I hope all is well. I’ve attached another short article about the Rotaract glamping trip they had recently been on. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. I’ve also attached an image with the photo credit to Theresa Calabrese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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