Article submitted by Ted Barber
Following Spire’s fried chicken and a chicken pot pie Luncheon, President Ted Barber called the Club to order at 12:30 PM. He mentioned Brent Coates, District Governor for District 6970, providing his weekly message #2 stressing “Sustainability”. Rotarians get directly involved in helping others but the action doesn’t stop after making a positive impact. Our Lake Butler Interact Club and our annual Fourth of July Celebrations are both good examples. The good that is continually coming from the many community projects our Lake Butler Rotary Club sponsored Interact Club does is very evident. The lasting memories and desire to make the 4th of July even better each year as a “Family Event” is another example. As an environmental impact, Governor Brett is asking us to each plant a tree between now and the April 22, 2018 Earth Day. Rotary International has over a million members and the lasting and sustainable impact of each of us planting a tree is huge. Ted has already planted one orange tree and one pear tree!
Past President Steve Wellhausen alerted us to Jennifer Mitchell’s offer to present a 15-20 minute program on water resources (St Johns River Management District). Anyone interested in having a guest speaker from the SJRMD please see Ted or Steve.
The Draft Lake Butler Rotary Club Calendar for 2017-2018 was emailed to all members this week. Extra copies of the calendar are available in the badge box. If you are a Lake Butler Rotary Club Board Member, please note that a short meeting will be held after our 7-18-17 Meeting at 1:00 PM.
The new Club Committee Persons for 2017-2018 are Club Administration-Donna Harris, Club Membership- Dave Mecusker, Rotary Foundation- Tommy Spires, Community Service- Nancy Griffis, International Service- Jennie Reed, Public Relations/ Program Chairperson- Shane Collins (note Shane produced the bulletin) and Projects and Fund Drives- Trent Wheeler.
Our Vision for the Lake Butler Rotary Club is to improve networking and we want to increase our regular members by four new members by June 2018; have monthly emailed statements to members; have a budget with timely payments to District and Rotary International; Increase local media/news involvement; have at least one Foundation Event; share our support with the Interact Club, and have at least one person attend the Grants Management Seminar.
Our July 18 Meeting is a Community Update with the Fourth of July Celebration taking Center Stage. The July 25, 2017 Program belongs to Past President Steve Wellhausen.