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Bluffton

Fellowship and Service the Bluffton Way

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Rotary Community Center/Oscar Frazier Park
11 Recreation Court
Bluffton, SC 29910
United States of America
Phone:
(843) 540-7957
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The Rotary Club of Bluffton is one of three clubs in District 7770 to be recognized as a 2021-2022 HERO Club by ShelterBox USA this Rotary Year! The HERO program was designed and remains a way for ShelterBox to stay prepared for upcoming disasters in several ways. Natural and other disasters are inevitable and frequent, and the need is continuous. It takes time for items to be purchased or manufactured before being packed and, by pre-packing aid, it is ready to go when needed.  ShelterBox HERO Clubs provide the resources and time to be ready when disaster strikes. Thank you all who donated to a Disaster Relief this year, well done Bluffton!!
November is Foundation month and we finished it with a great presentation given by our own Foundation Chair, Mr. Dean Turner. Dean gave our members a lesson he called "Foundation 101". 
With the help of John Miller, our club was able to raise over $900 for the A.M.E Churches Thanksgiving Meal. We provided ten turkeys, ten hams, and twenty-two bags of sweet potatoes! Thank you to everyone who donated. 
November 10th marks the 246th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  To those Marine Corps Veterans in the Club:
 
November 11th is Veterans Day! Thank you to all of our Veterans that choose to continue to serve their community as Rotarians. Appreciate your and your family's great personal sacrifice to our Nation.
Mrs. Dianne Falgiani reminded and educated us all today that the Poliovirus is still very active and the fight to eradicate this terrible virus is ongoing. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story of survival and we are grateful that you are part of our community! We look forward to seeing you again
 
Here are some pictures from our Bluffton Self Help Service Projects over the last week. From Holiday Food Drive pick-ups to making room for Christmas gifts!  Pictured: Rob Darling, Jim Evans, Dan Cuiffreda, Rod Brooks, David Hussey, Bill and Nancy Epps, and Friends. 
It was an exciting morning for the Rotary Club of Bluffton this past Wednesday.
Congratulations to Kevin Santana, Student of the Month for Michael C. Elementary and Breanna Hamilton from Red Cedar Elementary. It was great to have both schools back!
A warm welcome to new member Sam Keeler and congratulations to Wil Saleeby (PHF+2), Dana Marsh, Brooklyn West and Dean Turner (PHFs).
Last, but certainly not least, we were presented with our District Grant which we will utilize during our Happy Feet event.
Chris Forster, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Bluffton and fellow Rotarian gave us an informative update on the Town of Bluffton. He discussed Bluffton's history and vision moving forward. Both the town and the Rotary Club of Bluffton are honored to have Chris!
For his full presentation please visit our YouTube channel:
 
 
 
Last Saturday was a great day for our community youth that took home some new shoes donated by Kohls! Special thanks to all the volunteers, Jim Evans and Social Worker, Ms. Vanhouten, for hosting the event at M.C. Riley Elementary School. 
This past week Mr. Jim Evans, our Service Committee Director, dropped off 30 headphones with Mr. Brian Ryman, Principal of River Ridge Academy. A special thank you to Mrs. Pam Baker for arranging the meeting that allowed the club an opportunity to meet with Brian and Social Worker, Ms. Brandi Siatkowski. Pictured from left to right, Brian Ryman and Jim Evans.
What an exciting morning for the Rotary Club of Bluffton, two new members and Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) awards!
Bill Epps from the Membership Committee welcomed our newest members: Catherine Trawinski and Vicky Beyerle
 
A special congratulations to our members who received their Paul Harris Fellow:
Shawn Marlowe, Brooklyn West, Dana Marsh, Morgan Crutchley , Dean Turner, Brendan McCahill and Kate McClain
Not Pictured: Shawn Marlowe, Brooklyn West, Dana Marsh, Dean Turner, Brendan McCahill, and Kate McClain
Mr. Paul Walter is a member of Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and a native South Carolinian. He resides on Hilton Head Island where he has lived since graduating from Wofford College in 1992. He is a Senior Vice President/Area Manager for the Hilton Head market of Pinnacle Financial Partners. Paul has been in his current position since 2002 and in banking since 1992. He has served in various roles in his Rotary club since 2003 to present. He was Club President in 2013-14 during which time he led the club to Large Club of the Year recognition at the District Conference in March 2014. He has received the District Club Builder Award in 2014-15. He is an RLI graduate, Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian, a Major Donor, member of the Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society and a Benefactor. At the District level, he has served as Early Act Chair since 2013, District Treasurer from 2016 to 2019, Governor Nominee, Governor Elect and currently serves as District Governor. He received the District Service Above Self Award in 2016-17
 
Watch DG Paul's full visit below:
 
As manager of Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head and owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters, Amber Kuehn has experienced the beauty of the Lowcountry from the perspective of a marine biologist, a scuba instructor and dive boat captain. She shared some interesting statistics about turtle nesting on Hilton Head Island, along with fascinating stories about Myrtle and Stumpy, two of the logger head turtles that return year-after-year to lay their eggs. Additionally, she explained the purpose behind some of the new ordinances passed that protect sea turtles, including how lights, holes and trash on the beach create obstacles for turtles to nest and for hatchlings to make it to the sea
For Amber's full presentation please watch on our YouTube Channel below:
 
Do you worry about Alzheimer’s?  We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one.  Finding a cure starts with you.  Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. 
 
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.
Please join us at the next club meeting this Wednesday, August 11th, at 7:30am at the Bluffton Rotary Building.  We are honored and very excited to welcome our Guest Speaker "Captain Woody" Collins! He will be presenting his new book “Where Have All the Shrimp Boats Gone?”.
 
Bio: Captain Woody Collins was born in 1942 and lived in Port Royal in his youth. Woody was introduced to commercial fishing through association with the son of one of Port Royals early immigrant shrimpers, Captain Tony Vukas. In his 40 plus years of commercial shrimping, Captain Woody owned 5 different trawlers. He was also involved in wholesale / retail seafood business ownership as well as owning a seafood restaurant, which after 41 years is still going strong and still bares his name “Captain Woody’s”. After retiring from the water about 12 years ago, Woody and his wife moved to Sheldon. Captain Woody is a past founding member of Beaufort County’s Clean Water Task Force, where he Served two, two year terms as an advisor to South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. Captain Woody is the founder of The Friends of Gardens Corner. Captain Woody was a docent at the Historic Port Royal Foundation, speaking on various aspects of Port Royals history until Covid 19 halted the program. For the past six years, Captain Woody Collins has put together a history of the shrimping industry with a strong focus on Beaufort County. This collection of history is now better known as the brand
new book, “Where Have All the Shrimp Boats Gone?”
 
At our last meeting, we formally welcomed our new 2021-22 club President, Mr. Dan Ciuffreda and Board of Directors.  Preceding President, Mrs. Joanie Iaco and the Board faced many unforeseen challenges this past year, but their hard work, dedication, and creativity kept our club moving forward with community and international projects. THANK YOU!!
We would like to thank the Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine for allowing BRC to participate in their Christmas in July event. A BIG congratulations to all the winners of some amazing prizes and Dan for being a good sport by wearing a Santa hat in July!!
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Charitable Giving
Dec 08, 2021 7:30 AM
Holiday Presentation with Beneficiaries
No Meeting - Holiday Break -
Dec 22, 2021 7:30 AM
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Dec 29, 2021 7:30 AM
Michael Beaumont
Jan 05, 2022 7:30 AM
The development of the "Live Oak Performing Arts Center"
Sheriff PJ Tanner
Jan 19, 2022 7:30 AM
Business Meeting
Jan 26, 2022 7:30 AM
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