THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF SEBASTIAN, FL
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Meeting 12 Noon, 2nd – last Wednesdays of the Month
Captain Hiram’s Tiffany Room, Sebastian, Florida
Volume 22, Issue 6March 31, 2022
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 Rachel Disisto from Sebastian Charter Junior High School, Lilyana Wilsnack from Sebastian River Middle School, and Taylor Sturgeon and Adam Chester from Sebastian River High School.
Rachel Disisto has a kind spirit and positive attitude. She is a strong, self-advocating student who is quickly becoming someone at the top of her game. She is confident in herself and caring of others. Rachel leads with compassion and kindness. With determination and perseverance, Rachel not only strives for excellence in her academics and extracurricular activities, but also demonstrates the ability to encourage andassist those around her. She had an amazing Science Fair project this year and won several awards at the Indian River Regional Science Fair. She is an ambassador and works with students in another class to complete science labs and understand the science behind them. Rachel is an amazing young woman with a phenomenal future. She’s intelligent, hardworking, responsive to others, and embraces all six of the Character Pillars taught here at SCJH. In accepting her award Rachel thanked our club, her teachers, grandparents and parents for setting a foundation and being her role models.
Lilyana Wilsnack is a very mature, highly cooperative and hardworking student both inside and outside of the classroom. Her academic performance stands within the top three percent of SRMS’ 8th grade class. Also, Lilyana has shown a remarkable willingness to participate and lead other students to perform better. Lilyana provides a great role model for other students to emulate. Based on her remarkable performance during the Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair her science fair project was selected to participate in the Florida State Science & Engineering Fair. She always strives to do her best and be her best. Lilyana is a true model student.
She is driven, compassionate, a leader as well as a team player. she is mature and well balanced by taking her responsibilities seriously yet carrying a smile and a certain grace that shows confidence in her endeavors. Lilly is not afraid to ask challenging questions, yet she communicates them in a positive and empathetic way. She is a student who truly values education and learning. She carries herself with a demeanor of wanting to learn. Lilyana has been working incredibly hard this year to maintain an “A” average in all of her classes. Her strong character is a model for her peers and others around her. She goes the extra mile to make sure that she is successful. In accepting her award Lilyana thanked our club, her teachers and family for their support in helping her learn how to be successful.
Taylor Sturgeon is an IB Diploma Candidate with a weighted GPA of 4.391 and ranked 26th in her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Class Secretary, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook and has played on Varsity Golf and Tennis teams as well as Lacrosse JV team and band. She organized the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy Color Run to benefit the March of Dimes, is a Peer mentor for Fellsmere Elementary students, and raised approximately $1,500 collecting pop-tops for Ronald McDonald House. Taylor works at Chick-fil-A. Although accepted to several colleges, she plans to attend the University of North Florida and study marketing. In accepting her award Taylor thanked our club, her teachers as well as all of her peers for motivating her to strive for her best, saying, “I am truly honored.”
Adam Chester is an IB Diploma Candidate with a weighted GPA of 4.386 and class rank of 27th. He is a member and former officer of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Adam is a member of the SRHS Band, Pride Competition Band, Section Leader of Saxophones, Band Lieutenant and Executive Leader of the band. He is a varsity starter all 4 years of the SRHS Tennis team, and Treasure of the SRHS Excel Club. He volunteers for Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break for special needs children and at the Environment Learning Center as a summer camp counselor. He has volunteered with Keep Indian River Beautiful beach cleanup since 2014 and has volunteered more than 350 hours of other community service. Adam works as a Front Service Clerk at Publix and his hobbies are sports, music and travel. Although accepted to several colleges Adam plans to attend the University of North Florida and study clinical science. In accepting his award he thanked our club, his parents and teachers for their support.
Guest Speaker Series
On March 23rd our guest speaker Michael Ansley, Executive Director of Helping Hands Community of the Treasure Coast and Keep Indian River Beautiful. Helping Hand was established in 2020 Helping Hands Community of the Treasure Coast, Inc. is a 501(c)3 that started from the Helping Hands Committee at Indian River State College. This committee was led by Michele Vergho for two years and grew to be one of the largest committees on Indian River State College’s Campuses. Michael Ansley was the President of the Human Services Club at the college who helped Michele, and the committee grows to be one of the most active clubs on campus.
Michele Vergho and Michael Ansley started this organization to promote community outreach through the teaching of servant leadership, mentorship, educational projects, and/or opportunities. During their senior year, they completed the National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society’s executive leadership level, which kick-started their dream to start this organization.
Since 2020 they have sponsored 58 events and in 2020-21 they received the Florida State College System Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award. During the Covid pandemic Helping Hands partnered with Friends of Laporte Farms in an afterschool mindfulness program for youth which, among other activities, included gardening, composting, chicken incubation, fishing, yoga and drumming.
Keep Indian River Beautiful, in existence for more than 36 years, was hit hard by Covid, lost its state funding and had to close its thrift store. Helping hands took over and oversees KIRB projects. Upcoming events include debris removal north of the Sebastian Inlet, and the Great American Cleanup on Earth Day. Both events will demonstrate a new solar powered beach cleaning robot. For more information about these and other events visit KeepIndianBeautiful.org or visit the Helping Hands Community facebook page.
Johnathan Rhodeback with Michael Ansley
Welcome New Members
On February 26th we inducted Diane Croteau and on March 9th we inducted Wendy Becker as our newest members. Please make sure to introduce yourself and welcome Diane and Wendy to our club.
Johnathan Rhodeback with Diane Croteau
Johnathan Rhodeback with Wendy Becker
This and That
Please contact Ali Qizilbash or Kimball Stadler with ideas for future speakers. Suggestions are appreciated!
Eva Chapman needs to know of any volunteer work a member has done outside of Exchange Club. This counts toward credit we get from national toward year end awards. Please use her log or send her the name of the organization and number of hours you spent volunteering.
Terry Gardner is chairing the Community Involvement Committee. Karen McElveen will serve with her. They encourage members to give them ideas.
Kathy Burns and Margie Duffell are working with both Sebastian Charter Junior High School and Sebastian River High School to rebuild their Excel Club programs. Club meetings are held immediately after school at each school. Volunteers to assist with these meetings are needed! For more information please contact Kathy or Margie.
Adam Preuss reminds us that on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, our luncheon will be held at SRHS Sharkey’s Café to recognize the Male & Female Youth of the Year students and the ACE student. Lunch will consist of: Salad, Chicken, Veggie, Dessert & Drink and will be paid for by the club. We will need to provide the culinary school a firm and final count of members wishing to participate by April 4th.
Phil Barnes says the date for our Junior Blue Water Open has been confirmed for Saturday October 29th.
North County Charter Elementary Freedom Shrine Re-Dedication
On April 1st our club and the Vero Beach Exchange Clubs joined in a re-dedication ceremony of the Freedom Shrine at the North County Charter Elementary School.
Our President Johnathan Rhodeback led the ceremony which was attended by all the students and faculty of the school. Brochures describing the Freedom Shrine documents and flags were handed to the children.
Club Members from all of the local Exchange Clubs were in attendance.
Club Members from all local Exchange Chapters were in attendance
Blue Water Open
Eva Chapman reports that Michelle is heading up the Blue Water Open VIP Event, Kimball is coordinating the Cheer Cooler effort and Rachel is selecting the Trip and getting tickets printed. (This year’s trip is to Napa Valley – more detail to come!) Scott will head up the trip ticket sales effort and Karen is handling raffle baskets. Items are needed for the baskets so please bring to Karen. Diana and Terry are heading up volunteers. Please let them know where you can assist. Eva will be handling boat registration. Sponsor Packets have been sent out to members to send to their sponsors. Printed versions are also available at each meeting. We need to get our requests out to them soon. Each sponsor can also add 150 items to our Captains Buckets. We also have posters to be distributed. Thank you, Kimball, for sending the Save-The-Date reminder out to all of our previous sponsors and fishermen. Sponsors at $5000 or greater must submit their donation and logo information no later than April 15th in order to meet the t-shirt print deadline. Kimball has created a cooler of cheer that needs to be filled:
Let’s Fill this up!
Scott has raffle tickets to sell for a 4 night/3 day trip to NAPA Valley – this year the winning ticket will be drawn on June 4th at 7:00 p.m. Please contact him to get yours:
1st Qtr. Visitors – Please Come Again!
01/12 – Diane Croteau, potential member (Eva Chapman)
01/12 – Cathy Topping, Sebastian Director & Robert Ulrich, Program Director B&G Club (Laura Luettger)
01/19 – Dr. Zoey Gutierrez-Nickel, DDS, MS (Kathy Gutierrez)
02/09 – Tom Lawrence (Rene VanDeVoorde)
02/09 – Kristina Jacobs, IRSC (Ali Qizilbash)
02/09 – Bill Motta, Victory Kids (Ali Qizilbash)
02/09 – Wendy Becker (Eva Chapman)
02/16 – Wendy Becker (Eva Chapman – new application!)
02/16 – Islemy Garcia (Johnathan Rhodeback)
02/16 – Mark Renihan, American Security Foundation (Lane Solomon)
02/23 – Tami Hatten, Captain Hiram’s (Kimball Stadler)
03/16 – Nancy Danner (Margie Duffell)
03/16 – Leslie Hanson, Debbie Hall, Vivian Hearndon, Hearndon Construction (Lori Reilly)
03/15 – Laura Petersen and Jan Malcolm, REMax Crown (Ali Qizilbash)
03/16 – Johnnie Richards, Dependable Title (Susan Baran)
03/23 – Susan “Mom” Rhodeback (Johnathan Rhodeback)
Excel Club of Sebastian River High School
2021-22 Club Officers are:
President Ray Temino
President-Elect Desiree White
Secretary Sawyer Held
Treasurer Adam Chester
Historian Dylan Weragoda
Club meetings will be held on Wednesdays immediately after school at 2:00 p.m. Club members are working on a school-wide book drive collection during the month of March to benefit students at Fellsmere Elementary. (Pillars – Youth and Community). A beach cleanup was completed in February (Pillar – Community). The club has already completed at least one event in three of the four pillars of Exchange. In April the Child Prevention flag will be displayed on campus. May will be a celebration of all the accomplishments for the year.
Club Advisor Jaime Sturgeon is very supportive of our efforts and is enthusiastic about having members get underway with activities which support the ideals of Exchange. Volunteers are needed to assist with these meetings!
Jr. Excel Club of Sebastian Charter Junior High School
2021-2022 Club Officers are:
President Amber Fuller
President Elect Shane Corley
Secretary Teagan Keefe
Treasurer Teagan Keefe
Back Row L-R: President Elect Shayne Corley, President Amber Fuller, Treasurer Teagan Keefe, and Advisor Dr. William Dodds
Front Row L-R members Marley McCain and Ethan Gates
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month immediately after school. The club is learning/practicing Roberts Rules of Order protocol. This club has also completed at least one event in three of the four pillars of Exchange
In April the Child Prevention flag will be displayed on campus and students will distribute fliers to each home room class. May will be a celebration of all the accomplishments for the year.
Volunteers are needed to assist with helping the students achieve activities which represent the four pillars of Exchange. Any member willing to assist should contact Margie Duffell or Kathy Burns.
Sebastian Police Department Community Outreach
Congratulations to officer Donald Hart for being named officer of the year for Sebastian Police Department . . . well deserved!!!
Events in March Included:
03/18-03/19 – Shrimpfest at Riverview Park
Officers Donald Hart & Sergeant Todd Finnegan found a new friend!
03/25 – United Against Poverty Community Resource Fair
Calendar of Events
04/04 – Deadline for RSVP to attend Student of Year and ACE Awards at Sharky’s Café, SRHS
04/06 – No Meeting (Board Only)
04/13 – Zoey Gutierrez-Nickel, DDS, MS
04/16 – Memory Field Installation & Dedication
04/20 – Student of Year and ACE Awards
Sharky’s Café – Sebastian River High School
04/27 – TBD
Rene VanDeVoorde 04/20
Marilyn Waldis 04/22
Michelle Morris 04/29
John Dobay 1 Year
Randy Tremblay 8 Years
Paul Reeves 16 Years
Adam Preuss 24 Years
COVID-19 Attendance Guidelines
Our New Guidelines Effective August 1, 2021. These guidelines shall apply to all members and guests that attend our Club meetings in person in the Tiffany Room at Capt. Hiram’s restaurant:
- There shall be no more than 6 people at each table.
- Facemasks are optional.
- If any member/guest has tested positive for COVID-19, has experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, he/she shall not attend any meetings in person until they become symptom-free or test negative. Additionally, he/she shall notify the Club President of their condition, so that we can determine if any other members/guests may have been exposed.
District Director Rene’s Corner
Rene has begun receiving scholarship applications for the 2022 graduates of Sebastian River High School. If interested in assisting with the recipient selection contact Rene.
Fellsmere Club: The 2021 Shrimpfest & Craft Brew Hullabaloo was held Friday, March 19th through Sunday March 21st, 2021. This was a joint effort with the Rotary Club of Sebastian and roughly $55,000 was raised support youth sports and organizations throughout north Indian River County.
South Brevard County Club: Club members have recently packed and distributed another 25 Blue Bags with children’s items for donation to the Melbourne Police. These bags are for use when police are working with children in stressful situations.
Ron Smith a car show is planned for the future – location and date to be determined. The Junior Fishing Tournament is planned for next spring, probably in late April. Contact Ron for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.”