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
2nd Qtr. Visitors – Please Come Again!
04/13 – “Mom” Ruth White (Susan Baran)
04/13 – Francis Papineau (Adam Preuss)
04/20 – Ruth White (Susan Baran)
04/20 – Johnnie Ricchards, Dependable Title (Susan Baran)
04/20 – John Oats, StoreRight Self Storage (Terry Gardner)
04/27 – Peter Muckenhaupt (Kathy Falzone)
04/27 – Officer Bill Jarvis, SPD (Donald Hart)
05/11 – Charla Mori-Terra, ASCF (Mark Renehan)
05/11 – Cory Maxwell, Dive Therapy (Eva Chapman)
05/11 – Kelsey McPhearson (Francis Papineau)
05/11 – Georgia Irish, Marine Bank (Terry Gardner)
05/11 – Johnnie Richards, Dependable Title (Susan Baran)
By Karen McElveen
The new Child Advocacy Center (CAC) at Guardians for New Futures (GFNF) in Port St. Lucie was dedicated on Saturday, April 30. In addition, the architectural design for the Heal Garden was presented. The Garden will be built on the same property as the CAC. Karen McElveen attended as a representative of the Exchange Club of Sebastian. As part of the program, Karen had the honor of presenting Sebastian Exchange’s donation of $10,000, making us the first to participate in their fundraising efforts for the Healing Garden. Based on this and other donations we’ve made, one of their counseling offices is dedicated in our honor (pictured above).
The CAC is dedicated to children of physical and sexual abuse as a consolidated place where all the services they need will be provided under one roof: a child protection team, victim advocates, medical assistance, mental health counselors, law enforcement and state attorney’s office. The center is designed to help children and families feel comfortable, safe and minimize trauma.
Guardians for New Futures and the new CAC serves the tri-county area: Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin. They are not an Exchange accredited Child Abuse Prevention Center, but they provide all the same services. Sebastian Exchange is proud to be a part of their support system.
On May 11th we awarded a check to Cory Maxwell of Dive Therapy in the amount of $1,000. Cory thanked us for our generous donation specifically to assist a former U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Sebastian Police officer and “put him in the water.”
On May 11th we received thank you plaques from both Victory Kids and Youth Guidance for our sponsorships. We donated to Victory Kids to help rebuild property lost in a fire and supported the Youth Guidance King of the Hill event. Below is Johnathan Rhodeback with Ali Qizilbash presenting the Victory Kids plaque, and Johnathan Rhodeback with Phil Barnes presenting the Youth Guidance plaque.
On May 7th our club sponsored two teams in the Sebastian River Area Chamber Annual Golf Tournament. Our men’s “A” Team won 4th place in the 1st flight. Our ladies team enjoyed a day of camaraderie and good will! Diana Best, Eva Chapman and Michelle Morris worked a booth at the first tee promoting our club to community business members who attended.
A fun day for Teams Exchange Club!
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 selected the trip and had tickets printed. Scott is heading up the raffle tickets sales for a four-night/three-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. So far we have collected over $5,000, so now all brought in is income. Karen is handling raffle baskets. Items are needed for the baskets (especially restaurant gift certificates) so please try to collect as you are out and about and bring to Karen. Diana and Terry are heading up volunteers – there are still open positions that need to be filled. Please let them know where you can assist and contact Diana to sign up. Remember no alcohol while on duty!!
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. Each sponsor can also add 150 items to our Captains Buckets. We also have posters to be distributed. Performance Tee-shirts are available for $30 each. Thank you, Kimball, for sending the Save-The-Date reminder out to all of our previous sponsors and fishermen. Kimball has created a cooler of cheer that needs to be filled!
Welcome New Members
On May 11rh we installed new member Francis Papineau and on April 20th we installed new members Laura Petersen and Janice Malcolm. Please make sure to introduce yourself to Francis, Laura and Janice and welcome them to our club.
Fred Jones, Johnathan Rhodeback, Laura Petersen and Janice Malcolm
Francis Papineau with Johnathan Rhodeback
Excel Club of Sebastian River High School
This year the club completed at least one event in each of the four pillars of Exchange (8 total) as well as earned the National Service Award. In April the Child Prevention flag was displayed on campus.
The May meeting will be a celebration of all the accomplishments for the year, and election of officers for the coming year. Club Advisor Jaime Sturgeon is very supportive of our efforts and is enthusiastic about having members get underway next year 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
This club has completed at least one event in all of the four pillars of Exchange (13 total) as well as earned the National Service Award. In April the Child Prevention flag was displayed on campus and students distributed fliers to home room classes. The May meeting was 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 Upcoming Events
- Sebastian Charter Junior High School – R.A.D. Women Self Defense Class – Monday through Thursday – 6:00pm – 9:00 p.m., May 16th-19th.
- Pelican Island Elementary School – Community Outreach Trailer -Friday, May 20th– 2:00pm – 3:00pm
- Melbourne Square Mall – Hometown Heroes Event – Community Outreach Trailer – Saturday, May 21st– 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Micco Park – Sebastian Charter Junior 8th grade graduation picnic – Community Outreach Trailer – Monday, May 23rd– 9:30am – 3:00pm
- Schumann Park – Community Outreach Trailer – Wednesday, May 25th– 2:00pm – 4:00pm
- Barber Street Sports Complex – Community Outreach Trailer – Thursday, May 26th– 2:00pm – 4:00pm
On May 11th we celebrated members who had May Birthdays:
Michelle Miller 05/05
Dan Acosta 05/18
Kim Sviben 05/22
Kimball Stadler 05/31
Sean Facey 1 Year
Johnathan Rhodeback 4 Years
Diana Best (iThink Bank) 6 Years
Patricia Montgomery (SRMC) 8 Years
Rick Giteles 35 Years
Calendar of Events May
05/18 – Mark Renehan, American History Live
05/25 – Blue Water Open Planning
06/01 – No Meeting (Board Only)
06/03 – Captains’ Meeting BWO ALL HANDS ON DECK !!
06/04 – Blue Water Open
06/07 – TBD
06/14 – TBD
06/22 – TBD
06/29 – Installation Dinner 6:00 p.m. (No Luncheon)
District Director Rene’s Corner
Scholarship awards were given on Tuesday April 19th at the Sebastian River High School Performing Arts Center. Total scholarships for this year total $10,000. The Scholarship Committee has chosen the following graduating seniors for this year’s awards:
Logan Berman $2,000
Lucas Busch $2,000
Adam Chester $1,000
Marilyn Chrobak $1,000
Lillian Denning $2,000
Taylor Sturgeon $1,000
Andrea Zamus $1,000 (The Rappy Perez Award)
Rene VanDeVoorde and Rappy Perez present Scholarship Awards
2022 Scholarship Recipients
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.