Article by Ted Barber
Following Club President Ted Barber’s welcome of all the guests, Dave Mecusker, Club Membership Chairmen, welcomed Bob Brown as the newest Lake Butler Rotary Club member. Trent Wheeler and Donna Harris presented Welcome Certificates to 10 Union County Elementary School Teachers, 13 Middle School Teachers and 10 High School Teachers. Bryan Boyer was also presented a certificate as the new Assistant Principal for the UCHS. Stacey Rimes introduced Pergina Maxwell-McKinney Vento who is locating and assisting students who are homeless or need help because their family support system is unable to adequately provide assistance.
Ted Barber told the crowd of 60 Rotarians and guests that the Rotarian Motto is, “Service Above Self-One Profits Most Who Serves Best” and that Rotarians try to follow the “Four Way Test” for our actions where, First, is it true, Second, is if fair to all concerned, Third, does it build better friendships, and Fourth, Will it benefit all concerned. Rotarians encourage fellowship, they network to do good for others and try to promote peace with high ethical standards. The Rotary International Headquarters has been in Chicago since Rotary began 112 years ago. The Lake Butler Rotary Club was chartered in 1965 and is best known for organizing the annual Union County Fourth of July Activities; having the annual New Teacher Appreciation Welcome Luncheon; providing new dictionaries to all the 3rd Graders; annually providing the March Hawaiian Luau, and now are proud sponsors the Lake Butler Interact Club composed of Middle and High School Students working projects like the monthly Farm Share, the Wreaths Across America, student tutoring, assisting the Lake Butler Rotary Club in its activities, and gathering the names of those UC Residents that are or have served our United states Military Forces to honor them at Memorial and Veterans Day Ceremonies. Ted told the group that he visited his granddaughter, Kaci Anderson’s 4th Grade Classroom where he saw the preparation for this year’s students and was very impressed knowing that all the teachers were equally prepared. He thanked Mr. Faulk, Cathy Sams and all the teachers and staff for the important task of preparing our youth for their futures.
August is our Rotarian Membership Month and we are encouraged by Brent Coates, our District 6970 Governor, to invite a friend to our meetings. Coates challenged us to plant a tree commemorating April 22, 2018 Earth Day, and to, “Count Down To Zero” in our goal to eliminate polio from the face of the earth. Remember Saturday, August 12 is our next Farm Share Day at the Lake Butler Community Center (7:00 AM to 11:00 AM). Our Interact Club Members want to see their sponsors working to help others- remember “Service Above Self”. Brent is also asking us to provide personal interest stories that he can publish in our District.
Upcoming programs include Brad Whitehead’s guest speaker August 15, our Community Update August 22 followed by a monthly short Board Meeting, and Ted Barber’s guest Jason Davis who will tell us about the Hillandale Operation on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.