… and what a wonderful concert it was. The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville under the leadership of artistic director Michael Dell presented “The Friendly Beasts: Tails of the Holidays”. The concert was a free concert sponsored by the EABC and about 120 people came and enjoyed Christmas songs like “In Dulci Jubilo”, “The Oxen”, “The Wassail Song”, “O Magnum Mysterium” and so many more. What a wonderful way to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS […]
Vicki Beaudry is Executive Vice President of First Coast Community Bank and Division Manager of Synovus SBA Lending in Fernandina Beach, FL. Her banking career spans more than 25 years and she celebrated her 20 year anniversary with the Synovus earlier this year. Vicki is responsible for oversight of the bank’s SBA lending in their five state footprint. Since coming to Fernandina Beach in 1992, she has propelled a small, two-branch operation into one of […]
Tim Digby brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience to the managing director position at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Operations for HEI Hotels & Resorts overseeing a portfolio of over 2,000 rooms in eight cities. His previous experience also includes serving as the Complex General Manager and General Manager Roles at Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista and Downtown Orlando, Marriott in West Palm […]
Larry Williams has deep roots in Nassau County and Fernandina Beach, and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1976. Following graduation, Larry joined the United States Navy submarine force and worked for many years in the nuclear engineering field. Following his tour on submarines, Larry became an instructor teaching leadership and management courses to senior naval leadership. After completing his naval service Larry entered the business sector and has extensive business experience in Finance, […]
The Amelia Island Museum of History launched a new exhibit in partnership with the Amelia Island Blues Festival committee. The “History of the Blues”. Han Ramakers and Jeff Malone spoke about the Blues Festival and introduced us to the memorabilia where the members had the chance to explore the exhibit, which featured a blues history timeline, blues memorabilia, historic photos, and an informative video. The two-month exhibit also features a tribute to the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” […]
CA McDonald gave a superb presentation of what the local Rayonier Mill is doing. Essentially Rayonier is a forest products company that was founded in 1926. Today 50% of sales to customers are outside the US in ~40 countries. Rayonier’s business diversity increases economic resilience with Forest Resources, Real Estate/Terra Pointe and Performance Fibers from the Fernandina & Jesup Mills. Rayonier’s mission is to be the world’s leading supplier of high value cellulose based products […]
Graeme Nichol was the speaker at the Amelia River Golf Club. His presentation focused on email marketing; where to get leads, how to use leads, when to send and what to send. He showed us some interesting statistics and opened our eyes to a new and effective way of marketing. The members were quite intrigued by this informative session. Of course as always there was a lot of fun networking going on specially around the […]
We decided on a European theme for this day. So our meeting took place at Café Karibo in historic Fernandina Beach. Members learned about the Café and Egyptian chef Essab created some exquisite hors-d-oeuvres. The speaker was Phillipe Boets from Petanque America. He introduced us to the history of Petanque and showed us the evolution of the steel balls that are used in this stationary game. He also mentioned that the tournament which will take […]
What a perfect evening this turned out to be after a day of rain. Sadly many members missed out, but the few that attended had the time of their life. Special Thanks to Captain Kevin McCarthy from Amelia River Cruises for letting us enjoy this wonderful evening.
The perfect evening at the beach with a spectacular sunset – what better time to be introduced to our local paranormal investigator, David Weiss. Even though he only offered some tip bits for a the planed Ghost tour through Fernandina Beach in October, it was quite informative to learn how he entered this curious field. Members were captivated by his stories until the local Pirate Club invaded the meeting. They talked the type of weapons […]
We were all looking forward to listen to the presentation from our local artists, watercolorist Wilhelm Maurer and his wife Kathleen Maurer, who specializes in Acrylic Painting. The meeting was at the Florida House Inn which has many of Wilhelm’s paintings on display. With lots of enthusiasm both were talking about their work in Fernandina Beach as well as in Cannes, France, where they travel to on a regular basis. Wilhelm Maurer is the coauthor […]
After some great suggestions from the January meeting we focused on networking this time around. We met at the beautiful Amelia River Golf Club where Frank (B2B Communications) and Charlie (Renco Corp.) spoke about who they were and what they do. Everyone participated and had lots of fun. Everyone agreed this is a nice venue and we are certain we’ll meet again at the Amelia River Golf Club.
with a review of how and what we did in 2011. It also gave an opportunity to Club members to make suggestions of what direction the club should take in 2012.