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Bluffton

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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Collins Doughtie, a long-time resident of Hilton Head Island shared some “growing up” stories with the Bluffton Rotary Club. When his family moved to the area in 1961, his home was the 8th in Sea Pines. As kids, they had fun riding the Marsh Tacky ponies on the beach…scooping up crabs from tidal pools…fishing…and occasionally getting into trouble. It was a different life back then … a wide open new world made just for adventuresome kids. The years growing up are probably why Collins is still all about adventure today, though a lot of it is adventure in the local waters fishing. Find more information HERE about Collins’ latest interest in saving the “old” way of life. For fishing help, contact Collins at cdad@hiltonheadisland.net.
 
The Rotary Club of Bluffton recently donated $5000 to the Greater Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine. Pictured above: Executive Director of BJVIM, Pat Tomey and Rotarian President, Michael Putich.
 
Rotary Club of Bluffton presented pretigous Paul Harris Fellow Awards to several members of the club.  Pictured above:  President-Michael Putich, Pike Jones, Chierie Smith , David Hussey, John Anderson and Assistant District Govenor Nancy Reidel.
 
Action for Autism (AFA) is building a new AFA Academy of the Low Country, where children on the Autism Spectrum and with other neurodevelopmental
delays, ages 1 - 21, can learn, grow and  reach their fullest potential, all while feeling confident, safe and secure in a positive learning environment.
Dan Messmer, Assistant Executive Director for AFA, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about his two children that are on the autism spectrum. With his
personal experience, Dan has made it his mission to provide help for families and special needs children in our area by providing an avenue to
make it better. They hope to open AFA Academy in late August. Messmer also covered some general facts of autism - how the rate of autism has increased
over the past 20 years, stats that boys are more likely than girls to be affected by autism, and autism affects 1 in every 68 children now. For more
information or to get involved, click HERE.
 
 

Dr. Al Stokes, Director of the Waddell Maricultural Center in Bluffton, recently spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about the Aqua Culture Research Center at Waddell and its main focus of seafood reproduction, working all over the world. The research facility has 25 ponds and is currently going through some renovations where they will add their own hatching system; they currently use a hatching system in Charleston. With help from summer interns, the group works with our cobia, blue crabs, shrimp and horseshoe crab populations. Click HERE for more information and or tours.
 
Jay Walea, Executive Director of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, has been with Palmetto Bluff for 27 years...even before it was Palmetto Bluff, but
known as Union Camp's Land Resources Division. During a recent Bluffton Rotary Club meeting, Jay shared some of the goals and programs of the
conservancy group, including history of the Palmetto Bluff area, which can be traced back to Paleo times, with written history going to
pre-revolutionary war times. The staff does a lot of public outreach education as well as preservation and conservation of this beautiful area.
Routine jobs may include controlled burning (in winter months only), counting the blue bird, rattle snake and wild turkey populations,
maintaining and stocking retention ponds. "The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy was created to insure the conservation vision of this amazing piece of land
in the heart of the Lowcountry", according to Walea. Click HERE for more information.
 
Russell Baxley joined Beaufort Memorial Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer in September, 2016, right before Hurricane Matthew hit our area, and he has been a whirlwind of activity himself since then. Baxley joined the Bluffton Rotary Club to update members on Beaufort Memorial Hospital, which began operations in 1944 as a not for profit and a state operated organization. Growth over the past few years has been phenomenal, as with our area, and they are now the largest hospital between Charleston and Savannah, with 197 available beds and 1800 employees. Designated as a Pathway to Excellence hospital, Beaufort Memorial, under Baxley’s leadership, has developed and expanded critical services including oncology, constructed a new facility for urgent care services, developed telemedicine options, and introduced “Violet” a germ-zapping robot that “cleans” every room after a patient is discharged to zap any germs or bugs. Baxley also reviewed some projects heading our way in the next 5 years, such as a new birthing center and a new 50,000 square foot facility for Bluffton, projected to open in 2019. Click HERE for more information about Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
 
Bill Beltz, member of the Okatie Rotary Club and a Rotarian since 1980, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club on March 15 about his life as a Franciscan Monk, growing up with his PTSD and abusive father and his published memoir, The Buried War. Congratulations, Bill, for publishing your memoir and having the courage to speak out about difficult phases in your life. You can find more at Balboa Press HERE or on Amazon HERE.
 
Chris Shoemaker (center) was recently inducted as a new member of the Rotary Club of Bluffton. Shown here with his sponsor, Dan Wood and President Michael Putich.
Congratulations Chris!
 
 
 
Speakers
Lynn McGee
Aug 02, 2017
USCB International Exchange Information
David Lauderdale
Aug 09, 2017
Lowcountry Stories
Ellen Comeau, Clemson University
Aug 16, 2017
Stormwater and Local Water Quality
At BeeTown Mead & Cider
Aug 30, 2017
Fifth Wednesday Celebration
Tony Solomon
Sep 06, 2017
Marine Corps League
Joel Taylor, CEO
Sep 13, 2017
Coastal Carolina Hospital
 
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