When I moved to this beautiful corner of paradise I started exploring clubs, organizations, and opportunities to become part of the community. I left my home town 4 years ago so I was feeling a little homesick and weary from all my travels. I needed a place to call home. In order for me to do that I needed to find friends and establish familiar faces. I was surprised to learn there is something to do here every day. I participated in Chamber events. Great job on that Blues Festival! I attended events at The Port Theater and The Joe. And I visited multiple clubs to see which one was the right fit. They are all wonderful but I landed on the Rotary Club. It’s an international organization that believes in Service Above Self. There is a 4-way test for Rotary members to use in our daily lives. Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


We meet weekly, over a great lunch, to discuss club business and enjoy friendships. I’m one of the new people and I’m enjoying this great way to get to know my new home and new friends and help my community. Since the club is international we had a visitor from Luxembourg, Luxembourg. He belongs to his local Rotary club and wanted to visit ours while he spent some time relaxing our beautiful beaches. His name is Gast Waltzing. He is a composer/conductor and travels the world. When he lands anywhere for more than just a few days he likes to find a Rotary meeting and attend. It was interesting to learn that his club is helping in similar areas in his own community. I will admit I was a little star struck.


Recently, we were able to receive a grant to help our local Senior Center. Our plan is to use that money to paint (we are doing the labor) and everything left over will go toward checking off another item on their wish list. On the 15th we are having a Pancake Breakfast from 8am to 10am at Sunset Coastal Grill. I hear the pancake recipe is to die for! Tickets are only $6. All proceeds go directly into our scholarship fund.

We are looking for members. If you would like to visit our meeting please give me a call. (850-229-8244) I’m happy to sponsor you as a visitor and buy your lunch! I’ve found the home I was missing! Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.