Rotary Club

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, with Jacksonville again reeling from multiple homicides, including the shooting of an 11-month old, we spoke with local pastors John Guns and John Allen Newman as the city, once again looks for solutions to the violence. Rotary District Governor Marshall Butler joined the program to talk about the organization’s project to eradicate polio worldwide. Julie Handley, fundraiser chair of the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council, talked about the return of their fundraising event “Where’s Bubba?” Developer Zach Schwartz spoke about the new app he help create “intoGo,” which provides easy access to places and things to do on the First Coast.  

    

Station Four

A large donation from Jacksonville philanthropists is helping Rotary International toward its goal of eradicating polio.

On Monday at the Omni hotel, former Northeast Florida Rotary Governor Tommy Grimes announced a very generous gift.

“Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver have made a $250,000 donation to the eradication of polio,” Gilmore said.

Tuesday marks an entire year since Africa last reported a case of the disease.

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Jacksonville’s Blood Alliance is retiring one of its Bloodmobiles, but it’s not being put out to pasture. It will keep pumping… in Haiti.

The Blood Alliance is giving a Bloodmobile, a gift worth $230,000, to a group called Zanmi Lasante where it will be used as a mobile Health Clinic serving more than three million people.

Odette Struys of The Blood Alliance says an air-conditioned mobile clinic can help Zanmi Lasante Haiti reach more patients.

WJCT
Kevin Meerschaert

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio says he doesn’t know if he has enough votes to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Rubio says he won’t support a continuing resolution to fund the government unless all funding for Obamacare is removed.