Spare Change Challenge
We have a winner for the Spare Change Challenge. The real winner is Kids in Distress who receive the money but for bragging rights and a name on the plack our winner is Donna Howard! This year a total of $584.55 was collected. The club choose to round it up to $600.00 to give to Kids in Distress. Thank you to both captains, Donna Howard and Kelly Parker! Also thanks to everyone who donated all year long.
We now start again with two new captains and a new charity. Captain's Janie Howard with Team Beach Babes and Lynda Caryl with Team Jimmy's Tiny Pirates. This time we are raising for Ennis Center for Children. Good Luck Ladies, the game is on again!
Friendly Fundraiser Donation
A fundraiser June 29th at War Water Brewery for a local family with medical bills and another round of cancer received a check from BWPHC. Here is members Bill and Steve Padgett presenting the $250.00 check to Steve and Beth Griffor's daughter, Sydney. Bill told us it was a successful event. We hope them all the best.
A club member brought this local yound lady to our attention. She is in New York for open heart surgery. A Go FundMe account was started for her. The club voted to give her $250.00. Jim and Deb are presenting her sister with the check as Hannah is in New York now. Good luck Hannah!
Parrot Heads on the St. Clair Duc de Orleans Cruise
The Parrot Heads on the St. Clair Club had their annual Duc de Orleans cruise charity fundraiser. Members from several other clubs were in attendance including ours. We boarded at 6:30 and got our drinks from the two wonderful bartenders.
They had a Silent Auction with many nice baskets and 50/50 going around. Pauline and Cheryl were selling the 50/50 and Di was tending to the basket raffle.
The Vice President, Lee Randell gave a welcome speach. He talked about the two charities they were raising money for also the raffles. After that we got under way and the party began.
It did start to rain quite hard but not for long. We only closed the windows for a short time but then it cleared up and we continued to party. The band, Claude and Copper Still played through it all and kept us dancing. Is that our own 10 Beach Drive member Ken Nofs sitting in with the band. He just can't help himself!
Things start to get crazy on the dance floor. What are Pam and Terry doing? Is that a conga line on the boat? And this is what happens when Terry Burr gets ahold of your camara! I don't even want to know what he took a picture of!!!
The night was a complete success. Everyone had a great time. The club raised about $2,700.00 for their two charities. They are able to give each $1,000.00. Thanks so much for putting this on we really enjoyed it. Great Job PHOTSC!!
Float build for the Rotary International parade was on July 13th at the Howard's house. We tried to change our pirate ship into something space-like. We came up with a Space Pirate Ship! Pauline Nofs made jet engines and there we go, a Space Pirate Ship. We had to paint and redo lots of the ship because of the winter weather. Also the mast and sails had to be put on. Don't forget the beautiful port hole lights!
Here we all when it was mostly done. Somethings have to wait until we get in line since they won't handle the high winds of driving fast.
After all the work in the very hot weather, we went down to the basement for food, drinks and games. Plus to cool off! Thanks Jim Howard for taking care of the float. Thanks to Ken and Pauline Nofs for painting and making the engines. Thanks to all who came out in the heat to decorate. See you at the Parade!
Even though our second Road Clean-Up was on July 14th, it really was our first clean up. You see we got rained out in April. We gathered at the Ride/Share at I94 and Fred Moore Highway at 9:45am. We only had 5 members show up this time but that has never stopped us before. We clean what we can clean. We got our vests, donuts and Scavenger Hunt lists.
Off we went. Tom Lozowski, with his grabber looked like the old Odd Couple show when Felix picked up Oscar's cigar. Then we started to clean. Steve Padgett and Candi Lozowski stopped for a selfie in front of our sign.
You really find the strangest things on the road. Bill Padgett found a hazard sign and put it on his back. He said that people always said that he had a personality and sense of humor that was very corrosive. Both Bill and Steve found wine bottles and decided to take a drink break! Candi Lozowski found a broom, how appropriate for a cleaning lady.
Once it was noon and we had gotten about 3/4 of the east bound side done and filled 13 bags, we stopped and headed back to the Ride/Share. We tallied up our lists and the winner this time was Candi Lozowski. We then went to Murphy's Inn for lunch.
Thank you Steve for being our Road Boss. Thanks to those who came out to clean. See you in Sept. for the last cleaning of the season.
Rotary International Day Parade
July 17th was the start of Blue Water Fest which starts with the parade. This year the theme is "Space". OK, that one will be hard for us since we have a pirate ship. But....if we put a couple of jet rockets on the back then we have a Space Pirate Ship! Right?!?! Well that is what we did. The gang dressed in the best space-pirate outfits we could find or make. I think it worked. Kelly Parker and Ken Nofs look great!
Kelly Parker and Jim Howard in battle at the ship. This is a close up of the jet engines. And Tom and Candi Lozowski are carring the banner. Pauline Nofs makes a great space woman and we had a skeleton pirate complete with a sleleton parrot on his shoulder riding on the bow.
Can't forget our driver Tom Francis who kept the float going down the road.
It was a hot day but we did have a breeze. The streets were packed this year. I don't remember seeing so many people at a parade before. We made it through and then went to Palms Krystal Bar for dinner. It was a good time. Thank you to Jim and Donna Howard for being the Parade Masters. Thanks to all the hard work that people did on the float in the heat. Thanks to everyone who came out to marched and pass out candy. Remember the Christmas Parade is only 4 months away!