Russ Wade earned the extra credit by correctly answering the question regarding this day (August 22) in History. The question asked about an international emblem used under the Geneva Convention of 1864 for nonpartisan care to the sick and wounded in times of war. Russ correctly named the emblem the “Red Cross”.
Our Sergeant at Arms, Tony Sweat introduced Jim Lyons of the Bradford Health Department and Darrell Thomas, Past President of the Keystone Heights Rotary Club.
Following a great lunch of fried chicken and chicken and rice, salad, green beans, and macaroni and cheese, we learned about events in our once a month Community Update. Dave Mecusker announced the next Farm Share (distribution of food to over 300 UC Residents) was scheduled for September 9 and he was looking for volunteers for the Women’s Club “Clean Up Day”. Dave will be contacting Nancy Griffis to arrange for the Interact Club to possibly take on this project. Ted asked Tommy Spires and Dave Mecusker about their progress in getting trash receptacles at the Lake Butler pier (these receptacles are to help eliminate the trash being deposited in our lake). Two recent deaths in our community were announced by Ted Barber as Martin Hayden and Alfred Elixson. Martin will have a memorial service to be announced in the future and Alfred has a viewing at 10:00 AM Thursday, August 24 with the 11:00 AM funeral at Sardis Baptist Church. Carlton Faulk talked about the UCHS Football Game this Friday and the invitation to join the Quarterback Club. Jim Lyons talked about the recent focus group at our UC Library that discussed Union County’s health and distributed a questionnaire that the Rotarians could complete and provide for valuable input. A final report regarding the health of our County will be available by September 31, 2017 (Seehttp://union.floridahealth.gov/). Kellie Connell provided a current financial status to all members present and received praise from the Rotarians for her voluntary work in getting our financial status streamlined and her work to get our budget for 2017-2018 completed.
Ted thanked Brad Whitehead for his August 15 Program where Dr. Teresa Beachy talked about Peaceful Paths, a domestic violence Program in Union, Bradford and Alachua Counties. He also congratulated Sara Owen as our newest Rotarian. August is our District 6970 Rotarian Membership Month which has seen two new members and a third since July 1, 2017.
Next meeting Ted announced he has Jason Davis as his guest speaker who will tell us about the Hillandale Quality feed Operation. Shane Collins has the September 5 Program. Our District Governor, Brent Coates, will be visiting our Club September 19th and that morning we meet at the Lake Butler Elementary School at 8:30 AM to distribute 145 dictionaries to the 3rd Graders.