November always puts me in the Christmas spirit. We started out the month with a very successful Happy Feet Project. Bluffton Rotary provided shoes and socks to 250 deserving children. As most of you know we received a grant from the District of $3000 and the Club matched that $3,000 plus an additional $1,239 for a total of $7,239. The funds the Club contributed comes from the hard work we put in at the Bluffton Village Festival and The Historical Arts and Seafood Festival.

At the November Board meeting the Board voted to contribute $5,000 to Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine to help pay for needed test for their female patients. The Board also approved a $500 contribution to the Van Landingham Club to help with their international water project.

November also starts the Salvation Army Bell Ringing. This is always a great time to get to know a fellow Rotarian while serving the Community. The parking lot derby at Kroger is always a lot of fun to watch.
We are in the process of taking up donations for the Christmas Angels project.

Don’t forget to bring nonperishable food items so we can get our donations to those less fortunate than us.

A big thank-you to all who helped get the closet at the RCC cleaned out and organized.

Another big thank-you for all that participated in the planting project in downtown Bluffton. Small projects such as these not only take care of a need in our community but also allow us to get to know each other better.

Looking ahead to December we have the Singing Eagles attending a meeting to sing Holiday songs for us.

And last but not least your former Club Presidents and current President will be following the horses on December 6 at the Christmas parade. I encourage each of you to be nice to us so you don’t get “coal” for Christmas.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!