President Shane Collins opened the Lake Butler Rotary Club’s noon luncheon meeting with the meal being blessed by Derick Thomas, the Pledge of Allegiance lead by David Beatty and the opening song lead by Mitchell Bishop. Prior to David Beatty introducing Derick Thomas as his guest speaker he offered public condolences to Joe Stevenson for the passing of his mother Elida Stevenson. Derick began his presentation by providing some family history. Most of us know his mother and father- Mary and Danny Thomas. Mary comes from the Alveraz family and Danny’s grandparents matriculated to Lake Butler from Georgia. I believe Danny Thomas maybe the most decorated military Veteran we have in Union County. Derick recalled some of his UC teachers several of which were present at our luncheon meeting. He also remembered his last paddling when he was in 8th grade. Derick and his wife have a 7-year-old now in 1stgrade in Lake Butler Elementary School. Derick is a manager with Clay Electric Cooperative in his 21st year as a Clay Electric employee, he is very familiar with the “Clay Electric Foundation” formed in 2017 which assists local community organizations with grants. Eighty-nine percent of the Clay Electric customers voluntarily donate the “round up” change from their bills to the “Foundation” which amounts to approximately $80,000 per month. Our Club, for example, received a grant to help the Farm Share Program in 2017. He also mentioned the rebate program for Clay Electric customers that upgrade their residential insulation and their hot water heaters to save money. He became a Rotarian in 2009 and has been active with several Rotary Clubs. We are very pleased that Derick has joined the Lake Butler Rotary Club as he brings a wealth of Rotary knowledge and enthusiasm.
The “Did You Know?” was successfully answered by Derick Thomas. Sean Connery was the famous Scottish actor turning 89 years old today, August 25, 2020.
Upcoming Programs: Ted Barber- September 1, Mitchell Bishop- September 8, Kellie Connell- September 15, Nancy Griffis- September 22, and Paul Lewis- October 6.