Times-Union columnist Mark Woods's weekly report on his walking travels from the top of Jacksonville to the bottom, took a detour this week into the Panama Park neighborhood. This north Jacksonville neighborhood east of Main Street and at the south end of the Trout River bridge was developed by George C. Clark, the founder and first president of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. The club began with 11 leading businessmen and met weekly in the Windsor Hotel.
Pres. Clark, who made his fortune from the re-building of the city after the Great Fire of 1901, enlisted famed Jacksonville architect and club member Henry Klutho to design some of the homes and a school. Panama Park was actually a town in its own right at the time.
During the summer of 1912, the club's first year, Pres. George invited club members, prospective members and friends to come spend an afternoon at the public park he built Panama Park. Those that had autos and others who had horse drawn buggies made the Saturday morning journey and enjoyed a large picnic spread, softball, a game of quoits, and even a couple of rounds of boxing.
The Board of Directors approved a resolution calling on club members to support a series of amendments to the current club bylaws. The modifications were developed by the Bylaws Committee earlier this month when several members offered proposed the changes. Members will vote on the recommended alterations at the June 6 meeting.
The club had the honor of celebrating the 99th birthday of Past Pres Dr. Fran Kinne at Monday's meeting. Fran, one of the first two women to become a member, served as club president first woman president in 2000-2001. She recalled that in her inaugural address to the club she announced the revelation that she was the first club president to have a histrectomy. Dr. Kinne served as president of Jackonville University from 1979 - 1989 and then was chacellor until 1994.
Our speaker Monday was Chris Patterson, the founder of Interchanges. The topic of his presentation was, “Empowering Your Workforce for Success.”
In 1995, in Windsor Ontario, Chris was a self-described loser. Then his father took a success seminar that featured a presentation by Zig Zigler. It changed his life. As the result of that experience, Chris launched himself on a career that included managing health clubs in South Florida and then Plano, Texas, where one of his clients included Zig Zigler himself.
Week 48 beginning May 30
June is Rotary Fellowships month. There are over 60 Fellowships such as wine, cooking, cycling, flying, golf, motorcycling, photographers and even beer. Each year at the Rotary International Convention these Rotary Fellowships meet and socialize at their booth within the House of Friendship.
THE 2017 ALL STAR DISTRICT CONFERENCE
So expand your Rotary world by joining a Fellowship and start making your plans to meet members of your Fellowship at the next convention in Atlanta on June 10-14, 2017. Registration for the 2017 All Star Conference and Rotary International Convention is now open.
The convention in Atlanta will be one of the largest, if not the largest, conventions in the history of our organization. Complete details about the packages and a link to register is seen above. Visit the All Star Conference website at AllStarConference.org. Special early bird rates are being offered but you must register before June 6 in order to maximize your savings as a result of the fantastic promotion being offered by Rotary.
Yours in service to Rotary,
Fred “Fel” Lee
District Governor 2015-2016
Rotary International District 6970
Memorial Day Recognition
Brigadier Gen. James Eifert
Adj. Gen. Florida Air National Guard
Mayor Lenny Curry
The Pension Crisis Revisted
In lieu of Presidents' Party
Timuquana Country Club
Independence Day Holiday
President J. Bryan Cooksey, III