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April 2nd, 2009 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Mark Tondrenlt

 This week’s guest speaker: Mark Tondrenlt, the “Miracle Man”

Mark Tondrenlt and host Jay Severance:camera-download-010609-084

 Mark was given the title “Miracle Man” by his doctors. In May of 2007, he was admitted to the ICU at Jacksonville Beaches Hospital.  There was a lot of hurry up and wait. The doctors told Mark and Eileen that his kidneys had shut down and he needed a new liver.   Doctors told them they could only buy him time.  Mark was swelling from all the medication; his skin and eyes were turning yellow.  Now the doctors were worried about his heart because his body was retaining fluids.  His blood pressure was crashing and the doctors were afraid of heart failure.  He started dialysis; the doctors were still experimenting with different drug cocktails. Mark had faith in his doctors. The doctors had expected him to go into a coma.  Mark tried to keep his mind busy, focusing on what the doctors were telling him and dealing with the insurance company.  

The doctors had given him two weeks to live; it was a good thing because he was so tired.  But something happened that weekend, Mark decided after looking at the pain in his wife’s eyes, he wasn’t going to give- up, he was going to fight to the end.  Mark asked God for just one more year, praying he would be able to help others through what he had experienced.  After 34 days at the Beaches Hospital, Mark walked out; feeling he had been reborn.

But the fight was not over: on November 17, 2007 Mark was admitted to Shands Hospital, to receive a new liver.  Then the doctors discovered that Mark would also need a heart operation. The doctors agreed to do both operations.  Mark spent 85 days at Shands, but walked out the doors! Mark had many complications and is still going thru tests.

Mark had been given two weeks, but through many prayers and the skill of his doctors, has lived two more years.  He plans to live life as well as he is able and be an inspiration to others.


March 26th, 2009 Luncheon: Guest speaker Tommy Hazouri

This week’s guest speaker: Tommy Hazouri, Chairman of Duval County School Board

Tommy Hazouri with host Lem Sharp:camera-download-010609-075


Tommy Hazouri is the current Chairman of the Duval County School Board.  He represents District 7 and joined the School Board in November of 2004.  Mr. Hazouri served for 12 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974-1986 and as Mayor of the City of Jacksonville from 1987 until 1991.  While in the Florida Legislature, Mr. Hazouri was Chairman of the Duval Legislative Delegation; chaired the House Committee on Education, K-12; and House Committee on Retirement, Personnel and Collective Bargaining.


Graduation rate for Duval is up 65%, with the drop out rate down 3.5%.  Our public schools received the highest level of accreditation this year, with 4 of our schools receiving the highest.  Our District has an overall grade of B out of the 67 counties in Florida.

March 19th, 2009 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Wanda Simmons

This week’s guest speaker: Wanda Simmons, Director fo the Exchange Club Family Center

Wanda Simmons and host Steve King:


Wanda reported that children are no longer being taken from their families, but can remain with their family while problems are being dealt with. The Department of Children and Families is helping families to deal with their problems, while the children remain in their homes.  The DCF is referring families to the Exchange Family Center, as well as schools and churches.  A Parents Aide Program Certificate is given to the family at the end of the program, is the family does not complete the program, it is given back DCF.  Then the DCF refers these families back to the courts to deal with a Judge.

The center now has three workers, which are on a contract basis only.  They are paid hourly and must file a signed report from the family to receive payment.   Currently the Center is serving 20 families.   Wanda has a case load of 10 families; each new worker will have 5 families.  The new workers have not officially taken on their duties; they are still in training.  They hope to increase their number of cases to 35 by the end of the year.


Visit the website for more information: http://www.exchangeclubfamilycenter.com/ecfc-logo-copy

January 8th, 2009 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Jennifer Bradshaw, students from Forrest High School and guests from National

This week’s guest speaker: Jennifer Bradshaw, Supervisor U.S. Customs Public Affairs Liaison


Congratulations to our Forrest High School Student of the Year Award recipients:

Tiffany McMahon with her proud mother and grandmothercamera-download-010609-049

Ryan Schmittling with his proud mother camera-download-010609-050

We were joined by special guests from our National & District Exchange Club:


District President John Messel, Past District President Paul McShane, National President Floyd Culver and his wife Ann, and our very own Doug Klippel

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

October 2nd, 2008 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Richard Gropper

This week’s guest speaker: Richard Gropper, UNF Athletic Department Fundraising

Host Kim Klipsch, Richard Gropper , President-elect Dave Ledbetter and Mollie Rolfe:scan0015