Our famous Bluffton Rotary Oyster Roast was a huge success, enjoyed by many locals and visitors to the area. Weather was absolutely perfect, as was the music, brats, hotdogs, chili, oysters and beer! Many thanks to Scott, Tray, Michele, Lisa, Bob, Mike and all the many volunteers required to make this a great event that the community looks forward to each year! And a reminder from our diligent Treasurer: if you sold tickets and have not turned your money in, please bring money to the meeting on Wednesday. We need all ticket revenues in before we can declare the final net proceeds from our event.

We started out January on a high note with our Denim and Diamonds themed Holiday Party on January 12 at the Rotary Community Center. This was loads of fun for all…and great entertainment from our DJ, as well as many talented Rotarians trying out for karaoke! Thanks to Dan, Rodney, Deb, Cindy and Mary for great planning & execution!

With February, we start looking ahead to some Rotary District level events. The annual District 7770 Conference is being held in Myrtle Beach this year, March 22 – 24. This conference is open to any Rotarian (and guest). For more information, check out: www.rotary7770.org.

Laphanie is starting to work on our first ever Business Expo, tentatively set for April 24. More details to follow, but start thinking about what you’d like to do.

We are also starting to look forward to the Bluffton Village Festival, to be held Saturday, May 11. This will be the 35th Anniversary of this great, down-home event. Jared and his team have put together a new logo and great-looking website! Check it out at www.blufftonvillagefestival.com. If this is a project you are interested in, talk to Patrick…there is plenty of need for creative ideas and hard work to go around and he is already gathering committee members.

And speaking of anniversaries…our 25th Bluffton Rotary Club Anniversary is in April…so watch for more exciting news of celebrations in the weeks to come!

As we roll into the spring months and longer days, we have much to look forward to and many things to be proud of already this year. Thanks for your continued support and dedication to Rotary! And don’t forget the BOGO for RI donations this month.

Yours in Rotary,