Fashion is Art and Art is Photography

In conjunction with the second Saturday Artragious Artwork, long sponsored by the Island Art Association, Bijoux Amelia, (a boutique offering fun, funky and affordable ladies accessories), located at 317A Centre Street, will be hosting its own reception – a “Meet and Greet” with local photographer Ann Kemp. Read more

TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit tedxfscj.com.

September 2016 Writers by the Sea

The September “Writers by the Sea” Amelia Island meeting will be held on September 15, 2016, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 6:00 p.m.

Tell and Sell Your Story
Michael Regina, illustrator and editor, will provide an artist’s approach to: How Art and Illustration Tell and Sell Your Story. Michael Regina is an award winning film editor, painter and illustrator, largely known for his portraits and comics work: The latter have grown in popularity since his online graphic novel, From Death ’til Now, was released. Aside from developing his own projects, Michael has served as an assistant on the last two volumes of Scholastic’s popular series, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. Michael received a BFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Florida and studied under several painting masters; including portrait artist Kyle Keith. Michael’s comics work is represented by Fine Print Literary Management – www.michaeleregina.com

The event is Free-of-charge to all writers.

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library Fundraiser

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library FundraiserYou’ll giggle, laugh and maybe even cry when six area storytellers compete for the coveted title of Island Tales Story Champion on September 30 at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach.

This year’s theme ‘I Was So Embarrassed!” promises to be a rousing, hilarious storytelling event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations first, then sit back and be regaled by some of the area’s finest storytellers.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with island-themed delights sponsored by Lulu’s Restaurant and a cash bar. The storytellers take the stage at 7:00 pm to entertain you and earn your cash votes.

The stakes are high as audience members will vote with cash for their favorite storyteller. Tickets for votes will be on sale during the event with proceeds helping fund the Friends of the Library Capital Campaign for the newly renovated Fernandina Beach Library.

Competing for champion bragging rights are: Doris Davis, a beach lover, actress and director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church; Geoffrey King, a Scottish lad who found his calling on the theatrical stage; Frank O’Donnell, a champion for clean air laws who has appeared as a “talking head” on every major television network; Marsha Dean Phelts, a former librarian for the Duval County Public School system and Florida Genealogy Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library system; Thea Seagraves, a former mime and current Education Director at the Amelia Island Museum of History; and Doug McDowell serving as Master of Ceremonies, an accomplished amateur actor, struggling playwright, and all-around supporter of the arts.

“We’re delighted to have such great participation and impressive talent for our third year’s event,” says Dee Torre, FOL President and Capital Campaign chair. “Stories and libraries are such a natural fit.”

Advance tickets for the reception and storytelling slam are $50 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Tickets are available for sale at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street, or online at www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Re-Branded Taste of Amelia Island Tickets Now On Sale

Press release – Nassau County Volunteer Center announces a re-branded Taste of Amelia Island, to be hosted by Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Amelia Ballroom. Tickets are now available for the 25th Anniversary event – Giving Back; Looking Forward – A Silver Celebration of Service, both online at www.volunteernassau.org, and at select ticket locations throughout the island.

This year’s Taste sees the return of many prominent chefs on Amelia Island, including The Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef, Andrew Yeo. To help bolster promotions, the Taste’s Media partner, Edible Northeast Florida Magazine, will be producing a series of podcast episodes, syndicated nationally on Edible Radio, featuring Amelia Island’s unique culinary talent. Each interview will be available on iTunes in the weeks and months leading up to the event.

Additionally, this year the event will include a professionally designed and decorated venue compliments of Robyn Branch Design, as well as event signage and marketing collateral designed and produced by professional graphic artist, Christina King.

“We felt it was important to honor the 25th year of this event with a fresh, elegant approach from the branding of tickets, signage and other media pieces to a completely new approach to our silent auction and cocktail hour”, says Executive Director, Lori Hoerl. “This year, we are excited to have history and nature exhibits and select silent auction items that mirror the food of the event in being a flavor of all there is to do, see and experience on Amelia Island. It is our hope that this year’s silver anniversary will draw in new visitors from the greater Jacksonville area, parts of southeast Georgia and beyond.”

This year’s Taste of Amelia Island will include a selection of wines from San Sebastian Winery, the Sheffield Family, and Prestige Wine Imports, as well as the first “Best Dish of the Taste” contest voted on by attendees and announced that evening, with the winning Chef receiving an engraved gift.

The event will also feature a variety of music including acoustical guitar for the cocktail hour in the silent auction lobby area, and the very popular Decades Band in the main ballroom, provided through Resort Talent. Silent auction donations will reflect the history, nature, and overall flavor of the island and surrounding area, including, among others:
• One Hour Private Charter Aboard Amelia River Cruises
• Two Hour Private Sailing Charter Compliments of Windward Sailing School
• Guided Kayak Eco-Tour for Two from Kayak Amelia
• Stand Up Paddleboard Introduction Class For Two from Kayak Amelia
• Private Wine Class for 20 from Total Wine & More
• History Package With Hotel Stay
• Variety of Other Accommodations / Get-Away’s
• Local Island Jewelry
• A Variety of Spa Experiences
• Additional Gift Basket to Dine Around Town From Local Favorites

Executive Director, Lori Hoerl, says “I have a strong belief that with a well-executed event this year, this event could become part of a weekend-long festival similar to other larger Tastes around the country and bring new and returning tourists to Amelia Island at a time of year when our businesses, restaurants and otherwise, could benefit from the revenue.”

Nassau County Volunteer Center thanks Launch Printing and Promotions for their donation of printing for tickets, posters and restaurant voting piece, Janet Michea for website marketing and graphic design support, and Island Flowers and Garden for providing the voting containers. Special thanks to Eric Webb and Fast Signs for sponsoring event signage and donating to our silent auction as well.

Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Landscape

Master gardener volunteer, Bea Walker, will conduct a presentation on how to create a wildlife habitat in your landscape.

-Learn how to attract butterflies and birds and other desirable wildlife to your gardens.
-Learn the four key requirements to create a wildlife-friendly environment; recommended plantings will be discussed and photos of two local gardens will be featured.
-Learn about the resources and programs available to support your efforts.

Class is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas. ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6351.

Landscape Matters
Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m.
Yulee Extension Office, 86026 Pages Diary Road

Market Place Celebrates Labor Day at the All American Farmers Market

It’s a holiday weekend at the Fernandina Beach Market Place on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, and the farmers market is a landmark you don’t want your Labor Day guests to miss. Perhaps the friendliest farmers market in Florida, this week we are celebrating Labor Day and the American worker, and few will argue there are many harder working professions than the American farmer!

We invite you to join us this Saturday, September 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and visit our produce farmers: Kings Kountry Produce, Boatright Farms, Cabbage Creek Farm, and Bacon’s Select Produce. Farmers are at the mercy of the weather and the industry is constantly changing with new equipment and new technology. What was once considered an industry doomed, the small American farm has began to blossom. Agriculture tends to move in cycles with really low lows, and wonderful peaks of abundant harvest. Having direct access to our local, small property farmers, you can help! Preparing their fields depends largely on their history of supply and demand. Your inquires and suggestions are often seen the following seasons with exciting new crops or perhaps longer seasons for select products. And best of all, you know you are supporting small farms when you make a purchase at your neighborhood farmers market.

Others who labor hard and are found in the Market Place are the ranchers such as A Natural Springs Dairy Farm, and J.D. Beef, an angus beef farm. The fisherman too, have labor intensive jobs such as our friends from Upstream Salmon and Chesser Seafood. The season just ended and Upstream Salmon is bringing a fresh catch of Alaskan scallops, king salmon, and fresh sockeye. Chesser Seafood has promised to bring more local, wild caught shrimp to the market for Labor Day weekend, but you still may want to arrive early, he always sells out!

This week, long time vendor Sonia, with Blue Planet, has been hard at work re-naming and re-branding her company. In her new “Gaia’s Garden” you will notice she is using more fresh herbs in many of her recipes and all of her offerings continue to be organic, handcrafted, gluten free, and raw. She will still bring sun-dried or low temperature dehydrated (unsulfered) fruits, trail mixes and flavored nuts, granola and muesli, a variety of nut butters, and her popular raw sweets like her cookie drops, flat breads, coconut blondies, and peanut butter cacao drops, will also still be available.

Returning this week after a welcomed family vacation is our Amish popcorn vendor. The entire family works together to bring you a variety of heirloom flavors including caramel corn, chocolate popcorn, and kettle corn. They have a large selection of popcorn seasonings, too.

Who doesn’t want to splurge with an all-American pie on a holiday weekend? Well, you can’t go wrong with a delicious dessert from Me, Myself and Pies. Try a rich chocolate French Silk, a traditional Key Lime, Coconut cream, Derby Pie, or the baker’s specialty Buttermilk Pie. He would mot say much about what is in this popular treat, but he smiled when he told me, “it is in the custard family of pies, and made with a lot of love.”

Percy’s Spice Pantry specializes in flavored salts and after sampling the coffee chipoltle BBQ rub, I took it home and used just under a teaspoon in a small pot of homemade black beans and it was absolutely fabulous. Their sriracha and garlic sea salt flavors are great on (Amish, perhaps) popcorn, and the garlic and ginger sea salt is especially good on grilled vegetables.

Another group that works hard protecting our lives, our freedoms, and the American way, are the members of the armed forces. We welcome having members of the American Legion with us at the Market Place this weekend supporting and greeting donors for the OneBlood bus that will be on-site from 9:00 to 1:00. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting oneblood.org/donate-now/ and entering our local zip-code.

While we picnic with our friends, and enjoy the extra time spent with loved ones this holiday weekend, it is important to remember what we are celebrating. Labor Day is officially the first Monday in September and according to the United States Department of Labor it “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Market Sponsors this week include All American Gutter, and Energy 1 USA, a company that wants to help you live a better life through energy efficient products and the world’s first Probiotic air/surface and object treatment for allergies and healthy environments.

The farmers market is open rain or shine, and of course, your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome, too. For more information please find us on facebook or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com

God Bless America!

Violinist Itzhak Perlman Opens 2017 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival

Fernandina Beach, FL – Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will open the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a not-to-be-missed performance on Monday, February 6. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Mr. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. This 7:30 PM concert will be held at at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8^th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting a musician of Itzhak Perlman’s international stature at our 2017 season. Beloved for his enormous talent, charm and humanity, Itzhak Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music. We can now add Mr. Perlman to the line-up of world-renowned artists, who have graced our stage in recent years, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman. Entering its 16th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival truly has become one of the nation’s premier musical events.”

Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Mr. Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

He also is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. He has conducted such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards. Mr. Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His most recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he performed as both soloist and conductor.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Mr. Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about his work at the Perlman Music program, whichoffers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. He has taught full time at the Perlman Music Program each summer since it was founded in 1994 and currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.

About the AICMF
Entering its 16th season in 2017, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete information about the Festival visit www.aicmf.com

FSCJ Hosts Role Models, a Ceramic Art Exhibit

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites students and members of the public to attend the traveling exhibition “Role Models” in August and September.

WHAT: “Role Models” is a survey of contemporary ceramics, with each artist showing one exemplary piece. The exhibit offers a range of exciting examples in sculptural and functional clay work. Organized by the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, the exhibit features 45 ceramic works representing the exciting range of sculptural and functional clay works being created by contemporary artists in Florida and beyond.

This exhibit offers students a unique opportunity to see the lineage of prominent contemporary ceramic artists and to witness firsthand the ways in which technique and aesthetics are passed from professionals to generations of students, affecting not only the personal work of an individual but entire trends within the medium. “Role Models” recently returned from exhibition at the prestigious National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), the world’s largest all-ceramics conference.

Seventeen artists currently working in Florida were selected to participate in “Role Models.” Each artist was asked to choose one person who mentored them and another person whom they have mentored. Many of the artists have chosen craftspeople from elsewhere in the country – people they studied under in school, look to for professional advice or artists they have mentored who have moved on to successful out-of-state careers.

“Role Models” fits into a larger schedule of events and exhibits in September called “Ceramics JAX.” Organized by University of North Florida (UNF) Professor Stephen Heywood, “Ceramics JAX” will highlight the ceramic arts through a variety of exhibits, workshops and lectures. In addition to these exhibits, guest artist McKenzie Smith and others will present workshops and gallery talks throughout the month of September.

For images and more on the “Role Models” exhibition, visit rolemodelsshow.wordpress.com.

WHEN/WHERE: “Ceramics JAX” Exhibit and Event Dates

“Role Models”
Florida State College at Jacksonville-South Gallery, M1110
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246
August 24 – September 22, 2016
Reception: September 22, 2016, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

“National Juried Exhibition”
University of North Florida-UNF Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – October 14, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

“Wood Fire Invitational”
University of North Florida-Lufrano Gallery
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 1 – November 15, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016

“Sustain”
MOCA Jacksonville
333 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202
August 30 – November 21, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

Sculptural Narrative
Cathedral Arts Project (organized by Jacksonville University)
207 North Laura St. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202
September 7 – December 15, 2016
Reception: September 7, 2016

“Student Exhibit”
CoRK Arts District
Dates: TBA
Reception: September 16, 2016

Lecture: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 6, 2016

Workshop: McKenzie Smith
University of North Florida-Ceramics Studio
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
September 7 – 8, 2016

Farmers Market Vendors Stay Busy All Year

Summer feels like it is coming to a close with the neighborhood children returning to school, but activity at the farmers market in Fernandina Beach continues at full pace. Each week, the amazing vendors of the Market Place continue to expand, enhance, and strengthen their product lines. Here are a few recent updates:

-Cross Creek Honey has recently included a fresh batch of honeycomb that is absolutely beautiful!
-Amelia Pasta, has returned to the farmers market on a weekly basis. Their fettuccine, linguini, penne and orzo are made with real vegetables and hand milled spices. Naturally low on the glycemic index, these pastas have no artificial ingredients and no fillers. When you stop by their booth, be sure to ask about their frequent shoppers card.
-Bottega by Liz Grenamyer is a popular catering company and their new slogan is “prepared meals with style”. They attend the farmers market every Saturday and also offer delicious dips and crackers such as their Kentucky cucumber dip served on a crunchy crostini.
-Olive My Pickle, a long time vendor at the Market Place, has introduced a fermented radish and red ginger sauerkraut to compliment their line of pickles, hummus, and olives. Owners Shai and Charlotte are on a mission to spread awareness about gut health and they truly enjoy sharing their raw-food products that are naturally full of bio-available nutrients and enzymes, live cultures, and pro-biotics.

Whether you come to the Market Place every Saturday, or you haven’t been down in awhile, we invite you to join us on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida, every Saturday of the year. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, rain or shine. This week brings the return of about 20 arts and craft booths in the adjacent Fernandina Beach Arts Market, and our musician is Jen Burns. Market sponsor, All American Gutter, will be joining us weekly for the remainder of 2016.

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese Print

Friends of the Library Presents The Art of the Japanese PrintFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) invites the entire community to a Meet and Greet reception to view the new exquisite art exhibition titled “The Art of the Japanese Print” at the Fernandina Beach Branch of the Nassau County Library. The reception, which offers coffee and refreshments, will be held from 10 am to 12 pm, September 10th in the new Community Room at the Library, located at 25 North 4th Street.

Christine and Paul Meehan are graciously loaning a portion of their collection of contemporary Japanese prints to Friends of the Library for an exhibition from September 1st to December 30th as part of the Library’s new revolving quarterly community art exhibits.

The Meehan collection, initiated in 1975, was previously exhibited at the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, and exemplifies all the major printmaking techniques in use today including woodblock, intaglio, planographic/lithography and stencil/silkscreen, providing a wonderful opportunity for residents and students in our area.

During the reception, FOL will acknowledge a most generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. The group raised funds during its Fourth Annual Wine & Food Tasting. The proceeds of which will benefit computer literacy through its strong support for the new Technology Center at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch.

For more information regarding the Friends of the Library or to make a donation, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to Rotary

Mark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman Present to RotaryMark Kaufman and Donna Paz Kaufman were recent guests of The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and gave a presentation on the future of retail bookstores.

Their company, Paz and Associates – The Bookstore Training Group, helps booksellers develop knowledge and skills to successfully operate profitable, independent bookstores.

In addition to helping them in their operations, they can help with store design, layout, lighting and all aspects of effective marketing. They also have expertise in cafe operations, which is becoming a common feature of bookstores.

Mark and Donna stated that the independent bookstore industry is healthy and growing. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30 a.m.

Learn How to Participate in Dickens on Centre 2016

Santa Claus vacationed on Amelia Island this year and has plans to return for the 2nd Annual Dickens on Centre. Check out his vacation video by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in participating in Dickens on Centre this year, please mark your calendar and come to the Historic Fernandina Business Association’s Dickens on Centre Merchant Meeting on Friday, August 26th at 10:30 a.m, in the City Hall commission chambers.

After the success of the inaugural Dickens on Centre festival, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Board is diligently making plans for the second annual Victorian holiday festival in downtown Fernandina. Attend on August 26th to learn more about this year’s plans and how you can get involved in this festive community event.

The event is already already promoting the holidays on Amelia Island throughout the southeast with some extra help of a special visitor:

Save the Date for Dickens on Centre 2016
· Kicks off Thursday, December 8th with America’s Youth annual lighted Christmas parade
· Festival held Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11 (Just one weekend this year)

Join us at the merchant meeting to learn more about:
· Site plan, street closures and event schedule
· Vendor opportunities
· Décor, lighting and entertainment plans
· Ways for your business to get involved
· Promotional plans for Dickens on Centre and Amelia Island holiday events

As we may not have contact information for everyone that may be interested, please feel free to invite other businesses that may have an interest in this informative meeting about Dickens on Centre.

Carvalho’s Journey Presented at Fernandina Library

Carvalho’s Journey
The year was 1853 when famed explorer John Fremont organized his fifth, and final, expedition across the American West. Solomon Carvalho, a portrait painter who had never saddled his own horse, a Sephardic Jew and one of Americas first photographers, signed on for the gueling journey. He traveled with mountian men, pioneers, Native Americans, and Mormons, on this 2400 mile trip into the American West that would take more than a year to complete.

The entire crew faced many disasters, including waist high snow in mountains of Utah, sudden wild fires and starvation. Yet many of the beautiful vistas and images we know of the West are due to Carvalho’s photography.

Watch the film and be a part of the journey. The screening will be held August 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library Community Room. An optional dinner will follow at 7:45 pm at Café Karibo.

Free tickets for the film, and dinner reservations, are now available at the Library. For further information please visit www.nassaureads.com or call (904) 277-7365.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library.

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this Summer

Rotary Sunrise Has Been Very Busy this SummerThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members.

Pictured (first image) from left to right are Dan and Regan Westra and Dr. Peter Williams along with club president Stan Fishburn. Dan was active in Rotary in North Carolina and Regan is starting a retail business here. Peter is a retired cardiologist.

Carolyn Byrd, who works with Amelia Urgent Care is pictured first, left to right, with Sandy Rogers of the Rotary District, Carolyn Byrd, Vicki Beaudry club membership chair and Stan Fishburn, in the second picture.

Another recent Rotary club of Amelia Island Sunrise activity was when Kim Bynum, with Operation New Uniform, recently gave a presentation on the non-profit organization. The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed four new members. It was started two years ago in Jacksonville when Justin Justice and several others recognized the need for a program to help military veterans and their families transition to civilian life and work.

Veterans are taught skills to help them grow within an organization. Their training program helps them with resumes, interviewing, job search, networking and related activities in job transitioning, and they literally get a new business suit “uniform” upon graduation. Operation New UniformOperation New Uniform enjoys a job placement success of over 90%. Rotarians found the presentation interesting and informative. Rotary is an international service organization with clubs in over 200 countries. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide. The Amelia Island Sunrise Club meets Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club at 7:30.

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