The Honorable Mr. Wilson was the keynote speaker at the recent Rotary meeting. He spoke about the alarming topic of human trafficking. It is difficult to state the enormity of this topic because it usually starts with pornography on the phone to prostitution and ultimately ending up in white slavery. He estimated this business to be in the $60 billion range in today’s environment it is spreading and increasing His presentation was shocking and eye-opening.He laid out the state’ plan for addressing this problem and how SC was working with other states to curb this horrible problem. Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Blakely Roof and South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson. The second picture shows retired Colonel Wilson receiving a US Veteran from a Chicora Rotarian.
On April 27, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island conducted a successful Raffle and Scavenger Hunt .
Our objectives for the Raffle and Scavenger Hunt were:
Johnson Creek Tavern co-owner Coleman White (far right) with his wife Cinta White (far left) pose with Honor Flight Savannah board members (left to right) Owen Hand, Marian Spears, Larry Spears, and Jim Weiskopf at Johnson Creek Tavern following the pull down by an Army of volunteers of 17,569 one dollar bills that patrons stapled to the walls and ceiling of the restaurant over the past three years.
This was the second donation to Honor Flight Savannah by Johnson Creek Tavern co-owners Coleman White and Jay Lloyd. The first donation, made in March, 2015 was for $12,869. This year’s donation of $17,569 was more than enough to pay for all Low Country veterans who traveled to Washington, DC on May 4-6, to visit the nation’s war memorials.
Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia participated in the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Blazers program this quarter. Blazers is a 10-week leadership development course geared towards juveniles at DJJ. During the 10 weeks youth learn dressing for success, attitude is everything’s, college knowledge, the impact of community service, employment information and crucial public speaking skills. The program is offer one evening a week and begins with a trip to a foreign country to learn about fun facts from that country and how to properly hold conversation during dinner. To graduate from the program the youth must stand and give a 2 to 3 minute speech in front of an audience of 50-75 people. Upon graduation the youth are given a blue blazer, hence the name, that they can take home with them after they leave DJJ. MSRC’s participation was in coordination with the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation District Grant and members of MSRC contributed a total of over 100 hours of service over the 10-week course sitting with the youth during dinner, participating in all the courses, and working one on one with the youth to construct their speeches. This first quarter the program graduated 10 young men as Blazers. The program will have another session start in July and the program accepts donations of blue blazers. For information about the program, participation or donations, please contact Matthew Morrison at MDMORR@scdjj.net.
MSRC members participating in the Blazers program.
The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner welcomes the following guest speakers/events during the month of May:
May 3rd – Paul Stoney, CEO/President, YMCA of Greater Charleston
May 10th – Dr. Eddie Ingram, Superintendent, Berkeley County School District
May 17th – Scarlett A. Wilson, 9th Circuit Solicitor
May 19th – Women’s Habitat Build Volunteer Opportunity
May 24th – Angela Muirhead, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Beautiful Gate Center
May 31st – Rotary Day
The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner meets every Thursday, at 12:30pm at Gilligan’s Restaurant in Moncks Corner.
The newly renovated Field of Dreams playground celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, April 21, with a ribbon-cutting, speeches, music, food trucks, face painting, bouncy houses and, most importantly, lots and lots of children! The Bluffton Rotary Club, in partnership with the Town of Bluffton and the 2018 Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber Leadership class spearheaded the renovations which included an Imagination Train, 10-spin, new artificial turf and new trees. New tabby sidewalks, fences, trellis swings, benches and a bike rack will be installed in the next couple of weeks to complete this first phase of the park improvement project. Next on the list, for phase 2, is a covered pavilion with restrooms, planned for the spring of 2019! Other phases will include a 8’ wide walk/run connecting pathway, formal event garden space and a splash pad/fountain. For more information or to help, check out: www.blufftonrotary.org/page/field-of-dreams
Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary started Waves of the Future-Rotary’s Celebration of Horry County Schools six years ago to serve as an annual fundraiser and to give back to Horry County Schools. But Waves has done so much more than that! Since 2013, we have been able to watch over 3,000 students perform on one of the best theaters in the country, The Carolina Opry. We have been able to donate over $65,000 to Horry County Schools Fine Arts Programs. We have been able to raise an additional $90,000 to fund projects such as Dictionary Project, Project Happy, Freedom Readers, Street Reach and Water Sanitation Projects in Peru. Waves of the Future’s impact goes beyond Horry County, because of its success, Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary has been able to provide clean water and sanitation for generations to come in Peru.
This year Waves sold out The Carolina Opry with 1,200 tickets and we donated $15,177.00 to Horry County Schools!
On Wednesday, April 11, Rotarian Terry Rogers was honored as the 2016-2017 Rotarian of the Year for the Rotary Club of Cheraw. This delayed honor was due to Terry’s extensive travel for his job and his travel on behalf of our International project.
Terry has made a tremendous difference in many lives within the U.S. and beyond. He leads the efforts and makes the trips for our ongoing wheelchair project in Chile.
We now have 1 repair shop up and running with 5 volunteers, excluding the Rotarians. We hope to have the 2nd workshop in the near future.
This past year, we distributed or repaired 26 wheel chairs. We also distributed 22 other mobility equipment to families such as walkers, bedside commodes or crutches.
Our partner Rotary Club of San Bernardo has approximately 80 members that have contributed in different levels.
Terry is a very deserving individual and exemplifies “Service Above Self.”