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Bluffton, SC  29910
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BLUFFTON, S.C. - The Rotary Club of Bluffton will hold its classic Oyster Roast event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park in Old Town Bluffton. The community is invited for a unique evening on the banks of the May River to enjoy succulent local oysters, entertainment, good company and a bonfire.
Local favorite Harden & Crenshaw returns to entertain the crowd with its bluegrass sound. This year’s chair of the event is Bluffton Rotarian, Quinn Baldree. “It’s a great way to kick off the New Year enjoying good food with friends and neighbors” says Baldree. “In Bluffton, we know how to enjoy a party – and this one promises to be a good time for a great cause.”
The ticket price covers all-you-can-eat, freshly harvested May River oysters. After filling up with oysters, guests can enjoy chili, hot dogs, brats and the Rotary’s famous, homemade hand-cut fries. Soda, beer and wine will be available for an additional cost.
Come experience a Bluffton tradition; dig into tasty May River Oysters and help support the Bluffton Rotary’s efforts in the community and around the world.
Get your tickets soon, because this event often sells out. Advance tickets are $30 per person, $35 day of the event. For tickets call 843-815-2277 or ask any Bluffton Rotarian for tickets. Tickets are also available at Bluffton Oyster Factory, 63 Wharf Street &  Heuser Ace Hardware at Buckwalter Place.
For the latest event updates, like the Bluffton Rotary Annual Oyster Roast on Facebook. 
Laurie Brown, founder and owner of Aunt Laurie's, spoke to the Bluffton
Rotary Club about the special custom gift baskets built, assembled and
shipped with a hand-written note...all from the hands of disabled people.
Laurie's love of animals and helping people in need led her to create Aunt
Laurie's in March, 2015. The baskets are filled with a variety of products
created and assembled by people overcoming disability and learning new
skills. Working with her "clients"  (workers), Laurie helps them gain
confidence and skills to ultimately gain a job in the community. For more
information, check
Ray Wenig presented on the Baseline Sustainability Assessment funded and produced by Experience Green. Experience Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the what, how, why, and when of sustainability, with the long term goal to improve society through increased stewardship of the environment, care of the people, and growth of economic prosperity. It was founded in 2010 with a scope of service encompassing Hilton Head Island and greater Beaufort County, SC.  Experience Green aims to create a community in which institutions, businesses, stakeholders and individual citizens collaborate to promote and implement sustainable practices for the greater good of the community.  The Baseline Sustainability Assessment revealed opportunities for improvement in the areas of transportation, water use, solid waste reduction and recycling.  Experience Green has already achieved success in a partnership with the collective Golf Courses of Hilton Head Island who received the very first International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year designation in 2016.  For more information, visit 
Tina Gentry President & CEO of the United Way of the Lowcountry, and a current member of the Sea Island Rotary Club in Beaufort, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club on Wednesday December 14 about some of the changes with the United Way of the Lowcountry over the past three years. The most important change has been a shift from a focus. While the organization is focused on meeting the immediate needs of residents with areas such as rent, utilities, food, shelter and medical needs, their focus has been expanded to identify root causes and eliminate future needs.
United Way of the Lowcountry operates a 24 x 7 Helpline and they are connected to other agencies in the area. They serve as an advocate to many individuals that need help going through different agencies or who seem to get lost in the system. Gentry talked about the increase in volume since Hurricane Matthew, where many residents have fallen behind after having to evacuate; residents not  bringing in revenue because of loss of jobs after Matthew and even helping with tree removal from homes. The United Way of the Lowcountry is also involved in education in Beaufort and Jasper Counties and Gentry talked about the agency’s focus on early childhood education, especially the need to read at grade level by third grade. According to Gentry, “the majority of people who come to us for help have one major crisis and fall behind.” With Charity Tracker, a system that United Way of the Lowcountry requires all supporting agencies to use, individuals requesting help are tracked through the system, from whichever agency they come from, how many times they request help and what is changing in their situation.
For more information or to get involved, check their website:
Land planners Wallace Milling and Dan Keefer of Witmer Jones Keefer presented a conceptual master plan of the "Rotary Field Of Dreams" at the November 30, 2016 breakfast meeting. The field is adjacent to the Rotary Community Center. The Rotary Club of Bluffton is partnering with the Town of Bluffton to fund improvements to the park, including a paved walking trail, playground, restrooms and a bandstand.
Bluffton Rotary president Michael Putich presented a donation of $5000 to Bluffton Self Help on November 30, 2016. The funds will help the organization in its continuing efforts to support families impacted by hurricane Matthew.


Happy Feet 2016

The Bluffton Rotary held it’s annual “Happy Feet” event on Saturday, November 5th at Payless Shoes.  Happy Feet donates a new pair of shoes to students from three Bluffton elementary schools.  This year 298 children received new shoes to wear to school.

The Bluffton Rotary wants to thank the social workers from Michael C. Riley Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary and Bluffton Elementary for their work with the parents and students leading up to the event.  Children from families struggling with financial difficulties were invited to attend. There were many smiles and thank you’s from the children and parents as they walked out of the store with the new shoes.

Rotary also wants to thank Maya Smith, Payless Shoes Manager, and her staff, who worked tirelessly to have the necessary children’s shoes readily available for the event.

This year 16 Bluffton Rotarians, 2 prospective members and 2 Rotarian guests volunteered to work Happy Feet.  It was a heart warming experience to see 298 happy children with their new shoes! 

Marc Orlando & BPD
Jan 18, 2017
Hurricane Matthew preparation, response and recovery
George Graves, FBI
Feb 01, 2017
Bruce Clemens
Feb 08, 2017
Water Missions in Gautemala
Parish Neville and Tom Trout
Feb 15, 2017
Energy conservation and renewable resources
Stephen A. Borgianini, Ph.D., USCB
Mar 01, 2017
May River marine ecology
Steven Yokley & Stacy Floyd
Mar 08, 2017
NHC memory care unit, The Palmettoes
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