Off The Cuff

April 17th, 2019

Child Abuse Prevention Month was the topic for today’s lunch at Galuppi’s. Jeff Realejo led us off with the pledge of allegiance and Reverend Wayne Meyers returned from Lent duties to lead us in prayer. Jay Ghanem had a guest today, Carmen Metllaf.

Dr. Sandy Munoz was our guest speaker today to talk about her recent trip to Tallahassee to lobby for Exchange Parent Aide. She also promoted the upcoming CHI supply drive.

The Fort Lauderdale Exchange Club will have their POM (Permanent Organizational Meeting) / Installation reception on Monday, April 29, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Galuppi’s. Please consider attending and supporting the newly-formed Club.

The Exchange Club is planning a trip to the old ball game Saturday, June 15, Marlins vs Pirates. For about $125, you get a beer filled limo to and from the stadium and Dugout Club seats which include a seat, beer, wine and stadium food. Please RSVP to

To raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month the Exchange Club will host a supply drive for Children’s Healing Institute at 26 Degrees Brewery Tuesday, April 30, 6–9 pm – Bring a supply of nappies, baby wipes, and the like, to get a Beer.

The Florida District Convention will be held May 3rd, 4th and 5th at the Westin Hotel on Cypress Creek Road. Our Past President Gerson Rodriguez will be inducted as Florida President on Saturday night. The tentative plans for the weekend are as follows. Friday evening get together. Saturday officer training, judging students’ speeches, an awards luncheon, elections of new officers followed by installation dinner. Sunday will close the Convention with an XC breakfast meeting.

Seafood Festival this year is the weekend of April 26, 27 and 28. There are only a few shift spots left to bartend. Get your name to Jack to help us pour drinks and raise money for our charities. We will also have XC cozies available for a donation to help us raise more tip money. Reminder, this year the Seafood Festival will be at Community Park, not the beach.

Beacon Light car show is this Saturday, April 20, and the Exchange Club will be selling hamburgers and a 50/50 raffle. Jack Krutek is all set for another great event.

Monday, April 29, is All Hands on Deck Welcome for Fleet Week 2019 at 7 pm Esplanade Park.

Steve Izzi is planning the 2019 Strike Out Child Abuse Bowl A Thon set for Sawgrass Lanes Sunday, July 14th. The committee is looking for teams, sponsors as well as raffle items.

For anyone that would like to participate in a very memorable day, Honor Flight South Florida is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 and June 8 out of FLL. To register:

Rodriguez Charities Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 18. The Exchange Club will put in a foursome and we will need some volunteers to work the grill.

Wednesday, May 29, is the 5th Wednesday of May so we will have Happy Hour at Galuppi’s instead of lunch.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27, 6-10 pm for President-elect Donn Atkins’ installation dinner at Galuppi’s.

President-elect Donn Atkins is putting together an Ex-President’s Council to assist in leading the Club. If you are an ex-president, look to meet a few times a year and offer some guidance.

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Dr. Brian Rask chose Reverend Wayne Meyers as this week’s shaking man. Scott Alford won the 50/50 pot.


Whole Foods has done a complete makeover since being acquired by Amazon. It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it turns on you hear the distant sound of thunder and the smell of fresh rain. When you pass the milk cases you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh cut hay. In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks and barbecue chicken. When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying. The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies. I would strongly suggest, however, that you buy your bathroom products elsewhere.