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Monday - October 27, 2014

Real Top Gun Pilot Always Goes by the Book
As a hot-shot Navy pilot in the hit movie, ''Top Gun,'' Tom Cruise earned his ''Maverick'' nickname with some unorthodox and unauthorized flying.  But much of the actual flying for the film was done by a real naval aviator who answers to the less-heroic call sign of ''Bozo'' and who never wavered from carefully choreographed flight plans.  ''Ad-libbing is where you start to get in trouble,'' said Lt. Cmdr. Lloyd ''Bozo'' Abel. ''Without anybody telling us, we knew the first crunch of an airplane would bring a lot of havoc.''  The most difficult maneuver, Abel said, was a roll he did immediately after taking off from the aircraft carrier. The problem was keeping a rearward- facing camera attached to the jet aimed at the carrier.  Abel's favorite maneuver, just like the fictional ''Maverick,'' was buzzing the control tower.  He took Cruise up in the jet for a firsthand look at what his character does, and later Abel went to the premiere.

 MG 0736July 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.  

2014ScholarshipsMay 19, 2014 - 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 90 scholarships totaling $450,000 since 1997. L-R: Malcolm McGee - University of Florida; Alexis Scardasis - University of Central Florida; Andri Kokoshi - Duke; Savannah Goodman - Duke; Alexis Brown - University of Florida (her mother Adrienne Brown accepted her award). 



cp5September 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. 

KerryJune 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.

golf2014awardOctober 7, 2014 - Team Meninak Wins Charity Golf Tournament
Captain Buzz Tyre proudly accepted the trophy when Team Meninak beat Rotary at the 50th Charity Golf Tournament with a score of 14 to 4. Kris Robinson won Closest to the Hole #8, Jason Campbell won Closest to the Hole #13 and Nick Napoleon won Closest to the Hole #16.  Harriet Jones McDonald wont Better Ball of the Partners Tournament.  A special thank you to all of our golfers and their guest partners.



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

  • 27 Oct 2014
    01:15 pm to 01:15 pm