Speaker Date Topic
Mike Bowling Jun 27, 2019
Inventor of the "Pound Puppy"
Inventor of the "Pound Puppy"

Check out an interview with Mike by the Daily Record when he spoke at the Southside Businessmens Club 

I am honored to be considered as a presenter to your group. My topic: The Greatest Ideas on Earth will never be invented! will inspire and encourage your audience to:

  • lift themselves into an attitude of positive thinking.
  • reconsider tucked away ideas.
  • believe they may be holding on to a life changing invention.
  • believe in their dreams.
  • move forward to implementation.

It’s simple.  If I could do it – you and anybody else can do it.  Let me tell you how!

Diane Machaby - Executive Director Aug 15, 2019
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Diane Machaby is a native Floridian living her entire life in North and Central Florida.  She has two grown daughters and has lived in the Jacksonville area for over 30 years.

After being a Stay-At-Home Mom, Room Mom, PTA Mom and Community Activist, Diane began her career working with nonprofits in Northeast Florida.

Since the early 1990’s, she worked with the City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful programs, Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, and Home Again St. Johns, an agency that works directly with the homeless of St. Johns County.  Diane has been the executive director of Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens since October 2018.

With these agencies, Diane served as a program manager, volunteer coordinator, director of development and executive director.  Her primary responsibilities were volunteer coordination, fundraising, grant writing, media and community relations, special event coordination and administration.

Diane is also a published author, completing her first book, When God Showed Up, in 2017.  She recently completed her memoirs and has begun working on her second, third and fourth books. 

Learn more at https://www.jacksonvillearboretum.org/

DG Mike Darragh Sep 19, 2019
District 6970 News
District 6970 News

Mike Darragh, District Governor 2019-20

Mike enjoys helping clubs create more value for their members.  He served as Membership Co-chair for 3 of the past 5 years, during which District 6970 became known as one of the best in North America.  He would be the first to admit that 6970’s success comes from a string of strong leaders, working closely together, and building on the solid foundation of previous years.

​He was District Trainer for two years, as well as a facilitator at Rotary Leadership Institute, and served in a variety of other roles.

Mike retired from CSX after more than 35 years in railroad Operations, Finance, and Sales and Marketing.  Mike has lived all across the U.S., from Maine to Texas to California, but has lived in Northeast Florida the majority of his life.

Mike has been a member of South Jacksonville Rotary for 28 years.  He has spent time with Rotarians from at least 100 countries, but he found one of the most life-changing experiences was a National Immunization Trip to India in 2016.  For him, it was just one more example how The Rotary Foundation has allowed him to help more people than he ever dreamed possible….and Rotary continues to change him every day.