Article by Ted Barber
Sara Owen was honored as the Lake Butler Rotary Club’s newest member. Dave Mecusker read a short biography about Sara and then presented her with her Rotary Badge, framed Certificate of Membership and a welcome packet.
Brad Whitehead presented Dr. Theresa Beachy, PhD and Executive Director of the Peaceful Paths mission and programs that provides aid to the victims of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties. The fact that only one in ten incidents of domestic violence are reported due to fear of retaliation and that homicides if left unchecked increase seven fold are scary statistics. Perpetrators play on the victim’s fear of retaliations, control of family finances and family isolation. Peaceful Paths is fortunate that their resources provide a 2.1 million dollar budget. The staff of 43 includes attorneys and councilors who provide a support system to give a “Circle of Hope” society for the victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Upcoming programs include the August 22 Community Update with a short Club Board meeting to follow; Ted Barber’s August 29 program featuring Jason Davis’ talk about his Union County Hillandale Quality Feed Operation; Shane Collin’s September 5 Program, and the 8:30 AM Lake Butler Rotary Club’s Annual Literacy Project at the Union County Elementary School where each Third Grader is given a new dictionary with a Rotarian’s instruction of how to use the tool. At noon on September 19, the Rotary District 6970 Governor, Brent Coates, will join the Lake Butler Rotarians at our weekly meeting and provide us information about our District on his official visit