District Governor 2020-2021
Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach
Rich Turnbull lives and works in St. Augustine Beach, and has been a resident of St. Johns County for over 30 years. He is happily married to Marie, a Rotarian, has five adult children, and worships at Anastasia Baptist Church. Rich is President of Turnbull Environmental, an environmental consulting and construction company, and he and Marie are also owners of Harbour Island Tennis Centre, a small, high-quality tennis facility located in St. Augustine.
Rich is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of St. Augustine Beach, and has been a Rotarian since 2003. Rich and Marie are members of the Paul Harris Society, The Bequest Society (Level 4), and Major Donors (Level 3) to the Foundation. Rich has been a leader in the District serving as an Assistant and Area Governor, on the Funds and Procedure Committee, the Paul Harris Society Chair and the End Polio Chair. In 2017 Rich was honored with the Brent William’s Spirit of Rotary Award, District 6970’s highest award.
Rich and Marie are passionate about eradicating polio in the world, and are dedicated supporters of Rotary’s PolioPlus campaign, in large part due to Marie’s mother being a polio survivor. Rich and Marie are also active in Youth Exchange programs, and are dedicated volunteers for RC of St. Augustine Sunrise’s Rhythm & Ribs Festival, and St. Augustine Beach Club Fundraisers, including Flags for Heroes and Tropical Tennis Tournament. During the past 12 years, Rich has provided key leadership for club fundraising activities, and has been instrumental in raising over $200,000 dollars for PolioPlus, the Annual Program Fund, and community service projects locally and internationally.
Rich will serve as Rotary International’s District 6970 Governor during the 2020-21 Rotary year, under the leadership of Holger Knaack of Germany as RI President, with the Theme ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’.
District Governor Elect 2021-2022
Richard Cooper II
Rotary Club of Ormond Beach
Richard Cooper, a member of the Rotary Club of Ormond Beach since January 2002. served as club president during the 2012 – 2013 Rotary Year. He’s currently employed as the Executive Vice President of Halifax Insurance Partners. He is also currently serving as District CART Chair for 6070, as well as Treasurer for the District. Rich previously served as District Sergeant-at-Arms, Area Governor and Assistant Governor for area 13. He served on the District Election Committee in 2013 and served on the By-laws committee in 2017. He’s a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute. Rich previously received recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and as a Major Donor.
Listing some current and former Civic contributions: Served on the Board of Directors for The Ormond Beach Mainstreet association, serving as President from 2013 to 2016. Served on the Board of Directors for the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and will serve as Chairman for the 2019 Year. Served on the committee that launched the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Flagler County and then helped launch the program in Volusia. Professionally, Rich excelled in two careers. The first began in 1992 shortly after high school, when he became a Professional Fire Fighter and Paramedic. He served in the Fire Service for 10 years and held several positions, including Fire Marshal and Lieutenant. In 2002, he left the fire service to join the family’s business, a local independent Insurance Agency. Rich ultimately began running the company in 2009, when his father retired. During that time the company was a very strong community supporter, including Rotary.
District Governor Nominee 2022-2023
Rotary Club of Jacksonville Oceanside
Jeff Michelman from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville Oceanside was chosen by the Nominating Committee to be the District Governor for Rotary International District 6970 for the years 2022-23. Jeff has an outstanding record of service in our District. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oceanside since 1996 and served as President in 2016-17.
Jeff has also worked tirelessly for the past two years as District Polio Chair and has personally shown his commitment TWICE by bicycling the grueling 100-mile Arizona Ride to End Polio to raise funds personally for the cause. Jeff and his wife Maureen participated in a National Immunization Day (NID) in India in 2019. Jeff chaired the district Global Grants in Education committee. He has also served as Assistant Governor for the past three years and helped found the Town Center Rotaract Club in 2018, and UNF Rotaract Club in 2010 as well as chair of PETS Rotaract. He is a recipient of Oceanside Rotary’s David Harrill Service Award in 2019. Jeff is a member of the Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and a Major Donor.
Jeff Michelman is a Professor of Accounting at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has been on the faculty for the past thirty years. He is a past recipient of the University of North Florida’s outstanding awards for Research, Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching, Faculty Service and International Service. Jeff is the 2009 Recipient of the Coggin College of Business’s Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Michelman is both a CPA and CMA. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Delaware in accounting and economics, his M.H.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and both an MBA. and a Ph.D. degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff has published articles in a variety of information systems, accounting, international business and healthcare journals. He has taught abroad including as a Visiting Scholar at the University of the South Pacific and currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw.
Jeff served as a member of the national HFMA’s Accounting Principles and Practices Board and was President of the Florida Chapter of the HFMA and received HFMA’s Medal of Honor in 2006. Jeff is a graduate of the duPont Foundation’s Community Coachs program and Leadership Jacksonville where he served as Chairman of the Youth Leadership Jacksonville Council as well as a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Board of Directors and executive committee. Jeff lives in Atlantic Beach with his wife Maureen.