May 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.
September 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.
July 26, 2014 - 81st 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 81st Meninak Swim from Ponte Vedra Beach to Jacksonville Beach. The race is only open to lifeguards from the corps, including alumni. Geordie Ploetz came in first at 1:25:55, Cleve Cooney finished second at 1:26:31, and Bill Horn was third at 1:35:32. "The conditions this year were good ocean marathon conditions," said Cooney, who holds the record of 10 wins.
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.