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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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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.
 
If you would you like to donate to the C.A.R.T. fund please scan the code below:
 
Have you applied for the Rotary Grant?
Rotary Club of Bluffton awards a grant twice a year (Spring and Fall), through the Charitable Giving Process. Non-Profit Organizations are eligible to receive funding from the Rotary Club of Bluffton once every 12 months. The maximum amount the Club will provide to any organization during a 12-month period is $5,000.
The deadline to apply for this grant cycle is next Friday, March 24. For more information and to access the application and guidelines, please click the link below:
Two of the most important factors in business and in service are establishing goals and tracking the progress because it directly impacts its success.
Over the last several months, Fellow Rotarian Wil Saleeby has facilitated our Club’s Strategic Plan and this morning we enjoyed hearing the changes being made to improve the direction of our club.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to us! We’d love to invite you to join us for a meeting.
Thank you, Dana Ridenour, a retired FBI agent and the author of three FBI undercover novels: Behind The Mask, Beyond The Cabin, and Below The Radar, for joining us this morning!
 
Over the years, Dana has been employed in a wide variety of jobs including first mate on a tour boat (her favorite job), lawyer, and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dana entered on duty with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired in April of 2016 after over twenty years of service. She was assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions and had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases to include multi faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. Over the years, Dana was a proud member of the FBI's Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. The highlight of her career came in 2003 when she attended and passed the FBI's prestigious undercover school, thus allowing her to work as an undercover FBI agent. This undercover certification opened the door for her to work a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. Dana had the rare experience of working a long term undercover investigation with her husband who was also an FBI agent.
It was a great night for a fireside chat. It's always great to connect with new and prospective member
Congratulations, Madalyn Ricciardi (Red Cedar) and Jessie Hernandez-Hernandez (M.C. Riley) on being recognized as the Students of the Month!
Welcome, Doug Crawford, to the Rotary Club of Bluffton. Always happy to have new members!
Beaufort County Economic Development has some exciting things going on! We enjoyed welcoming John O’Toole, Executive Director, this morning to learn about some of their projects and impacts that they are making in our local communities.
A special Thank you to Foundation Director Dean Turner for all his efforts, knowledge, passion, and presentations on the Rotary International Foundation.
Dean has educated our club on the importance of the RI Foundation and value it has to our local and International communities.
Thank you Glen Umberger, Historic Preservationist for the Town of Bluffton Government, for joining us this morning to share what you do in your role.
We all thoroughly enjoyed seeing the projects that have been preserved and hearing about the projects that are on the horizon!
We enjoyed filling the room this morning for our Business Meeting and Students of the Month Celebration!
Congratulations, Erick Garcia (M.C. Riley Elementary) and Ryan Fox (Red Cedar Elementary) on being recognized as your schools Student of the Month.
Congratulations to Mike Danyov on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, an honor received by those who make substantial contributions.
We enjoyed welcoming Dale Douthat, Executive Director of United Way of the Lowcountry, this morning to share how workforce development begins in kindergarten.
All enjoyed celebrating Bill Cornelius’ birthday and long-standing service to Rotary with singing and cake! Who said cake wasn’t for breakfast?
It was a great morning to recognize individuals at our last meeting of the year for going above and beyond to receive their Paul Harris Fellow. This recognition is given to those who have supported and contributed to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Congratulations! Thank you for being the epitome of Rotary’s mission, #ServiceAboveSelf
- Dot Jeger (PHF +6)
- Tom Bulcock
- Bill Epps
- Lyndee Simoneaux
- D. Scott Chandler
- Derrick Coaxum
“Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.”
Every person should have this humbling experience at least once in their lifetime.
We would also like to take this opportunity thank May River High School's Interact Club for their help yesterday during Wreaths Across America. They came out in full force, it's always a pleasure to partner with such a great group.
The annual visit from M.C. Riley’s Singing Eagles is always something that our club looks forward to. Thank you for bringing the Christmas Spirit to this morning’s meeting! Please see their full video on our Youtube page: https://youtu.be/hL89UnOQ7z0
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Congratulations to the two local students, Kenneth Castro (Red Cedar Elementary) and Kenia Salgado (M.C. Riley Elementary), who were recognized as Students of the Month for their school.
Thank you, Michelle Harp, Executive Director of Family Promise for joining us last week to share about the challenges that families face in Beaufort County. Michelle encouraged us all to build unity as we approach the holiday season and have more time together with our family.
 
Last week's meeting was very special as we recognized our Rotarian Veterans and remembered those who made an ultimate sacrifice and unfortunately did not return home with the Fallen Comrade Table.
 
The Fallen Comrade Table represents that our fallen soldiers and here with us in spirit. Round table for everlasting concern, white table cloth for pure motives, single rose to remind us of their lives and their loved ones who keep the faith, red ribbon for determination to account for our missing, slice of lemon to remind us of their bitter fate captured in foreign land, a pinch of salt to symbolize their tears, a lighted candle that reflects our hope for their return, a bible representing strength, inverted glass symbolizing their inability to share a toast, and an open seat remaining unclaimed.
 
 
 

Thank you to those who joined us for the Town of Bluffton's Christmas Parade!  Club President, Dan, enjoyed being a judge for this year's parade.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing is under way!  Thank you to the Interact Students who have helped to bring in the Christmas spirit!

We enjoyed celebrating the Holiday season last night at the club's Holiday Party - congratulations to our Ugly Christmas Sweater Winners!

 

Another great opportunity for us to serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah. We hope everyone enjoyed their Taco dinner and we wish good health to all!
A special Thank you to Butcher's Market and Deli who helped supply the meat and all the extras. We cannot do these great projects without the support from our community.
Our monthly Business Meetings are a special time - we love recognizing two local students as the Student of the Month from their respective schools, inducting new members, and hearing of the impact our club made over the last month.
Another great opportunity for us to serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah. We hope everyone enjoyed their Taco dinner and we wish good health to all!
 
A special Thank you to Butcher's Market and Deli who helped supply the meat and all the extras. We cannot do these great projects without the support from our community.
 
 
Thank you to the Bluffton Police and the Town of Bluffton for the invite to participate in Spooktacular last Friday.
 
 
Thank you Sarah Reed and Edward Jones for allowing us to partner with you for such a great cause. We were glad to have May River High School Interact attend their first event under our sponsorship.
 
 
Thank you to Bluffton High School for inviting us to Trunk or Treat. Excellent job to Ashley Parlagreco and BLHS Interact Club's Haunted House, which was a huge success.
 
 
We had the honor of welcoming our Rotary District Governor Bob Gross as our speaker. Attendees were reminded of the impacts that we make, both locally and internationally, what it means to be a Rotarian, what our area focuses are, and so much more. It’s an exciting time to be a Rotarian!
If interested in joining us or learning more, send us a message and we would love to connect.
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Rotary International Theme 2022-2023
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Dr. Francine Marz - Dean
Apr 05, 2023
Culinary Institute of the South
John Perry MD
Apr 12, 2023
Thoracic Surgeon
Mary O'Neill
Apr 19, 2023
Celebration of RCB Charter
Business Meeting
Apr 26, 2023
Joe Babkiewcz - Chief of Police
May 03, 2023
Bluffton Police Department
Kim Jones - Director
May 10, 2023
Projects and Watershed Resilence
Mark McCain
May 17, 2023
Shelter Box
Business Meeting
May 24, 2023
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