Week of 9/28/15

The President’s Corner

Happy Monday!  We had a fun-filled Rotaract weekend.  Our weekend began early on Thursday with out membership meeting.  Many thanks to Mr. Tom Peterson,  Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Sales Management Operations at Black Knight Financial Services, for being our guest speaker.  He spoke to us about the advantages of having a mentor, tips for a good resume and interviews, and creating a multi-level goal plan for your career.

Also, at Tony mentioned during his introduction, Black Knight Financial Services, was also the Title Sponsor to our signature project our Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala.  Many thanks to BKFS for their continued support. We held our last gala last May.  On October 22nd, for our membership meeting, we will hold our meeting at Cathedral Arts Project, our chosen beneficiary to that gala. Their office is downtown at 207 N. Laura Street.

On Saturday, we participated in Purple Strides the 5K to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Thanks to everyone that came out & Andrew Smith for organizing the event.  Also, we beat our fundraising goal!

On Sunday, we had our monthly service event. We assisted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with their event Tailgate: Kick-off for a Cure.  It was a fun time of service and fellowship.

Have a great week!

– 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


We volunteer at this event every year as our October Service event. You must sign up for it NOW in order to participate.  As of now, volunteer shifts are still open. The event is Saturday, October 17th.  It’s at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, Downtown and benefits Community Hospices Peds Care.  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.

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!  Food will be potluck style – be on the look out for a sign up. There is also a facebook event for it so be sure to RSVP!


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 as well – guests are welcome to take the survey too – so be on the look out & please fill it out!

Member Spotlight

Mario Baugh

Connect with Mario on
Facebook & LinkedIn 
Mario is one of our long time members of First Coast.  He has served as Sergeant-at-Arms, Public Relations Chair and is currently an At-Large board member.  He is also the creator of the Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala logo for our signature project.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from the University of North Florida.   He is currently a creative coordinator at Colliers International.  He creates marketing material such as brochures, presentations and other branded material. .

His dream career would be one where he is still a graphic designer but one that would allow him to travel the world & meet new people.  When Mario isn’t being gregarious he can be found drawing or playing video games.   I’m sure you’ve already met Mario due to his friendly nature, but if you haven’t be sure to say hi!

Mario’s favorite Rotaract memory is his first Hail & Farewell in which the year has been withheld.  He was new to the club and it was a great time getting to know and bond with so many people over the course of the day.  Also, If you need a First Coast Rotaract more-recent history lesson, see Mario.  Mario is also the Scot Amos Rotaractor of the Year for 2013.

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!

Thursday, October 8th        Membership Meeting
Friday, October 16th           Club Social: Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 17th       Service:  Halloween Doors & More
Thursday, October 22nd      Membership Meeting


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