Sunday, July 24, 2011

Board Member Profile: Meredith Schmidt

Age or Birthday: 30, October 19

Resides In: Intercoastal West

Family Details: Looking forward to an October wedding with finance Josh Guess

Pets: Tango, my 40 pound Jack Russell mix. He is my strong willed little man that loves to hug company, cuddle and then dart out the backyard gate any chance he can get.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma & DeLand, Florida

Current Board Position: VP Finance Council

College and Major: Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Graduate School of Banking at LSU and currently taking classes at UNF to sit for the CPA exam.

Professional Details: Vice President Commercial Banker Fifth Third Bank

Community Involvement: Leadership Jacksonville, Girl Scouts, Girls on the Run, Art & Antiques Show, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society.

Member of JLJ since: 2005

Why did you join JLJ? I joined the Junior League when I moved to Jacksonville as a recommendation from a coworker who thought it was a great way to meet friends and get to know our community.

What is Your Goal for this year? My goals this year include streamline the League’s fund development programs and aligning our finance council structure to serve our changing needs while implementing new areas for sustainable revenue that maximizes our volunteer time.

What has been your most rewarding moment in JLJ, so far? Hands down my time spent volunteering with Kids in the Kitchen, especially at the Sanctuary on 8th. There were many Friday afternoons I would be rushing to an event after a busy work week and all my real world stress would melt away getting out of my car. The kids would run out the door to greet us with welcoming hugs, cheers and chants of “Kids in the Kitchen!” Getting to interact with the kids through a lesson offend left me with a bigger life lesson.

What has surprised you most about your time with JLJ? The Junior League has allowed me to experience Jacksonville, learned about our community organizations and build lasting friendships. Six years later my closest friends here in Jacksonville I met in my provisional group.

What has been your favorite placement, so far? Kids in the Kitchen.

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