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Leadership from New Philip Simmons High School Visits Daniel Island Rotary Club

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Jun 272017
 
At the June 21 meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, new “Iron Horse” Football Coach Eric Bendig and Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School shared about the wide range of programs to be offered when the school opens in August 2017 for students from the lower Berkeley County region.PSHS Visit to DI RotaryAt the June 21 meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, new “Iron Horse” Football Coach Eric Bendig and Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School shared about the wide range of programs to be offered when the school opens in August 2017 for students from the lower Berkeley County region. They shared their excitement about the new facilities and encouraged Rotarians to visit the school website for a 3D Fly Through of the buildings: http://www.bcsdschools.net/domain/5670 Both agreed the academic and athletic programs would be top notch. They also described the school’s focus on Project-based Learning, especially in the robust Career and Technology Education program to be offered. Rotary Club of Daniel Island looks forward to supporting the mission of this new high school for our community!

Daniel Island Rotary Welcomes Two New Members

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Jun 132017
 
Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Daniel Island during the April 26 meeting. President Gray Ives called the new members, Dr. Brantley Meier & Ms. Katie Giebel, along with their sponsors to the podium and confirmed they were ready and willing to join the ranks of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. IMG_3942 Dr. Meier received his Rotary pin from his sponsor Mr. Michael Patterson and Ms. Giebel received her Rotary pin from her sponsor Mr. Michael Cole. IMG_3943 Congratulations to both of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island! For information on how you might join the Rotary Club, CLICK HERE.
Mar 122017
 
The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region. The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 – More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo
  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
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Young Social Entrepreneur Jackson Silverman Shares Story of IHeartHungryKids.org Inception

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Feb 152017
 
February 15, 2017 – Daniel Island, SC – He might be only 11 years old, but Jackson Silverman has already enjoyed the feeling of having an entrepreneurial idea come to fruition. Jackson and his family started a nonprofit organization called I Heart Hungry Kids to fight childhood hunger head on. Jackson and his father Josh visited the Rotary Club of Daniel Island meeting to share this amazing story, and their plans for the future expansion of the project. In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program, I Heart Hungry Kids organizes the labor needed to assemble special backpacks full of nutritious food. Jackson’s idea was to empower kids to help other kids – he described his excitement when the first group of his peers assembled backpacks full of food for kids in need. Since that first event, the idea has grown to reach thousands of kids that may have otherwise gone without.  The backpacks are discretely distributed through Charleston County School District guidance departments each Friday, and the nutritious inside ensure hunger is kept at bay. Jackson has enjoyed accolades for his initiative including a recent trip to Washington DC and being honored with his own day in Charleston, as proclaimed by City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. Read more about Jackson and I Heart Hungry Kids on their website, and check out this story that aired recently on Live 5 News. Jackson even performed his own Ted Talk at the 2016 TEDx Charleston event! Jackson and his family plan to expand the program throughout South Carolina in cooperation with other food banks. IMG_0244
Dec 212016
 
Daniel Island, SC – December 20, 2016 – Rotarians gathered early in the morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to pick up over 290 turkeys to be delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center and Seven Farms Drive apartments. “This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Christmas Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project.
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Tom Butz, Steve Slifer, and Bill Thielfoldt (not pictured) delivering Christmas turkeys to the residents of Seven Farms Apartments.

“This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives. “We are very thankful for the generous support for our food drives from our neighborhood Publix”, added Ives.
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Rotarians delivering turkeys & fixin’s for Christmas dinners to the Cainhoy Community Center.

Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive! In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.  

Daniel Island Rotary Christmas Food Drive

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Dec 212016
 
Daniel Island, SC – December 20, 2016 – Rotarians gathered early in the morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to pick up over 290 turkeys to be delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center and Seven Farms Drive apartments. “This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Christmas Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project.
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Tom Butz, Steve Slifer, and Bill Thielfoldt (not pictured) delivering Christmas turkeys to the residents of Seven Farms Apartments.

“This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives. “We are very thankful for the generous support for our food drives from our neighborhood Publix”, added Ives.
Turkeys for Chritmas Dinner Cainhoy Community

Rotarians delivering turkeys & fixin’s for Christmas dinners to the Cainhoy Community Center.

Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive! In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.  
Dec 082016
 
A new wall honoring our local veteran’s service was unveiled on Dec. 7th, 2016 at Summit Place Assisted Living facility on Daniel Island. The wall was dedicated with a special ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The veterans and many others in attendance did an excellent job with the wall and the ceremony, and were very grateful for the support of Daniel Island Rotary in helping make this tribute possible.  
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Daniel Island Rotary Fall Service Projects Success

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Nov 292016
 
  Rotary Club of Daniel Island has had a terrific start to the 16/17 Rotary year. Here is a quick snapshot of various community service projects undertaken by Rotarians so far this year in the club’s Southern Berkeley County service area, and beyond.
  • Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care.  Our club raised over $1,400 for this worthy cause.  Lead Organizer: Bill Thielfoldt
  • Dictionary Project – Rotarians provided dictionaries to every third grader at DI Elementary, Cainhoy, & Phillip Simmons schools with 240 dictionaries delivered.  Lead Organizer: Derek Epperson
  • Charleston Seafarers Project –  6th year of providing merchant seaman, at sea during the Christmas holidays, with wrapped boxes containing toiletries and other necessities.  100 boxes provided.  Lead Organizer: Pat Richards
  • Meals on Wheels Blankets – Blankets were wrapped and given to Meal on Wheels recipients to keep warm during the Winter.  100 blankets provided. Lead Organizer: Billie Bacon
  • Baldwin Carson Outreach Community Center – In a partnership with the Daniel Island Community Fund, Rotarians provided funds for new playground facility.  The Daniel Island Community Association assisted with installation of the equipment and Rotarians provided a wooden border and mulch making this a great place for children to play.  Lead Organizer: Tom Richards and special thanks to Ed Heavey for his carpentry skills and leadership.
  • Lowcountry Food Bank – “Fresh for All” initiative providing fresh vegetables and fruits to those in need in the Cainhoy community.  Lead Organizer: Jim White
  • Cainhoy Food Drive – 171 meals delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center for local residents.  This is the first of three food drives being funded in part by Rotary District Grant funds.  Thanks to Publix who provided the meals at cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys!  Lead Organizer: Cecil Mills                 

Daniel Island Rotary Delivers 171 Complete Thanksgiving Meals

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Nov 222016
 
Daniel Island, SC – November 22, 2016 – Rotarians assembled early Tuesday morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to load 171 grocery bags, each complete with all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Publix provided the food at net cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys to the effort. Rotarians delivered the meals to the Cainhoy Community Center. Local leaders and church elders in the Cainhoy community ensured the meals reach the identified recipients, even if they are unable to pick them up at the community center. “This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project. rotary-food-drive-nov-16-3 rotary-food-drive-nov-16-2  “This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives. “We are thankful for the support for our food drives from Publix, District 7770 Matching Grant funds and the Daniel Island Community Fund”, added Ives. Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive! rotary-food-drive-nov-16 In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.    
Oct 272016
 
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Daniel delivered 235 brand new dictionaries today to 3 Berkeley County elementary schools: Cainhoy Elementary School, Phillip Simmons Elementary School and Daniel Island Elementary School – one for every 3rd grader! The students were thrilled to receive their new reference books and immediately began looking up words, including the longest word in the English language: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a word that refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano. image4image2    
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