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Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to Rotary

Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to RotaryMark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman were recent guests of The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and gave a presentation on the future of retail bookstores.

Their company, Paz and Associates – The Bookstore Training Group, helps booksellers develop knowledge and skills to successfully operate profitable, independent bookstores.

In addition to helping them in their operations, they can help with store design, layout, lighting and all aspects of effective marketing. They also have expertise in cafe operations, which is becoming a common feature of bookstores.

Mark and Donna stated that the independent bookstore industry is healthy and growing. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30 a.m.

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this Summer

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this SummerThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members.

Pictured (first image) from left to right are Dan and Regan Westra and Dr. Peter Williams along with club president Stan Fishburn. Dan was active in Rotary in North Carolina and Regan is starting a retail business here. Peter is a retired cardiologist.

Carolyn Byrd, who works with Amelia Urgent Care is pictured first, left to right, with Sandy Rogers of the Rotary District, Carolyn Byrd, Vicki Beaudry club membership chair and Stan Fishburn, in the second picture.

Another recent Rotary club of Amelia Island Sunrise activity was when Kim Bynum, with Operation New Uniform, recently gave a presentation on the non-profit organization. The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members. It was started two years ago in Jacksonville when Justin Justice and several others recognized the need for a program to help military veterans and their families transition to civilian life and work.

Veterans are taught skills to help them grow within an organization. Their training program helps them with resumes, interviewing, job search, networking and related activities in job transitioning, and they literally get a new business suit “uniform” upon graduation. Operation New UniformOperation New Uniform enjoys a job placement success of over 90%. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative. Rotary is an international service organization with clubs in over 200 countries. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New Officers

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise has New OfficersThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently hosted its annual officer installation. The club looks forward to another year as they continue their projects throughout the community and internationally. The club recognized its outgoing officers and introduced new officers for the coming year. Shown below from left to right are new officers John Kublbock, Larry Ogilvie, Barbi Coyne, Stan Fishburn, Jim Weaver and Mickey Ulmer. Incoming president Stan Fishburn shared his vision for the coming year to continue the club’s many projects and to work closely with other Rotary clubs.

Rotary is an international civic organization with over 1,200,000 members world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Pub Night Social with EABC

The EABC (European American Business Club) meeting for July will be a pub night social at Pablo’s Mexican Grill and Cantina. This will be an opportunity to relax, visit with friends and network with new acquaintances in an informal setting.

They do not plan to have a speaker for this event, but do plan to hold a drawing for a nice bottle of wine or spirits, depending on how the spirit moves. We will also talk about our exciting August event (to White Oak Plantation) and provide some details of interest.

There is no charge for this meeting, so you’re on your own for refreshments and food.

With many people traveling on vacation and due to some difficulty in securing our original venue for July, it seemed natural to just have a relaxed, fun night for this month’s meeting. So come on out to Pablo’s and join the gang for a cool one. The group will likely be in the patio area, but check with the host/hostess when you arrive. It will likely be obvious where they are.

Pablo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina is located at 12 North Second Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

If you know someone who might enjoy our club, bring them along.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm
Cost: Everyone pay-as-you-go
Please R.S.V.P. to info@eabcnetwork.com so we have an idea of how many to expect Send us an email if you are planning to attend. You are still invited should you decide to attend at the last minute without letting us know. …and feel free to bring a friend or two!

Sierra Club Offers FREE Screening of The Whale on July 4th

TheWhaleMountainsideFilmsNo baseball game, barbeque, or music on July 4th? Not to worry. Join the Nassau County Sierra Club for a free family-friendly movie, The Whale, which will screen at the Fernandina Beach Public library on July 4th at 6:45 pm before the fireworks start downtown.

The Whale is a documentary film. While not written or edited specifically as a children’s film, it is accessible and entertaining for children ages 6 and up. Children particularly respond to the film because it has the emotional force of a real story rather than being lists of facts. While the film does not provide answers to all the questions, a child’s curiosity is fed rather than ignored and what they most want to do when the film is over is talk about Luna the whale.

The film follows a lost young orca that uses humans for his need to socialize. People called him Luna. Because orcas are highly social animals and Luna had found himself alone, cut off from his pod, he seemed to think he could make a life among humans. So he tried to make contact with people at docks and boats along a fjord called Nootka Sound, on the west coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Luna, whom the press called “The Lonely Orca,” became the subject of controversy in both public and scientific arenas over what should be done with him—whether to catch him, befriend him or force people to stay away from him.

Although Luna was healthy, and his presence in the area delighted tourists and drew a large number of paparazzi, there were concerns that his behavior was endangering people. The relationship between the First Nations tribe and the local authorities – and how the two groups have contrasting views of what’s best for Luna – makes for interesting conversations after viewing the documentary.

This is not an advocacy film. But it is an amazing story. This film is more mysterious than most and has been described as “a complete emotional experience” because it tries to come to terms with the feelings of a whale.

Wrecking the News on Amelia Island, Scott to Speak at EABC

Dave Scott, who writes the weekly davescottblog.com based on his “musings, opinions, observations, questions and random thoughts on island life, Fernandina Beach and more”, is the guest speaker for May at the European American Business Club.

He also is the creator and only writer of the satirical tabloid print newspaper, The Amelia Island News-Wrecker. He decided on a whim to produce the satirical tabloid paper as a one-off project in the spring of 2015 but it proved to be so popular with readers and advertisers that he received numerous requests for a second publication, which will be printed this spring, in time for the Amelia Island Shrimp Festival.

According to Scott the only people that have complained to him about the content of the first News-Wrecker were the ones that weren’t mentioned in it.

Come join the EABC for the May meeting and get some insight into what drove Dave to this madcap madness.

The meeting will be held at:
Amelia River Golf Club
4477 Buccaneer Trail, on Amelia Island.

The cost is $12.00 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.

For more information or to RSVP (not required) please send an email to: info@eabcnetwork.com.

Do You Want to be a Pirate?

Do You Want to be a Pirate?The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is a lively crew with a very active presence and has received proclamations from both Nassau County, Florida, and the City of Fernandina Beach announcing them “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World.” Founded in October of 1973, to promote the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Fernandina Pirates entertain crowds at a variety of parades and events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Although their primary focus is on promoting the annual Shrimp Festival, “We are also interested in the community at large, and try to do our part to better life in our charming little seaport town.” Said Club Captain (President) Lawrence Mackie. “Fernandina offers a slower paced, tourist driven community that was all about Pirates long before being a Pirate was cool.”

Behind the scruffy beards, the plumed hats, leather boots, and tight corsets, the Pirates are active members of the community with real jobs like realtors, nurses, business owners and retirees. These volunteers participate in a number of community and charitable events such as monthly Pirate Blood Drives, Katie’s Ride For Life, Joy to the Children, Relay For Life, Downtown Pajama Party, Fernandina Beach High School’s Homecoming Parade and football games, NAMI Walk, and more. The Pirates even offer their own scholarship to a high school seniors entering college, and a military scholarship, too.

With Shrimp Festival on the horizon, this is when the Pirates are often asked, “How do I become a Pirate?” First, you start off as a Swabbie. Being a Swabbie lets you participating in parades, working booth shifts at the Shrimp Festival or other events, help out at “work parties” where we may paint road worthy pirate ships, or simply decorate hats. This is an opportunity to learn how to walk, talk, act, and dress like a Fernandina Pirate. After attending three meetings, three in-town functions, and three out-of-town functions, we hope you have made new friends among the existing membership. You are then sponsored by a Pirate in good standing and nominated for Pirate membership, with full voting and black powder privileges.

If you are interested in becoming a Pirate, the Fernandina Pirates Club normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, but in preparation of the Festival, they will be meeting on April 12th and 19th, at 7:00 p.m., upstairs, at 115 South Second Street, in historic, Fernandina Beach. Their April 26th meeting will be held at the waterfront.

The Fernandina Pirates Club is a non-profit corporation, with a board of officers, membership requirements and safety rules, too, but they are always looking for a few good ship mates! If you would like to learn more about the Pirates, please join them at an upcoming meeting, “like” them on facebook, visit FernandinaPirates.com, or call Judie Mackie at (904) 583-0659.

Florida Foster Care Discussed at Rotary Sunrise

Florida Foster Care Amelia Island, FL – Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise welcomes Mollie Garrett and Ashanta Albury to discuss Florida Support Services’ Foster Care Program.

Local attorney Mollie Garrett and Florida Support Services counselor of 18 years, Ashanta Albury, visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to discuss the foster care system in Nassau County.

While reconnecting with birth parents is the ultimate goal, perhaps more important, and desperately needed here on Amelia Island is having families available to serve as “respite” or temporary homes for children in need. Ms. Garrett described her personal experiences with fostering children.

Said Mrs. Garrett about her many experiences with FSS, “My husband and I had a desire to have more children and realized the room in our home and our hearts could be used to serve those children with an immediate need. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Ms. Albury stressed the importance of further strengthening the bonds with the children and the child’s natural family once the foster care need has been fulfilled. This can be achieved by keeping that connection going by becoming an aunt or uncle, godparent, or mentor which benefits all concerned. Ideally this is the best case scenario, and one that FSS strongly encourages and attempts to facilitate.

Of the twenty-three children in the foster care system, only six are with families here in Fernandina. The reminder of the children must go to foster families in Jacksonville.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets weekly at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30am. For more information about the club or to attend a breakfast meeting, please contact President, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotary Sunrise Receives Significent Achievement Award

Rotary Sunrise Receives Significent Achievement AwardFernandina Beach, FL – Immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, Mark Cutshaw, of Florida Public Utilities accepted the Significant Achievement Award from Fel Lee, District Governor, at the recent Installation of Officers event held at the Marlin and Barrel Distillery, the newest business in Downtown Fernandina Beach.

Approximately 150 awards of this nature were given out from Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise won for its signature fundraising event – the Annual International Food and Wine Tasting Event held the first weekend of March.

In 2012, the Sunrise Club applied for district matching grants which resulted in over $33,279.04 to Wolfson Children’s Hospital to purchase four pediatric neurosurgery beds. 84 percent of Nassau County children receive care at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

In 2013, Wolfson’s was able to purchase three defibrillators with the proceeds from the fundraiser. In 2014, the Sunrise Club partnered with Arts Alive Nassau to help fund their music education programs.

Upcoming meeting speakers:
Aug 07, 2015-Roger Morenc, Marlin & Barrell Distillery
Aug 14, 2015-Linda McClane, Amelia Community Theatre
Aug 21, 2015-Phyllis Davis, Amelia Island Museum of History
Aug 28, 2015-State Senator, Aaron Bean Legislative Update

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets weekly at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30am. For more information about the club or to attend a breakfast meeting, please contact President, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotary Gets An Update on Micah’s Place

Rotary Gets An Update on Micah's PlaceOn Friday, May 15, 2015, Lauren Goode of Micah’s Place gave an overview presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, providing a whole new perspective about the organization.

Members learned of the various services that Micah’s Place provides to victims of domestic violence, including shelter, a help hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and community outreach services.

The Sunrise Rotary Club designated Micah’s place as the recipient of this quarter’s morning meeting fundraising efforts.

Pictured here is Lauren Goode with Mark Cutshaw, club president.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotary Annual Wine Event A Huge Success

Rotary Annual Wine Event A HUGE SuccessOn Saturday, March 7th, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held the 3rd Annual International Wine Tasting fundraiser event at the Amelia Island Museum and Amelia Community Theatre.

The overwhelmingly successful event featured a VIP event with a variety of wines paired with food selections provided by Horizons restaurant.

The main event also included a silent and live auction of several items. All the wine was provided by Wines by Steve.

Auction items were all donated and proceeds for the event will benefit the Arts Alive! organization, which provides equipment and instruction for the arts to elementary and middle school children in Nassau County.

An award will be made later in 2015 to Arts Alive! by the Rotary Club for the proceeds.

The event continues to grow bigger than the previous year and the club looks forward to continuing the popular event next year!

Pictured here are Mike Cipriano, Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club, Erin Cutshaw, Bob Lindberg, Jane Lindberg, president of Arts Alive!, and Joan Cipriano.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com. Find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ameliaislandrotary) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/airotary).

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Micah’s Place Hires New Chief Executive Officer

Micah's Place Hires New Chief Executive OfficerMicah’s Place, the only nonprofit and Certified Domestic Violence Center in Nassau County, Florida, has announced the selection of Heather Woody Jones as its new Chief Executive Officer. She is replacing Executive Director Shandra Riffey, who departed in November.

Ms. Jones has served the organization for the last seven years in several ways, including Director of Finance and Interim Executive Director; she brings experience in non-profit management and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Her passion for her work is evident. She strongly believes that everyone has the right to a safe, healthy, happy home and is honored to be selected to lead Micah’s Place and continue to engage the community to end domestic violence.

Commenting on Ms. Jones’ selection, Board of Director President Robert Fisher said, “Micah’s Place is fortunate to have someone of Heather Jones’ energy, skill and dedication leading the organization. She has a deep sense of commitment and compassion to the participants we serve. The Board is excited to have someone of her caliber leading the outstanding staff at Micah’s Place.”

Micah’s Place is the only Certified Domestic Violence Center serving Nassau County, Florida. Our mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence; and to provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. We offer safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All of our services are free and confidential.

If you are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, we can help you. Please call (800) 500-1119 or (904) 225-9979.

For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at (904) 491-6364.

If you would like to donate gently used items to our Purple Dove Resale Center, please call (904) 261-5227.

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Rotarians Get Lessons in Tai Chi

Rotarians Get Lessons in Tai ChiThe members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise were treated to a mini lesson in the ancient martial art of Tai Chi from the owner of First Coast Tai Chi, John Cipriani.

Along with demonstrating a few simple fundamental moves, John explained the many benefits of Tai Chi, including improved cardio-vascular health, better balance, and increased overall health and well being.

First Coast Tai Chi is located at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin where various courses are available to the public.

For more information, check out the website as www.firstcoasttaichi.com.

Where to find Rotary:
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, at mcutshaw@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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