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Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently attended a festive program put on by Healthy Start for the families that are benefited by Healthy Start’s various voluntary educational and support programs.

They serve pregnant women and families with children under age three. There is also a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health and related matters.

Pictured above are Rotarians Barbi Coyne, Pete and Carol Stevenson, Art and Theresa Shuster and Mark Cutshaw.

Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently assisted Barnabas financially and by providing 21 Rotarians to help at the Barnabas Empty Bowls fund raiser.

Barnabas helps citizens of Nassau County who are in need by providing crisis assistance, a food pantry and health services.

Pictured to the left, left to right, are Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra.

Nathan Walter, Director of Soccer/Player Development for Jacksonville’s professional soccer team, Armada, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. Nathan is a former professional soccer player from England.

Nathan Walter

Nathan Walter

Professional soccer in Jacksonville dates back to 1980 with the Jacksonville Tea Men franchise. After several years without a local team, the Armada was started here in 2015 as an expansion team.

Armada is active in promoting youth soccer with camps, clinics and school programs. They also support local soccer academies and clubs. There are over 11,000 members of soccer clubs in NE Florida.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets at 7:30 in the morning on Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Busy Season at Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise

healthy-startValerie Eldridge, Program Manager for Healthy Start, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. She explained that Healthy Start is a voluntary educational and support program serving pregnant women and families with children under age three.

Help includes parenting education, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation, developmental screenings, case management, and discounted car seats.

Healthy Start also has a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health, birth control options, prevention of HIV and STDs. The class also focuses on communication skills, problems solving and goal setting.

Valerie’s office number is 904-530-6753.

new rotary members

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed two new members. Pictured above from left to right are their sponsor, Bruce Heggenstaller, new Rotarians Pete and Carol Stevenson along with club president Stan Fishburn.

Pete is a retired senior engineer who was with IBM and Carol is a retired banker.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets at 7:30 in the morning on Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

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.

4th Annual Wine and Food Tasting a Success

4th Annual Wine and Food Tasting a SuccessThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise celebrated the Fourth Annual Amelia Island International Wine & Food Tasting on March 5th with 300 guests at the Coastal Aviation Hangar at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. The club partnered with volunteers and attendees of the Friends of The Library, this year’s beneficiary.

A Taste of Wine by Steve, located at 4924 First Coast Highway, sponsored the wine for the event. Steve and Donna Raszkin (pictured) hand picked the wonderful wines, and hosted the first ever Amelia Island International Wine Judging that was a highlight at the wine event. Please visit Steve to purchase the award winning wines.

Attendees were able to taste the delectible bites prepared by The Crab Trap, Café Karibo, The Golf Club at North Hampton, Horizons, Four Seasons Bistro, Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, La Mancha, Ocean Club, Publix Aprons Event Planning & Cooking School, Sliders Seaside Grill, and Tres Leches Eatery while listening to the big band sounds of Crescendo Amelia and considering their purchases in the live and silent auctions. Guests were also spirited with tastes of kraft brew by Amelia Tavern and the famous pirates punch by the Palace Saloon.

Sponsors included: Platinum: First Coast Community Bank, and Florida Public Utilities, Gold: Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Bijoux Amelia, Silver: CBC National Bank, David Dully, Island Inspections, and Rick Keffer, Bronze: The Diamond Market, Greg Mattheus & Pam Field, Bosland Family Foundation, Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball Attorneys at Law, Christal L. Fish, Esquire, Tony Camarce, Norm and Mary Ellen Ledwin, Bobby and Carol Ferreira, and Springer Controls Company, and Berkshire Hathaway.

The Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday morning at 7:30AM at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about Rotary meetings or events, please contact president, Cindy Jackson, at bijouxamelia@comcast.net.

Submitted by Deb Cottle

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 Abuzz with Local Beekeeper

pete-smith-beekeeperRotary club members were buzzing with interest when it hosted local beekeeper, Pete Smith, at its weekly meeting Friday. Pete gave a presentation about the curious and critical role honey bees play in our ecology and food sources. Pete is a member of the Master Beekeeper program at the University of North Florida, where one of his responsibilities is to educate the community about bees, including identification, care, and Florida regulations.

Pete oversees a few colonies of his own in Fernandina Beach as well.

To get more information from Pete on the art and science of being a beekeeper, you can visit www.hivepirate.com.

About Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise Meetings
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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High School Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipient Visits Rotary

High School Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipient Visits RotaryMiss Cheyenne Roth, senior at Fernandina Beach High School, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise where she gave club members an overview of her participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference held last summer at the University of North Florida.

Cheyenne was chosen to attend the conference for high school juniors and seniors where they learn valuable life and leadership skills such as planning fundraisers, working on community projects, interviewing skills, and applying for scholarships.

Cheyenne said the conference changed her life in many positive ways! The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise will be sending two candidates to the RYLA conference in June 2015.

About Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
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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