SEBASTIAN EXCHANGE CLUB http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen BLUE WATER OPEN CHARITY FISHING EVENT Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:32:09 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i2.wp.com/www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-BlueWaterOpenCharityFishingTournamentICON.png?fit=32%2C32 SEBASTIAN EXCHANGE CLUB http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen 32 32 100637827 This and That, January 2019 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/this-and-that-january-2019/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:45:48 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3180 This and That   Your volunteer hours outside of our club count!  If you volunteer for another community organization please let Karen McElveen know so that our club can get “points” at the end of the year from national. Phil Barnes announced that the Junior Blue Water Open has been re-scheduled for March 30, 2019.  […]

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Your volunteer hours outside of our club count!  If you volunteer for another community organization please let Karen McElveen know so that our club can get “points” at the end of the year from national.

Phil Barnes announced that the Junior Blue Water Open has been re-scheduled for March 30, 2019.  Volunteers are needed – please contact Eva Chapman to sign up.

Ali Qizilbash reported that the Thrillusionist show to benefit the Chum Bucket and e-Angels was a huge success, raising over $5000 for these student friendly organizations.  Congratulations and thank you to Ali for spearheading this event!

Diana Best announced that our National Day of Service will be celebrated all month.  We will be collecting torn and tattered flags in our business community to be properly disposed of at the VFW or American Legion or by Boy Scouts.  If you know of a flag in need of replacing bring it in or contact Diana at dbest@oculinabank.com or 772-581-3199.

Eric Flowers announced that the Florida Sheriffs’ Annual BBQ will be held on March 6th from 2-8 p.m. at the IRC Sheriffs’ Department grounds located at 4055 41st Avenue in Vero Beach.  Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch for troubled and neglected kids. 

Phil Barns announced that the Boys & Girls Club 19th Annual Angels Dinner will be held March 6 at the Corporate Air, Inc. Aviation Hangar. The theme this year is summer camp. Funds raised at the event will support our summer program, which helps Club members take flight and learn during the summer months.   

For More information contact Phil at bgc@irc.org or 216-406-5792.

President Bill Middleton read a letter of thanks received for our club’s $4,000 donation to the Shriner’s Transportation Fund.

Karen McElveen announced that an email was received from the Guardians for New Futures thanking us for the gifts for the children.  The organization gave gifts to over 400 foster children.

Margie Duffell

Newsletter writer

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Featured Speaker Chris Hartley http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/exchange-club-of-sebastian-fl/featured-speaker-chris-hartley/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:45:05 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3176

On January 30th our guest speaker was Chris Robertson, Executive Director of Exchange Club C.A.S.T.L. E.  which was formed in 1981 as an effort to help parents learn better parenting skills and child abuse prevention. The C.A.S.T.L.E. serves families in Okeechobee, Martin, Saint Lucie and Indian River Counties.  The population served is: families who are […]

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Chris Hartley, Finance Manager and Chris Robertson, Executive Director of C.A.S.T.L.E. with Bill Middleton

On January 30th our guest speaker was Chris Robertson, Executive Director of Exchange Club C.A.S.T.L. E.  which was formed in 1981 as an effort to help parents learn better parenting skills and child abuse prevention.

The C.A.S.T.L.E. serves families in Okeechobee, Martin, Saint Lucie and Indian River Counties.  The population served is: families who are at risk for abusing or neglecting their children; families who have had a reported incident of abuse or neglect but who, with support and education, can eliminate further episodes of abuse; families with children 0-18.

 Various programs have been offered by CASTLE:

  1. Safe Families – In-home parenting education for families with minor children.
  2. Families First – A 5-hour course for parents of minor children who are going through divorce or separation; usually court ordered.
  3. High Hopes for Kids – A group course offered to elementary and middle school children where they learn to express themselves in a positive way when their parents are going through a divorce or separation; offered in public schools
  4. Positive Parenting – A 15-hour course to educate parents on how to raise their children using proper techniques so that they learn how to care for their children in a healthy home environment, and therefore prevent abuse and neglect.
  5. Strengthening Families – A 14-week family group program offering parents and children the opportunity to deal with family issues that cause conflict, while sharing their thoughts and ideas for creating a better home environment without fear of abuse or neglect.
  6. Valued Visits – A court ordered program offering a safe place for non-custodial parents or parents who have lost custody of their children, to meet with their children and develop a healthy relationship with them so that one day they can be reunited without fear of abuse or neglect.

After the previous Executive Director’s controversial management style was criticized publicly, massive funding to C.A.S.T.L.E. was lost and many programs have since been cut. Almost all programs in Indian River County have been cut.   Since the management change Chris has served as interim Executive Director, and in December 2018 was appointed Executive Director.

C.A.S.T.L.E. now has 7 full time and 4 part time facilitators.  Its 8 remaining board members and 3 foundation board members are actively working with dedicated staff and with National Exchange and Florida District Exchange to help move forward. 

State funding is still ongoing in Okeechobee County.  The foundation, fundraising and grants are other sources of income for other counties.  The Safe Parenting program costs approximately $50,000 annually.  The High Hopes for Kids program costs $5,000 per school per semester.

Before closing Chris mentioned the Memory Field which will be displayed in Riverview Park in April.  There will 101 flags this year (down from 122 last year).

For more information contact Chris at 772-465-6011 or visit www.facebook.com/castletc.

Margie Duffell

Newsletter Writer

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Guest Speaker Vema Wright http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/exchange-club-of-sebastian-fl/guest-speaker-vema-wright/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 18:34:36 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3173

On January 23rd our guest speaker was Verna Wright from Daisie Bridgewater Hope Center.  The center was founded in 2001 by Ms. Wright, daughter of Daisie Bridgewater for whom it is named. The center serves 100 children grades K-12 in its after-school daycare program.  Children are referred by IRC School District and IRC Head Start […]

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On January 23rd our guest speaker was Verna Wright from Daisie Bridgewater Hope Center.  The center was founded in 2001 by Ms. Wright, daughter of Daisie Bridgewater for whom it is named. The center serves 100 children grades K-12 in its after-school daycare program.  Children are referred by IRC School District and IRC Head Start Program. 

 It offers a safe and nurturing environment with 7 key goals:

  • Provide safe comfortable and stimulating environment conducive for learning and healthy social interaction
  • To have all the children seek and achieve their potential
  • Expose the students to a broad array of career opportunities so they may begin to envision their futures
  • Help the children pass the Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs) each year
  • Help and encourage all students to graduate high school
  • Have at least 50% of the centers high school graduates enter college or a vocational program following high school graduation
  • Provide scholarship support to children admitted to college

 

The children arrive at the center and begin their homework assignments with the supervision of a staff teacher or volunteer counselor.  If needed, special tutoring is provided. Each child receives a hot meal before leaving the facility.  Afterward they can learn teamwork by honing their supervised basketball and tennis skills at the outdoor facility.  There is also a playground facility for the younger children with challenging play stations.

The iWonder STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Lab gives the students the opportunity to work with computers and microscopes to gain an appreciation for technology and life sciences.  A certificate of completion of the coursework provides the recipient with employment opportunities. 

There is a 7-week summer camp for up to 75 kids which is held at the facility.  The fee is $50 per week.  Financial assistance is available to families who apply.

For more information contact the center at 772-589-3535 or visit www.daisiehope.org.

Margie Duffell

Exchange Club Newsletter

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Exchange Club News http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/exchange-club-of-sebastian-fl/exchange-club-news/ Fri, 01 Feb 2019 18:26:20 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3170   Guest Speaker Series   On January 16th our guest speaker was Kim Frodge from Nana’s House.  Kim gave us an  update  on Nana’s House latest project. It is a  $7-8 million project which has a total of 8 houses for neglected abused, needy and abandoned children.  Five of the homes are currently operating with […]

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  Guest Speaker Series

 

On January 16th our guest speaker was Kim Frodge from Nana’s House. 

Kim gave us an  update  on Nana’s House latest project. It is a  $7-8 million project which has a total of 8 houses for neglected abused, needy and abandoned children.  Five of the homes are currently operating with house parents and 19 children.

Each home can house up to 5 children and two house parents.  Three homes are now completed and waiting certificate of occupancy in order to open.  This is expected in the next few weeks. . . there is a family of four siblings waiting occupancy.  The complex is privately gated.  A security gate with cameras has been donated and is in process of being installed.  There are also two apartments, one which will be occupied by an onsite manager and the other by a maintenance person.

Nana’s House is 100% debt free with an annual budget of $620,000.  This covers insurance, food, gas for mini-vans, and other monthly expenses.  All house parents are volunteers with housing provided for them.  The budget for each home is $2,000 per month.  Nana’s  House is certified through the Florida Association of Christian Child Care Agencies. The emphasis is to raise the children in Christian environment, to graduate them from high school and encourage them to continue  their education and to become self-sufficient.

The next fundraising event “Tastes from Around the World” will be held on Saturday February 16th. (see below) For more information visit nanaschildrenshome.com.

By Margie Duffell, 

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The Sponsor Packets Are Here!!! http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/the-sponsor-packets-are-here/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:19:36 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3164

Blue Water Open Annual Fishing tournament is coming.. Are you ready? Would you like the name of your company associated with a Charity which give so much to the community of Sebastian? Go to the Sponsor tab on our site and click through to the Sponsor Packet. The sooner you get it back to us, […]

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Blue Water Open Annual Fishing tournament is coming..

Are you ready? Would you like the name of your company associated with a Charity which give so much to the community of Sebastian? Go to the Sponsor tab on our site and click through to the Sponsor Packet. The sooner you get it back to us, the longer your company name will appear here on our website. We also keep the names of past sponsors here on your site. What’s that mean for you and your company? Extra Google Juice.

There are many worthy causes here in Indian River County. Ours is just one of them, and we want to thank all of our sponsors right now for helping us to make this event one of the most successful in our area.

Sign up today, get a head start and let’s make the 26th Annual Blue Water Open our best one yet.

 

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Blue Water Open 2019 Is Coming !! http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/blue-water-open-2019-is-coming/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:46:20 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3122

On June 1, 2019 the Exchange Club of Sebastian will hold the 26th Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Event! Over the next few weeks we will be adding our Sponsor Packets and the Fishing Tournament Rules. Remember, it’s not only a good thing to become one of our Event Sponsors, it also gets your and […]

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Everyone waiting for the boats to come in

On June 1, 2019 the Exchange Club of Sebastian will hold the 26th Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Event!

Over the next few weeks we will be adding our Sponsor Packets and the Fishing Tournament Rules.

Remember, it’s not only a good thing to become one of our Event Sponsors, it also gets your and your company a years worth of publicity on our site. Yes, as part of our Sponsorship program we keep your information on our site for a full year!

We will also have to Captain sign up sheets on the site, and you will be able to donate to the Blue Water Open here on this site. All those will be coming soon.

In advance, we simply want to say thank you for supporting this event. We use all the profit to benefit our local organizations and they say thank you as well.

See you June 1st.

Your Blue Water Open TeamBlue Water Open Charity Off Shore Fishing Tournament by Exvhange Club of Sebastian, FL

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E-Angels and Sebastian River High School Chum Bucket http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/e-angels-and-sebastian-river-high-school-chum-bucket/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:53:24 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3081 The Exchange Club of Sebastian is proud to support the efforts of e-Angels, Inc. and Chum Bucket with a $2,500 Platinum Sponsorship for the David Davinci “Thrillusionist” Fundraising Performance.   This event is open to the public, taking place January 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the Thrillusionist performance are […]

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The Exchange Club of Sebastian is proud to support the efforts of e-Angels, Inc. and Chum Bucket with a $2,500 Platinum Sponsorship for the David Davinci “Thrillusionist” Fundraising Performance.   This event is open to the public, taking place January 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the Thrillusionist performance are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit/ly/FundraiserTickets

 

E-Angels and Sebastian River High School Chum Bucket are non-profit organizations that are instrumental in supporting the youth of our community, assisting students with financial and other needs to include food, uniforms, and other necessities.

 

The Exchange Club of Sebastian focuses on supporting non-profits whose efforts fall within the Pillars of Exchange:  Americanism, Youth Activities, Community Service, and The Prevention of Child Abuse.  The Sebastian Exchange Club raises money to support the community through the Annual Sebastian Exchange Club Foundation Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament, the next of which will be held on June 1, 2019.  To-date, Sebastian Exchange Club has donated over $644,000 to the community in support of non-profits whose focus matches the clubs. 

 

For more information on the Exchange Club of Sebastian, join them for a luncheon meeting at noon any Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of each month, at Capt.Hirams in Sebastian, or follow them on Facebook at Exchange Club of Sebastian FL. 

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Sebastian Exchange Club Supports Ecumenical Food Pantry http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/blue-water-open/sebastian-exchange-club-supports-ecemenical-food-pantry/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:57:54 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3113 The Sebastian Exchange Club was very busy over the holiday season, providing food and supplies for the Sebastian Ecumenical Food Pantry and providing gifts for a group of youngsters in the foster care program. On December 5, Sebastian Exchange Club members gathered to deliver $1,500 worth of food, paper, and pet products purchased at Walmart […]

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Holiday gift giving by Sebastian Exchange Club

The Sebastian Exchange Club was very busy over the holiday season, providing food and supplies for the Sebastian Ecumenical Food Pantry and providing gifts for a group of youngsters in the foster care program.

On December 5, Sebastian Exchange Club members gathered to deliver $1,500 worth of food, paper, and pet products purchased at Walmart to the Sebastian Ecumenical Food Pantry. 

The Food Pantry provides boxes of provisions for a hearty meal each Thanksgiving and Christmas season to needy families in the community.  This year, the donations from the Sebastian Exchange Club filled their needs for all of the Christmas holiday boxes.  In addition, paper and pet products were given, since the demand is great and the Food Pantry is unable to purchase these with money donations. 

The Ecumenical Food Pantry serves the community unselfishly to provide food for the needy.  It is located on Roseland Road and donations are always welcome. 

During the month of November, the Exchange Club of Sebastian collected toys and gift items for fifteen youths through the Guardians for New Futures organization.  Each child was granted three gift wishes.  Sebastian Exchange Club was privileged to participate in helping to provide gifts for these youngsters in the foster care system. 

The Sebastian Exchange Club is committed to helping the community to be a better place to live.  They focus primarily on youth and the prevention of child abuse, but also Americanism and community service. 

These donations are made possible through the proceeds of the Sebastian Exchange Foundation’s Blue Water Open Charity Offshore Fishing Tournament, which will be held again this year on May 31 – June 1.  Over $640,000 to-date has been raised by this event and poured back into the local community.

Sebastian Exchange Club welcomes community members who are interested in serving the community within a group setting.  Consider joining them for lunch any Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of each month) at noon at Capt. Hiram’s.

Karen McElveen              

Sebastian Exchange Club

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Exchange Community Volunteer Hours http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/exchange-club-of-sebastian-fl/exchange-community-volunteer-hours/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3100  If you aren’t a member of the Exchange Club of Sebastian, you might not know that our members don’t just work hard at putting together the annual Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament. Many of our members can be seen working to help our community in other ways.   When our members volunteer in our community […]

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Exchange Club of Sebastian, volunteering in our community

 If you aren’t a member of the Exchange Club of Sebastian, you might not know that our members don’t just work hard at putting together the annual Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament. Many of our members can be seen working to help our community in other ways.  

When our members volunteer in our community to raise funds or put on events, that is encouraged by our National Exchange Organization. While some clubs don’t recognize community involvement outside of their owns clubs, Exchange actively encourages it. 

Your volunteer hours outside of our club count!  If you volunteer for another community organization please let Karen McElveen know so that our club can get “points” at the end of the year from national.

Other news:

There will be a free SAFE Women Class sponsored by the Sebastian Police Department on January 31st from 6-8 p.m. This program is about personal safety, basic awareness and defense.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Lyse McDonough at 772-360-0321.

Phil Barnes announced that the Junior Blue Water Open has been re-scheduled for March 30, 2019.

 

Margie Duffell

 

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Community Involvement and Giving http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/blue-water-open/community-involvement-and-giving/ Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:50:20 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3088 Community Involvement & Giving In the month of December, our members from the Sebastian Police Department participated in Shop with a Cop to assist children to purchase gifts for Christmas.  They also participated in the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Bell Ringing for First Responder Day.  Many thanks to Officers Jason Gillette and Donald Hart and […]

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Community Involvement & Giving

In the month of December, our members from the Sebastian Police Department participated in Shop with a Cop to assist children to purchase gifts for Christmas.  They also participated in the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Bell Ringing for First Responder Day

Many thanks to Officers Jason Gillette and Donald Hart and the SPD team for their support of our community. 

 

Margie Duffell

Blue Water Open Charity Off Shore Fishing Tournament by Exvhange Club of Sebastian, FL

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