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Also, later this month on Wednesday, April 30, we are having another Business Expo event. Instead of our normal Wednesday morning breakfast meeting, we will meet at the Rotary Community Center at 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Tom Faber has organized this event to help with business networking. There will be Happy Hour, Speed Networking, food and prizes. Plan to attend and bring a guest…but don’t come for breakfast, because you won’t find any!
Then right around the corner, on May 10th, is our Bluffton Village Festival, our largest fund raiser! We’ll have about 200 vendors up and down Calhoun Street, selling arts & crafts and some great food, plus several non-profits organizations. Richard Coffield and May River Realty are once again sponsoring the Ugly Dog contest and we’ll have the pie eating contest again this year too. There’ll be plenty of entertainment, plus adult (and other) beverages flowing from two beer trucks this year. The festival has been extended one hour, at the request of vendors and will run from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm this year.
We’re looking for all members to volunteer, so please sign up to help either Friday night with set-up and vendor arrivals, Saturday morning with vendor set-up, parking, greeters, clean-up during the day, working the beverage or merchandise tents, clean up at the end of the day…plenty to do for everyone, including children and spouses. This is a fun event and a great chance to see everybody in Bluffton!
We’ll have posters again this week, to put in your businesses, and volunteer sign-up sheets over the next few weeks. Thanks for supporting this event – a “gift” we give to Bluffton – visitors and residents alike, the day before Mother’s Day each year!
• Intention – “Constantly state what you want from life.”
• Attention – “Focus your attention on what you want from life.”
• Commitment – “Identify your passions.”
• Decrease blood pressure.
• Avoid weight gain.
• Control or prevent diabetes.
• Decrease the chances of depression.
• Live longer.
• Boost the immune system.
• Frequency – Exercising three to five times a week is good, but six to seven times is better.
• Intensity – Moderate to vigorous exercise is needed for the best results.
• Time – Thirty to 60 minutes of daily exercise is needed for the best results.
• Type – Determining what types of exercise will help people meet their individual goals is key. One effective schedule is doing aerobic exercise Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with weight-lifting on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
First, we want to once again wish Patrick well in his move to Nashville and new job. He arrived just in time for an ice storm, but like the rest of us, spring has to be just around the corner now. And more on Patrick…a little birdie told me he and Laura are getting married soon, so Congratulations to both! If he was still with us, we’d make him donate to our CART fund.
We are very excited to induct two new members this month. Please join me in welcoming Lisa Hayes, sponsored by Sidney Jones, and Tony Falgiani, a transfer sponsored by Steve Miller, into our club tomorrow! We are always looking for new members, new ideas and new workers.
For Literacy Month (March), our District is requesting NEW books to help set-up a school in Charleston that does not have a library. Any new children’s book will be a great addition, ages 0 – 14. If you wish to donate a book, please bring it this week or next Wednesday (March 26); either Steve Tilton or Brooks Williams will take them to the District Conference in Charleston.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is offering Part 1 of their 3 part leadership series on Saturday, May 3rd at our Rotary Community Center. Part 1 covers what being a Rotarian means. This is a great opportunity for any new or established Rotarian to participate and learn more. Please let me know if you are interested.
Right around the corner, coming soon, is the Bluffton Village Festival. Mike Covert is chairing the event this year and has been busying getting his committee organized and working hard on details. The festival this year is on Saturday, May 10…always, the weekend of Mother’s Day. Please mark your calendars for a fun day, hard work and a major fund-raiser for our club!
Thanks again to you all for your support as interim president, filling in for Patrick! After running into past District Governor Ed Duryea last weekend, I found out I am a “recycled” President! Well, we do strive to be GREEN now.
Top of the day to you….stay green for March.
Yours in Rotary,
Dot Jeger has graciously agreed to serve out my term as president, and Steve Miller will begin ramping up for his year in June. I am deeply thankful for the depth of leadership in this club and for the willingness of so many to step up and lead.
As we look toward the end of the 2013-2014 Rotary year, we still have a number of activities ahead of us in the late winter and spring.There will be some other activities and events in addition to the ones noted below, so plan to take full advantage of the various offerings of our club.
On February 28th we will host a blood drive at the Rotary Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please sign up to give if you are able and help spread the word to your friends, associates and family. The severe winter weather has caused a supply shortage, so the timing of our event is particularly important. We will be partnering with the Okatie club in this day-long event so please give it your full support.
Also, coming up on March 28-30 is our district conference in Charleston at the downtown Marriott. This is a fun event to celebrate our successes for the current year with the other clubs in our district. For the first time and for those who can only attend a portion of the conference, there is the option of attending the (1) opening luncheon on Friday, (2) the opening dinner on Friday evening, and (3) the Saturday evening dinner and awards ceremony. Please let me know if you would like to attend all or a portion of the conference. The early registration deadline is March 10.
Finally, the organizational team for the 36th annual Bluffton Village Festival is off and running in planning for this year’s event set for May 10, 2014. Chairman Mike Covert recently held his first meeting with his leadership team, and he will do an outstanding job in pulling this event together. Please give Mike and his team your full support as it does take a “village” of Rotarians and other volunteers to make this a successful festival.
I look forward to watching this club continue to flourish and do great things in Bluffton and around the world. I wish each of you and your families the very best, and please know how much I have enjoyed being a part of this community and the Bluffton Rotary Club!
Yours in Rotary,
The Board approved the donation of $1,000 to purchase a “shelter box” for Filipinos left homeless in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Each shelter box supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. That will include blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. For more information, visit Shelter Box.
In other Board action, Christopher Epps and Bill Epps were proposed as new members, and the resignation was accepted from Rob Lowery, who will be moving to a Beaufort-area club. A slate of officers will be proposed for 2014 in December.
President Patrick Wright reported that Steve Miller had stepped in as interim club treasurer to replace John George, who stepped down to take on additional responsibilities in his business.
Linda Powers of the United Way of the Lowcountry thanked Bluffton Rotarians for supporting the United Way and its partner agencies that provide direct services to local people in need.
“We sponsor very specific projects and programs that are out-come based, whose results are measurable,” Powers said.
Among those projects is a tutoring program that placed 170 volunteers in eight elementary schools to tutor students and help build their reading skills. So far, students who have worked with United Way-sponsored tutors have improved their reading abilities.
Powers encouraged Rotarians to help the United Way in achieving this year’s $2.3 million campaign goal.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School teacher Doris Beishir helps a student pick out a pair of shoes on Saturday at the Bluffton Rotary Club’s annual “Happy Feet” event at Payless Shoes. Rotarians treated more than 163 students at Michael C. Riley, Red Cedar and Bluffton elementary schools to free pairs of shoes.