Lake Butler Rotary Meeting in Review from Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Lake Butler Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 noon luncheon meeting highlighted their March 28, 2020 annual Hawaiian Luau fundraiser, and the Drag Boat Races this Saturday, February 1, 2020. The keys to our successful Luau fundraiser is publicity and participation. Our “Friend of Rotary” David Stegall is already at work developing advertisements and tickets we are selling for individuals and groups at the Luau. A table remains at $200. Each Rotarian is challenged to sell at least one table and to bring in at least three donations from local businesses. Last year the Luau was a huge success! Ben Campen a Gainesville Rotarian got the auction going and everyone had fun bidding after enjoying a delicious supper. Nancy Griffis provided a display item that she is planning to enter into the auction. Her display and initiative provided a visual that should help stimulate other ideas.

The Drag Boat Racing this Saturday should begin at about 11:00 AM. Sara Owen believes that we should have as many as 60 entries arriving for the event. Warm ups and preparation will be going on all morning and the boat ramp will be closed Friday to fisherman until after the competition is completed Saturday. There will be a variety of vendors at Lakeside Park this Saturday during the drag boat race event. If you happen to be out and about, please do stop by and check out the vendors and catch some of the boat racing action.

Garrett Milton’s “Do You Know? Question for the day asked what item was recovered from the ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger and then sent back to space in 2017? Ted Barber came the closest to the correct answer with his guess being a baseball bat. The correct answer was a soccer ball. Garrett’s quote for our weekly Program was, “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” (H. Jackson Brown Jr. made the quote).

David Mecusker talked briefly about the option our youth have this year between showing their livestock at the Bradford Fair or at the new Union County livestock facility (on Hwy 121 south of the Farm Center). The eventual goal, we believe, is to have future shows in Union County for our youth. David also suggested the Lake Butler Rotary Club provide a donation for the hog we use at the March 28 Hawaiian Luau. He said he would divert his $500 donation originally intended for the Club’s International Learning Center Project in rural Nicaragua to the purchase of the hog (the Club withdrew from the Nicaraguan Project).

Upcoming Programs: Feb 4- Art Peterson, Feb 11- Garett Milton, Feb 18- Jennie Reed and Feb 25- Brian Reagan.