Betsy Farmer Executive Director
PROMISE IN BREVARD
Betsy’s journey in the disability world began on November 10th 1985, with the birth of her second son Luke who was born with Down Syndrome. Frustrated over the lack of programs available for her son she co-founded the Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC) in Melbourne, FL. The Center began with three children and one paid teacher in 1987 and grew to an enrollment of 72 children with and without disabilities and a staff of 36 dedicated professionals by 2001. During the 15 years she served as Executive Director, SCEIC gained national recognition and drew visitors from around the world. Over $5 million was raised from local and national fundraising efforts during her tenure.
Betsy worked for the National Center for Boundless Playgrounds from 2002-2004 and was instrumental in establishing Florida’s Boundless Playgrounds initiative with then Governor Jeb Bush. In 2005 with Luke’s graduation near Betsy realized that she needed to be there to ensure that the SCEIC students graduating from high school were provided the opportunity to have a fulfilling and productive life. She founded the Brevard Business Leadership Network (Brevard BLN) in July of 2005 to establish a network of employers dedicated to expanding the career opportunities for students and adults with disabilities. In January of 2008 Betsy added an employment agency component to the Brevard BLN to provide a seamless support system for both the individuals served by the BLN and the BLN business partners.
In October of 2009 Betsy established her 3rd non-profit organization Promise, with the mission of providing a place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible. Betsy served on the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council for 9 years and was instrumental in establishing Florida’s first Project SEARCH site in Brevard.
INDIALANTIC ROTARY RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
DG-Elect Julia Babbitt presented
Club President-Elect Michel Peacock with an award granted for
special service during the recent Zones 34 and 35 Conference.
With over 400 clubs eligible, ours was the only one to be recognized.
Special note was made regarding our membership promotion
with the American Muscle Car Museum program
1. 2015-2016 RI Presidential Citation - GOLD
2. 2015-2016 Public Image Certificate -RI Zone 34
3. 2015-2018 Rotary World Peace Community- 5th Year District 6930
4. 2015 JCMF Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award for Josh the Otter Water Safety and Literacy project
5. 2015 JCMF Rotary Water Safety Advocacy Award Crystal medallion.
6. 2015-16 #2 club in District for per capita giving to the Rotary Foundation.Congratulations to the Officers and Members for their exceptional contribution to this Success.
The Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids (DOCK) is a drop-in
The goal at The DOCK is to enable children to compete more
That is a brief summary of our current activities and we will
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.