Rotary Green Cove Spring Meeting Monday 12:15pm Garber Ford

School Superintendent Outlines Future of Clay Schools

Addison Davis, Superintendent of the Clay County School District, addressed the GCS Rotary Club recently, outlining the future of educating our children in Clay County in a changing global economy.

Rotary District Governor Visits Club

photo of speaker Mike Darragh talking to the Rotary Club in Green Cove Springs

Rotary District 6970 Governor, Mike Darragh, spoke on August 5, inspiring club members with a vision of the future of Rotary, inspired by its rich past.

Russ Megonegal’s Legacy Lives On

photo of Russ McThe Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs recently lost an iconic club member and elder statesman, Russ Megonegal. Russ’ service to Clay County was boundless. He served on the Clay County Planning and Zoning Committee and the Board of Penney Farms Retirement Community. He was actively involved in many charities including the Rotary Club of Green Cove Springs, J.P. Hall Charities, the Clay County Salvation Army Advisory Council, the Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, the Republican Club of Clay County, the Republican Executive Committee of Clay County, the DePaul Society of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Clay County Fair Association. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Green Cove Springs. He had received many awards for his public service including the Clay County Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and the Boy Scouts of America 12 Points Award in 2019.


Meeting Location Changed To Garber Auto Mall Chevrolet Dealership

Starting in July, the Green Cove Springs Rotary Club relocated its weekly meetings to the Training Room on the second floor of the Garber Auto Mall Chevrolet Dealership, 3340 Hwy 17 in Green Cove Springs. The meetings continue to start at 12:15 p.m. Our thanks to the folks at Garber Auto Mall Chevrolet for hosting us!

Volunteer Firefighter Recognized

At the April 15, 2019 Rotary Club meeting, Volunteer Firefighterphoto of volunteer firefighter Robby Barfield receiving a recognition award at then Green Cove Springs Rotary meeting on April 15 Robby Barfield was presented a commendation in honor of his lifelong service with Clay County Fire Rescue.  This award was presented by Acting Fire Chief David Motes as Retired Deputy Fire Chief Richard Knoff looks on.

Firefighter James Conumea Honored

James Conumea, Engineer at Clay County Fire Rescue’s Fire Station 23, was honored as the Rotary Club of Green Club Springs’ First Responder of the Quarter for his pride, professionalism, and dedication to protecting the citizens of Clay County.  Conumea has been a member of the CCFR Honor Guard for 10 years, serves on the hiring board for new firefighters, and is a state-certified firefighter training instructor.  GCS Rotary Club member and retired Deputy Fire Chief, Richard Knoff, presented the award on April 1, 2019.

Congratulations to Clay County’s two International Science and Engineering Fair finalists!

Approximately 1800 projects were present at ISEF in Pittsburgh, PA this past week. Our finalists competed against 81 countries, regions, and territories in the world’s largest science competition.

image of Rotary science fair winnersEvan Collins, (pictured left) from Ridgeview High School placed third in Earth & Environmental Science during the grand awards ceremony.

Michael Chen, (pictured right) also from Ridgeview High School received a special award from the Air Force Research Laboratory for his project in the Biomedical & Health Sciences category.

We congratulate these two students for representing Clay County at the International level and celebrate their success in elevating Clay!

Fantastic Science Fair Results For Clay!

We had an amazing time at the State Science and Engineering Fair this past week. I am proud to say that Clay County was represented well by our nominees!  Rotarians from all over Clay County served as judges/advisors at the Rotary Science Fair here in Clay County. 
photo of Evan Collins

Evan Collins

1. Evan Collins from Ridgeview HS took 1st place in the Earth and Environmental category as well as the Ying Award Grand Scholars that includes a scholarship to ISEF in Pittsburgh! He also received the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Award for Outstanding Research.

Michael Chen

Michael Chen

2. Michael Chen from Ridgeview HS took 3rd place in the Biomedical and Health Sciences category.

Photo of Zachary Barken

Zachary Barken

3. Zachary Barken from Clay HS took 4th place in the Physics & Astronomy category. He also received the United States Navy Science Research Award.
photo of Dane Dorrel

Dane Dorrel

4. Dane Dorrel from Ridgeview HS received an honorable mention in the Physics & Astronomy category.


photo of Madison Oakes, Hailey Coughlin, and Abbigayle Davis

Madison Oakes, Hailey Coughlin, and Abbigayle Davis

5.Madison Oakes, Hailey Coughlin, and Abbigayle Davis from Oakleaf HS received a Florida Foundation for Future Scientists Recognition award.


photo of Tatum Wade

Tatum Wade

6.Tatum Wade from Green Cove Springs JR received the Dr. Benjamin Cole Award for outstanding achievement in Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry.


7.Jason Chen from Ridgeview HS recieved a the NASA Earth System Science Award and a special award from FASS (Florida Association of Science Teachers).
We have never been more proud of the excellent work that students, parents, teachers, and science fair coordinators have put forth to get this to this level of excellence!
Let’s continue to #ELEVATECLAY!
Mr. Christopher Okamoto
Clay County Secondary Science Specialist

Welcoming Our Newest Member

photo of New Green Cove Springs Rotary member Patrick McVeyGreen Cove Springs Rotary is proud to welcome our latest club member, Patrick McVey. He is shown here with President Theresa Scott (left), and his sponsor, Nancy Keating (right).




Saying Thanks

Rotary Club President Theresa Scott presented Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy David Murray with our Public Safety Officer of the quarter. He received this award for his efforts during Hurricane Irma. 


Our deepest appreciation goes out to all of the officers of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office staff who assisted David during Hurricane Irma. Shown, left to right, are:Lt. Scott Moreland; Rotary Club President Theresa Scott; Deputy David Murray; Chief Kenneth Stivers; and Deputy Jeff Deese.


Golf Tournament Set For April 27

The 2018 Golf Tournament is set for Friday, April 27, at Magnolia Golf Club in Green Cove Springs. Each Club member is asked to either arrange for a Foursome to play in the Tournament; or be a Hole Sponsor for $100.00. Your Sponsorship can highlight your business; or it can be in honor of, or memory of, someone special to you. Also, you are welcome to bring items to be included in the goody bags.
This year’s tournament will honor John Miller.  John is a past Club President who took a leadership role in planning past Tournaments and other community projects.

Paul Harris Fellows

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.

We are pleased to recognize four members of the Green Cove Springs Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fellows. Congratulations to Layton Anderson, Jimmy Weeks, Mike Williamson, and Russ Megonegal. Thank you for your service above self.

Shown, from left to right, are: Teresa Scott, President; Layton Anderson, Fellow; Jimmy Weeks, Fellow; Mike Williamson, Fellow; and Russ Megonegal, Fellow.

photo of State of the County luncheonRotarian and Green Cove Springs Mayor Mitch Timberlake on Chamber Panel

Green Cove Springs Mayor Mitch Timberlake joined other Clay County mayors at the Clay Chamber’s annual State of the County luncheon. He is also a member of the Green Cove Springs Rotary Club. The panel also featured County Commissioner Mike Cella, Karen Lake, Mayor of Keystone Heights, Scott Land, Mayor of the Town of Orange Park, and Adrian M. Andrews, Mayor of Penney Farms. The event was held January 24 at the Thrasher-Horne Conference Center.

Green Cove Springs Rotary Club Donates 50 Trees to City on Arbor Day

photo of Mitch Timberlake at Arbor Day program

Green Cove Springs Mayor and Rotarian Mitch Timberlake makes remarks at the annual Arbor Day event.

photo of Arbor Day program

The national Rotary challenged each club to plant a tree for every one of their members as part of celebrating Arbor Day. Green Cove Springs Rotary partnered with the City of Green Cove Springs and donated 50 trees to be planted on the birthday of the club. Green Cove Springs has been certified as a Tree City USA participant by the Florida Forest Service for more than 25 consecutive years. Rotarians Brad Burbaugh, Mitch Timberlake, Teresa Scott and Danielle Judd represented the Green Cove Springs Rotary Club at the Arbor Day event. Danielle Judd also is the city manager in Green Cove Springs.