May 23, 2016 - 20th Meninak Awards $25,000 in Scholarships
Meninak awarded five $5,000 scholarships to high school seniors. The recipients must have participated in the Youth Leadership Jacksonville program and use the grants to attend an accredited college. Meninak has granted 100 scholarships totaling $500,000 since 1997. L-R: Scholarship Chair Claude Moulton, Eleanor Marshall of Keystone Heights, Ravi Patel of Stanton, Catherine Maige of Bishop Kenny, Robert Williams of Orange Park, Meklit Daniel of Stanton, and President Kris Robinson.L-R: Scholarship Chair Will Wheeler, Brandon Canaday - University of Florida, Camila Rodriguez-Rojas - University of Miami, Grace Shepherd - Georgetown University, Aleksandra Skrypko - Florida State University, Harold Geddies - Florida State University, Meninak President Karen Mathis.
September 28, 2015 - Meninak presents $30,000 Charity Project Award
The Meninak Club presented its 2015 Charity Grant award to Community Connections. The grant is awarded annually to a youth-serving nonprofit to apply towards a capital improvement. This year's $30,000 will provide funds to renovate two kitches at the Davis Center that houses homeless women and children. Community Connections CEO Lelia Duncan accepted the award from Meninak President Karen Mathis and Chairty Project Chair Diana Fanning.
July 30, 2016 - 83rd Meninak Lifeguard Ocean Marathon Swim
Swimming in the ocean for 3.5 miles is daunting for most but for Jacksonville Beach lifeguards, its part of the fun. 29 members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps competed in the 83rd Meninak Swim from Ponte Vedra Beach to Jacksonville Beach. The race is only open to lifeguards from the corps, including alumni. For the second time in it's 83 year history, a woman won the swim. Autumn Utech came in first at 1:28:07, Eli Phillips finished second at 1:29:56, and Cleve Cooney was third at 1:37:12.
June 13, 2013 - Meninak receives two awards at Junior Achievement Hall of Fame event
Each year Junior Achievement of North Florida's Hall of Fame event recognizes the outstanding companies, individuals, and organizations that support JA. On June 13, 2013, Meninak was recognized as one of the top three Junior Achievement volunteer organizations during the 2012/2013 school year. First place went to Florida Blue for teaching over 1000 students; Second place to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Third place went to Meninak for teaching 300 students during the school year.This is an impressive Meninak accomplishment, particularly considering the size of our organization relative to the other award recipients. More than 25 Meninaks have been JA volunteers. Over 100 companies and organizations provide volunteers for JA and the top three organizations account for nearly a third of all volunteers.An additional award, the Richard Maxwell Award, is given to a company, organization, or individual who has gone above and beyond to reach out to serve JA students who would otherwise not be exposed to JA's programs. This award is not given every year. We are proud to say that one of our own Meninaks, Kerry Varkonda, received the 2013 Richard Maxwell Award for organizing members of the Meninak Club of Jacksonville to volunteer in the classroom.These two awards reflect the heart for service that is central to the people of Meninak – We provide help where none is available.