Volunteering Jacksonville Presidents Message Archive

Issue 39 September 13

This week we honored our Past Presidents. As each one spoke we were all reminded of the great things they have accomplished, and why our club has survived and prospered over the last 88 years. Thank you to each and every one of our Past Presidents! Walter Smith 2020 President


Issue 38 September 6

We had Penny Kievet for our speaker this week, she is the Executive Director of the City Rescue Mission. She gave a lively talk about the tremendous progress they have made reducing the homeless population of Jacksonville by 50%. She explained in detail how their program is a long term process to reshape the lives […]


Issue 37 August 30

This week we welcomed Charlie Cofer, Public Defender as he spoke to us of the innovations the Criminal Justice System underwent when the Florida Supreme Court suspended all court functions in response to Covid-19. Due to jails being severely over capacity, non-violent misdemeanor inmates were released and video conference capabilities for court proceedings were added. […]


Issue 36 August 23

This week we welcomed Dr. Pauline Rolle, Director of the Duval County Department of Health. Dr. Rolle spoke to us about many Covid-19 related issues they have faced since the pandemic began and the impact it has had on the community and careers. As an advocate of the soon to be released vaccine, Dr. Rolle […]


Issue 36 August 16

This week we hosted a School Board Candidate Forum. Special thanks to candidates from District 3: Robert ‘Bob’ Abene Christopher P. Guerrieri Cindy Pearson …and from District 7: Lori Hershey Matthew M. Schellenberg Many excellent questions were posed with informative answers from each candidate. The Primary School Board Election will be held on August 18, […]


Issue 35 August 9

This week we hosted a Clerk of Courts Forum. Special thanks to candidates Jody Phillips, Scott Wilson, and Jimmy Midyette for their participation! Many excellent questions were posed with informative answers from each candidate about their platforms and goals if they were to be elected. I urge you all to get out and vote! Walter […]


Issue 34 August 2

This week we welcomed Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Dr. Greene spoke to us of the challenges they have faced with Covid-19 related guidelines from the CDC and the new policies and steps they have taken to ensure student and staff safety. DCPS has implemented desk shields, face mask requirements, hybrid […]


Issue 33 July 27

This week we welcomed Trent Morse, President of the 2020 Jacksonville Host Committee as he spoke to us of the upcoming RNC. Mr. Morse pointed out the economic impact this will have on our community, as well as the excellent selling point a successful RNC in our city will be for future conventions and large […]


Issue 32 July 19

This week we welcomed Alan Bliss, President of the Jacksonville Historical Society. Mr. Bliss spoke to us of several buildings the Society has acquired and preserved, and how they are working to launch a Musical History Museum focused on the history of Southern Rock that has originated right here in our city, including Lynyrd Skynyrd! […]


Issue 31 July 13

This week we welcomed Assistant Chief Paul Restivo of the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, during which he answered many great questions regarding the upcoming RNDC, the protests in Jax, and several other topics. As Chief Restivo said, “We have all taken an oath and have a code of ethics that we live by, and will continue […]


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