Spring has finally sprung in Bluffton! I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful and thriving community and to be a part of our Bluffton Rotary Club, where we routinely put Service Above Self and help support our growing town. This is a good time to thank you all, for all you do!
Our Assistant Governor, David Tirard, visited our club last week to present our District and Presidential Citation awards. Thanks to Patrick, who led our club to achieve these two prestigious awards. We also inducted Paige Castle last week, as a new member. We are fortunate to have Paige as a member and appreciate all her help in chartering the new University of South Carolina Beaufort Rotaract Club, jointly sponsored with the Hilton Head Rotary Club. The new club will have their Induction Ceremony later this month.

Also, later this month on Wednesday, April 30, we are having another Business Expo event. Instead of our normal Wednesday morning breakfast meeting, we will meet at the Rotary Community Center at 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Tom Faber has organized this event to help with business networking. There will be Happy Hour, Speed Networking, food and prizes. Plan to attend and bring a guest…but don’t come for breakfast, because you won’t find any!

Then right around the corner, on May 10th, is our Bluffton Village Festival, our largest fund raiser! We’ll have about 200 vendors up and down Calhoun Street, selling arts & crafts and some great food, plus several non-profits organizations. Richard Coffield and May River Realty are once again sponsoring the Ugly Dog contest and we’ll have the pie eating contest again this year too. There’ll be plenty of entertainment, plus adult (and other) beverages flowing from two beer trucks this year. The festival has been extended one hour, at the request of vendors and will run from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm this year.

We’re looking for all members to volunteer, so please sign up to help either Friday night with set-up and vendor arrivals, Saturday morning with vendor set-up, parking, greeters, clean-up during the day, working the beverage or merchandise tents, clean up at the end of the day…plenty to do for everyone, including children and spouses. This is a fun event and a great chance to see everybody in Bluffton!

We’ll have posters again this week, to put in your businesses, and volunteer sign-up sheets over the next few weeks. Thanks for supporting this event – a “gift” we give to Bluffton – visitors and residents alike, the day before Mother’s Day each year!
Happy Easter to you and your families and safe travels for anyone on the road this week.
Yours in Rotary,