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Rotary Club of Lexington Celebrates Leadership Transition

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Jun 302013
 

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently conducted its annual officer transition ceremony.  Rotary Assistant Governor Johnny Moore (at left) presided over the swearing-in of President Greg David (center) who is pictured with Immediate Past President George Stoudemire (right).

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Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise Honors Teachers

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Jun 302013
 

 

(left to right), Patricia Shadwell, Ellen Ray, Brandi Canfield, Anna Miller, Ryan Cole, Claire Thompson, Nancy Blalock, Don Hardie, Rachael Stenger, Akil Ross, Rhea Faris, Steven Hefner

(left to right), Patricia Shadwell, Ellen Ray, Brandi Canfield, Anna Miller, Ryan Cole, Claire Thompson, Nancy Blalock, Don Hardie, Rachael Stenger, Akil Ross, Rhea Faris, Steven Hefner

On May 23, 2013, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise honored six area teachers of the year for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

Each teacher was introduced by their Principal and given a few minutes to address the group.

The teachers talked about their love of this profession and the rewards and challenges that come with teaching children at all levels.

Teachers honored included:

(1) Rhea Faris – Chapin High School
(2) Rachael Stenger – Alternative Academy for Success
(3) Patricia Shadwell – South Carolina Whitmore School
(4) Ryan Cole – Chapin Middle School
(5) Bandi Canfield – Chapin Elementary School
(6) Nancy Blalock – Lake Murray Elementary School

 

Bluffton Boys & Girls Club Benefits from Multi-Club Work Day

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Jun 302013
 

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On Saturday, May 18, members from the Bluffton, Okatie and Hilton Head Island Rotary Clubs came together for a work day at the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club. Approximately 15 members or friends of the three Rotary clubs worked on some needed projects, including dismantling about 30 old bicycles, crushing oyster shells and making an oyster shell path to the new garden, painting bathrooms, organizing the library and painting outside safety posts. This is a true example of Service Above Self and working together to accomplish a shared goal.

Bluffton Rotary Celebrates 25 Years of Service Above Self

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Jun 032013
 

The Bluffton Rotary Club celebrated the anniversary of its charter from 1988 on April 28. Included in the celebration were special guests District Governor Ed Duryea and his wife, Cindy; Assistant Governor Sandee Brooks and her husband Mike Rambo; and our incoming Assistant Governor: David Tirard and his wife, Susan.

The celebration of our anniversary included a Parade of Presidents, reading of the roster of charter members and special recognition by District Governor Ed Duyrea for John Kinzer and Michael Reeves, who both received awards in recognition for being charter members and still part of the Bluffton Rotary Club today.

A special award was given by DG Ed Duyrea to two charter members still active in the club today: John Kinzer and Michael Reeves.

A special award was given by DG Ed Duyrea to two charter members still active in the club today: John Kinzer and Michael Reeves.

A little history of the Bluffton Rotary Club and how we came to be chartered:

• The first Rotary Club was founded by Paul Harris & the first meeting was held in Chicago in 1905
• Rotary came to SC in 1915 when the Greenville and Spartanburg Clubs were formed
• The Columbia Club was chartered in 1916
• In 1920, the Columbia Club sponsored the Charleston Club
• In 1934, the Rotary Club of Charleston sponsored the Beaufort Club
• In 1967, the Rotary Club of Beaufort sponsored the Hilton Head Island Club
• In 1988. The Hilton Head Island Club sponsored and assisted in the formation of the Bluffton Club

And so on April 25, 1988, 29 men – all distinguished citizens of Bluffton – celebrated the first Charter Night of the Bluffton Rotary Club. Their first project was a community Thanksgiving Dinner and an oyster roast. The oyster roast has become one of the major fund raisers and a signature event of each Rotary year.

Over the past 25 years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in Bluffton and have contributed a lot to Bluffton. Some of our accomplishments include:

• Bluffton Rotary acted as the guiding force to build our Rotary Community Center & the “Field of Dreams” or Oscar Frazier Park, both of which have been turned over to the Town. The first gala to raise funds for the Community Center was in 2003, 10 years ago.

• We have been very involved in supporting many local charities, such as Boys & Girls Club, Bluffton Self Help, Bluffton Jasper VIM over the years

Annually, we support:

  • Happy Feet
  • Student of the month
  • Rotaract Club at TCL and Interact Club at Bluffton High School
  • Bluffton High Interact scholarship
  • Christmas Angels program
  • Ring the bell for the Salvation Army
  • Support inbound and outbound international exchange students
  • Help with International projects such as the Eradication of Polio & funding Water Missions

The Bluffton Rotary Club has shaped, changed or touched many lives over the past 25 years. By putting “Service Above Self” for 25 years, to help support our local community, our community has supported us in return.

Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Awards Scholarship & Student of the Month

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Jun 032013
 

On May 29, 2013 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo awarded the Superintendent’s Scholarship to Eric Johnson. Eric is a graduating senior from Irmo High School and will be attending Midlands Technical College this fall.  He is described as part of the new generation of learners.  His goal is to obtain an Engineering degree without incurring college debt.  Eric will be a great representative of Rotary during his college experience.  Dr. James R. (Bob) Couch, Lexington and Richland School District Five Director for the Center for Advanced Technical Studies, also attended the presentation in support of Eric.

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Dr. Bob Couch, Eric Johnson, and Dr. Stephen Hefner

Also at that meeting, Dr. Barbara Brockhard, Principal at Harbison West Elementary School, presented Mark A. Sheldon to the club as this month’s student of the month.  Mark is described as a thoughtful and generous student with straight A’s.  He also volunteers at Palmetto Lifeline.  The Rotary club was proud to present Mark with an award for “service above self” the motto for Rotarians and a gift certificate from Sonic the Irmo/Ballentine location who is delighted to reward students making great choices in our community.  Mark’s parents, Christa and Randall Sheldon were in attendance for the presentation.

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Randall Sheldon, Christa Sheldon, Mark Sheldon (student) and Dr. Barbara Brockwell. (Principal)

 

Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo also recently awarded a scholarship to Michael Faikes.  Michael is a graduating senior from Dutch Fork High School and will be attending the College of Charleston Honors College this fall.  Michael has been very active in student government, civic organizations and athletics during his high school tenure and will represent Rotary well during his college experience.  His mother, Michelle Faikes, attended the presentation.

Jerry Isbell, Michael Faikes, Michelle Faikes and Rod Funderburk

Jerry Isbell, Michael Faikes, Michelle Faikes and Rod Funderburk

District 7770 Gift of Life Program Enjoys Continued Success

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Jun 032013
 

District 7770 Gift of Life Program welcomed their fifth patient this year with the sixth and possibly seventh coming in June. Myrlande Milfort, 2 yrs. old,and her father Jamahel came from Haiti to Charleston for open heart surgery in early May. Her operation was a complete success and they will staying with several Rotary families during her recuperation period.

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The District 7770 Gift of Life Program was established in 1986 and now has five hospitals participating in various types of pediatric surgery to change the lives of poor children from third world countries. more info
Post-surgery UPDATE:
Here’s a shot of our girl late this morning , I wouldn’t be surprised if she left the hospital soon. She quite comfortable and quickly become herself again. This is a very confusing time for her not understanding what just happened and why. Her Dad is just outstanding, patient & loving his baby.
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Another Update post-surgery:
Myrlande is just doing beautifully – as you can see she has snatched some of Daddy’s lunch. Her only complication us that her chest cavity is still draining fluid and that delays her coming home. Her time is spent socializing and going down to her favorite playroom.
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Leaving the Hospital:
Hugging the nurses goodbye – she went to hug everyone at least twice and excitedly baby talking all the way to the car where she promptly took a snooze.  Now at home she has found a whole new world to explore.  Jamahel might be the happiest daddy in South Carolina.
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Dr. Mick Zais, SC Superintendent of Education Visits Rotary Club of Lexington

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Jun 032013
 

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently heard from Dr. Mick Zais, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education.  Dr. Zais discussed the challenges facing education in the United States and South Carolina, while also providing practical solutions for many of these issues.  He is pictured, at left, with club member Dick Thompson, right.

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St. Andrews Rotary Club Celebrates Brazilian Exchange Student

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May 152013
 

St. Andrews Rotary Club recently honored Brazilian exchange student Tassiana Pietra for outstanding achievements in cultural immersion and English language mastery while attending West Ashley High School this year. 

Tassiana and Principal Runyon

Tassiana with WAHS Principal Runyon, wearing all the pins
she’s collected from her travels around the U.S.

Rotary International Director & 7770 Rotarian Anne Matthews Requests Polio Eradication Support in Washington DC

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May 092013
 

Anne Matthews and Sen Scott in Washington

Recently, District 7770 Rotarian & Rotary International Director Anne L. Matthews  met with SC Senator Tim Scott in Washington DC to request  continued  financial support for Rotaries efforts to eradicate Polio from the earth.

 

Rotary Club of Lexington Awards Scholarships

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May 092013
 

Every year, the Rotary Club of Lexington returns thousands of dollars to the community in the form of scholarships for Lexington’s brightest high school students.  After a competitive selection process that includes interviews with Rotarians, the students are honored at a Rotary breakfast.  

Lexington Rotary Scholarship Recepients

This year’s recipients, from left to right, are Kelsey Raye Foster of Lexington High School, Holly Davis and Emily Rypkema of Lexington Technology Center, and Malcolm Ford of White Knoll High School. (Scholarship recipient Caroline Haggard of Lexington High School is not pictured.)

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