Week of 9/14/15

The President’s Corner

Thank you to Emily Asay, the Assistant Director for the Career Development Center at Jacksonville University, for being our speaker at our last meeting.    She spoke about “Leadership in Service” how to capitalize on our involvement while participating in community service.

At our last meeting, we also inducted Alex Silverberg, Katie Lanahan and Jordan Hollis.  Congratulations and welcome to our club, we are so excited to have you as members and look forward to your growth as Rotaractors.  They are pictured above with our Vice President/President-Elect Tony Brazell and our Sergeant-at-Arms Sabrina Rochelin.

We still have both our service, social and sport events coming up this month – see the details below & I look forward to seeing you there!

– 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!

Community Service

SEPTEMBER SERVICE EVENT, Sunday, September 27th
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 will be held at Touchdown Terrace in the stadium.  It’s an away game for the Jags. It is a ticketed “tailgate” event.  Our volunteering could begin as early as 11pm and go until 5pm.  There are shifts that range from 2-3 hours with specific tasks of assisting restaurant vendors, being greeters, helping with check-in, facilitating the silent auction and a few more.  At the last meeting, Quang Ly, our Community Service Chair, got a consensus of which shifts we would like to work and who will be volunteering so he can confirm with the CFF be on the look out for shift assignments.   This will be a fun event!  RSVP to our facebook event.

Club Social

Have you been practicing your squats and doing push-ups to prepare for our upcoming social event Rock Climbing?!   If you have awesome, if you have not no worries, this fun event will be sure to provide a great time of bonding with other fellow Rotaractors and of course guests are always welcome! We hope to see you there!

We are going Rock Climbing on Saturday, September 19th  from 2pm – 4:30 pm at:

The Edge Rock Gym

3563 Phillips Hwy, Suite 702, Jacksonville, Florida 32207

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:

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.


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

Alexandra “Alex” Silverberg
New Member

Connect with Alex on
Facebook & LinkedIn 
Alex is one of our newest member to First Coast Rotaract.  She is a Jacksonville native having returned to Jacksonville after receiving her Bachelor degree in Finance from the University of Florida.  Go Gators!  She is currently a Financial Analyst at FIS. While at Florida, she also received a minor in Chinese having spent some study abroad time in China.

Alex is was very involved in leadership and service activities while at university.  She was apart of the Warrington Diplomats, the business school’s student ambassador program, the Florida Leadership Academy and the Florida Business Leadership Society.

Alex can be found dancing, reading, supporting the Gators and watching “Friends” in her free time.  You’ll want to be-friend Alex, her positive energy and smile will bring a lot to our club.  Alex, welcome to our club & we look forward to your journey in Rotaract!

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!

Save the Date
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 in downtown Jacksonville.  More details will follow but you won’t want to miss this special meeting!

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