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December 18th, 2008 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Dr. Laura Bailet, students from Andrew Jackson High School and the Exchange Award Presentation

This week’s guest speaker: Dr. Laura Bailet, Director of Nemours Bright Start Dyslexia Program and Odette Stroys with Nemoursscan0004-copy

Congratulations to our Andrew Jackson High School Student of the Year recipients, Melanie Rivera and Alexander Mitchell.

Congratulations to Steve King, winner of the Exchange Award, presented by Doug Klippel:

“In recognition of exceptional service and dedication to the prevention of child abuse” Florida District Exchange May 2008 scan0005

Albert Marchant, Steve King, Peyton Rowland and Doug Klippel


October 9th, 2008 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Sheriff John Rutherford, Crime Prevention Program and Officer of the Year Award Presentation

This week’s guest speaker: John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, FL who spoke to our club in support of our Crime Prevention Program. Our special guest was Detective James Davis, the Officer of the Year, his wife Darla and official JSO photographer Ron Bales.

Congratulations to our Officer of the Year recipient  Detective James Davis, with Sheriff Rutherford:scan0013

Detective Davis and his wife, Darla:scan0014

Jay Severance, Detective Davis and host Charles Rowland:scan0009

Host Charles Rowland presents Detective Davis the Officer of the Year Award, while President Peyton and Mollie look on: scan0010

Old pals Lem Sharpe and John Rutherford:scan0012

Blast From the Past! Installation Banquet 1995

1995 Installation Banquet pictures!

Incoming President Lake Ray III and outgoing President John Blois:scan0025

Jack Dew Award recipient Robert Hazard and Past President James Shivler:scan0030

The new Board installed by Past President and District Director Steve King (middle):scan0029

Gary Watson:scan0026

Betty and Art Yeager:scan0031

Steve King and Nancy King enjoying dinner with everyone:scan0027

More great dinner:scan0028

National Outstanding Service Project Award


Our club has won the National Outstanding Service Project Award for our Annual Julian Johnson Clothing Drive! Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a huge thank you to the man who makes it all possible, Glenn Wright! Keep up the good work!

2008 Installation Banquet

Our club inducted new officers and board members on June 26th, 2008 at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Past President and long-time Exchange Club member Larry Rolfe performed the ceremony for us.  install-2008-1

Congratualtions to Steve King, winner of the Julian E. Johnson Award! The Julian Johnson Award was established in 1998 in honor of Julian Johnson, along time Exchange Club member dedicated to our programs of Service.  The Julian Johnson Award recognizes the Exchangite who exemplifies the Exchange spirit of service through his or her participation in Exchange’s Americanism, Youth, Child Abuse Prevention and/or community service programs.installation-banquet-2008_page_3

Congratulations to Doyle Varnes, winner of the Jack Dew Memorial Award! The Jack Dew Memorial Award was established in 1967 and is presented annually by the The Exchange Club of Jacksonville to one of its members for meritorious service to the club and to the community.  Fittingly, this selective recognition is made not only to honor the recipient, but to memorialize an outstanding and unforgettable Exchangite, Jack Dew.  Jack was a favorite of virtually every Jacksonville grade school youngster during the 1930’s.  He was the Master of Ceremonies for a Saturday matinee at the Florida Theatre and conducted weekly talent contests as the public relations director for a large dairy corporation.  Literally thousands of kids, many who were later to become civic leaders themselves, fondly remembered Jack (and his company’s ice cream) for a lifetime.scandoyle0003

Let the celebration begin…



Physician Acosta-Ryan Honored at the 14th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon

Physician Acosta-Rua honored for work with foster children

172957_400A Jacksonville physician was recently honored for decades of supporting foster children. Maria Acosta-Rua was recognized for her work with foster children at the 14th annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon held recently at the Jacksonville Marriott.

Acosta-Rua has worked with at-risk and disadvantaged children with many of Jacksonville’s nonprofit child service agencies for more than 30 years.  She now works primarily with children in the foster care system.

“Dr. Acosta-Rua’s knowledge and expertise combined with her compassion and commitment makes her a foster child’s champion,” Rob Brown, president of Arlington-based Boys’ Home Association Family Services, said in a news release.

Brown says her dedication, commitment and devotion have dramatically improved the quality of the children’s lives. Acosta-Rua has worked with Boys’ Home’s group home and Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care children for 11 years.

JSO Officers Awarded at the 14th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon

JSO Officers Honored at the 14th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Awards Luncheon 

police-group-from-capa On April 11, 2007, Lieutenant Bobby Deal, Police Officer Brad Emerson and Detective Michael Davis were honored for their commitment to protecting children in Jacksonville.(Photo left: Police Officer Paul Tokarek; Detective Michael Davis; Police Officer Brad Emerson; Lt. Bobby Deal and Police Sergeant Jimmy Ricks)
Lieutenant Bobby Deal received the Life Time Achievement Award. Bobby has been with JSO for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director of the Police Athletic League since 1998.Lt. Deal works for the safety and  protection of youth and adults in the Jacksonville community.  He has devoted his professional life to supporting the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville’s mission of “filling playgrounds, not prisons.”  (Photo above right: Nancy Dreicer, District 4 Administrator of Department of Children & Families;Susan Rendall,Executive Director, First Coast Family Center; Lt. Bobby Deal and Stephen King,President of First Coast Family Center Board of Directors)
police-group-3 Police Officer Brad Emerson received recognition for the compassion he shows to all families and towards children in particular.(Photo Left: Nancy Dreicer, District 4 Administrator of Department of Children & Families;Susan Rendall,Executive Director, First Coast Family Center;Stephen King,President of First Coast Family Center Board of Directors and Police Officer Brad Emerson)
Detective Michael Davis also received a Recognition Award for his work in JSO’s Child Abuse Unit. Michael has been with the Child Abuse Unit for nine years and has always demonstrated a relentless pursuit towards the safety of children. (Photo right: Nancy Dreicer, District 4 Administrator of Department of Children & Families;Detective Michael Davis;Susan Rendall,Executive Director, First Coast Family Center;and Stephen King,President of First Coast Family Center Board of Directors)