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.
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
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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’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.
Newsletter ContentComments Off on Spring Valley Rotarians Install Little Free Lending Library on Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia
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
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:
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 www.springvalleyrotary.com or
contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053or
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Rotarian Bruce Bakaj constructed the lending library and oversees its
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-482-3652.
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.”
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.
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,
Jaylen Crawford (not pictured) and Brady Szumilas (not pictured)
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.