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 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.

President's Message
Upcoming Events
Dec 01, 2015
The Honorable Lenny Curry
Jacksonville Mayor
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
Low Country Boil X
Shrimp, Sausage and Beer!
New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand. The Brand Center also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone. You can download Rotary’s logo -- or create your own club or district logo. And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply