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MEETING MONDAY - June 26, 2017

fullsizeoutput 1070"The Least Worst Place"
CAPT. BOB BUEHN, USN (Ret.)
Guantanamo Bay

"The Least Worst Place" is the story of US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay and the first 100 days of the detention mission there following 9/11 and the arrival of captured Taliban fighters. The sleepy Caribbean outpost was transformed almost overnight to a focal point in the War on Terror, with daily live reports on CNN. Capt. Bob Buehn was the commanding officer for this historic transformation in 2001-02.

A career Naval Aviator, Bob Buehn served more than 30 years, retiring in 2008. Bob now serves as Director of the University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center. He is an adjunct professor for the US Naval War College, teaching a graduate seminar in National Security Affairs. He is also a partner in Veterans United Craft Brewery, home of the Meninak Mug Club.

 
fullsizeoutput ec0May 22, 2017 - 21st 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 105 scholarships totaling $525,000 since 1997. L-R: Scholarship Chair Melanie Messer, Ryan Udell of Ponte Vedra High attending Rice University Major Mechanical Engineering,  Natalie Starr of Ridgeview High attending University of Florida Major Mechanical Engineering, Kush Desai of Atlantic Coast attending University of Florida Major Engineering/Psychology, Rachel Blaydes of Bishop Kenny attending University of Florida Major Chemical Engineering, Isaac Ricks of Terry Parker attending University of Florida Major Civil/Mechanical Engineering, President Diana Fanning.

golf 2016 winner


October 4, 2016 - 52nd Meninak/Rotary Charity Golf Tournament
The sun was shining down on the 52nd Charity Golf Tournament as Golf Chair Buzz Tyre led our team to another win against Rotary. With a score of Meninak 12.5 and Rotary 8.5, Team Meninak braved the wind and a 100% chance of rain finishing a winner.  A very special thank you to: Larry Cobb and Nick Napoleon, Tony Marinatos and Keith Kinsella, Bunky Johnson and Gregg Deiboldt, Kerry Varkonda and George Erickson, Brian Stokes and Bill Nipper, Dan Wolff, Buzz Tyre and Rick Collins, Jonathan Shields and Bill Briggs, Gil Wright and John O'Neill. 


 

CP 2016

September 26, 2016 - Meninak presents $30,000 Charity Project Award
The Meninak Club presented its 2016 Charity Grant award to Florida Baptist Children's Homes 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 replace the freezer and generator systems.  Charity Project Chair Patrick Heatherington and President Kris Robinson presented the check to Adrienne Boyette and Jeff Fletcher. 


 

swim winners

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.

 

 

 

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

  • 26 Jun 2017
    12:15 pm to 01:00 pm