Capturing the words of its founder Paul Harris, Rotary International extends its appreciation to its worldwide members with a video thank you for the good being achieved over the breadth of the globe.
An example of that good is reported by the New York Times in its recognition of the accomplishments of Rotary in dealing with the eradication of polio. The feature article reports on the first year of Africa being free of new cases of this crippling disease.
For the first time in more than a year the club has broken through the minimum 60% average attendance requirement. July club meeting attendance reached 61% which was a 19% increase over the preceding June as well as 19% over a year ago.
Total attendance during the last Rotary year averaged 45% and at one point dipped to 26% in October of 2014. Last year represented a five year low in attendance.
The sixty percent attendance level is based on a reduced requirement in the club's bylaws which for a number of years required 70%. All active members are required to average a minimum of 60% attendance in each half of the Rotary year. Failure to attend four consecutive meetings could also result in membership termination.
Total membership of the club dropped slightly from a year ago but held steady with June at 238 members.
Based on July 2015 DACdb Report
Dr. Cesar Keller
Mayo Clinic - Center for Regenerative Medicine
Imagine a future in which a new lung is grown for a patient in need, using the patient’s own cellular material, or a day when an injection of replacement cells will enable a patient to self-heal damage in the brain, nerves or other tissues. The possibilities are staggering, and the latest advances in tissue regeneration are happening right here in Jacksonville, at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Cesar Keller from Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine will discuss Mayo's breakthrough advances in regenerative research. A prominent research physician with a focus on pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, Dr. Keller leads Mayo Clinic's efforts in tissue regeneration research.
Regenerative medicine itself isn't new — the first bone marrow and solid-organ transplants were done decades ago. But advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields have unlocked new opportunities to refine existing regenerative therapies and develop novel ones.
Thank you to all that helped us collect school supplies and backpacks! You helped make a huge impact in Jacksonville.
Our club-sponsored Downtown Rotaract continues its hands-on involvement in community projects.
You are welcome to attend one of their meetings. All the meeting information is on this webpage.
On historic Fort George Island Rotarians, spouses/ partners, and prospective new members will gather at the home of Past Pres. Carl Cannon next month. It will be an afternoon of fun and fellowship with food, beer and wine...and, an experience for those not familiar with the rustic island. The fellowship gathering will be on Saturday, September 19th, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Members must RSVP for themselves and their guests. The reservations will be limited and will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis
Click HERE to learn more about the party.
I recently attended a dinner welcoming home our district’s youth exchange students after a year abroad. I heard riveting and heart felt stories about the positive impact the program has made on each of their lives. Please consider hosting or sponsoring a youth exchange student during the 2016-2017 school year. Forms to make your intentions known are due September 19th.
Hear the roar of the crowd and smell the food concessions! Yep, football season has started and so has our End Polio Now partnership with the Jaguars. 100% of ticket sales go to The Rotary Foundation for End Polio Now!!! Program flyer and ticket ordering forms can be found right here.
Are you really adventuresome? Then plan to participate in a week long polio immunization exercise in West Africa starting November 10th. More information can be found under our district website’s Opportunity Center.
Health Care Funding
State Sen. Arron Bean
COMMITTEES AND EVENTS
Saturday, September 19
4 pm – 7 pm
Getting to Know Rotarians
Home of Carl and Rita Cannon
11457 Ft. George Rd., Ft. George Is.
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