April 12, 2018
Pledge was led by Dave Shoaf and the prayer was offered by Jack Langhorne!
April 14th - Tree Planting is at 11:30 Saturday at Halpatiokee Park. Meet at Shelter 3 for lunch and then we plant a tree for each Rotarian in our club! Bring your Shovel and some muscle!
April 14th - Sue invites all Rotarians to bring personal material to be shredded to Morgan Stanley’s office between 9 and 11 Saturday morning.
April 19 - Jim Vojcsik – Hitting them all!
April 21 – Rotary Leadership Institute, Melbourne,
Gene read an essay from one of our scholarship applicants. Planning to attend FAU this fall, the student has performed well in spite of many obstacles and challenges in the last few years.
Habitat Work Day was a big success with 11 of our members turning out to help paint a new house. Thanks to all who participated. Thanks to Rock for organizing the annual effort!
RI Foundation. Brenda gave an update on her goal of raising a minimum of $100 per member donations to Rotary International. We will be awarding a Paul Harris Fellow to a member at the Installation on June 29th.
Happy and Sad
Dave G and Sue teamed up to collect the dollars for the club. Jane Mills had a donation for her improving health, David Kennedy for his visiting snowbirds, sports $ and travel $.
Rock introduced Brenda Dickerson, the director of LAHIA who gave us an update on the groups role in helping the homeless in Martin County. The group started in 2007 and includes over 125 volunteers from 30 local churches, youth groups and retirees. The group is based on Salerno Road near Willoughby Blvd. They prepare 2 meals a day for the homeless and provide showers, clothes and counseling at the facility. A former retirement home, the space includes offices for the 3 staff members as well as space meeting with transient and local residents . They provide assistance in finding jobs, getting mail, replacing IDs , and signing up for food stamps and other services. They coordinate with Volunteers in Medicine and the VA for health care and with House of Hope and other organizations for housing and job opportunities.
A new commercial kitchen has just been completed after a 6 month construction period. Food is donated by restaurants, Publix and others. They are establishing an on-site garden project to help provide food for the kitchen and teaching culinary skills to clients as well.
A recent survey of our community found over 1500 people living in cars, the woods and wandering the roads. Over 400 of those are children. They often lack jobs, affordable housing and family to assist them. The clients often suffer from mental and substance abuse. They work with New Horizons and other organizations.
If you would like to help the group needs clothing and shoes for men, camping supplies, toiletries and bicycles to be repaired and given to people to help them get to work and appointments.
Last year they helped over 600 of our neighbors.
Sold by Butch Bayley and won by Rock Fiore who donated it to LAHIA!