Rotarians Fred Klare, Mary Murray, and Bill Stevens represented the Daniel Island Rotary Club at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th. The event was very successful raising over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care, and research! More info here on the event and the organization: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/SC-SouthCarolina?pg=entry&fr_id=9288
At the August 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island, Eagle Scout candidate and Daniel Island resident Austin Dowd was awarded a $1200 grant to assist in the construction and installation of benches along the trail that runs from Seven Farms Drive to Blakeway Street. Rotary Club of Daniel Island provided $600 which was matched by the Daniel Island Community Fund. Austin thanked the members of the club before being awarded the check by club president Gray Ives.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Daniel Island assisted with a Lowcountry Food Bank fresh fruits and vegetables distribution in the Wando area of Berkeley County at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on August 10th. Rotarians volunteered to help with set up, replenishing of tables, assisting clients to their cars with their bags, and cleaning up after the event concluded.
The August 3, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island celebrated $5,000 checks being awarded to each of the seven (7) named 2016 Duck Race Beneficiaries. Many Gold & Platinum Level sponsors of the event were on hand to celebrate another successful event. Bill Theilfoldt, 2016 Fundraising / Duck Race Chairperson for the club, discussed the overall success of this year’s Duck Race and then invited representatives of each Beneficiary come up and say a few words about their Charity and how the monies from the duck race would be used. Bill also noted that the Daniel Island Community Fund provided funds totaling $7,500 to further increase the impact of the charitable efforts. The beneficiaries and their representatives in attendance:
- East Cooper Meals on Wheels, represented by Mr. George Roberts
- East Cooper Community Outreach, represented by Mr. Jack Little and Ms. Jo Cooper
- Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, represented by Ms. Amanda Gerald
- DI Animal Hospital on Wheels, represented by Dr. Lynne Flood
- Hibben Emergency Cold Shelter & Table, represented by Mr. Walt Strawther, Mr. Dan Graham & Ms. Polly Graham
- Camp Happy Days, representd by Ms. Cindy Hay Johnson
- Palmetto Warrior Connection, Rotarian Michael Cole accepted on their behalf
The Varn family recently welcomed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland at the Charleston International Airport. Manu (her nickname) will attend Bishop England High School this year as a senior. Thank you Scott and Laura Varn for hosting the first portion of her stay on Daniel Island, and for sharing this picture of her arrival in Charleston!
July 19, 2016 was a special day for the members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island. 15 years earlier, the first club president Mary Murray received the club’s charter during an official visit of the Rotary International President to Charleston. The club was sponsored by the North Charleston Rotary Club and attracted over 20 members from the quickly developing area of lower Berkeley County. Recently installed 16/17 club president Gray Ives led the Club Assembly Meeting and presented a special cake decorated for the occasion. Past Presidents of Daniel Island Rotary Club include: Mary Murray, Billie Bacon, Brian Calhoun, David Pagliarini, David Vail, Russ Long, Judy Burnstein, Bob Welsh, Bob Wood, Pat Richards, John Tiller, Bill Stevens, Chad Vail, and Mike Sudzina.