Lake Butler Rotary Club Meeting, January 23, 2018
Article Submitted by Ted Barber
Another fantastic Spires catered lunch with fried chicken, baked chicken, lima beans, mashed potatoes, mixed salad and peach cobbler for dessert was enjoyed by all.
Fifteen members were present and participated in the monthly Community Update. Nancy Griffis told us about the challenges the Lake Butler Interact Club had in their support of the “Wreaths Across America” Project and the upcoming Interact Club Meeting, Thursday, January 25, 2018 with pizzas for lunch in the UCHS Courtyard. All Rotarians were invited to attend by Nancy. Donna Harris discussed her preparation for the March 18, 2018 9th Annual Rotary Hawaiian Luau. She will have a deboned roasted hog for display and consumption thanks to her son, Lake who is also our live auctioneer. Tricia Wylie told us about the $19,000 divided between the three county libraries (Baker, Bradford and Union) for the purchase of arts and craft supplies. Dave Mecusker presented a flyer for the March 18 Luau and his plans to distribute the tickets in blocks of ten at our January 30, 2018 Meeting. Shane Collins talked about a musical group that plays country, gospel and jams together for entertainment. He also mentioned that the First Christian Church was planning an Easter Egg Hunt for the community on the Saturday preceding Easter. The Chairpersons for the 9th Annual Rotary Hawaiian Luau have all been busy working their plans and we are expecting a large crowd. A special “Thank you” was extended by Ted Barber to David Stegall for his professional Luau Flyer and setting up the internet announcement asking for those who plan to attend. All Lake Butler Rotary Club Members are requested to bring in two silent auction items and deliver same as soon as possible to the Community State Bank for Jenny Reed to log in and label each item for the auction. Members are encouraged to obtain the silent auction items from local businesses as a way of advertisement for the Luau and the business itself. Steve Wellhausen and Brad Whitehead have the cooks, meat (Boston butts), and side dishes almost ready to go. Donna Harris is working out the details for the entertainment (DJ, etc.). Bill McGill is pleased with the Historical Museum and what it offers Union County. The Museum is open on the 2nd and 4th Mondays and at other times by request. Carlton Faulk thanked Teal and Tile for helping the Union County School set up their batting cages and he mentioned our female weight-lifters doing so well in competition.
Upcoming programs for the Lake Butler Rotary Club include Sara Owen’s Program January 30 and Russ Wade’s Program on February 6, 2018. On February 13, 2018 we are celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Lake Butler Women’s Club. An informal count showed about 25 Rotarians and their guests will be attending the Valentine’s Luncheon. Steve Wellhausen has the Program for February 20 and we may have a Hawaiian Luau Coordination Meeting for February 27, 2018. Brad Whitehead has the March 6, 2018 Program.
The LBRC Board met immediately following the noon luncheon Meeting and discussed the Club’s financial status with Donna stating that she would work the monthly member statements to assist Kellie Connell. We also covered the Club’s Membership growth (three Regular and three Honorary Members so far this year). Donna Harris is completing her President-elect Training by internet and saving us the $250 registration fee. Russel Miller, past D6970 District Governor, will be providing excellent estate planning training to include the Rotary Foundation (we are committed to have a minimum of six Rotarians at this February 20, 2018 two to three hour training session that follows the noon Luncheon Meeting). The Board approved $100 toward the NF Chamber Banquet with Ted Barber attending and paying $150 for the balance of the five seats. LBRC Members are encouraged to contact Ted Barber if they want to attend. Scott Roberts is purchasing the other half of the table for 10 attendees).