Week of 2-1-16

The President’s Corner

February 1, 2016

Happy February! We had a great meeting last Thursday!  Many thanks to Dr. Robin Rose, CEO of Girls, Inc. who spoke about Emotional Intelligence in the work place.  Also, thanks to two visiting Rotarians from West Jacksonville that gave a Rotary Minute on the District 6970 Alumni Association and their upcoming fundraiser.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for the Alumni Association please email us at jaxrotarct@gmail.com and we’ll pass your information along.

This past Saturday we had our social event at Velocity Air. After an hour or jumping, we enjoyed dinner and fellowship together.  Thanks to everyone that came it – it was a good time had by all!


In case you missed the meeting last Thursday, we are very lucky to have a very full calendar of events planned for the next two months aside from our monthly meetings.  Here are some dates with more info below:

Sunday, February 7th 12:30pm – Service event at Arlington Community Gardens

Tuesday, February 9th 5:30pm – Sports Viewing Event – Curling

Thursday, February 18th 6pm – South Jax Rotary Oratory Contest at UNF

Saturday, February 27th TimeL TBD – Fireside Chats for new members

Wednesday, March 2nd 5:30pm – Service/Social Combo at Cathedral Arts Project

Sunday, March 6th 12:30 pm – Cathedral Arts Project’s Visual Arts Showcase
There is more information below about each of these events!
Have a great week!
– Jen Suharmadji

Community Service

Get on your Gardening Gloves!
On Sunday, February 7th from 12:30pm to 2:30 pm, we will be volunteering with the Arlington Community Garden.
Arlington Community Garden was created at Tree Hill Nature Center in Jacksonville, Florida in August of 2010 with funds from the “Champion Zone Project”. The purpose of the project was to improve the resiliency of the Arlington area. They do this by growing fresh, organic produce for the food pantry at Arlington Community Services and by working with Tree Hill to educate visitors and students about sound environmental practices and the importance of healthy eating.

The event time is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. We will be doing some harvesting, weeding, and perhaps planting and watering. Gloves and tools will be provided. There are restrooms and a water foundation on site.

RSVP to the facebook page!  You have plenty of time on Sunday to volunteer before your Super Bowl Parties!

Sport Event

Tuesday, February 9th 

Even though we live in Florida, we too can experience a great winter Olympic sport: Curling!

No, we’re not playing the sport – but we’ll be viewing it.  The US National Championships for Curling are being held in Jacksonville at the Veteran Memorial Arena.  We will see a small talk, get to participate in a demonstration and then watch the matches.
This event is being hosted by ImpactJax and we can go as a group to the event.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Oratory Contest

This is the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville’s annual scholarship contest awarded to a local Jacksonville high school student.

When: Thursday, February 18th 6pm-7pm Dinner, 7pm Contests begins
Where: UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32224

The event starts at 6pm with a buffet dinner.  It is free to Rotaractors and their spouse or guest.  We will need to give a head count to South Jax so we will to know your RSVP.  They will also need a few volunteers for the check-in, greeting and way-finding for attendees if you would like to help out.

This is a great event and also a good opportunity to be with the Rotarians and Satellite Club.

Club Social

Save the date for Monday, February 22nd – Trivia
Test your knowledge at Trivia with the group at the Mellow Mushroom in TInsletown.  Trivia starts at 7:00pm!
More details are on the facebook page.

Fireside Chats

If you have joined the club within the last six months, you are invited to a Fireside Chat.  This is a small group (two-to-three board members/members and two-to-three new members) for dinner and discussion about Rotaract along with some background information to the club and Rotary International.  It’s also a great time to get to know another member in a more private setting.
The first one has been scheduled for Saturday, February 27th our Vice-President, Tony Brazell, is coordinating these events.  Please RSVP to him. If you cannot attend there will be another one scheduled.

Special Event

Last year at our signature event, the Black Tie & Blue Jean Gala, we raised $12,000 for the Cathedral Art Project’s Visual Arts Program for their students (approx. 225) to receive take home art back packs.
On Wednesday, March 2nd we will be stuffing the backpacks with art supplies at CAP’s offices.  Show up anytime after 5pm and get ready to stuff!  This is also a first Wednesday so it’s also Art Walk.  After we’re done, we will enjoy art walk as a club!
CAP is located at
207 Laura Street, Suite 300

Please RSVP to the facebook page.

On Sunday, March 6th we will hand out these backpacks to the Visual Arts students at CAP’s Visual Arts Showcase at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Other Events

Last summer one of our speakers was Ms. Marie Volger where she talked about the creation and implementation of the event she started in memory of her co-worker and athletic training partner.  The event is the Mt. Acosta Classic and will be held on Sunday, April 2nd.  If you are inclinded to participate more information can be found here.
The Rotary Clubs of West Jacksonville & San Marco are holding their annual fundraiser Dirty Martinis for Clean Water on Friday, April 8th at the Haskell building in the evening.  The young professional (under 35) ticket is $35. Stay tuned for more details!
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