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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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The Rotary Club of Bluffton held its classic Oyster Roast event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park in Old Town Bluffton. The community enjoyed a unique evening on the banks of the May River with succulent local oysters, entertainment, good company and a bonfire. Local favorite Harden & Crenshaw entertained the crowd with its bluegrass sound. The ticket price covered all-you-can-eat, freshly harvested May River oysters. After filling up with oysters, guests enjoyed chili, hot dogs, brats and the Rotary’s famous, homemade hand-cut fries. Soda, beer and wine were also available. All proceeds help support the Bluffton Rotary’s efforts in the community and around the world. This is an annual event so join us again in 2018.
Parrish Neville (pictured left), Marketing Manager for Palmetto Electric Cooperative, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about green initiatives and the history of Rural Electric Cooperatives (REA). Palmetto Electric offers several water heater savings programs to save resources and money for both the cooperative and its customers. More recently, Palmetto Electric has gotten into solar offerings, opening a solar farm in Ridgeland and selling shares to its' members. The Ridgeland offering sold out very quickly as did the New River solar farm, still under construction.
Bruce Clemens, an active Rotarian in Guatemala who now lives in Bluffton, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about his current project in San Lucas, Guatemala, through his company Agua del Pueblo, which was formed in 1972. The peoples of San Lucas on the edge of Lake Atitlan have no sewer system and are using polluted waters of the lake as their drinking water source. The project is working to pull water from the deepest area, where the water is not affected by pollution to provide the town with a clean source. Working with Rotary Clubs and Rotary International grants to finance this project and provide education to the people of Guatemala is a major focus for Bruce and his company. Bruce regularly travels to Guatemala with students researching Global Sustainability. For more information contact Bruce at or check this link:
Special Agent George E. Graves, Jr., a 21 year veteran with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, currently assigned to the Columbia Field Office, Hilton Head Resident Agency, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about fraud and some recent scam operations investigated by the FBI in our area. Some general take-aways from his talk: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is; the FBI and the Federal Government will never call you for money – they will just show up at your door; do not put business checks in your outgoing mail box – take them directly to the post office; be very careful clicking on emails from someone you do not know ... in fact, just don’t; change your passwords frequently and never let someone take control of your computer. For more information, check
Dan Ciuffreda (left) and Stephen Meyer (right) were recently inducted as new members of the Rotary Club of Bluffton. Congratulations.
Six Bluffton Rotarians recently received Paul Harris Fellow awards. The awards were presented by President Michael Putich (far left) and Assistant District Governor Nancy Riedel (far right). The Paul Harris Fellows, from left to right are Barry Connor, Deborah Burt, Allen Freeman, Jim Hudson, Dani Breidung and Daniella Squicquero. Paul Harris Fellows are recognized for contributing $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. Some of these Rotarians are multiple recipients. Congratulations all.
The Bluffton Rotary Club presented Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School with a $500 check on January 25, 2017.  The check was contributed to purchase "age appropriate" dictionaries for the 2nd grade students.  Pictured from left to right are Jesse Floyd (Academy Literacy Coach), Dani Breidung (Rotary Club Secretary), Michael Putich (Rotary Club President), Earl Herman (Academy 2nd Grade Teacher), Jay Parks (Rotary Club Service Projects Director) and Maria Urbin (Academy Reading Intervenionist).
Congratulations to Avery Wallace, the Bluffton Rotary January Student of the Month. Shown with Adrian Sutton the principal of M.C. Riley Elementary School.
Members of Bluffton town government and first responders made a presentation covering the events in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew which hit the Lowcountry in October of last year.
Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D., USCB
Mar 01, 2017
May River marine ecology
Steven Yokley & Stacy Floyd
Mar 08, 2017
NHC memory care unit, The Palmettoes
Bill Beltz
Mar 15, 2017
The Buried War (Memoir)
Andrew Fulghum
Mar 22, 2017
Jasper Terminal Project
Russell Baxley, CEO
Apr 05, 2017
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Jay Walea, Naturalist
Apr 12, 2017
Palmetto Bluff
Al Stokes
Apr 19, 2017
Waddell Mariculture Center