Lake Butler Rotary Club Luncheon Meeting from May 2, 2017

Lake Butler Rotary Club May 2, 2017 Luncheon Meeting
Submitted by Ted Barber

 Steve Wellhausen, our Rotary Club President opened the Tuesday Meeting following an outstanding lunch provided by Kellie Connell to raise money for the Goodson Memorial Scholarship . Kellie said the scholarship fund was up to $710 so far and that Courtney Douglas from Edward Jones had volunteered to manage the fund.

Steve presented the Interact Club of Lake Butler with the Certificate of Organization recognizing the Interact Club of Lake Butler Number 216126. Interact is derived from “inter” for international and “act” for action. Presently the Interact Club has 14 members as shown below with over 14 projects completed in just eight months! Since the Club’s inception they have organized, selected and elected Club Officers, adopted a standard constitution and bylaws. Our celebration of this outstanding Interact Club recognized the partnership the Lake Butler Rotary Club has with the Interact Club of Lake Butler, celebrated the official status recognized by Rotary International, applauded the work Nancy Griffis has accomplished as the Interact Club Staff Advisor, and congratulated the outreach this group has accomplished in such a short period of time.

The Interact Club of Lake Butler currently includes the following members: Brittney Manning, Dylan Thornton, Jarrett Shadd, Ashley Harris, Bobbie Grace Barber, John Michael Manning, Matthew Beighley, Sydney Personette, Haylee Miller, Lake Harris,  Brooklyn Williams, Madison Garber, Brandon Mecusker, and Madilyn Whitehead.

The Interact Projects accomplished include: 8 Farm Share Events, working with the Jacksonville Wreaths Across America, a free clothing give-a-way, tutoring Elementary School Students,  Serving food/drinks at the annual Rotary Hawaiian Luau, finding military active and retired in Union County for the local news media to publicize for Memorial Day and having two Interact Club meetings to plan and organize their community and international service.

Carrie Crawford Cason was introduced by Billy Ray Foister as our guest speaker. her topic explained the current housing marker in Union County. Carrie was a 1999 graduate of UCHS and presently works in the real estate business. She explained that home prices are up and so are the sales. The supply of homes is a challenge since it has dipped 7.1% since last year. Our Union County average home buyer is now in the mid 30s and 78% of our home owners have less than 20% equity. Interest rates are low (around 4%) and 100% loans are available with a credit score of at least 640. We really appreciate Carrie providing an outstanding talk about real estate in Union County.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.” The Rotary Motto, “Service above self-One profits most who serves best””, goes right in line with what the Lord said to His disciples, “Let him who desires to be great among you shall be your servant.” (Mark 10:43)

Upcoming Rotary Programs include May 9- Jennie Reed, May 16- Scott Roberts, May 23- Zack Smith and May 30-Community Update (includes the Fourth of July initial planning).

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