Coming up: in January we have our Denim and Diamonds themed Holiday Party on January 12 from 6:00 – 10:00 at the Rotary Community Center! This is sure to be fun…and a relaxing evening with friends, after the holidays...hope to see you all there!

Also in January is our famous Bluffton Rotary Oyster Roast, on Saturday January 26th. We hope you’re all planning to come out, join in the fun…and help with this very special event. This is our only “operations” fund-raiser, to raise money for our club expenses versus contributions accounts, where the money goes to some charitable group or event. Don't forget to invite all your friends and give money (cash or checks) to Michelle Cleland as you sell your tickets. Thanks for your help and support!

December seemed to fly by…a very busy month with several service projects underway! We started the month with the Bluffton Christmas parade, where our past (and present) Rotary Presidents scooped poop behind the horses. After helping with this activity, I have added it to the service project list!

We adopted families through our Christmas Angels project again this year; in all, we helped feed 38 people and provided Christmas gifts for 19 children! Special thanks to Sarah, Megan and the entire Bluffton Rotary Club for making this happen!

We rang the bell for Salvation Army in front of Kroger’s grocery store on Saturdays in November - December, raising money for the many local projects and good things Salvation Army does for our community.

In honor of family month and the support of our family members for Rotary and our many projects, we hosted a family breakfast in December with special entertainment by the Singing Eagles from MC Riley Elementary School. The music was perfect for getting us “in the spirit of Christmas and such talent!

We had a little spill in the Rotary storage facility over the holidays…many thanks to Wil Saleeby, James Brown, Scott Mutterer and Jared Jester for helping clean up, take inventory and restack everything! Getting a good inventory will help us in better managing expenses for the oyster Roast…and insure we have less waste going forward. And while we are thanking folks, let’s not forget Barry Connor who lets us use his storage facility year after year, without charge…a great big THANK YOU to Barry for your generosity!

We hope everyone had a special holiday and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Happy 2013!