StAR Council

St. Augustine Regional Council is dedicated to improving quality of life for residents of the area through community outreach, building relationships and discovering local assets.

  • Every Third Tuesday Starting at 6:00
  • Bratini 2016 is in October! RSVP by October 3, 2016 and Join the Fun!
BraTini

BraTini

An event featuring music, food, and men modeling decorated bras. Next event is October 19, 2017
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Chalk Walk

Chalk Walk

Paseo Pastel – the Spanish custom of a casual promenade or walk. Our plans for the next event are in review - stay tuned for our 2017 event calendar.
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Marketing

Marketing

MoveToFlorida.org directs potential residents to professional advisors that can assist them in their move to Florida.
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Network

Network

Great information, great networking, and great food can all be found at the StAR Council General Membership Meetings.
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StAR Council to Award Year-End Funds to 8 Area Charities

St. Augustine Regional Council will be closing its nonprofit organization as of the end of December 2017.  In celebration of its contributions to the community, a farewell gathering will be held on December 19th at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Historic St. Augustine. Invited guests for recipient organizations will be attending.

StAR Council will be awarding checks to nonprofits benefiting from our annual Bratini Fundraising event and other activities. Those benefiting include:

  • Artbreakers – who will resume the Bratini tradition in 2018
  • Pink Heals
  • Augustine Youth Services
  • Project SOS
  • Johns County Legal Aide
  • The ARC St Johns
  • Home Again St. Johns
  • SAFE

Accomplishments from 2012 to date include the successful production of the St. Augustine Chalk Walk (Paseo Pastel) during the 450th three year celebrations. Quarterly the group supported Home Again St. Johns’ Dining with Dignity Program and annually provided funds to Art Breakers and Pink Heals for cancer patients and their families. The group additionally recognized outstanding community volunteers with their annual meeting and enjoyed monthly talks from community leaders about the assets of St. Johns County.

St. Johns Campus ARC Art Instruction Program – Topic for November Meeting

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Historic St Augustine
116 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-0502
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November 21

Networking: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers
Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

ARC St. Johns Community Campus art instructional staff will share information about the Art Program in ARC. Speaking at the November Program meeting will be Jessica Regan and Molly Ferraro.

Jessica Regan is a Para Professional with ARC leading the Creative Arts Department. She has been with ARC over four years with experience as a trained artist for many years working in art shows, art walks and juried shows with a passion for helping other individuals through self-expression and art therapy.  ARC Creative Arts Department is an inclusive arts program for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, physically and behaviorally challenged young adults in the planning and implementation of art projects, lessons, shows and enterprise. The program employs a hands on approach through technique and different mediums, while incorporating art history with for students. The program challenges their talents, abilities, interests, feelings communication and self-expression through art, art therapy and relatable artists, as well as open the doors to the various art careers available within the industry.

Molly Ferraro, also a Para Professional, with ARC for over eight years has an additional seven years’ experience with ESE populations. Since the Arts Program started two years ago students have grown in the use Art for self-expression, imagination, and therapeutic purposes. The department is an inclusive arts program for individuals with intellectual/physical disabilities as well as behaviorally challenged. The goal is to teach individuals the “World of Art” and the career fields it offers in an effort to open more opportunities for their future.

Donna Leuders with INK Foundation Speaking at the October Meeting

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Historic St Augustine
116 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-0502
MAP

October 17, 2017

Networking: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers
Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Donna Lueders oversees the St Johns County Education Foundation d/b/a Investing in Kids (INK). Donna’s family is from St. Augustine and while she spent time away from “home,” she’s been back since 1986. Prior to her employment with the Foundation, Donna worked in the criminal justice system. She’s married to Loran Lueders, Retired Chief of Police in St. Augustine. Her daughter, a graduate of St. Johns County Schools and Flagler College, is a teacher in New York City. Donna will be updating the members on recent fundraising events and the programs INK supports in the community.

ANNUAL MEETING starts at 7:00 p.m.
Membership quorum and vote required on significant issue.

Mayor Shaver to Address StAR Council in September

Mayor Nancy Shaver, City of St. Augustine, will be the September Program Speaker for the StAR Council. Mayor Shaver will update the group on current and emerging concerns with City government.

Mayor Shaver has over 25 years of business experience leading marketing organizations, and currently serves as a Principal Consultant with Experian Marketing Services engaging with global firms to deliver data and analytically based strategy. On a professional level, she is a speaker at industry conferences, contributes regularly to various publications and has been a board member of the DMAW Educational Foundation and TransAmerica Marketing.

As an active resident and neighbor, Mayor Shaver is a contributor to the communities she has lived in, often supporting the visual arts, and providing pro-bono consulting to small businesses and non-profits. She has served on the Board of the Denver Art Museum Native Arts, as well as the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In St. Augustine she has sponsored swimming lessons at the Galimore Center, was a founding member of Keep Riberia Pointe Green, and is part of the Vicker’s Park Preservationists, and has been an active participant in city government.

Wellesley College awarded her a Bachelor of Arts degree; she also attended the MBA program at Mary Washington University.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Historic St Augustine
116 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-0502
MAP

September 19, 2017

Networking: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers

Economic Development Director to brief StAR members on county growth

Melissa Glasgow, Director of Economic Development for St. Johns County will be the July Program Speaker for the StAR Council on July 18th at 6 p.m. Members and guests are welcomed to attend at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Historic St. Augustine, 116 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine.  Glasgow will update the group on current and emerging business development in the county.

Melissa S. Glasgow serves as the Director of Economic Development for St. Johns County, FL. She is the first person to hold this position and began her work with the County in 2011. As the lead for the County’s primary designated economic development organization, Glasgow coordinates overall economic development efforts in St. Johns County and works closely with the Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Florida and other partners to attract new businesses to St. Johns County, as well as support existing businesses.

She is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), CORENet Global, NAIOP, CREWJAX and Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), among other organizations. She also serves on the University of North Florida’s Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, and is a graduate of Leadership St. Johns.

 

 

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Historic St Augustine
116 San Marco Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-0502
MAP

July 18, 2017

Networking: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers