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Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Co-Hosts Networking Event

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May 062019

The Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy Fellows, Wall College of Business Fellows, and Coastal Carolina Teaching Fellows programs at Coastal Carolina University held a special reception on Tuesday, April 2 to introduce students to business networking.

Executives from Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary and Myrtle Beach Rotary Clubs volunteered their time, giving students tips while helping to build confidence in networking situations. The event was sponsored by Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club, assisted by the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.

Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hosts Bratton Fennel Day

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May 062019

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently celebrated Bratton Fennel Day. Honoring Fennel’s love for Star Trek, club members became Trekkies for a day donning Star Wars t-shirts and enjoying a delicious lunch complete with a cake with Bratton’s photo. Among the special guests attending was Bratton’s mother.  Live Long & Prosper.Photo Credit: Young Photography

Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Honored with Membership Growth Award

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May 062019

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club has been honored with the Membership Growth Award for large clubs by Rotary International District 7770. Membership committee members include Chair, Alison Hamilton, Mike Oglesbee, George Sanderson, Jason Bost, Frank Hereda, Dan Marulli, Club President, Mark Ousley, Lui Cheng, Mary Jeffcoat, Kathy Jenkins, DG Elect, Pauline Levesque and Subhash Saxena.

Myrtle Beach Rotary Raises Funds Through Annual Concert

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May 062019

Myrtle Beach Rotary’s 11th BRAVO BROADWAY concert wowed guests and Rotarians while raising funds for many of the Grand Strand’s most deserving non-profits.

The brainchild of long-time Myrtle Beach Rotarian, Matt Sedota, and heartily endorsed by club members, the concert series was initiated to replace an annual fruit sale.  “We needed something vibrant which would not only raise funds but promote Rotary in a positive light,” Sedota said.

The concert, which pairs some of Broadway’s most noted performers with Myrtle Beach’s professional orchestra, The Long Bay Symphony, has done just that. Since its inception, BRAVO BROADWAY has raised over $250,000 in sponsorships and ticket sales.  These funds have provided assistance to New Directions of Horry County, Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, United Way of Horry County, Help 4 Kids/Backpack Buddies, American Red Cross, and Savannah’s Playground, just to name a few.

Spring Valley Rotarians Install Little Free Lending Library on Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia

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May 062019

Members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club installed a “Little Free Lending Library” on Thursday, May 2 at Mr. Suds Carwash located at 9301 Two Notch Rd in Northeast Columbia. Rotarian Bruce Bakaj constructed the library after Rotary District 7770 Governor David Tirard challenged every club in the District to install a library this year in their community in support of Rotary’s commitment to literacy.

The Little Lending Library built by Bakaj was installed on fellow club member, Tom DeKnight’s commercial property, Mr. Suds Carwash. After the library’s installation, club members stocked it with its first books. “The club will maintain and oversee this project with the support of community members who take advantage of using the lending library. The lending library will have children’s books as well as books for adults and will be continuously stocked by Spring Valley Rotary Club members but we encourage the community to support it as well,” said Rotary president Stevie Johnson.

One of Rotary International’s six areas of focus is education and literacy. Worldwide, more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate, representing 17 percent of the world’s adult population. One of Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, individuals exchange millions of books each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Little Free Libraries have continued to grow and in 2019 surpassed 80,000 registered Libraries in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit:

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 100 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 or by email: for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road. 

Spring Valley Rotarians Phil Midden, Tom DeKnight and Bruce Bakaj are pictured here at the completion of the installation of a Little Free Lending Library at the Mr. Suds Carwash at 9301 Two Notch Road.

Spring Valley Rotarian Bruce Bakaj constructed the lending library and oversees its installation.

Close up of the new lending library and books.

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Awards Scholarships

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May 062019

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island held its annual scholarship awards presentation today, naming two local high school seniors to receive 4-year scholarships of $4,000 each, resulting in total scholarship support of $16,000 for each student. Abigail Hartberger and Bethany Neville, both seniors at Hilton Head Island High School, were introduced and shared their future plans. Abigail Hartberger plans to attend USC in Columbia next year and hopes to become a physical occupational therapist.  Bethany Neville plans to attend Clemson next year and study Genetics.  (See photo below.)

For more information about the scholarships, contact Mary Briggs at

Funds for these scholarships are raised by the club through various fund-raising programs and events, including an upcoming Scavenger Hunt/Feeding Frenzy and Raffle to be held next Saturday, May 11 from 11 AM – 3 PM, starting and ending at the new USC-B campus at the South End of the island.  Participants visit 15 South End restaurants to sample appetizers and receive a scavenger hunt clue. Tickets for the Scavenger Hunt and Raffle are $25 each or 5 for $100 and can be purchased from any Rotary Club member.

For more information about the May 11th Fund Raising event, contact Jeff Rogers at  or 908-482-3652.


The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island, a local service organization, has over 150 women and men involved in local and international service projects, fulfilling the club’s motto of “Service Above Self.”  The international motto, which is defined each year by the current President is “Be the Inspiration.” 

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Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island 2019 Scholarship Recipients:

Bethany Neville (L) and Abigail Hartberger (R), both seniors at

Hilton Head High School

Chicora Rotary Speaker Ryan Finney

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May 062019

Pictured is Ryan Finney CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Carolina Ryan is a dedicated YMCA professional with the entrepreneurial skill combine with a sincere passion for changing lives.  In his most recent roles as CEO of  both Greenville and Columbia Ryan championed improvements efforts in membership services program quality and facility and enhancement‘s.  Ryan went through two of the programs that are currently being worked on at the YMCA these programs have three goals which are safety around water, they are have fun, be confident and stay safe. He stated  some statistics which said that the Y in engages 9 million kids each year in the swimming programs he also mentioned that 88% of all kids who drown did so while under adult supervision and 60% of the children who drown are within 10 feet of safety and drowning is preventable.  We are proud to have Ryan as a speaker he brings a lot to the Myrtle Beach area and we are expecting big things from Ryan in the near future.   He has been with us a little over a year and already we have seen some remarkable changes it in the water safety program and a significant amount of upgrading of fitness equipment,  We look forward to seeing Ryan again at many more Chicora meetings.  Thank you for coming Ryan great presentation.

Rotary Partners with Pelion Basketball Team

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Apr 262019

Columbia, SC – The Rotary Club of Five Points assisted the Pelion High School Basketball Players with strategies and tactics to help them become more successful. 

Rotarians assisted the players in many areas of self-esteem from taking the ACT test, etiquette, the importance of faith-based sports, to the use of sports in furthering their education.  Under the guidance of their coach, Five Points Rotarian Brian Szumilas, the team spent time reading to Pelion Elementary School students as well as participating in a free basketball camp for elementary school students.

The Rotary Club of Five Points gifted the players with jackets, shirts and ties.  The Pelion Basketball Team will culminate with the team introducing themselves and giving a short talk on the value of the program at a lunch program at the Rotary Club of Five Points.

Belk at Trenholm Plaza was also a sponsor of the program and partnered with The Five Points Rotary Club.

The Five Points Rotary Club meets on Fridays at 1:00 at Segra Park. One of the Club’s main focus is on the education and welfare of children.

Photo attached – Players from l/r Deshaun Gray, Dillan Williamson, Ethan Davis, Malcolm Davis, Trayvon Alston, Nico Austin, Jacob Lucas, Jaylen Davis, Jeramiah Green

Jaylen Crawford (not pictured) and Brady Szumilas (not pictured)

The Rotary Club of Cayce Students of the Month

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Apr 262019

The Rotary Club of Cayce -West Columbia celebrated the Students of the Month on April 23.  

Megan Jacobs from Brookland-Cayce High;
Osarumese Osazuwa-Odigie from Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School;
Jordan Diaz from Airport High School.

Florence West Rotary Serves over 800 Spaghetti Suppers

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Apr 012019

Florence West Rotary had another successful spaghetti supper fundraiser making it 15 years in a row! All Florence West Rotarians put in dedicated time during the all-day event and had a great time cooking noodles, making salads, warming sauce and enjoying a lively assembly line! Florence West Rotarians served 800 plates to the area community. Also, the club was able to donate plates to an area shelter. The club will raise over $10,000 through sponsorships and tickets sold. All proceeds will be given back to local community groups.

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