Week of 06/29/15

The President’s Corner

A big THANK YOU to Darby Stubblefield from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida; she spoke at our membership meeting last Thursday about the organization and the impact they have on our community.  If you missed the meeting, we also transitioned to the 2015-2016 Rotaract Year!

With the 2015-2016 Rotary International’s theme of Be a Gift to the World , I encourage you to watch the video from RI’s President and embrace this theme this coming Rotaract year in how you are a gift and you have many gifts to give through your time, talent & knowledge.

– Jen Suharmadji

First Coast Rotaract meets at Hightide Burrtito Co. the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Join us for networking and socializing at 5:30pm, followed by our meeting at 6:15pm. Guests are welcome at our meetings, service, and social events.

To help keep up with all that is going on you can always check out our Calendar, follow us on Facebook, or look for our Meet Up events.

At Rotary International’s annual Assembly in San Diego, California, President-elect K. R. Ravindran urged the gathered District Governors-elect to “Be a Gift to the World.”

Community Service

On Saturday June 27th, the Stanton College Prep Interact Club hosted a blood drive through The Blood Alliance at Town Center.  Thank you to those members that came out to support the Interactors!

Pictured here is Lucas Hildebrand capping off his year as president by donating a pint of blood. Thank you for your service this year and everything you have done for Rotaract!!!

Our next service event will be July 25. More details to follow. 


On Tuesday June 30th from 5:00-7:00pm, ImpactJax, the YP group of the JAX Chamber, is hosting their annual young professionals expo at Aloft in Tapestry Part. This is a chance for people to meet and network with many young professional organizations in Jacksonville. First Coast Rotaract will have a booth at the event. This will be a great opportunity for us to tell people about our club and see people from other similar organizations. Please check out the FB event for more details.  If you would like assist with the booth please contact Joe Jones.  


Members: we hope you have saved the date(s) for July 11th & 12th as we will head to St. Simon’s Island for our annual Hail & Farewell!  This is one of two member only events and we hope you will join.  As we wrap up another Rotaract year, we will celebrate our accomplishments as well as welcome in the new board and say good bye to members who are leaving the club.

We are planning a club-sponsored lunch picnic at the beach for mid-day on Saturday, more details to follow.  If you have not received the event invite, please send an email to let us know.   We have a few rooms booked at the King & Prince. Thank you to those that have paid.  If you still need to pay please see Jen, Patrick or you can pay via the pay pal link on the facebook event page.  

Our Bi-Annual Board Retreat will also occur in July.  This is where the new board plans the upcoming Roatarct year. Incoming board members be on the look out for an email for the time & date.

Rooftop Summer Bash

Our friends with Downtown Rotaract  are celebrating summer while helping out a good cause. Save the date for August 1st and join them for a rooftop party. To attend the event please bring an unused school-age-appropriate backpack to donate. The backpacks collected will then be donated to John E Ford Elementary School. You can find more details on the event Facebook page.


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