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Newsletter - Current Aug 31, 2017
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August 31, 2017


The meeting was called to order by President Kathy Lockhart at 7:30am


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jackie Holfelder and the Prayer by Dr. Jason Davis


Important Announcements


President Kathy announced that our Club has applied for and been awarded three grants from Rotary International. The Dictionary Project was awarded $794, Josh the Otter program received $1,000 and the upcoming Tree Planting Project will receive $1,500. 


President Kathy discussed the Huston hurricane tragedy.  The following is additional information from District 6930 Governor Dave Freudenberg:


Rotarians have received an e-mail about contributing to the Hurricane Harvey Tragedy.  District 6930 will not be leading an organized effort, but individuals who wish to contribute to Texas Rotary efforts can contact:

Rotary District 5930 is partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund - a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund. Please make checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund (Fed tax # 27-3855943) and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 W. Nolana, McAllen, TX 78504.

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell 956-683-5706 , bettylararotary@gmail.com , P O Box 3882, McAllen, TX 78502

Rotary District 5910 has a Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation and funds can be sent to: Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX 77706.

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Rhonda Herrington, cell 903-724-8515 , rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com, 616 S Sycamore, Palestine, TX 75801.

Rotary District 5890 has a District 5890 Charities, Inc. and funds can be sent to: District 5890 Charities, Inc, c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Bill Palko, cell 713-582-7235, home 713-450-2623william.palko@amegybank.com, 202 Blue Castle Lane, Houston, TX 77015.

Rotary District 5840 has a District 5840 Foundation (a Disaster Fund) and funds can be sent to: District 5840 Foundation, Attn: Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P O Box 13, Boerne, TX 78006.

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Carol Holmes, cell 281-923-6111 , H 325-265-4495 , holmes.cf688@gmail.com .


President Kathy announced that the Club will be participating in an “End Polio” ride.  More information to come.


Rock Fiore reminded Rotarians to step up to volunteer to pour beer at the upcoming ARC Craft Beer Festival to be held 9/23 at the Martin County Fairgrounds.  Hours are between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Mike Costopoulos needs Rotarians to bring two bottles of wine for the Rotary Raffle Kickoff!  Don’t forget to bring your donation next week!!  White wine is needed.


Fundraiser extraordinaire Chris Shoaf thanked our own Butch Baily for donating the venue and the liquid refreshments for the Rotary Raffle.  Butch is wonderful at generously stepping up for our Club!  Thank you Butch.


Chris also thanked Rotarians for their sponsorship of the Website.  If you have sponsored kindly send your artwork to Chris at your earliest convenience.  Treasurer Keith will be issuing a separate invoice for the website sponsorship.


Jackie will make an exciting announcement about a Palm City publication next week!


Jane was delighted to report that she will serve as Club Liaison for the Interact Club at Clark.  Fourteen students have signed up.  The Interact Club will be assisting Rotary with projects.


Make note of these important dates

Sept. 21 5:30 pm Rotary Raffle Kickoff at Elliott (no morning meeting that day.) – Please bring two bottles of wine next week if you have not already done so.  White wine is needed!

Sept. 23 ARC of Martin County craft beer pouring (david,guiz@yahoo.com)

Sept. 23 Dr. Brian Dancing With the Martin Stars (drbrianmoriarty@gmail.com)

Sept, 28 World Class local wildlife Sculptor Geoffrey Smith

Oct. 26 District Governor Dave Freudenberg’s official visit

Nov 3   ClubCorp Classic Golf Tournament and Raffle (Keith)

March 2, 2018 is the Rotary Raffle reception and drawing for the grand prize.  This event is being held at the Riverside Pavilion at Sailfish Marina on St. Lucie Blvd.  More details soon.

Jun 2-6 District Conference round trip Key West/Havana Cruise


Sergeant-At-Arms Joe Connolly

HAPPY AND SAD BUCKS were collected by Sergeant-At-Arms Joe, ably assisted by Sue Whittington.  Topics on Rotarians minds included sad bucks for Hurricane Harvey victims and happy bucks for birthdays, weddings, vacations, football, golden retriever pups, and stomping grapes!


Program Notes

John Fedorek introduced our speaker, Rob Lord, CEO of Martin Health Systems.  Rob is a local boy, growing up in Stuart, attending Parker Elementary, Stuart Middle and Martin County High.  He earned degrees from FSU and Stetson.  He learned the ropes at Martin Health by filling several roles at the hospital during his tenure since 1998. His topic was “Why we are doing what we are doing”.


Rob explained that the System has a noble mission of simply providing exceptional care to every patient with open compassion and excellence.


Rob addressed Tradition Medical Center, the growth of the system and how a growing population is necessary to a successful future.  Tradition was built in response to a real need in Western Port St. Lucie.  Most days, Tradition runs at or exceeds 100% of capacity.  Tradition was designed with forward thinking by clinicians instead of architects and builders.  Rob addressed the system’s wish to expand the main campus on Osceola Street in Stuart.  The original building was built in 1970 with seven floors.  The 40 year old structure needs to be expanded, updated and redesigned more efficiently.  From a business point of view, Martin Health Systems needs to provide the highest quality care at the lowest cost in order to outpace competition to the south and north.


Rob was excited to speak about two new services being offered.  First is intra operative radiation therapy lead by Dr Craig Wengler.  This therapy allows breast cancer patients to have surgery, radiation and reconstruction all at once as opposed to having separate surgeries and radiations.

Another is the Cardiac Catheterization Artificial Heart Valve replaced through the femoral artery as opposed to much more invasive surgery. 


Lastly Rob addressed the outstanding generosity of the community through philanthropy.  The System currently has a $20 million campaign in progress and to date they have raised $10 million! 


The winning 50-50 ticket was drawn by Mr. Lord and was won by Sergeant At Arms Joe Connolly. 


Tickets were sold by Gene VanCuren.


Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Peitz


Ellen M. Peitz

Executive Director Community Relations

Family Private Care/Ambassador Health Services


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