Accomplished Events and Projects:
May 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.
July 29, 2017 -84th 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. Forty-one of the American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps competed in the 84th Meninak Swim from Ponte Vedra Beach to Jacksonville Beach. The race is only open to lifeguards from the corps, including alumni. L-R: President Diana Fanning, 2nd Place Cleve Cooney 1:18:18, 1st Place Eli Phillips 1:15:53, 3rd Place Bill Horn 1:24:00. President Fanning presented trophies to every swimmer that completed the marathon.
October 3,2017 - 53rd Meninak/Rotary Charity Golf Tournament
Team Meninak will be donating $1,000 to Rotary who will in turn donate it to Hurricane Relief. We lost by one point! And to all of the players who are blaming themselves for that one missed shot - let it go - start practicing - we will get them next year!A very special thank you to Kerry Varkonda, Nick Napoleon, Larry Cobb, Patrick Heatherington, Tom Calhoun, Ron Moody, George Good, Gil Wright, Bunky Johnson, Buzz Tyre, Dan Wolf, Steve Pesek, Mike Magoon and all of their guest ringers.
October 16, 2017 - Meninak presents $40,000 Grant Award to Hope at Hand
The Meninak Club presented its 2017 Charity Grant award to Hope at Hand. The grant is awarded annually to a youth-serving nonprofit to apply towards a capital improvement. This year's $40,000 will provide funds to bring the facility up to ADA compliance code increasing the number of youth served. The recipient provides art and poetry therapy to at-risk youth. Services are provided for Girl Scouts, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Family Support Services and Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Hope Haven Children's Clinic, Gateway/Steps to Recovery and the Jacksonville Down Syndrome Association. Project Chair Jim Dobson and President Diana Fanning presented the check to Hope at Hand's Executive Director Steffani Fletcher.
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.