On March 27, 2013 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for March 2013. Tara Safriet, Assistant Principal at CrossRoads Middle School, presented Sarah-Elizabeth Rhyne to the club as this month’s student of the month. Sarah-Elizabeth is described as a stellar student who also finds time to participate in honors orchestra. The Rotary club was proud to present Sarah-Elizabeth 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. Sarah-Elizabeth’s dad, Paul Rhyne, was in attendance for the presentation.
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise has begun a relationship with the Myrtle Beach Speedway where volunteer work the concession stands for fundraising. A percentage of the gross revenue along with any tips/donations are used to support club projects such as School Supplies, Clothes Closets, Happy Feet, Fostering Hope, Street Reach, and many more.
Florence Rotarians Andy Edmunds and Gerald Holley assist students
at McLaurin Elementary with the RIDDE program.
Florence’s three Rotary Clubs – Florence Rotary West, Florence Breakfast Club and Florence Rotary Club – collaborate each year with Circle Park Behavioral Health Services and Florence School District One to provide Rotarians in Drug Deterrence Education (RIDDE) to local third graders.
The program was established in 1994 by Rotary District 7770 in an effort to address the increasing amount of youth that were initiating alcohol, tobacco and other drug use at an earlier age. As a result, the Rotary District Governor challenged local Rotary Clubs to develop activities and programs to assist youth in resisting the initiation of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Representatives from the three Florence area Rotary Clubs approached Circle Park and requested assistance in developing a program that would truly prove to not only be effective but long lasting as well. As a result, an eight lesson curriculum was developed that would be taught in 45 minutes sessions over an eight week period. The key component to the success of the program, and one that made RIDDE so unique, is that the Rotarians would actually volunteer to go into the classrooms each week and directly provide mentoring and leadership to the students. The program is currently being conducted at McLaurin and Wallace Gregg Elementary to a total of 200 third graders.
“The RIDDE program has made a significant difference with our third graders as they practice and utilize the skills they learn each week in RIDDE. We see a noticeable improvement in their conflict resolution, decision making, communication, and team building skills. These new skills serve them well as they deal with their everyday decisions not only here at school but at home as well,” Judy Tyner, Guidance Counselor for McLaurin Elementary, shared.
Since its inception in 1994, nearly 4,000 Florence School District One third graders have successfully completed the RIDDE program with nearly 200 local Rotarians volunteering in the classrooms. Though the three local Rotary Clubs provide the financial support to fund the program, the most valuable piece of RIDDE has been the actual hands-on mentoring that takes place directly with the youth.
“Of the many service projects that we are involved in our community, this one is particularly rewarding as it provides us a unique opportunity to team together with the other Rotary Clubs of Florence to combine our financial and volunteer support to address the most important resource in our community, our youth,” stated Randolph Tiller, long time Florence West Rotarian and RIDDE volunteer.
The program has been recognized by the State Department of Education, Florence School District One Partners’ in Education, the National JCPenney Golden Rule Award, International Rotary, as well as being featured in People magazine in 2000, Randy Cole, a Florence Rotary Club member and CEO of Circle Park Behavioral Health Services says “Circle Park is most appreciative of the opportunity to collaborate with two of the most critical and impactful influences on the health and welfare of our community – Florence School District One and our three local Rotary Clubs. We each share a common mission of developing the youth in our community to become not only better students but eventually healthy, happy and productive adults. The research today clearly indicates that the difficult choices and challenges facing youth today are happening earlier and earlier in their lives.
The Rotary Club of Lexington recently heard from South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawl of Lexington. Rawl discussed the impact of the national financial crisis on small businesses in South Carolina. He is pictured, at right, with his wife and club member Melissa Rawl and Club President George Stoudemire, left.
The program speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for March 6, 2013 was Dr. Tripp Jones. Dr. Jones is a member of the club and he talked about Honor Flight of South Carolina, which was begun in July 2008 by Bill Dukes and friends. The original goal of Honor Flight of SC was to provide an opportunity for every WWII veteran in South Carolina a chance to visit his or her memorial. This opportunity has recently been expanded to include Korean War veterans. Each flight costs about $60,000 and is funded through donations. There is no cost to the veteran for the trip. Each trip begins around 6 am with a flight from Columbia to Washington, DC. While in Washington the group tours the WWII, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam and the Iwo Jima Memorials. Depending on weather and time the group may also visit the Air Force Memorial and the Naval Museum before returning to Columbia around 8 pm. It is a very long day, but a wonderful experience for all those involved. The next flights scheduled will be April 17 and May 22 of this year.
Pictured are Rotarians Tripp Jones and President Larry Stohs
The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was the recipient of Rotary’s District Simplified Grant (DSG) for 2012-2013.
On Tuesday, March 12th, Rotary Club of the Vista Night presented SCCPTP with a check for $1,000, which was made possible by $500 grant from the district and matched with another $500 provided by the club. SCCPTP intends to use the money to print educational materials about teen pregnancy rates and prevention.
Kathleen McDaniel, Rotary Foundation Chair for the Vista Night club, is presenting SCCPTP’s Taylor Wilson with the grant. This is very special not only because it is a District Simplified grant, but also Kathleen McDaniel is a Rotary Foundation Alumni She was a team member on the India Team that Mary Martin led.
For more information about the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, go to www.teenpregnancysc.org.
On February 23, 2013, our district presented new ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUE (RLI)
graduates to incoming District Governor Lou Mello. The 8 graduates and their clubs are Bob
Barton, Mt. Pleasant; Gary Bradam, Myrtle Beach; Matt Dover, York; Bill Greene, Myrtle Beach
Chicora; Jacquelyn Jenkins, St. George; Andy Kiracole, Carolina Forest Sunrise Club; and Bill
Taylor, Florence Breakfast, who all received the official RLI pin from DGE Mello.
The day long training for these graduates and 25 additional participants in Part I and II was
held at Bond Hall at the Citadel in Charleston. Part I attendees were Gayle Bowen, Emma Ruth
Brittain, Phillip Cingolani, Wade Cleveland, Andy Edmunds, Jaye Elliott, Jim Friar, David
Johnson, Terrell Jones, Randy Myers, Darryl Owens, Wayne Putman, Sylvia Rivers, Beth Sherr,
Mitchell Sherr, David Vanesse, Phillip Watson. Part II participants were Mike Emily, Kevin
Kristick, Henry Lewis, William “Bo” McMillan, Rebecca Melton, Michael Robbins, Barry
Spivey, and Ring Stafford.
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development
program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.
While not an official program of Rotary International and not under its control, this is a linked
program that helps new and long time members gain Rotary knowledge and encourages
additional leadership roles for its participants.
Additional district area training classes will be held Friday September 20, 2013 at South
University in Columbia and on Saturday February 22, 2013 at the Citadel in Charleston.
Within RLI Zone 33 other classes take place throughout the year and Rotarians may attend RLI
institutes within our zone or other zones as best suits individual schedules.
Additional questions about 7770 RLI may be directed to District RLI Chair, Harriett Hilton, Rotary Club
of Beaufort at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zone 33 RLI serves 39,000 Rotarians from Delaware to South
Carolina plus the Southern Caribbean. Zone information is available at http://rlinews.blogspot.com or
from Bevin Wall, RLI Zone Executive Director, Bevin@rli33.org or (252) 223-4411.
The Rotary Club of Lexington recently heard from Iraq War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Steven Diaz on the efforts of Hidden Wounds, a non-profit organization that addresses issues of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide facing our veterans.
Diaz, left, is pictured with Rotarian and fellow veteran Tripp Newsome.