Following another excellent luncheon meal and fellowship, Club President Shane Collins opened the meeting with the sad news that Tommy Spires, a 34-year member, Paul Harris Fellow, and 2003-2004 Past Lake Butler Club President, passed Monday morning, October 19, 2020. After a moment of silence, Art Peterson led with a prayer for the Spires’ Family. In our Club’s Program Brian Reagan published the following: Tommy Spires 17 Nov 1943-19 Oct 2020, Rotarian from 1 Oct 1986 to 19 Nov 2020, Paul Harris Fellow 13 May 2004, Lake Butler Rotary Club #4372 President July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. Using an adaptation of the Rotary International Motto, “He served others and profited most because he served and valued others above self” was a very fitting Rotarian tribute for Tommy Spires. Tommy’s viewing 4-7 PM Thursday, 10-22-20 (Outdoors behind the First Christian Church) and Funeral 10:30 AM Friday (Outdoors same location as the viewing).
Jack Schenck, Program Chairperson, introduced Greg Lang, VP for Mittauer and Associates, Inc. as our guest speaker. Greg provided an update on the City of Lake Butler’s Water and Waste Water projects. After a brief history of why our City’s infrastructure was crumbling as it continues to serve approximately 2,000 residents, 3,000 inmates and 900 prison staff, he explained what must be done to replace the old pipes and lift stations to meet the Department of Environment standards. Our system will be expanded to handle 1 million gallons per day. The extraction of nitrogen and pharmaceuticals will meet the DEP standards and a treatment and aquifer recharge of the wetlands will replace the spray field with solar voltaic power. To fund this massive project small 3-4 million dollar bites of grant money will be required. Resident users may be covering approximately 20% of the cost.
Tyler Kelly, our Club Sergeant at Arms, had Russ Wade and Jennie Reed spin the wheel to determine their fines (Jennie $1 and Russ $3). Two late arrivals Garrett Milton and Kaleb Archer skipped by the fines.
Upcoming Programs: October 27 –Russ Wade, November 3-Brad Whitehead, November 10- Nancy Griffis, November 17- Kaleb Archer, November 24- Ted Barber, December 1- David Beatty.