ADMIRAL MARK FITZGERALD
Middle East in Flames
Mark Fitzgerald is a retired United States Navy admiral who just returned from a trip to Israel. He is the former Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe – Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. He previously served as Director, Navy Staff from December 2006 to November 2007 and Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet from 2004 until December 2006. He assumed the duties of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples on November 30, 2007 and assumed the additional duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa on March 26, 2009.
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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.
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).
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.