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Fellowship and Service the Bluffton Way

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Rotary Community Center/Oscar Frazier Park
Recreation Court
Bluffton, SC  29910
United States
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Barbara Ivey, Vice President of Operations for Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART) and our speaker this morning, shared her personal experiences with Alzheimers and how it affected her family. In sharing, she gave the group good pointers on mistakes to avoid and how best to spend time with loved ones during the time they have left. Alzheimers is one of the top 10 diseases in America causing death - #6 - and we still do not have a real sense of cause, a reversal for the disease and not even a real treatment for this disease. Research only started 20 years ago and was
initially confined to pharmaceutical companies; now research has moved to institutional organizations and information is being freely shared, helping make strides.

The CART fund, started in 1996 by the Sumter Rotary Club and with 21 US District now participating, helps fund research for Alzheimers, just by collecting change in our CART fund buckets each week.  For more information on where your coins go click HERE. Ivey's website on Alzheimer's can be found HERE.

Ivey had a career working for Microsoft, before devoting her time to Alzheimer's awareness and research.
Guest speakers, Ben Shelton, Town Prosecutor, lawyer, President of the Van Landingham Rotary Club and and Tabor Vaux, County Council for Beaufort County and member of the Bluffton Rotary Club, spoke to our club on Feb. 7 about events and issues going on in Beaufort County today. Councilman Vaux covered top issues that County Council is working on including:
1. Increasing penalties for littering and the ban of one-time use plastic bags; 2. Revisiting the future land-use map for planning and control of growth in our county; 3. Looking at elimination of business taxes and making Beaufort County more business friendly; 4. Expansion of sewer services in the county; and 5. A potential sales tax referendum, for replacing the bridge to Hilton
Head. Shelton spoke on the lawsuit filed on Feb. 6 on behalf of Beaufort County against drug companies, some unnamed clinics and doctors within our county for the local opioid crisis. Deaths attributed to opioids have risen steadily in our area and our country, and have cost billions of dollars to the government...and taxpayers. The State of SC filed a lawsuit against Oxycotin maker Purdue Pharma in 2017, who is also named in Beaufort County's suit. For more information click HERE.
District Governor Elect David Tirard spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club for Foundation Month, emphasizing the 6 Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development. Click HERE to find out more.
Members of the Dennis J. Becker Post 205 of the American Legion spoke to Bluffton Rotary about their upcoming 12th annual golf tournament fundraiser. The tournament is scheduled for September 29, 2016 at the Rose Hill Golf Club. There will be a cookout after the golf tournament with a raffle, silent auction and door prizes. Donations of auction items are appreciated. Golf hole sponsorships are available. Click HERE for more information.
Ellen Comeau from the Beaufort County Clemson Extension Service talked to the Bluffton Rotary Club about Stormwater and Local Water Quality. Working in partnership with Carolina Clear, they strive to have healthy, fishable, swimmable waterways for all of us in Beaufort County. Half of Beaufort County’s 576 square miles is made up of water and ½ of South Carolina’s salt marshes are in Beaufort County; we have very little freshwater in our area. According to Comeau, wetlands are the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. How can we help? Some suggestions include using or establishing rain barrels, rain gardens, shorescaping, watering our yards wisely, testing the soil before fertilizing and doing your “doody”! More information can be found HERE.
Ian Duncan, sponsored by Mike Tripka, is inducted with help from AG Nancy Riedel and President John Kirkland.
David Lauderdale, senior editor and columnist at The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club on August 9. His main message was to “slow down”…slow down the growth and pace in Bluffton and keep what we all love about Bluffton intact. Lauderdale shared many stories about Bluffton and Hilton Head, from his 40 years spent in the LowCountry, and some scandals too. We have quite a history here and we should all help keep Bluffton alive and special beyond the “next 40 years”.
Dr. Lynn McGee, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club on August 2, regarding her recent experience in the German Fulbright Commission Higher Education, after receiving a Fulbright Award. Dr. McGee is working to help others experience the same opportunities as a Fulbright Scholar and in her presentation she made a strong connection between the Fulbright organization and Rotary International, with similar missions and goals. Her goal is to elevate USCB to a more international level and help partner USCB with an International school in France for student exchange opportunities. During her trip to Germany, McGee was introduced to Germany’s higher education system where she was able to visit multiple universities and do a “deep dive” into the differences, plus learn more about the German culture and life.
Apr 04, 2018
Larry Hughes
Apr 11, 2018
Oyster Trail
30th Anniversary Party
Apr 18, 2018
May 02, 2018
May 09, 2018
May 16, 2018
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