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MONDAY - August 31, 2015

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Chief of Investigations Tom Hackney
Senior Public Affairs Executive Lauri-Ellen Smith

Don't miss the opportunity Monday to meet some of the biggest names in and behind the current headlines.

jso chief tom hackneyJacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief Tom Hackney has been a police officer with JSO for 23 years and has risen through the ranks from patrol officer to detective, sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, assistant chief, chief, Director of Personnel and Professional Standards and most recently Chief of the Investigations Division. Tom is a 40-year resident of Jacksonville and is proud to call our city home.

Chief Hackney has become a familiar face to local TV news viewers and newspaper readers as a result of heavy media coverage of recent criminal investigations in our area.

 

jso lauri ellen smithLauri-Ellen Smith has been at JSO for more than 11 years, currently serving as Senior Public Affairs and Public Relations Executive. Her responsibilities include public communications strategies for the organization and managing the public information unit.

Lauri-Ellen is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and previously worked as Director of Marketing and Communications for Brooks Rehabilitation and as an Adjunct Professor in Public Relations at UNF. She has been actively involved for more than 31 years with the Public Relations Society of America where she is active with the Public Affairs and Government Section, advocating accreditation for all PR professionals and instructing others nationwide.

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2015 Meninak Scholarship WinnersMay 18, 2015 - 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 95 scholarships totaling $475,000 since 1997. 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.  


charityproject2014September 29, 2014 - Meninak presents $30,000 Charity Project Award
On September 29, the Meninak Club presented its 2014 Charity Grant award to the Clara White Mission. 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 develop a training center in conjunction with White Harvest Farms. White Harvest Farms is designed to generate large-scale crop production, and direct distribution channels among growers, vendors, and consumers. The project will support and expand the efforts of local producers and vendors through an onsite food market, thus improving access to healthy foods for residents. White Harvest Farms will provide educational training in the farming industry to youth and adult residents of the community.

swim 3July 25, 2015 - 82nd 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. 32 members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps competed in the 82nd Meninak Swim from Ponte Vedra Beach to Jacksonville Beach. The race is only open to lifeguards from the corps, including alumni. For the first time in it's 82 year history, a woman won the swim.  Autumn Utech came in first at 1:18:55, Cleve Cooney finished second at 1:21:15, and Bill Horn was third at 1:23:57.

  

Kerry

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.

 

Since 1919, the Meninak Club of Jacksonville has carved a unique role for itself in our community. Attracting top business, professional, military and civic leaders to its ranks, Meninak has long been a catalyst for strengthening bonds among influential people and for helping shape the future of the Jacksonville community.
    We choose to dedicate ourselves to the betterment of Northeast Florida, lending help where none is available, especially when enhancing the lives of children. Join us

Calendar of Events

  • 7 Sep 2015
    08:00 am to 05:00 pm

  • 14 Sep 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 14 Sep 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 21 Sep 2015
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm

  • 28 Sep 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 5 Oct 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 12 Oct 2015
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm

  • 19 Oct 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 19 Oct 2015
    01:15 pm to 02:30 pm

  • 26 Oct 2015
    12:15 pm to 01:15 pm

  • 26 Oct 2015
    01:15 pm to 02:30 pm

  • 2 Nov 2015
    12:00 am to 11:59 pm

7 Sep - 14 Sep
14 Sep - 21 Sep
28 Sep - 5 Oct
12 Oct - 19 Oct
19 Oct - 26 Oct
26 Oct - 2 Nov