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On a crisp, clear Tuesday morning that makes you wonder what season it is, 10 Rotarians and a guest speaker made their way to the meeting room at the Holiday Inn Express.

Participants were President Jane Becker, Don Pigg, Sonie Smith, Sarah Edmiston, Cindy Boehlke, Pat Pennell, Gordon Jumper, Brittany Nickel, Linda Meece, Sarah Robinson and Joe Lockman of Express Employment Professionals.

After sharing news and remarks about the weather while passing the Polio Plus pot, President Jane Becker rang the April 26 meeting at 6:58 a.m., followed by Sarah Edmiston leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Brittany Nickel leading the recitation of the Four-Way Test and Pat Pennell giving the invocation, thanking God for the mundane each day.

The rotations were done by Don and Jane. Pat did her best to find acknowledgments for each member of the club and, as she has done all month, got a little surprise surprise. This time ended a famous quote. At previous meetings, there were even carols, very unusual for this Rotary club in Jacksonville. Then Sonie announced that 370 geraniums had been sold. Club members will pick them up at Turners on May 6 or 7 for delivery.

Joe Lockman took to the podium to introduce us to Express Employment. The club learned that the company had recently moved from Wall Street to the Lincoln Square Mall. A Jacksonville-area chamber of commerce on May 19 and a grand opening are planned in a few weeks at the new location. Lockman described the wide variety of jobs they do in the eight counties they cover, the process for placing potential employees, and the wide variety of companies they help fill positions for. Joe brought SWAG to share. After Joe answered several questions and received a round of applause, chairwoman Jane Becker ended the meeting at 7:42 a.m. and everyone rushed into the chilly morning.

As always, visitors and fellow Rotarians are welcome at next week’s meeting at 7:00 a.m. on May 3.


— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

Jacksonville Sunrise Rotary Club

On a cloudy, gloomy Tuesday morning, nine Sunrise Rotarians and one midday Rotarian gathered in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express. Participants were President Jane Becker, Don Pigg, Jay Jamison, Sonie Smith, Sarah Edmiston, Pat Pennell, Brittany Nickel, Linda Meece, Sarah Robinson and Cathy Jo Littleton-Wahl. After touring and passing the Polio Plus jar, President Jane Becker rang the bell for the May 3 meeting at 7 a.m., followed by Jay leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Don leading the recitation of the four-way test, and Pat given the summons. The rotations were done by Jay, Jane, Brittany, Don, Sarah Edmiston and Sonie. Jane did a wonderful job of including everyone with many recognitions.

Afterwards, Jane announced that she and Cathy Jo had completed the grant report and submitted it. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Minnie Barr Park at 11 a.m. on May 23. Pat announced that three applications had been received. Jay proposed that the money raised through rotations and recognitions throughout the year be allocated to the three scholarships. Don seconded the motion. This happened.

Then Cathy Jo stepped onto the podium. She gave an informative program about RYLA and the youth exchange program, topics covered at RYLA, what is planned for the rejuvenated youth exchange program and stories of Cathy Jo hosting 11 incoming students over the years . We learned that in July, she will be the new president of the youth service. After a round of applause, President Jane ended the meeting at 7:49 a.m. and everyone left in the drizzle.

The next meeting will be on May 10 in the Holiday Inn meeting room. All visitors and visiting Rotarians are welcome.

— Submitted by Sarah Edmiston

— Compiled by Angela Bauer