eradication milestones in Nigeria and on the entire African continent, both of which marked one year without a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. Those achievements wouldn’t have been possible without members’ dedication and their continued support of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.
We hope you have an opportunity to participate in Membership Month promotions and activities, which are listed on Rotary’s social media pages, in The Rotarian’s August issue, and on We encourage you to share these features with your clubs to help us show our appreciation to all members.
This month, we are collecting stories from members about why they joined Rotary, and why they stay. Tell us your story on our Facebook page or send an email to You may see your story featured in a future issue of Membership Minute!
You can also show your Rotary pride with a Proud Member window cling for your car or home, available for purchase at Share these with new club members, those celebrating membership anniversaries, or as a fun giveaway.  And display your pride in membership by using the Proud Member graphic on social media.
(Reprinted from the Rotary International Membership Minute, August 17, 2015)

Over 30 San Marco and West Jacksonville Rotarians teamed up Saturday, August 15 for a Super Bundles Stuffing Service Project.  1,500+ packets were stuffed and delivered to West Jacksonville Rotarian Dr. Randy Thorton for delivery.  Many thanks to West Jax Past Presidents Mike Crumpler, Mike Prendergast and Bill Phillips for joining us.
Many thanks also to Cyndie Brake and OE&S for providing the space!
Click here to view the photo album.

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 59 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners.
Local radio affiliates include WAPE-FM | 95.1 WAPE, WHJX-FM | HOT 106.5, WJGL-FM | 96-9 The Eagle, WJGL-HD2 | Power 106-1, WOKV | 104.5 FM Newstalk WOKV, and WXXJ-FM | X102.9.  Television affiliates include WFOX-TV | FOX 30, WJAX-TV | CBS 47 and WFOX-DT | myTVjax. 
Cox Media sponsors numerous events in and around Jacksonville such as HobNob 2015 where citizens could meet and quiz local political candidates and participate in a straw poll.
Cox Media Group also supports local non-profit agencies including the Clara White Mission and the Jacksonville Humane Society.

In response to questions at our last meeting the following is basic information regarding the Rotary Leadership Institute and some of their upcoming programs.
The mission of the Rotary Leadership Institute’s Sunshine Division is to provide an up-to-date, practical, and user friendly educational opportunity in convenient locations for Rotarians identified as potential leaders by their club officers. Courses are given to foster leadership skills and Rotary knowledge with the intent to motivate the participant to be enthusiastic, creative and dedicated Rotarians.
The next scheduled date for District 6970 is February 20, 2016 at the St. Johns River State College Orange Park Campus, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065-7639.  This should be a fairly convenient location for all San Marco members.  All 5 parts will be offered (Parts 1, 2, and 3 as well as the Graduate Course and the Discussion Leader Training).  Each Part must be taken in the proper sequence.  You must have completed Part 3 to take a Graduate Course. You must also have taken part 3 and be invited to take the Discussion Leader Training Course.  For more information please visit their website,
Also, in December this year the RLI Sunshine Division is hosting an RLI event at sea.  The RLI Cruise will leave Fort Lauderdale on December 10, 2015 for four nights, stopping in Cozumel, Mexico, returning on December 14.  On the way to Cozumel and back, there will be two full RLI events at sea.  The Caribbean Partnership of R.I. Zones 33 & 34 will hold their Annual Celebration on the ship with us!  All the information you need is on their website,
Below: Steve Ramsey with his RLI Diploma awarded upon successful completion of all 3 RLI Sessions.

Feagins joined WJCT in 2005, and is a familiar voice to many First Coast audience members. During her 16-year career, she has filled a variety of roles in broadcasting, from on-air hosting/reporting duties to writing, directing and producing behind the scenes. She has been an integral part of many WJCT productions, including quarterly First Coast Forums, the weekly Health Matters television series, and two Voices of the First Coast oral history projects to complement NPR’s StoryCorps and PBS’ Women, War and Peace. During her tenure at WJCT she has held roles including executive content producer and local Morning Edition host. Most recently, Feagins served as Director of Programming and News where her duties included being responsible for strategically developing, overseeing and providing continuity for programming, production and content in WJCT’s multi-platform (TV/FM/Online) environment. Feagins holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

On Tuesday July 28th we welcomed as our speaker Ms. Dawn Emerick, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville and fellow Rotarian.
Groundwork Jacksonville envisions a future for Historic Springfield and Eastside that includes healthy neighborhoods free of brownfields and other toxic sites, clean waters for our children to play and fish, well-maintained scenic parks for all of the city to enjoy and the development of a community stewardship ethic that ensures these positive community changes are guaranteed for the future.  Groundwork Jacksonville believes that all of this can be achieved by working together, learning from each other, finding common ground and building everyone’s capacity. Successful communities thrive when action and results are treasured and valued more than who is gets the credit.
Some of the ongoing initiatives of Groundwork Jacksonville include a model youth conservation program called the Green Team, which works with over 200 youth ages 14 to 18 each year, the S-Line Rail Trail (connecting to the Urban Core and Eastside and Springfield neighborhoods), an urban greenway planned along an abandoned CSX railroad ROW, in and around an area rife with known and potential environmental contamination. The development of this trail will offer the surrounding citizens a safer transportation alternative to vehicle-dominated streets as well as a linear recreation corridor, and an urban core public market, open all year, along the historic A. Philip Randolph corridor, to serve the entire community with locally grown and produced food, meats, seafood, dairy, eggs, grains and dry goods, artisan food, craft beer and related goods.
For more information please visit

Tuesday's speaker was Nicole Brose, Development Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets.  Their mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in our community, northeast Florida and the nation.  Nicole shared information about their pet programs, including their spay/neuter program, low cost vet services, adoption events, Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills (TAILS) and their Sulzbacher Center Partnership, among others.  Thanks to their efforts, in 2014, Jacksonville reached and maintained a 92 percent live release rate, thus obtaining a no-kill status.
For more information please visit their website at

Tuesday's Speaker was Steven Woodard, Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Division within the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Duval County Emergency Planning Director and the Security Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville.  Chief Woodard made a presentation on the responsibilities of his position and on emergency preparedness in general.  While conceding that he was not an expert in statistics, Chief Woodard advised that Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, from a statistical standpoint, was overdue for a direct impact from a hurricane.  Chief Woodard distributed copies of the 2015-2016 JAXREADY Emergency Preparedness Guide, and Citizen Preparedness Pocket Guide as well as information on the JAXREADY website,, and the JAXREADY Mobile App.

At our regular meeting on July 14, 2015 Jon Cornaire was recognized as our newest Paul Harris Fellow as President Ruth Ann presented him with his Certificate and Pin.  Congratulations Jon and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation!


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Upcoming Events



Sep 08, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
Brent Martineau, Sports Director for FOX30/CBS47
Insider's View of Sports in Our Community
Sep 22, 2015
Janet Herrick, CEO/President Onsite Environmental
How Being in Nature Increases Revenues
Sep 29, 2015
Al Emerick
Gift of Perspective
Oct 27, 2015
District Governor Fel Lee
District Governor's Visit
Feb 02, 2016


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