By Ted Barber
The Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Lake Butler Rotary Club meeting began with roast pork, fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, tossed salad and cobbler that provided the 21 Rotarians in attendance with another outstanding luncheon with plenty of fellowship to go around.
President Shane Collins had Mike Riplinger ask the blessing, Garrett Milton lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Art Peterson provide the song- “Are You Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands! With the many political, health and financial challenges of today we need to “Clap our hands” to show our community and the world we are happy and blessed. Our Rotary Motto, “One profits most who serves best” allows us that happiness of serving others.
Our Sergeant at Arms, Tyler Kelley asked the “Did You Know?” question of what National Park was established this date in 1915 in the Rocky Mountains? The answer- The Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415 square mile park filled with over 300 miles of hiking trails.
We approved a $150 expenditure to provide the Union County Middle School with the same dictionaries we provide the Lake Butler 3rd Graders annually.
Our guest speakers were Dale Walker and Sara Owen, City of Lake Butler Manager and Deputy City Manager, respectively, providing a summary of what the City of Lake Butler accomplished in the past three years. The Lake Butler Welcome City Travel Guide Pamphlets were provided to all in attendance. The title of the pamphlet “City of Lake Butler, Scenery, Serenity and You!” emphasizes good weather, sunshine, outdoor activities, and a peaceful environment. Dale and Sara are proud of their staff, their leadership team, the recent Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the results gained by the Blue Ribbon Ribbon Committee recommendations, the Lakeside Park renovations and additions, the Asset Management Plan and the recent 5 million dollar grant for infrastructure improvements and replacements. It is anticipated that the City will soon realize another 20 million dollars in grants. The City of Lake Butler has gone far beyond the “Tipping Point” of three years ago and is poised to be a real attractive jewel for “Scenery, Serenity and You!”
We were happy to hear our newest Lake Butler fast food restaurant (McDonalds) will soon be open for business and that the Laredo Mexican Restaurant is doing well. Unfortunately, like many other restaurants, our Simmer Down Lakeside Restaurant is closing down.
Upcoming Rotary Programs: Jan 19-Dave Mecusker, Jan 26- Mitchell Bishop, Feb 2- Kelly Rhoades, Feb 9- Ted Barber, Feb 16- Sara Owen, Feb 23- Alexandra Pritchett, Mar 2- Shane Collins, and Mar 9- Garrett Milton.