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Okatie-Bluffton

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Sigler's Restaurant
12 Sheridan Park Circle
Bluffton, SC  29909
United States
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The Atlanta Rotary meets at the Loudermilk, United Center, in
downtown Atlanta.
 
The Atlanta Rotary Club, the largest club in the United States, has over 500 members. I
visited the club  at their weekly Monday afternoon 12:15 meeting and brought their flag back with me.
There are over 20 Rotary Clubs that meet in Atlanta, most meet in the afternoon.  Meeting started at
12:15, like ours, and was over by 1:30.
 
 
 
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I found out that even though there are over 500 members, only about 250 show up
on  a regular basis.  The others are honorary members.  There are about 30% of membership who are women.
Mary Ann Peters was one of the recent presidents.  She is the Ambassador / Director at the non profit  Jimmy Carter
Presidential Library Center in Atlanta and I found out about the club by way of our Rotary Magazine.
 
 
 
All members were in formal attire.  I sat next to two engineers who had been in the club for several years.
Food was good but not as good as Sigler's. There was one woman who sat across from me at our table. 
Cost for me to attend with lunch was $20 but I got a free flag with that.
 
 
 
 
As much as I enjoyed being there, I felt like I was at a funeral compared to our more colorful  relaxed
meetings.  The topic of the meeting was "Venture Capital."  They said they would consider investing in
start-ups of a million dollars or more.  But they would consider $500,000 in a category they called
"Angel Investing." Four panelists sat up front.  This was an ongoing theme for the four meetings in March.  I have to
admit that I enjoyed our recent "Litter Box" meeting presentation and most of ours more than this one. 
Now if I needed a million dollars for a start-up, I may have been more responsive.  I shook the presidents
hand as I left and wished him well.
 
They did not have a fundraiser.  The member next to me said that they just request money as needed for
local charities. I think their foundation was more determined by a predetermined cause.
The record of personal giving, according to him, was by one member that over the years contributed over a million dollars.
 
Great to be back home. Home is where I want to be.  Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stuart Enscoe with the Litter Box at our March 27 meeting.
The Litter Box collects donated items and uses the proceeds to help fund the
Humane Association.  Please consider calling them if you have items that you
would like to donate. Phone number is 843-842-MEOW(6369.)
 
 
 
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Bill Beltz, Construction

Bill Fedorko, Retired Veterinarian

Jane Higdon, Marketing WSG

David Jacox, Imports, Britannia Antiques

Tony Leister, Banking

Julie Leister, Banking

Barbara McFadden, Attorney

Robert McFadden, Retired IBM

Dianne Merrick

John Mosca, CPA

Joy Mosca, Education

Frank Nappi, Retired Insurance

Annemarie Neubecker, Education

Fred Niehoff Jr., Retired Government

Gaye Reck, Floral Designer

Michael Simon, Exports

Matt Smith, Retired Dentist

Molly Smith, Boys and Girls Club

Lawrence Taylor, Charter One Real Estate

Bob Trainor, Retired Sales and Manufacturing Envelopes 

Judy Trombino, Sales

As Rotarians we need to base our decisions on the following:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build good will and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

7:30 am for the Bluffton Club at Bluffton Community Center / Oscar Frazier and 12:30 for the Beaufort Club at the Beaufort Naval Hospital.
7:30 am........Savannah at the First City Club and 12:30 at the Hilton Head Club at the Sea Pines Country Club.
We welcome your inquiries. To contact our Club regarding membership, our annual Polo Event in October or any other questions call Bill Beltz at 843-706-3760 and email at wfbeltz@aol.com. Our motto is "Service Above Self."
Keep updated with our annual polo event by following Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Okatie-Rotary-Polo-for-Charity/368221855518?ref=mf or just go to Facebook.com and link on to Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity.  Save Date: October 11, 2015.
 
 
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