By Ted Barber
The Lake Butler Rotary Club’s February 23, 2021 luncheon meeting included the following guests: Tammy Still, Representative Bobby Payne’s Special Assistant; Hunter Williams, President of the Lake Butler Interact Club (students from the UCHS Junior and Senior class, with Nancy Griffis as the Staff Advisor) and our guest speaker Jody Read, CEO of Sapphire Disinfectant Company that is located here in Lake Butler. Derick Thomas opened our meeting with a prayer and Dave Mecusker led us with the Pledge of Allegiance to our Country, with Art Peterson providing the opening song.
This week’s “Did You Know?” Question asked the group what event on this day marked the 76th Anniversary of the most produced photo in history? The correct answer came from several Rotarians, with Russ Wade leading the pack saying the raising of the American Flag at Iwo Jima. The six American soldiers raised the American Flag on Mount Suribachin overlooking the Island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. Today the Iwo Jima Memorial depicting this historic event is known as the Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Alexandra Pritchett introduced Guest Speaker Jody Read, as the CEO of Sapphire Disinfectant Company. They are located at 250 SW 9th Avenue in Lake Butler. Jody is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the health care business. His 6000 square foot facility has been operating for several years and supplies local schools with a salt and water based product that kills most staph bacteria. Presently, its main purpose is to stop the COVID-19 virus. The product is safe enough to consume in small quantities. Jody said that he uses it to stop colds and has not had a cold in 3 years. The water and salt produces sodium chloride and hydrochloric acid which are the same products that the human body produces to fight infection. His plant presently produces 2000 gallons every 20 minutes. Our Union County School District has a bottle of Sapphire’s disinfectant in every classroom, and has one of the lowest counts of COVID-19 cases in Florida. The product is available over the counter for around $15.00 per bottle and is also useful for eliminating odors. Union County is pleased to have Jody Read’s products and welcomes him again to our community.
Upcoming programs are: March 2nd – Shane Collins; March 9th – Garrett Milton; March 16th – Art Peterson; March 23rd – Sara Owen; March 30th – Tyler Kelley; April 6th – Brian Reagan; April 13th – Mike Ripplinger; April 20th – Jack Schecnk; and April 27th – Jenny Reed.
The Lake Butler Rotary Club would like to give a Special Congratulations to Kellie Hendrick Rhoades for her new daughter, Andie Jo Rhoades. The club is also seeking to help Hunter Williams, President of the Rotary Sponsored Lake Butler Interact Club, to find a few local scholarships. We would also like to mention that our Lake Butler Heroes White Cross Project is already close to the maximum number for it’s very first year!
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