John Bachman, Nov 20th

John Bachman anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts on WJAX and the 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WFOX. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He graduated in 1997 with a major in biology and was looking forward to medical school. At about that time, though, he was offered a chance to get into TV and took an internship at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. After a few months he was hired. From there, he went to Raleigh, North Carolina, and WRAL-TV. After four great years, he had the opportunity to go to WSB-TV in Atlanta, where he reported and anchored there for seven years.

News runs in his blood. He grew up in a newsroom with his dad, also John Bachman, who was in the business for about 40 years. In fact, his dad even worked with station Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh back in the '80s in Des Moines, Iowa

While at St. Olaf College, he met his wife, Jen. They live in St. Johns County and have three amazing girls.

Doug Milne, American Thanksgiving


Doug Milne delivered an inspiring Thanksgiving message to the Mandarin Rotary Club. He dedicated the talk to his father, the original Doug Milne. He wrote the speech several years ago and has given it at Mandarin Rotary several times, yet it is still fresh and appealing each time he visits the club.

“This land is your land; this land is my land, from California to the New York Island. From the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters, this land was made for you and me.” These words were pinned by Woodie Guthrie in the 1940’s. The same spirit of love and devotion, pride and thanksgiving still rings true in the hearts of Americans today.

Mr. Milne followed the journey of his immigrant grandfather from Scotland to New York to California and finally to the Oregon wilderness. From there his grandfather sent for his future wife and together they built their American dream. Mr. Milne said that his grandparents were forever thankful for the opportunity that life in the United States made possible.

Beginning with the landing of Ponce De Leon in the 1500’s, Mr. Milne treated the club to a brief patriotic walk through American history. According to Mr. Milne, “America means thanksgiving, freedom, love and devotion, family and gratitude, courage, principles and the will to fight to protect those things held so dear and yes, often to even die for them....America, this land made for you and me, is a nation which has, throughout its' history, faced and aggressively overcome turmoil, strife and struggle of a magnitude unlike the rest of the world. And, it will continue to do so."

Greg Clary

Greg Clary, age 67, passed away on November 12. He intersected with many different circles of people—from family, church, business, community service and politics, and all were bettered by his friendship.

Greg’s life was defined by:

Faith in God that shaped his approach to life

Family that was anchored by the love of his
life for 42 years, Tina, and his children and

Steadfast honesty and integrity in all his
relationships, both personal and business

Generously sharing the gifts and blessings
he received with others

Our community is better for the example he gave to us all. Greg’s life truly reflected our Rotary Motto of “Service above Self”.