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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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Interested in volunteering for the American Redcross? Contact herdie.mathews@redcross.org if you would like to attend a short virtual information session scheduled on the last Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm and 6 pm. 
 
 
 
 
Fellow Rotarian Shawn Marlowe, Founder of Ready, Set, Adult Inc, provided an update on what the RSA team has been working toward this past year for our community youth. RSA is a non-profit aiming to prepare teens for adulthood during and after their high school journey. Offering Financial Literacy, Career Preparation/Exploration, and Health & Wellness life-skills programs to ensure teens ages 15-20 are empowered to be self-reliant and independent as they navigate life's challenges. To learn more check out their website: readysetadult.org or contact Shawn directly at sm@readysetadult.org.
 
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.
Scott Whitaker, Executive Director of the CCA, gave an excellent presentation last week on the Coastal Conservation Association of South Carolina. Scott discussed everything from artificial reef building to the South Carolina General Assembly regarding the utilization and conservation of our coastal fisheries. For more information please visit: https://ccasouthcarolina.com/
Thank you all for joining us at Southern Barrel Brewery last Wednesday evening for our 5th Wednesday social gathering! Thank you Ms. Mary O'Neill for coordinating. 
Congratulations to our Students of the Month from Red Cedar Elementary and M.C. Riley Elementary. Keep up the great work!! Kensy Medina-Granados, Jackson McLin, and Carmen Mazariegos Gonzalez.
 
Congratulations to our Rotarians that received their Paul Harris Fellow. Well deserved!!
Last week we recognized Mr. Barry Connor as an Honorary Lifetime Member for his dedicated service to the Rotary Club of Bluffton and our community from 1988-2021. Thank you for making our club better throughout the years and creating service opportunities for generations to come!
District 7770 Armed Forces Veteran Pin was given to George Holske (US Army), Richard Coffield (US Army), Dana Marsh (USAF), and Bill Epps (USN) in honor of their service to our country 🇺🇸
The "All Club District Conference" was a success, so many clubs doing amazing work for their communities!! Thank you all who could make it out and represent RCB. 
 
A special thank you to Mary O'Neill and Dean Turner for assembling our House of Friendship display. Their hardwork helped bring home a 3rd place award!
 
We had the honor of awarding Ms. Ashley Parlagreco the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition!!
Her dedication and hard work progressing the Bluffton High School Interact Club into what it is today, promoting community service, and creating leaders that know what it means to serve others is truly empowering a generation. Thank you for all you do!
What an inspiring young lady Dana Zuniga is and no doubt her future is bright 🤩 Congratulations on being awarded M.C. Riley Student of the Month for February 2022👏👏
What a motivating and heartfelt presentation from ShelterBox Ambassador Mr. Mark McCain!
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity established in 2000 that provides emergency shelter and other aid items to families around the world who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict. Rotary is a proud partner in their mission to serve those in need when called upon!! Thank you for joining us this morning Mark!
 
 
 
Kimberly Hall from Bluffton Self Help spoke to our club about the Literacy Center and the path to success through education. Kim's presentation was excellent and extremely informative. To learn more about Bluffton Self Help's Literacy Program please watch her full presentation:
It was an exciting morning at the Bluffton Rotary Club! Congratulations to the Students of the Month:
Larissa Funes-Milla & James Watson from Red Cedar Elementary as well Cora Emerson from M.C. Riley.
2 members transferred in: Jeff Long and Lina Gustafson
1 new member: Elizabeth Acuff
Last but certainly not least congratulations to our Paul Harris Fellows: Rebecca Hale, Mike Tripka, Jim Evans and Catherine Trawinski
Congratulations to all!
   
                                                                   
 
Today Sheriff P.J. Tanner spoke to our club about our growing area, challenges ahead, and the obstacles we have overcome. Sheriff Tanner was kind enough to hold a a brief Q&A at the end of our meeting as well. To view Sheriff Tanner's full presentation please click on the video below:
 
 
Below is the Bluffton High School Interact Club, doing an amazing job volunteering at the 2022 Polar Bear Run 5K this past Saturday!! Keep up the good work building a stronger community!!
Thousands of volunteers were out Saturday across the country for the annual removal of Wreaths Across America known as "Wreaths Out".  Below are our fellow Rotarians doing their part to help Beaufort National Cemetery! Appreciate everyone who took part in this memorable event.
Wednesday January 12, 2022 we had the honor to hear Major General Craig Whelden speak about "9/11: A Personal Reflection". Major General Whelden's presentation gave us a personal insight during the 9/11 attacks. The Rotary Club of Bluffton thanks him for all his years of service. To listen to his full presentation please click on the link below.
Michael Beaumont spoke to our club last week regarding the development of the "Live Oak Performing Arts Center" that is being planned to be built here in Bluffton. It was a great presentation, quite informative, and gave us a vision for their future as Bluffton looks to expand its already prominent Fine Art and Music scene that brings the community together. Learn more at www.lopacsc.org and you can watch his full presentation on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_0qusbRabk
No better way to start the day then a room full of Rotarians singing Happy Birthday to our own Natalie Jones!
Today we handed out several checks thru our Charitable Giving Process. It was an honor to listen and learn of all the good things Bluffton Self Help, AME Church, Meals on Wheels, The John Kolbush Foundation, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers and SC Nurse Retention Scholarship is doing for our local area. A HUGE thank you to our community who has supported, volunteered, and donated to us throughout the year.
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!!
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Past President
Vice President
Rotary Foundation Dir
Membership Dir
Public Relations Dir
Service Projects Dir
Sergeant at Arms
Club Admin Dir
Youth Services Dir
 
Rotary International Theme 2021-2022
Speakers
S.O.M and Business Meeting
May 25, 2022 7:30 AM
Charitable Giving Presentation
Jun 01, 2022 7:30 AM
Stephen Steese, Bluffton Town Manager
Jun 08, 2022 7:30 AM
Town of Bluffton Updates
State Historical Society
Jun 15, 2022 7:30 AM
Business Meeting
Jun 22, 2022 7:30 AM
5th Wednesday - After Hours Event
Jun 29, 2022 7:30 AM
Bulletins
 
RCB 20th Anniversary
 
 
Peace Through Service
 
RBC 2020-2021 Year in Review