St. Johns Briefs

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Women's committee seeks members

The local chapter of Brandeis University National Women's Committee invites new members. Affiliation with the university is not required. Chapter members enjoy lectures from Brandeis professors on a variety of topics. Activities such as dining and going to movies are all aimed at helping members meet new people and friends. For more information, contact Anne S. Brueske at (904) 829-1545.

cafe for kids golf tournament success

The fourth annual CAFE for Kids golf tournament, held at the Slammer & Squire course at World Golf Village, raised about $20,000 for the Community Alliance Funding Education (CAFE), a private foundation for public education in northwest St. Johns County. Sponsored by the builders of Murabella, 94 golfers participated in the tournament. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward technology purchases for Mill Creek Elementary.

In addition, Rick Pariani, vice president of development and design for Davidson Development Inc., presented the organization with a $2,000 check from the local branch of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The money will be used toward landscaping the school's entrance and exit after International Golf Parkway is widened later this year.

CAFE is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to increase the learning opportunities for students, provide resources that support student learning, enhance the arts in the educational lives of the students, support technology as a vital learning tool and assist in preparing students for the 21st century.

chamber receives certification of excellence

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce has achieved the designation of Certified Chamber of Commerce in Florida. The designation was approved by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals in early February. The certification assures businesses joining the chamber that they are investing in a not-for-profit corporation whose revenues are used for business and public good and not personal gain. The designation will be reevaluated after five years to ensure the chamber continues the high standards set by the six-month certification process.

cosmetology

First Coast Technical Institute's School of Cosmetology provides the skills necessary for a career as a licensed cosmetologist. Advanced students provide client services to the public in FCTI's campus salon. Students are required to fulfill a competency list and invite the public to experience a day of beauty. For services and prices, call FCTI's School of Cosmetology at (904) 829-1048.

council welcomes new member

The Economic Development Council (EDC) of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce welcomes Nick Sacia as senior manager of business expansion and recruitment. Sacia replaces Isabelle Rodriguez, who was promoted to Director of Membership Services & Tourism for the Chamber.

Sacia will be the key contact to qualified project leads for targeted existing business, new business, and the development of new business sites. He will play a key role in EDC partnerships with St. Johns County, the Industrial Development Authority, Worksource, and the Cornerstone Economic Development Partnership of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Sacia will coordinate the EDC Business Recruitment and Business Expansion & Retention Advisory Groups. He will also maintain St. Johns Business Prospector, the EDC's online business sites inventory.

german american club

The German American Club will hold its Springtime Dinner Dance 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are required. The evening menu includes sauerbraten, mashed potatoes, red cabbage, salad and dessert. Music provided by Jim Nelson. For more information, call Irmgard Meinhardt at (904) 268-5297 (Jacksonville) or Michelle Weinberg at (904) 829-9956 (St. Augustine).

open audition

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