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Richard A. Mullaney, Esquire Sep 05, 2019
Director, Public Policy Institute Jacksonville University
Director, Public Policy Institute Jacksonville University

Rick Mullaney is the Director of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (“Institute”), political analyst for WJXT Channel 4 and WOKV, 104.5 FM in Jacksonville, Florida, and host of a radio program, Policy Matters, on WJCT 89.9 FM. He is the Founding Director of the Institute, which offers four graduate degree programs in public policy, including a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and three dual degree programs (MPP-JD, MPP-MBA, and MPP-Marine Science). He teaches PPOL 513 Law and Public Policy in the MPP program.

Mullaney received a BA in Political Science at the University of Florida (1973-1977), graduating Phi Beta Kappa and first in College of Arts and Sciences. He also graduated from law school at UF (1977-1980), serving on the Moot Court Team and as Executive Editor of the Law Review. After graduation, he worked as a business lawyer for Carlton, Fields, prosecutor, Mayoral Chief of Staff, and General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville. He has received the Prosecutor of the Year Award for the state of Florida and the Lawyer of the Year Award for the City of Jacksonville. He ran for Mayor of Jacksonville in 2011.

During nearly 40 years in the private and public sectors, Mullaney has represented diverse public entities, been involved in numerous public policy initiatives and political campaigns, and lectured on legal and public policy topics in more than 20 states. For 20 of those years, he served as legal counsel and advisor to Jacksonville’s consolidated government and Jacksonville mayors Ed Austin, John Delaney, and John Peyton.
Mullaney serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the World Affairs Council, Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, and the Government and Public Policy Institute for the University of the Bahamas. He is past Board Chair for Gateway Community Services and the Saint Vincent’s Healthcare Foundation. Mullaney is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (1988) and Leadership Florida (2001).

He and his wife Lynn have been married for over 30 years and have three children – Taylor, Richie and Katie.

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.

Denny Thompson and James Coleman Oct 03, 2019
“The Sports Den” 1010XL / 92.5 FM
“The Sports Den” 1010XL / 92.5 FM


James played fullback at Florida State University where he was a three-year starter and a member of 3 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships between the years of 2002–2005. James was the go to short yardage back and scored 10 career touchdowns while playing in 46 career games at FSU. He used his skills to realize his dream of playing in the NFL while playing with the New Orleans Saints for one season. James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science in only three years. James used sports performancetraining during his high school and college years before coming into the field after his playing career was finished.


Denny is a long time coach in North Florida. He specializes is coaching quarterbacks and has been doing so for the past 12 years. Denny coaches some of the top quarterbacks from middle school all the way up through
college. Schools throughout the region consult with Denny regarding QB play and offensive strategies on a
regular basis. His detailed, yet very intense approach to coaching has made him the top QB trainer in the area.

Learn more at the Sports Den Website

Gayle Hart Oct 17, 2019
Vice President of Marketing for the Jacksonville Greater Agricultural Fair
Vice President of Marketing for the Jacksonville Greater Agricultural Fair

Since holding its first fair in 1955 with a total 45,000 visitors in attendance, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair has been educating, enlightening and informing the people of North Florida about science, the arts, agriculture and horticulture. The Greater Jacksonville Fair Association is a private, 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the state of Florida and dedicated to maintaining a high-quality family fair.

The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair is the largest fair/festival in northeast Florida and is currently ranked 47th in the United States by Amusement Business. The fair has an estimated economic impact on Duval County in excess of $10 million. The impact to the City of Jacksonville through lease revenues, and revenues from parking during the 12 days of the fair is annually in excess of $195,000.

The fair runs from November 7 - 17th - more details can be found on their website https://www.jacksonvillefair.com/