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Daniel Island club wins Presidential Citation for 2016-17!

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Jan 192018
 
At the January 17th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, immediate past president Gray Ives shared the great news that the club earned the distinguished Presidential Citation award for 2016-17!  We were only 1 of 4 clubs to win the honor out of 80 clubs in District 7770. IMG_0121

2016-17 President Gray Ives holding the Presidential Citation Award

In order to win this distinguished honor, a club has too accomplish a number of goals. The 2 mandatory activities lubs must achieve are: set at least 10 goals in Rotary Club Central and second, pay semiannual dues to RI on time in July and January. In addition to those, the club has to achieve multiple goals in the areas of: Membership Attraction and Engagement, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations, and Public Image. It was truly a successful year put together by Past President Gray, his board, and the rest of club that chipped in and made it all possible. Way to go everyone!

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie pays a visit to Daniel Island Club.

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Jan 192018
 
At the January 17th meeting of the DI Rotary Club, newly elected Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie paid a visit to discuss not only his journey into politics and an eventual victory in the mayoral race, but also some of his goals for his tenure in the office and his long term vision for one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Document

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie (photo courtesy of www.tompsc.com)

Having been a columnist for both the Moultrie News and the Post & Courier, Mayor Haynie has been in the forefront of Mount Pleasant issues for years through his op-ed columns as well as through his involvement as a private citizen, a family man, and a businessman.  In 2015 he decided to run for Town Council which he eventually won 31 of 39 precincts in a 3-way runoff. And in this past November election, he won the office of mayor by a 2-1 margin.IMG_0118

Mayor Haynie speaking to the club

Mayor Haynie gave an energetic, humorous and passionate talk to the club and shared some of his visions for Mt. Pleasant, one of which is being more strategic with future development of the city.  To see some of his plans for the city’s future, please click here for a summary. Thank you Mayor Haynie for paying our club a visit!      

Club welcomes second new member for 2018

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Jan 172018
 
At the January 10th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we inducted our 2nd member of 2018, Miss Shelby Olsen. IMG_0902

Shelby with sponsor Pat Richards

Shelby is a Charleston native who enjoys staying active and taking on new experiences. She works in government contracting as a Management Analyst for a Venture Technologies company.  Shelby recently graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelors Degree double majoring in HR Management and Finance and a minor in Chinese Studies. Her journey with Rotary started in high school when she participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange year to Switzerland. After finishing her year abroad she came back as a Rotex member where she has helped facilitate the RYE Inbound Training Weekends every year since. In college she was a member of Rotaract and served as Treasurer the last 2 years and filed for USC Rotaract to become an official 501c3 entity with the IRS. As a senior, Shelby won the Carolinana Award at USC for her service and leadership on campus and in the community. She is excited to continue her journey as a Rotary member actively serving the local Charleston community! It’s an excellent example of how Rotary International can impact individuals even at a young age as Shelby was in high school when her Rotary journey began.  Realizing her desire to serve her community and make it a better place with those experiences makes our club very happy to have her as our newest member.  Welcome Shelby!

Daniel Island club participates in 2nd food drive of the holiday season.

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Jan 072018
 
On December 21st the Rotary Club of Daniel Island completed its second holiday food drive delivering 165 Christmas meals and turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center and 56 to Seven Farms Apartments on Daniel Island. The meals at Cainhoy are then delivered to families and individuals in the area most in need this holiday season. We’d like to thank Publix at Daniel Island Town Center once again for their support of this community service project! Happy Holidays everyone! IMG_0046IMG_0045

ECCO Executive Director Stephanie Kelley speaks to DI Rotary Club.

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Dec 082017
 
At our December 6th meeting, we were honored to have Stephanie M. Kelley, Executive Director at East Cooper Community Outreach, or ECCO as many people know it by, speak to our club. Stephanie gave a very informative presentation about the organization, giving everyone a reminder that not only do they act as a food bank and a place for basic needs (clothing, household furnishings, etc.), for those in need, but also a place for individuals to receive assistance with financial aid, dental/medical care, prescriptions, counseling, and educational opportunities just to name a few. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island is very proud to have a mutual partnership with ECCO, working with them on various projects as well as them being a beneficiary from our Duck Race in years past. IMG_4527

Club member Steve Slifer, ECCO Director Stephanie Kelley and Club President Todd Musheff

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Stephanie Kelley

For more information or if you’re interested in donating or volunteering, please check out there website: http://eccocharleston.org. Thank you Stephanie!

Tiger Corner Farms gives DI Club crash course in container farming.

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Dec 082017
 
At the November 29th meeting, Evan Aluise of Tiger Corner Farms spoke to the club about their aeroponic container farm located in Summerville, SC. What is aeroponic farming you ask? Well in short it’s a method of farming that’s done in recycled shipping containers. Yes that’s right, shipping containers. IMG_4507

Club speaker organizer Steve Slifer and Evan Aluise from Tiger Corner Farms

By growing plants aeroponically, it reduces the risk for soil borne diseases. Because the roots are exposed to more oxygen, the plants grow faster making aeroponics safer and more efficient. It was a fascinating presentation…we highly recommend checking out their website for more information on how aeroponic farming may be changing the way we think about farming: http://tigercornerfarmsmfg.com. Thanks Evan for the informative presentation! tigercorner-2

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DI Club participates in annual Thansgiving food drive.

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Nov 282017
 
The Daniel Island club participated in one of it’s annual food drives on November 21st, delivering some 165 meals/turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center for the Thanksgiving holiday. IMG_0836 About 18 Rotatians volunteered for the event and a special thanks goes out to Club member Cecil Mills for helping organize it all.  Thank you Cecil!  We’d also like to thank Publix for putting together the meals and boxing up the turkeys.  We couldn’t have done it without them! IMG_0837 IMG_0838 IMG_0839

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg pays visit to club, discusses housing

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Oct 102017
 
The club was very honored to have Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, also a fellow Rotarian, visit us at our October 4th, 2017 meeting. With so many hot topics that can be discussed as it relates to the Charleston area, Mayor Tecklenburg chose to spend a majority of his time discussing housing and development in and around the city. mayor tecklenberg-1-2

Mayor John J. Tecklenburg

With approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment. mayor tecklenberg-3-2

Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd Musheff

Recognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community. To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.

Winning The Ace of Spades at Daniel Island

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Aug 232017
 
The Rotary Club of Daniel Island welcomed District 7770 District Governor Gary Bradham to their August 23rd weekly breakfast meeting. Gary’s wife of 44 years, Susan, was also in attendance. Gary and Susan are members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. Before Gary discussed his goals and priorities of the District, the Ace of Spades was held with members and guests having the opportunity to purchase tickets to win money, or half the pot, should they draw the Ace of Spades from a deck of cards. The other half of the pot is given to Polio Plus. Each week, five tickets are pulled at random with the pot being the total amount of tickets purchased. If no one draws the Ace of Spades, the pot is carried over to the following week and continues to grow until the Ace of Spades is pulled. This week’s pot was a carryover of five weeks totaling $504. Susan was one of the five lucky tickets pulled by Gary as our guest. Guess what? Susan pulled the Ace of Spades!!! Susan, putting Service Above Self, immediately offered her winnings be donated to Polio. That is $504 going to Polio Plus. Thank you Susan!! IMG_4209 From left to right: District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham, spouse Sally Bradham (with winning card), and past club president Gray Ives. Assistant District Governor introduced Gary. He received some applause from the Citadel alums in attendance when he announced his undergraduate degree from The Citadel. It is worth noting that Gary holds an MBA from La Tech University and a National Security and Logistics degree from the Industrial Collage of the Armed Forces having retired as full Colonel after 25 years of service in the Air Force. The visit was Gary’s 34th of 79 Club visits in District 7770 with Susan attending almost all the visits. We are thankful for Gary’s time and leadership of District 7770.

Beneficiaries receive money raised from 2017 Duck Race

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Aug 162017
 
At the Aug. 2nd meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, the beneficiaries that were chosen by the club to receive proceeds raised from the 2017 Duck Race, received their checks from Club President Todd Musheff, 2017 Duck Race Chairman George Jucha, and Barbara McLaughlin from the DI Community Fund. It was a wonderful way to close out the Duck Race season in what was another successful event that, with the help of the Daniel Island Community Fund, raised over $69,000 going to these beneficiaries.  We’d like to thank everybody once again who helped make the race possible, especially all the businesses and individuals that adopted the some 23,000+ ducks.
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photo courtesy of Mary Wessner Photography

Front Row – Karen Whitley, Phillip Simmons Principal – Cindy Hay Johnson, Camp Happy DaysBarbara McLaughlin, DI Community Fund – Tim Young, Doors to Freedom – Barbara Ash, Berkeley County Library Bookmobile.

Back Row: Todd Musheff, Rotary President – George Roberts, East Cooper Meals on Wheels – Aidra Shaw, Cainhoy Principle – Kori Brown, DI Principal, George Jucha, Duck Chairman – Bev Hardin, Carolina Youth Development – Gene Brunson, Director Berkeley County Library – Beverly Hutchinson, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
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