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Bluffton

Fellowship and Service the Bluffton Way

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Rotary Community Center/Oscar Frazier Park
10 Recreation Court
Bluffton, SC  29910
United States
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John Kirkland, Bluffton Rotary Club President, presents a certificate and gift card to MC Riley Student of the Month, Malachi Bynum.
 
Beaufort Memorial Hospital occupational therapist Jesse Ausec spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about his involvement with Partner for Surgery. Partner for Surgery is a non-profit on the front lines of medical and surgical care in rural Guatemala, helping impoverished Guatemalans living in remote locations and working to educate and empower rural Guatemalans to initiate and advocate for vital health care services on their own behalf. Ausec’s particular focus is on pediatrics and the Targeted Infant Nutrition Program (TINP), working with infants and children born with cleft lips and cleft palates. To learn more about how to help change lives through medical care, go to http://partnerforsurgery.org/
 
John O'Toole, Executive Director for Beaufort County Economic Development
Corporation, gave the Rotary Club of Bluffton an overview of efforts to
bring new businesses into the county. O'Toole also spent some time
explaining how they plan and work with organizations such as USCB and TCL to
prepare a workforce for new businesses. Their goal for next year is to bring
in $50 million in revenues and 200+ new jobs by June 2019. Beaufort County's
work force "hidden weapon" is our military presence; every year 800 - 1200
Marines either retire or transition out of the Marines into our county.
O'Toole's key to development? Look for 3 things: Simple, Swift and Certain.
For more information on the Beaufort County Economic Development
Corporation: http://southerncarolina.org/beaufort/EDC
 
 
John Kirkland, president of the Bluffton Rotary Club, presents a $3,500 check to Kimberly Hall, Executive Director of Bluffton Self Help. Bluffton Self Help was established in 1988, just like the Bluffton Rotary Club. Working together as partners, Bluffton Self Help and the Rotary Club of Bluffton have been making a difference in our community for 30 years. Congratulations. For more information on Bluffton Self Help: http://www.blufftonselfhelp.org/home
 
The Rotary Club of Bluffton had several visitors on Wednesday, March 21 to recognize outstanding service from some members. District Governor Gary Bradham presented the recognitions, with help from Sandee Brooks, Immediate Past District Governor and Deborah Burt, Bluffton Rotary Club Foundation Director. Also on hand for the awards were David Tirard, District Governor Elect, and Assistant District Governor Nancy Riedel. Burt noted ”the Foundation is our charity and as Rotarians supporting the Foundation, it is our opportunity to personally support the work that we do in our communities and around the world. What better way to live a life of ‘Service Above Self’?”
 
Dan Wood, Steve Tilton, Dee Dee Graham, receiving recognition from DG Gary Bradham for their contributions as Benefactor or Bequest Society members.
 
President John Kirkland, Dani Breidung and Becki Hale are Bluffton Rotary Club’s newest Paul Harris Society members.
 
DG Gary Bradham recognized Rotary Club of Bluffton members for multiple Paul Harris achievements: Steve Miller (PHF + 5), Barry Connor (PHF + 8) and Deborah Burt (PHF + 6). Deborah, Steve and Barry are also PHF Sustaining members.
 
 
 
District Governor Gary Bradham inducted Bluffton Rotary's four newest members at the weekly breakfast meeting on March 21st. Shown from left are DG Gary, Bruce Trimbur, Alan Johnson, Jan Sinclair and Jim Evans. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bluffton!
 
 
Town Councilman, Bluffton Rotary Club member and past president, Dan Wood
spoke to the club with an update on Bluffton. Some items of interest
included: adding new parking along Dr. Mellichamp Drive; a new pocket park
donated to the Town by Eugene Marks in front of Stock Farm development;
sewer improvements along Buck Island and Simmonsville Roads, where ~ 700
residents now have sewer; Town Hall renovations; sidewalks along Goethe,
Buck Island and Shultz Roads; the acquisition of 184 Bluffton Rd. (old Cross
Fit location) for additional parking; the acquisition of 68 Boundary Street
for additional parking; the May River Streetscape that is nearly complete;
the Wright property on Calhoun (across from The Church of the Cross) which
has been cleared and the fence removed; and more street lighting planned for
Lawrence Street. With our rapid growth in Bluffton, the Town is looking
ahead to the historic aspects of our community, keeping safety in mind and
leaving Bluffton as a "walking town". Thank you Councilman Wood, for all you
do.
 

Al Segars, well-known local veterinarian, recently retired from DNR in
November 2018, provided a great slideshow and talk about the Ace Basin, a
national treasure in our backyard. The Ace Basin covers 1.5 million acres of
mostly wetlands and is located along US 17 or Interstate 95 between Hilton
Head Island and Charleston. There are driving trails, hiking trails and boat
rides to see some of this land and the wild life and animals within. This
time of the year alligators are in mating season and out "bellowing"; Rosy
Spoonbills, white pelicans, snakes & bald eagles are just a few species you
might find. The park is free and makes for a nice morning, afternoon or
whole day. For more information:
www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/NERR/stewardpartners.html
 
Barbara Ivey, Vice President of Operations for Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART) and our speaker this morning, shared her personal experiences with Alzheimers and how it affected her family. In sharing, she gave the group good pointers on mistakes to avoid and how best to spend time with loved ones during the time they have left. Alzheimers is one of the top 10 diseases in America causing death - #6 - and we still do not have a real sense of cause, a reversal for the disease and not even a real treatment for this disease. Research only started 20 years ago and was
initially confined to pharmaceutical companies; now research has moved to institutional organizations and information is being freely shared, helping make strides.

The CART fund, started in 1996 by the Sumter Rotary Club and with 21 US District now participating, helps fund research for Alzheimers, just by collecting change in our CART fund buckets each week.  For more information on where your coins go click HERE. Ivey's website on Alzheimer's can be found HERE.

Ivey had a career working for Microsoft, before devoting her time to Alzheimer's awareness and research.
 
Guest speakers, Ben Shelton, Town Prosecutor, lawyer, President of the Van Landingham Rotary Club and and Tabor Vaux, County Council for Beaufort County and member of the Bluffton Rotary Club, spoke to our club on Feb. 7 about events and issues going on in Beaufort County today. Councilman Vaux covered top issues that County Council is working on including:
1. Increasing penalties for littering and the ban of one-time use plastic bags; 2. Revisiting the future land-use map for planning and control of growth in our county; 3. Looking at elimination of business taxes and making Beaufort County more business friendly; 4. Expansion of sewer services in the county; and 5. A potential sales tax referendum, for replacing the bridge to Hilton
Head. Shelton spoke on the lawsuit filed on Feb. 6 on behalf of Beaufort County against drug companies, some unnamed clinics and doctors within our county for the local opioid crisis. Deaths attributed to opioids have risen steadily in our area and our country, and have cost billions of dollars to the government...and taxpayers. The State of SC filed a lawsuit against Oxycotin maker Purdue Pharma in 2017, who is also named in Beaufort County's suit. For more information click HERE.
 
District Governor Elect David Tirard spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club for Foundation Month, emphasizing the 6 Areas of Focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy and Economic and community development. Click HERE to find out more.
 
 
 
 
 
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