Speaker Date Topic
Kathy Stark Dec 07, 2017
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks
The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks

The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks
BOOK BY JACKSONVILLE ARTIST CELEBRATES NORTH FLORIDA’S NATURAL PARKS PROJECT EXHIBIT: Now at the Thrasher Horne Center in Orange Park until Nov.17 A newly released book by Jacksonville artist Kathy Stark offers a unique and family friendly exploration of the extensive system of natural parks in North Florida.

The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks combines Stark’s lush and expansive watercolor paintings with sketches, notes, historical facts and maps to create a work that is a both a guide and handbook, as well as a tribute, to the great unspoiled stretches of the region.  Former Governor and Senator Bob Graham and Florida Times-Union columnist and author Mark Woods both provide commentary. The book is an outgrowth of Stark’s personal passion for the outdoors and her love of the natural beauty of North Florida. Stark, accompanied by her dog Tanner, spent years exploring the region’s parks, capturing the wild scenery in sketches that became the basis for a large collection of paintings.  In the last two years, she organized this extensive portfolio into a book that documents, educates and inspires. The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks was published in partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation, with a portion of the  proceeds supporting that nonprofit, which, advocates for North Florida’s parks. 

Merrill Lynch is the title sponsor for the project, supporting both the book and a corresponding exhibit. Launched at MOSH - the Museum of Science and History, the initial exhibit ran from Feb. 25 - Sept. 4, 2017. The exhibit is traveling to other gallery venues around the region. It is currently at the Thrasher Horne Center in Orange Park until Nov. 17. As part of the project, Merrill Lynch underwrote the cost of over 300 books donated to public libraries and public school libraries in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties. This donation increased the impact of the project. TO LEARN MORE: Kathy Stark, 904-704-1665, kartstark@gmail.com On Facebook: The Wilderness of North Florida’s Parks - www.kathystark.com

Joyce Morgan - City Council Member Dec 21, 2017
Jacksonville City Council District 1
Jacksonville City Council District 1

Elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2015, Joyce Morgan currently serves on the Rules Committee and the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee. Morgan is best known for consistently holding District 1 Town Hall Meetings every month other than July and December.

Last year Morgan served as City Council Chaplain and her first year, Morgan was appointed to serve as Floor Leader. She also received the "Charles D. Webb Award" her first year. It's the City Council's most presitigious internal award, bestowed annually, by the outgoing President, to the Council Member that best exemplifies the extraordinary committment to public service demonstrated by the late Charles D. Webb during his years on the City Council. Mr. Webb served on the City Council from 1971 until his death in 1976.

Morgan is a former news anchor and reporter, who has nearly three decades in broadcasting and is well known and respected throughout the south. These experiences have exposed her to Arlington and the entire county and have helped sharpen her knowledge and understanding of what is essential to a strong community and city.

Morgan is currently a media and public relations consultant focusing on delving into community outreach for local and regional clients. She has been a lifelong community servant using her communication and public relations experience to volunteer with dozens of organizations from the Bridge of Northeast Florida, PACE Center for Girls, the Diabetes Association, Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society, numerous PTAs, and the Arlington YMCA to educational institutions like Edward Waters College.

Morgan has a host of honors ranging from– media awards to Girl Scouts Women of Distinction and Media Woman of the Year in Atlanta GA. She has also garnered recognition from the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, the YWCA, Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Morgan is married to Dr. Richard Danford, Jr. CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League. They have three children, Faith, Morgan, and Richard Danford III.

Joyce and her family are members of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

Kenda Peterson - Executive Director Jan 04, 2018
Youth for Christ Jacksonville (YFC)
Youth for Christ Jacksonville (YFC)

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Every day at thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus. We are rural and urban, and we are always about the message of Jesus.

We depend on the involvement of caring adults to accomplish our mission—to reach local teens with the message that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

We are asking God to raise up an army of caring adults who will establish relationships with kids around the area. We need volunteers who will serve directly with students, intercessors, financial partners, and help in the office. Wherever your gifts and talents lie, you can make an eternal difference in a young person's life.

Learn more at http://www.yfcjacksonville.org