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Rotary Speakers' Bureau
Looking for a speaker for your club? District 6970 provides this Speaker’s Bureau to assist your program chair in arranging interesting and relevant speakers on a variety of subjects – Rotary and non-Rotary.

For convenience to the club and the speaker, we indicate which geographic area within the district a speakers prefer to appear. “Any” means anywhere within the district.

If you or your club have a recommendation for a speaker, send the speaker’s name and title, Rotary club (if any), topic(s), email address,telephone numbers and preferred geographic area. We ask that you seek permission from the speaker prior to submitting your recommendation. Send the information to the district executive secretary using the Contact Us link.

Program chairs should make direct contact using the email addresses and telephone numbers below.

ROTARY SUBJECTS

Rotarian speakers who offer their speaker services to your club generally will travel to any club in the indistrict. Speakers designated with an * prefer to speak to clubs within the southeast portion of the district.

Most past district governors are willing to speak on any Rotary subject of your choosing. However, several PDGs have special interests or experiences they would like to share with your members.

NON-ROTARY SUBJECTS

The following speakers have been recommended by district club program committees. Each speaker has confirmed his or her interest in presenting to other clubs within the district. While most speakers are willing to travel to clubs throughout the district, a few restrict their travel where indicated below. 

If your club has recommendations for additions to the Speakers’ Bureau, please contact the District Executive Secretary (click Contact Us).

ROTARY SUBJECTSNON-ROTARY SUBJECTS
John Brunner
Past-District Governor 2012-2013
jbrunner@jbrun.com | 352.317.1251
Jennifer Mitchell
Office of Communications
St. Johns River Water Management District
Topic: The Future of Our Water Availability
Email: jmitchell@sjrwmd.com | 904-730-6283
Area: Northeast Florida
Website: www.sjrwmd.com
Art MacQueen
Past-District Governor 2013-2014
art.macqueen13.14@gmail.com | 386.295.1620
James Bennett
Urban Transportation, Development Manager
Florida Department of Transportation
Topic: Road projects going on (and about to start) in and around the Jacksonville areas.
Area: Duval and surrounding counties
james.bennett@dot.state.fl.us | 904-360-5646
Cynde Covington
Past-District Governor 2010-2011
Topics: Foundation, Polio Plus, NID Trips
cyndecovington@gmail.com | 904.568.1497
Jeff Davis
Plan-the-attack
Topic: Strategic planning for small businesses
Area: Duval, Nassau, Clay, St. Johns
jeff@plantheattack.com | 904-536-1518
Dave Faraldo
Past-District Governor 2009-2010
Topic: Membership building
faraldod@gmail.com | 904.536.4416
Richard Willits
RC Southpoint, atttorney
Topics:
• Top 10 things your mother never told you about the law.
• Our jury system
• Charles Ponzi and Ponzi schemes
• The Ashley Gang
rotaryrichard@hotmail.com | res. 904-834-2972 - cell 561-385-0027
Debra Lowe
Major Gifts Officer
Topic: The Rotary Foundation
Foundation Major Gifts
debra.lowe@rotary.org | 407.846.0610
Steven Woodard
Director of Emergency Preparedness
City of Jacksonville
Topic: Bracing for the Worst
Area: Duval
swoodard@coj.net | 904.255.3123
Cassie Moyers
D6970 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair 2018-21
801-870-0940 (cellular)
cassie.moyers@ryeflorida.org
www.ryeflorida.org
www.ryeflorida.org/6970
Betsy Kruger
Owner, Strategic Power
Topic: Marketing strategy expert coaches business leaders using a system transform marketing strategy and magnify business.
info@betsykruger.com | 386-253-2060
Jeanette Loftus
Dist. Governor 2018-19, RLI Director
Topic: Rotary Leadership Institute, RLI
jloftus@palmcoastrealestate.com | 386.931.9030
Donald Dymer
RC Jacksonjville Oceanside
Topic: The Trends and Myths of Employee Screening and Testing
ddymer@SingleSourceServices.com | 904.241.1821
Russ Miller
District Governor 2008-2009
pdgruss@lazyscape.com | 813.230.1334
Lawrence M. Hills Jr.
Program Director
Topic: Teen & Truancy Court 4th Judicial Circuit: The effectiveness and success of the Teen and Truancy Court.
Area: Clay, Duval, Nassau
Lhills@coj.net | 904.255.1030
Karen Weiss
Assistant Governor 2008-2013
Early Act
lickiss@aol.com | 386.956.8207
Lynn Brannon
Florida Army National Guard
JFHQ Family Readiness Support
Topic: Florida National Guard Family Program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to support and assist service members and families of the Florida National Guard.
lynn.b.brannon.ctr@mail.mil | 904-599-2917
Susan Wischhusen
Spring Hill Rotary Club
District 6950, Zone 34 Coord.
Rotarian Action Group Against Child Slavery
rotarysusan@gmail.com | 631.697.1804
R. Charles Nichols, M.D.
Assoc.Professor
Univ. Florida Radiation Oncology
Topic: The story and successes behind the Proton Beam Therapy being used at UF Health Proton Institute - Jacksonville
rnichols@floridaproton.org | 904-588-1800
Bill Hamilton
Hoods For Heroes
Bill@FCFSJax.com | 904-887-2187
70% of Firefighter line of duty deaths are from cancer and 1 out of 3 are diagnosed with cancer. We provide grants for Firefighters to get them the protective chemical blocking hoods to reduce their exposure to carcinogens.
Harlow A. Hyde
Author
RC Deland
Topic: Climate Change emphasis on the historical and statistical record in North America, including both temperature and precipitation.
Hydes123@msn.com | 386-748-2820
Jim Samuelson
Shelter Box, 606 SW 3rd Ave., Ocala, FL 34471
Supported by Rotary ShelterBox USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of disaster and humanitarian crisis worldwide.
jim.samuelson@homeinstead.com | 352-502-6585
Sam Houston / Mike Cassata
Cecil Field POW*MIA Memorial
6112 New World Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32221
Mission: HONOR all former Prisoners of War; REMEMBER and NEVER FORGET those quiet, Missing in Action Heroes and the Families that wait for their return
www.powmiamemorial.org
cecilfieldpowmia@gmail.com | 904-813-8162
Dr. Marcus De Carvalho
A Medical Doctor who specializes in addiction medicine and psychiatry. He is board certified and is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is also a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Topic: "Untangling the Opioid Epidemic-A Hijacking of the Brain"
decarvalhomarcus@gmail.com
Kathy Stark
A Jacksonville native and resident, Kathy specializes in watercolor and oil painting. A member of the Southlight Gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Kathy’s work has been collected both privately and corporately and has been shown in museums and galleries in Northeast Florida.
Kathy graduated from Bartram School in Jacksonville, now part of the Bolles School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and continued her post baccalaureate education at the University of Florida.
Stark combines her expansive watercolor paintings with sketches, historical facts and maps to create an exhibit that is a unique blend of art and education, serving as a tribute and guide to the great unspoiled stretches of our region.
shelbytalley@me.com
Ryan Backmann, Exec Dir, Project Cold Case
Dan Janson, Supervisor, Sheriff's Office Homicide/Cold Case
Project: Cold Case is a non-profit group serving families of unsolved homicide victims. They
work together with the Sheriff's office to follow up with families of unsolved cases. In the era
DNA technology, more crimes have the potential to be reviewed and possibly solved.
A very interesting presentation!
www.projectcoldcase.org
ryanb@projectcoldcase.org
daniel.janson@jaxsheriff.org
Bryan Franks, Ph.D.
Asst Prof of Marine Science, JU
bfranks@ju.edu | 904-256-7976
Alan J. Bliss, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Jacksonville Historical Society
www.jaxhistory.org
alan.bliss@jaxhistory.org | 904-665-0064
Credentialed and accomplished in academic and public history, Alan Bliss is noted for his strong community engagement.
Alan has a background in real estate development and property management, as well as in the maritime industry. He is a sought-after public speaker and is closely engaged with matters of urban and transportation policy, downtown investment, city and regional planning, and infrastructure.
Alan is skilled in Strategic Planning, Historical Research, Oral History, and Project Management. He has a University of Florida Ph.D., with studies focused on Urban History and Economic Geography.
Michael L. Huyghue
President, Michael Huyghue & Associates, LLC
www.michaelhuyghue.com
mlh@michaelhuyghue.com | 904-813-6340
Former General Manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Michael offers a unique perspective into the world of the NFL. Very engaging and entertaining!
Kevin Van Dyke
Owner, Anastasia Fitness Club
kevin@anastasiafit.com | 904-910-2623
A practice focused on preventing disease via exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle habits. This presentation is focused on the cause of our exploding cost of health care and how it relates to a similar epidemic with obesity.
Dr. Gretchen L. Espinetti
CART Fund, Chair
CART Fund - Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust
Learn more about Rotary's CART Fund providing dollars for innovated research to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
sunshineallaround@gmail.com | 330-998-1955
Ruth Bowling
Ruth.Bowling@flhosp.org
Looking to partner for Global Grants to fund projects that will bring hope and healing to many children throughout the world.
Sarah Lawlor Troup
Manager of Connectable
sarah@connectablejax.com
904-614-2420
Connectable raises awareness within Northeast Florida about what people with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs) can bring to our community through hard work and friendship.

District Calendar and Events

November 2nd 2019 8:00 am
RLI - Puerto Rico D7000
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Nov 19th - Nov 24th 2019 1:30 pm
Zones 33-34 Rotary Leadership Summit
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December 1st 2019 12:00 pm
Rotary Jaguar Game
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January 11th 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Pensacola - 6940
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January 18th 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Thomasville D6900
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January 25th 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Lake City - 6940
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January 25th 2020 8:00 am
RLI - Ft. Myers 2 - 6960
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February 1st 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Orlando - 6980
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February 1st 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Savannah, GA - 6920
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February 8th 2020 7:00 am
RLI - Panama City - 6940
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