An informal dedication of the Norman Stephenson Park Bench, located in front of the Union County Veteran’s Memorial was held this evening, Thursday, December 21, 2017. Billy Ray Foister of the Lake Butler Rotary Club No. 4372 lead the dedication and spoke about the various things Norman did throughout his life.
Norman Stephenson was honored for his valuable assistance to the Lake Butler Rotary Club as a Charter Member, first Club President in 1965, and continuous supporter for 52 years. Also, the Lake Butler American Legion Post 153 honored Norman Stephenson for his patriotism, loyalty and being very instrumental in guiding the finances of the Post. Brent Coates, Rotary District 6970 Governor, joined the Norm Stephenson Dedication and Christmas Social at Joe Stephenson’s home which followed the Dedication. Brent drove over from Interlocken, Florida to help the Lake Butler Rotarians honor the memory of Norman Stephenson.
The Norman Stephenson Park Bench is located at 325 West Main Street, Lake Butler, Florida in front of the Union County Veteran’s Memorial.
At the Lake Butler Rotarian Social, Tommy Spires, the Lake Butler Rotary Foundation Chairman, provided the finale to a 50-50 Raffle to raise donations for The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation was created in 1917 as an endowment fund to “do good in the world” with an initial contribution of $26.50 and has grown to over 1 billion US dollars. It is considered the largest and most prestigious international fellowship program in the world. This Foundation has been making a difference in this world by providing the vaccine to protect a child from polio, treating water supplies to provide potable water, training peace-builders in conflict resolution for a more peaceful future, providing literacy improvements, medical improvements, and other sustainable solutions to the local and foreign community’s needs. The winning ticket drawn by Elida Stephenson on December 21, 2017 at the Rotary Christmas Social was Steve Wellhausen, the Club’s immediate past President. Steve graciously donated his winnings to The Rotary Foundation. When all the donations are tallied the Lake Butler Rotary Club will have meet its goal of contributing $400 by December 31, 2017.