“Service above Self” is the Rotary Club motto, and this month the Bluffton Rotary Club has done its part to embody this idea. In November, the group was able to provide shoes and socks for less fortunate children in the Bluffton community in addition to sprucing up downtown Bluffton.
The Rotary Club of Bluffton raised $3,000 and then received a matching grant from the Rotary District 7770  to allow the club to complete its seventh annual Happy Feet event. More than 250 students from Bluffton Elementary, M.C. Riley Elementary and Red Cedar Elementary received a free pair of shoes or boots and a pair of socks. The $3,000 grant comes from donations made to the Foundation.

Principals, teachers and Rotarians volunteered at the event on the morning of Nov. 8 at Payless ShoeSource in Bluffton to assist the children. Each child was able to pick out one new pair of shoes or boots as well as a pair of socks. Deborah Burt, with The Rotary Club of Bluffton, coordinated with the school’s social workers to select the students most in need of assistance.

“The Rotary Club of Bluffton is thrilled with the turnout for our Happy Feet project,” says Steve Miller, Rotary Club of Bluffton president. “With funds we raised locally and a grant we received from the Rotary Foundation, we were able to provide more children shoes and socks this year than ever before.”

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the club replaced more than 100 plants and flowers in the large flower pots along the streets of Old Town Bluffton. Owner of The Garden Gate Margie Fox coordinated with Shawn Leininger, Director of Growth Management at the Town of Bluffton, to organize this project. A dozen Rotarians spent a chilly Saturday morning freshening up the plants that are generally changed out twice a year by a local nursery.