Rotary and Interact Team Up for Adopt a Family

Interact President Jacob Grimm & Youth Services Chairman Charlie Curry

Interact President Jacob Grimm & Youth Services Chairman Charlie Curry

Rotarians and Countryside Interact Club members bought and wrapped presents for fifteen IMG_4870underprivileged kids this Christmas.

Rotary provides Interacters with $100 per child and they shop for gifts which are then wrapped by both clubs at the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center.

This fun event is another way Rotary serves the community.

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Successful Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors and Shut-ins

IMG_4809Safety Harbor Rotarians and Countryside High School Interact Club members served free Thanksgiving dinner to more than seventy seniors.  This annual event took place at the First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor and was supported in part by the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa which provided napkins and table cloths.




Entertainment was provided and featured a singer, keyboardist and trumpeter.





Rotarians prepared the meal which was served by the Interact Club members.



The food loop in the kitchen is always a lot of fun.  Charter member Ted Willamson was the chief turkey server this year while newest member Charlie Curry helped out.IMG_4851IMG_4825





Harry Rabb does dishes as Wayne Mineo “supervises.”






Tom McKee and students look on during the program.



Marie Padavich, Sue Williamson & Marcie Salazar

Marie Padavich, Sue Williamson & Marcie Salazar



Marie Padavich was instrumental in obtaining the names of our guests and arranging for transportation for them.  Sue and Marcie helped prepare and serve the food.




Denise Mineo

Denise Mineo




Denise Mineo once again chaired the event with help from her husband Wayne who obtained the china.







Al & Marcie Salazar

Al & Marcie Salazar


Jonathan Brewer & Al Salazar

Jonathan Brewer & Al Salazar

Ted & Sue Williamson

Ted & Sue Williamson

Rotarians Team with Pinellas County Deputies and The Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

Rotarians recently aided the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center to provide backpacks for school children in need.  Several Rotarians, Deputies and Center personnel physically moved the donated backpacks to the Safety Harbor Community Center where they were distributed.  photo

Dan “The Bloodman” Eberts to Speak Friday September 26th

Dan “The Bloodman” Eberts has worked in various capacities of Community and Donor Relations at Blood Centers in Tampa Bay for over 26 years.  He is a 30 gallon blood and platelet donor, the Chairperson of the Blood Donor Ministry at his church and a volunteer courier with the National Marrow Donor Program.  Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University.  He lives in Largo with his wife and they have two adult children.

Dan will enlighten us about the need to give blood.

As usual Rotarians are welcome to join us for breakfast and make up a missed meeting

Dan Eberts

Dan Eberts

at 7:30 A.M. at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day

Mayor Andy Steingold Addresses Safety Harbor Rotary

Many thanks to Mayor Andy Steingold for filling in at the last moment to replace a scheduled speaker who was unable to attend the Rotary breakfast meeting yesterday.  The mayor was inadvertently introduced by Sergeant at Arms Harry Rabb by the wrong last name sparking hilarious jabs from Rotarians.  At least six people used happy bucks to thank the mayor for being there – all with different and incorrect surnames.

City of Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold

City of Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold

Taking the good-natured ribbing in stride, Mayor Andy discussed the latest news in Safety Harbor including property taxes, employee raises, Marshall Street church access, and plans for the newly acquired property behind the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on Tampa Bay.  He was kind enough to stay beyond his prepared remarks for a question and answer session. Thanks again Andy!

Rotary Club of Safety Harbor to Staff the Beer Truck Friday, August 15th, 6-10 P.M.

3rd Friday Music Series

Rotarians will be pouring beer and selling wine to raise money for their various charities including the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center, Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, and Rotary International’s Polio Plus program.  Come help us and have some fun!

Bring the family out for an evening filled with shopping, dining
and entertainment.  Enjoy live music at the gazebo and
throughout downtown, and browse the arts & crafts and food
vendors.  The downtown businesses and restaurants are open

Friday, August 15, 6–10pm

All Ages, Free

Theme: Picnic in the Park

Benefactor: Rotary Club of Safety Harbor

Band: Jonnie Morgan Band

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Rotary to Donate Children’s Books to Safety Harbor Library

Lisa Kothe, Director of the Safety Harbor Library, will join us for breakfast at our regular meeting tomorrow to receive our annual gift of children’s books.  Each year the Rotary Club of Safety Harbor donates a book in honor of each weekly speaker who addresses our group.  We are proud of this tradition and glad to help the local treasure that is our library.SHPL_Heron_CMYK_thumb

District Governor Ted Johnston will speak August 1st

District Governor’s July Message

Ted Johnston
District Governor

DG Ted JohnstonJuly 1st; it’s a new beautiful day on the Nature Coast. The dawn sun is just breaking the horizon. Big cumulous clouds cover much of the high altitudes and brilliant hues of orange and blue light up the Skyline. The birds are singing and chirping their morning music. Delta and Mozart, my puppies are happily running about. Nice!The phone rings. I ignore it. The phone rings again. Who the heck is calling me this early? It’s PDG Roger Proffer calling to congratulate me for taking a load off his back. I can’t say I appreciated his sense of humor, but I like Roger a lot. His wit is mystifying at times.

So the first day at my new post starts.

This is enough rhetoric for the moment, so let’s get down to business.

“Why Rotary?” is a question that has been asked since the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905. Here’s a quick refreshers course. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women.

The world’s Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community and throughout the world. Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio.The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world.RI President Gary C.K. Huang picked‘Light Up Rotary’ as the presidential theme for 2014-15. President Huang said this past January: There are so many problems in the world, so many people that need help. Many people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark.”

“The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world.”

“How you Light Up Rotary is up to you,” Huang said. “You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help.”

Our District Theme for the 2014-15 is “Everyone Bring ONE”. Let’s keep it simple. I would like you to go out and “Find ONE and bring ONE“. And in the larger scheme of things I would like “Everyone to Bring ONE”. It’s that simple.

You read that right. I am proposing that each and every active member of District 6950 bring a guest that joins the club within the year. That simple!

Increasing our District Membership will be advantageous, but increasing our membership will also increase our fun. The more the merrier from my point of view.Rotarians have different ideas on how to increase membership. You can analyze this until the cows come home. There is no secret formula to membership growth. Membership growth takes a little effort, determination, and of course, enthusiasm. You want to share Rotary, RIGHT!You will hear a lot about membership this year. In the meantime, I would like everyone to bring one.

Best Regards,

Every One Brig One



Mayor Chris Arbutine, Sr. of Belleair Bluffs to speak July 11th

chris-pirate-2_small Chris Arbutine, Sr. is currently the Mayor of Belleair Bluffs and involved in many community civic organizations.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Chris has lived in Pinellas County since he was a young child.  He graduated from Largo High School in 1984 and then attended St. Petersburg College and the University of Tampa before devoting himself to the family businesses.  He and his brothers run Belleair Coins and the Silver Queen, but he found the time to return to school studying Business Management at Eckerd College.

Mayor Arbutine will share his wisdom with us this Friday.  As always, Rotarians are welcome to join us and make up missed meetings.