Week of 4.3.17

The President’s Corner

April 03, 2017

Hello Rotaract and Friends! April is here and the Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala is just around the corner. It is time to get your tickets, remind your boss about donating to a great cause, and contact your committee chair about Gala Scouting.

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Our second Membership Meeting of March at Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails was fantastic! It is always a great thing to hear from local business owners. Their stories and advice are a large part of what this club is about. We were even visited by the Beaches Rotaract!

Beaches Rotaract

-Tony B.

Community Service

Thanks to all who came out to the Chipotle Fundraiser in the Town Center.

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Week of 3.27.2017

The President’s Corner

March 27, 2017

Hello Rotaract and Friends! Only twenty-six days until the Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala. It is time to get your tickets, remind your boss about donating to a great cause, and contact your committee chair about Gala Scouting.

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I would like to take the opportunity to thank a few of our sponsors:

  • Black Knight Financial Services – Once again, BKFS has supported the gala and proven their commitment to Jacksonville and surrounding communities.
  • Pajcic and Pajcic – An unexpected sponsor, but no less appreciated!
  • Blackfinn Ameripub – One of our in-kind sponsors that has kindly agreed to provide hors d’oeuvres.
  • BRIO Tuscan Grill – Everyone likes Italian food…everyone. Come to the gala and BRIO will give you some!

-Tony B.

Community Service

-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at Chipotle in the Town Center March 29, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM

50% of proceeds go towards the gala.

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Social

-90’s Bar Crawl March 25, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach. Did you miss it!?

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Week of 03.13.2017

The President’s Corner

March 13, 2017

Hello Rotaract and Friends! A huge thank you to Brentley Stead of GastroJax for speaking with us last Thursday. Rotaract will be volunteering with GastroJax’s signature event, GastroFest, this weekend. Check them out here!

A special thank you to all who came out to support the Gala at BJ’s Brew House. It was great to see such a large crowd! Don’t forget to save the date for our other events at Chipotle and Jason’s Deli. More information below.

Don’t forget, the Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala is quickly approaching. Over the next three weekends, we are asking each of of members (and anyone else of course) to start ‘gala scouting.’ We need you to pound the pavement and ask local businesses to donate items for the silent auction and food for the hors d’oeuvres. Contact your committee chair or Sara Corrigan for more info or to sign up for a time/location. If you think this is an impossible task, check out all of the great items Katie, Ali, Jonny, and Andrew picked up in a single day:

Gala Scout 1

Gala Scout 2

Excited to see what everyone else can accomplish, and keep selling tickets!

-Tony B.

Community Service

-Save the date: Gastrofest March 18, 2017

More information here
Volunteer sign up here

-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at Jason’s Deli March 23, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM

15% of proceeds go towards the gala. More information here

-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at Chipotle in the Town Center March 29, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM

50% of proceeds go towards the gala.

Social

– Save the date: 90’s Bar Crawl March 25, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach.

More information here

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Week of 3/5/17

The President’s Corner

March 06, 2017

Hello Rotaract and Friends! Our first Membership Meeting of the month is this Thursday March 9th, 2017. We will be hearing from Brentley Stead of GastroJax. Check them out here!

Brentley will be speaking to us about their event GastroFest on March 18th in Hemming Park. The all-day event celebrates Northeast Florida’s culinary scene through tastings, educational talks, and much more! Rotaract will be volunteering. So, come by and say hi!

To our members, keep up the good work towards the Black Tie and Blue Jeans gala. April 22nd is just around the corner. Be sure to sign up for GastroFest and thank Sara Corrigan for being your President Elect! She spent the weekend in Orlando preparing.

-Tony B

Community Service

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-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at BJ’s March 8, 2017 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM

If you don’t currently have a flyer, contact jaxrotaract@gmail.com
20% of proceeds go towards the gala.

-Save the date: Gastrofest March 18, 2017

More information here
Volunteer sign up here

-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at Jason’s Deli March 23, 2017 6 PM to 10 PM

15% of proceeds go towards the gala. More information here

-Save the date: Gala Fundraiser at Chipotle in the Town Center March 29, 2017 5 PM to 9 PM

50% of proceeds go towards the gala.

Social

– Save the date: 90’s Bar Crawl March 25, 2017 in Jacksonville Beach.

More information here

 

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Week of 2.13.17

The President’s Corner

February 13, 2017

Happy almost Valentine’s Day Rotaract and Friends!

Last week’s membership meeting was fantastic. A hearty thank you to Mr. Oakley and his team from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. I believe I speak for everyone when I say that the presentation was informative and engaging – regardless of the liberal use of charts!

The group has asked that all who attended please fill out a short 4-5 minute survey. Click here to be taken to the survey. You can also learn more about the Atlanta Fed’s current events by following them on twitter (@AtlantaFed) or through Facebook.

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Lastly, keep the Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala in mind! April 22nd is quickly approaching. We are still looking for sponsors, food providers (also sponsors), and more ticket sales. Be creative! Dinner after the March 23rd meeting will be held at Jason’s Deli. A portion of these sales will go to towards the Gala.

-Tony B.

Member Spotlight

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Take a moment to learn more about one of our members: Jonathan “Jonny” Taylor

Education:
Bachelors in Zoology/Environmental Science from Miami University (Ohio)

Occupation/Title/Company:
Environmental Specialist for the City of Jacksonville

What does your job entail?
Essentially I oversee the cleanup of underground petroleum contamination at around 40 sites around NE Florida. I work with environmental consulting companies that assess and remove the contamination from these sites so that our groundwater stays clean.

What do you do for fun?  What are your hobbies?
I love being outdoors, more specifically this includes hiking, camping, birding, and herping (looking for snakes, lizards, etc.). When I’m not in nature I enjoy reading about science and history, tasting as many craft beers as I can (I have an app to keep track), daydreaming about places I want to travel both near and far, and going on said trips with any willing participants.

If you weren’t currently in your occupation, what would you be doing (your dream job)?
I’d love to be someone teaches the masses about conservation and nature, like Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin, or David Attenborough (maybe not as famous), and travel all over the world doing it!

Why did you join Rotaract?
I was new to Jacksonville and was looking to meet new people. I met a bunch of fantastic people who get involved in great causes and I decided to stay!

What is your favorite Rotaract memory?
This past July, we cooked dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald house. I had to cook a bunch of meat and it was a race against the clock so I felt like I was on Master Chef. I even had fellow cooks harshly judging its quality! It was a really fun afternoon and it was great to see what we had put together at the end.

What is your current goal or ambition?
Now that I have a great job in my field I’m planning on building myself up personally and professionally so I can find the next great opportunity!

Your alter ego name: self-given or given by others. Or best nickname?
In high school, some friends called me “Loomx’ (pronounced Loo-mix). They found out if you started typing “Jonny” into a flip phone using that old T9 typing, it would predict Loomx for some reason, and it stuck among a group of my close friends. I thought it was a funny little quirk so I use it as an alias from time to time.

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Community Service

-Save the date: Riverside Craft Beer Fest February 25, 2017

More information here

-Save the date: Civic Orchestra Concert Service Project February 25, 2017

Locally, we have a good problem: there are too many volunteers. Unfortunately, the Craft Beer Festival was unable to accommodate so many volunteers. So, we will also be helping with the Civic Orchestra.

More information here

-Also keep an eye out for requests from the team planning the Gala.

Social

– February 11th – Karaoke!

Check out our new local celebrities:

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Week of 1.30.2017

The President’s Corner

January 30, 2017

Hello Rotaract and Friends! We had a great visit from Jim Lanahan, Past President of South Jax Rotary, Owner of Advanced Direct Marketing, and Colonel, USMCR Ret.

Though Mr. Lanahan has quite the impressive resume, he spoke to us about his time with Guardian ad Litem. If you don’t know, the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children. Based on the stories we heard last Thursday and the commitment from volunteers like Mr. Lanahan, the program will surely continue to do great things in our community.

-Tony B.

Rotaract Flashback

Even though it is cold, I can see Spring around the corner. That means more time outside before the triple digit Florida Summer. Check out one of our common Rotaract events in the Spring: Field Day! In 2014, we met at Boone Park in Riverside.

Let’s be honest, no matter how cool you think you are, you aren’t “top of the pyramid, arms outstretched, challenge-winning, yelling for joy” cool….

 

Community Service

Save the date: Riverside Craft Beer Fest February 25, 2017

More information here

Also keep an eye out for requests from the team planning the Gala.

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Week of 12.19.16

The President’s Corner

December 19, 2016

Hello Rotaract and Friends. Please remember, there is no Membership meeting this Thursday, December 22nd. I hope each and all of you have a wonderful Holiday.

Our next chance to catch up will be on January 12th, 2017.

To all of our members, consider registering for the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14, 2017). This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the convention so close to home. A few members have already registered, so you will not be attending alone. More information can be found here: http://www.riconvention.org/ 

-Tony B.

Community Service

Save the date: Habitat for Humanity Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7:30 AM – 3 PM

More information can be found here.

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