Calendar of Events

April 1, 2014

Welcome Matthew Rapp, THE PLAYERS Championship

Lunch served at 12:00pm - Meeting at 12:30pm

Matthew Rapp, THE PLAYERS Championship
Matthew Rapp, Senior Vice President Championship Management and Executive Director THE PLAYERS Championship

Matt Rapp is senior vice president with the PGA TOUR’s Championship Management division, overseeing several of the TOUR’s prominent events including The Presidents Cup, Tour Championship and THE PLAYERS Championship. Rapp also oversees top vendor management across the Championship Management events and is helping
to enhance fan experiences at these events based on improvements in this area at THE PLAYERS.

Rapp has led THE PLAYERS Championship since the conclusion of the 2010 event and has focused on significantly enhancing the fan experience, increasing the event’s charitable impact and reinvigorating its vital connection with the local community. Under his leadership, the event has seen dramatic spikes in all categories, most notably in attendance (up 32 percent) and sponsorship/hospitality revenue (up 53 percent); furthermore, THE PLAYERS has resumed its rightful place as the event of the year in Northeast Florida. It has also become a showcase for the area through increased recognition and promotion in domestic and international telecasts and other media, which is a vital tool in attracting businesses and investors to Florida’s Historic Coast.

Prior to his current roles, Rapp worked in the TOUR’s corporate marketing department for more than five years, focusing on title sponsor sales. He was responsible for more than $500 million in sponsorship agreements with companies that include Crowne Plaza, The Greenbrier, McGladrey, Northern Trust, Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Royal Bank of Canada, Boeing and Regions. Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, Rapp held several senior executive positions in public relations and communications with the ATP World Tour, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, and Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations firm. His first job was working on Capitol Hill with the former assistant majority leader of the U.S. Senate, Wendall H. Ford.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Rapp has lived and worked in many cities throughout the United States and around the world including Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., London and Brussels, but he is proud to call Jacksonville his home since 2001. Rapp graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 where he rowed crew and studied international relations.

Easter Basket Literacy Project - Volunteers Needed
April 8th @ 11:30am (Tuesday)
Before our regular meeting at RCBC.  Please join us to help pack 19 Easter baskets.  Come as you are...come a little early...all supplies provided. 

April 9th @ 1:00pm (Wednesday)
Delivery of baskets to the 19 students!  
Location - San Jose Elementary School

Save the Date
Alhambra Fund Raising Event - June 5th!  

The Alhambra Fundraising Event Committee is working hard to plan a great event...

Odette Struys, President Harlan Bost & Jason Burnett
Save the date for the Rotary Fund Raiser at the Alhambra dinner theater.    

Social Security starring Barbara Eden 
"When a well-known art gallery owner and her husband receive a visit from her  mother,   all seems to be going smoothly until they find out the visit may not end. Panic and mayhem ensue as life takes a crazy turn in this hilarious comedy starring the always enchanting Barbara Eden."

 Minutarian Update, Week 39
What great news this week! Last month India celebrated the three year anniversary of its last case of polio, setting the stage for the entire World Health Organization Southeast Asia region to be declared polio-free in March! Many years ago, when we first started the polio campaign, it seemed only a dream that we would see this day. Now we fight the last few cases, in order to celebrate in 2018 the end of polio world wide. Please continue to carry on the fight. 

Please remember, don’t just recruit members for your club. Invite someone to breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee with your Rotary friends. You can also invite them to participate in one of your many projects. They just might want to be a part of the wonderful things you do, and the great people that you are.

Keep doing those wonderful things you do!