Fernandina Beach, FL, October 14, 2021 - Nassau County Businesswomen are invited to join the Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) November 9 at 5:30 pm for an interactive presentation on networking entitled Better networking = Better Business.
Starting at 5:30 pm at Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road in Fernandina Beach, the chapter will host Elizabeth Pampalone, an International Speaker, Podcaster, Minimalist, and Expert Marketer. Networking can be one of the most daunting tasks of running a business, but the Queen of Networking knows it is how to see your goals become realities through networking.
Pampalone, the owner of Absolute Marketing™ in Jacksonville, has developed proven formulas that help her clients and herself. Her innovative approach helps overwhelmed business owners and burnt-out nonprofit directors to achieve success and freedom through the power of Absolute Marketing™.
The local ABWA chapter just celebrated its 52 year anniversary of helping women succeed in business in Nassau County. Each monthly meeting provides Professional Development speakers who impart the motivation and skills needed to create success in today’s business world. In addition, there is time to network with women from variety of businesses, skill sets, and experience. The organization meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, beginning with networking, a light meal, and followed by a program starting at 6 pm. Please visit www.abwaeightflags.org to learn more and to register for the meeting.
The Eight Flags Chapter President, Lillie Marie Rogers, shares an inspirational quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “A Good Leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a Great Leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” Our meetings will inspire you to practice great leadership and confidence in your workplace and as you grow your business.
The mission of the American Businesswomen’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
10/14/21 @ 8:30 a.m. - In case you missed it! The Nassau County Department of Health issued a Press Release last week regarding an enhanced WIC benefit that increases vegetable and fruit vouchers for a period of three months. See Press Release for full details.
For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program, call the Nassau County WIC Office at (904) 875-6111.
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Nassau County Council on Aging
By Communication Director
October 13, 2021
Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) will benefit from some Buckeye volunteerism when Seaman Corporation, headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, travels to Amelia Island for its annual corporate meeting, Oct. 26. Volunteers will work on landscaping projects at 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach, and make holiday wreaths for local seniors. Several wreaths will also be included in NCCOA’s “A Glimpse of Tuscany” Silent Auction, Dec. 4-11.
The local community is invited to participate in the wreath-making project. All supplies will be furnished by Seaman Corporation. If you’re interested in helping make wreaths for local seniors, contact Margo Morlock, Volunteer Manager, 904-775-5490, or firstname.lastname@example.org, by Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Seaman Corporation encourages associates to volunteer and offers volunteer time off during the year. To support this initiative and also promote team building during the annual meeting, the company reached out to the United Way of Northeast Florida in the host community for volunteer options. Seaman Corporation selected NCCOA since the agency offered a good mix of activities for the group.
“We are thankful to be selected for volunteer support from Seaman Corporation, and are looking forward to hosting their associates on our beautiful island,” said Janice Ancrum, NCCOA President & CEO.
Raymond Pace, Vice-President/GM for Industrial Fabrics at Seaman Corporation, said, “While we routinely give back in our own communities, having our team together in Nassau County offers a unique opportunity and we’re proud to support NCCOA while we are here.”
Seaman Corporation is known worldwide for the production of high-value, high-performance fabrics. With additional manufacturing in Bristol, Tennessee, these innovative, high- performance coated fabrics can be found in a number of markets, including geomembrane liners, architectural structures, truck tarps, military fabrics and roofing membranes. Seaman Corporation is committed to superior customer service and satisfaction.
Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Partnering with Florida Chamber of Commerce for Campaign School and Community Leadership Training Program
Nassau County, FL (October 14, 2021) Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you are considering running for office yourself but don't know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to host 'Campaign School & Community Leadership Training'.
This three-part training is free, open to everyone, and non-partisan. Participants are welcome to attend any or all days offered. Each session will include presentations by state and local political experts, university professors, elected officials, and community leaders. This event is highly recommended for candidates, and anyone interested in running for local or state office, serving their community, or managing campaigns.
The first session, Preparing to Run, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the second session, Organizing Your Campaign, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 5:30-8:00 PM; the third and final session, Running Your Campaign, is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM.
To register online, please visit www.FIPL.org/register. For more information, call (850) 688-8940 or click here.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
Prestigious award honors lifetime commitment to community service
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2021) – GreenPointe Holdings, LLC proudly announces President and CEO Ed Burr has received the 2021 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award, recognizing builders who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public service. Burr, the Founder and Board Chairman of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), is this year’s Private Builder Honoree. MBF received a $138,000 donation from the Hearthstone Foundation in Burr’s honor.
“Ed is a true leader in the homebuilding and development industry, and his contributions to public service exemplify the core values of this award,” said Rick Beckwitt, co-CEO and co-President of Lennar. “The prevention education programs that MBF has provided to over 5 million children and teens throughout Florida and the United States are truly inspiring.”
Founded in 1997 by Burr in honor of his late wife, Monique Burr, a devoted child advocate, MBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the best prevention education programs to protect children and teens from victimization. MBF Prevention Education Programs are evidence-based/evidence-informed prevention programs that educate and empower children (and adults) with information and strategies to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, digital dangers, exploitation, and human trafficking. More than 5,000 facilitators have delivered MBF Programs to over 5 million students in the United States and five additional countries.
Burr’s leadership and engagement extends to numerous civic, community and charitable organizations. Burr served on the Florida State University Board of Trustees for more than 10 years including as Chair from 2015 to 2021. Burr also served on the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees, Seminole Boosters Board of Directors and College of Business Real Estate Education and Research Board.
“Ed cares deeply about making the world a better place and has exceeded all expectations with his efforts,” said John Thrasher, Partner, The Southern Group and former President of Florida State University. “I admire his leadership, dedication and commitment to advancing our community, state, and nation.”
Burr is a leading voice in the Jacksonville business community and has served as a volunteer leader of the JAX Chamber for more than 20 years. Burr served as Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors in 2006 and is a longtime chair of the Government Affairs Committee. Burr has supported JAXUSA Partnership, the Chamber’s economic development division, and JAXBIZ, the Chamber’s political committee.
Currently serving on the Board of the Florida Council of 100, Burr previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville Civic Council and Jacksonville Country Day School. Burr is actively involved in several national and regional development organizations, including a past board member of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a founding member of the ULI Center for Leadership.
Since 1999, the Hearthstone BUILDER award has contributed more than $6 million to various charities, making it the single largest charitable award program in the homebuilding industry. Burr was recognized in the May 2021 issue of BUILDER magazine and honored at the BUILDER 100 conference in September that same year. In addition to Burr, Taylor Morrison Chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer is the 2021 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award Public Company honoree.
Award sponsors include Hearthstone, BUILDER, Zonda, Allen Matkins, Bank of America, Barraco & Associates, Inc., Bono’s of America, Buildstrong Education, Capital City Consulting, LLC, CIBC, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard and Swanson, LLP, Developers Researches, First American Title Insurance Co., The Fiorentino Group, Garbett Homes, Gore Lieske & Associates, Great Southern Homes, Hampton Golf, Hayden Homes, Kohler, Land Adviser Capital, Morgan Stanley, PACS, Inc., Pulte Group, Therma-Tru Doors, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Whirlpool Corporation.
For more information on GreenPointe and their communities, visit www.GreenPointeLLC.com.
10/12/21 @ 5:30 p.m. - If you received your COVID-19 Vaccine in the State of Florida and need a replacement card, you can obtain one from the Yulee Health Department located at 86014 Pages Dairy Road. Please note that you will be required to present a photo ID.
The Nassau County Department of Health has issued the attached FAQs further explaining how to get a replacement card. If you have any further questions, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (904) 875-6110, Option 1.
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10/12/21 @ 2:00 p.m. - At the October 11, 2021 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2021-192 proclaiming the week of October 17 through October 23rd as Breast Cancer Awareness Week in Nassau County, Florida, and declaring Wednesday, October 20, 2021 as "Pink Day".
The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2021, approximately 281,500 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnoses in women in the United States, along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. And although breast cancer in men is rare, it is estimated that 2,650 men would also be diagnosed in 2021.
Breast cancer awareness educates men and women about the importance of early detection. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining and the American Cancer Society contributes this change to earlier detection and improved treatment.
Nassau County resident and breast cancer survivor, Renee Stoffel, was in attendance to accept the Resolution. Several friends and co-workers were also in attendance to show their support.
On Wednesday, October 20th, all Nassau County residents are encouraged to wear pink on Pink Day to promote breast cancer awareness and remind everyone of the value of early detection.
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10/12/21 @ 11:15 a.m. - Author and folklorist, Christopher Balzano, has been documenting the unexplained since 1944. Join him at the Fernandina Beach Library Branch on Thursday, October 21st at 6pm, as he discusses his latest novel, Haunted Florida Love Stories.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library at (904) 530-6500.
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Event sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library and the Fairbanks House.
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October 12, 2021
Grant is part of more than $62.6 million given to first responder organizations across the U.S. by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
The past year and a half have been difficult for many, impacting first responders and communities across the country. As we continue to battle health crises and natural disasters, front-line heroes constantly expose themselves to dangerous situations, creating a need for updated lifesaving equipment.
Recognizing this need, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation® continues to be a valuable resource for first responders across the nation and recently approved a $48,978 grant to Nassau County Fire Rescue. The funding was applied toward the purchase of a connector boat with accessories, as well as an inflatable water boat with motor, trailer, and water rescue gear, both of which will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community. The County received both boats on Friday, October 1, 2021.
“We are so thankful for the support from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs restaurants in Fernandina Beach and Wildlight”, said Nassau County Fire Chief, Brady Rigdon. “By providing these boats, our first responders will be able to efficiently execute water training efforts and will have additional marine response units available for emergencies on the water to help the residents of Nassau County during emergency situations, especially during the upcoming holiday season”.
During the most recent grant cycle, the Foundation awarded 126 grants to public safety organizations nationwide. The 126 grants totaling nearly $2.7 million were given to organizations in need of critical lifesaving equipment and resources.
To donate or to learn more about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, visit www.FirehouseSubsFoundation.org.
ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides lifesaving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, and disaster relief for first responders and public safety organizations, as well as support for members of the military. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded more than $62.5 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization, the highest designation, by Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand. Please consider supporting a Firehouse Subs restaurant near you!
Nassau County Council on Aging
By Liz Dunn
October 11, 2021
Join Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) as we collect gifts for Nassau County seniors to help make their holidays a little brighter. In the midst of COVID-19, many seniors have been without family and friends for the past two years…and could use some good cheer!
Please drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the Janice Ancrum Senior Life Center, 1901 Island Walk Way in Fernandina Beach no later than Friday, December 3. Suggested items include: Non-slip socks or slippers; blankets/throws; calendars; bath robes; bath towels/wash cloths; dish towels; pill organizers; toiletry items; liquid soap; tissues; toilet paper; hand sanitizer; Q-tips; face wipes; brushes/combs; nail files; postage stamps; battery-operated candles/flashlights; batteries (all sizes); first aid kits; coloring books for seniors, colored pencils, jigsaw puzzles, large-print playing cards/word searches; and gift cards from Publix, Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Walmart and/or Target.
Monetary donations are also appreciated. Make your check payable to Nassau County Council on Aging and specify “Santas for Seniors” in the memo section. You may mail your check to NCCOA, 1901 Island Walk Way, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
If you would like to take part in our volunteer gift wrapping party in mid-December or if you have any questions, please contact Margo Morlock, NCCOA Volunteer Manager, at 904-775-5490 or email@example.com.
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