SEBASTIAN EXCHANGE CLUB http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen BLUE WATER OPEN CHARITY FISHING EVENT Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:46:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 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 Newsletter – October 2019 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/newsletter-october-2019/ http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/newsletter-october-2019/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:46:21 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4407 Guest Speaker Series Our guest speaker on October 16th was Ron Stamm, Project Manager for Triton Submarines.  Ron has worked at  Triton for more than five years.  He is an electrical engineer in charge of project management and contract account management.  Triton designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes yacht-based submarines for private individuals.  The company was […]

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Guest Speaker Series
Triton Submarins, Gues speaker at Exchange Club of Sebastian
Ron Stamm, Project Manager for Triton Submarines and Michael Natale

Our guest speaker on October 16th was Ron Stamm, Project Manager for Triton Submarines.  Ron has worked at  Triton for more than five years.  He is an electrical engineer in charge of project management and contract account management. 

Triton designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes yacht-based submarines for private individuals.  The company was established in Vero Beach in 2008 and now has its assembly plant in Sebastian. 

Currently, Triton makes seven-plus models for sale.  The model 1002 descends 1000 feet and carries 2 people.  The 3003 model descends 3000 feet and carries 3 people.  The cost for the 3003 is $3.8 million, plus special equipment; cameras, lifts for salvaging, etc. 

The largest 36,002 took 2 years to build and was completed in 2018.  It can descend up to 36,000 feet and holds 2 people.  It has 3 viewports in its 3 ½” titanium pressure cube.  Its private investor wanted to explore the 5 deepest points in the ocean. 

All submarines are internationally certified to accepted industry standards so that they are inherently safer and naturally buoyant.  Annual inspections are performed in which the subs are completely disassembled and reassembled.  Special batteries avoid leakage and potential safety hazards.  Special devices are installed so that solo divers who do not respond to calls will be automatically surfaced. 

Triton offers extensive training programs in which a minimum of 20 dives is required and mechanical and electrical knowledge is taught.  There is enough oxygen supply to stay down for 96 hours.  The ascent and descent for the deepest dives take about 3 hours each way.  Pressure cubes maintain the same pressure as what it would be above the surface.

In closing, Mr. Stamm invited our club to call to arrange a tour of the Sebastian facility.  You can contact  Triton772-770-1995 for further information.

 

Scary Stuff

Larry Lawson with IR Hauntings and Mike Natale

On October 23rd our guest speaker was Larry Lawson of Indian River Hauntings.  Larry has been in the policing profession for over 40 years and has had several encounters during his tenure.  This tweaked his interest in paranormal events.  He and several others formed a group of interested people (mostly cops) who are members of the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. When called upon they will research reports of haunting activities. 

Ft. Pierce, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, and Sebastian all have “haunts.”   Here is a little local history for you. In the 1920’s the Ashley Gang was finally executed and later laid out for viewing in Ft. Pierce.  The Purple Lady has been spotted numerous times in the ladies’ room at Marsh Landing Restaurant.  There have also been encounters at the old schoolhouse.  Other local “haunts” include the Hallstrom House, Waldo Sexton’s room in the Driftwood Inn, the Sebastian Women’s Club, Crabby Bill’s (formerly Hurricane Harbor Restaurant), Beyond Useless Boutique (originally the Sebastian Town Hall), the Bama Lawson Home and even in Captain Hiram’s Tiffany Room!

No one knows what a ghost really is, but one needs to love to embrace history and to keep an open mind when exploring paranormal events.  There are two types of haunts.  The Intelligent Haunt is when there is a direct conversation.  The Residual Haunt is the same type of occurrence happening repeatedly. 

The study of documentation and evidence is needed.  The mission of Indian River Hauntings is to search for evidence of the afterlife with a foundation in scientific research and methodical investigative techniques. The goal is to support historical facts with the paranormal evidence uncovered and to validate or debunk myths, legends, and tales of the past.  When IR Hauntings gets a call to investigate they first get information by interviewing the informant.  Then after researching history, they visit the site, bringing necessary equipment to collect evidence and then analyze and make the report.  IR Hauntings never claims to rid a building of haunts.

Indian River Hauntings has several tours of Fellsmere, Sebastian, and Vero Beach coming soon.  For more information contact ghostguy59@gmail.com or call 772-633-3955.

 

Sebastian River High School Culinary Arts Academy Students

Speaker Exchange Club of Sebastian
Eric Boskovich (R) with his Culinary Arts Academy Students

On October 30th our club met at Sebastian River High School Sharky’s Café.  We enjoyed a delicious luncheon prepared and served by the students in Mr. Eric Boskovich’s Culinary Arts Academy.  Eric has been teaching at SRHS for four years and is a Sous Chef himself.  He is a 2005 Graduate of SRHS.  He teaches in what he refers to as a 3-2-1 program.  This program has 75 sophomores, 50 juniors and 25 seniors.  All students are well rounded, academically proficient and participate in sports and/or work outside of the classroom. 

The seniors in this program did the serving of our lunches while juniors and sophomores did the food prep.  Students are taught hands on skills and the small details of proper food serving and presentation. Eric said that the kids in the program participate in many catering opportunities as well and have served up to 800 people at  those events.  The money raised from the events pays for the food that students learn to prepare in the program.  Students are also shown butchering demonstrations where the different cuts of meats and their costs are discussed.  Eric said he is glad to be able to do what he loves and have time to spend with his family too!

Our Excel Club officers Alex Ortis-Velez and Tamika Lazarre also attended with Club Advisor Jaime Sturgeon.  Alex and Tamika spoke about their 1st project for the club – collecting items for a K-12 school damaged by hurricane Dorian in  Grand Cay, Bahamas.  They also said the club members are researching ideas for fundraising and plan to assist with preparing items for care packages for soldiers for their Americanism project.  Both Alex and Tamika want to build a solid base for next year’s club and will be trying to recruit more freshmen into the club.

Sebastian River High School Excel Club

Excel Club of Sebastian River High School, featured speaker Sebastian Exchange Club
SRHS Excel Club President Alexander Ortiz-Velez, Vice President Tamika Lazarre, and Club Advisor Jaime Sturgeon

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

Jaime Sturgeon spoke of his role as IB Coordinator for the students.  He assists students with college application preparation, scholarships.  The International Baccalaureate began with American Military in Europe and grew to an internationally recognized program.  International offices are in Wales and Switzerland.  Jaime has frequent conversations with those offices in his role.  SRHS IB program has an 80% acceptance rate in Florida Universities – most students go to the University of Florida or Florida State University.  The IB program is recognized worldwide as a prestigious and rigorous program and students earn scholarships and credit for many college courses.  He also explained the weighted GPA system to us. 

Excel Club of Sebastian River High School & SCHJS JR. Excel Officers 

SCJHS Principal William Dodds, Assistant Principal Chet Devarney, and Advisors Tammy Cruz and Skye Devarney are very supportive of this club.  At our October meeting, we held the installation of new members – 17 in all!.  Mike Natale was the installing officer and Margie Duffell and Terry Gardner assisted. Parents provided refreshments.  It was Wacky Wednesday and students dressed down and brought supplies for HALO Shelter. (Pillar – Community)

In  November members will write letters of thanks to those in the military and Bill Middleton will give a special flag handling demonstration.  (Pillar – Americanism)  A street cleanup is also planned for November.  (Pillar – community)

Terry Gardner has also agreed to assist with meetings.   If you are interested in helping with this Junior Excel Program please contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner.  

Club members completed their school supplies drive working with other SRHS Clubs in conjunction with SRMS for aid to a K-12 School in Grand Cay, Bahamas. (Pillars – Community and Youth).  At the October 22nd meeting, they discussed possible fundraising, community volunteering, Youth, Americanism, and Prevention of Child Abuse projects.  Discussions continued on holiday giving, Freedom Shrine Re-Dedication, a book drive for literacy month, volunteering at local events/festivals to include Jr BWO and BWO.  Sara Cosner, Treasurer has also set up an Instagram page SRHSEXCEL so that everyone can view happenings! Discussion followed on recruiting more 9th graders and our two Freshmen members will be talking it up with their peers.    

Meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. School Advisor Jaime Sturgeon has been instrumental in launching this club at SRHS.  Due to the holidays, the next meetings will be held on November 5th and 19th and December 3rd and 17thContact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns, Margie Duffell or Terry Gardner if you are interested in helping with the SRHS Excel Program.

National Day of Service

    By Karen McElveen

Sebastian Exchange Club National Day of Service
Paul Williamson, Dan Dickens (adopted Exchangite), Karen McElveen, Eva Chapman, and Phil Barnes, President-Elect

 

On Saturday, October 26th, the Vero Beach Exchange Club, Exchange Club of Indian River, Treasure Coast Exchange Club, and Sebastian Exchange Clubs participated in an island cleanup on the spoil islands here in Sebastian for our National Day of Service project. Sebastian had 5 members participate and Paul Williamson graciously captained his party pontoon boat for the excursion.  It was a great effort by everyone who came out to help! 

SPD Community Outreach

 

On October 3rd Sebastian Police Officers and Indian River Sheriff’s Deputies held their Coffee with a Cop at McDonald’s in Roseland.  This ongoing event promotes goodwill and trust in the community and the opportunity to get acquainted with these fine officers.

Another recent event was Community Night Out on October 29th from 5-7 p.m. at Riverview Park.  Attendees came out and meet local, state and federal law enforcement officers and saw emergency vehicles, motorcycles, and boats.  There were free hotdogs, drinks, popcorn and snow cones.  Kids of all ages wore costumes for trick or treating!

 

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  Guest Speaker Series

On September 18th our guest speaker was Emily Wilcox, Business Development Officer for the Senior Resource Association (SRA).  The SRA now handles all public transportation in Indian River County – both the Community Coach and GoLine. There is door to door transportation anywhere in the county.

The SRA operates two adult daycare facilities which are open Monday-Friday and are staffed with certified RNs, LPNs, and CNAs.  Seniors receive a nutritional meal at lunch, play mentally stimulating games, participate in arts, music, and physical fitness to stay engaged, and socialize with others.  There also have recreational outings to the public library and to the Vero Beach Museum for Art.  A caregiver support group is also offered.  In home services include housekeeping, shopping, meal planning, etc.  The SRA also has a public guardianship program for incapacitated clients who have no family or friends.  This program is funded through the Department of Elder Affairs and donations. 

The Silver Tones is an auditioning senior choir that receives donations for their performances.

Meals on Wheels delivers to households and Emergency Meals on Wheels delivers to those just out of the hospital.  Volunteers are trained to observe and monitor clients and how to respond when needed.  There is also a Pet Meals on Wheels in partnership with the Humane Society and For the Love of Paws.  Pets owned by shut-in clients are taken for annual check-ups, grooming, inoculations, etc.

Volunteers are needed and go through an extensive background check, training, and orientation.  For more information contact SeniorResourceAssociation.org.

River Cruise

On September 25th we enjoyed a boat outing aboard the River King.  Captain Jim and 1st Mate Scott treated us to a cruise on the Indian River to the Sebastian Inlet.  The River King goes out 2-3 times a day and in October will start to Pelican Island the first United States Wildlife Sanctuary. 

There was lots of wildlife to observe, a tasty box lunch served by our waitress Lisa and lots of camaraderie and socialization with members and guests.  Thank you Mike Natale for arranging this day on our beautiful Indian River!Exchange Club of Sebastian, Boat Cruies the River King. Captain Jim and 1st Mate Scott

 

For information & reservations call 772-589-4345

River Cruise Treasure Coast
Captain Jim and 1st Mate Scott of the River King

 

Excel Club 

Jason Fuegel – President-Elect hold school supplies to hand out to fellow students

2019-2020 SCHJS Jr Excel Officers Matthew Acosta – President
Aiden Rico – Treasurer, Alexandria Simpson – Secretary and 

SCJHS Principal William Dodds, Assistant Principal Chet Devarney, and Advisors Tammy Cruz and Skye Devarney are very supportive of this club. Meetings began on Wednesday, August 21st with elections of officers and distribution of school supplies to families in need.  (Pillar – Youth) Meetings will continue the 1st Wednesday of each month thereafter. We have 27 registered members so far!  Our September meeting was rescheduled due to Hurricane Dorian.  At our make-up meeting on September 17th, we viewed Roberts Rules of Order Video provided by Ms. Cruz and packaged child abuse prevention flyers for distribution to all homeroom classes. (Pillar – Prevention of Child Abuse).   

Mrs. Devarney also informed us that Jr Excel President Matthew Acosta represented our school very well at a recent IRSD meeting.  Students were selected to attend and give their input on the characteristics they would look for in the next superintendent.  Congratulations, Matthew on representing SCJHS well!

On October 2nd we will be installing all new members and planning a fall drive for collection of food or other household items for a worthy cause.  (Pillar – Community) Terry Gardner has also agreed to assist with meetings.   If you are interested in helping with this Junior Excel Program please contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns or Margie Duffell.

News

Meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  School Advisor Jaime Sturgeon’s enthusiasm is infectious! We received 4 new applications after the all club rush earlier in the month and now have 34 registered members so far! Club members are working with other SRHS Clubs in conjunction with SRMS for aid to a K-12 School in Grand Cay, Bahamas. (Pillars – Community and Youth).  Supplies are being sent directly to the “adopted school” on the island by barge. SRMS teacher Ms. Dirocco says, “The people of Grand Cay are beyond grateful for the donations they received this past Saturday!”   Contact  Margaret.Dirocco@indianriverschools.org  for more information or to donate.  Students also formed committees to work on fundraising projects and volunteer opportunities.

The next club meeting is Tuesday, October 8th.  Terry Gardner has also agreed to assist with club meetings.  Contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns or Margie Duffell if you are interested in helping.

October

10//02 – No Meeting (Board Only)

10/03 – Youth Guidance Open House

10/09 – Students of the Month

10/16 – TBD

            Birthday Cake

10/23 – Larry Lawson, Indian River Hauntings

10/30 – Meeting at SRHS Sharky’s Café (Excel Students to Observe)

 

Margie Duffell

BlueWater Open Charity Fishing Tournament

 

 

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  Guest Speaker Series
Charitable donations, supporting local chairties
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On August 21st our guest speaker was Keith Touchberry, Fellsmere Chief of Police.  Mr. Touchberry has been Fellsmere Police Chief since 2013.  Prior to that, he served 24 years with the Vero Beach Police Department before retiring as a captain.  He serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Law Enforcement at FIT and IRSC where the primary focus is behavioral ethics.  Chief Touchberry spoke on Policing Policy Theory and Practice.

In opening his presentation he quoted Robert F. Kennedy who said, “Every society gets the kind of criminals it deserves.”  If this is not fixed it will manifest to worse crimes. The answer is a pro-active response to prevent and reduce (not simply respond):

  • To protect self (be vigilant)
  • To report (eliminate unreported incidences)
  • To testify (be willing & have the courage to go to court)

Law enforcement officers have a social contract:  The power given them by the people to protect them from fears and use those powers to protect them, not to exceed those powers, and to be worthy of public trust. 

Officers take biased based criminal profile training every 4 years.   The use of body cameras has recently emerged.  In the United States 50% of police departments have 10 officers or less. Community relationships build trust with citizens.  Officers interact with people at community meetings in different areas to gain the trust and understanding of the public.  In Indian River County law enforcement officers are supported and recruiting is not an issue.

There has been a recent increase in property crimes (mostly drug related).  Citizens must stay cognizant of their surroundings both for themselves and for others and use the “Citizen Beware” approach to recent scam reports.

The Neighborhood Watch Program has been successful. 

Opioid overdoses are declining in our area but still presents problems and issues.  Treatments have been expanded and are working.  Drug related issues have declined in the last two years.  An upcoming public presentation on Opioids will be held on Tuesday September 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1301 Sebastian Boulevard.

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Guest Speaker, August 28

Team Orca, Sebastian florida, Exchange Club presents money
Jeff Slade, Missy Weiss, Mike Natale

On August 28th our guest speaker was Missy Weiss, Director of Citizen Science & Education at Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA).  This organization works in five counties with efforts primarily on the Indian River Lagoon.

The goal of ORCA’s Citizen Science Program is to educate and engage community members in solving the problems that are leading to the degradation of the Indian River Lagoon.  Educators and scientists train citizen volunteers to participate in different components of ORCA’s research programs and initiatives.  This uniquely involves residents of all ages in measuring and monitoring local environmental conditions, identifying pollution in and around the lagoon, and arming and activating their own community to address these problems and develop solutions.  Through Citizen Science ORCA aims to:

  • Build relationships with volunteers, community organizations, and local business to develop a conservation focused community
  • Cultivate an ethic of care and concern for the Indian River Lagoon and its watershed. Offer meaningful participation in real environment problem solving
  • Open pathways to science and scientific literacy –

ORCA aims to unite educators, scientists, policymakers, and Citizen Scientists in the common goal of protecting and restoring our precious natural resources.

If you are interested in getting involved with one of the ORCA Citizen Science projects:

  • Monitoring life in the Indian River Lagoon
  • Living Shoreline Restoration
  • A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon
  • Pollution Mapping
  • Fish Monitoring

Contact: https://www.teamorca.org/citizen-science.html or 772-467-1600

 

Proceeds from Blue water open, give back to community,
Community Giving

Community Giving    

 

On August 28th we awarded Boy Scout Troop 505 with $1000 to assist with equipment, tuition, and camping needs.  Accepting the award were members, Colin McAdams and Jonathan Carley.

 

Boy Scout Troop 505 Colin McAdams and Jonathan Carley and Exchange President Mike Natale

On August 28th we awarded Boy Scout Troop 505 with $1000 to assist with equipment, tuition, and camping needs.  Accepting the award were members Colin McAdams and Jonathan Carley.

Owner of Old Fish House Bat & Grill donates 1,000 dollarts for the benefit of ORCA
Tom Oyler, Eva Chapman, Mike Natale

Our club also awarded a special plaque to Tom Oyler, owner of the Old Fish House Bar & Grill for his continued generosity in supporting our Blue Water Open.  Tom has been a very loyal, long time, top sponsor who also donated his boat for us to use as our committee boat. After hearing the ORCA presentation, Tom generously donated $1000 to our club for the benefit of ORCA!

Other Exchange and Community news

Calendar of Events

 

September 

09/04 – No Meeting (Board Only)

09/11 – Students

09/18 -TBD

           Birthday Cake

09/25 – River Queen Cruise & Luncheon (Arrive 11:45 a.m.)

             Patrick Merrell on Grover Cleveland (beer/fisherman)

October

10//02 – No Meeting (Board Only)

10/09 – Students

10/16 – TBD

            Birthday Cake

10/23 – TBD

10/30 – TBD

Recent Visitors – Please Come Again!

 

07-10-19     Savannah Northrup (Phil Barnes)

07-10-19     Carolyn Mac Evoy (Michael Natale)

07-31-19     Gayle Heath and Jay Pruden (Michael Natale)    

08-14-19     Dawn Biehl , Chris & Sam Penson, Tiki (Eva Chapman)

08-14-19     Sean Prescott, RE/Max Crown (Mike Natale)

08-14-19     Chris London (Jason Gillette)

08-14-19     Susan Baran & Charles Fischer, Fischer Realty &  Investments (Eva Chapman)

08-14-19     Emily Wilcox, Senior Resource Center (Mik Natale)

08-28-19     Gayle Heath (Mike Natale)

SPD Community Outreach

 

On August 1st Sebastian Police Department hosted a Back to School Fun Day and school supplies distribution at Barber Street Sports Complex.  Many community members attended for this fun event.  Kathy Burns spearheaded a drive to support this event.  Our club members brought in many items which were divided between the SPD Event and THE SCJHS student school supply distribution to be held during the first SCJHS Jr Excel Club meeting.

 

Thank you, Chief Michelle Morris and every Sebastian Police Department member for all that you do for our community!

Margie Duffell, Newsletter Writer, Exchange Club of Sebastian

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About the Bees 

On July 17th our guest speaker was Danielle Quant, Golden Wings Apiary discussing Honeybees.  Danielle has owned her business for five years and her services include treatment free beekeeping, bees, bee removal, package bees, queens, queen cells, honey, beeswax, and bee advice.

The Honeybee has six legs, double wings on each side, and a fuzzy yellow and black striped body.  They are sweet pollinators. 

Nectar is extracted from sunflowers, corn, soybean, blueberry, canola, sabal palms and Brazilian pepper trees.  In California almond producers need bees to keep their big industry going.  Bees are trucked in and distributors will follow the seasons around the country.  California has 1.75 billion colonies and is #1 on the world for producing almonds.

Honeybee hives have a division of labor; the Queen, female workers, and male drones.  They are hard workers and can travel up to 3 miles from the hive to get food.  They can carry ½ their body weight in nectar.  One bee can sip nectar from 225 flowers per day.  The hives are delicate and cannot be disturbed and must be kept safe from the weather.  Other challenges include pests (mites) and use of pesticides in hives, mosquito control sprays, and herbicides. 

All about Bees feature speaker exchange sebastian

In closing, Danielle said she does not believe in purchasing imported honey.  Fructose is added and hives are treated using methods banned in the US.  We should buy local and know where honey comes from.  To become a beekeeper you must study, research and use common sense and respect.  For more information contact Danielle at daniellequant1@gmail.com.

Danielle Quant with Paul Williamson

Space Coast Midget Racing

On July 24th our guest speakers were Jenny Davidson and her son Travis age 13  from Space Coast Quarter Midget Racing Association. Jenny and her family became interested in this racing for kids and established this 501C (3) organization just two years ago for kids ages 5-16. 

Exchange Club of Sebastian, Blue Water Open
Mike Natale with Jenny and Travis Davidson

The race cars involved are ¼ the size of a midget car and race on a 1/20-mile track.  There are classes based on engine size and age.  Racers perform at club, regional and national (held in Indianapolis each year) races.  SCQMRA is the second club in Florida (the other is in New Smyrna).  Clubs are sanctioned and cars are certified each year.  The kids wear the same safety gear as higher level racers – fire suits, gloves, safety belts, neck braces, and helmets.  They are taught safe driving habits by a trained director.  There are three classes based on age and speed capacity of the cars. A summer series is offered.

Members and family benefit alike by forming lifelong friendships, learning sportsmanship and teamwork, managing emotions, strengthening relationships and gaining self-reliance and an introduction to future racing.

SCQMRA is located at the Valkaria Airport and has recently resurfaced the racetrack. Current needs include wall painting, fencing, storage, hot chute shade, bleachers and a PA system.  SCQMRA can be seen of facebook and Jenny hopes to reach out to the community to form partnerships and have fundraising events to help build the facility out.  For more information contact scqmra.com or info@scqmra.com.

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Michael Natale and Mr. Woolfork

In closing Mr. Woolfork added a story with the moral “life has many scoops of dirt that must be shaken off to be successful.”     

For more information about GYAC contact www.gyac.net.

 

Margie Duffell

2019-2020 Officers for the Sebastian Exchange Club

 

President – Michael Natale   

President Elect – Phil Barnes

Secretary – Karen McElveen   

Treasurer – Diana Best

Foundation Treasurer – Kathy Burns 

Newsletter Editor – Margie Duffell

Division Director (District 7) – Rene Van deVoorde     

District President – Gerson Rodriguez   

Treasurer – Steve Rawlins    

Secretary – Kathy Duchow

President Elect – Chuck Walker

Immediate Past President – Kim Prado

SPonsor Blue water open, fsihing for charity, give back to your communty, exchange club of Sebastian

 

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On June 19th our speaker was Sabrina Sampson, Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS). Sabrina and her family have lived in Sebastian since 2005 when she joined CHS.  CHS was founded in 1902 in Jacksonville, FL to assist children on the “Orphan Train.” These children who were homeless or abandoned were […]

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Exchange Club of Sebastian Featured Speaker
Bill Middleton, Sabrina Sampson & Paul Williamson

On June 19th our speaker was Sabrina Sampson, Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS). Sabrina and her family have lived in Sebastian since 2005 when she joined CHS.  CHS was founded in 1902 in Jacksonville, FL to assist children on the “Orphan Train.” These children who were homeless or abandoned were often chosen to work on farms for food. .The others rode the train until chosen.  The CHS was lauded as the adoption flagship program which introduced the original concept of orphanages in Florida.  

Today CHS serves more than 11,000 children annually along the Treasure Coast.  Currently, there are 192 children in Indian River County who have been referred by the Florida Department of Family Services needing Intervention to make homes safe.  If the homes are not made safe, then adoption is needed.  Currently there are 60 children waiting for adoption, most are ages 13 and older with special needs or in sibling groups needing one adoptive family.

Adoptions are only 1 of 8 programs offered by CHS.  There are several other all related to the safety and welfare of the children.  The Transitional Living Program provides residential and outreach programs to homeless youth ages 18-23 who have “aged out” of the foster care system.  Services include safe housing, financial assistance, mentoring, life skills and employment readiness training and access to academic opportunities.  Mental health counseling, medical care access, and community service referrals are available as needed. Youth are taught to have a life plan and community partners like IRSC get involved to assist.

Funding for these programs comes from the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Family Services as well as private donors which can be designated and restricted to specific programs.  For more information contact Sabrina at sabrina.sampson@chsfl.org or 772-344-4020.

 

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

2019 Blue Water Open

 Our 2019 BWO was held on June 1st out of Captain Hiram’s River Raw Bar.  This year’s raffle tickets winner won a trip to Dublin, Ireland!  This was another very successful event lead by Chairwoman Eva Chapman, Co-Chairman Mike Natale and their committee members, Diana Best, Kathy Burns, Warren Dill, Rick Giteles, Karen McElveen, Bill Middleton and Kimball Stadler. 

Way to go team BWO!

2019 Leader Board

 Annual Installation Dinner

Our annual installation dinner was held on June 26th at Captain Hirams Tiffany Room.  Forty-four signed up for a festive evening of networking and awards presented to many deserving members.  Adam Preuss was our Master of Ceremonies Extraordinaire and special guests included Kim Prado, Florida District President, Jenny Frederick and Judy Landgrave, Past District Directors.  Karen McElveen and Paul Williamson led the invocation and pledge. 

After the passing of the gavel by former attending presidents, Bill Middleton handed off the presidency to Mike Natale.  Kathy Falzone installed our new officers and directors, her final duty as Florida District 7 Director.  Your 2019-2020 officers and directors are:

President                               Michael Natale

President Elect                     Phil Barnes

Secretary                               Karen McElveen

Treasurer                              Diana Best

Past President                      William Middleton

Directors Two Year Term:  Kathy Burns, Eva Chapman, Jonathan Rhodeback

Directors One Year Term:  Debbie Fitzpatrick, Kathy Gutierrez, Alicia Hjalmeby, Ali Qizilbash

 

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July Birthdays

                Lyse McDonough                07/09

                Warren Dill                            07/11

                Karen McElveen                  07/27

 July Anniversaries

                Phil Barnes (B&G Club)        5 Years

                Mary Williamson                   5 Years

Calendar of Events for July, 2019

07/03 – No Meeting (Board Only)  Captain Butcher’s      

07/10 – TBD

07/17 – Danielle Quant, Treasure Coast Beekeepers

            Birthday Cake

07/24 –  TBD

07/31 – TBD

Exhcnage of Sebastian, blue water open fishing tournament
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  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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Junior Excel Club Sebastian River High School

Principal William Dodds and Assistant Principal Chet Devarney have been very supportive of our effort to start this club.  School advisors are Skye Devarney and Tammy Cruz.  Parents and students alike are excited about our mission and the opportunity for earning their required volunteer hours through club activities in a fun way.

Meetings will resume in the 2019-2020 school year.  We will plan to have information and membership applications during student orientations for next year.   If you are interested in assisting with this Junior Excel Program please contact Bill Middleton mhrepair116@gmail.com.

 

Margie Duffell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos of 2019 Blue Water Open Tournament/ Winners and Participants http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/photos-of-the-2019-blue-water-open/photos-of-2019-blue-water-open-tournament/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:47:47 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4058 Thank you Joni for these photos from the 2019 Blue Water Open These are the Blue Water Open Winners for 2019   Photos of the Blue Water Open Event

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Thank you Joni for these photos from the 2019 Blue Water Open

These are the Blue Water Open Winners for 2019

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Photos of the Blue Water Open Event

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Newsletter – May 2019 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/charitable-giving/newsletter-may-2019/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 21:39:12 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4044

  Guest Speaker Series Our guest speaker on May 22nd was Bill Boike from Shiloh Youth Ranch.  Shiloh Youth Ranch has been in operation for 54 years and is a faith-based, non-profit foster home for troubled boys who are uncontrollable at home but they do begin to conform when they realize the Shiloh leaders are […]

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  Guest Speaker Series

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Bill Middleton presents check to Bill Boike, Shiloh Youth Ranch

Our guest speaker on May 22nd was Bill Boike from Shiloh Youth Ranch.  Shiloh Youth Ranch has been in operation for 54 years and is a faith-based, non-profit foster home for troubled boys who are uncontrollable at home but they do begin to conform when they realize the Shiloh leaders are there to help them. The operation is solely funded by donations and there is no charge to the parents of these boys.

Shiloh Youth Ranch is a 56-acre multi-ministry facility including a church, the boys’ school, and adult missionary outreach.  The home can house up to 14 boys ages 9-14.  Boys are taught to work with their hands and arrive with different levels of education, so are given personalized tutoring. Bill lived at Shiloh in his youth and has now been leading the boys for 38 years.

Current needs are to remodel their dorms with new tile flooring, bunk beds and replacement of washers and dryers.  In closing, Bill thanked us for our support and invited our club to plan a luncheon meeting at the facility. 

Other Club News

On May 17 several of our members participated in the RADwomen Class taught by Sebastian Police Department and Indian River County Sheriff’s Department.  We learned lots of helpful things, made some new friends and had a great time with these officers.  Taking this class when offered again is highly recommended! 

Many thanks to Jason Gillette and Donald Hart from Sebastian Police Department and Cliff Labbe from Indian River County Sherrif’s Department. 

IRC Sheriff’s Deputy Cliff Labbe, Karen McElveen, Margie Duffell, SPD Officer Jason Gillette, Diana Best, Eva Chapman and SPD Officer Donald Hart
IRC Sheriff’s Deputy Cliff Labbe, Karen McElveen, Margie Duffell, SPD Officer Jason Gillette, Diana Best, Eva Chapman and SPD Officer Donald Hart
Diana Best, Margie Duffell, Karen McElveen and Eva Chapman We all made it through!
2018-19 Club members with Advisors Skye Devarney (l) and Tammy Cruz (r)

Junior Excel, Sebastian Charter Junior High School, Sebastian, Florida

Principal William Dodds and Assistant Principal Chet Devarney have been very supportive of our effort to start this club.  the school advisors are Skye Devarney and Tammy Cruz.  Parents and students alike are excited about our mission and the opportunity for earning their required volunteer hours through club activities in a fun way. Meetings will resume in the 2019-2020 school year.  We will plan to have information and membership applications during student orientations for next year.   

If you are interested in assisting with this Junior Excel Program please contact Bill Middleton mhrepair116@gmail.com.

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On April 10th Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns and Margie Duffell met with Florida District Director Kim Prado and Sebastian River High School IB Advisor Jaime Sturgeon to discuss starting an Excel Club at SRHS.  Jaime’s enthusiasm is infectious and with Kim’s guidance, we met with current and incoming IB students on April 30th.  We held a follow-up planning meeting on May 20th and have a total of 18 student applications!  The students elected their officers for 2019-2020 and are anxious to begin their community service and fund-raising activities.  A Permanent Organizational Meeting (POM) will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at SRHS Sharkey’s Café at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments following.  Our National  Exchange Club Installation Representative, David Ledbetter will conduct the meeting and installation of officers and charter members.  All of our club members are encouraged to attend and support this new SRHS Excel Club. 

Contact Bill Middleton, Kathy Burns or Margie Duffell if you are interested in assisting.

Margie Duffell

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Captain’s Party BWO 2019 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/photos-of-the-2019-captains-party/captains-party-bwo-2019/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 17:47:54 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=4031 On Friday, May 31, 2019 we had a rocking Captain’s Party in preparation for the Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces, and even more special was all the new faces of the boat captain’s and crew for whom this was the first year fishing our tournament! Enjoy […]

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On Friday, May 31, 2019 we had a rocking Captain’s Party in preparation for the Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces, and even more special was all the new faces of the boat captain’s and crew for whom this was the first year fishing our tournament!

Enjoy the photos, share them with your friends. We are going to take a little time to rest, then we will start preparing for the 27th Annual Blue Water Open!!

 

 

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Photos From 2019 Blue Water Open Capt’s Party http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/photos-of-the-2019-blue-water-open/photos-from-2019-blue-water-open/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:47:19 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3931

We had another fun Captain’s Party on Friday night, May 31, 2019,at Capt Hirams.  There were some awesome baskets to bid on and that trip to Ireland..wow. Were you there? Take a look at the photos. See if you see yourself..  Are you in any of them?

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We had another fun Captain’s Party on Friday night, May 31, 2019,at Capt Hirams.  There were some awesome baskets to bid on and that trip to Ireland..wow. Were you there? Take a look at the photos. See if you see yourself..

 Are you in any of them?

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2019 Photo Gallery of Winners!! http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/news/2019-photo-gallery-of-winners/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 12:05:05 +0000 http://www.fishingforcharity.org/bluewateropen/?p=3817 It’s official thanks to Joni Mazzola we have photos of the 2019 Blue Water Open Winners! Thanks again to all of the members of the Exchange Club of Sebastian for making this possible, and to all the local businesses who sponsored, to all the non-member who worked tirelessly in support of this event, and let’s […]

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It’s official thanks to Joni Mazzola we have photos of the 2019 Blue Water Open Winners!

Thanks again to all of the members of the Exchange Club of Sebastian for making this possible, and to all the local businesses who sponsored, to all the non-member who worked tirelessly in support of this event, and let’s not forget the fishermen and women!!

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Exchange Club of Sebastian

 

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