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Feagins joined WJCT in 2005, and is a familiar voice to many First Coast audience members. During her 16-year career, she has filled a variety of roles in broadcasting, from on-air hosting/reporting duties to writing, directing and producing behind the scenes. She has been an integral part of many WJCT productions, including quarterly First Coast Forums, the weekly Health Matters television series, and two Voices of the First Coast oral history projects to complement NPR’s StoryCorps and PBS’ Women, War and Peace. During her tenure at WJCT she has held roles including executive content producer and local Morning Edition host. Most recently, Feagins served as Director of Programming and News where her duties included being responsible for strategically developing, overseeing and providing continuity for programming, production and content in WJCT’s multi-platform (TV/FM/Online) environment. Feagins holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Posted by Steve Ramsey
on Jul 29, 2015
On Tuesday July 28th we welcomed as our speaker Ms. Dawn Emerick, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville and fellow Rotarian.
Groundwork Jacksonville envisions a future for Historic Springfield and Eastside that includes healthy neighborhoods free of brownfields and other toxic sites, clean waters for our children to play and fish, well-maintained scenic parks for all of the city to enjoy and the development of a community stewardship ethic that ensures these positive community changes are guaranteed for the future. Groundwork Jacksonville believes that all of this can be achieved by working together, learning from each other, finding common ground and building everyone’s capacity. Successful communities thrive when action and results are treasured and valued more than who is gets the credit.
Some of the ongoing initiatives of Groundwork Jacksonville include a model youth conservation program called the Green Team, which works with over 200 youth ages 14 to 18 each year, the S-Line Rail Trail (connecting to the Urban Core and Eastside and Springfield neighborhoods), an urban greenway planned along an abandoned CSX railroad ROW, in and around an area rife with known and potential environmental contamination. The development of this trail will offer the surrounding citizens a safer transportation alternative to vehicle-dominated streets as well as a linear recreation corridor, and an urban core public market, open all year, along the historic A. Philip Randolph corridor, to serve the entire community with locally grown and produced food, meats, seafood, dairy, eggs, grains and dry goods, artisan food, craft beer and related goods.
For more information please visit http://www.groundworkjacksonville.org.
on Jul 22, 2015
Tuesday's speaker was Nicole Brose, Development Director of First Coast No More Homeless Pets. Their mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in our community, northeast Florida and the nation. Nicole shared information about their pet programs, including their spay/neuter program, low cost vet services, adoption events, Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills (TAILS) and their Sulzbacher Center Partnership, among others. Thanks to their efforts, in 2014, Jacksonville reached and maintained a 92 percent live release rate, thus obtaining a no-kill status.
For more information please visit their website at http://www.fcnmhp.org/.
Posted by Steve Ramsey
on Jul 15, 2015
Tuesday's Speaker was Steven Woodard, Chief of the Emergency Preparedness Division within the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, Duval County Emergency Planning Director and the Security Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville. Chief Woodard made a presentation on the responsibilities of his position and on emergency preparedness in general. While conceding that he was not an expert in statistics, Chief Woodard advised that Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, from a statistical standpoint, was overdue for a direct impact from a hurricane. Chief Woodard distributed copies of the 2015-2016 JAXREADY Emergency Preparedness Guide, and Citizen Preparedness Pocket Guide as well as information on the JAXREADY website, www.JaxReady.com, and the JAXREADY Mobile App.
Posted by Steve Ramsey
on Jul 15, 2015
At our regular meeting on July 14, 2015 Jon Cornaire was recognized as our newest Paul Harris Fellow as President Ruth Ann presented him with his Certificate and Pin. Congratulations Jon and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation!
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