Wednesday, May 12, 2021
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
1 Rayonier Way
Appointments suggested but walk-ups are welcome
Here are a few tips for a successful blood donation: Yes this really works
After donation: remember no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack, and drink plenty of water.
All donors will receive a OneBlood T-shirt & a $10 eGift Card! Plus, a wellness checkup including a COVID-19 antibody test, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening.
On May 4th, Osprey Village awarded three scholarships to applicants in the Amelia Island area. Winners were invited to join Members for a formal dinner celebration to receive their awards. The Silver Pen Competition has been hosted by Osprey Village’s parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The Maxwell Group has awarded over $329,750 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The goal of the competition is to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and community Members As a part of their J.O.Y. (Joining Older and Younger) Program.
Members at Osprey Village play an important role as judges of this competition. “The Silver Pen Scholarship is an extraordinary opportunity for our Members to connect with our local community in a meaningful way,” says Matthew Barger, Osprey Village’s executive director. This year the essay topic was “There are many people that can be influential to an individual’s life whether they be someone in history or known personally to that individual. If you could have a conversation with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why? What would you discuss?” All participants were required to submit a written essay of 1,000 words.
This year $3,750 in scholarships were awarded for the top three entries. Congratulations to:
To learn more about the Silver Pen Competition, visit www.silverpen-slc.com. Osprey Village is an all-inclusive luxury retirement community with Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Rehab services. The community’s premier lifestyle helps Members live longer, healthier, happier lives. For more information about Osprey Village, visit https://osprey-village.com/.
Submitted by Jay Kayne
May 4, 2021
The final Wild Amelia “Wild Nite” of the 2020-21 program year is scheduled for 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 11, and will focus on “Rights-Based Approaches to Environmental Protection.” The guest speaker will be Dr. Josh Gellers, associate professor of political science and public administration at the University of North Florida. Due to continuing CDC guidance related to large indoor gatherings, this free event will be held virtually on Zoom and can be accessed using the following Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3ukeZIb
Dr. Geller is a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, and former Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka. His research focuses on environmental politics, human rights, and technology. He is the author of The Global Emergence of Constitutional Environmental Rights (Routledge 2017) and Rights for Robots: Artificial Intelligence, Animal and Environmental Law (Routledge 2020). Geller earned a BA in political science from the University of Florida, MA in climate and society from Columbia University, and PhD in political science from the University of California, Irvine.
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of legal instruments designed to advance a rights-based approach to environmental protection. What are they? And have they made a difference? Dr. Geller’s presentation will address these questions based on the knowledge and experience of those engaged in the “environmental democracy” movement since its origin four decades ago.
NOTE: The “Wild Nite” series of lectures will resume in September at which time Wild Amelia plans to return to its traditional venue at the Peck Center, contingent on CDC and local health and safety policies.
Wild Amelia’s mission is to educate residents and visitors about the local bioregion and encourage stewardship of the area’s natural resources through events and programs that educate and entertain while promoting a conservation ethic. For updates on the status of program activities, please visit wildamelia.org and Wild Amelia on Facebook.
White Oak Conservation
May 4, 2021
We are excited to announce that the first group of Asian elephants have arrived at White Oak and are settling into their new home!
Twelve female elephants, ranging from 8 to 38 years old, were moved 200 miles in customized trucks to White Oak from their previous facility in Polk County, FL.
Upon arrival, they were released into two large paddocks to acclimate, adjacent to a specially designed, climate-controlled barn where veterinarians and specialists monitored their health and well-being. The elephants have now ventured out of the paddocks into pine forests with ponds, wetlands, and open grasslands.
The area the elephants now inhabit is large enough that the elephants have various habitats and food plant species available to them. They can choose to stay near the barn and their human caregivers, or wander in the woods, wallow in the mud, and swim in the pond.
White Oak Conservation’s philosophy is to accommodate animals’ natural behavior and social bonds as closely as possible so family groups will be together. This elephant herd has been socialized together for the past several months and includes two sets of full sisters and numerous half-sisters.
We are so excited to share this news with our White Oak friends first. Thank you all for your support. We could not have done this without you!
To learn more in our press release, click here.
Only 30,000 to 50,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild in less than 15% of their historic range.
Where they do survive, they continue to be threatened by habitat degradation and fragmentation, conflict with humans and poaching.
White Oak Conservation continues to conduct limited scheduled tours due to the pandemic, but visitors cannot currently visit the elephants while they acclimate and the construction of additional habitats continues.
To visit White Oak Conservation and see our more than 30 other species through a tour, which you can schedule by calling 904-225-3396.
If you would like to contribute to our elephant conservation work, you can do so here, or by calling 904-225-3383 or emailing email@example.com.
“We are thrilled to give these elephants a place to wander and explore,” said Mark and Kimbra Walter. “We are working to protect wild animals in their native habitats. But for these elephants that can’t be released, we are pleased to give them a place where they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.”
BLUFFTON, S.C. – The Greenery, Inc. the region’s premiere landscape company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Sotiropoulos to Construction Business Development Director. In this new role, he will focus on helping The Greenery strengthen current market impact and further develop into new and expanding markets with its Construction Services.
Sotiropoulos has been with The Greenery Inc since 2015 as the Pre-Construction Manager. His new role as Construction Business Development Director will mainly consist of seeking business opportunities, market research, maintaining and expanding client relationships throughout the various markets that The Greenery serves. These markets include the South Carolina Lowcountry; coastal Georgia; Jacksonville/Daytona, FL; and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC.
He is married to Angela of 25 years and is a father of two children Ethan (18) and Cole (15). He is active in his community and has been a South Carolina Low Country resident since 1996.
“Rick has demonstrated tremendous leadership and business skills throughout his tenure with The Greenery,” says Lee Edwards, CEO of The Greenery. “We are confident in his ability to continue to develop and grow The Greenery’s construction services for our existing and future markets.”
ABOUT THE GREENERY
The Greenery, Inc. is an employee-owned company serving coastal Georgia and Florida and regions throughout South Carolina. Since 1973 they have provided comprehensive landscaping services for commercial and residential landscape installation and maintenance, hardscapes and irrigation. For further inquiry about Rick Sotiropoulos or information about The Greenery, Inc., visit www.thegreeneryinc.com or call (843) 785-3848.
May 4, 2021 (Nassau County, FL) The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce has recently launched a new Job Board, making it easier than ever for employers and prospective candidates to connect with each other. The Job Board allows Chamber members to post available positions for free; non-members may also post available positions for a small fee. Employers have enough to worry about; finding qualified applicants for available positions should not be one of them. When the Quick Apply option is activated for a posting, employers will be automatically notified when a candidate applies, as well as a running list of all applicants for each position.
For job seekers, the job board is a fast, reliable way to apply to various opportunities with local businesses and organizations. This is not a third-party careers page or a cumbersome experience for applicants. With the Quick Apply option, job seekers can fill out their personal information and upload a resume in minutes. Applicants also have the option to add their resume to the Resume Bank, providing the job seeker with unprecedented exposure to all local employers, rather than just being seen by one or two businesses. Those looking for flexible schedules or part-time positions are encouraged to place their availability on the resume.
For the first time ever, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is offering a free resume writing service, available to Nassau County residents. Once basic information is provided, Chamber staff will create a professional resume, free of charge. Your resume will be sent back by the end of the day in both Word and PDF formats. To get started, simply contact the Chamber of Commerce staff at info@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or (904) 261-3248.
Whether you are an employer or a job seeker, it has never been easier to find your next great employment opportunity.
On behalf of every Club member, parent, and staff of Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, I want to thank everyone who joined together at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, for the 14th Annual Benefit and first ever “Garden Party.” Because of your generosity, we are able to ensure that our doors will be open for summer camp this year and that we can continue with our expansion plans with a pilot program in the Callahan/Hilliard area of the County as soon as Covid restrictions allow.
This event’s success was due in large part to the Benefit Committee member’s efforts, including Rose Baugh our Auction Chair, Joan Sheppard, Cindy Dickinson, Antoinette Richter, Jen Edgington, Claire Cameron, Andrew Schmidt, Nancy Graham, and Stan Cottle. Scott Berglund of the Ritz-Carlton was instrumental in helping us realize our dream of an outdoor event. This team’s effort helped make the afternoon a very special occasion!
We are blessed with so many businesses and individuals that continue to support the children of Nassau County year after year. We thank our table sponsors: Diamond Level - Henry & Leslie Berghoef, David & Betty Berkman, The Desnoyers Family, Anne & Bill Gower, Eric & Suzanne Prockow, Robison Jewelers, and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island; Platinum Level - Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Robert & Pat Stichweh, and Encore; Gold Level - Mark & Rose Baugh, First Port City Bank, Steve Nadeau / Lyn Pannone, and Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene, P.A., We also want to thank our 17 Silver Table Sponsors.
We are very appreciative of the outpouring of support from our local businesses. More than 40 of you generously gave items and gift certificates for our silent auction helping to make it such a success. Also, a special thank you to Harris Teeter, Anything With Plants & Flowers, and Our Volunteers. Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to our Master of Ceremony and Auctioneer, Bradley Bean who was a major contributor to the success of the afternoon.
We are truly grateful for the support shown by our community for this annual event and the vote of confidence in our mission to give every Nassau County youth the opportunity for a great future.
Benefit Committee Chair
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County Foundation
Nassau County Insider
May 3, 2021
The Convenience Recycle Center will have new operating hours beginning on Monday, May 17th. Below is the new schedule. Please note that they will now be closed all day on Mondays instead of Wednesdays.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
** Closed from 12:30-1:00 p.m. for lunch Monday-Friday**
If you have any questions, please contact Solid Waste at (904) 530-6700.
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