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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Week of 6-20-16

The President’s Corner

June 20, 2016

This week on Thursday, June 23rd will be our last meeting of the Rotary Year! (Don’t worry, the new year starts on July 1 and the following meeting will be Thursday, July 14th).  At this meeting, we will have a guest speaker, present the Scot Amos Rotaractor of the Year award & have a passing of the gavel to the incoming President Tony Brazell.  You won’t want to miss it!

Our guest speaker will be Mike Santarone, the President & COO of Stellar.  He will speak about guiding your own career along with some other beneficial topics.

Thank you to all of those Rotaractors & guests that came to our social this past Saturday in St. Augustine!  Much thanks to our social chair Tatty Chavez for organizing a great event!

One year from now in Atlanta will be the 2017 Rotary International Convention.
This is the annual convention of Rotary and an estimate of 22,500 – 45,000 people are expected to attend.  Next year will also be the 100th year anniversary of Rotary. Click below to watch the video!

There is special pricing for Rotaractors – it’s $70 to attend RI Convention then the price goes up.  If you would like to attend Rotaract Pre-Convention it is an additional $126.50.

As this is my last e-blast for the Monday Morning Rotaractor, I want to thank you all for such a great Rotaract Year.  I have had an enormous amount of fun and learned a great deal.  I especially want to thank the members of the board that made my job easier by going above and beyond expectations.  You have impressed me & inspired me and you along with the members are what make our club thrive & the experiences of our club so great.

Have a great week!
– 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.
Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

Community Service

Save the Date: Saturday, July 9th
Our next service event will be at Ronald McDonald house. It will entail preparing a meal for 40 at the Ronald McDonald house.  It is a late afternoon, early evening time.  Sign up on the facebook page!

For our July service event, we will be preparing a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonlad House. The event is on Saturday, July 9. The meal preparation begins at 3:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. Parking for volunteers is available on site at the front building or the side, under the parking garage area.

Only 8 people are allowed to participate. Everyone who participates is subject to a background check. The Ronald McDonald House is a family environment. Volunteers need to dress conservatively. Shorts should be fingertip length and sleeveless shirts may not be worn in the kitchen. Shoes must be closed-toe.

After preparing the meal in the kitchen, all pots & pans and work surfaces should be cleaned up before we leave. All dishes must be run through the dishwasher. Serving the food in plastic containers or disposable pans is very helpful & reduces after dinner cleanup as well. They always appreciate it if volunteer groups bring large plastic disposable containers for storing leftovers.

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!

Calendar

Thursday, June 23rd – Membership Meeting
Saturday, July 9th – Service Event – Ronald McDonald House
Thursday, July 14th – Membership Meeting
Saturday, July 16th – Social – Brunch at the Beach

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Week of 6-13-16

The President’s Corner

June 13, 2016

Greetings! Thank you to all of those Rotaractors that came to last week’s meeting!  I heard it was a good meeting of input for the next Rotaract Year & an overview of pre-planning for the upcoming 2017 Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala!!!!!!

This past Saturday was also our monthly service event.  The club served at PRI’s Dream Day for Dreams Come True.  Thanks to all of those that came out & thanks to Katie Lanahan for bringing the club the opportunity to serve at this event!

This weekend myself along with 6 other Rotaractors & Rotarians from our district, District 6970, attended a YP Summit in Atlanta.

One year from now in Atlanta will be the Rotary International Convention.  This is the annual convention of Rotary and an estimate of 22,500 – 45,000 people are expected to attend.  Next year will also be the 100th year anniversary of Rotary.  Click the link to register. There is special pricing for Rotaractors – it’s $70 to attend RI Convention then the price goes up.  If you would like to attend Rotaract Pre-Convention it is an additional $126.50.  This year the convention was in Korea, last year it was in Brazil.  Next year it’s in Atlanta – if you haven’t looked at a map in awhile, it’s much closer than it may ever be again so it’s a great opportunity to attend!

This Saturday is our social in St. Augustine!  Next week our meeting is the last of the Rotary year.  It’ll be a special meeting where we ‘pass the gavel’ & also present the Scot Amos Rotaract of the Year Award!

Have a great week!
– 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.
Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

 

Community Service

Save the Date: Saturday, July 9th
Our next service event will be at Ronald McDonald house. It will entail preparing a meal for 40 at the Ronald McDonald house.  It is a late afternoon, early evening time.  Sign up on the facebook page!

For our July service event, we will be preparing a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonlad House. The event is on Saturday, July 9. The meal preparation begins at 3:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. Parking for volunteers is available on site at the front building or the side, under the parking garage area.

Only 8 people are allowed to participate. Everyone who participates is subject to a background check. The Ronald McDonald House is a family environment. Volunteers need to dress conservatively. Shorts should be fingertip length and sleeveless shirts may not be worn in the kitchen. Shoes must be closed-toe.

After preparing the meal in the kitchen, all pots & pans and work surfaces should be cleaned up before we leave. All dishes must be run through the dishwasher. Serving the food in plastic containers or disposable pans is very helpful & reduces after dinner cleanup as well. They always appreciate it if volunteer groups bring large plastic disposable containers for storing leftovers.

Social


This Saturday, June 18th
We will be headed to St. Augustine for our June social.  We will be touring the Ice Plant, the winery and a chocolate factory.  Total cost is $8.  We will meet in St. Augustine at 11am for The San Sebastian Winery, 1pm for Whetstone Chocolate, and 2pm the Ice Plant.  As always, guests are welcome to our social and service events..
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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Week of 6-6-16

The President’s Corner

June 9, 2016

Greetings! Thank you to all of those Rotaractors that came to South Jax Rotary’s event at the Alhambra last week Wednesday.

We have a membership meeting this week on Thursday.  It’s our second to last meeting of the Rotary year!
We have both our social & service event still to occur this month, see details below!

Fundraiser for Bottle School Project – June 16th
Beaches Rotaract is hosting a fundraiser with funds going to Hug It Forward & the Bottle School Project.  We heard about this project back in March from the Daytona State Rotaract President.  We donated to the project as a club, but this is another way we can also support this project.  The event is on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30-7 at Table 1 in Ponte Vedra. It’s a wine tasting with small bites.  It’s $25 with $20 of that twenty-five going towards the project.  You can purchase tickets through eventbrite on their facebook event page.

Have a great week!
– 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.
Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

Community Service


Save the Date: Saturday, June 11th
Our June service event is Dreams Come True, an event put on by PRI Productions. The event is on Saturday, June 11, 2016. We will be doing the second shift where we will be helping out with game stations, food, and other activities.

All volunteers need to sign up. I went ahead and reserved 10 spots for our group. So the first ten members to comment in this post that they are interested will be given those spots. If you have indicated you will be present and are one of the ten to have said so, please email Andrea(andrea@dreamscometrue.org) and let her know you are with First Coast Rotaract and give her your shirt size. Andrea will email you a volunteer application which MUST be completed prior to the event.

Once ten spots are filled, additionals volunteer will have to sign up on this link (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba5ac2ea1fe3-dream4).

 Social

Save the Date for Saturday, June 18th
We will be headed to St. Augustine for our June social.  We will be touring the Ice Plant, the winery and a chocolate factory.  Total cost is $8.  We will meet in St. Augustine at 11am for The San Sebastian Winery, 1pm for Whetstone Chocolate, and 2pm the Ice Plant. LET TATTY KNOW ASAP AS SHE WILL UPDATE THE RESERVATION ON WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK.  As always, guests are welcome to our social and service events..
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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Week of 05-31-16

The President’s Corner

May 31, 2016

Hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  Much thanks to Christopher Register, Director of Rowing at Stanton Riverbank Rowing (SRB Rowing), for being our guest speaker at our last meeting.

  

At this meeting, Tony Brazell, the 2016-2017 incoming President, announced the new board for 2016-2017.
Congratulations to the incoming board:


If you didn’t make the board this year, remember there will be many opportunities to contribute to our club and to participate in a leadership role for the upcoming gala. Our board meetings are also open to any of our members to contribute ideas for our club.

This weekend we also had our Monthly service event.  We volunteered at Daniel’s Kids.  Thanks to all of those that came out !

Rotary Charity Event at Alhambra – June 1st
Members, if you are interested in attending Rotary’s annual fundraiser at the Alhambra on Wednesday, June 1st ~ they have extra comp tickets for us Rotaractors.  Please email jaxrotaract@gmail.com & we’ll get you in touch with the right people. Social is 6pm, Dinner is 7pm, and Show is at 8pm.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.

Fundraiser for Bottle School Project – June 16th
Beaches Rotaract is hosting a fundraiser with funds going to Hug It Forward & the Bottle School Project.  We heard about this project back in March from the Daytona State Rotaract President.  We donated to the project as a club, but this is another way we can also support this project.  The event is on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30-7 at Table 1 in Ponte Vedra. It’s a wine tasting with small bites.  It’s $25 with $20 of that twenty-five going towards the project.  You can purchase tickets through eventbrite on their facebook event page.

Have a great week!
– 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.
Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

Community Service


Save the Date: Saturday, June 11th
Our June service event is Dreams Come True, an event put on by PRI Productions. The event is on Saturday, June 11, 2016. We will be doing the second shift where we will be helping out with game stations, food, and other activities.

All volunteers need to sign up. I went ahead and reserved 10 spots for our group. So the first ten members to comment in this post that they are interested will be given those spots. If you have indicated you will be present and are one of the ten to have said so, please email Andrea(andrea@dreamscometrue.org) and let her know you are with First Coast Rotaract and give her your shirt size. Andrea will email you a volunteer application which MUST be completed prior to the event.

Once ten spots are filled, additionals volunteer will have to sign up on this link (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba5ac2ea1fe3-dream4).

Social


Save the Date for Saturday, June 18th
We will be headed to St. Augustine for our June social.  We will be touring the Ice Plant, the winery and a chocolate factory.  Total cost is $8.  We will meet in St. Augustine at 11am for The San Sebastian Winery, 1pm for Whetstone Chocolate, and 2pm the Ice Plant. LET TATTY KNOW BY THIS FRIDAY IF YOU WILL ATTEND SO SHE CAN MAKE A RESERVATION AT THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.
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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Week of 5-23-16

The President’s Corner

May 23, 2016

This week at our membership meeting we will be hearing from the Stanton Riverbank Rowing organization (SRB Rowing), a local non-profit whose mission is to help children establish strong character, learn life skills and develop physically and emotionally through the sport of rowing.

At this meeting, Tony Brazell, the 2016-2017 incoming President, will announce the new board for 2016-2017.  Voting closes today; if you have not voted do so ASAP!  Also, we will be starting to plan for the 2017 Black Tie & Blue Jean gala.  If you have a charity that you think we should support, please bring it forward.

Congratulations to our club!  We were recognized with the Distinguished Presidential Citation and a Rotary Zone 24 Award.  Congratulations to our members & board for continuing to have an excellent club!

Don’t forget to VOTE!
Please vote for our Rotaract Club’s video on facebook.  We are part of Rotary Zone 33/34 video contests.
The contest is to showcase how your club represents this year’s Rotary theme “Be a Gift to the World”
Our video was assembled by fellow Rotaractor Quang Ly.
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/33and34video/timeline
Vote for First Coast Rotaract!

Rotary Charity Event at Alhambra – June 1st
Members, if you are interested in attending Rotary’s annual fundraiser at the Alhambra on Wednesday, June 1st ~ they have extra comp tickets for us Rotaractors.  Please email jaxrotaract@gmail.com & we’ll get you in touch with the right people.

Fundraiser for Bottle School Project – June 16th
Beaches Rotaract is hosting a fundraiser with funds going to Hug It Forward & the Bottle School Project.  We heard about this project back in March from the Daytona State Rotaract President.  We donated to the project as a club, but this is another way we can also support this project.  The event is on Thursday, June 16th from 5:30-7 at Table 1 in Ponte Vedra. It’s a wine tasting with small bites.  It’s $25 with $20 of that twenty-five going towards the project.  You can purchase tickets through eventbrite on their facebook event page.

Have a great week!
– 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.
Follow us on Facebook, or Look for our Meet Up events!

Sports & Social

Jacksonville Rotaract Games 2016
This past Saturday was the Jacksonville Rotaract Games.  A huge thank you to Social Chair Tatty Chavez & Downtown Rotaract President Megan Kinhofer for organizing and coordinating this event. A good time was had by all!

Community Service


Saturday, May 28th 1pm-3pm

Save-the-Date for our next service event.  We will be volunteering with Daniel’s Kids 
We will be participating in their “Play Day Open House.” We will team up with the kids to play some kickball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, ect.  If you plan to volunteer, you will need to fill out a form of Good Moral Character – notarized.  These will be available at our next meeting & Community Service Chair Quang Ly will notarize them.

Please RSVP to the facebook page.

On May 24th at Mandarin High School – a special event needs assistance with grading Math Exams in the evening from 5pm-7pm – you can come earlier if available.  No advanced math skills needed.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 11th
This will be the date for next month’s service event.  We’ll be volunteering with PRI productions for their event that benefits Dreams Come True.  Stay tuned for more details!

Social

Save the Date for Saturday, June 18th
We will be headed to St. Augustine for our June social.  We will be touring the Ice Plant, the winery and a chocolate factory.  Total cost is $8.  More details to follow.
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!

Special Events

Monday, May23rd – Event for Rotary Club of East Arlington
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Week of 5-16-16

The President’s Corner

May 16, 2016

Thank you so much to Professor Martin Luytjes from Jacksonville University for being our speaker at our last meeting.

We also inducted Sam Sorota into our club.  Sam is going to be a great addition to our club!  Welcome Sam!

GO VOTE!
 Please vote for our Rotaract Club’s video on facebook.  We are part of Rotary Zone 33/34 video contests.
The contest is to showcase how your club represents this year’s Rotary theme “Be a Gift to the World”
Our video was assembled by fellow Rotaractor Quang Ly.
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/33and34video/timeline
Vote for First Coast Rotaract!

GO VOTE (AGAIN)!
Nominations for next year’s board was announced at the last meeting.  The voting will open today.  Members that are current with their dues will receive a link to a survey monkey to vote.  The voting will stay open for one week.  Any questions, please see incoming president Tony Brazell.  The new board will be announced at our next membership meeting on Thursday, May 26th.

On Friday, Rotary was the Charity of the day at TPC.  Thanks to our members Quang Ly, Tatty Chavez, Katie Pollari and guest Ashley Blume for volunteering with fellow Rotarians to raise awareness of Rotary International.

This weekend was our Rotary District’s 6970 Conference & Assembly.  The Alumni Association Chartered and our fellow Rotaractor Andrew Smith is a Charter Member.

There are lots of upcoming events & opportunities to volunteer.
Make sure you scroll all the way down!!!

Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Sports & Social

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, May 21st
Jacksonville Rotaract Games 2016
This is a field-day sporting event with all three Rotaract Clubs in Jacksonville.  It’s a fun morning of games and a great way to meet other Rotaractors.  A “player’s fee’ to consist of a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Feeding Northeast Florida.

Community Service


Saturday, May 28th 1pm-3pm

Save-the-Date for our next service event.  We will be volunteering with Daniel’s Kids 
We will be participating in their “Play Day Open House.” We will team up with the kids to play some kickball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, ect.  If you plan to volunteer, you will need to fill out a form of Good Moral Character – notarized.  These will be available at our next meeting & Community Service Chair Quang Ly will notarize them.

Please RSVP to the facebook page.

On May 24th at Mandarin High School – a special event needs assistance with grading Math Exams in the evening from 5pm-7pm – you can come earlier if available.  No advanced math skills needed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 –  Alhambra Theater
Rotary Club of South Jacksonville Fundraiser

Join the Rotarians of South Jacksonville & the Satellite members at their annual fundraiser.  Enjoy an evening at the Alhambra theater.  Tickets are discounted to Rotaractors for $75/person.  If interested, please email jaxrotaract@gmail.com & we will give you the contact info to purchase your ticket.

Special Events

Monday, May23rd – Event for Rotary Club of East Arlington

The Beaches Rotaract Club is hosting a fundraiser at Table 1 on Thursday, June 16th to benefit Daytona State College Rotaract Club Hug it Forward to build bottle schools in Guatemala.   Hopefully, you were at the meeting when Michael Tirpak presented this project and his passion for it.  This will be a great event to support and it falls on a third Thursday, a non-club meeting Thursday.  Tickets are $25 and the event can be found on facebook.
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