Article submitted by Ted Barber
Following an excellent 30 minute lunch and fellowship, the weekly meeting was opened with Shane Collins asking for our prayers for Billy Ray Foister’s Family. Billy Ray, a loyal and dedicated Rotarian, passed Saturday, March 18, 2018. He will be missed by all.
Jordan Wade and John Henry Whitehead presented the Lake Butler Rotary Club with a Clay Electric Cooperative Grant Check of $9,500 for assisting the local community and the Farm Share Program. The money granted by Clay Electric comes from the donations of Cooperative members who allow the change (rounding off to the nearest dollar) from their monthly bills to be shared through grants.
Anna Woods on behalf of the UCHS JROTC Drill Team told the Rotarians and guests that the members of the Drill Team qualified for state level completion in all 9 categories! She asked the Lake Butler Rotary Club to assist her in achieving a goal of several thousand dollars to help fund the cost of the April 6-7, 2018 trip to Lakeland for the competition. The Lake Butler Rotary Club this year was in a financial position to provide a $500 contribution.
The success of our 9th Annual Hawaiian Luau was a major part of the Community Update Program (once a month the Community Update allows Club Members to talk about major items they are working on in their business and social circles). Many thanks were given to Dave Mecusker (Ticket Sales), Sara Owen (Decorations), Steve Wellhausen, Tony Sweat, Tommy Spires and Lake Harris for heading up the food preparation. Nancy Griffis was thanked for her role with the Club’s sponsored Lake Butler Interact Club (Members assisting included Emily O’Neal, Reagan Robinson, Brooklyn Cunningham, John Michael Manning, Alex Perez, Jonathan Schmidt, Sidney Johnson, Mathew Beighley, Timber Underhill, Lake Harris and Shamar Highland). Jennie Reed was thanked for her detailed organization of the silent and live auction donations. Carlton Faulk, Steve Wellhausen, Billy McGill, Brad Whitehead and Phillip Pritchett, to name just a few, were thanked for their contributions. David Stegall, Shane Collins and Paul Lewis were recognized for their contributions to the outstanding publicity and Donna Harris was recognized for her overall supervision and coordination of the event. The annual Luau for 2018 from all reports appears to be the best ever and since it is our primary fund raiser each year we are very pleased!
Ted Barber asked the Club members to do a computer search for “MyRotary.Org/Give” to increase their donations of choice to one or all of the six focus areas or share to include:
1) Peace and Conflict Prevention, 2) Disease Prevention and Treatment, 3) Water and Sanitation, 4) maternal and Child Health, 5) Basic Education and Literacy, 6) Economic and Community Development. Sustaining Members contribute $100 per year and the percentage that goes to these areas of focus places the Rotary Foundation as one of the best in the world. Now over 35,399 Rotary Clubs with approximately 1.5 Million Members have contributed over $3 Billion on life-changing, sustainable projects since its inception over 100 years ago with a $26.50 start!
The Club Board agreed to fund one Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to a deserving Interact Club Member this coming June 2018. The selection process will be activated shortly.
We are looking forward to the District Training Assembly in Palatka, April 28th and the District Conference May 18-19, 2018.
Upcoming programs include: March 27-Shane Collins, April 3- Tony Sweat, April 10- Dave Mecusker, April 17- Community Update, April 24- Billy McGill, and May 1- Tommy Spires.