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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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Land planners Wallace Milling and Dan Keefer of Witmer Jones Keefer presented a conceptual master plan of the "Rotary Field Of Dreams" at the November 30, 2016 breakfast meeting. The field is adjacent to the Rotary Community Center. The Rotary Club of Bluffton is partnering with the Town of Bluffton to fund improvements to the park, including a paved walking trail, playground, restrooms and a bandstand.
Bluffton Rotary president Michael Putich presented a donation of $5000 to Bluffton Self Help on November 30, 2016. The funds will help the organization in its continuing efforts to support families impacted by hurricane Matthew.
Bluffton Rotarians who served in the U.S. military were recognized at our breakfast meeting November 9, 2016, a few days before Veterans Day. Shown, left to right are Larry Micari (Navy), George Holske (Army), Sidney Jones (Navy), Mel Pearson (Army) and Tony Falgiani (Navy). Thank you for your service to our country.
Our newest member, Jean Heyduck was inducted at our breakfast meeting on November 9, 2016. She is pictured with club president, Michael Putich and her sponsor, Chris Protz. Welcome to the club Jean.
Andra Watkins, New York Times Bestselling Author, gave the Bluffton Rotary Club a little South Carolina history lesson Wednesday morning, November 9 – the day after the current election – comparing it to the election of 1800 and making sure we all stayed awake. In her just released novel Hard to Die, Watkins explores the life of ‘Dear Theodosia’, the daughter of US Vice President Aaron Burr and wife of Joseph Alston, Governor of SC during the War of 1812. There are ties between Theodosia and the current wildly popular Broadway musical Hamilton…and we’ll just have to read Watkins’ speculative fiction novel to find out what really may have happened in this tidbit of SC history. Andra Watkins also wrote the memoir Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, the novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, and the photography collection Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time.
 
To launch her debut novel, Andra is one of the only living persons to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. Fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. She finished her trek in 34 days. While she walked the Trace to launch her novel, she ended up having a life-changing adventure with her 80-year-old father. Not Without My Father chronicles that experience.
 
Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is past District Communications Chair for District 7770, founder of the District 7770 Friendship Exchange program, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award. For more information about Andra, you can visit her website at www.andrawatkins.com.

                       

Happy Feet 2016

The Bluffton Rotary held it’s annual “Happy Feet” event on Saturday, November 5th at Payless Shoes.  Happy Feet donates a new pair of shoes to students from three Bluffton elementary schools.  This year 298 children received new shoes to wear to school.

The Bluffton Rotary wants to thank the social workers from Michael C. Riley Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary and Bluffton Elementary for their work with the parents and students leading up to the event.  Children from families struggling with financial difficulties were invited to attend. There were many smiles and thank you’s from the children and parents as they walked out of the store with the new shoes.

Rotary also wants to thank Maya Smith, Payless Shoes Manager, and her staff, who worked tirelessly to have the necessary children’s shoes readily available for the event.

This year 16 Bluffton Rotarians, 2 prospective members and 2 Rotarian guests volunteered to work Happy Feet.  It was a heart warming experience to see 298 happy children with their new shoes! 

Just recently there have been many opportunities for each of us to show our Rotary spirit by adhering to the Rotary organization’s motto “Service above Self” and this year’s Rotary theme ”Rotary Serving Humanity”. Hurricane Matthew, the Arts & Seafood festival and our international water project each have provided us with opportunities to serve.  Whether we are serving as a group of Rotarians or on our own with our families and friends, sharing our time availability, our talents and our interests with those in need strengthens our relationships and helps us to develop attributes that will make our Club and community stronger. Just recently, our Club donated $5,000 to Bluffton Self Help with the intent of helping a local non-profit organization provide financial assistance to those who are struggling with Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath.  Those funds, earned by hardworking Rotarians, are available because of each Rotarian’s service to the Club.  In addition to our Club’s cash contribution, we are currently collecting food, household and hygiene items that we will also donate to Bluffton Self Help. I want to thank each of you for what you do and how you do it.  You each play an important role in allowing our Club to give back to our community.  Great Job!
Alice Howard spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club on November 2nd as part of our celebration of Rotary Foundation Month. Alice is a past president of the Rotary Club of the LowCountry in Beaufort, a past Assistant Governor and currently serves as District Annual Fund Chairman for our District 7770.
The Twelfth Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival held October 15th - 23rd was again a huge success due to the efforts of many and in spite of Hurricane Matthew.  It is an amazing community event that not only brings the community and visitors together to celebrate the very essence of Bluffton, but it also takes the community to put it on.  A big thank you to my fellow Rotarians for their support and service.  We did an outstanding job highlighting the "gems of Bluffton":  the natural beauty of our river community; its rich history; the pristine quality of the May River; the bounty of our local waterways; and the cultural and artistic aspect of our community itself.  It is touted as and truly is the celebration "where fine art and the bounty of the sea come together!"  Thank you all again and looking forward to the final numbers from the bar sales so we again can return the profits to those in need in our community.  Until next year.

Mary O'Neill, President
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival
Bluffton Rotarians Deborah Burt, Dot Jeger and Dee Dee Graham recently traveled to Miramar in the Piura Region of Peru to help dedicate a clean water project. The project was a collaboration involving Rotary International, Rotary District 7770, Rotary District 4465 in Peru, Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru and the Rotary Club of Bluffton. The clean water project is now serving 700 families and a total of 2800 people in Miramar.
 
 
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MC Reilly Singing Eagles
Dec 07, 2016
Merry Christmas!
United Way
Dec 14, 2016
No meeting
Dec 21, 2016
Christmas Holiday
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Dec 28, 2016
Christmas Holiday
Ray Wenig
Jan 04, 2017
Experience Green Baseline Sustainability Assessment
Aunt Laurie's Baskets
Jan 11, 2017
Inspire others to acknowledge the human value in everyone. One gift at a time.
Marc Orlando & BPD
Jan 18, 2017
Hurricane Matthew preparation, response and recovery
 
 
 
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