Sports and Entertainment Office
City of Jacksonville
Dave Herrell joined the City of Jacksonville in 2014. He is responsible for leading the City’s strategic direction in sports, special events and entertainment. He serves as the City’s senior level liaison with the City Council, Jacksonville’s professional sports franchises, Gator Bowl Sports, Jacksonville Sports Council, local universities, University of Florida, University of Georgia and the PGA TOUR. In addition, he directs SMG (city’s facility manager) which manages six city-owned facilities including EverBank Field, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Prime Osborn Convention Center, Times Union Center for the Performing and the Ritz Theatre & Museum.
Herrell is considered a leading sports marketing executive with a versatile skill set and experience in strategic planning, administration, event management, marketing integration, corporate development, communications, non-profit organization and leadership. He has recently held management positions with the Arizona Sports Foundation, the Nashville Sports Council and Music City Bowl, Inc.
This year, the New Member Orientation and Indoctrination Committee, under chairperson Nancy Overton, has organized the new members since July 1 into what is now known the Class of 2014. The class has 25 new members as of this writing, and there are several more in the pipeline, thanks to the good work of the Membership Development Committee and its Chairman Charlie Jimerson. Julie Mason was elected president of the class.
The class was directed to find a service project that has not been addressed by this Rotary Club, one that is in keeping with Rotary’s community mission and is hands-on. Further it should promote camaraderie between the new class members and help them get to know one another.
Class member Pat Shea, director of the Red Cross, suggested several projects that exactly fit the criteria, and thus, the class will be participating during April in the Home Fire Preparedness Neighborhood Outreach. The Red Cross’s goal is to provide smoke detectors (furnished at no cost) to 500 homes that do not already have them, and to help 500 families design escape plans in the event of fire, thus perhaps altogether preventing fires, preventing deaths and injuries, and preventing dreadful catastrophes and loss. The date for achieving this dual goal is the end of June of this year, and we feel greatly privileged to be able to contribute.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL LEARN
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER:
Gary Williams is the author of several books, including: Siege in Lucasville: An Eyewitness Account and Critical Review of Ohio’s Worst Prison Riot (2003), SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings, and the Life of LT Michael P. Murphy, USN (2010), Heart of a Lion: The Leadership of LT Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL (2012). He also co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary MURPH: The Protector (2014). His latest work, Guardian of Guadalcanal: The World War II Story of Douglas A. Munro, U.S. Coast Guard was released last fall.
Williams hails from Upper Sandusky, Ohio and has degrees from Franklin University and the University of Dayton. His father was a decorated Korean War combat veteran. Williams and his wife have six children and two grandchildren and live near Cincinnati.
Last week’s Minute was about our District Conference and Assembly. This week, let’s have a quick show of hands if you’ve ever been to a Rotary International Convention. Now, for those of you with your hands up – and I trust there are a few hands up in your club – give a thumbs up if it was a great experience. For most who attend it is an awesome Rotary experience. The world of Rotary comes together in one place for almost four days. And Rotary International puts on a world class program for those four days. You leave the convention more convinced than ever that you are part of the solution and that your decision to join Rotary was the right choice.
Next question: Are you registered to attend the 2015 RI Convention taking place June 6-9 in festive Sao Paulo Brazil? For those who attend, it’s always fun to get together. But getting together once you’re there is very difficult to do. So we must plan ahead. With that in mind, here are two convention events you need to know about before you leave: The District 6970 Reception and the Southland Reception. If you are planning to go, and I hope a bunch of you are, please contact DGE Fel ASAP. Contrary to popular belief, we do not have a master list of all who have registered. Therefore, unless you contact DGE Fel, you may miss out on some of the fun. DGE Fel and DGN Marshall have all the details on getting together for these two fun events. If you are making your way to the 2015 RI Convention in Sao Paulo – contact:
On April 13 the club will hold its traditional recognition and honoring of Boy scouts who have earned the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout. The club will invite the Eagles to attend our luncheon meeting and you have an opportunity to sponsor the luncheon cost.
The cost per Scout is $25 which can be charged to your member account.
COJ Sports & Entertainment
• Board of Directors Meeting
No Meeting - Easter Holiday
Eagle Scout Day
Class Honoree Judge Gearld Tjoflat
Light Up Rotary
Flager College - St. Augustine
Rotary International Convention
São Paulo, Brazil
Zone 34 Regional Seminar
Hyatt Hotel Jacksonville