It was another banner weekly lunch meeting for the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Brandon this past week with several key updates to a ton of success the club is experiencing to date. For starters, Troy Dimsdale reported that the golf tournament will bring in close to $16,000 in net profits supporting our local charities selected this year. The club heartily thanked Troy and Steve Moran and their team for all of their hard work and persistence in making the event a huge success. Joe Campoamor chimed in shortly thereafter to give a thorough update on where the club is with its Wild Game Dinner preparations. While the club is far ahead of last year's pre-slaes for the event, there are still a ton of tickets ready to be sold. There should be a mad rush to get the final few dozen VIP tickets in the next week or so!
 
The club had a some great guests show up including Jeff Rock from the Boy Scouts who donated several fishing rods and golf clubs for the Wild Game Dinner. The Boy Scouts have been huge supporters of the Rotary Club of Brandon and been instrumental in impacting several of our events with their volunteerism and leadership.
 
Carole Gill and Miriam Farmer both visited the club as well as potential members and had nothing but positives to say about their visit. They even brought some good luck to our President Elect Elect, Debbie Meegan, as she pulled the Ace of Spades and took home almost $400! Congrats, Debbie!
 
The club sent congratulations to Eleanor Saunders and her husband, Mark, as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary to kick off the month. Happy Anniversary Eleanor!
 
The great news of the day was reported by both Roger Rivard and John Dwyer in that the Rotary Event Center is continuing to pick up speed as it relates to both funds coming in and work being done. The club will have a service project on Saturday, February 18th in order to finish the flooring, paint the inside and continue touching up areas in preparation for the finished product. The club also is excited to partner with the Brandon '86 Club which will be painting the exterior of the building. Exciting times for both Rotary and our community!
 
This week's guest speakers come from the Rotary Club of Tampa. Dan Pepper and Bob Farkas will discuss their club's partnership with MacDill Air Force Base to keep military service members local when they transition into civilian life. Should be a great talk!