Volunteering Jacksonville Presidents Message Archive

Issue 49 November 22

This week Roger Morenc from Marlin & Barrel Distillery spoke to us about how he made the transition from a long-time corporate role to owner of a local distillery. His path was truly unique and it was very interesting to hear why he made the decision, how he learned his new craft, and how Marlin […]


Issue 48 November 15

Last week we cancelled our regular weekly meeting and encouraged our veteran members to participate. We had a great turnout and I was honored to be in the presence of so many brave men and women. On Veterans Day and every day, we should all feel a sense of gratitude for those who have served […]


Issue 47 November 8

Last week we honored the men and women who risk their lives defending and protecting us each and every day. It is a long time tradition at Southside Business Men’s club to do this. It was inspirational to hear the stories of the exploits of this year’s winners. Thank you to each and every one […]


Issue 46 November 1

We welcomed Steve Kelly the Director of Downtown Investment and Development this week. He spoke to us about the many great things that are happening in downtown and the many this that are in progress. Jacksonville is among the top 20 cities in desire from corporations. We have had a 50% increase in residential occupancy […]


Issue 45 October 25

This week we had the pleasure of enjoying a wine tasting party hosted by Jeanne Maron of the Gifted Cork in St. Augustine. We also received quite an education on wine from around the world via a trivia contest. A wonderful time was had by all! Walter Smith 2020 President


Issue 44 October 18

We were privileged to have Duval County Appraiser Jerry Holland as our Guest Speaker this week. He gave a very informative explanation of the amendments on our ballot in November. He did just a great job explaining how each one was filed and how it will impact each of us. He answered numerous questions. He […]


Issue 43 October 11

Last week we unfortunately had to cancel our meeting due to San Jose Country Club’s closing in order to perform a deep clean following a staff member testing positive to Covid-19. This week we are back in action for our regularly scheduled luncheon. I look forward to seeing you there! Walter Smith 2020 President


Issue 42 October 5

Last week we welcomed Bill Brim of Lutheran Social Services as he spoke about all the great work this organization does for our community. This non-profit ensures safety for children and encourages strong families through various programs and services state-wide. Brandon Stanko 2020 1st Vice President


Issue 41 September 27

Last week we had Rebecca Harvin in to talk to us about some of the issues with the Foster Child system, and the problems many foster children go through. Her organization Haven Retreats provides many incredible services to these people. Her stories shocked and amazed many of us, and touched our hearts. Thank God she […]


Issue 40 September 20

This week we welcomed Kristin Keen from ReThreaded to our meeting. Ms. Keen informed us that Jacksonville is a large market for human trafficking and that trafficking does not always mean what most people think of. Additionally, Ms. Keen explained how ReThreaded is able to help the people they save from trafficking by giving them the opportunity to finally […]


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