As we look forward to a new Rotary year and the celebration of our 25th year as the Bluffton Rotary Club, we also want to thank Jim Hudson for his outstanding leadership as President last year. And special congratulations to Tom Faber for receiving the honor of Rotarian of the Year, a much-deserved peer award.

Looking forward, many thanks go to fellow Rotarians who have committed to serve on the new board, as event chairs or on committees this year. We are a very active club and it takes participation from the whole club to accomplish all that we do. Our focus this year will be on our members and to have more fun! With the fun aspect in mind, make sure to mark your calendars for the annual Sandbar Party on August 18th. This is always a fun afternoon and favorite for many members. We will also welcome our in-coming exchange student in August; she will be with host family Mary and Mike O’Neill as she settles into her first semester of school.

In July, we welcomed new members, Jim Foster and transferring Rotarian, Walt Dollman. Please take time to get to know our newest members. Tabor Vaux, Judy Johnson and Shellie Hodges also joined us again, after a leave of absence. And in July, we became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club! This was a District wide goal, to have every club in the 7770 District certified as 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club by the end of 2013 year. Congratulations to the whole club, but especially for Jim Hudson in leading the charge and Mary O’Neill in getting it done!

We have lots to look forward to this Rotary year. Thanks for your support and keep the suggestions coming! Remember our motto for this year: Peace Through Service.

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