Week of 8-31-15

The President’s Corner

Thanks to everyone that came out to our Membership Meeting last Thursday & very special thanks to Paul Frase, our guest speaker.   This former NFL player spoke to us about creation and purpose of the Joshua Frase Foundation (an organization that is seeking to find a cure or treatment for myotubular myopathy & to support families whose lives are affected by congenital myopathies) and the importance of networking.   More often than not, we have a speaker whose humble words will resonate and linger with you – this was one of those occasions.
We’re in a non-meeting week, so we’ll see you in two Thursdays on September 13th.  Don’t forget to sign-up for Halloween Doors & More!  Have a good week & a great Labor Day weekend!

– Jen Suharmadji

First Coast Rotaract meets at Hightide Burrtito Co. the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month. 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!
Save the date for Thursday, October 22nd when our membership meeting will be held at Cathedral Arts Project‘s new offices at 207 N. Laura Street.  More details will follow but you won’t want to miss this special meeting!

Mentorship Program with South Jax Rotary

At our last meeting Rotarian Lee Mercier, Rotaract Chair in the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, stated that he would see about kicking off a mentorship program with our club members & theirs.  We’ve been down this path before, but maybe this time it will lead somewhere.

To see engage interest, please fill out the google form and I will forward it to Lee.  Thanks!

Community Service


We volunteer at this event every year as our October Service event. You must sign up for it NOW in order to participate.  Volunteer shifts will close. The event is Saturday, October 17th.  It’s at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Downtown.  When you fill out the volunteer form say that you are with First Coast Rotaract.  Also, RSVP to our facebook event so we know you’re going to be there.

For our next service event, we will be volunteering at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kickoff for a Cure event on Sunday, September 27th.  It is a ticketed tailgate event and will begin at noon onwards.  We will be assisting vendors, greeting attendees, being wayfinders. This will be a fun event.  RSVP to our facebook event.


Our next social event is Saturday, September 19th when we will go rock climbing!  Here is the facebook event for it. Please RSVP if you are going so we can get a head count. The cost is $12.  You will need to sign a waiver one week before the event.


Event Logo
Our first sports event for the year is Purples Strides, an event hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  It is on Saturday, September 26th Here is the facebook event for it.  This was our service event last year when we raised support to find a cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Click here to sign up for the event.

Member Spotlight

Krystal Martz,
Professional Development Chair

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Krystal has long been involved with Rotary International having joined First Coast Rotaract after being apart of UNF’s Rotaract. She graduated from UNF with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Child Psychology) and a Minor in Gender Studies.  She is currently the Director of Administration & Programs at the World Affairs Council (& no she cannot get you tickets to their sold out lectures).

She spends her days doing research, development, & implementation of speaker programs, event planning & execution.  Ask her where she wants to go to grad school because her current goal of the year is to apply to graduate programs.  She likes to watch movies, attend trivia and game nights, read, and explore new places.  Some hobbies include photography, crafting, and collecting magnets or decks of cards from places she’s traveled.

Her favorite memory Rotaract was volunteering with HabiJax. “We managed to get all the siding done despite unclear directions and redoing whole sections.  It was a feat!  But we had great teamwork and finished in time to help the other group working on the other side of the house.”  She’s also known in the club as “Little Sister” a nickname given by fellow Rotaractors.

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