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Rotary Club of Darlington Holds Annual Auction Fundraiser and Welcomes New Member

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Apr 202018
 

The Rotary Club of Darlington recently held the annual Rotary Club Auction fundraiser at the Darlington Country Club. Almost $6000 was raised to support academic scholarships, as well as the Club’s other projects.

On Thursday, April 12th, the Club welcomed new member Antonio “Tony” Thomas (right), pictured here with Club President Greg Hasselbring, and sponsor Kim Hasselbring.

Florence West Rotarians Welcome Women to the Chrysalis Center

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Apr 202018
 

The Florence West Rotary Club recently donated 80 “Welcome Baskets” to the women entering
the Chrysalis Center residential facility. This was part of a South Carolina Rotary District 7770
sponsored grant initiative to address a critical need in local communities. Mothers suffering
from substance use disorders and seeking treatment were identified by Florence West
Rotarians as a most critical and underserved population in our community.

To assist the mothers, club members purchased sturdy carry baskets and an assortment of
essential items such as towels, washcloths, detergent, soap, lotions, shampoo, stationary and
other personal items. As part of a weekly club meeting, members assembled and filled the
baskets and delivered them to the Chrysalis Center.

The Chrysalis Center is a unique sixteen bed residential facility for mothers suffering from
substance abuse disorders. It allows women to bring up to two of their children under the age
of 10 to reside with them on-site during services, and depending on their eligibility criteria, stay
for up to 90 – 120 days. The program provides on-site individual and group counseling, daycare
and medical services as well as providing an array of life skills developmental classes.

Sheryl Love, Florence West Rotary president, shared” We were thrilled to have an opportunity
to help the women and their children entering the Chrysalis Center. In times such as these
when our communities are experiencing such high rates of prescription and other drug misuse,
being a part of assisting mothers to enter treatment and obtain a successful recovery is most
rewarding. This project allows us to directly help mothers and their children while also
strengthening their families and futures.”

Robin Murphy, Supervisor of Residential Services at the Chrysalis Center shared “We are most
appreciative to receive the support of the Florence West Rotarians. Many of our women and
children being admitted for services arrive with little if any belongings. This adds to their
challenges of initiating and adjusting to treatment services in a structured environment and
unfortunately can lead to them leaving in the first few weeks. If we can assist them to make it
through the first couple of weeks, then their chance of a successful recovery greatly increases.
The welcome baskets are a great resource of meeting their personal needs early in their
admission and supporting them in continuing their treatment services. We have already seen
the baskets make a positive impact in a short period of time.”

Love added, “The Florence Rotary West Club and the Chrysalis Center share a common mission,
to improve the quality of life for the greater Florence community and its residents. This
particular project gave our club members an opportunity to support a most deserving part of
our community in a hands on way and experience “Service above Self”. Being able to make a
positive difference in the lives of families and improving what the future of our community
holds for all of us is what Rotary is all about!”

For more information about the Florence West Rotary, visit
www.facebook.com/FlorenceWestRotary and for the Chrysalis Center visit www.CirclePark.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheryl Love (left) and Emery Dewitt  of the Florence West Rotary Club display some of the welcome baskets delivered to the Chrysalis Center

Rotary Club of Moncks Corner April Guest Speakers

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Apr 202018
 

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner welcomes the following guest speakers during the month of April:

April 10th –   Alex Dixon, Berkeley County Habitat for Humanity

April 12th –   Raleigh West, Executive Director, Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust

April 19th –   Rotary Day

April 26th –  James Law, S.C Department of Transportation

Congratulations to Rotarians William Peagler and Susan Jackson on attaining the Paul Harris Fellow award.

We will be having our installation banquet for incoming officers on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Gilligan’s in Moncks Corner from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner meets every Thursday, at 12:30pm at Gilligan’s Restaurant in Moncks Corner. 

Rotary Club Youth Exchange Student Kate Samuel Joins the Peace Corp

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Apr 202018
 

Kate Samuel is a ROTEX, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student, has taken a job with the Peace Corps after graduation from college.  She credits Rotary Youth Exchange with changing her life.

http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/public_health/about/news/2018/maygrad_samuel.php#.WtV_VVApDDu

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Jim Deas on WHHI-TV

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Apr 202018
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island member Jim Deas discusses the Club’s projects on WHHI-TV.  An upcoming project is a Scavenger Hunt/Raffle on April 28 to benefit Island Rec.  The club is raising $50,000 for a new gym for the facility.  See the video below for additional projects.

Rotary Club of Bluffton Inducts New Members

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Apr 132018
 

The Rotary Club of Bluffton inducted two new members on Wednesday, April 11. Pictures from left to right are: are new member Erich Schmid, Membership Director Daniella Squicquero, new member Bob Talbot and President John Kirkland.

DEA Agent Visits Florence Rotary Club

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Apr 132018
 

US Drug Enforcement Administration representative Pat Apel spoke to the Florence Rotary Club on April 9th about the opioid epidemic in South Carolina. He noted that opioid overdose is the #1 cause of accidental death in the US, and the crisis is becoming more serious due to fentanyl lacing of pills manufactured in home labs.

 

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Local Rotarian Turns 100: Rotary Club Celebrates 15 Years as an Organization

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Apr 062018
 

It’s not often a resident of Carolina Forest turns 100 years old, let alone a Rotary Club Member! On Wednesday, April 4th, the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club celebrated 15 years as an organization, but perhaps more noteworthy, celebrated the recent 100th Birthday of Rotarian Dr. Carl Records.

Centurion Dr. Carl Records has more than 50 years as a Rotary member and is one of three founding members of Carolina Forest Rotary Club fifteen years ago, at a spry age of 85 years old. Dr. Records first was active in Rotary in Cape May, New Jersey, as well as Mid Jersey Cape in New Jersey, then the Conway Rotary Club in Conway, South Carolina, all before helping to found the Carolina Forest Rotary Club. Dr. Records has served as Secretary to three Rotary clubs, as well as Treasurer, Vice President and President of two Rotary Clubs. Over the years he has attended international conferences in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Birmingham (England).  Dr. Records lives in Carolina Forest with his wife, Helen.

Spring Valley Rotary Club Celebrates Community Grant Day

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Apr 062018
 

The Spring Valley Club celebrated its annual Community Grant Day on Thursday, April 5 with many Columbia area non-profits represented at the lunch meeting. Proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale were distributed to 29 local organizations and in May a total of six scholarships will be given. A total of $43,300 was given back to the community in the form of community grants and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Thanks to all the Columbia area Rotary Clubs who supported the Spring Valley pecan sale again this year.

 

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