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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.
May 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).
September 16, 2013 - Charity Project - $30,000 award to St. Gerard Campus
On September 16 at the meeting with U. S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw, the Meninak Club presented its 2013 Charity Grant award to St. Gerard Campus. The grant is awarded annually to a youth-serving nonprofit to apply towards a capital improvement. This year's $30,000 will provide funds for the construction of the Science Laboratory Classroom. L-R: Meninak President - Larry Cobb, St. Gerard Founder Caroline Wolff, Cong. Crenshaw, St. Gerard Grant Administrator Maria Gleason, and Meninak Charity Project Chair - Claude Moulton.
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.
October 1, 2012 - Team Meninak Wins Charity Golf Tournament
Captain Buzz Tyre proudly accepted the trophy when Team Meninak beat Rotary at the 47th Charity Golf Tournament with a score of 22.5 to 13.5. Brian Stokes won closest to the pin on #13 and Nick Napoleon won closest to the pin on #8. A special thank you to Team Meninak members: John Anderson and Pat Williams, Bunky Johnson and Ray Prevatt, Bill McCamy and Bill Monroe, Hugh Magevney, Kris Robinson and James Ollis, Brian Stokes and Bill Nipper, Kerry Varkonda and George Erickson, Gil Wright and Keith Kinssella, Buzz Tyre and Rick Collins, George Good and Peter Eyrick, Dr. Faris Monsour and Frank Pixler, Nick Napoleon and Jerry Woods, Larry Cobb and Tony Marinatos.