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
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1301 Riverplace Blvd.
27th Floor
Jacksonville, FL  32207
United States
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Tuesday's program consisted of one of our ever popular "Who Am I" sessions featuring San Marco Charter Member Steve Ramsey.  Having previously done both a "Who Am I" and a Craft Talk, Steve chose to speak about another organization of which he is a member, the France based wine and food society Chaine des Rotisseurs.
If the number of questions follwoing his presentation was an accurate indication of the Clubs level of interest in food and wine, the University Club might want to seriously consider serving wine with breakfast!
At left, Steve can be seen with the Chaine Ribbon denoting membership and rank.  (Leg brace is optional.)


JSO Officer of the Quarter - Jason Lederman

On Tuesday the San Marco Rotary honored JSO Officer Jason Lederman (second from left) at our Officer of the Quarter ceremony.
Officer Lederman was recognized by the JSO for his attention to detail and investigative focus that led to the arrest of a suspect and the recovery of multiple stolen firearms.
From Officer Lederman's Letter of Commendation:
"The initiative and dedication displayed by Officer Lederman are examples of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Core Values “Always Improving”, “Worthy of Trust” and “Community Focused”.  Officer Lederman is an asset to his squad, Zone Three, the Patrol and Enforcement Division, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office."
Congratulations Officer Lederman and thank you for your service to our community!

Tuesday's speaker was Justin Justice, Co-founder and Executive Director of Operation New Uniform.
Operation New Uniform was formed in response to the growing needs of veterans and their families as they transition from the military.  While wearing a military uniform, service members from all branches and backgrounds share a sense of pride and confidence in their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Operation New Uniform, comprised of successful veterans, corporate professionals and accomplished educators, exists to ensure veterans are prepared to wear a “new uniform” and support them in the pursuit of their professional goals.

The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up one spot to 93rd in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s  of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission.

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation received $259,594,884 in 2014, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year.

The Foundation recently earned from , the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the U.S.

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Tuesday, November 10 we were joined by Dr. Bill Putnam, Jr., and Hugh Green (not pictured) who discussed the new Baptist, M.D, Anderson Cancer Center.



Ray Klinginsmith - Trustee Chair 2015-16

It is well-established that The Rotary Foundation is the focus of attention in the month of November, and we try our best to publicize our Foundation programs and to raise money to fund the programs during the entire month! But why November?

The idea started in May 1956 when the RI Board designated the week of 15 November as Rotary Foundation Week. The designation was firmly in place by 1961 when I was a Rotary scholar in South Africa, and most of the southern African clubs featured programs about the Foundation that week. I also observed the same focus when I returned home and joined the Rotary club in my hometown of Unionville, Mo.

Many of our clubs at that time scheduled low-cost meals at their meetings during Rotary Foundation Week and donated the savings to the Foundation. It was a good way to produce Foundation funds at a time when most contributions were still made by clubs, not by individual Rotarians. But why did the RI Board select the week of 15 November in 1956 and then expand it in 1982 to the whole month of November, starting in 1983-84?

My speculation is that the initial decision in 1956 was based on the realization that many clubs in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly the large clubs, were not fully active during their summer months of June, July, and August. Therefore, it was best to wait and give time for the clubs to educate their members each year about the Foundation. And since the Foundation contributions were coming from the clubs, it gave the clubs time to raise the money, but still send it to the Foundation in the first half of the Rotary year for investment purposes. It was a win-win situation for both the clubs and the Foundation!

Regardless of whether my speculation has merit, Rotary Foundation Month has been, and will continue to be, a critical factor in the success of our Foundation. It is the month that our clubs and districts continue the tradition of educating our Rotarians about the amazing quality of our Foundation programs and seeking the needed contributions to make the world a better place.

Our Foundation is a premier organization, and it owes its success to the support of Rotarians, many of whom have gained their appreciation of Foundation programs during the traditional emphasis on such programs in November. The importance of Rotary Foundation Month should not be discounted, and I hope that all of our clubs will feature the Foundation during the month of November. It is a significant and productive tradition, and I encourage all Rotarians to take the time to attend their club and district Foundation events this month. Embrace the tradition! Celebrate the Foundation!


Please join us in welcoming Sheldon Garcia, Vice President, VyStar Credit Union, Downtown Branch, to the Rotary Club of San Marco.  Sheldon is transferring from the Ponte Vedra Sunset Club.

Tuesday we were joined by District Governor Fel Lee (Jacksonville - Oceanside) for the annual District Governor Club visit.  DG Fel was joined by Area Governor 2 John Runyon (West Jacksonville) and Area Governor 3 Barry Covington (South Jacksonville).  There are 13 "Areas" in District 6970, each with 3 Area Governors.  This was DG Fel's 58th Club visit during his year as District Governor.
DG Fel's message was to "Unpack Rotary" and centered on the value of Rotary, specifically strength in numbers, strength in direction and strength in brand.
DG Fel also shared an encouraging message from Rotary International that there is a realistic chance that polio may eradicated by 2016.

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