Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach installs president, presents awards


The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach installed new President Dr. Ronald “Doc” Renuart on Thursday, June 30, at the club’s final meeting of the 2021-22 year, held at Marsh Landing Country Club.

Renuart succeeds Lori Anderson, who offered a review of the club’s many activities and accomplishments achieved during the past Rotary year.

In addition to donating nearly $100,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations from the club’s Mineral City Celebration, she noted, club members personally donated more than $30,000 to Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio and more than $20,000 to aid the people of Ukraine.

Ponte Vedra Beach Rotarians also participated in a dozen local service projects — from conducting regular cleanups of A1A and volunteering for Habitat to Humanity to donating Thanksgiving food baskets and participating in Rise Against Hunger.

The club also held the 30th anniversary of its Local Heroes Awards, honoring the “unsung heroes” in the community.

“One of my goals,” Anderson said, “was to make service the centerpiece of everything we do.”

In addition to thanking her board of directors for their support, Anderson presented awards to several Rotarians for going above and beyond in their commitment to serving the community.

The Rotarian of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Wayne Gordon for his leadership of the Rotary Club’s “EarlyAct” program for children at the PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School.

Rob Stursberg received the Don Blackburn Award for his efforts to support the Rotary International Foundation, while Jennifer Logue received the Service Above Self Award.

The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Tom Veltri, while Julie Kurtz received the Rotary Rock Star Award.