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Guest Speaker: Dr. Clinton (Jerry) Brown at The Rotary Club of Hampton County

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Sep 172018

On August 20th, Dr. Clinton (Jerry) Brown, better known to most as “Coach”, spoke at The Hampton County Rotary Club meeting. Coach Brown came to Wade Hampton High School, in Varnville, SC, in May 2017, filling the roles of Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Dr. Brown’s success on and off the field begins with great focus and preparation in the weight room. He builds on young men’s strength and character, as well as their drive to win. As he spoke, he shared his beliefs behind his successes. “I am not there to be their friend, but to help them build their strength to succeed on the field and in life”, he stated. Coach’s life lessons were not easy, as he struggled at a young age growing up without a father. However, this and other experiences have helped him better understand from where some of his students come from. Just as his high school football coach was an example to him, he works to be an example to his students.

While Dr. Brown gives a lot of credit to his wife, who stands by his side and supports his career, his faith in God is most important to him. It is apparent Coach’s faith follows him onto the field and throughout his career. He explains, “You must be prepared if you expect to go to Heaven, just as you must be prepared if you expect to win a ballgame”.

Within a week after speaking to our club, Dr. Brown will be inducted into the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in December 2018! During his career, Coach has won five State Championships and has been named Palmetto State Coach of the Year five times. As of today, he seems to be well on his way for another victory at Wade Hampton High School.

Coach’s efforts are not to show students and athletes how to reach the minimum, but rather to challenge them to exceed expectations and push beyond limits. This is his goal for not only on the field, but in life as well.

Dr. Brown’s philosophy can also be used to inspire Rotarians each and every day……to push beyond our comfort zones and exceed our own expectations!

Congressman Joe Wilson Speaks at Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia

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Sep 052018
Congressman Joe Wilson spoke at the Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia on Tuesday, August 21.  Wilson served as Club President in 1979-80, currently he is an honorary member of the club.
Congressman Wilson is proud to promote Rotary in many ways.  He was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Rotary clubs in Bulgaria.
Photo # 1 is Club President Matt Patterson and Congressman Wilson
Photo #2 is Congressman Wilson

Chicora Rotary Speaker Monica Vehige

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Sep 052018

Pictured are Monica Vehige and Chicora President Angelika Senn.  Monica is a vice president for ambulatory care for Mcleod Health. She was promoted to Administrator/Chief Operating Officer for Mcleod Seacoast and Loris Hospitals.  Her commitment to Mcleod’s mission and values was the main item that drew her to this organization.  She has been in the healthcare industry for more that 23 years.  She updated the Chicora Rotary club in what McLeod Health is doing in the every changing healthcare industry.  The Chicora Rotary very much appreciated the update and look forward the improvements in the healthcare industry that Monica and the Mcleod organization will provide for this and other areas.

Chicora Rotary Speaker Randy Webster

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Sep 052018

Pictured are Pres. Angelika Senn and speaker Randy Webster.  Webster is the Director of Horry County Emergency Management.  He is a 35 year veteran of public safety. He updated the club in the current thinking in hurricanes potential in South Carolina.  He is a member American Meteorology Society and served on the Homeland Security council.  He covered a wide range of topics dealing Emergency Management and Homeland security. The presentation was followed by interesting question and answer session. Mr. Webster is an excellent presenter and was well received by the Chicora Rotary.

Chicora Rotary Impacts Local Community

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Sep 052018

For the year 2017–2018 year Chicora Rotary impacted over 3000 individuals in our local community we did this by purchasing shoes and coats for 100 kids at the project Happy Feet. Chicora Rotary donated dictionaries to 369 local third graders, feeding over 100 individuals at Street Reach Homeless Shelter. We cooked and served the food at the shelter. Over 150 students were impacted by are donations to Freedom Writers. Which helps the reader to improve their skills.  The  Anyor High School orchestra benefited from our donations of buying music stands. The elderly at Eagle Crest Retirement Home were entertained by our  Christmas caroling. Over 680 students were able to perform at the Waves of the Future. They performed in front of 1500 spectators and thousands of local students from 22 schools benefiting from our $15,000 donation to their fine arts program. This Wave of the Future program is a continuing program of the Chicora Rotary and this year we have collected with advertising and ticket sales over $60,000. The Chicora Rotary would like to thank President Blakely for the fine job that she has done in her year of presidency.  Her  accomplishments have raised the bar for future presidents, thank you so much President Blakely.

Pictured is our President Blakely Roof and incoming President Angelika Senn.

25th Polo For Charity Match by the Rotary Club of Okatie

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Aug 262018

BLUFFTON, SC – The Rotary Club of Okatie is proud to present the 25th Polo for Charity match. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28 at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton. The gates open at noon and the match kicks-off at 2 p.m. With a rich and vibrant history, it is considered one of the top social events of the fall in Bluffton. In addition to all the tailgating, good food, and competitive equestrian action on the field, all the proceeds go to a local charities.


New this year with the celebration of the 25th match is the unveiling of the prestigious Engel & Vӧlkers Cup that will be awarded to the winning Polo team. The silver cup will be a symbol for the 25th Polo for Charity match and this coveted prize will be displayed by the winning team sponsor in their offices for the entire year. And, Platinum team sponsor Lang Capital returns for the 4th consecutive year. Pete and Tracey Lang continue to support Polo For Charity as their biggest charitable event each year.


Tailgate tents line the field and there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Your tailgate reflects you and can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. There are prizes given for Best Tailgate – so if you’re competitive, then you’ll want to step up your game.

What’s more important than the décor are the people you choose with which to spend the day! It’s a great way to have a FUN group outing for family and friends. Reservations for sponsorships and VIP patron positions on the field are still available, though filling fast.

Polo fashion is always as diverse as the food and drinks. Some patrons choose to dress to the nines, while others choose to go with “Lowcountry casual” (shorts and golf shirts.) At halftime, spectators are invited on the field to replace the mounds of grass that have been unearthed by the horses’ hooves. It’s always a fun time to “stomp the divots” and meet more of the spectators.


Proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes (LFWMH) – a local all-volunteer organization whose mission is to bring awareness to combat-wounded veterans of the Lowcountry. 100% of all proceeds raised by the LFWMH go directly to support services for veterans and their families located in the Lowcountry.  “We are truly pleased that The Rotary Club of Okatie has partnered with us for the 2018 Polo for Charity Event” said Russ Spicer the founder of the LFWMH.  “Proceeds raised from this event will go toward our 17th sponsored service dog from K9s for Warriors — the nation’s largest provider of service canines for disabled vets suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. In honor of this event, this dog will be named ‘Okatie’ and will be paired with a deserving wounded warrior from our area.”


Support the event by becoming an Event Sponsor or by purchasing a Polo Tailgating Package. The Rotary Club can help you with all the details from tents, tables and chairs to arranging catering. You can support the event by purchasing a program ad, donating a raffle prize, buying a $5 raffle ticket or by becoming a “Friend of Polo” for just a $30 donation.

Of course, the most fun way to support the event is to attend the event. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, children 12 and under free.


For more information:

Barbara McFadden at 843-298-3055

Juli Lester at 843-384-8010.


To learn more about the event, follow on Facebook at Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Partners to Release Book for Children Dealing with Cancer

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Aug 262018

This is a phenomenal collaboration involving support from the World Medical Association, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head reaching out to all
Rotarians to assist in distribution to Childrens Cancer Centers and Pfizer and Speaking Books® in the funding of this Speaking Book® to be given away FREE to help make a difference to any child having to face cancer treatment.

Click the article below to learn how you can support the publisher by assisting with shipping and handling costs so these books get to children in need.

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Partners to Release Book for Children Dealing with Cancer

Rotary Club of Little River sponsors Joshua Mabry

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Aug 262018
The Rotary Club of Little River sponsored Joshua Mabry, student at North Myrtle Beach Christian School, to attend Palmetto Boys State this summer. The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.
Pictured left to right,  Susan Cunnup, Rotary President, Joshua Mabry, Linda Adams, Principal NMBCS, Angela Mabry, Interact Advisor, and Jerry Groenke, Commander American Legion Post 186.

Carolina Forest Rotary Club Welcomes Lauren Clever

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Aug 202018

Myrtle Beach, Sc – Lauren Clever, Executive Director of Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation (DRC), was on hand at 7 am this morning at the weekly meeting of the Carolina Forest Rotary Club to share their mission.

The DRC initiates and facilitates revitalization of Myrtle Beach’s central business district through strategic aesthetic, functional and business development goals; through the addition and enhancement of public infrastructure, including the boardwalk, and through the creation of economic and other incentive programs; and through partnerships with private investment and development sectors.

Pictured first is Rotarian and staff member with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Cindy Gettig, Lauren Clever, and Carolina Forest Rotary President Elect Terry Egan. Pictured Second is Rotarian James Steadman, Rotary President Kimberley Causey-Gomez, Lauren Clever, and visiting Rotarian Tyler Servant. All four were graduates in the same class of Leadership Grandstrand.

Consulate General of Japan visits Florence West Rotary August 2, 2018

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Aug 202018

What a wonderful meeting for Florence West Rotary! The Consul-General of Japan Mr. Takashi Shinozuka was our guest as a visiting Rotarian and speaker. The Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta is a diplomatic mission of Japan. It is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The consulate’s jurisdiction includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Senator High Leatherman was our guest and visiting Rotarian as well. Mr. Shinozuka spoke about the US and Japan relations with emphasis on the Southeast. Senator Leatherman shared a common message of how South Carolina welcomes Japanese companies and culture. Mr. Shinozuka and Senator Leatherman had met before and shared common goals and vision for our state. Mr. Shinozuka brought a trading banner from his home Rotary in Atlanta, Georgia that President Emery DeWitt happily traded a Florence West Banner with him.  How exciting it was to have two such distinguished visiting Rotarians to our Club!

Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka addressing the Florence West Rotary Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pictured: Mr. Shinozuka and President Emery DeWitt trade club banners

Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka and Senator Hugh Leatherman

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