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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

The mission of Spirit of SC, Inc. focuses on unique educational opportunities for students

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Jul 312017
 
At the July 26th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Hank Hofford and Teddy Turner from Spirit of South Carolina, Inc, shared their inspiring story in their quest to help students develop leadership and enhance education, connect to the world, and reconnect with South Carolina’s history. IMG_4160

From left to right, Spirit of SC’s Teddy Turner, Club President Todd Musheff, and Hank Hofford, also of Spirit of SC.

Spirit of SC, a 140-ft. two-masted topsail schooner, honors Charleston’s once booming, but largely forgotten shipbuilding industry. The frames, planks and interior finish were shaped from reclaimed, South Carolina Live Oak, Cypress and Long Leaf Yellow Pine. Extensive varnish work showcases the raw beauty of these native woods and the fine craftsmanship joining it all together.

The educational mission of Spirit is offering unique opportunities for students focusing on history, math, science and literature of South Carolina’s water resources and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island was excited to welcome Mr. Hofford and Mr. Turner to tell Spirit’s story and we look forward to supporting their very worthwhile mission! For more information, please visit http://spiritofsc.org.
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