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Annual Volunteer Dinner & Business Meeting

Friday, January 24, 2020
Pace Island Clubhouse - 1545 Royal Fern Lane, Orange Park, FL 32003
• Dinner: 7:00PM
• Meeting: 8:00PM
Please RSVP: (904) 276-7729 x 209


Notice To Members

The Board of Directors of Clay Humane is charged under the by-laws with direction and management of the affairs of the organization. The Board establishes the policies of the Society, approves budgets, and reviews actions and programs. All Directors serve in a nonsalaried, volunteer capacity for two year terms and are eligible for re-election.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates for election as Directors of Clay Humane.


Lisa Lemen—Past Director of Member Relations for a local credit union with a decade of banking experience. Lisa has previously served as board president and treasurer and is focused on strengthening the Society’s many worthwhile programs through fundraising and special events.

Jerry Milan—Retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service in 1988 as a Chief Warrant Officer, W3. He then joined the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Corrections Officer and worked his way up to Corrections Lieutenant. He retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in January 2011. Jerry has served as a Board Member since 2007 and also created and chairs “Pars for Paws,” our annual golf tournament to benefit the Society.

Linda Lake—Purchasing Supervisor for Seminole Electric Cooperative and has held many board positions for the Institute for Supply Management on local and district levels. Linda serves on many of the committees and chairs our "Hogs for Dogs" annual motorcycle charity run held in the spring. Currently acting as board treasurer, she believes by being involved, she can give back to the community in a positive manner.

Doug Havens—Retired from the U.S. Navy and has served as both member and chairman of various boards during his military career. He also served as a member of management for Lowe's, Inc. and as a volunteer for the Rota Animal Welfare League in Spain. There, he assisted in raising money to expand kennel capacity and maintain necessary supplies to house and provide for the animals. Currently, he is a contractor for the U.S. Navy at NAS Jax and serves as the OPCC Neighborhood Watch Chairman. Doug is acting board vice president and shares his home with his beautiful wife and their four-legged family members.

Mary Fortson — A retired clinical nurse manager for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in St. Johns County. Her many years of experience and love of teaching led her to this worthwhile occupation. She serves as the Event Chairman for the Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring recognition to the nursing profession. Mary is a Rotarian, and has been a local resident for many years. She has a true affection for horses as well as all four-legged creatures and hopes to promote animal welfare throughout the community.

Nancy Simmons— Nancy and her husband are real estate investors who currently live in Middleburg. She is the mother of two animal loving daughters whom she has instilled empathy, compassion and volunteerism: the very qualities which drew her to Clay Humane. Her interests lie heavily in the organization’s education program. She feels it is essential to teach our youth at an early age the importance of responsible pet ownership and giving back to the community. An avid tennis player, Nancy founded the “WimbleDog” fundraiser which is now an annual event.

While no nominations will be taken from the floor on the night of the elections, any active member of the Society may mail in additional nominations. These nominations must be accompanied by written acceptance of the nominee and received no later than December 10, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a future board member, please contact our Executive Director at (904) 276-7729.

Respectfully, Nancy Simmons
Board Secretary