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Bluffton

Fellowship and Service the Bluffton Way

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Rotary Community Center/Oscar Frazier Park
P.O. Box 142
Bluffton, SC  29910
United States
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What an exciting time it is to be a Rotarian! Polio is just minor steps away from being completely eradicated, as we see that Nigeria has gone a complete year without any breakouts and Pakistan/ Afghanistan are reducing their cases each year. Rotarians have contributed over $688,000,000 to the eradication of this terrible disease. Also, Rotary has been increasing the awareness and is leading the fight to rid Alzheimer’s Disease. This dreaded and dilapidating disease wreaks havoc on the lives of those afflicted with it as well as the families. Recently, my own family lost my maternal grandmother to Alzheimer’s. She had been fighting it for almost a decade until she could fight no more.
The theme for this year is “Be a gift unto the World” and resonates so many opportunities for all of us as Rotarians. I recently asked the Bluffton Rotary membership, to define what this theme actually means to each member. How far does your world stretch and reach? To some, that may be your community. To others, it may mean SC or the USA; and to others, the world as known in a literal sense. The point is, we all, as Rotarians, can make a difference. Each of us continues to make a difference every time we get together be it at the Arts & Seafood Festival; our Happy Feet Project; our Christmas Angels Project; the Oyster Festival; the ringing of the bells for the Salvation Army or even our flagship event, the Bluffton Village Festival. Any and all of these events, and so many others, gives us the ability to provide in so many ways for others, that need our help, wherever the world takes us. This year, we will see the initiative of our first International Project come together. This will take us deep into the jungles of Peru to a village that has never had clean, parasite free water to drink. This project, through Water Missions International, might just save the life of a young child being bedridden with parasitical diseases. Could that simple thing of fresh and clean water be the one gesture that brought peace to tribal villages or even lead the next generation of indigenous people to that area of the South America into the 21st century.
The Bluffton Rotary Club is one of the most active and exciting Rotary Clubs throughout this area as well as this Region. As we all know, we like to have a good time, be friendly to our neighbors, and bring like-minded folks into Rotary, who firmly believe in “Service before Self”. I challenge each member to reach out into your world…introduce Rotary to someone and give them the chance to give back to their community and to the world. I am proud to be the President for the 2015- 2016 term and give you my assurance that I will do the best job I can for you and the community. I have a fantastic Board of Directors working with me, together, for the betterment of the Club but most of all, we have the most outstanding membership of any Club. Each of you bring a special “something” to the Club, so I ask you to share it. Make your gift, a “gift to the world”.
 
In Rotary—
 
Michael E Covert
President 2015-2016
 

 
 

As I reflect on the Oyster Roast, I can’t help but think how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place.
 
The weather turned out to be great, a Chamber of Commerce night as some would say. The Oyster Roast went off without a hitch thanks to the great work that Tray and Gary did as co-chairs, the tremendous support of the Club members, prospective members, family members and friends pitching in to help. Thanks to all and especially thank you to Tray and Gary. I would also like to give a big shout-out to Larry and Tina Toomer for helping us make this possible.
 
While I was helping at the beverage ticket sales table I had an opportunity to discuss our Club with some people that were interested in learning more about Rotary and what we are about. These were people in their early thirties. I have been told by more than a few people over the last few weeks that we are unique from most Rotary Clubs because of the diversity in age groups. I think this speaks well for the future of the Club and makes for a very vibrant Club. I encourage each of you to think of each new person you meet as a possible Rotarian and invite them to a meeting. Who knows, that person may be our next events chair or a future President of the Club.
 
As we move into February, the District is promoting a feed the children project centered around Valentine's Day. The Board decided we would again collect non-perishable food items for the Bluffton High School Food Closet. Please bring your donations to the meeting over the next few weeks and we will deliver what we collect by February 14th.
 
Dot Jeger and David Hussey are heading up the Bluffton Village Festival this year. The Committee has been put together but if you are interested in being part of the Committee there is always room for more. Please see Dot or David and let them know of your interest.

Yours in Rotary,
Steve  
 
 

 
 

Bluffton Rotary President Steve Miller inducts two new members in January. Welcome Robbie Eidson (2nd from left) sponsored by Steve Miller and Jessica Gower (3rd from left), sponsored by Dot Jeger!
 

 
 
Celia Beauchamp, a certified diabetes educator with Coastal Carolina shared her presentation: Healthy Living is a Journey.  Her top points included 1) Get out the measuring utensils 2) It’s not what you eat, it’s HOW MUCH you eat.  3) Dine at a table to avoid mindless eating.  4) When to Eat:  Get yourself fueled in the morning. 5) Get a good night’s sleep.  6) Get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. 7) Write your goals down and put them on your mirror!
 

 
 
Our January 7th meeting featured guest speaker Dr. Helen Ryan who went to Ghana  with 23 other Rotarians to see first hand the end result of a Rotary project. 

She witnessed the efforts provided through a global grant  that is funded via district designated funds and matched by World Fund.   Her message - Rotarians are making a difference in the world and there is SUSTAINABILITY….there is a system  to follow the results  and needs of projects and dollars spent after completion.
 

 
 
We can't WAIT!! Get your tickets NOW!
The Bluffton Rotary Club's famous annual Oyster Roast is just around the corner!  Tickets are just $25 each, if bought in advance, for a special lowcountry tradition…fresh local roasted oysters, brats, home cut fries…great food, plus music by Low Country Boil…and the special fun of hanging out by the bonfire!

They are HERE!! Tickets are available NOW from any Bluffton Rotarian and at the following business locations.

Kevin Sevier, State Farm - 103 Buckwalter Place
Edward Jones, Sarah Reed - 38 Calhoun St, Unit 1

Litchfield Cabinetry - 53 Persimmon St, Suite 104
Hilton Head Wine & Spirit Shop - 50 Shelter Cove Plaza, Suite K, HHI

 
Don’t miss this wonderful, community event!! Join in the fun, bring friends and sell tickets!
 

 
 
Happy New Year!
 
It’s hard to believe that the first six month of the Rotary year is over. It was a busy six months and I hope everyone comes away from it with a sense of accomplishment.

• In August, we roasted in the summer heat for the Boiled Peanut Festival and successfully raised funds to meet our Polio Plus goal of $2,125. 
• In October, we worked hard to support the Historic Arts and Seafood Festival and raised funds to support the Club’s charitable endeavors.
• We ran the most successful Happy Feet project yet providing shoes to 250 children, spending $7,239; the Club spent $4,239 of our funds and also a $3,000 grant from the Foundation – our money returned to the district.
• We supported the Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine with a $5,000 donation.
• We matched funds raised from Club members to provide Christmas for some deserving local families.
• We donated, along with each member’s quarterly donation, funds to the Rotary Foundation. As a result, we are over halfway to meeting our Foundation Goal.
• November and December saw Rotarians in front of Kroger’s ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
• We replanted planters in downtown Bluffton and have received a great deal of publicity for our efforts. 
• Your former Presidents and yours truly had the pleasure of literally bringing up the rear of the Christmas parade.
• Finally, we ended the frantic six months with the fresh young voices of the M. C. Riley Singing Eagles entertaining us in December with Christmas and holiday songs.

 
A special thank-you to all those who took leadership roles in all of these projects and to each Rotarian who put Service Above Self.
 
I have been told that it’s all down hill from this point for my year as your President. It may be, but I look at is as the second half of some exciting opportunities for us to grow and get better. We have the Oyster Roast on January 24. This is a great fund raiser for the club and is probably the project that the local community looks forward to the most. We need all Club members to participate in selling tickets and in volunteering to help the day of the event.
 
We are also gearing up for Bluffton Village Festival. The BVF committee will start having meetings soon and we need as much help as possible.
 
I look forward to another exciting six months.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Steve
 

 
RBC Heritage Tournament Director and COO, Steve Wilmot gave us an overview of  The 2015 golf tournament (47th annual event)  planned for April 13-19th    He stated that “losing their sponsor” several years ago helped them step up their game.  RBC and Boeing are bringing new momentum to this destination event.  He emphasized that volunteers have been and continue to be INSTRUMENTAL to what we do!
 
 

 
 
M.C. Riley Singing Eagles entertain us at breakfast just before Christmas.  Always a treat with many Rotarians bringing their families for the occasion.
 

 
 
 

Speakers

Jul 29, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
Amy Covington
United Way
Aug 12, 2015
Samantha Brophy
Imagine Scholar
Aug 19, 2015
Deb Karambelas
Bluffton Dog Park
Aug 26, 2015
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 30, 2015
District Governor
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