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Rotary Club of Charleston News

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Nov 122018
The Rotary Club of North Charleston recently presented checks to several local community groups in support of their missions.

This year’s recipients included Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Foundation, Trident Literacy, Cannon Street YMCA, Parklands Foundation, Water Mission, Midtown Productions, Military Magnet, Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, and Respite Care.

In addition, Father to Father along with Communities in Schools each received grants of $2,500 each.

The grants totaling more than $12,000 were funded by our participation in the Rotary Duck Race and other fundraising events.

Several club members were also recognized for their volunteer contributions. Pictured receiving their plaques from Yan Agrest are Don Smith, Elizabeth Goodman and Burnet Mendalsohn.

Chicora Rotary New District Governor

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Nov 122018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Angelika Senn and District 7770 Governor  David Tirard. Governor Tirard visited the Chicora Rotary October 19, 2018. Everyone was impressed with the international experience of our new District Governor. He was born In England and with the depth of his travels  he truly has a good understanding of the various problems facing Rotary. At the meeting he provided a blueprint for his governorship for the year. After the meeting he met with the board and discussed methods to resolve District and International issues.
His major agenda items are keeping current Rotary members active and  increasing membership. His presentation was well received by the Chicora Rotary of Myrtle Beach.

Moment of Silence Held for Rotarian Norman Reeves

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Nov 122018

A most wonderful man and Rotarian who has inspired us by his words and actions passed away yesterday. Norman Reeves, who lived a most outstanding life to the age of 102 had 100% attendance for all of his 73 years in Rotary. His passion for Rotary took him to every meeting for which he was medically able, international conventions (where he once served as the Sergeant-at-Arms for Rotary founder Paul Harris!). He participated in Club projects, and where the work was too strenuous, he found some way to contribute sitting down. His Santa outfit attracted many Salvation Army donors.. He could tell the corniest jokes to make us laugh, right up to the end. He will be our hero, our role model, and absolutely our inspiration for years to come.  The Funeral will be held on Friday, November 2 at First Presbyterian Church, where he attended as regularly as Rotary and taught a Sunday School class for many years. Rest in peace, our dear Norm, and prayers for comfort for all the Reeves family.

Rotarians of Hampton County Joined by Guests to Bring Awareness to Polio

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Nov 122018

While the Rotary Club of Hampton County works to serve and support its local community through literacy, wellness, youth leadership, and environmental outreach programs, its efforts also extend internationally through their dedication to polio eradication. On October 22, the Rotarians of Hampton County were joined by District Governor David Tirard and Assistant Governor Bill Steadman to bring awareness to polio and the efforts being taken to eradicate the virus. Each year, on October 24, Rotary International spotlights the fight on World Polio Day.

In 1916, polio, a highly infectious disease which targets the nervous system, killed about 6,000 people in the United States and paralyzed thousands more. Rotary International and the World Health Organization joined hands in 1988 to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Throughout the years, they were joined by other organizations, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The GPEI is determined to completely eradicate polio so that no child will ever again suffer from the virus.

At the launch of GPEI, there were an estimated 350,000 polio cases in 125 countries. In 1994, the Americas were identified as being free of polio. Today, the virus exists in only three countries. As of September 9, 2018, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria had a reported total of 17 polio cases.

While these three are the only polio-endemic countries, the threat of the virus to all nations will continue until the world is polio-free.  The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. A new polio outbreak can begin simply from a polio-infected person entering a polio-free nation, such as the United States.

Every step taken counts in the campaign to eradicate polio. If you wish to join the Rotary Club of Hampton County and all Rotary clubs around the world in making the polio virus a nonthreat, contact Hampton County Rotary President Sarah Lyn Tuten at (864)423-9043 or visit

Chicora Rotary Speaker Kristi Faulk

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Oct 292018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Angelica,  Speaker Kristi Falk and Sponsor Robert Sansbury..Kristi is the founder and executive director of The Diabetes Wellness Council .  Kristi is passionate about the positive effects “true wellness” has on the lives of children and adults in South Carolina. She gave an interesting presentation about the program that her organization offers.  The name of the program is LEARN HOW TO LIVE THE KETO WAY.  Kristi is a Diabetes Educator, a DPP Lifestyle Coach, a Ketogenic Coach and a Wei Institute Consultant with a focus on lung and kidney health.The Chicora Rotary  appreciated Kristi’s professional presentation on a subject that is on nearly everyone’s mind.  We thank her for the presentation and we are proud that we are a part of the overall program to educate and assist anyone who has Diabetes.

Rotary Club of Lowcountry – 22nd Annual Family Oyster Roast

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Oct 292018

Saturday, November 3,2018

6pm -10pm

Live Oaks Park, Port Royal

Tickets:$30 each
All you can eat & drink oysters, beer, wine, soda, hot dogs, chili & desserts

Door Prizes, Live & Silent Auction Items

Sponsored by

Live Music by Mike Kavanaugh
Oyster knives available to purchase
Tickets can be purchased at Port Royal
Police Department, Bay Street Jewelers &
Lowcountry Insurance Services.
For more information call Kathy Crowley
843-252-6119 or email


Rotary Club of the Lowcountry’s 22nd Annual Oyster Roast Flyer-6

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Presents Check For $12,800 to United Way of the Lowcountry

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Oct 292018
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry recently presented a check in the amount of $12,800 to United Way of the Lowcountry to be distributed among several groups. Representatives from Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, Adaptive Gold Experience, Habitat for Humanity, HELP of Beaufort, Hopeful Horizons, CAPA, YMCA, Special Olympics, SMILE Mobile, Friends of Hunting Island, Wreaths Across America and Team Beaufort member and weightlifter Dade Stanley were in attendance.
Money is raised by Rotary Club members through yearly fundraisers including Port Royal Charity Crab Race held in conjunction with the Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival and the Annual Family Oyster Roast held the first weekend in November. Rotary International is a service organization who values service above self. Rotary Club of the Lowcountry meets Friday morning at 7:30 am at Golden Corral on Robert Smalls Parkway. The club always welcomes people interested in becoming members.


Team Beaufort weightlifter Dade Stanley pictured with his mother and Team Beaufort weightlifting coach Ray Jones.
Club President Cliff Mrkvicka presents the check to United Way of the Lowcountry Philanthropy Specialist Mae Armoly Young.

Okatie Rotary Polo For Charity

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Oct 222018

The 2018 Polo for Charity match is just around the corner! As hundreds gather to tailgate and enjoy the Lowcountry’s only annual polo match, Okatie Club Rotarians have been planning this event all year. Through their strategic efforts, widespread community support and a small army of civic volunteers, the 25th Polo for Charity is set to be the best one yet!

Okatie Rotary’s Polo for Charity is the club’s largest annual fundraising event. Their small (but mighty!) group consists of 20 members who prioritize every aspect of polo to ultimately make a major impact on the Lowcountry community. “Polo is an all-hands on deck, full day effort with countless additional hours of planning and soliciting,” said Tony Leister, Okatie Rotarian and Polo Committee Chair. “The club counts on each member, our families, and civic volunteers to make Polo a success,” he said.

The primary recipient of this year’s event is the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes. 20 LFWMH volunteers will be on site at the polo match, including a representative from K9s for Warriors, a program LFWMH is connected to that matches combat-wounded veterans with support dogs. A large portion of the proceeds from polo will be given to this worthy organization to go toward purchasing a support dog for a Lowcountry wounded veteran, to be named Okatie!

Also new to polo will be a group of 65 students from the (SCAD) Savannah College of Art and Design equestrian team. They are eager to volunteer in an equine-related charity event that also promotes involvement with other equestrian communities. Their head coach, Ashley Henry, lives in Rose Hill. As the wife of a veteran, the K9 for Warriors program holds a special place in her heart. “Anything my team can do to support both warriors and animals is phenomenal,” said Ashley. The team will be around to walk horses, assist the riders and help with crowd control.

SCAD volunteers are not the only student participants from the Lowcountry in this year’s match. Elliott Lentz, a student from Hilton Head Christian Academy, will be singing a patriotic song after the national anthem. Students from the college level Rotary affiliate Rotaract at USCB and the high school level Rotary affiliate Interact clubs at May River High School and Bluffton High School will also be volunteering their time to help with setup and cleanup.

The Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton will be represented with five to ten volunteers from the Keystone and Torch Club leadership group. This is the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton’s 10th year helping with the match. In the past, Club alumnus Aaron Jenkins was a national anthem singer.

Polo for Charity is a unique event that truly relies on the community to make the match a reality. The event will take place on Sunday, October 28th at Rose Hill Plantation. Gates open at noon and the match begins at 2pm. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please call 843-298-3055 or 843-384-8010, email or Facebook – Okatie Rotary Polo For Charity.

Ambassadorial Global Scholar Madeline Leibin – My Year at Tel Aviv University

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Oct 222018

Hi! Thanks everyone for your love and support and desire to follow my journey(s) in Israel.

I must say, I’ve always refused the ‘blog’ opportunity in previous times abroad. I’ve always felt that I couldn’t fully capture in so many words all of the smells/sounds/energies/interactions/occasions/experiences and, importantly, the reflections ofbeing in foreign spaces. BUT I am going to push myself to share this time in Tel Aviv, as a show of my gratitude for the generous Rotary Global Grant and their sponsorship of my time AND as a way to make a faraway place like Israel, which is sopolitically/socially/culturally contested, more human and more understood.

And so– I am living a quite blissful existence here in the Mediterranean Miami/Manhattan. The lifestyle here is very easygoing, and both the city and the people are immensely warm (re: so so friendly—a phone call with an Israeli running groupmanager becomes a 45 minute conversation).

Warm, in a vibrant, electric, youthful and passionately alive way, with urban sprawl, festivals, and oh-so-many pedestrians ever-in-the-way of bikers (especially electric bikers/scooters). Warm, in a way that heats up and sweats to intense beachpaddleboard games (re: matkot, Israelis are fanatic about it) and buzzes to the beat of house music, and zips to and fro and lights up new technologies and innovations (re: Tel Aviv is Silicon Wadi centre-point). And warm, in a cozy and serene wayin calm spots like the Neve Tzedak neighborhood, or my new favorite coffee shop-turned-jazz-café-Monday-nights.

As one might imagine, I am really enjoying the culinary scene— and not just the expected hummus bars, falafel joints, and, local favorite, sabich stands (pita with roasted eggplant, potato, egg, salad, tahini, spices, etc.). The whole culture of theculinary scene here is incredible: with fresh-caught fish from the Mediterranean and many vibrant shuk (שׁוּק) selling produce and olives and חלה (challah bread) and cheeses and spices and sweets. Many call Tel Aviv an international vegan/vegcapital, and this checks out—there are extensive vegetable-based options everywhere.

The wellness of this culinary world is well-matched with the outrageous amount of fitness endeavors in the city. I have never seen so many people running and biking and roller blading and pursuing absurd ab workouts on the outdoor gyms. They are a tourist attractive onto themselves, the gorgeously-fit bronze bodies tanning on the coastline’s beaches. Previous to arriving, I dreamt about running the Tel Aviv Marathon in February, and suffice to say, I have now registered and startedtraining with the vigor of a local.

The diversity here is particularly astounding—there are people from all over the world, mixing their culinary, religious, linguistic, cultural traditions. Funnily enough, the phrase ‘melting pot,’ which I’ve always associated with genetics in the USA, was a formal policy here, used to invite and inaugurate Jewish immigration. There is also a more concentrated Arab population South Tel Aviv, in Jaffa. History and current politics intermingle in this urban atmosphere, and I am lucky to witness the heterogeneity in small ways (re: street signs in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, in that order) and also in big ways. Obviously these dynamics, occurring on a geography formerly called Palestine, are writ with injustices, conflicts, and contestations and in these newsletters I will try and share my reflections on those realities, but I’ll keep it light and introductory for this first edition.

It is quite surreal to be here—I wrote the first drafts of my dream to study in Tel Aviv in the spring of 2017, and I’m now actually living them(!!!). This can be very emotional, as I watch the sunset over the Mediterranean sea or struggle through Hebrew learning. It is actually quite ironic, when I share that I’ve just moved here, many people infer that I am Jewish, making Aliyah (migrating permanently to zion, the homeland). Though not the case, I do feel so deeply blessed to be here, and I long to make this land a core part of the fabric of who I am and who I become.

I begin the orientation to the International MA in Conflict.

Charleston County Council Candidates Address Rotarians Questions

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Oct 222018

The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston was privileged to host a Candidates Forum moderated by Past Club Presidents Andy Brack and Mark Smith. Charleston County Council candidates Jenny Honeycutt, Joe Boykin, Herb Sass, and Donna Newton attended and were given an opportunity to answer questions from members.

Mark explained the format, which began with each candidate giving a 2 minute introduction. Each question would then be presented to one candidate to answer with others having an opportunity to respond or weigh in after the answer.

Jenny Honeycutt, candidate for District 9, began the introductions and described her 3 part platform: “Safe Roads, Smart Growth, and Sound Leadership”.  She believes her support of the completion of I-526 played a large role in her primary victory over an 8 year incumbent.

Joe Boykin is running for District 8. He is a retired federal agent and local law enforcement officer. Joe responded to the Emanuel 9 shooting and many other significant cases. he said his campaign has united Republicans and Democrats and introduced his campaign manager Abe Jenkins, grandson of Esau Jenkins, the renowned civil rights leader from Johns Island.

Herb Sass is an incumbent representing District 1. He stressed the importance of quality of life that makes Charleston such a great place to live. It is what attracts so many to Charleston, but with this growth we need to make sure that the quality of life is maintained.

Donna Brown Newton, is running for District 2. Her background is in education with a long career working for Charleston County School District. She is a lifelong resident of the county and wants to control the rapid growth that she has witnessed in Mount Pleasant and the rest of the county.

The first question was to Ms. Honeycutt regarding flooding. Ms. Honeycutt said she has been talking to organizations such as Charleston Waterkeepers and Charleston County Public Works and there are creative measures that can be taken to reduce flood risk that need to be employed. Also proper maintenance of outfalls and ditches needs to be addressed.

Mr. Boykin was asked a question about how Council could be a better steward of the public’s tax dollars. He said he thought the Council has not done their required due diligence in the past on many matters, citing the Naval Hospital and the new Recycling Center. He felt it was important to get a Recycling Center that can to serve the three counties, even if that meant delaying the completion. Donna Brown Newton said she thought more studies were needed on use of the Naval Hospital. That there are needs in the area, often cited as a “food desert”, and the central location of the site should be attractive for other uses.

The next question was about what things can be done to improve the Public School System. Mr. Sass said that having educated workers for our thriving economy is critical and that we have to support public schools to make that happen. Ms. Newton said that charter and magnet schools need to be looked at. She did not think that students in rural parts of the county are being served well by the current system. Mr. Boykin stressed the importance of vocational training in schools which was well received by the crowd.

Ms. Newton was asked about how to manage growth. She said we need to expand public transit in order to reduce the number of cars on the road. We also need to make sure that roads are built before the development, and she pointed to what has happened with SC 41 in her district. Developers need to be responsible for impacts of development. Joe Boykin mentioned that we need to look into a Public Facilities Ordinance to better ensure that developers are participating in getting infrastructure to support the added people and vehicles that their developments bring in.

A question was asked to Jenny Honeycutt about whether she supported term limits – she responded yes and there was concurrence among all the candidates in support of term limits.

Another flooding question was asked to Joe Boykin. He stressed the importance of maintenance, and that sometimes it is a challenge to determine whether county, DOT, or a municipality is responsible for an easement. He also said the practice of building up areas within flood zone with dirt to get above flood elevation has a negative impact on surrounding areas. Homes need to be elevated but not by fill dirt. Mr. Sass said much progress has been made since the 2015 flood in identifying many easements that were not being maintained and getting those on the list for maintenance.

Herb Sass was asked about the Recycling Center and he explained that the director, who is no longer with the County, approved changes to the facility that caused the issue, but he believes the project is back on track to serve as regional recycling center.

Donna Brown Newton was asked if the County should impose taxes on the State Ports Authority. She said that would be fair considering the effects of the trucks on our roads. Mr. Boykin said he was not sure there would be a legal way to do that, since SPA is a state agency.

The question was asked to Jenny Honeycutt if completion of I-526 was critical. She reiterated that she fully supports completion. Joe Boykin said he supports the project as well, but did not think that any ½ cent sales tax funds should be used. Only funds left over from the original ½ cent sales tax, after completion of needed projects should be used. Donna Newton said she was opposed to completion of I-526.

Each candidate offered brief closing remarks. Donna Newton said she is not a politician and had not run for office before. She wants to represent everyone in the county, not just her District. Herb Sass said there is much work to do such as construction new libraries and ½ cent sales tax road program. Joe Boykin said it was important to bring integrity and common sense to council. Jenny Honeycutt said the county needs safe roads, smart growth and sound leadership and thanked the club for the opportunity to answer the important questions raised.

After the forum concluded, President Alex Dallas thanked Andy and Mark for the work they did putting together the program.

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