Article by Ted Barber, Lake Butler Rotary Club President
The Lake Butler Noon Luncheon Meeting December 12, 2017 was well balanced between fellowship, networking and another super Spires’ catered meal. Past President Jennie Reed introduced Matt Pearson of the Suwannee River Economic Council as her guest speaker. Matt brought Amanda Lamb also of the Suwannee River Economic Council to the Rotary Luncheon. Matt began his presentation telling the Rotarians that three Lake Butler Paul Harris Fellows listed in our Rotary Program were past board or committee members of the Suwannee Economic Council to include Robert Driggers, Jenny Reed and Richard Tillis. In Union County the Suwannee River Council provides programs and services primarily to middle and low income individuals and families focusing on the elderly. The Alzheimer Disease initiative, for example, provides medical equipment and supplies plus furnishes relief to the care givers allowing them time to shop and take care of things they need to do. The State Housing Initiatives Partnership often called SHIP provides up to $25,000 for home-ownership down payments and closing costs. This “SHIP” Program also allows for emergency repairs and rehabilitation like new roofs and wheelchair ramps. Each year this council provides 10 million dollars to those families in need for the 12 counties it serves. For more information please contact Matt Pearson at 386 362 4115 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clay Electric Cooperative Grant Request from the Lake Butler Rotary Club has been submitted and hopefully will be made available to assist the very popular Farm Share Program the City of Lake Butler has been operating each month at the Lakeside Pavilion. Approval of this Clay Electric Grant of up to $15,000 will hopefully be approved in the first few months of 2018.
The 50-50 Raffle to provide the Rotary Foundation with a donation to help eradicate polio, promote world peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and help grow local economies is nearing our $400 goal by December 31, 2017. Our last chance to meet or exceed the Club Goal is December 21, 2017 when we have the informal dedication of the Norman Stephenson Park Bench at 6:30 PM (325 West Main Street) and the Joe Stephenson’s Rotary Social.
Our Lake Butler Christmas Parade is December 16, 2017 starting at 6:30 PM.
The City of Lake Butler is working on the signs to be affixed to the Lakeside Trash Receptacles and putting in place the Lake Butler Rotary Club Welcome Signs.
Our Lake Butler Rotary Club is almost ready for our Club Election at our next meeting January 9, 2018 following the holidays.