Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Honorable Rotary Club of Brandon proudly put on its Fall Fireside Chat with a bit of a Medieval flair this past week at Rotary's Camp Florida. With over 50 Rotarians and their guests attending, it was a great evening of friendship, fellowship, good food and festivities. Events coordinator John Dwyer had the event set up, and then handed the baton to Joe Campoamor to take care of the awesome steaks, Susan Thomason to get the kitchen prepped, Sergeant at Arms Fred Schwabe to get the crowd warmed up, and President Chuck Burgess to recap the Rotary's first quarter of success.
There were many guests, former Rotarians, family members and friends that attended the event. Fred Schwabe made sure to capture every single guest and made the entire crowd feel welcomed and appreciated. President Chuck gave a recap of the entire first quarter's work of the club including the Rotary Event Center, check presentations to charities, new members joining the club, service projects and a look to the upcoming quarter. Fred finished the evening with a couple of great jokes and sent everyone home with laughter and good spirits.
President Chuck reminded everyone about the upcoming Rotary Casino Night at BSAC on Saturday, October 24th. A few sponsorship opportunities still exist, and the Club still was in need of more tickets to be sold for both the general event and the Texas Hold 'Em event. The event which begins at 7:00PM will be lots of fun with catered food, bar, gaming tables and lots of prizes. It should be a blast! Roger and Kimberly Rivard announced that they would be hosting the Annual Rotary Holiday Party at their house on Saturday, December 19th. Kimberly reminded everyone to make sure to have current mailing and spouse information in DACDB and Club Runner so the invitations could be sent out.
Tuesday, October 20th's meeting will be a recap of where we are with Casino Night, where we need help and what is left to get done prior to the event. Casino Night Chair Scott Carter has done a lot of work in getting this going, and we expect a great turnout for the event. 
There will be no meeting on Tuesday, October 27th.
Birthdays/Anniversaries/Club Anniversaries this week include:
  • Pat Skidmore - Oct 23rd
  • Vince Ferraro - Oct 31st


  • Scott and Donna Carter - Oct 19th - 24 years
  • Maria and Dale Lewis - Oct 21st - 9 years
  • Roger and Kimberly Rivard - Oct 24th - 34 years
  • Club Anniversaries
  • Mike Edenfield - Oct 26th - 34 years
  • Justin Northcutt - Oct 28th - 1 year
Upcoming Events
  • October Key Dates:
    • 24th - Rotary Casino Night @ BSAC (405 Beverly Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511)
    • 27th - NO MEETING!!
    • 29th - Rotary Monthly Social - Stein & Vine
  • November Key Dates:
    • 3rd - Weekly Meeting - Guest Speaker Elder Law Attorney Gerald Hemness
    • 7th - Brandon ’86 Seafood Fest - Dragon Boat Race
    • 7th - Rotary Leadership Institute
    • 10th - No Weekly Meeting
    • 10th - Brandon Rotary Seafood Fest - Rotary’s Camp Florida
    • 14th - Paul Harris Fellowship Gala Event - Saddlebrook Resort
    • 16th - Rotary BOD Meeting
    • 17th - Weekly Meeting - Guest Speaker TBD
    • 19th - Monthly Social - World of Beer
    • 24th - Thanksgiving Celebration