Week of 2-1-16

The President’s Corner

February 1, 2016

Happy February! We had a great meeting last Thursday!  Many thanks to Dr. Robin Rose, CEO of Girls, Inc. who spoke about Emotional Intelligence in the work place.  Also, thanks to two visiting Rotarians from West Jacksonville that gave a Rotary Minute on the District 6970 Alumni Association and their upcoming fundraiser.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for the Alumni Association please email us at jaxrotarct@gmail.com and we’ll pass your information along.

This past Saturday we had our social event at Velocity Air. After an hour or jumping, we enjoyed dinner and fellowship together.  Thanks to everyone that came it – it was a good time had by all!


In case you missed the meeting last Thursday, we are very lucky to have a very full calendar of events planned for the next two months aside from our monthly meetings.  Here are some dates with more info below:

Sunday, February 7th 12:30pm – Service event at Arlington Community Gardens

Tuesday, February 9th 5:30pm – Sports Viewing Event – Curling

Thursday, February 18th 6pm – South Jax Rotary Oratory Contest at UNF

Saturday, February 27th TimeL TBD – Fireside Chats for new members

Wednesday, March 2nd 5:30pm – Service/Social Combo at Cathedral Arts Project

Sunday, March 6th 12:30 pm – Cathedral Arts Project’s Visual Arts Showcase
There is more information below about each of these events!
Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Community Service

Get on your Gardening Gloves!
On Sunday, February 7th from 12:30pm to 2:30 pm, we will be volunteering with the Arlington Community Garden.
Arlington Community Garden was created at Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Florida in August of 2010 with funds from the “Champion Zone Project”. The purpose of the project was to improve the resiliency of the Arlington area. They do this by growing fresh, organic produce for the food pantry at Arlington Community Services and by working with Tree Hill to educate visitors and students about sound environmental practices and the importance of healthy eating.

The event time is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. We will be doing some harvesting, weeding, and perhaps planting and watering. Gloves and tools will be provided. There are restrooms and a water foundation on site.

RSVP to the facebook page!  You have plenty of time on Sunday to volunteer before your Super Bowl Parties!

Sport Event

Tuesday, February 9th 

Even though we live in Florida, we too can experience a great winter Olympic sport: Curling!

No, we’re not playing the sport – but we’ll be viewing it.  The US National Championships for Curling are being held in Jacksonville at the Veteran Memorial Arena.  We will see a small talk, get to participate in a demonstration and then watch the matches.
This event is being hosted by ImpactJax and we can go as a group to the event.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Oratory Contest

This is the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville’s annual scholarship contest awarded to a local Jacksonville high school student.

When: Thursday, February 18th 6pm-7pm Dinner, 7pm Contests begins
Where: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32224

The event starts at 6pm with a buffet dinner.  It is free to Rotaractors and their spouse or guest.  We will need to give a head count to South Jax so we will to know your RSVP.  They will also need a few volunteers for the check-in, greeting and way-finding for attendees if you would like to help out.

This is a great event and also a good opportunity to be with the Rotarians and Satellite Club.

Club Social

Save the date for Monday, February 22nd – Trivia
Test your knowledge at Trivia with the group at the Mellow Mushroom in TInsletown.  Trivia starts at 7:00pm!
More details are on the facebook page.

Fireside Chats

If you have joined the club within the last six months, you are invited to a Fireside Chat.  This is a small group (two-to-three board members/members and two-to-three new members) for dinner and discussion about Rotaract along with some background information to the club and Rotary International.  It’s also a great time to get to know another member in a more private setting.
The first one has been scheduled for Saturday, February 27th our Vice-President, Tony Brazell, is coordinating these events.  Please RSVP to him. If you cannot attend there will be another one scheduled.

Special Event

Last year at our signature event, the Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala, we raised $12,000 for the Cathedral Art Project’s Visual Arts Program for their students (approx. 225) to receive take home art back packs.
On Wednesday, March 2nd we will be stuffing the backpacks with art supplies at CAP’s offices.  Show up anytime after 5pm and get ready to stuff!  This is also a first Wednesday so it’s also Art Walk.  After we’re done, we will enjoy art walk as a club!
CAP is located at
207 Laura Street, Suite 300

Please RSVP to the facebook page.

On Sunday, March 6th we will hand out these backpacks to the Visual Arts students at CAP’s Visual Arts Showcase at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Other Events

Last summer one of our speakers was Ms. Marie Volger where she talked about the creation and implementation of the event she started in memory of her co-worker and athletic training partner.  The event is the Mt. Acosta Classic and will be held on Sunday, April 2nd.  If you are inclinded to participate more information can be found here.
The Rotary Clubs of West Jacksonville & San Marco are holding their annual fundraiser Dirty Martinis for Clean Water on Friday, April 8th at the Haskell building in the evening.  The young professional (under 35) ticket is $35. Stay tuned for more details!
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Week of 1-25-16

The President’s Corner

January 25, 2016

This past Saturday we braved the cold and a few flurries and helped build a house with HabiJax for our monthly service event!  Thanks to all of the members and guests that came out!

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, January 28th at River City Brewing Company.  Our speaker will be Dr. Robin Rose, Executive Director of Girls, Inc.  She will be speaking about Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.

We look forward to seeing you there & as always guest are always welcome at our membership meetings!

This past Friday, your board met for our bi-annual extended Board Retreat, an extended version of our board meeting.  We have a lot of fun & exciting events coming up so you won’t want to miss our meeting this Thursday to hear all about them!!!

This coming Saturday, January 30th is our monthly social! Get ready to “Jump Around” at Velocity Air – see detail below.

Also, please Save the Date for Thursday, February 18th – this is the date of the high school oratory contest put on by our sponsoring Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville.  It the finals of the contest and a scholarship(s) will be awarded to a local high school student(s).  The event will be at UNF and more details are below.  Also, this is a non-Rotaract meeting Thursday.

For those of you that need another dose of Rotary or are about to age out of Rotaract,  the Satellite Club meets the 2nd and 4th Monday at Indochine San Marco.  They have a special project coming up and we have an opportunity to work with them related to the YearUp organization.  They have a speaker coming tonight to talk about this organization – an invitation has been extended to us to attend, so feel free to attend!

Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Club Social

Save the date for Saturday, January 30th – Velocity Air
Get ready to
Jump around
Jump around
Jump up, jump up and get down
Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump…

Most of you are probably too young to remember when that song came out, but get ready to jump around at our monthly social at Velocity Air. We are meeting at 9pm!

Velocity Air is located at:
 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32256

It’s $14 an hour.  We’re meeting at 9pm because that’s when all the kids 13 and under will be gone.
More details are on the facebook page.

Community Service

Save the date for Sunday, February 7th & Saturday, February 27th
We will have two service events this month!
On February 7th, we will be volunteering at the Jacksonville Arboretum &
on February 27th, we will be volunteering with the Rotary Club of Riverside and their annual Craft Beer Festival.

More details will follow!

Oratory Contest

This is the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville’s annual scholarship contest awarded to a local Jacksonville high school student.

When: Thursday, February 18th 6pm-7pm Dinner, 7pm Contests begins
Where: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32224

The event starts at 6pm with a buffet dinner.  It is free to Rotaractors and their spouse or guest.  We will need to give a head count to South Jax so we will to know your RSVP.  They will also need a few volunteers for the check-in, greeting and way-finding for attendees if you would like to help out.

This is a great event and also a good opportunity to be with the Rotarians and Satellite Club.

 

 

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Week of 1-18-16

The President’s Corner

January 18, 2016

Greetings!

Many thanks to Mary Pat Corrigan for being our speaker at our last meeting.  Also, thank you to River City Brewing Co for letting us kick off the new year at their venue for our new meeting location!

We have service event this Saturday, January 23rd volunteering with HabiJax.  Bundle up! And we’ll see you on Saturday!

Please Save the Date for Thursday, February 18th – this is the date of the high school oratory contest put on by our sponsoring Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville.  It the finals of the contest and a scholarship(s) will be awarded to a local high school student(s).  The event will be at UNF and more details are below will follow.  Also, this is a non-Rotaract meeting Thursday.

Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Community Service

Save the date for Saturday, January 23rd – HabiJax
In January, we will volunteer with HabiJax.


Members at volunteering at Habijax in 2015.

We will meet by 7:45 for check-in and we start building at 8:00am!
Please meet at:
Edward Waters College Center for Health Disparities
1401 Grunthal Street
Jacksonville, FL

They provide the tools needed and will teach you how to perform the tasks.  Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

The facebook event page is available for RSVP please see our facebook page.

Oratory Contest

This is the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville’s annual scholarship contest awarded to a local Jacksonville high school student.

When: Thursday, February 18th 6pm-7pm Dinner, 7pm Contests begins
Where: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32224

The event starts at 6pm with a buffet dinner.  It is free to Rotaractors and their spouse or guest.  We will need to give a head count to South Jax so we will to know your RSVP.  They will also need a few volunteers for the check-in, greeting and way-finding for attendees if you would like to help out.

This is a great event and also a good opportunity to be with the Rotarians and Satellite Club.

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Week of 1-11-16

The President’s Corner

January 11, 2016

Greetings!  We are finally back to a Rotaract Meeting week!

We will be meeting at our new location for our meeting this Thursday, January 14th at River City Brewing Company.  We’ll meet downstairs in the bar area for the social hour beginning at 5:30pm and then move upstairs for our meeting at 6:15pm.

River City Brewing Company is located in the South Bank of Downtown Jacksonville next to MOSH.
835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Parking is available in the main lot in front of the restaurant.  Please be mindful of the time to make sure we move upstairs for our 6:15pm meeting time so we can start on time.

We are so very grateful to be meeting at River City again.  They are being very accommodating to us and hope you would show your gratitude when we are there.  Thank you!

Our speaker for our meeting will be Mary Pat Corrigan, CEO of Volunteers in Medicine.

Come and hear how she organizes 230 volunteers and 6 staff members to provide free medical care to 1700 working individuals and their families!  As a service organization it will be interesting to hear about volunteerism on such a large scale.

We hope to see you at the very first meeting of the year.  It’s also a great opportunity to bring along a friend or co-worker that may be interested in serving the community, genuine networking and professional development opportunities!

Save the dates for our service event for Saturday, January 23 when we will be volunteering with Habijax & our social event is at Velocity Air on Saturday, January 30th!  

Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Community Service

Save the date for Saturday, January 23rd – HabiJax
In January, we will volunteer with HabiJax.


Members at volunteering at Habijax in 2015.

We will meet by 7:45 for check-in and we start building at 8:00am!
Please meet at:
Edward Waters College Center for Health Disparities
1401 Grunthal Street
Jacksonville, FL

They provide the tools needed and will teach you how to perform the tasks.  Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

The facebook event page is available for RSVP please see our facebook page.

Club Social

Save the date for Saturday, January 30th – Velocity Air
Get ready to bounce!
In January, we will have our club social at Velocity Air more details are on the facebook page.

Velocity Air is located at 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32256

It’s $14 an hour.  We’re meeting at 9pm because that’s when all the kids 13 and under will be gone.

 

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Week of 01-04-16

The President’s Corner

January 4, 2016


Looking for a way to serve your community, genuine networking or professional development opportunities in 2016?

You can look no further because we have all of this and more at First Coast Rotaract.  For members, we have some great events planned for January & we have a few special events coming up in February and March so be sure to be on the look out for them.  For guests, please join us at all or any of our upcoming events.  We’d love to have you & it’ll be a great way to kick-off 2016!

We have a very full month of Rotaract activities beginning on Thursday, January 14th will be our membership meeting at River City Brewing Company.  We’ll meet downstairs in the bar area for the social hour beginning at 5:30pm and then move upstairs for our meeting at 6:15pm.

River City Brewing Company is located in the South Bank of Downtown Jacksonville next to MOSH.
835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Our service event for January will be volunteering with Habijax.  We will be volunteering on Saturday, January 23.   This is always a great and fun service event.  A good opportunity to serve and meet fellow Rotaractors.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Our social event is at Velocity Air on Saturday, January 30th – it’ll be an active time a good way to shed any holiday pounds if you resolved to do so!

I hope each of you had a great New Year Day & I hope you have a great 2016.

– Jen Suharmadji

First Coast Rotaract meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at River City Brewing Company. Join us for networking & socializing at 5:30pm, followed by our meeting at 6:15pm. Guests are always welcome at our meetings, service, and social events.
Check out our Calendar,

Community Service

Save the date for Saturday, January 23rd – HabiJax
In January, we will volunteer with HabiJax.


Members at volunteering at Habijax in 2015.

We will meet by 7:45 for check-in and we start building at 8:00am!
Please meet at:
Edward Waters College Center for Health Disparities
1401 Grunthal Street
Jacksonville, FL

They provide the tools needed and will teach you how to perform the tasks.  Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

The facebook event page is available for RSVP please see our facebook page.

Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

Club Social

Save the date for Saturday, January 30th – Velocity Air
Get ready to bounce!
In January, we will have our club social at Velocity Air more details are on the facebook page.

Velocity Air is located at 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32256

It’s $14 an hour.  We’re meeting at 9pm because that’s when all the kids 13 and under will be gone.

 

 

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Week of 12-28-15

December 28, 2015

Greetings! I hope each and everyone of you had a great holiday!

Here is the ‘fun’ picture from our Annual Holiday Party.

Save the date for our next membership meeting on Thursday, January 14th at River City Brewing Company.

River City Brewing Company is located in the South Bank of Downtown Jacksonville next to MOSH.
835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207

The dates for service and social were backwards in last week’s Monday Morning Rotaractor.  It is the service event on Saturday, January 23rd and our social event on Saturday, January 30th.

I wish each of you a safe & very happy New Year!
– Jen Suharmadji

First Coast Rotaract meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at River City Brewing Company. Join us for networking & socializing at 5:30pm, followed by our meeting at 6:15pm. Guests are always welcome at our meetings, service, and social events.
Check out our Calendar, Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

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Week of 12-21-15

The President’s Corner

December 21, 2015

Greetings fellow Rotaractors!  This week your Sergeant-at-Arms, Sabrina Rochelin, and myself, dropped off the signed thank you frame to High Tide Burrito.  We held our last meeting at High Tide Burrito this month as we will be in a new venue beginning for our January meeting.  We are so very grateful to High Tide Burrito for allowing us to use their space for free for over a year.

This week we had our Meet & Greet Mixer.  Thanks to those that came out & thank you to all of the guests that came out to meet us too!!

This past Saturday we had our service event.  Our fellow Rotaractors volunteered with Toys for Tots distributing toys!

We of course we will not be having a meeting this week due to it being Christmas Eve.  We will see you in January.  Beginning in January we will be at our new meeting location, River City Brewing Company.

Have a safe and very happy holidays!

– Jen Suharmadji

First Coast Rotaract meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at River City Brewing Company. Join us for networking & socializing at 5:30pm, followed by our meeting at 6:15pm. Guests are always welcome at our meetings, service, and social events.
Check out our Calendar, Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

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