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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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Future Officers for Rotary Club Introduced

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Preparing for the future, the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, Cindy Jackson, introduced to the club her slate of officers for the 2015-2016 year.

Cindy will assume the presidency in July 2015 with the following club members taking on Board of Director roles under her leadership:
President-Elect Jodi Henson
Vice President Larry Ogilvie
Secretary Vicki Beaudry
Treasurer Barbi Coyne
Sargent-At-Arms Greg Mathews

About Rotary 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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Humane Society Updates the Rotary Club Sunrise

tom-christenson-mark-cutshawSharing the exciting news of the grand opening of the new Humane Society facility located next to the airport on Amelia Island, Tom Christenson, Executive Director of the Nassau Humane Society, was recently featured as the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

Rotary club members learned about the features of the new building and all the services the Humane Society provides to city and county residents.

Rotarians actively volunteer throughout their communities and the club was pleased to learn about the strength of the volunteer network at the Humane Society.

The new facility enables the Humane Society to continue its mission, dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals; to alleviate their suffering and neglect, to support the human-animal bond, and to foster an environment in which people respect all living creatures.

For more information about the Nassau Humane Society, call 904-321-1647.

Pictured here is Tom Christenson, Executive Director, and Mark Cutshaw, president of the 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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Rotary Donates Defibrillators to Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Rotary Donates Defibrillators to Wolfson Children's HospitalLast March the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise held an International Wine Tasting event to raise funds for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, a non-profit organization. Recognized year after year as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, 199-bed* Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the only full-service tertiary hospital for children in the region, serving North Florida, South Georgia and beyond.

In FY13, over 75.3% of Nassau County children requiring hospital care are treated at Wolfson Children’s. On the hospital’s wish list is defibrillators and the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise was able to purchase three of the machines with the proceeds from the fundraiser. This week members of the club presented a check to Wolfson Children’s for the defibrillators. And celebrating with the club members were Fernandina Beach residents Sean and Tiffany McGill with their son, Lucas, who was successfully treated at Wolfson Children’s.

The Wine Tasting event was an overwhelming success due in part to the support the club received from its many sponsors including among others: Florida Public Utilities Company, Amelia Liquors, and The Palace Saloon.

Pictured here are members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise: Mark Cutshaw, president, Mark Dennis, past president, Christal Fish, past president, Dave Dully, Event Chair, and Art Shuster, past president, along with the McGills and presenting a check for $43,664.40, to Michael Aubin, Wolfson Children’s Hospital President and Candice Ramesar, Director of Emergency Services, Theresa Pye, Peds Educator, and Diane Givens, Assistant Nurse Manager.

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.

*14 Additional NICU beds are located at Baptist Medical Center South

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World Changers Comes to Rotary

World Changers Comes to RotaryDr. Susan Rodeffer has been a volunteer with World Changers for several years and this year she has managed to have the organization come work its magic in Nassau County!

Susan updated the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise at its weekly meeting about the organization, which sends teams of youth volunteers from churches all over the country to different locations each summer to help with several projects. World Changers will be here with 225 students the week of July 13th – July 18th to take on approximately 20 of these projects.

World Changers, Barnabas, and the Council on Aging collaborate to determine the need and urgency in picking the projects. The focus will be on substandard housing issues mainly affecting seniors.

Funding for World Changers comes from private donations and the student participants pay their own way for the week of work.

This year will be the first time World Changers has come into Nassau County.

For information on how you can assist in this event, contact Wanda Lanier at Barnabas, Janice Ancrum at the Council on Aging, or Dr. Susan Rodeffer at her orthodontics office on 14th Street.

Dr. Rodeffer is pictured here with Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

About the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
The group 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.

You can also find them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ameliaislandrotary) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/airotary).

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K9s for Warriors Visit Rotary Sunrise

K9s for Warriors Visit RotaryHelping our service men and women to heal, K9s For Warriors is a non-profit that uses pet therapy to successfully help them recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Lisa Rash, volunteer at K9s For Warriors, visited with the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share stories of their successes and spread the news about their amazing programs. Over 90% of the dogs used in the program are rescued animals.

Each qualified dog goes through a 3-week intense training program before being paired with a soldier. Then the soldier and his/her dog go through another 3-week intense program together at the K9s For Warriors facility in Ponte Vedra. The organization is happy to report that over 95% of the soldier participants are able to stop taking their PTSD medications after getting their service dogs. The facility currently houses 4-5 soldiers and over 12 canines in training and there is currently a 1-year waiting list for soldiers wanting entry into the program.

Dogs must meet certain criteria to be accepted into the program as well, such as being at least 60 pounds and 24 inches tall. The organization is currently building a new campus which is scheduled to be completed in December 2014.

For more information about K9s For Warriors, go to the website at www.k9sforwarriors.org.

Pictured here is K9s volunteer Lisa Rash with Rotary Club president Mark Cutshaw.

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America’s Youth Visit Rotary Sunrise

America’s Youth Visit Rotary Sunrise
John Gilbert serves. He has served his church, our country, and every day he serves the youth of Fernandina Beach. John is the Director of America’s Youth, a non-profit organization that assists the children by giving them a safe place to spend their time when they are not in school.

John spoke to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to share with the club what his organization is all about. America’s Youth, located at the intersection of 11th and Indigo Avenues, serves all ages of children with a staff of 100% volunteers. There are around 30 children in the program that emphasizes the importance of family and life skills. The staff believes in “Fixing the problem – not spending time on assigning blame.”

During the school year, students can go to America’s Youth after school where they will work on their homework, participate in planned activities and sometime have dinner together. During the summer, the children will have breakfast together, work on an activity, brush up on school skills – all before lunchtime. After lunch they will read to Camp Mothers, participate in more planned activities including field trips and sometimes have dinner together.

John and his staff are making a big difference in the lives of many children in Fernandina!

The Rotary Club of Ameila Island Sunrise donated funds to America’s Youth and presented their donation to John Gilbert.

Pictured: (L to R) is Art Shuster, Rotarian and America’s Youth Volunteer; John Gilbert, Director of America’s Youth, and Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club.

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Rotarians Host Salvation Army

Rotarians Host Salvation ArmyThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise hosted Mary Moore, Director of the Salvation Army/Hope House at its weekly meeting. Ms. Moore gave the club members an overview of all the goods and services that the Salvation Army provides to its clients, including free clothing and emergency food, financial assistance, emergency travel and gas, probation counseling and classes, weekly worship services and other special programs.

The Hope House provides a free dinner meal on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through the Interfaith Dinner Network from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. In a couple of weeks the Salvation Army will be gearing up for its annual Senior Angel Tree program (in partnership with the Council on Aging) to help ensure low-income seniors are not forgotten at Christmas by matching them with families and groups who purchase gifts for them.

If you are interested in this program or others sponsored by the Salvation Army, you can speak to Mary Moore at the Hope House located at 410 S. 9th Street in Fernandina Beach.

The members of the Rotary Club were delighted to get the information on these programs early and many plan to assist as the holidays approach.

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Senator Bean Updates Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise

Senator Bean Updates Rotary Club of Amelia Island SunriseSenator Aaron Bean visited with the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise last week to provide an update on the activities within Florida Senate District 4 (Duval and Nassau Counties).

The Senator discussed upcoming legislature bills and issues, including the $77.1 billion budget, medical marijuana, and a bill to make Florida the most friendly state for military citizens.

He indicated that next year the legislature will be working on immigration issues and Medicaid expansion.

More information about Florida state legislature and Senator Aaron Bean can be found at www.aaronbean.com.

Pictured here is Senator Aaron Bean and Rotary president Mark Cutshaw.

About The 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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Sunrise Rotary Meets Historic Fernandina Business Association

 Sunrise Rotary Meets Historic Fernandina Business AssociationRotarians Get Inside Look at Historic Fernandina Business Association

Mr. Scott Moore visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise as a guest speaker representing the Historic Fernandina Business Association at the weekly Rotary meeting.

Mr. Moore gave the club an insider’s view of the organization and provided a refreshing update to all the terrific activities and opportunities that Fernandina residents have with the Historic Downtown district.

Pictured here is Scott Moore of HFBA and Mark Cutshaw, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

About The 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. Rotary is an organization of business people and professionals. They provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw, mcutshaw@fpuc.com, or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Health Outlook from the County Clerk

Health Outlook from the County Clerk
Rotarians Get the Nassau County Fiscal Health Outlook from the County Clerk

On Friday, June 20th, Nassau County Clerk of Courts, John Crawford, visited with the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to provide the group with an overview of the county’s Fiscal Health Outlook. Crawford outlined the responsibilities of his office. As the Chief Financial Officer of the County, he further outlined his four recommendations for the commissioners and taxpayers:

1) disciplined debt control and no new debt
2) achieve a structurally balanced budget
3) adhere to a revenue-driven budget policy
4) do not spend safety reserves and be willing to spend spending reserves.

The group had many questions for the Clerk and all found his presentation enlightening.

Pictured here is County Clerk John Crawford and Christal Fish, past president of the 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 Dennis, at mark@A1Awealthmanagement.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotary Club Learns Mental Health First Aid

Rotary Club Learns Mental Health First AidFernandina Beach, FL Rotary Club learns about Mental Health First Aid Program at Starting Point.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise hosted Katrina Robinson Wheeler from Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare at its weekly meeting, where club members learned about an innovative new program entitled Mental Health First Aid.

The program is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common support options.

Ms. Wheeler provided an overview of the program which offers certification to those who attend the 8 hour course.

Attendees will learn about the 5 step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or someone in an emotional crisis.

For more information about the program, visit the Mental Health First Aid website at www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.

Pictured here is Katrina Robinson Wheeler and Rotary Club president Mark Dennis.

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 Dennis, at mark@A1Awealthmanagement.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotarians Learn About Talbot Island State Parks

Rotarians Learn About Talbot Island State ParksOn Friday, May 16th, Alison Conboy from the Talbot Islands State Parks provided the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise an inside look at the activities and current happenings on the Talbot Islands State Parks.

The club was thrilled to learn of the treasures, many unknown to most, the state parks have to offer Fernandina Beach residents who enjoy such close proximity to the parks.

The Talbot Islands State Parks include Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island, Fort George Island, Amelia Island, George Crady Fishing Pier, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve, and Yellow Bluff Fort.

Alison reminded the group of all the fun activities that can be had within the state parks, such as canoeing, kayaking, surfing, fishing, birding, Segway touring, picnicking, horseback riding, shelling and sunbathing.

Further, there are several hiking trails covering all aspects of the parks. The Rotarians loved being reminded of all the fantastic natural resources available to the residents of this area, and they were inspired by the pride shown by Alison in her love of her job and the state parks.

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

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Rotarian Theresa Shuster Shares The Gift of Rotary

Rotarian Theresa Shuster Shares The Gift of Rotary

Mark Dennis and Theresa Shuster

On Friday, May 9th, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise enlisted member Theresa Shuster to provide an update to the club on the Gift of Rotary, a review of the many activities Rotary clubs do in the local community, in northeast Florida, in the U.S., and internationally. Theresa recently joined the Amelia Island Sunrise Rotary Club upon moving to Fernandina Beach and joining Edward Jones Investments as the Branch Administrator in Yulee, however she has been an active Rotarian since 2000, including serving as past president of the Orange Park Sunrise Rotary club. Theresa shared examples of how local rotary clubs effect change in their communities and throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise has sponsored and participated in projects in Fernandina Beach such as feeding the homeless through the Interfaith Dinner Network, hosting a wine and cheese fundraiser to purchase defibrillators for Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, and planting a garden at Hope House to produce fresh fruits and vegetables for the Hope House clients.

The members of the club have made a difference globally through outreach programs traveling to Haiti, India, and Nicaragua.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets each Friday morning at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club to plan and review their service projects, enjoy club fellowship over breakfast, and host a speaker covering local, regional, and even international topics ranging anywhere from community service, business, politics, health, and fun! Pictured here is Theresa Shuster with club president Mark Dennis. All interested are welcome.

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 Dennis, at mark@A1Awealthmanagement.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Rotarians Get Updates from Planned Parenthood

Rotarians Get Updates from Planned ParenthoodOn Friday, May 3rd, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise hosted Katherine Segura, Director of Community Engagement for Planned Parenthood.

Ms. Segura provided an insightful presentation on the mission of the agency, which is to provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, educational programs, and public policy advocacy.

She further shared the current legislative priorities that the agency is pursuing, including ensuring every woman have access to the full range of reproductive health care, providing young people with access to comprehensive sexual health education, and giving all Floridians access to quality, affordable health care.

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 Dennis, at www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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