ROTARY CLUB OF OKATIE- BLUFFTON

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May River HS Interact Club
Written by Annemarie Neubecker
 
The May River High School Interact sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie presented a check for $1500 to Paws4Vets. The check was a combined contribution from the Interact Club and our club.
Paws4Vets provides trained service dogs to returning veterans who need mental and or physical support. Principal Todd Bornscheuer praised the efforts of the Interact Club and the generous contribution of Rotary Club of Okatie.
May River HS Interact Club Jane Higdon 2017-05-11 04:00:00Z
Feed the Children
 
 
Story submitted a Julie Leister
 
The Rotary Club of Okatie (President Dave Jacox & Board Member Juliana Leister) presented Gwen Chambers the Volunteer and Workshop Coordinator from Bluffton Self Help (left) with the proceeds from their Feed the Children fund raiser. The fundraiser held in February with local restaurants The Farm, The Cottage, Captain Woody's, Fat Patties, and Sigler’s raised $1255.  The week of Feb.8th-15th, diners were invited to make a donation at the end of their meals at these establishments. BSH plans to use the funds to replenish their fresh produce for Coleman's Corner in their food pantry. The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help would like to thank the restaurants and patrons who participated in this worthy fundraiser!
Feed the Children Jane Higdon 2017-03-16 04:00:00Z
May River H.S. Interact Club
Written By Annemarie Neubecker
 
The May River High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie, held an early morning fundraiser on Feb. 10th. Panera Bread provided generous donations of fresh bagels and the Interact students took monetary donations to support Paws For Vets, a program to provide service dogs to veterans returning from combat suffering both physical and mental illnesses. The club members served the bagels with butter or cream cheese. Crowds were large as students stopped by to get a bagel between classes. The club will continue to raise funds for Paws For Vets commencing with the presentation of a check to the organization sometime in late March.
 
May River H.S. Interact Club Jane Higdon 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z
Have a Heart & Feed the Children
The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Have a Heart & Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th.
 
Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton.  When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry.
 
This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
 
Have a Heart & Feed the Children Jane Higdon 2017-02-01 05:00:00Z
Check presentation to Moss Creek Marines
At our Jan. 17th meeting, member Barbara McFadden presented a $5,000 check to the Moss Creek Marines from our Polo for Charity event proceeds.
 
Moss Creek Marines (MCM) is a non-profit group of former Marines who now reside in Moss Creek Plantation. Through this organization and Paws4Vets, our Club helps to provide funding needed for placing assistance dogs with veterans. MCM works with Paws4Vets to support several local Marines who need dogs due to PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental and physical injuries.
Check presentation to Moss Creek Marines Jane Higdon 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z
Lang Captial returns as Platinum Sponsor 
 
Peter Lang, President of Lang Capital , Platinum Sponsor for the 2016 Polo for Charity match presents their sponsorship donation to Barbara McFadden (right) and John Mosca (left) of the Rotary Club of Okatie. Lang was also at the January 17, 2017 meeting to announce that Lang Capital will return as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2017 Match, set for October 22, 2017
Lang Captial returns as Platinum Sponsor Jane Higdon 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z
Welcome New Member Karen Beltz!
We are excited to welcome new member Karen Beltz today. Thank you Karen for leading the charge in organizing the silence auction for our Polo for Charity event. The silent auction raised $6,000.
 
 
 
 
See photos below; check presentation of $2,000 each to the following organizations to help support the victims of Hurricane Matthew; The Deep Well Project, Bluffton Self Help and Rotary District 7770.
 
Welcome New Member Karen Beltz! Jane Higdon 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z
Happy 90th Birthday Bill Fedorko
Celebrating Rotarian Bill Fedorko as he turns 90 years old. Congratulations Bill, we are so very blessed to have you
in our Club!
 
Happy 90th Birthday Bill Fedorko Jane Higdon 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z
Thank you for your support - 23rd Annual Polo for Charity  
 
Even though it was just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew stormed through Bluffton and Hilton Head Island… over 2,000 attendees came out to support our 23rd Annual Polo for Charity event on October 23rd.
 
The silent auction received outstanding support, raising $6,000. Our Club was able to give $2,000 each to the following organizations to help support the victims of Hurricane Matthew; Deep Well, Bluffton Self Help and Rotary District 7770.
 
Additionally, this year, event proceeds will benefit Moss Creek Marinesand Paws4Vets, as well as other local charities. Moss Creek Marines (MCM) is a non-profit group of former Marines who now reside in Moss Creek Plantation. Through this organization and Paws4Vets, the Rotary Club will help to provide funding needed for placing assistance dogs with veterans. MCM works with Paws4Vets tosupport several local Marines who need dogs due to PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental and physical injuries.
 
Rotary Club of Okatie would like to again thank our sponsors: Platinum Sponsors - Engel & Vӧlkers, Premium Real Estate and Property Management and Lang Capital – Retirement, Investment, Tax Specialists; Gold Sponsors - Cook Farms Ltd, the Law Office of Barbara McFadden, J & S Construction; Diamond Sponsors - John Mosca, CPA, Palmetto Electric, The Salty Dog Café and The Tegwar Company – Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head Landscapes; and Media Sponsors - Accurate Lithograph, Bluffton.com, Bluffton Sun/Hilton Head Sun, Bluffton Today, CH2/CB2 Magazine, Hilton Head Monthly magazine, Island Events, Island 93.5fm, Lowcountry Weekly, Premier Lowcountry Magazine, SC103.1/Surf 104.9fm/Easy 106.5fm, Tails of the Lowcounty, The Breeze magazine, The Island Packet, The Scout Guide and WHHI TV.
 
Thank you for your support - 23rd Annual Polo for Charity Jane Higdon 2016-10-23 00:00:00Z

Karen Beltz – our basket designer Extraordinar!

 
For everyone planning to shop at the silent auction tent during our Polo for Charity event on October 23rd… you’ll find fabulous gift baskets designed by artist Karen Beltz!
Sorry folks, the beautiful basket in this photo is going to another worthy cause; No More Diabetes (NMD) foundation silent auction event on Sept. 16th.
Karen Beltz – our basket designer Extraordinar! Jane Higdon 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z

 Past presidents Bill Beltz & Annemarie Neubecker featured in the media

 

Bill Beltz was featured in his hometown paper the Alliance Review in Alliance, Ohio on his book, The Buried War. For more information on Bill’s book, log on to: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1504345509/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_-yMwK.K8631GT
 
Annemarie Neubecker was featured in the Bluffton Sun “Training teachers in Middle East a lesson in goodwill”  regarding her work in Doha, Qatar as part of a team designing professional development for educators in the national schools. To view the entire article, log on to: http://www.blufftonsun.com/bluffton-sun-august-16-2016-cms-1568
 
We are proud of you Bill and Annemarie!
 Past presidents Bill Beltz & Annemarie Neubecker featured in the media  Jane Higdon 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z
Summer fellowship Fireworks Cruise
 

On our August 16th fireworks cruise, the evening kicked off with President David Jacox presenting Barbara McFadden with her Paul Harris recognition for $8,000.00 in giving to the Rotary Foundation. Thank you family, friends , distinguish Assistant District Governor Nancy Riedel and husband Bernie (Past District Governor and Deputy District Governor) for joining us on a perfect Lowcountry evening. Thank you Julie Leister for organizing a wonderful summer fellowship social.

Summer fellowship Fireworks Cruise  Jane Higdon 2016-08-19 00:00:00Z
Molly Smith receives Paul Harris Fellow award
At our August 9th meeting, member Molly Smith receives the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from president David Jacox. Congratulations Molly; we are so proud of you!
Molly Smith receives Paul Harris Fellow award Jane Higdon 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z
A banner day at Rotary Club of Okatie
Written by Barbara McFadden
Photos: District Governor Sandee Brooks & President David Jacox; Congressman Mark Sanford & President David Jacox.
On August 2nd, our club hosted our District Governor Sandee Brooks and our Assistant District Governor Nancy Reidel. In addition, Congressman Mark Sanford stopped for lunch since he was visiting in the area.
Thank you, Sandee, Nancy, and Mark for joining us!
A banner day at Rotary Club of Okatie Jane Higdon 2016-08-05 00:00:00Z
Welcome Bill Fedorko Jr.
Happy faces at today’s meeting as we all welcomed Bill Fedorko’s son, Bill Fedorko Jr., visiting from California. Welcome “Bill Junior”… we hope you’ll come visit us again.
Welcome Bill Fedorko Jr. Jane Higdon 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z
My visit to the Rotary Club of Bandon, Ireland
By Jane Mullally Higdon
On July 5th, I was extremely fortunate to visit The Rotary Club of Bandon, located in beautiful County Cork, Ireland. Similar to our club, they are classified as a small club. However, they have a long list of fundraising accomplishments that include an annual Charity Golf Event at the Bandon Golf Club (this year celebrating its 30th year), Tree of Remembrance at Christmas time, and a spring Daffodil Day Breakfast fundraiser.  It is no secret the Irish are famous for their hospitality and Bandon proved that statement to be more than true. I was treated like a royal Irish princess.
It was great fun exchanging flags with President Herbert Obbink and member Marie Norton.  For more information on The Rotary Club of Bandon, visit www.bandonrotary.com
 
My visit to the Rotary Club of Bandon, Ireland Jane Higdon 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z
Annual Founder's Day Dinner

At our June 21st Annual Founder’s Day Dinner, we celebrated the installation of our club officers for 2016-2017 along with our visiting guests; Assistant District Governor, Nancy Riedell, and District Governor Nominee Designate, David Tirard.

L to R: Tony Leister, Julie Leister, Bill Beltz, Nancy Riedel, Barbara McFadden, David Jacox and Judy Trombino.

Annual Founder's Day Dinner Jane Higdon 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z
AnneLore Harrell - local columnist
At our June 14th meeting, Annelore Harrell, a weekly columnist for Bluffton Today newspaper, entertain us with her many stories about life in Bluffton. A native Savannahian and Bluffton visitor since 1935, Annelore moved to Bluffton full-time in 1985. She is a former real estate broker, has been very active in several local civic and community organizations and even hosted a local television show. We all had a lot of questions and enjoyed her visit to our club.
AnneLore Harrell - local columnist Jane Higdon 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z
Support to the Rotary Club of Manta, Ecuador

In a join fundraising effort with the Bluffton High School Interact Club, the Bluffton High School Soccer Team, and the Rotary Club of Bluffton, funds were wired ($2000) to the Rotary Club of Manta, Ecuador in support of their earthquake relief efforts. To follow their work, follow their Club on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-de-Manta-240453512651958 and https://www.facebook.com/interactmanta/

 

Support to the Rotary Club of Manta, Ecuador Jane Higdon 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z
Have a Heart & Feed the Children campaign.
Alyson Barber, Development & Marketing Coordinator for Bluffton Self Help, attended our meeting today to accept our $1,000 check from the funds collected during Valentine’s week “Have a Heart & Feed the Children” campaign.
Have a Heart & Feed the Children campaign. Jane Higdon 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z
Lori Goodridge-Cribb, Publisher, Monthly Media
At our May 10th meeting, Lori Goodridge-Cribb, publisher of Monthly Media, entertained our members on how she arrived in Hilton Head Island over 30 years ago and how she began what has become a very successful career in publishing.  Lori enlightened everyone on the difficult job of producing a monthly publication and that print is here to stay.  Additionally, Lori tackled all of our questions from how to get your story covered to everyday workings of a magazine.  Hilton Head Monthly magazine has been a leading resource in covering the people who live in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton; their extraordinary journeys and their accomplishments. For more information on Hilton Head Monthly, visit: www.hiltonheadmonthly.com
 
Lori Goodridge-Cribb, Publisher, Monthly Media Jane Higdon 2016-05-10 00:00:00Z
Annemarie Neubecker presented, "Shifting Sands: Adventures in Doha"

Written by Annemarie Neubecker
With over thirty-eight years of experience as an educator, Annemarie lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates from 2006-2010. She and her husband both served as educational consultants during that time, developing an expertise dealing in the Arab Culture. Since September 2015, Annemarie has worked in Doha,Qatar as part of a team designing professional development for educators in the national schools. She wrote and delivered a comprehensive induction program for new teachers in Qatar. The challenge included developing and delivering a train-the-trainer model during which Arabic-English trainers were prepared to deliver strands of educational modules to 1500 new teachers.
Annemarie will be informed of the student results from the newly trained teachers as well as other key indicators of success regarding the project.

Annemarie Neubecker presented, "Shifting Sands: Adventures in Doha" Jane Higdon 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z
Bluffton HS Interact Club votes to support Rotary Club of Manta
Written by Jane Higdon
 

On April 16th, a powerful earthquake (7.8) shook Ecuador's northwestern coast, bringing great devastation to the City of Manta. Last year, my husband and I lived in a fishing village near Manta and were very fortunate to participate in many activities with the Rotary Club of Manta. Thank you Bluffton HS Interact Club and Rotary Club of Bluffton for matching our Club’s donation to the Rotary Club of Manta. Your support will provide an enormous help with relief efforts in Ecuador, via the Rotary Club of Manta. Our message to Ecuador, we are praying for you “Nosotros estamos orando por ustedes.”

 

Bluffton HS Interact Club votes to support Rotary Club of Manta Jane Higdon 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z
Betsy Doughtie, Executive Director of The Deep Well
Written by Frank Nappi
 
The Rotary Club of Okatie was pleased to have Betsy Doughtie, Executive Director of The Deep Well Project, as our guest speaker for our April 19th meeting. Betsy Doughtie has lived on Hilton Head for nearly 46 years.  She has been active in many volunteer activities with the schools, her church and other organizations.  For the past 19 years she has been active with the Deep Well Project. She explained the operation of the Deep Well Project as a tax exempt, nonprofit organization composed primarily of volunteers who help people in emergency situations.  Among the areas they serve are providing emergency home repairs, building wheel chair ramps, and providing furniture, clothing, food, rent, utilities, prescriptions or other forms of payments . on behalf of qualified, needy clients.  Betsy emphasized that the Deep Well Project helps people in emergency situations by giving them  an immediate hand so they can continue to help themselves. The Deep Well Project works closely with other nonprofits and is part of The United Way.
Betsy Doughtie, Executive Director of The Deep Well Jane Higdon 2016-04-19 00:00:00Z
Doug Burke partner in Founding Tumaini Fund USA
 
Written by member Judy Trombino.
The April 12th meeting was dedicated to a presentation by Doug Burke on The Tumaini Fund USA based in Naples, Florida and organized as a 501 (c)(3) corporation.   Doug Burke and his wife Janice moved to The Cypress of Hilton Head in October 2013, where he had the pleasure of meeting Joan Mosca, John Mosca’s mother.  After learning of the Tumaini Fund USA, John recommended that we hear Doug’s presentation.  At a church service commission meeting in 2009, Doug met Dr. Susan Wilson, The founder and CEO of the Tumaini Fund, a mission that serves 25,000 HIV Aids Orphans in Tanzania.  Doug responded with setting up a Tumaini Fund USA, a US affiliate of the Tumaini Fund which seeks to provide help to thousands of orphan children in Tanzania with clothing, primitive shelter, limited access to clean water, healthcare and education.  His goal is to not only help strengthen orphan families but also the communities in which they are living. Tumaini Fund USA, is one of several affiliates around the world which raise money to support the overall Tumaini Fund.  Since its inception, Tumaini Fund USA has sent 93% of funds collected to Tanzania to aid the widows and orphans the Fun supports.
Doug Burke partner in Founding Tumaini Fund USA Jane Higdon 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z
Bill Beltz & his new novel, The Buried War
At our April 5th meeting, Bill Beltz spoke about The Buried War, his recently published book. “The Buried War is a bugle cry; a Reveille of rage and a eulogy for the lost souls of war. It is the story of my father, his PTSD as a WW II veteran, my own journey as a Franciscan monk and heartfelt struggle with depression throughout my life.” For more information on his book, log on to:
Bill Beltz & his new novel, The Buried War Jane Higdon 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z
Speaker Lauren Higdon, president of Centered, a Holistic Community Center
Written by Lauren Higdon
I greatly enjoyed the spontaneous talk with your Club today while visiting with my father and Jane.  I didn't know what to expect other than Jane had shared with me how much she loves the group and how welcoming everyone would be. This certainly held true and I feel that in the short time we spent, I learned as much as I shared from such wise and dynamic individuals. As a therapist, yoga instructor and the owner and director of Centered, a holistic healing center in Lexington, Kentucky, I spoke on the importance of integrative health care, movement, meditation and positive thinking.  I shared an exercise to activate the pineal gland to bring about desired change in our lives, a little yoga spinal twist to help digest our lunch as well as the overload of daily stimuli and some general relaxation techniques.  I truly enjoyed our conversation about the needs of children these days and encouraging them to detach from electronics and re-connect to humans and their life purpose.  There is such hope for the world and great change is possible when we openly, honestly and wholeheartedly work together. I see Rotary to be another shining example of this work. Thank you again and please come visit Centered should you find yourself in Kentucky.  In the meantime, I will seek out a local club and further these connections. For additionally information on Centered; please log on to: www.centeredlex.com
Speaker Lauren Higdon, president of Centered, a Holistic Community Center Jane Higdon 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z
Moss Creek Marines
 
Photo L to R: Moss Creek Marine Roger Garreau, member Barbara McFadden, member Annemarie Neubecker, Moss Creek Marine Fred Will, club president Bill Beltz and member Gaye Reck.
 
Written by member Carl Jones. The March 22, 2016 meeting was dedicated to a presentation message by the Moss Creek Marines.  They wanted to update our club on the status of their activities as recipients of funding support from our annual Polo for Charity fundraising event.  They presented the highlights of some of the projects and programs they have been able to address with the financial support our club provided.  Projects like the service dog program, adopting Marine combat units, and supporting Marine's addressing PTSD issues.  Moss Creek Marines are making a significant impact on those Marines from our community who serve our great nation.  Our club was delighted with their presentation.  Commanding Officer Fred Wills presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Rotary Club for our activities in support of their group. We thank them for their service because it is truly "service above self".  The group will be our primary beneficiary Polo for Charity 2016.
Moss Creek Marines Jane Higdon 2016-03-22 00:00:00Z
Annual Oyster Roast Fellowship event
Thank you once again, former Club president, Bob Cassavant for inviting us all to your beautiful waterfront home. We all enjoyed your enormous supply of “roasted” oysters along with a fabulous potluck meal. To top it off, your picturesque outdoor setting made for a perfect event!
Annual Oyster Roast Fellowship event Jane Higdon 2016-03-13 00:00:00Z
Daniel Lentz, Marketing and Training Coordinator of Memory Matters

At our March 8th meeting, our speaker Daniel Lentz focused his talk on an initiative called, "The Purple Angel Project". This project is an international effort meant to create a dementia friendly community. The three focus areas of the project are education of the community regarding dementia issues, assistance to consumers with memory loss, and efforts to make persons with dementia feel safe and supported. The umbrella organization, Memory Matters, was established in 1997 as a non- profit organization serving 20-25 individuals in a daily basis. Offering day programs for those with memory issues, as well as delivery of caregiver support groups, Memory Matters also acts as a community educational resource.

Daniel Lentz, Marketing and Training Coordinator of Memory Matters Annemarie Neubecker 2016-03-08 00:00:00Z
L to R: Rotarian Barbara McFadden, Judy Hinman and president Bill Beltz
Judy Hinman, Director at Family Promise of Beaufort County joined us on March 1, 2016 for lunch and to receive our $5,000.00 grant to Family Promise's LEAP program, which provides microloans to families moving from homelessness to a new home to help them with the initial expenses of establishing a home. Judy shared Family Promise's 2015 year on year improving results for families and provided an overview of 2016 program initiatives. This grant represents the Club commitment to the families of lower Beaufort County.
L to R: Rotarian Barbara McFadden, Judy Hinman and president Bill Beltz Jane Higdon 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z
Dr. Narendra Sharma, Founder of the Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC)
At our February 23rd meeting our speaker, Dr. Narendra Sharma, shared with our club his passion and commitment to addressing poverty issues in South Carolina. Currently, there are active NOC sites on Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and in Beaufort. These learning sites are serving over 480 children and their families in Beaufort County.  For more information on the NOC, log on to www.foundationedexcellence.com
Dr. Narendra Sharma, Founder of the Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) Jane Higdon 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z
Ed Saxon, from the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority
Today’s speaker, Ed Saxon, General Manager of the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, arrived with several impressive maps reflecting the tremendous growth Bluffton has experienced in the last 20 years.  Ed provided our members with interesting history on Bluffton developments and BJWSA’s efforts to plan for the future. Additionally, Ed addressed questions everyone had regarding the water tragedy in Flint, Michigan. For more information on BJWSA’s efforts to serve our community, log on to: http://www.bjwsa.org
Ed Saxon, from the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority Jane Higdon 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z
Happy Feet & Happy Minds event
 
February 13th, Rotary Club of Okatie held its annual Happy Feet & Happy Minds event at Payless ShoeSource store providing shoes and  age appropriate new books to children in need from three local elementary schools. Teachers and social workers were on hand to assist rotary members, beginning at 7:30am. It was a cold morning; however, plenty of hot chocolate, donuts and valentine treats were served to the children and their family members.
Happy Feet & Happy Minds event Jane Higdon 2016-02-13 00:00:00Z
Nursing scholarship recipient Bethany Biaett
 

Bethany Biaett, our Club’s 2015 nursing scholarship recipient, visited our club on February 9th to express her gratitude and shared her story on her difficult journey in working towards her nursing degree.

Nursing scholarship recipient Bethany Biaett Jane Higdon 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z
Have a Heart & Save the Children campaign

 2nd annual Have a Heart and Feed the Children campaign
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help, we are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual “Have a Heart and Feed the Children” fundraiser campaign.  The event will take place from Wednesday, February 10th until Wednesday, February 17th; just in time for Valentine’s Day. Participating restaurants include Sigler’s Rotisserie & Seafood, The Cottage and NEO.

 Have a Heart and Feed the Children was created by the Rotary Club of Okatie in conjunction with Bluffton Self Help in 2015 with a simple purpose – to educate our local community about food insecurity in Beaufort County and help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout the Bluffton area.

This once a year program coincides with Valentine's Day celebrations and allows Diners to extend their Valentine's  observance with a donation in a special envelope provided  when they cash out their bill --- a easy way to have a heart and make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area while celebrating the season with that  special someone.

 Have a Heart and Feed the Children campaign has the potential to positively influence the discussion and awareness surrounding childhood hunger, food insecurity, and the serious needs faced by members of our community.  This program is part of the larger ROTARY HAS HEART campaign conducted each February by area Rotary Clubs to address food insecurity and childhood hunger in South Carolina.

 100% of all donations will go to Bluffton Self Help for distribution. If you wish to make a donation today, you may send a check directly to Rotary Club of Okatie. Please make it out to Rotary Club of Okatie, and indicate “Have a Heart Campaign” in the check memo area. Kindly mail your donation to: Rotary Club of Okatie, P.O. Box 1601, Bluffton, SC 29909
 
For more information contact:

Rotarian Jane Higdon
jane_higdon@yahoo.com

 
Have a Heart & Save the Children campaign Jane Higdon 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z
Welcome new member Carl Jones!
 

L to R: Sponsor Bill Fedorko, new member Carl Jones, Rotary Area 4 Assistant District Governor David Tirard, president Bill Beltz.

Welcome new member Carl Jones! Jane Higdon 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z
Jody Levitt, executive director of The Children's Center

Jody Levitt, executive director of The Children's Center, spoke to the Rotary Club of Okatie on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Children's Center is the second oldest non-profit on Hilton Head Island. Their Mission is to make high quality early education and childcare services available for working families in order to help children have a great start in life. For nearly five decades, The Children's Center has quietly and profoundly affected the lives of thousands of children. Each day, the lives of over 200 children are touched by a remarkable staff and volunteers. The teaching staff follow a monthly curriculum, including developmentally appropriate learning goals and activities. Since government funding is limited to food and tuition assistance, The Children's Center relies heavily on the resources provided by local individuals, organizations, and foundations. It is with the support of the local community that the Center is able to open its doors each morning. The Center uses 91 cents of every dollar for direct services to children and only 9 cents for administrative expenses. For parents, it is affordable, utilizing sliding-scale tuition based on the family income. Jody and her amazing staff provide a stimulating educational and nurturing environment for the children in The Children Center's quality preschool atmosphere.

Jody Levitt, executive director of The Children's Center Gaye Reck 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z
Jack Rabbitt from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
 

At our Jan. 12th meeting, Jack Rabbitt gave an informative presentation on the proposed building for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has been a volunteer instructor for more than 6 years at the Institute and has served on the Curriculum Committee and the Development Committee. Additionally, Jack also works with homeless families through the local chapter of Family Promise and gave an update on the Family Promise organization.

Jack Rabbitt from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Jane Higdon 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z
Marcus Jackson (center) from The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
At our Dec. 8th meeting, our club enjoyed hearing from Marcus Jackson, General Manager of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.  Marcus shared exciting new developments on the award winning property that include 3 new restaurants and 150 additional rooms for next year.  For more information, log on to www.montagehotels.com
Marcus Jackson (center) from The Inn at Palmetto Bluff Jane Higdon 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z
A visit from Fred Niehoff, Suzi Oliver, and David Tirard

 

At our December 1st meeting, our Club was blessed with a visit from member Fred Niehoff Jr. and his guest, Suzi Oliver, RN, CHPN, a Hospice Nurse, Veteran’s Liaison and local Rotarian.

Fred... we admire your strength, courage and your ongoing dedication to others!

Rotary Area 4 Assistant District Governor David Tirard presenting 2014-2015 Foundation Banners (for 100% participation by Club Members in Foundation Giving at the rate of a minimum of $100.00 per person) to Rotary Club of Okatie Immediate Past President Barbara McFadden. 

A visit from Fred Niehoff, Suzi Oliver, and David Tirard Jane Higdon 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z
Healthy Tips from PowerHouse Gym
At our November 17th meeting, Terri Reiff, managing partner of Powerhouse Gym and personal trainer Jolie Vaughan, enlighten our group with valuable health tips and how to handle the holiday temptations. Additionally, PowerHouse Gym offers a Silver Membership for folks 65 and older. For more information on PowerHouse Gym, visit www.powerhousegym.com
Healthy Tips from PowerHouse Gym Jane Higdon 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z
Gerrit Albert - Hargray's Broadband Initative
On November 10th, Gerrit Albert, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Hargray, shared with our Club a detailed PowerPoint presentation on Hargray’s Broadband Plan. Hargray’s goal is to provide a framework where Gig services will be available over time throughout the Lowcountry for residents, businesses and visitors. Additionally, the value a Gig Connectivity is to ensure the long-term viability of our area as a world-class community.
Gerrit Albert - Hargray's Broadband Initative Jane Higdon 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
$5,000 Check to Moss Creek Marines
On November 6th our Club presented a $5,000 check to the Moss Creek Marines to help support their efforts to fund service dogs, through the “paws4vets” program, during their 240th Birthday Celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps event.
$5,000 Check to Moss Creek Marines Jane Higdon 2015-11-07 00:00:00Z
Dr. Al Panu, Chancellor of USCB

On November 3rd, our Club enjoyed hearing from Dr. Al Panu, the newly appointed Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Dr. Panu gave a very passionate presentation on his vision and plans for the future of USCB. For more information about USCB, log on to: www.uscb.edu

 

Dr. Al Panu, Chancellor of USCB Jane Higdon 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z
Mayor Lisa Sulka
At our October 27th meeting, guest speaker Mayor Lisa Sulka presented an informative PowerPoint presentation on the City of Bluffton
that included information on several partnership projects with local organizations.
For more on the City of Bluffton, view  http://www.townofbluffton.sc.gov
 
 
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Mayor Lisa Sulka Jane Higdon 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z
October 11th "Polo for Charity" 22nd Annual Match
 
 
October 11th “Polo for Charity” 22nd Annual Match - Thank you to all our volunteers…  
Family Promise, Sun City Women's Club, Boy Scouts, Rotary Interact Club, Paws4Vets, Moss Creek Marines and the Paris Island Color Guards!
October 11th "Polo for Charity" 22nd Annual Match Jane Higdon 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z
Evening "Polo Planning" meeting at Beltz home
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August 25th meeting, hosted by Karen & Bill Beltz in their beautiful home. Barbara McFadden led the charge with updates and plans for our annual “Charity Polo” event
Evening "Polo Planning" meeting at Beltz home Jane Higdon 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z
Lou Benfante, President of the Heritage Library
At our August 11th meeting, our speaker was Lou Benfante, President of The Heritage Library (a private reference library & research center) gave a very informative presentation about upcoming projects and events. Their motto; "bring the past to life". For additional information, view their web site at: www.heritagelib.org
 
Lou Benfante, President of the Heritage Library Jane Higdon 2015-08-17 00:00:00Z
NMD (No More Diabetes) Foundation
At our July 21st meeting, Bob DiCarlo, President of the NMD (No More Diabetes) Foundation, spoke about when his son Niklas who was diagnosed with type one diabetes after nearly losing his life. Yet despite this diagnosis, Niklas continues to thrive as a student at Bluffton High School, meeting every challenge head-on with enthusiasm and a will to succeed. In the spirit of conquering diabetes, Bob and his wife Michele DiCarlo founded the NMD Foundation, a non-profit organization raising funds for the unrelenting education, treatment, prevention and research to eradication T1D, donating 100% of the proceeds to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. NMD’s major fundraiser, Drive for a Cure, takes place on September 18th & 19th at Country Club of Hilton Head. For more information, log onto www.nmdfoundation.org,
NMD (No More Diabetes) Foundation Jane Higdon 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z
Moss Creek Marines

At our July 14th meeting, member Gaye Reck, (left) along with President Bill Beltz (center) presented a $500.00 check to Fred Will, Commanding Officer of the Moss Creek Maries to help with their Psychiatric Service Dog project.

Moss Creek Marines Jane HIgdon 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z
Interact Club attends Annual Founder’s Day Dinner on June 30th
Rotary Club of Okatie proudly welcomes Interact Club as our guests  on June 30th at our Annual Founder’s Day Dinner. LtoR: Marrcel Smith- scholarship recipient, Jen Bermejio- secretary, Karla Hernandez – treasurer, Meile Paulmeier- Vice President
Interact Club attends Annual Founder’s Day Dinner on June 30th Jane Higdon 2015-07-09 00:00:00Z
Founders Day Annual Dinner - New Board of Directors
Assistant Governor David Tirard recognizes the new Board of Directors at the Founder’s Day Annual Dinner, LtoR: Annemarie Neubecker, David Jacox, John Mosca, David Tirard, Bill Beltz, Barbara McFadden, and Julie Leister.
Founders Day Annual Dinner - New Board of Directors Jane Higdon 2015-07-02 00:00:00Z
Founder's Day Dinner
Join us June 30th as we say "thank you" to Barbara McFadden for your outstanding leadership this past year!
Founder's Day Dinner Jane Higdon 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z
Debbie Retzer, founder of the Bulldog Basketball Camp.
Debbie Retzer, founder of the Bulldog Basketball Camp.
spoke about her basketball camp, serving local area girls in the 4th through 8th grade. Debbie has worked very hard to raise money so anyone can afford to attend the camp. During the meeting, Okatie Rotary members supported her efforts with additional donations to accommodate one more scholarship.
Debbie Retzer, founder of the Bulldog Basketball Camp. J. Higdon 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z
Glenn Stanford - Safety Town
Our June 16th meeting featured guest speaker Glenn Stanford from the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island. Glenn gave a very enlightening presentation on their clubs project “Safety Town”, a program teaching children ages 5 to 6 about emergency procedures and how to stay safe along with helping them feel comfortable with firemen, policemen and  911 operators.
 
Glenn Stanford - Safety Town Jane Higdon 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z
LITERACY AWARD
LITERACY AWARD Bill Beltz 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Assembly in Florence
Assembly in Florence Bill Beltz 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
DISTRICT CONFERENCE DISPLAY FOR MYTLE BEACH
DISTRICT CONFERENCE DISPLAY FOR MYTLE BEACH Bill Beltz 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z
Feed the Children Bluffton Self Help
 
 
 
Feed the Children Bluffton Self Help Bill Beltz 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z
Member Directory

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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

Member Directory Bill Beltz
COMMITTEES

* Speakers and Programs- Bill Beltz and Jane Higdon 

* Foundation- Barbara McFadden

* Polo and Fundraising / David Jacox

​* Silent Auction- Judy Trombino and Annemarie Neubecker

​* Fellowship-Julie Leister

​* Membership / Orientation-Jane Higdon and David Jacox

​*Sargent at Arms-Bill Fedorko

COMMITTEES Bill Beltz
Facebook Page for Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity
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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.
Facebook Page for Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity Bill Beltz
4 Way Test of Rotary

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?

4 Way Test of Rotary Bill Beltz
Contact Information
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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."
Contact Information Bill Beltz
Friday Make-Ups
7:30 am Port Royal Club at the Beaufort Naval Hospital and 12:30 Savannah Club at the Desoto Hilton Downtown
Friday Make-Ups Bill Beltz
Thursday Club Make-Ups
7:30 am........Savannah at the First City Club and 12:30 at the Hilton Head Club at the Sea Pines Country Club.
Thursday Club Make-Ups Bill Beltz
Wednesday for Club Make-Ups.
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.
Wednesday for Club Make-Ups. Bill Beltz
Monday Make-Up for Rotary Sunset Club at 6:30 PM Yacht Club of Hilton Head in Palmetto Bay Marina

Monday Make-Up for Rotary Sunset Club at 6:30 PM Yacht Club of Hilton Head in Palmetto Bay Marina Bill Beltz
Tuesday for Rotary Make-Ups at 3 Clubs
8 am at Van Landingham at Sea Pines Country Club and at the Ridgeland Club at Jaspers Porch and 12:15 at the Sea Island Club at the Beaufort Naval Hospital
Tuesday for Rotary Make-Ups at 3 Clubs Bill Beltz