I have commented to theJCCI Board recently thatmy year as president of thisoutstanding organizationhas not turned out as I hadplanned when I wasPresident-elect. We wereexcited in early summer,by the selection of cityfinances as our next com-munity study topic andalso by the good fortune to recruit J.F. Bryan IV tochair it. But as Mr. Bryan often states in his com-ments about that extraordinarily successful study,no one told him when he was recruited that aworld financial crisis and great recession wereabout to happen on his watch.We have been fortunate at JCCI that more thana decade ago my predecessors had the fore-sight to build a reserve fund to cushion theimpact of financial emergencies. My immediatepredecessor, Helen Jackson, and Allan Geiger before her, had the foresight to anticipate finan-cial challenges in the future and to help our Board focus on delivering our core programs andretaining as many of our highly qualified staff aspossible so the quality of our work would notdiminish. We also called out to our members,friends and supporters to help sustain us. We areextremely grateful for the many individuals, busi-nesses, corporations, foundations and organiza-tions who stepped up to support us despite thisvery difficult economic environment.Even as the financial tempest tossed us around, Icould not be more pleased with the work thathas been accomplished by JCCI volunteers andstaff this year. We met every commitment anddelivered every program on time and on target.Our community study,
Our Money, Our City – Financing Jacksonville’s Future
has been cited bythe President of the duPont Fund as one of thebest studies JCCI has ever done. Thanks to chair J.F. Bryan IV and his very talented and diversestudy committee, the report was presented tothe community and elected leaders at a pivotaltime in the city budget process. It is cited regu-larly by our Mayor, City Council members andkey stakeholders in the city finance debates. Themedia coverage has been unprecedented.We also broke new ground with our 2008
Race Relations Progress Report
, thanks to championslike Blue Cross Blue Shield, CSX and AT&T whohelped fund the first-ever inclusion of our Hispanic community in our quadrennial commu-nity survey. The results illuminated importantinsights into the fastest growing segment of our population. Attorney and Hispanic Chamber ofCommerce Chair Giselle Carson chaired thereview committee for the report and presented itto a crowd of more than 1,400 people during theAnnual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January2009.JCCI
did not miss a beat this year under the leadership of chair Marcus Haile and his suc-cessor, Lee Brown. Volunteers stepped up to takeon new workloads caused by staff reductions.They completed a full series of trainings, issueforums and special events – all focused on fulfill-ing their mission of empowering emerging lead-ers to effect positive change. This group ofyoung people should give us all great hope andconfidence for our community’s future.Please accept my personal thanks to our hard-working Board, our dedicated and talented staffand our marvelous community volunteers for weathering what I fear is only the first year of fis-cal storm. Special thanks also to our Council ofStewards, corporate and nonprofit partners andthe community at large for helping to keep thepromise of JCCI alive.
A. Quinton White, Jr.
Christine C. Arab
Helen D. Jackson
David D. BalzLad DanielsAllan T. Geiger Patricia HoganAllison KormanJudith Rodriguez
Ronald A. AutreyVickie CaveyMichael ConnollyAdrienne ConradBetsy FallonJudy GalindoMark GriffinMarcus HaileEdward F.R. HearleJohn HirabayashiCarol HladkiBrenda PriestlyJacksonWalter JewettWilliam C. MasonSuzanne MontgomeryLisa V. MooreMichael MunzRonald NathersonMarsha Oliver Bryant RollinsPatricia Gillum SamsDwaine StevensDorcas Tanner Susan Towler Tom Van Berkel