Volunteering Jacksonville Presidents Message Archive

Issue 92 September 19

Last week we welcomed our public defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida which serves Duval, Clay & Nassau Counties, Charlie Cofer. Mr. Cofer gave us an update on what the public defender’s office has been going through the past year and a half due to the pandemic. With the courts being closed last […]


Issue 91 September 12

Last week we welcomed SBMC’s very own networking guru and past president, Jepp Walter. Jepp gave us some insight on the “do’s and don’ts” of networking and how you should conduct yourself at unfamiliar networking events. The biggest takeaway is that one should always listen. One great tip was: When you you just meet a […]


Issue 90 September 5

Last week we welcomed Bob Ohrablo from the Jacksonville Icemen, who told us about their plans to promote all levels of hockey in Jacksonville. Join us at our upcoming Member Hangout on September 23 at Seven Bridges at Tinseltown. We also look forward to seeing you this Wednesday when our very own Jepp Walter will […]


Issue 89 August 29

Last week we welcomed Jeff Price via virtual meeting as we learned more about the Jacksonville Port Authority and how it assists in making Jacksonville a global shipping hub. I want to thank everyone who came out to the flag retirement ceremony or provided flags to be retired. It was a great event that the […]


Issue 88 August 22

Last week we welcomed Jim Overton, Duval County Tax Collector. Mr. Overton discussed the fact that Jacksonville, due to consolidation, varies and has a more complex network than other cities and municipalities in Florida. One way to accommodate residents of Duval county is to “drive productivity by using technology”. Mr. Overton talked about the new […]


Issue 87 August 15

Last week we held what I believe to be one of our best programs of the year, our Public Service Awards. It’s always great to recognize the men and women who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. This year it was also very nice to see so many of our members in attendance. I […]


Issue 86 August 8

Last week we welcomed Brett Martineau who spoke to us about his journey to becoming a sportscaster, the current sports landscape in Jacksonville, his views on making downtown Jacksonville a destination, and why local sportscasting works in Jacksonville when so many other cities have gone away from it. He also reminded us all that AM […]


Issue 85 August 1

Last week we welcomed Tom Jones from Manifest Distillery, who spoke to us about some exciting changes in Florida as well as distilleries. This includes allowing distilleries to sell their own spirits on site! He also allowed us to sample some of Manifest’s spirits. If you have not tried them before, I highly recommend it. […]


Issue 84 July 25

Last week we welcomed Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. Dr. Green brought us up to date with the county’s current statistics. Having the 20th largest school district with 127,000 students, Dr. Greene mentioned that the district’s main focus currently is to get the majority of students signed back up for “brick […]


Issue 83 July 18

Last week we welcomed Cord Byrd, who gave us an update on the actions being taken by our Representatives in Tallahassee. If you missed it, you missed out! I would like to ask everyone who reads this message to mark your calendars for August 22, 2021. We will be hosting the first SBMC flag retirement […]


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