The Rotary Club of Brandon kicked off its 2016-17 Rotary year with some special guests, a charity presentation from the Family Promise of Brandon and the new Honorary Mayor of Brandon. With 30 plus Rotarians attending including some very special visitors in Brandi McMullen who has relocated from Delaware and is looking to join the club, Edwina Reddick, the Executive Director of Family Promise of Brandon and the infamous Linda Chion Kenney who presented Lee Elam and President Chuck with some framed photos of the 4th of July Parade and Mayor's Race, the meeting was a huge success.
 
The big news of the day was the announcement by Jeff Reynolds to the club that President Chuck Burgess was the winner in the Honorary Mayor’s race. President Chuck's campaign raised $100,500 dollars which broke the existing record of $75,001! Chuck thanked all of the members for their support, sponsorship, participation and attendance at all of the events and behind the scenes. It is exciting for the club to have its president be the Honorary Mayor as well which should bring more exposure and recognition to both the club and the charities it supports!
 
Happy dollars came in by the boatload as Derrell Curry gave a Happy Dollar for John Dwyer and his work in getting the walls up in the Rotary Event Center. Roger Rivard added a dollar because he is no longer "Trailer Trash" as he and Kimberly finally moved out of his travel trailer into his new home in South Tampa. Alan Feldman chimed in with a Happy Dollar for being able to spend time with his Granddaughter and her stepsister, and finally, B.Lee Elam put in a dollar because he was happy that the Mayor’s Race is finished and he still has money left over!
 
Edwina Reddick then presented to the club as our first nominated charity to speak on behalf of the Family Promise of Brandon. Family Promise is a collaboration of local area Churches who goal is to assist families who are homeless and help them transition into a stable housing situation. They do not separate family members  They provide lodging, meals, counseling and a safe place to stay during the day at their day center for up to 90 days. Average stay in the program is 72 days.  They assist with job applications and financial literacy training and provide a temporary address so they can receive mail. They have one full time employee and one part time employee who assists with transportation. They used the money received from our Rotary Club this past year to assist with materials for their Financial Literacy Program. 
 
Dave Brown won the 50/50 opportunity, but left with nothing to show for it with his 10 of diamonds. Keep putting those dollars in; the Ace of Spades is still in there!
 
This week the club celebrates several important dates:
 

Birthdays

  • Bill Handley - July 23rd 

Anniversaries

  • Grace and Vince Ferraro - July 21st - 48 Years!!
  • Erika and Bland Eng - July 24th - 17 Years
  • Kathy and Bill Handley - July 24th - 40 Years!

Club Anniversaries

  • Cade Rivard - July 14th - 1 Year
  • David Sigler - July 14th - 1 Year
  • Chris Papp - July 23rd - 3 Years
  • Bill Handley - July 25th - 13 Years
News & Notes for the Week:
  • Strategic Planning Session next Tuesday prior to meeting for Rotarians that want to have input and get involved in planning the next several years of the club
  • Saturday is the District 6890 Membership and Public Image Seminar (Imperial Swan Hotel, Lakeland beginning at 9:00AM - 12:00PM) - Register on DACDB.com in the Calendar section
  • This week's charities presenting will be ECHO, Boy Scouts, Women's Resource Center of Tampa Bay and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
  • Next week's program will consist of our monthly Club Assembly and strategic planning session.
  • August 2nd the club will host our newly elected District Governor, Joyce Gunter, as well as hear from our remaining two charities, The Outreach Clinic and BSAC.
  • All of our events, fundraisers and meeting dates have been put into the calendar for everyone's planning!!