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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Week of 12.12.16

The President’s Corner

December 12, 2016

Hello Rotaract and Friends. I hope after such a full week of Rotaract activities that you are not tired of seeing my face, because I had a great time! Thank you to District Governor, Marshall Butler for joining us last Thursday. His Rotary story and presentation concerning the current plans for the organization was very entertaining.

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome our newest member, Rachel Starford. She comes to us from the Beaches Rotaract and is also heavily involved in Junior League.

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Lastly, 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/ 

Please note, our next membership meeting is January 12th, 2017.
-Tony B

Community Service

Please make every effort to attend the January service event (and each there after). Our club is based on networking AND service.

We typically work with Habitat for Humanity in January. More information to follow as details are finalized.

Social

Rotaract Holiday Party – What a great time!

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Week of December 05, 2016

The President’s Corner

December 05, 2016

Hello Rotaract and Friends! The Holidays are upon us. Hopefully you have finished up your shopping. If not, feel free to add me to your list. I would be happy to send you my Amazon wish list…

This is a busy week for Rotaractors: On December 3rd, we volunteered alongside the Downtown Rotaract at the Holiday Festival at the Prime Osbourne Center, this Tuesday we have a Board Meeting, Thursday we have a Membership Meeting, and Saturday is the annual Holiday Party.

Be sure to join us on Thursday at River City Brewing at 6:15 PM for the only Membership Meeting in December. We will be joined by Marshall Butler, Rotary District 6970 Governor. Come early for Happy Hour and socialization. Dinner afterwards will be at Indochine in San Marco.
-Tony B

Membership Spotlight

Take a moment to learn more about one of our members: Katie Pollari

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Katie Pollari – currently serves as our Club Secretary.

Education:
B.S. Marketing, Florida State University

Occupation/Title/Company:
Proposal Writer, Pontoon Solutions

What does your job entail?
In a nutshell, my company manages Fortune 500 companies’ HR needs. Companies outsource their staffing and recruitment processes to us to save time and money. As a proposal writer, I collaborate with the sales team and various other teams within Pontoon to respond to bids sent out by potential clients. They ask a bunch of questions and I answer them!

What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
I usually end up near the beach in my free time – suntanning, drinking, or going to church – three things you probably wouldn’t expect to be in the same sentence! I also enjoy practicing yoga (which used to be on the beach, but my instructor/friend moved away).

If you weren’t currently in your occupation, what would you be doing (your dream job)?
The dream job question is always a tough one because I have many interests and dislike the idea of being pinned down in one place. I get a bit of entrepreneurial spirit from my parents, so owning my own business has always been a dream/goal of mine. Not sure what type of business I would like to own, but when I find out, I’m sure y’all will know about it!

Why did you join Rotaract?
t’s tough making friends in Jacksonville! I also needed a reason to stay here (other than my job), so giving back to the community was a perfect way to do so.

What is your favorite Rotaract memory?
Though I’ve known y’all for less than a year, I’ve made some awesome friendships in such a short amount of time. I LOVED the HabiJax event. Not only was it my first event, it was also FLURRYING outside, so I can’t forget it. I’m hoping we do it again this year and if it’s cold, this FL girl will be better prepared!

What is your current goal or ambition?
There’s so many, where to start! A constant goal is: learn how to “adult” better.

Your alter ego name: self-given or given by others. Or best nickname?
I have many nicknames so it depends on who you ask. Top 3: KP, Kit Kat, and Spiffy Kiffy (a nickname my father made for me when I was younger – don’t ask what it means because frankly, I don’t know) 🙂

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Community Service

We had a great time volunteer with Downtown Rotaract at the Senior Citizen Holiday Festival. I never worked as a server, but I have new respect for those that do. If you could not make it to this event, please make every effort to attend the January service event (and each there after). Our club is based on networking AND service.

We typically work with Habitat for Humanity in January. More information to follow as details are finalized.

Social

-Save the date: Rotaract Holiday Party – December 10th Starting at 5PM.

This member’s only (with a plus 1) event will feature food, fun, and a gift exchange. Please RSVP with Jordan Hollis. Wicked Barley Brewery is just down the road and may be an excellent way to end the celebration…

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Week of 11/21/17

The President’s Corner

November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us – mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and turkey. If you’re like me, then this time of year means travel to spend time with family. Stay safe and enjoy the time off!

Due to the holidays, the November 24th and December 22nd membership meetings are cancelled. However, please join us on December 8th to get your Rotaract fix. We will be joined by Marshall Butler, Rotary District 6970 Governor.

-Tony

Member Spotlight

Take a moment to learn more about one of our members: Sara Corrigan

Sara Brown – I mean Corrigan – currently serves as our President Elect. She is recently married, and decided that wedding planning didn’t stress her out. So, she is also planning the Black Tie Blue Jeans Gala!

Education:
Flagler College, Communication with an emphasis in media production

Occupation/Title/Company:
Marketing Assistant / Far East Brokers

What does your job entail?
I work for Far East Brokers where my actual title is “marketing assistant” but I do more business related tasks than marketing. The company’s main focus is supplying grocery stores throughout the United States, primarily east coast, with nonperishable goods. Those cheesy Valentine bags you see at Publix? You’re welcome!

What do you do for fun?  What are your hobbies?
I run during my lunch hour at work. I wouldn’t call that fun but I’m slowly getting to that point where I can trick myself into thinking it is. My hobbies are learning to cook and do puzzles while listening to audio books (I’m super cool).

If you weren’t currently in your occupation, what would you be doing (your dream job)?
My dream job would entail some sort of event planning wrapped up with video editing. I get a kick out of a well-organized spreadsheet (ask anyone who has seen the galaspreadsheets) and I love editing footage. In high school, I took a TV production class which led me to pursue media production. What I learned in this class is that creating a final story requires you to think ahead and literally draw out your ideas so you can later translate it while filming and then while editing. I actually still have some of these storyboards and have a binder full of them from college that I never fully filmed.

Why did you join Rotaract?
I joined Rotaract because I wanted to fall back in love with Jacksonville. After college, my friends either stayed in St.Augustine or moved far away. I needed to find friends that would show me that Jacksonville is more than just the beach bars.

What is your favorite Rotaract memory?
I have always said that my favorite Rotaract memory isn’t an event, but a feeling. I can’t pinpoint one thing and call it my favorite but I know that whenever I go to RotaractI have this feeling of happiness mixed with humbleness. It’s a good feeling to be surrounded by friends that are working to make Jacksonville a better place.

What is your current goal or ambition?
To have the best gala ever. April 22. Everyone be there. Buy your tickets and sell them to your parents. Thanks!

Your alter ego name: self-given or given by others. Or best nickname?
Before I was married, my initials were SB which a lot of people called me and some still do. But the best nickname I ever got was Spring Break ’09. I was interning for the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and made good friends with the chefs (life tip- always make friends with the cooks in whatever line of work you’re in because free food will probably follow). The chefs started calling me Spring Break ’09 because of my initials and it stuck for the whole internship.

Community Service

Stay tuned for updates!

Social

-Save the date: Rotaract Holiday Party – December 10th Time TBD

This member’s only (with a plus 1) event will feature food, fun, and a gift exchange.

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Week of 07/11/2016

The President’s Corner
July 11, 2016

Good morning and happy Monday! After such a hot weekend, I can honestly say I am fine with being at my desk in the air conditioning…

The new Rotary year in underway and I am happy to report that the new Board is firing on all cylinders. Below you will find the names of the new Board Members. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please reach out to me or the appropriate Board member.

VP – Sara Brown
Sergeant at Arms – Jonathan Taylor
Secretary – Katie Pollari
Treasurer – Andrew Brinson
At Large – Sabrina Rochelin
Community Service – Andrew Smith
Club Service – Jordan Hollis
Public Relations – Katie Lanahan
Professional Development – Joe Jones

If you were lucky enough to attend the recent YP Expo at Aloft Hotel, then you know that Jacksonville is brimming with talent and opportunities serve, lead, and expand your network – three things Rotaract strives to enable for our members. If I was lucky enough to have met you at the expo, please come join us this Thursday at River City Brewing for or first July meeting. The social hour starts at 5:15 before we move upstairs to begin the meeting.

This week we will be hearing from Stephanie Mack Kearney, Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville Board President. The DSAJ is a non-profit organization committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential and to helping create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome.

-Tony Brazell

Community Service

Saturday, July 9th
Last Saturday, Rotaract prepared dinner for ~50 children and parents at the Ronald McDonald House. The crew of eight set out a fabulous taco bar with sides and cookies.

Stay tuned for upcoming service events!

Social

Save the Date for July 16th
Save the date for a Brunch at the Beach day! Blind Rabbit Brunch at noon then hanging out at the beach.
We can swim. Play volleyball. Stay in the shade under canopies. Making reservations so don’t forget to RSVP!
Save the Date for August 5th – 7th
Our club will be heading to New Smyrna Beach for our annual Hail & Farewell. This is a members only (plus significant others) event. Total hotel cost is estimated between $35-$70. More details will follow. If you are not yet a member, attend two meetings and a service event to join!

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