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Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Welcomes Youth Exchange Student

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Aug 172015
 

This past Tuesday night Historic Rotary Club of Charleston members Barbara Kelley Duncan and Richard Sidebottom joined our Rotary host families at the airport to welcome Sara KJÆR, our club’s youth exchange student from Denmark. Sara will be hosted by the Kapeluck and Miles families and will attend First Baptist School. We look forward to fostering global understanding through the ideals of Rotary over the next year by sharing Charleston and American culture with Sara!

 

Columbia East Rotarian Recognized for his Efforts to End Hunger

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Aug 152015
 

Columbia East Rotarian, Jim Hudson, was recently honored by Harvest Hope Food Bank for generously donating funds that will provide up to 1,000,000 meals.

 

Hudson is Founder and President of Jim Hudson Automotive group. Jim leadership resulted in a donation of $200,000 to Harvest Hope. “My company and Harvest Hope are ironically both celebrating our 35th anniversary, so we wanted to do something special,” said Hudson. “We wanted to feed children during the summer time when food is harder to come by.”

 

The contribution will provide an estimated 1 million meals to families, children and the elderly who need food assistance.

“I have seen the volunteers and workers at Harvest Hope work so hard and unselfishly every day,” Hudson said. “There are a lot of needs in Richland and Lexington County and we want to give back.”

Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, says she looks forward to the automotive group’s donation every year.

“Mr. Hudson is truly an angel in disguise,” Holland said. “Not only do his employees work hard to reach our goal, but his customers reach out to us separately and even send us checks as part of this campaign.”

According to Holland, $1 provides five meals for families in need.

Hudson has a long and outstanding history of community support and philanthropy. He has sponsored and contributed to numerous community organizations and events and was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley when she presented him with the Order of the Palmetto, our state’s highest civilian honor. The east Columbia Rotary Club is proud of his accomplishments and fortunate to count him among our members.

Historic Charleston Rotary Club Participates in Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup

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Aug 142015
 

On Saturday, August 8th, members of the Historic Charleston Rotary Club were proud to participate in the Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup:  Back to School Basics.  Members Digit Matheny, President Paul Stoney, and Lisa Van Bergen passed out bags full of supplies to elementary children.  Past President John Tecklenburg and his wife came Sandy along to support the fun!  And the members made the give-away possible by generously donating over $900.  Thanks for being such a generous group!

 

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Rotarian Lisa Van Bergen and her daughter in the process of setting up for hundreds of kids.

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Past President John Tecklenburg (L) with President Paul Stoney (R) rocking their

Rotary apparel while volunteering.

 

 

The Rotary Club of Georgetown Presented $22,000 Donation to CART

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Aug 122015
 
On August 4,2015, The Rotary Club of Georgetown presented a check for $22,000 to Randy Hollister, Rotary District 7770 Chair for CART (Alzheimers Research). $17,000 was raised through the Shag Festival. The remaining $5,000 through weekly donations by Rotary members to the CART buckets placed on the tables at meetings. This was the largest donation to date and would not have been possible without our major sponsors, 3V, Tidelands Health, and the Beaver Bar.
Pictured from left to right are Club President Keith Wilcox, Randy Hollister, Scott McNair – 3V, McRoy Skipper – Tidelands Health, and Club Past President Nat Kaminski

Colonel Dave Garner Speaks at the Chapin Rotary Club

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Aug 112015
 
Colonel Dave Garner joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and presented a sobering assessment of the air defense procedures now in place since 9/11 to protect our nations capital. Now retired from the Air Force, he is replacing Colonel Jay Seward at Irmo High School teaching members of their JROTC.

Susan Harrell Speaks at Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise

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Aug 102015
 

Susan Harrell ( left) , Center Director for ELS-Myrtle Beach, located at Coastal Carolina University, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. She was introduced by club member Dr. Darla Domke -Damonte ( right). Harrell began working as the founding director of the Center in January 2015 in preparation for the April 2015 opening.  The center provides intensive English instruction to non-native speakers of English via 4-week sessions of 32 hours of instruction per week to help them prepare to study at US universities.  ELS also supplies the immigration documents for those requiring visas to apply for visas to travel to the USA. Harrell also described the homestay program they offer to host ELS language students in homes of local families.  Further information about ELS and its programs can be obtained by calling Susan Harrell at 843-349-6970 or email myr@els.edu.

Rotary Club of Charleston Hosts Jingles in July!

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Aug 082015
 

“Jingles in July” Harbor Cruise was held in lieu of our regular meeting last week. Rotarians and their guests enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship while cruising around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry.

 

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Guests were also treated to music by the duo of our own Rotarian Steve Coe (left) and friend, Cary Shealy.

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It was a wonderful way to kick off our new Rotary year and the Parade of Boats campaign. A fabulous time was had by all!

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Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach Guest Speaker: Mary Ann Capps owner of Strand Olive Oils

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Aug 072015
 

The Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach had a great guest speaker last week,  Mary Ann Capps who owns and operates Strand Olive Oils with her husband Randy Capps. Randy carries over 35 years of experience in Insurance and Mary Ann carries over 16 years experience in retail merchandising prior to opening their new store in the Publix shopping center. They are excited about this new venture which stemmed from a vacation to a Bed and Breakfast in Maine. The couple are passionate about sharing the healthy benefits of incorporating olive oils and vinegars into your everyday diet. Go by and visit the store and do a quick tasting while you’re there.

 

Pictured left is Mary Ann Capps,  Operator of Strand Olive Oils and Dr. Jaime Grainger, Club Programs Chair

The Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach meets every Tuesday at 12:15pm at the Surf Club and Fridays at 7:30am at Friendly’s. Please call 843-222-4014 if you would like to stop by for a visit. Visit our Facebook page Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach for more information.

The Rotary Club of Little River – Quarterly “Palmetto Pride”

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Aug 052015
 
On Saturday August 1st, The Rotary Club of Little River gathered for their quarterly “Palmetto Pride” litter pick up day along their designated section of Mineola Ave (west), Little River.
Main photo: Past District Governor and past Little River Rotary President  Craig Hill (left) instructs members on the procedures and safety concerns while picking litter.
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Rotary Club President Kathy Tovas & husband Dwight, cleaning up the last section of Mineola ave.

Spring Valley Rotary Holds Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

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Aug 032015
 

SPRING VALLEY ROTARY HOLDS PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

Proceeds to benefit Windsor Elementary School’s new Food and School Supply Pantry- the “Windsor Warehouse”

Members of Spring Valley Rotary Club are teaming up to host an Applebee’s “Flapjack Fundraiser” breakfast on Saturday, August 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Applebee’s located at 10102 Two Notch Road in front of Lowe’s in Northeast Columbia. Tickets are $7.00 per person and can be purchased from any Spring Valley Rotary member or at the door the morning of the breakfast. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, or sweet tea.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the new food and school supply pantry at Windsor Elementary School, “the Windsor Warehouse.” Windsor Elementary School Principal and Spring Valley Rotarian Beth Elliott said, “Because of the support of the Spring Valley Rotary Club we’re thrilled to be formalizing a food and school supply pantry and are excited to launch our new “Windsor Warehouse” this school year. This Rotarian effort will make a difference in the lives and learning of our students and their families.”

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 115 members dedicated to service above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and also one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Doug Bridges at (803) 530-1732 or by email at dbridges1@sc.rr.com for more information. The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road. Guests are welcome to attend.

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photo caption: Spring Valley Rotarian Will Johnson and his wife Katherine and children enjoy some family time at the Rotary pancake breakfast.

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