Week of 10/04/15

Ah, fall is in the air!  The humidity has subsided and the fall and holiday season is on the horizon.  To kick off our October meetings, our first speaker this month will be Dr.Wayne Wood.  Jacksonville Magazine named him one of the “50 Most Influential People in Northeast Florida” and Folio Weekly named him called him “The Most Interesting Man in Jacksonville.”  He is currently the President of the Friends of Hemming Park.

As a service organization, sometimes we can think of service as showing up to an event and helping out with our time and labor.   To expand upon that idea of service, volunteerism can also be seeing a void or a need the community and finding a way to fulfill it.  Dr. Wood will be sharing with us the beginning efforts behind some of the downtown organizations that we may take for granted today such as RAM – Riverside Arts Market & RAM Riverside Avondale Preservation.  Also, check out this Folio Weekly article about him.  This meeting will be at our usual meeting place at High Tide Burrito.

In keeping with the theme of Downtown Jacksonville for this month, we will be meeting at  for our second meeting of the month (on October 24th) at Cathedral Arts Project in downtown.  They were the beneficiaries to our Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala from last May.

See you Thursday!

– 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

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!

Member Spotlight

Patrick Horvath

Patrick is currently our treasurer of Rotaract; he most recently also served as our sports chair last year.  He hails from Cincinnati, OH and is a transplant to Jacksonville.  He attended Miami University in Ohio where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance.  He currently works as a Risk Analyst at Black Knight Financial Services.   He spends his days collecting and assessing information regarding risks that affect BKFS – he then works to evaluate and remediate those risks.

If he wasn’t analyzing risks he’d spend his time sailing around the world, spear fishing and lobster fishing.  He also likes to fly-fish and hand-fish and go angling, netting and trapping.  Basically, if it swims, he wants to catch it & eat it.  If he found a first mate, he’d sail from here to the Philippines; hmmm sounds risky – he may want to analyze the risks involved first.   If interested please contact Captain Ahab, his nickname, but not through facebook or linkedin because he has neither.

One of Patrick’s favorite Rotaract memories was the drive to Savannah when we used to go to Savannah for a weekend as part of our International Service Project where we packed medical supplies to be shipped overseas.


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

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Jacksonville’s finest young professionals striving to enhance our community through the common bonds of service, friendship and professional development.

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