Week of 09/21/15

The President’s Corner

Hello!   We are in a Rotaract meeting week & I hope to see all of you at our next meeting this coming Thursday, September 24th!  Our speaker will be Tom Peterson.  He is the Chief of Staff and SeniorVice President of Sales Management Operations for Black Knight Financial Services.


He’ll be sharing with us his career and words of wisdom in cultivating our careers.  We are looking forward to having him as our speaker & we hope to see you there on Thursday!

This weekend we also had our monthly social event.  We had a great time of camaraderie & climbing!  Just out the facebook page for more photos of the event.  Thanks to Tatty Chavez, our Social Chair, for organizing the event!

– 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, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Kickoff for a Cure Sunday, September 27th
You should have received confirmation if you are signed up to volunteer from Quang.  If you have not and are still interested in volunteering, please,

RSVP to our facebook event and contact Quang.

Shifts are approximately between 10am and 2pm.  You will receive confirmation at the Thursday meeting & via email of your shift time.  It looks to be fun volunteering event & we hope to see you there!  More details about the event are below:

It will be held at Touchdown Terrace in the stadium.  It’s an away game for the Jags. It is a ticketed “tailgate” event.  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.


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.


David Deviese, our sports chair, has also set up a survey to poll our members & guests if we are interested in participating in a sports league.  You are welcome to take the survey.

Members you will also be receiving this survey via email – so be on the look out & please fill it out!

Club Social

Our next club social event will be our annual Halloween party.  Halloween will come early this year – so save the date for Friday, October 16th – it’s the night before Halloween Doors & More so it’ll be sure to get you in the Halloween spirit!  More details to follow.


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.


Member Spotlight

Katie Lanahan
New Member

Connect with Katie on
Facebook & LinkedIn 
Katie is one of our newest member to First Coast Rotaract.  She is a Jacksonville native having returned to Jacksonville after spending some time post-college in Tennessee and other more exotic parts of the world.  She received her Bachelor degree in Linguistics with Minors in Written, Oral & Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Go Gators!  She is currently a Sales & Marketing Director at Gotham City FX.

If you haven’t met Katie, say hello to her.  You can even say hello to her in Korean and Arabic.  She likes to travel and spent some time living and working in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

When Katie’s not learning a foreign language, she can be found on or in the water as she likes to go boating, fishing and swimming.

Katie comes from a line of Rotary having attended RYLA and her father is a Rotarian.  Welcome to First Coast Rotaract, Katie.  We are happy to have you & look forward to your growth as a Rotaractor!

Mentorship Program with South Jax Rotary

As Rotaractors, we have the privilege of having a Rotary club as a sponsors and specifically South Jax Rotary as our sponsoring Rotary club.   We have the opportunity to kick-off a mentoring program with the Rotarians of South Jax.

Rotarian Lee Mercier, Rotaract Chair in the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville, is in need of those that are interested and their contact info.

Please fill out the google form so we can send it to Lee.  Also, be on the look out for the form.

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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