It was a packed house this past week as the Rotary Club of Brandon had its monthly Club Assembly where the 2016-17 charities the club is supporting were announced. The Brandon Rotary Club Charity Fund board met and recommended to the club a slate of charities to support, and the club unanimously approved their recommendation. The charities receiving support from the club this year are the BRCCF Scholarship Fund, Rotary's Camp Florida, ECHO, the Outreach Clinic, the Boy Scouts Alafia River Kayak & Canoe project, the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center and a special allocation to the Family Promise of Greater Brandon and the Women's Resource Center of Tampa Bay. 
 
The club's Clay Shoot (September 24th), Golf Tournament (January 19th) and Wild Game Dinner (March 3rd) will all raise funds to go specifically to these charities while the annual Casino Night fundraiser (October 22nd) will benefit the BRCCF Scholarship Fund and Rotary Event Center.
 
The focus of the Club Assembly was to give everyone an update on the Rotary Event Center where Roger Rivard gave an overview of the finances and current/future funding needs for the project. Jeff Reynolds expressed the need for every Rotarian to take advantage of this legacy making opportunity by giving to the project. Several Rotarians stepped up big time and helped to cut into the project's overall expenses. Fred Schwabe wanted dibs on the Freddie Flusher in the Past Presidents "Lounge"! John Dwyer added that the project was moving quickly and should be done this Fall!
 
The meeting ended as Rotarians passed the hat to collect over $400 for Justin Northcutt's daughter, Bailey's, upcoming surgery. It was truly a heartwarming moment for us all as we get behind one of our Rotary families in a time of need. Justin thanked the club for their ongoing support as his family continues to deal with Bailey's medical issues.
 
This week's guest speaker will be Dawn Haley who comes to talk to the club about Worker's Compensation