Health Care: Key Driver in American Excellence
And International Competitiveness
Gianrico Farrugia, M.D
Vice President and CEO
Mayo Clinic in Florida
Mayo Clinic sees many areas of health care that are ripe for innovation, and we are working to develop our region as a biotech hub. For health care to reach its full potential, we must seize on opportunities and also solve challenges facing U.S. competitiveness and innovation in general. We must bring together talented and curious minds from across sectors and create an environment, including supply funding structures and regulatory environment, that encourages collaboration and innovation.
Dr. Gianrico Farrugia will report to Mayo Clinic's latest medical ventures work and the institution's organizational vision to develop the region as a collaborative biotech hub.
Dr. Farrugia completed his undergraduate training at St. Aloysius College in Birkirkara, Malta, and his M.D. at the University of Malta Medical School in 1987. He is CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida and Vice President of Mayo Clinic. He is also a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, as well as a professor of Medicine and Physiology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He recently served as the director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine with a focus on integrating genomics into routine clinical practice.
The Literal Littoral: Coming Navy Attraction
Captain Paul D. Young, USN
Commodore, Littoral Combat Ship Squardron II
Mayport Naval Station
Captain Paul Young, Commodore Littoral Combat Ship Squadron II, spoke to our club this week. The squadron is based at Mayport Naval Station Jacksonville.
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a class of relatively small surface vessels intended for operations close to shore. Some of the characteristics of the ship include a shallow depth of 14', High speeds up to 40 knots and Modular Combat Systems. Also unique to this type of ship is a very small crew of highly technical personnel.
There are currently two ships, the Milwaukee and the Detroit, with a total of six scheduled to be at Mayport by 2018. This class of vessel will continue to be an integral part of the USN fleet with ultimately 12 ships based in Jacksonville.
Reporter Vince McCormack
RI CONVENTION SOUTHLAND BREAKFAST
Zones 33/34 will host the traditional Southland Breakfast on June 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. This event is always a great way to meet other Rotarians from across Zones 33 and 34, as well as spend time with Rotary leadership. And because the breakfast is being held in Atlanta, you can be sure the grits will be cooked right! Due to space limitations at the venue, District 6970 only has 20 tickets available, please contact DG Marshall to reserve your seat. Tickets are $55/each.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 6970 ASSEMBLY IS APRIL 29
On April 29, the District Assembly will be held at Flagler College in St Augustine. There will be specific sessions for club leadership as well as incoming committee members. If your club is intending to apply for a district grant you will be required to have three members attend the Grant Training.
Overall it will be a great time of fellowship and networking with fellow Rotarians. And you definitely don’t want to miss the fabulous lunch provided by the Foundation Fryers!
Only 79 days until the All Star Conference in Atlanta!
Service Above Self,
District Governor 2016-2017
A newly-redesigned club banner was used for the first time when it was exchanged with a visiting Rotarian from the Ukraine. Sergeii Fesenko, from the Rotary Club of Kiev presented his club's banner to President-elect David Boree. In return, he received the first of our new banners which features a contemporary Jacksonville skyline.
District 6970's The Million Dollar Dinner is open to any Rotarian accomplishing any one of the following criteria during the period of July 1, 2016 through March 15, 2017.
The special dinner will be April 29 at St. Augustine's Casa Monica Hotel.
Invitations will be mailed by the district.
The Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is seeking hosting families from within the membership of our club, reports RYE chair Mark Harbison.
As a Rotary exchange student host family you assume parental responsibility for a young ambassador from another country. You agree to provide shelter and sustenance, guidance and counsel, and love and support to the child of strangers who may live thousands of miles from you.
The students have their own insurance and pocket money; you offer room and board. Host families are not paid a stipend.
Gianrico Farrugia, M.D
VP & CEO Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Mayor, St. Augustine
Challenges and Opportunities for NE Florida Businesses
The RCJ Rotary Charity Foundation
Presentation of Grant Recipients
Willis Page Music Award and Scholarship Recipient
Former CEO, XBox Entertainment
Flagler College, St. Augsutine
In lieu of District Assembly
►Intv 4 - Gerry Kelley
►Intv 3 - Pres-elect David Boree
►Intv 1 - Pres. Bryan Cooksey III
One of the easiest e-clubs for you to attend is the e-Club of Northeast Florida which is the official e-club of District 6970. Its weekly meeting lasts from 6 pm Saturday to 6 pm Friday (24/7). The attendance fee is $5.00.
Check here for a directory of all district clubs and their meeting days and times.