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Raffle! – Raffle! – Raffle! The Blue Water Open is our annual fundraiser for the Exchange Club of Sebastian. Each year we raise tens of thousands of dollars to help fund local youth programs, the prevention of child abuse, and veterans programs through our Blue Water Open offshore fishing tournament. Part of the tournament fundraising […]

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Raffle! – Raffle! – Raffle!

trip to Rome Italy from Sebastian Exchange, Blue Water Open

The Blue Water Open is our annual fundraiser for the Exchange Club of Sebastian. Each year we raise tens of thousands of dollars to help fund local youth programs, the prevention of child abuse, and veterans programs through our Blue Water Open offshore fishing tournament.

Part of the tournament fundraising effort each year is the Win a Trip raffle.

This year the trip is:

5-day, 4-night vacation for two to Rome, Italy.

The prize package also includes:

  • $1,000 spending cash in Rome, Italy.

  • Non-stop airfare from Miami, and transfers,

  • Hotel with breakfast and a Vatican Museums Tour.

The winner has the option to choose instead:

A $4,600 travel voucher to be used at any time in the next two years for travel to a destination of your choice. Or, they can take a $3,500 cash prize and run.

Raffle Tickets are Five for $100 or $25 each.

Single Ticket
$25 ea.





Five-Pack Tickets
$100 pk.





Once you have selected your desired pricing option and added it to the cart, you may view the cart and adjust the quantity for each option that you wish to buy.  For Example: if you want 20 tickets, select the Five-pack option and add to cart. Then, view your cart and increase the quantity of Five-packs to 4.





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Newsletter – April 2020 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/newsletter-april-2020/ Tue, 05 May 2020 15:53:45 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4820

  Guest Speaker Series On April 29th we held our first ZOOM membership meeting.  Our guest speaker was Amber Bachelor, President of the Sebastian River Area Chamber.  She gave us updates on the current happenings with the Covid19 issue.  The Chamber began it’s In the Know Tuesday morning business briefs several weeks ago. Knowledgeable speakers […]

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Charitable donations, supporting local chairties
Guest Speaker Series

Guest Speaker Series

On April 29th we held our first ZOOM membership meeting.  Our guest speaker was Amber Bachelor, President of the Sebastian River Area Chamber.  She gave us updates on the current happenings with the Covid19 issue. 

The Chamber began it’s In the Know Tuesday morning business briefs several weeks ago. Knowledgeable speakers give input from their respective fields.  Next week Dr. Edwin Massey, past President of IRSC will speak about the educational impact the pandemic has had.

Amber stated that Tuesday, May 5th is GivingTuesday 2020,  a non-profit matching fund initiative. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Clubs should register at the www.givingtuesday.org website.

She also spoke of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Main Street America where local governments will receive funds to include non-profit organizations.  Our local city managers are meeting with the Community Foundation and need non-profit input.

A Business Impact Survey is being developed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Small Business Development Center and Treasure Coast Research to determine how counties are being impacted.  The United Way of Indian River County has a Community Response Fund and has raised in excess of $1 million to be used by its various local non-profits to assist those who have been impacted.   

The financial impact is expected to increase throughout the summer, and we may see more layoffs.  However, with increase in demand grocery stores and pharmacies are now hiring.

In closing, Amber emphasized that Indian River County will get through this – city managers and county administrators are working together.   We should continue to reach out to representatives to support the 501c3 organizations, relaying the financial impact and overall economic impact this pandemic has caused.  And always shop local if possible!  Amber is available for assistance at 772-589-5969.

 

Community Involvement

And here are even more recent “positives” thanks to the generosity of local folks. This community has always come together during the worst times, and the coronavirus pandemic is no different.  When the pandemic is over, we ask everyone to remember these local businesses:

  • From Frank Nolan Roseland McDonald’s: “It is almost end of April so want to give you what your unbelievable generosity did this month. First of all our owners, HouCorp donated 1,000 sandwiches to Holmes Hospital. Roseland McDonald’s 600 sandwiches to Sebastian Medical Center. Get ready -your amazing donations paid for 14 out of work people’s groceries. Get this – 346 sandwiches or meals for truckers, Vets, out of work hospitality workers, homeless and domestic violence victims. We always take care of first responders. Our thank you meals to medical going great!”
  • From The Senior Resource center: Positive outcomes are happening every day and with the help of donors, volunteers, and staff we will all come through this crisis stronger than ever.  Thanks to a grant from Meals on Wheels America, we will be able to purchase prepared meals for approximately 100 homebound seniors next month. Our NEW Grocery Shopping Assistance program for homebound seniors is providing a much-needed service at this time. Staff pick up the grocery list and form of payment from the client, do the grocery shopping, and deliver the order back to the client. This new program was made possible thanks to funding through the Area Agency on Aging.  As of April 10th, GoLine buses were limited to 10 riders per trip. Two routes were temporarily suspended and the buses from those routes are assisting with the overflow. It’s running smoothly!
  • Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach is donating N95 masks to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital and is now producing face shields for medical personnel.

From Karen McElveen: Our Sebastian Exchange Club Board of Directors and the District 5 leaders are still at work keeping things moving forward for Exchange, even during this lockdown.  Zoom video conferences are taking place and decisions are being made so we stay Exchange Strong! 

April is the National Exchange Club month to promote The Prevention of Child Abuse.  In that light, a committee of club leaders within the District voted to erect signs in our community.  Here is an excerpt from a recent email:

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Look for our signs

The Child Abuse Prevention signs for the month of April are being installed in 6 locations in the county. The signs are the blue ribbons. The sign locations:

  • US 1 South directly across from Grove Isle
  • 58thAvenue and College – by Ruby Tuesday’s
  • County Road 512 east near US 1
  • 822 US 1 Sebastian – Just north of Speedway Gas Station – station is just north of Riverview Park
  • County Road 512 at the split going west just before flag pole
  • 1013 US 1 Sebastian – Dale Sorensen Real Estate Office

In addition, District Exchange received a Proclamation from the IRC Commission on Tuesday, April 7 in recognition of our Prevention of Child Abuse efforts in the month of April

 

 

Residents of Pelican Landings Assist Living facility enjoyed the critters from LaPorte Farms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Jimmy Johns donates food

  • From Sebastian Police Department: SPD continues to attend and contribute to drive-by birthday parties for area youth.

A big thank you to David Jamar for providing Jersey Mike’s subs to the Agency today.  We are extremely grateful for the support we have received from our community!                

 

 

 

 

Meetings have been cancelled and school will be closed for the remainder of this school year.  Here are the accomplishments these students have completed this year:

  • Americanism – 4 patches
    • Proper Flag Etiquette in November
    • Letters to Military in December
    • National Law Enforcement Appreciation in January
    • National Black History Month in February
  • Community Service – 5 patches
    • Fall harvest supply drive in October
    • Grace Rehab visit in October
    • Dress Down Day in November
    • Food Drive in December
    • National Black History Month in February
  • Youth Programs
    • Flier distribution to home rooms in September
  • Prevention of Child Abuse – 2 patches
    • Distribution of Flyers to home rooms in September
    • All district clubs received Proclamation from IRC Commission for ongoing efforts and sign placement in the county (Flyers distributed on Parent Square) in April
  • National Day of Service – 1 patch
    • All district clubs received Proclamation from IRC Commission for ongoing efforts and sign placement in the county in April
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Excel Club of Sebastian River High School     

Meetings have been canceled and school will be closed for the remainder of this school year.  Here are the accomplishments these students have completed during their Charter year:

  • Americanism – 1 patch
    • Letters to Veterans in November
  • Youth Programs – 3 patches
    • Grand Cay K-12 in September
    • Teens for Jeans In February
    • Presentation to SCJHS Jr Excel Club Members in March
  • Community Service – 3 patches
    • Grand Cay K-12 in September
    • Teens for Jeans in February
    • Presentation to SCJHS Jr Excel Club Members in March
  • Prevention of Child Abuse – 1 patch
    • All district clubs received Proclamation from IRC Commission for ongoing efforts and sign placement in the county (Flyers distributed on Parent Square) in April
  • National Day of Service – 1 patch
    • All district clubs received Proclamation from IRC Commission for ongoing efforts and sign placement in the county in April

 

Congratulations to the members and advisors of both of these clubs!  As this school year closes we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!    We all look forward to the 2020-2021 year’s club growth and achievements.

 

  Our American Flag – Did You Know?

  • If it touches the ground and is not soiled it does not need to be disposed of
  • It can be washed or dry cleaned
  • The proper way to dispose of it is to deliver to the American Legion or VFW for proper burning and burial
  • It must be illuminated at night
  • There are 13 folds in the triangle. The triangle represents the hat that the patriots wore during the revolutionary war
  • The 21-gun salute was originated as the ships welcome to vessels coming into the harbor (8-6-7)
  • While a prisoner on an English ship Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner
  • The flag never fell fully to the ground but was held at a 45-degree angle by bodies of patriots who had died
  • The English gave up the war when they could not  the flag fall to the ground

 

Calendar of Events 

Due to the Covid19 threat future meeting events will be held on Zoom.  Meeting Number 798 8255 9423 Pass Code 4S9EGT.  We will keep you updated as to when regular scheduling will resume.

May 

05/06 – No Meeting (Board Only)

05/13 – Michele Morris, SPD Chief

05/20 – TBD

05/27 – TBD 


    Please Come Again
! This Quarter’s Visitors –

04/29 – Kim Sviben, Pelican Landing (Mike Natale) 

Happy Birthday! We will celebrate all those we missed again soon!

April Birthdays

 

Andrew Rich                         04/02

Alicia Hjalmeby                    04/15

Rene Van deVoorde           04/20

Marilyn Waldis                      04/22

April Anniversaries

 

Bill Middleton                        6 Years

Randy Tremblay                  6 Years

Paul Reeves                         14 Years

Adam Preuss                        22 Years

May Birthdays

  Janey Franklin      05/06

  Bill Forte                05/07

Austin Steiger       05/10

Fred Reichert        05/29

Kimball Stadler    05/31

May Anniversaries

  Johnathan Rhodeback       2 Years

Diana Best                             4 Years

Rick Giteles                          33 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BWO Date Has Been Changed http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/bwo-date-has-been-changed/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:19:47 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4786     We are not giving up. Originally, before this virus hit, our Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament was scheduled for May 30, 2020. As that date is looming, and there is no assurance that businesses will be back up and running by then, we have made the decision to move the Blue Water Open […]

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We are not giving up. Originally, before this virus hit, our Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament was scheduled for May 30, 2020.

As that date is looming, and there is no assurance that businesses will be back up and running by then, we have made the decision to move the

Blue Water Open to June 27th.

Keep checking in, we are still hoping this year will see another great Blue Water Open Fishing for Charity event.

As you may already know, all of the money we raise at this event

goes right back into our community to help people who need our help.

Exchange Club of Sebastian supports local Foodbanks to Boys and Girls Club to scholarships to local high school students.

Hope to see you on June 27th!!

Exchange Club of Sebastian

 

 

 

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Newsletter – March 2020 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/monthly-newsletters/newsletter-march-2020/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:41:34 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4750

March Newsletter  The Exchange Club of Sebastian, FL Students of the Month OUR YOUTH OF THE MONTH AWARD recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. Students recognized for the month of March […]

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The Exchange Club of Sebastian, FL

Students of the Month

OUR YOUTH OF THE MONTH AWARD recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. Students recognized for the month of March were Emily Barry from Sebastian River Middle School, Jacob Young from Storm Grove Middle School, Lorianne Feliciano-Cruz from Sebastian Charter Junior High School, and Cooper Hammond and Shamika Lazarre from Sebastian River High School.

 

Emily Barry is a member of the yearbook staff and was immediately recognized for her commitment and work ethic. Not only has Emily taken the lead on producing the yearbook, but she seeks to motivate other students to do the same. Emily is a pleasure to have in class, always has a great attitude, and is always busy looking for tasks to do. She possesses the exceptional qualities of kindness, positivity, dependability, dedication, integrity, and commitment to excellence. Without her hard work as a member of the yearbook staff, it might not be ready for publication. With her leadership, we will create a beautiful 2019-2020 yearbook that our SRMS and our community can be proud of.

Student of the Month honored by Sebastian Exchange
Jacob Young

Jacob Young is a hard worker who overcame physical challenges at an early age. He is an A Honor Roll Student and was named Student of the Month for Role Model. Jacob placed 4th in the science fair project for physics. He has also received a certificate of achievement from the IRC School Board for EOC Algebra high scores. Jacob is a member of the Storm Grove Lacrosse & Swim teams, National Junior Honor Society, band, and jazz band. He volunteers as an Indian Guide, at Osceola Magnet Elementary School, for Science Night and the Vero Beach Garden Club. He plans to attend VBHS and then FIT to study Aerospace Engineering. He enjoys boating and fishing in the Indian River Lagoon, building and flying R/C airplanes and gaming and riding 4 wheelers on property.

Lorianne Feliciano-Cruz is an A student who strives to always do her very best. She asks intelligent questions and is continuously intrigued by science. At this year’s Indian River Regional Science Fair she earned 1st place in Chemistry, earned a special award from Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association, and earned the Broadcom Master’s Award (Certificate of Achievement and Invitation for National Competition).

Lorianne is an extremely positive and likable person. She has a huge heart for others and loves to see people doing their best. She always has a smile on her face. She has visited and volunteered at Grace Rehab with NJHS several times. It was heartwarming to see her interact with the residents there. Lorianne is a young woman who is going places. She will leave her mark on this world; she already has!

 

Cooper Hammond Exchange Club honoree for Student of the month
Cooper Hammond

Cooper Hammond is an IB Diploma Candidate with a Weighted GPA of 4.457 and Class Rank of 14/401. He is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Model U.N., and Student Council. Cooper was the founder of the Film and Book Analysis Club. He is a House Docent for the Laura Riding Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamika Lazarre is also an IB Diploma Candidate with a weighted GPA of 4.378 and Class Rank of 17/40. She is a member of the Excel Club, National Honor Society, FBLA, and Art Club. She won the 1st in Best of Show at the Superintendent’s Art Competition in 2018 and the Congressional Art Competition Merit Award. She received the Merit Award for designing the Lions Club Peace Poster. Shamika also volunteers at Mission Service, and United Against Poverty. Shamika uses her talents and runs her own company which allows her to sell her artwork globally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  And from Nextdoor.com:

In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has drastically changed all of our lives. Nextdoor’s purpose—to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood to rely on—has taken on a whole new meaning.

From delivering groceries to at-risk neighbors to buying gift cards to your favorite local hangouts, we’ve been inspired by countless stories of neighbors helping neighbors on Nextdoor. And now we want to hear from you!

Join our #ICanHelpChallenge to share how you can help, and to encourage others to connect and help one another as COVID-19 continues to have an impact on our communities. We are in this together.

Here’s how to join the #ICanHelpChallenge:

  1. Take a selfie with a sign that says “I Can Help”
  2. Share how you are stepping up to help a neighbor
  3. Tag 3 friends and challenge them to participate with #ICanHelpChallenge and @Nextdoor on InstagramTwitter, and Nextdoor

SCJHS Principal William Dodds and Advisor Tammy Cruz have been very supportive of this club. 

On March 4th representatives from the SRHS Excel Club attended and presented their club accomplishments to the SCJHS Jr. Excel students.  Projects included relief package collection for Grand Cay K-12 School in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, letters to veterans, and a blue jean drive for underprivileged kids.  They also explained about the rigorous IB Program and encouraged those attending SRHS next year to become involved in the Excel Club.  It was an excellent presentation where lots of questions and answers were exchanged before adjourning. Many thanks to Alex, Tamika, Patrick, and Anvar for taking your personal time to attend this club meeting!

Exchange club of Sebastian, Sebastian Exchange Club, blue water open, charity fishing eventApril Birthdays

Andrew Rich                         04/02

Alicia Hjalmeby                    04/15

Rene Van deVoorde           04/20

Marilyn Waldis                      04/22

April Anniversaries

Bill Middleton                        6 Years

Randy Tremblay                  6 Years

Paul Reeves                         14 Years

Adam Preuss                        22 Years

Community Involvement 

During this time of uncertainty, we should reflect on our community and those businesses and individuals who contribute to make it so special.  Here are just a few recent “positives” thanks to the generosity of local folks.

At Sandy’s Grille in Sebastian even though Sandy shut down her restaurant, she has dedicated her kitchen and food to help out the hungry with Love to Serve, Inc.

The majority of the food is going to feed the HOPE for Families Center Homeless Shelter. Plus 4 elderly families that can’t leave their homes.”

“I just had a wonderful Covid compliant experience!  Not only did I meet a wonderful couple who praised my efforts, ran across a soft shell turtle kicking sand on me, burned about 500 calories and got a dandy dose of Vitamin D! What I was doing? Get yourself a pair of grabbers and a plastic bag and pick up some roadside trash! Feel great, try it!”   – Resident, Wabasso

“At Roseland McDonald’s I mentioned I will buy anyone struggling a meal once a week. I believe I have missed several people. My hours Fri and Sun off rest of week I am night mgr  Please come back”  – Frank Nolan

 

   Excel member Patrick Welch  

 

 

Teens for Jeans Campaign

At the February 4th meeting members worked on decorating collection boxes for the 9th annual Teens for Jeans Campaign which mobilizes young people to collect jeans for teens experiencing homelessness across the country.  (Pillars:  Community & Youth).  A total of 70 pairs of jeans were collected at SRHS and delivered on February 29th for this cause!  Meetings are held on Tuesdays of each week immediately after school at 2:00 p.m. School Advisor Jaime Sturgeon has been instrumental in launching this club at SRHS.  Contact Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner if you are interested in helping with the SRHS Excel Program.

     

Indian River Club:  The club held its 4th Annual Toss Out Child Abuse Charity Cornhole Tournament  on March 7th at Walking Tree Brewery.  Thirty sets of partners teamed up, some arriving early to warm up and hoist a few limited-edition craft beers made especially for the tournament.  A total of $3000 was raised for the prevention of child abuse and other local youth-oriented activities.  Congratulations Indian River Club for your successes! 

Fellsmere Club: Due to the Covid19 Virus the 2020 Shrimpfest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo  scheduled for  Friday, March 20th through Sunday March 22nd was cancelled.  Watch the website at shrimpfestfl.com for any rescheduling possibilities. 

This is a joint effort with the Rotary Club of Sebastian and will raise funds to support youth sports and organizations throughout north Indian River County.

Front: SRHS Excel members Anvar Ashrapov, Tamika Lazarre, Alexander Ortiz-Velez and Patrick Welch with Ms. Cruz (center back) and her students at the March SCJHS Jr. Excel meeting   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCJHS Principal William Dodds and Advisor Tammy Cruz have been very supportive of this club. 

On March 4th representatives from the SRHS Excel Club attended and presented their club accomplishments to the SCJHS Jr. Excel students.  Projects included relief package collection for Grand Cay K-12 School in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, letters to veterans, and a blue jean drive for underprivileged kids.  They also explained about the rigorous IB Program and encouraged those attending SRHS next year to become involved in the Excel Club.  It was an excellent presentation where lots of questions and answers were exchanged before adjourning. Many thanks to Alex, Tamika, Patrick and Anvar for taking your personal time to attend this club meeting!

   

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in helping with this Junior Excel Program please contact Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner.

Margie Duffell

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Annual Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament

                                                                                                                       

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Kick-Off Party for Blue Water Open is Canceled http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/announcements/kick-off-party-for-blue-water-open-is-canceled/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:22:17 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4718

Due to the current health concerns, we have canceled the Blue Water Open Kick-Off Party that was to be held at Tiki on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  

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Due to the current health concerns, we have canceled the Blue Water Open Kick-Off Party that was to be held at Tiki on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

 

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Blue Water Open Tournament Kick Off Party – Canceled!! http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/blue-water-kick-off-party-2020/blue-water-open-tournament-kick-off-party/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 16:09:51 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4700

  The 27th Annual Blue Water Open Tournament Kick-Off Party has been canceled for this year.    

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Annual Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament

 

The 27th Annual Blue Water Open Tournament

Kick-Off Party has been canceled for this year.

 

 

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Newsletter – February 2020 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/monthly-newsletters/newsletter-february-2020/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:40:16 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4677

Students of the Month                                         OUR YOUTH OF THE MONTH AWARD recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and daily demonstrate good citizenship both at […]

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Students of the Month    

Sebastian Exchang honors Students from Sebastian High
Pedro Aguilar, Emma Youngblood, Tamika Lazarre,    Anvar Ashrapov, and Mikayla Moring

                                   

OUR YOUTH OF THE MONTH AWARD recognizes hard-working pre-high school and high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership, and daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. Students recognized for the month of February were Emma Youngblood from Sebastian River Middle School, Mikayla Moring from Storm Grove Middle School, Pedro Aguilar from Sebastian Charter Junior High School and Tamika Lazarre and Anvar Ashrapov from Sebastian River High School.  

Emma Youngblood is an exceptionally hard worker that always strives to do well.  She has an excellent work ethic and is always willing to help others.  She is an incredible young lady who is a role model for her peers, coming prepared each day to do her best in class. She portrays all of the IB Learning profile traits, especially by being caring, thoughtful, inquirer and principled.  In accepting her award Emma said, “Thank you for nominating me – it is a pleasure to be here.”  

Mikayla Moring is a hard-working student who strives for excellence. She embodies responsibility,  being respectful, and stands out as a role model by always doing her best, making sure others can as well, and being kind to everyone she encounters. She shines academically as well as personally.  She is responsible and diligent with her studies and always very respectful of adults as well as her peers.  Mikayla currently taking both Spanish 1 and Algebra 1 Honors as high school credit classes and is applying to be in the IB program at SRHS next year.  Mikayla is an active member of the National Junior Honor Society and Lagoon Guardians.  In accepting her award Mikayla thanked her family, teachers and our club for “presenting her with this award.”

Pedro Aguilar is dedicated to being the best version of himself and puts a great amount of effort into everything he does.  He is supportive and collaborative with his peers which makes him a great role model in class.  He is a positive influence on others and always willing to lend a helping had to his classmates.  His math skills are phenomenal.  He is a student of character, a wonderful reflection on the support he gets at home.  In accepting his award Pedro thanked his family and teachers for their support and our club for this award.

Tamika Lazarre is an IB Diploma Candidate with a Weighted GPA of 4.51 and Class Rank of 9/401.  She is Vice President of Excel Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and Art Club (winning best of show in the 2018 Superintendent’s Art Competition).  She is a volunteer at King’s Baptist Church, Mission Service and United Against Poverty.  She also runs her own company which allows her to sell her artwork globally.  In accepting her award Tamika thanked our club saying, “I am really honored.”  And thanked her mom saying, “I love you.”  She plans to attend Florida Atlantic University with her twin sister and major in architecture.

Anvar Ashrapov is also an IB Diploma Candidate with Weighted GPA of 4.316 and ranked among the top 6% of his class.  He is a member of the Excel Club, National Honor Society, Helping Paws, and is on the swim team, water polo team and competes in Masterminds.  Anvar was a member of NJROTC in 9th and 10th grades. He works hard and stands out among his peers as someone with tremendous commitment to his studies. IN accepting his award Anvar thanked our club and his family and said that he plans to attend USF or UF to major in premed and “Hopefully one day become a doctor.”      

Guest Speaker Series  

Steve Baran, Susan Baran with Mike Natale

 

On February 26th our guest speaker was Steve Baran (husband of new member Susan Baran), who is a  Senior Chaplain at Reclaimed Ministries. This is a 501(c)(3) community outreach non-profit organization.  Her work in Christian ministry has impacted and changed the lives of people here in our community. Reclaimed Ministries helps the homeless find appropriate housing, helps people with alcohol and substance abuse, helps with hurricane relief, provides financial contributions for families in need, and continuously serves this community.  It also participates in a nationwide program Teen Challenge Schools with a facility in Vero Beach, Treasure Coast Boys Academy.  Treasure Coast Boys Academy provides a safe haven for boys ages 12-17 years of age with out-of-control behaviors. The 15-month program includes on-site schooling in a classroom setting, daily discipleship, chapel, and worship. The young men are presented with opportunities for group and individual counseling, family counseling, organized sports and recreation. Leadership skills, developing integrity and the importance of work are learned through indoor and outdoor chores and responsibilities.Teen Challenge Schools boasts an 89% success rate nationally.   For more information contact TreasureCoastAcademy.com or visit their facebook page.      

 

This and That  

We have money in the foundation account to spend – if you have a suggestion that fits our cause, please submit your request to a board member! The first four weeks of the Youth Guidance King of the Hill Tournament at The Boulevard Tennis Club was exciting tennis by our local pros.  February 11th will start the last four weeks at The Moorings Yacht & Country Club.  Please remember to email or call Bonnie Brown every Monday throughout the tournament if you would like reserved seats with your name or enjoy the seats in the designated sponsor areas.  Thank you! bbrown@youthguidanceprogram.org.  

Laurie Riley from Art-Craft signs is donating our new 2020  BWO sponsor board…. Thank you for your support!

Sean Prescott announced that the North County Charter Elementary School will be holding a golf tournament fund raising event on March 7th.  The funds raised will fund a science coach for the children.  If you are interested  contact nccharter.org and click on the golf tab.

Phil Barnes stated that the Jr. Blue Water Open will be held on March 28th from 8a.m. – 1 p.m.  for children ages 8-12.  There is a list of volunteer needs being passed.  He hopes to have 50-60 kids attending from Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Boys & Girls Club and Youth Guidance.  Also members’ relatives are welcome. Lunch will be provided.  He plans to also have members of FWC and the SPD Community Coach and Explorers attending.  Contact Phil for further information. Volunteers are still needed!

Lyse McDonough headed up our Hygiene Supply Drive for E-angels.  Members brought personal items to be distributed to the children or cash for purchases.  The drive continued through the month of February and she collected two big boxes of supplies and $215 in cash for needed items.  Thanks to all who contributed and to Lyse for heading up this drive!

Felix Cruz announced that after a trip to Italy he has decided to retire from his position as Executive Director of Youth Guidance.  We will miss you Felix. . . enjoy. 

Phil Barnes announced that he has accepted the Executive Director position with Youth Guidance. . .congratulations Phil!  And thank you both for the contributions you have made to your professions and to our club! Community Giving

I am deeply appreciative of our board of directors for my recent nomination as our club’s Volunteer of the Year at the  Sebastian River Area Chamber Awards for Community Engagement luncheon.  

I want to also thank those members who were able to attend the meeting and support me.  This is such an honor to be recognized and I am very proud to have been chosen as this year’s recipient.   Margie Duffell (center) flanked by fellow members Paul Williamson, Karen McElveen Mike Natale, Terry Gardner and Kathy Burns    

 

Welcome New Members 

new members, Sebastian Exchange
Mike Natale, Rene VanDeVoorde, Janey Franklin and Jeff Slade 

 On February 12th Janie Franklin was installed as our newest member.  Janey and her husband Harland were previous members until he became ill and passed away.  Janie is now back with us so please introduce yourselves and help welcome her back.     

 

 

2019-2020 SCHJS Jr Excel Officers

2019-2020 SCHJS Jr Excel Officers Jason Fuegel- President-Elect, Matthew Acosta – President, Aiden Rico – Treasurer and Alexandria Simpson, Secretary hold club banner with other club members

 Jason Fuegel- President-Elect, Matthew Acosta – President, Aiden Rico – Treasurer and Alexandria Simpson, Secretary hold club banner with other club members   SCJHS Principal William Dodds and Advisor Tammy Cruz have been very supportive of this club.  On  January 15th in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day members made thank you cards/posters for their school’s Resource Officer.  (Pillar – Americanism) On February 5th our member, Officer Donald Hart spoke to the club about the meaning of civil rights and the importance to our citizens.  (Pillars:  Americanism and Community)  He also spoke of the many personal contributions that his father has made to the Gifford community and the legacy that he carries.  The presentation was impressive and thought provoking for everyone.  Thank you, Donald, for taking the time to share your family’s history and accomplishments with us.  

PoCivil right Excel Jr High Club, Sebastianlice Officer Donald Hart,

Sebastian Police Officer Donald Hart (center back) gave a Civil Rights Presentation to SCJHS Jr Excel Club members Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in helping with this Junior Excel Program please contact Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner.  

 

Excel Club of Sebastian River High School

Sebastian River High School Excel Club, Exchange club of Sebastian, blue water open   At the February 4th meeting members worked on decorating collection boxes for the 9th annual Teens for Jeans Campaign which mobilizes young people to collect jeans for teens experiencing homelessness across the country.  (Pillars:  Community & Youth)  At the February 18th meeting members planned a future social and new member drive.  On February 25th a list of volunteers for Jr. BWO and BWO was taken.  Meetings are held on Tuesdays of each week immediately after school at 2:00 p.m. School Advisor Jaime Sturgeon has been instrumental in launching this club at SRHS.  Contact Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner if you are interested in helping with the SRHS Excel Program.  

March Anniversaries   John Ashley                          1 Year Alicia Hjalmeby                     2 Years Justin LeFebure                   2 Years Lyse McDonough                2 Years Fred Reichert                        2 Years Monin Mark                           5 Years Karen McElveen                  15 Years Tony Donini                          29 Years

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This Quarter’s Visitors –     Please Come Again!  

01/08 – Janie Franklin – (Jeff Slade)            

Dale Stoneman (Lyse McDonald)

01/15 – Kim Sviben, Pelican Landing (Mike Natale)

01/22 – Capt. Dave Acosta, Sebastian Police Department  

               (Donald Hart & Jason Gillette)

01/22 – Patrice Campbell SRHS Row Team (Mike Natale)

01/29 – Cara Brown, Capt’n Hiram’s Event Catering   

                       (John Ashley)

01/29 – Jeff Cagun – Kids Entertainment (Mike Natale)

02/19 – Jeff Cagun (Mike Natale)

02/19 – John Caprice – Sebastian Fishing Club (Mike Natale)      

 

 Our American Flag – Did You Know?  

  • If it touches the ground and is not soiled it does not need to be disposed of

  • It can be washed or dry cleaned

  • The proper way to dispose of it is to deliver to the American Legion or VFW for proper burning and burial

  • It must be illuminated at night

  • There are 13 folds in the triangle. The triangle represents the hat that the patriots wore during the revolutionary war

  • The 21-gun salute was originated as the ships welcome to vessels coming into the harbor (8-6-7)

  • While a prisoner on an English ship Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner

  • The flag never fell fully to the ground but was held at a 45-degree angle by bodies of patriots who had died

  • The English gave up the war when they could not make the flag fall to the ground

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Calendar of Events      

 

March   03/04 – No Meeting (Board Only) 

03/11 – Willbe, Bikers Against Child Abuse Brevard Chapter  

           Birthday Cake  

03/18 – Students  

03/25 -TBD   6-8 pm BWO Kickoff Party – Tiki Bar & Grill  

03/28 – Junior Blue Water Open  

April   04/01 – No Meeting (Board Only)  

04/08 – TBD  

04/15 – Students A.C.E. and Youth of the Year    Sharky’s Café at SRHS  

04/22 – TBD  

04/29 – TBD    

District Director Rene’s Corner     Sebastian Club:   We have funded seven $2000.00 scholarships in 2019 including recipients in 2018 and 2019. Some have deferred the scholarship their first year which we allow them to do.  Some students get lots of money their first year and not so much after that. 

Scholarships this year have been awarded to Stephanie Giordano, Kassandra Alvarez, Anthony Scaramuzzi, Fatima Perez, Nathaly Moreno-Pons, Raegan O’Rourke and Alyssa Wiles from Sebastian River High.  

  Indian River Club:  The club will hold its Toss Out Child Abuse Charity Cornhole Tournament  on March 7th at Walking Tree Brewery.  Entrants will participate in one of two ability levels that will be determined by qualifying rounds.  A total payout of $1000 prize money will be awarded.  There will also be auction items and a 50/50 raffle.  For more information contact exchangeclubofindianriver.org or call John Binkley at 772-532-3975.  

 

Margie Duffell

BlueWater Open Charity Fishing Tournament 

 

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Blue Water Open 2020 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/blue-water-open-2020/blue-water-open-2020/ Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:05:29 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4657 The Sebastian Exchange Club’s Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament is coming up again. It’s only a couple of months away. We have Sponsor Packets available here on our site. Everyone who generously donates to our event gets their Logo and company information displayed on our site from the time they submit their Sponsor Packets […]

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The Sebastian Exchange Club’s Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament is coming up again. It’s only a couple of months away. We have Sponsor Packets available here on our site. Everyone who generously donates to our event gets their Logo and company information displayed on our site from the time they submit their Sponsor Packets until the conclusion of the tournament. We also keep the sponsor information on the site for the next year’s tournament.

This year’s prize money is $TBD!!  But the real prize is the funds we earn from holding this event. All throughout the year, we meet with different local charities and schools. We award money from the event to these charities and they use those funds to help people in our Sebastian community. It’s what keeps us working so hard to deliver a wonderful fishing tournament year after year

In order to make this event the success it is, we need sponsors and fishermen to participate. We will have the boat registration on our site soon, and then you and your fellow boat captains can recruit your crew and get your boats prepared for a day of fishing.

Please keep checking back in as we post more information about the Blue Water Open Charity Fishing tournament over the next couple of months.

BlueWater Open Charity Fishing Tournament

 

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Sponsor Packets Are On the Site!! http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/blue-water-open-2020/sponsor-packets-are-on-the-site/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:54:39 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4642 Good news for all our returning Sponsors, and for those of you who will be sponsoring our Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament for the very first time The Sponsor Packets are available on our site. Just click on this link, print out the packet, follow the directions and get it back to our Blue […]

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SPonsor Blue water open, fsihing for charity, give back to your communty, exchange club of SebastianGood news for all our returning Sponsors, and for those of you who will be sponsoring our Blue Water Open Charity Fishing Tournament for the very first time The Sponsor Packets are available on our site. Just click on this link, print out the packet, follow the directions and get it back to our Blue Water Open committee.

Once you do that, your company name will be on the website here for the rest of this year, and will also be featured next year on the list of previous sponsors. The longer your name appears on our site, the more Google likes it, so, get your packet in early.

The Exchange Club of Sebastian has done so much for our local charities with the funds we raise at the annual Blue Water Open. Please take a moment to scroll through our blog and you will see where the funds are going. If you would like, go ahead and sign up for our blog and you will get notified each time there is a new blog post.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Capt Hirams in Sebastian. There are rooms still available for the tournament at the Inn. Mention Blue Water Open and you will get a special rate for the weekend of the tournament.

 

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

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Guest Speaker Series Our guest speaker on January 22nd was Margie Miller. Margie is the former National Exchange Club President during the 100th anniversary of Exchange.  Margie moved to  Florida from Charleston four years ago and is now a member of the Exchange Club of South Brevard. As part of her presentation, she shared with […]

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Charitable donations, supporting local chairties
Guest Speaker Series

Guest Speaker Series

Our guest speaker on January 22nd was Margie Miller. Margie is the former National Exchange Club President during the 100th anniversary of Exchange.  Margie moved to  Florida from Charleston four years ago and is now a member of the Exchange Club of South Brevard. As part of her presentation, she shared with us excerpts from a speech she has previously made on the subject of “One Nation under God.”  Her topic was the price of freedom how the pilgrims who suffered religious persecution wanted to separate from the Church of England.  Their one-year voyage aboard the Mayflower brought them to New Plymouth.  All of these pilgrims knew the importance of religious freedom and the value of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

Paul Williamson and MargieMiller, Exchange Club of Sebastian Florida
Paul Willamson and Margie Miller

Margie also shared with us information about the declaration of Independence. The original men who signed wrote and signed the declaration of Independence were all prominent men of the upper colonies. The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence were all from diverse backgrounds, and each of them knew that they faced the penalty of death if captured.   Many suffered personal hardships, loss of their own lives or the lives of their family members.  In many cases, their wives and daughters took over their business and farms while they were away in Pennsylvania working on designing what w now know as the United States of America. 

In closing, Ms. Miller asked us to remember those who have in the past sacrificed for our freedom, as well as supporting the men and women who are today fighting wars all across the world.   We should never take freedom for granted and hold patriotism dear. She reminded us that “Freedom isn’t free.

On January 29th our guest speaker was Michael Hudon, Entomologist with the Indian River Mosquito Control District (IRMCD).

In the early 1800’s what is now Indian River County was part of a much larger “Mosquito County.” The prevalence of fresh water and coastal wetlands in Florida and the subtropical climate of much of the state were formidable obstacles to its colonization by Europeans. These same characteristics have made the human inhabitants particularly vulnerable to a variety of mosquito-transmitted pathogens, even today. Florida has historically suffered from repeated, large epidemics of serious mosquito-borne disease, including yellow fever, malaria, dengue, and encephalitis.

The mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet.  It transmits pathogens that the mosquitos contract from biting birds.  Over 850,000 people died worldwide from mosquitos in 2018.  There are 50 species of mosquitos in Indian River County.  They lay their eggs on the soil and on the sides of containers with standing water and on the underside of leaves of plants.  They thrive in the saltmarsh and can fly as far as 40 miles.  For that reason, it is more sensible to kill the mosquito in the larvae stage before they hatch and begin to fly. One spray treatment covers an area the size of a football field.

Mosquitos are drawn to carbon monoxide.  The CDC Traps utilize carbon monoxide to trap, freeze and study them.  Mosquitos prefer to feed on birds, so the IRMCD has 8 flocks of chickens that are monitored in their facility.

To prevent raising your own mosquitoes: 

  • Containers – remove, cover, invert, or dump regularly, including saucers under pots, drainage ditches
  • remove obstructions to water flow such as emergent vegetation and do not leave grass clippings or yard waste in ditches which can act as an attractant to mosquitoes and a food source for larvae.
  • Rain gutters – keep clear of debris so that water can drain.
  • Rain barrels—cover rain barrels with house screening.
  • Ornamental ponds – stock with fish, remove excess emergent vegetation.
  • Swimming pools – keep chlorinated and filtered for large pools, empty or flush wading pools weekly.
  • Birdbaths – change the water once a week.
  • Bromeliads – flush weekly or treat with appropriate material.

For more information visit irmosquito.com.

Community Giving

 

Mike Natale and Eric Boskovich Culinary Arts Director Sebastian River High School, funds from Blue Water Open
Mike Natale and Eric Boskovich

On January 8th our club presented two awards to local entities. 

Eric Boskovich, Culinary Arts Director at Sebastian River High School received a check for $1000.  This will assist in purchasing the foods that the students prepare.  The students get hands-on learning skills in this academy and learn the protocol for serving and catering events.  Eric was deeply touched and so thankful for our support. 

Our April 15th meeting will be held at Sharky’s Café at the high school.  Our Student of the Year and Ace Awards recipients will be honored at that meeting.

 

    

 

Mike Natale and Eric Boskovich, Blue Water Open funds

We also awarded Wendy Guy from the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine event to be held on February 7th with a check for $2500.00.  This prom-like event is sponsored by the United Church of Sebastian for special needs children.  The night features a King & Queen and Paparazzi making the evening “all about them.”  This year they expect to have 125 in attendance. 

 

 

 

 

This and That

We have money in the foundation account to spend – if you have a suggestion that fits our cause, please submit your request to a board member!

  • Our club recently contributed to A Night to Shine, a function of special needs. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older.  This February 7th, 2020 Night to Shine celebrates its sixth anniversary.  This past year, on one night 655 churches from around the world came together to host night to Shine for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers!
  • Laurie Riley from Art-Craft signs is donating our new 2020  BWO sponsor board…. Thank you for your support!
  • Our club donates to Youth Guidance each year and we have 10 tickets available to their Annual King of the Hill Tennis Tournament running January 14th through February 4th.  If you are interested in attending contact Karen McElveen to see what dates are still available.
  • Sean Prescott announced that the North County Charter Elementary School will be holding a golf tournament fund raising event on March 7th.  The funds raised will fund a science coach for the children.  If you are interested  contact nccharter.org and click on the golf tab.
  • Phil Barnes stated that the Jr. Blue Water Open will be held on March 28th from 8a.m. – 1 p.m.  for children ages 8-12.  There is a list of volunteer needs being passed.  He hopes to have 50-60 kids attending from Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Boys & Girls Club and Youth Guidance.  Also members’ relatives are welcome. Lunch will be provided.  He plans to also have members of FWC and the SPD Community Coach and Explorers attending.  Contact Phil for further information. Committee Members needed!
  • Eva Chapman gave us an update on our Blue Water Open.  She announced that postcards have gone out and the website has been updated.  Hiram’s will give a room discount for anyone wanting to stay – use code BWO20.
  • Karen McElveen received a thank you letter from Guardian for New Futures for the 16 children that our club sponsored for Christmas gifts.  Over 1500 children received gifts from this effort.  GFNF has served over 8000 children since 2008.  Their most recent effort is creating a Child Advocacy Center within our Judicial Court jurisdiction.
  • Lyse McDonough is heading up our Hygiene Supply Drive for E-angels.  Please bring in personal items to be distributed to the children.  Lyse continues to send emails with a list of the needed items.  The drive will continue through the month of February.

Excel Club of Sebastian River High School

Sebastian River High School Excel Club, Exchange club of Sebastian, blue water open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Row:  2019-2020 Club Officers Kameron Riggins – Secretary, Tamika Lazarre – President-Elect, Alexander Ortiz-Velez -President  and Sarah Cosner – Treasurer

Back Row: Club Builders Terry Gardner, Kathy Burns & Margie Duffell

At the January meeting, discussions continued concerning opportunities for growing the club:  a booth during lunch on January 27th was held with several new members obtained.  An incoming Freshman Recruiting Night is planned in February.  Future volunteer opportunities include a drive for literacy month, and mentoring SCJHS club on March 4th (Pillars – Youth and Community),  volunteering at local events/festivals to include Jr BWO in March and BWO in May.  (Pillars: Youth and Community)

Meetings are now held on Tuesdays of each week immediately after school at 2:00 p.m. School Advisor Jaime Sturgeon has been instrumental in launching this club at SRHS.  Contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner if you are interested in helping with the SRHS Excel Program.

Excel Club at Sebastian Charter Junior H.S.

2019-2020 SCHJS Jr Excel Officers Jason Fuegel- President Elect, Matthew Acosta – President, Aiden Rico – Treasurer and Alexandria Simpson, Secretary hold club banner with other club members

SCJHS Principal William Dodds and Advisor Tammy Cruz have been very supportive of this club. 

On  January 15th in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day members made thank you cards/posters for their school’s Resource Officer.  (Pillar – Americanism)

On March 4th our member Officer Donald Hart will be speaking to the club on the accomplishments that he and his father have contributed to the Gifford community. 

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in helping with this Junior Excel Program please contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner.

 

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