(October 28, 2015, Beaufort SC):
When he is not putting out fires as a firefighter and paramedic at the Savannah River Nuclear Site, Rotarian Joey Dunkle is fighting fires on the Beaufort County School Board. This civic-minded public servant joined Sea Island Rotary earlier this year and he has enjoyed making new friends and finding opportunities to serve his community through the club.
“I was looking for a way to get involved with my community and give back to it somehow,” Dunkle says. “I researched the various civic organizations in Beaufort and when I came across Sea Island Rotary I looked at the member list and I knew several of the members already.”
After meeting with Rotarian Carole Ingram, Joey attends his first meeting and was hooked. “I was welcomed by members, both the ones I knew and the ones I didn’t.” he reveals. “I was impressed by how the meetings were run efficiently. I also like that the club was not a secret society and was diverse in terms of sex and race.”
In the appeal of these things Joey is not alone among his fellow Sea Island Rotarians. The unique make-up of the club, the wide range of life and business experience and a down-home, upbeat hands-on approach to service and community involvement is a powerful driver for his fellow club members.
In 2014 Joey ran for and was elected to the Beaufort County School Board and represents his district of Port Royal. This hard working club member quickly got involved in Rotary activities and is a regular at the club’s weekly meetings.