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Robertson Tanner Arnold - 1921-1922

Robertson Tanner Arnold was born in Louisville, Ken¬tucky, on July 12, 1881. He came to Florida with his family dur¬ing the same year, first to Orange County where he lived until he was fourteen years old. The family then moved to Gainesville for a short time and in 1901 to Jacksonville. He at¬tended Rollins College and the East Florida Seminary, forerunner of the University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida. He also attended and was graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1901.
After living out of the State for a brief period of time, he returned to Jacksonville in 1907. He established the Arnold Printing Company in 1910 and continued in that business until his retirement in 1953. Bert was a director of the Jacksonville Chamber of Com¬merce, a director and vice-president of the Jacksonville Automobile Club and a member of the board of directors of St. Luke's Hospital. He joined the Rotary Club in June, 1912, served seven years as secretary, one year as vice-president of the club; was elected its president for the 1921-1922 year, and was Governor of the Thirty-ninth District of Rotary International in 1927-1928. He was a communicant of the Church of the Good Shepherd, a member of the Florida Yacht Club and the Timuquana Country Club. He died at his home in Jacksonville on May 28, 1957.
Bert was married in 1907 to Miss Mary Leysath of South Carolina. Their children are John Robertson Arnold, a member of the Club; and Caro¬line Arnold, who is now Mrs. Gerald Warthen of Augusta, Georgia.
The annual election of officers and directors was held on Tuesday, May 10, 1921. Robertson T. Arnold, who had been the secretary for seven years and vice-president for the 1920-1921 year, was elected president. He became the ninth president of Jacksonville Rotary and probably shared with George W. Clark in responsibility for the club's success in its early years. In doing the detail work of the club's operation, in attending conferences and conven¬tions, in writing for and printing the Rotary Bulletin, Bert was the man be¬hind the scenes. He was associated in Rotary, during the earlier years, with older men who had made their mark in the business and professional life of the community and, but for his age and modesty, he very likely could have been elected to the presidency of the club a few years earlier. He was thirty years old when elected president of the club and the youngest man to hold the office up to the year of his election, and appears to have been the young¬est of the forty-nine presidents of the club at their respective years of office. Probably he worked harder and gave more of his time over a period of sev¬eral years than did any man in the club.
Directors elected for the 1921-1922 year were: Bill Sharkey, Frank Cartmel, Vernon Borum, Milton Worsham, Waldo Cummer and Jeff Thomas. Held over directors were: George B. Hills, John McKinnon and Bill Logan. Walter P. Corbett was elected vice-president; W. E. Arnold, secretary; My¬ron L. Howard, treasurer; and David Ramsaur, sergeant-at-arms.
It is interesting to note the meeting places of the club during Bert Ar¬nold's tenure of office as president. During July, August and September, 1921, the regular meeting place was the Seminole Club. However, on August 23, there was a beach party at Atlantic Beach, attended by sixty-three Rotarians and seventy-seven ladies; and Tuesday, September 14, the luncheon was held at the Donax Shell Tea Room at Atlantic Beach. The October, November and December meetings were at the Seminole Club, except that on November 2, there was a joint meeting with Kiwanis and Civitan at the Ma¬son Hotel and on November 29, the meeting was at the Seminole Hotel. Then, apparently, the meeting place was changed from the Seminole Club to the Seminole Hotel where all of the meetings for January, February and March, 1922 were held except that, on Tuesday, March 14, the club returned to the Seminole Club and, on March 21 a special musical program was held at the Mason Hotel. The April and May meetings were at the Seminole Club, except that the last meeting in May was at the Mason Hotel and the time changed from Tuesday at 1:00 o'clock to Monday at 7:30 o'clock in order to entertain delegates to the Los Angeles International Convention, who would be passing through Jacksonville.
The meetings in June 1922 were held on Peck's Floating Pavilion. The Rotary Bulletin of June 6, 1922 announced: “The Meeting for Tuesday, June 6th, will be held on Peck's Floating Pavilion and they have promised us great things. The boat leaves the foot of Laura Street promptly at 12:45 p.m. and every five minutes thereafter for the floating pavilion, so please be on hand promptly so as to avoid the rush. Luncheon will start promptly at 1 o'clock.”
"Directors' meeting immediately after the luncheon. Stay on the boat. Important but short."
The meeting continued at Peck's Pavilion all during July and August and into the month of September 1922.
At the meeting of July 26, 1921, reasons for the proposed Community Chest in Jacksonville were discussed. Milton Worsham was the chairman of the Rotary's Community Chest committee. Also, at this meeting a quintet of Rotarians entertained with some vocal selections. These vocalists were: Harry Hasson, John A. Hall, Howard P. Wright and Lucius Wooten.
On August 2, 1921, the Rotary Club of Jacksonville adopted a resolu¬tion approving the organization of the Community Chest in Jacksonville. On August 9, 1921, John S. Arnold, Sr. made a report to the club on his at¬tendance as a delegate to the Rotary International Convention at Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Rotary party at Atlantic Beach on August 23, 1921 featured a baseball game between a Rotary and a Kiwanis team. Harry Moulton was captain of the Rotary Team. Although Kiwanis won the game, Dr. Bill Ross' home run was the high point of the game. The account given of a 100-yard foot race says the first 25 yards showed great speed. Afterwards, it was a case of who could go the whole route. A. P. Anthony won the race. A greasy pig-catching contest was won by Neal F. Tyler with George B. Hills a close second.
In the November 15, 1921 issue of the Rotary Bulletin, George W. Clark, the club's first president, suggested that the Board of Directors— "call a halt on taking in more members until we assimilate those we have. Let us not enter into undue competition with other clubs for numerical strength." He then expressed the hope that every member of the club would read an article in the November Rotarian entitled "The Lure of the Luncheon Hour."
Also, in November, the Bulletin had to say: "Miss Virginia Hall, daugh¬ter of President Hall of the Indianapolis Club, has been in Jacksonville as one of the 'Post Card Girls' this week and several of the unattached, attrac¬tive, debonair and otherwise delightful, youthful Rotary bachelors have been right in behind her most of the time." The article goes on to tell of the enter¬tainment provided for Miss Hall by the Club and its officers; including a dinner dance at the country club. A number of Rotarians and others were in on this entertainment of the pretty visitor. Arthur Milam and Stockton Broome "piloted a Paul Jones" at the dance. On Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Walsh took Miss Hall to Mandarin to pick oranges. Mrs. Alfred Ulmer gave a tea for Miss Hall. George Clark, Jr. was her escort at a dance at the Seminole Club. Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hall took her to the Fair and went along as chaperones when Joe Diver and Bob Pentland took her to Gerbing's Oyster Farm at Fernandina.
The Duval High School football team were guests at the Rotary lunch¬eon of December 20, 1921. On December 6, 1921, the directors approved a bill of $10.00 from Bo-Kay Perfume Company. No explanation is made of the club's purchase.
Marcus C. Fagg was appointed chairman of the Ladies Night Commit¬tee in January 1922 and, on February 7, the Board of Directors set Febru¬ary 22 for the affair, allowing $750.00 for the entertainment. After making the arrangements, Marcus could not be present because of the death of his mother, and Finley Knight assumed the chairmanship. The party was a bril¬liant affair and included many forms of entertainment.
The District Assembly was held in Savannah, Georgia on February 23, 1922. President R. T. Arnold and eighteen other Jacksonville Rotarians were booked to go via Pullman. R. T. and nine others were accompanied by their Rotary Anns.
Through the courtesy of Rotarian Frank O. Miller, the club was privi¬leged to hear Daisy Jean, noted Belgian cellist, and Souvainne, celebrated American Pianist, on March 21, 1922. The announcement said:
"Souvainne will perform on the Chickering and it is--through the aid of the Chickering Piano Company that Frank Miller is enabled to give us this treat, which is costing him over $1,000.00."
The International Convention was held in Los Angeles, California, in June 1922. R. T. Arnold, the outgoing president, and Lance McCubbin, the incoming secretary, attended the convention as delegates of the Jacksonville club.
During the year ended June 30, 1922, the club received new members, including:
N. L. Bedford Robert Pentland, Jr.
McGarvey Cline Dr. Shaler A. Richardson
David G. Coit Dr. J. Knox Simpson
Montgomery Course A. V. Snell
Albert McKay Jewell S. Taylor
W. W. Zachry

Lost by death were: John P. Murphy, John N. P. Stockton and The Rev. Milton R. Worsham.
There were a number of resignations and losses by reason of non-attendance, so that the year ended with a membership of one hundred and thirty-seven, a net loss of two members.
The annual election was held on Tuesday, April 11, 1922. Walter P. Corbett was elected president and Frank O. Miller, vice-president. Lance McCubbin continued as secretary, Myron L. Howard as treasurer, and Paul R. Davis as sergeant-at-arms. Directors elected were: Horace C. Avery, George H. Baldwin, Joshua C. Chase, and George Z. Phillips. Hold-over di¬rectors were: Vernon Borum, Frank Cartmel, Waldo E. Cummer, William L. Sharkey and Jefferson Thomas.