Dr. Ricardo Hanel is a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of aneurysms, strokes and other cerebrovascular conditions. Born and raised in Brazil, where he completed medical school and residency, Dr. Hanel moved to the US in 2001 where completed two fellowship training programs: Endovascular Fellowship at the State University of New York and Neurovascular & Skull Base at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
In 2002, he was selected as Rotary Goodwill Ambassador. Dr. Hanel credits Rotary' support as key to his initial U.S. training.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, he practiced in Buffalo, Phoenix and at the Mayo Clinic. He joined Baptist Health System in one year ago and built a practice he says centers on the patient. Dr. Hanel says he believes in educating his patients specially due to the type of surgeries he uses. These techniques have immediate and long-term impacts in their lives. He believes in strong passionate care at a high level and providing fast access to everyone in need. According to Dr. Hanel to Dr. Hanel these are the fundaments for the success of the Cerebrovascular & Stroke Center at Baptist Health. Dr. Hanel believes what was once thought impossible to be a reality right here in the Jacksonville community.
He is married to Martina and father of three boys, Felipe, Andre and Eric.
Our club-sponsored Rotaract club has found a new home downtown to hold its bi-monthly meetings. The club will soon be holding its Wednesday (5:30 - 7:30 pm) meetings in a conference room of Akerman LLP, a specialty lawfirm, in the Bank of America Tower at 50 North Laura Street on the 31st floor.
Downtown Rotaract Jax, which we initiated in 2012 as one of our Centennial projects, has continued to grow and become more and more active in community projects.
Downtown Rotaract Jax is a community service and leadership organization for young adults between the ages 22-35 who believe they can make a difference in their community and the world. Rotaract’s primary mission does not differ from the underlying principle of Rotary: Service Above Self.Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.
Rotaract stands for “Rotary in Action,” and its members are referred as Rotaractors.
Visit their website at www.RotaractJax.org to meet the meet their members and have a better understanding of who they are and what they do.
Did you know that March is now Water and Sanitation month? That’s right, as mentioned in a previous Minutarian, the Rotary International Board of Directors changed several of our monthly themes. So, March has gone from Literacy month to Water and Sanitation month. Both themes are important topics. No doubt we all need to be more literate about water and sanitation.
Water and sanitation are important topics locally and globally. Because Rotary challenges us to be active in service both locally and globally, the theme of Water and Sanitation presents us with much to consider.
Locally we know that climate change and population growth will significantly impact our water resources in the decades ahead. So, as good Rotarians, we need to lead the way in good stewardship of our water resources. Globally we know that water and sanitation issues put much of the world’s population at risk.
Club membership continues to fall despite renewed efforts to reverse a five year trend of losses within our ranks. Rotary's Club Central reports our mid-year member count has slipped to 239 from the 242 start of the Rotary year. In 2011 the club had a membership of 291 but has been as high 303 when we surpasssed Gainesville as the largest club in the district. That distinction lasted only one year.
The club remains predominately male (84%) and the 38 female members represent 16% of the club membership. Globally, across Rotary's 1.2-million members the ratio is 80:20.
You can follow these club and global reports by loging into My Rotary at the Rotary website - www.rotary.com and click on Club Central.
Four African ophthalmologists have been selected as Williams Visionary Scholars for the 2015 program sponsored by our club. The two men and two women come from Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe/South Africa, and Togo.
The doctors will arrive in Jacksonville in early November to train and observe the latest ophthalmological techniques which they then can take back to their home practices.
Last year because of the Ebola outbreak in Africa the program selected ophthalmologists from Asia and South America as a precaution.
The four doctors will be hosted by member families during their stay. After their work is completed in Jacksonville they will then travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Howard Kelley has been webmaster of our club site since its inception in 1998. Later he developed new interactive websites for the district's foundation and the district's website. In the last year our club website has had nearly 13,000 visits by more than 6,000 individual visitors. The viewing of our website increases each year. Our website is going through its 5th upgrade. Howard discussed some of the new features and benefits including technology changes to adapt to smartphones and smaller tablets.
We are grateful for Howard's time and dedication that he puts into carefully constructing our website. Changes and updates are made daily. Each week the upcoming program speaker and important information is placed on our home page. If a meeting cancels or moves venues, it is placed on our website.
Get married recently? Change jobs? Move? Have you told our club secretary about the change and have you checked your listing in the Rotary Roster?
The Rotary Roster is a simple way to locate club members and Rotarians within the district.
If it's your first time you can quickly set up your password-protected account and go from there.
It's important to check your listing to make sure we have all of the information about you is correct and up-to-date. And, if your photo is missing or out-of-date, send us a new one.
Two new members joined our club on February 23. Please extend the hand of welcome.
President and CEO
Classification: AUTOMOBILE: Logistics
Sponsor: Steve Bacalis
Classification: BUSINESS SERVICE - Consultant, Non Profit Development
Sponsor: PP William Mason
Wallace (Wally) Bennett
Born: March 15, 1924
Died: February 27, 2015
Member: February 22, 1993
Rotary Night at JSO
Paul Williams Concert
Dr. Ricardo Hanel
Jimerson and Cobb Law Firm
701 Riverside Park Pl., Ste 302
March 23 - Wyndham Hotel
Guardian of Gudalcanal
Florida PETS - Orlando
Light Up Rotary
Flager College - St. Augustine
Rotary International Convention
São Paulo, Brazil
Zone 34 Regional Seminar
Hyatt Hotel Jacksonville