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Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Outstanding Military Service Members

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Nov 192017
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit commanders and their cadre from Beaufort’s three military installations nominated service men and women for recognition by the Rotary Club of Beaufort as their Service Members of the Year.  A committee comprised of Rotarians who are military veterans selected the most outstanding candidate from each of the installations, and they were honored at a military recognition ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its November 8th luncheon meeting.  Criteria for selection emphasized outstanding military service and significant volunteer activities benefiting the local community.

Pictured are (left to right):  Suzi Oliver, President, Rotary Club of Beaufort; Staff Sergeant Jessica C. Navarro, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot; Staff Sergeant Juan C. Maravilla, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort; and Petty Officer Second Class Adam Henneman, representing the Naval Hospital Beaufort.

Each received a plaque and a check for $200.

The recognition ceremony was preceded by a presentation of the US flag and the flags of each of the military services conducted by a joint service color guard from area Jr. ROTC units – the Army from Bluffton High School, the Marine Corps from Battery Creek and Whale Branch High Schools; the Air Force by Beaufort High School, and the Navy by Hilton Head High School.

Dictionary Project Summerville Rotary

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Nov 192017
 

 

 

The Rotary Club of Summerville is in the midst of its 2017 Dictionary Project. More than 1,500 dictionaries have been delivered (or are on the way!) to 11 area schools, Trident Literacy and the Dorchester District Two English as Second Language program.  Pictured- Rotary Club of Summerville members at Cane Bay Elementary.

Summerville Rotary- World Polio Day

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Nov 192017
 

The Summerville Rotary Club partnered with their meeting site location, Sticky Fingers in Summerville, in support of World Polio Day. The restaurant agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from dinner sales on 10/24 in support of the worldwide effort. The event was promoted through members and on social media and raised $1072.65. Coupled with the matches from the District and the Gates Foundation, the event’s end result was a $4290.60 gift to end polio.

Rotary Club of Summerville: See what’s going on!!

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Nov 192017
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summerville Rotary Club honored the Student and Teacher of the month from Dubose Middle School. And Summerville YMCA CEO Gary Lukridge gave the club an insider’s look into the world of officiating high school football.

  • 221: SRC Student of the Month Chase Ringler and Teacher of the Month Jennifer Dreyer from DuBose Middle School, along with Chase’s parents, DMS Principal Ted Brinkley, SRC President Jaye Elliott, and Colin Martin.
  • 224: SRC heard from Gary Lukridge, CEO of Summerville Family YMCA, on football officiating.
  • 227: SRC received an update from the North Charleston Rotary Club on the Rotary Roundball Classic.

 

 

RI award presented to Anne Matthews at the Zone Institute

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Nov 062017
 

Mike McGovern, past Vice President of Rotary International, presents Anne Matthews with the Rotary International Service for a Polio Free World. Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East,  a past Foundation Trustee, and past vice president of Rotary International. She was recognized for her work to eradicate polio.

 

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s guest speaker for its November 1st luncheon meeting was Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth M. Dwyer, currently the garrison commander at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. 

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Nov 062017
 

Colonel Dwyer, a Special Forces officer and a member of The Savannah Rotary, shared his thoughts on resilience and overcoming adversity.  His thoughts are close to the heart.  In 2006, while engaged in a firefight in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, he sustained near-fatal injuries resulting in the loss of his left arm and his left eye.  For his actions on the battlefield during that firefight, Colonel Dwyer was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for combat heroism.  Following his lengthy recovery, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan.

Now, 11 years after that firefight, he is the equivalent of a city mayor, responsible for the running of a major Army installation – Hunter Army Airfield — that has representatives of all five services among its tenant units.

He could have used his time to give Beaufort Rotarians an overview of his responsibilities in running Hunter, but he chose, instead, to share what he learned through his recovery:  resilience and overcoming adversity.

Colonel Dwyer summarized his philosophy to three thoughts:

—  Surround yourself with positive people, being the kind of person others would reach out to.

—  Find your purpose in life and live it every day.

—  Have a sense of humor in life.

While proud of his military accomplishments, he is more proud of his family, and especially his overcoming adversity to relearn how to play baseball with one arm so he can play with, and coach, his son.

Needless to say, Colonel Dwyer received a standing ovation from the Beaufort Rotarians.

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Nov 062017
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island honored Hilton Head Teachers with a luncheon, proclamation from the Mayor of Hilton Head, and a gift package on October 26, 2017.  Those honored were:

The 12 teachers honored were (L to R):   Suzie Lehman (HH Christian Academy Lower School), Laurie Biggs (Heritage Academy), Duncan Aspinwall-Winter (HH High School), Kit Seelbach (HH IB Elementary School), Kate Clark (HH Prep-Upper School), Dan Harrington (HH Christian Academy Middle & Upper School), Krista Hanna (HH Prep Lower School), Samantha Payne (HH Prep Middle School),  Ben Kozik (Sea Pines Montessori Academy), Sheila Broadbent (St. Francis Catholic Elementary School), Teresa Fitzgibbons (St. Francis Catholic Middle School), Jennifer Friend-Kerr (HH School for the Creative Arts), Mayor David Bennett

Chicora news update – Operation Happy Feet!

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Nov 062017
 

Pictured are the Chicora Rotarian volunteers who helped with Operation Happy Feet the second picture is the young recipients of new shoes.  This Rotarian project is a wonderful way to help the needy of our area, by providing shoes for the grade school kids in Myrtle Beach. This is a collected effort between RI , Chicora Rotary, and a local shoe store. Children from local schools were identified as needing assistance with new shoes. They are given a certificate  for a pair of shoes. The child comes to the store and chooses a pair of shoes, they show the shoes to the parent for approval. If approval is received, the child takes the shoes home. The   Chicora team is proud to provide this service.

 

Leadership Presentation at Chicora Rotary Club!

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Nov 062017
 

Pictured with Pres Blakely Roof is Mr. Rod Gragg is a writer and Professor of History. Mr.Gragg gave a very interesting presentation about Leadership.  Mr.Gragg has written a book entitled Lessons in Leadership  from the Greatest Generation. He spoke about what are elements that make good people, great leaders. The meeting was held at the Pines Lakes Country Club for the Chicora Rotary Club.

 

Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Military Service Members of the Year Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:00 p.m.

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Nov 062017
 

Traditionally, the Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary Clubs, honors and recognizes work place excellence and community volunteering by a service member from Beaufort’s three military installations:  the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island; the Naval Hospital Beaufort; and the Marine Air Station Beaufort.

Three outstanding service members nominated by their chain of command:

  •                         Staff Sergeant Jessica C. Navarro, MCRD Parris Island
  •                         Petty Officer Second Class Adam Henneman, Naval Hospital Beaufort
  •                         Staff Sergeant Juan C. Maravilla, MCAS Beaufort

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