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Fellowship and Service the Bluffton Way

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Rotary Community Center/Oscar Frazier Park
10 Recreation Court
Bluffton, SC 29910
United States of America
(843) 540-7957
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At our last meeting, we had several members become Paul Harris Fellows. Congrats to Jim Evans, Dan Ciuffreda, Jack McKenzie and Steve Miller!
At our last meeting, the Chief of the Bluffton Police Department, Stephanie Price, gave a presentation about an initiative called 21st Century Policing which is designed to study the link between procedural justice and legitimacy and trust within the community. Chief Price discussed the 6 major elements to the 21st Century Policing model--1) Building Trust and Legitimacy, 2) Policy and Oversight, 3) Technology and Social Media, 4) Community Policing and Crime Reduction, 5) Training and Education, and 6) Officer Wellness and Safety. 
Prior to moving to the Lowcountry, Chief Price worked at the Savannah Police Department as Assistant Chief where she led the Administrative Bureau which supervised the Budget, Traffic, Training, Special Events, Mounted Patrol, K-9 Fleet, Recruitment and Special Operation Divisions. Before moving to Savannah, she spent almost 20 years with the Kansas City Police Department. Chief Price has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Park University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Benedictine University. 
Thank you very much to Chief Price for joining us for an early morning meeting!
On Friday, April 9, Bluffton Rotarians helped move 6,000 cereal boxes from Red Cedar Elementary School to Bluffton Self Help. Red Cedar Elementary used the cereal boxes to play a giant game of Dominoes and broke the Guinness World Record! Once they were done playing, they donated the cereal to BSH. Rotarians using their pick-up trucks helped bring the donation to BSH. Pictures below...(Masks were worn; however, we wanted to share this picture of the volunteers and their favorite cereal!)
The Bluffton Rotary Club Service Projects Committee worked hard to bring a plan together and coordinated with area school counselors so that our club could safely host Happy Feet. It benefitted kids from MC Riley, Red Cedar and Bluffton Elementary Schools. The shoes were distributed via a car pool line so the families could stay in their cars. School volunteers acted as "runners" taking shoes from the display tables to the cars. 
We are so grateful to Kohls of Savannah for providing all the shoes. And we are especially thankful for all the hard work by Kohls Assistant Manager, Tracey Meredith, who went out of her way to give us shoes that matched the colors requested by the kids. Kohls also donated socks, hand sanitzer AND books some of which we gave away to local children and some we will use for the Rotary Club's Little Libraries. 
We also want to send a warm thank you to Laura Van Houten a social worker with MC Riley Elementary School, Renee Lukasavage a social worker with Red Cedar Elementary School, Annie Burkhart administrator at MC Riley Elementary and Adrian Sutton the principal at MC Riley Elementary. And finally, we had two wonderful volunteers who acted as the runners between cars and the display tables--Olivia Boshaw and Makenzie Marlow both students at Bluffton High School. 
At our last meeting, we discussed transitioning back to our regular weekly in-person meetings. We hope to be back to our regular meeting schedule and format by July; however, Joanie will send an email to the club about how best to handle the transition with regard to safety and payment of dues. Starting in April, we will do hybrid meetings with in-person attendance at the Bluffton Rotary Club building, and online access either through Zoom or Facebook Live. We will keep the club posted on the format we will use for the online portion of the meeting. 
Club Member Updates:
Our Member Spotlight of John Anderson was a hit--we had a little over 750 views of the spotlight of John on Facebook. We are planning our next member spotlight to be released soon. 
And speaking of club members - Kristen McGuire was presented to the club for consideration as a new member. Kristen said she is excited to be living in Bluffton and looking forward to becoming part of the club to get involved in the community. Much of her background has involved working for non-profits in various capacities and executive positions. She was very happy to annouce that she was recently offered a director position with the Boys and Girls Club. Congrats, Kristen!
In general, our membership numbers are growing depite the pandemic. We have a great group of folks working though the steps to become Bluffton Rotarians. 
Treasury Report:
Steve Miller gave the club an update on our financial picture. Overall, the club is in good financial shape. We have the money allocated for Happy Feet set aside, and we are prepared to pay our second Foundation contribution. We have some funds leftover and available which we may use to fulfill any requests for charitable contributions from community organizations in need. 
Service Project Updates:
Jim Evans gave a quick update on upcoming service projects. We will be hosting Happy Feet this year on March 27th, 8am to 10am at MC Riley Elementary. 
Several other upcoming service projects include a landscape project of the Field of Dreams to celebrate Arbor Day on April 30th. We will need donations of plants (we have worked with a local nursery and have earmarked the plants that will work best for the landscape), and we will need volunteers to help plant the plants on April 30th. We will send out more information about donating plants and a volunteer sign-up sheet for the actual planting in the near future. 
Rise Against Hunger is scheduled for Sepember 25, 2021 at the Bluffton Rotary Club building. More info to come about this event and volunteer opportunities. 
Upcoming Fundraisers:
We are planning on holding another (and maybe more than one) fundraising event selling smoked pork butts. We are working on pricing and the when and where. 
More info to come soon!
Speaker Recap:
At our last meeting, interim Town Manager for Bluffton, Scott Marshall, spoke to the club about current and upcoming projects around town. Marshall, a retired Air Force officer, was appointed Interim Town Manager in January 2021. Prior to being named Interim Town Manager, Marshall served as the Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Bluffton since December of 2015. He was employed by Beaufort County since his arrival to the Lowcountry in June, 2009. While serving Beaufort County, he was the Executive Director of the Board of Elections and Registration until June, 2013 when he was named Director of Parks and Leisure Services.
Marshall gave a very helpful overview of the town website and showed us where to locate information on permits to see what's being built and the status of building projects throughout the permitting process. He also showed us how to look up town action items which can cover anything from policy items to street light projects. 
Service Project Updates:
Jim Evans gave an update on upcoming service projects. We will be hosting Happy Feet this year on March 27th, 8am to 10am at MC Riley Elementary. After talking with the school counselors, it became very apparent that kids still need shoes whether there's a pandemic going on or not. We are working to follow Covid-19 safety protocols and hope to hold this event outside weather permitting. More information to come on Happy Feet soon.
Several other upcoming service projects include a landscape project of the Field of Dreams to celebrate Arbor Day on April 30th. We will need donations of plants (we have worked with a local nursery and have earmarked the plants that will work best for the landscape), and we will need volunteers to help plant the plants on April 30th. We will send out more information about donating plants and a volunteer sign-up sheet for the actual planting in the near future. 
A small number of volunteers are needed for an oyster-bagging refill project proposed for March in partnership with the local CCA chapter.
This will take place on the May River, and we will send more information about this project when we have it. 
Below is a picture of our last Zoom meeting. 

Mayfest, also known as The Bluffton Mayfest, is considered one of the best hometown festivals in the country and this year would have been the 43rd Anniversary of the festival. We are sad to cancel this long-standing event; however, we do so with the safety and health of our community in mind. We know better days are coming, and when they do, we promise we will be ready to host our hilarious Ugly Dog Contest, our very messy Pie-Eating Contest, play some great music, serve some tasty food, and feature some great local and regional artists. We look forward to better days ahead and to hosting Mayfest in 2022.

At our last club meeting, we welcomed several potential new members to our meeting on Zoom. We are so thankful for our long-time club members
and all the new folks who are interested in Rotary and supporting our community. A Zoom meeting screen shot is below. 
Also, during the meeting we discussed the plan for future club meetings. Starting in April, we will go back to four meetings a month--a meeting every Wednesday morning--and the meetings will be in-person and virtual on Zoom.
Steve Miller gave us an update about the Rotary Club Foundation and reported that our club has met it's foundation goal for the year and our club is the 5th club in the district in annual foundation fund giving this year!
We heard from Jim Evans--he is working with Bluffton schools to find a safe way to have our Happy Feet event.
We will update the club when we have more information; however, the hope is that we can schedule it for mid-March. 
A call went out to all club members for any fundraising ideas you may have--please share them with the Board or let Joanie know if you have an idea for a fundraising activity. We are looking for some new and creative ideas!
We also need donations of books for the Free Little Libraries.
We can use children and adult books to replenish the little libraries.
Deborah Burt let us know that the International Water Project is complete. The next step is the commissioning ceremony, but it was postponed due to a Covid-19 spike near the village. Once the ceremony is rescheduled--she will send the club an email with the Zoom link so we can participate remotely. 

Our Rise Against Hunger meal packing event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 25, at the Rotary Community Center. We will have 3 two-hour shifts, separated by 1 hour for sanitizing, starting at 8:30am. Shifts will be limited to 50 volunteers to maintain social distancing.
Our Area 4 Rotary Clubs have raised $14,592 toward this project, which will provide 44,218 meals.
Anyone who volunteered online already will need to register again, using the link below:
Please save the date to be part of the movement to end hunger by the year 2030!
The Interact Club students from Bluffton High School helped out the community by holding a toy drive at the school recently. The new toys were donated to Bluffton Self Help to help ensure every child will have a gift under the tree this year. 
Bluffton Interact Club President, Natalie Rizzo, said the toy collection had a slow start, but they managed to pick-up the pace of donations, and overall, it’s been a great success and an amazing experience for them all. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, their donation bin on campus was overflowing!
Bluffton Interact Club President, Natalie Rizzo, and Vice President, Nicholas Cunningham, are pictured below.
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Have you given to the CART Fund this year?  The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.  The goal of the CART Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental Alzheimer’s disease research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.
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