Rotary members make a difference in the world because they are people of action, doing good in the spirit of service above self. That’s the message Rotary District 7770 Gov. Gary Bradham delivered to Capital Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting Aug. 9. An Air Force veteran and Rotarian for more than 10 years, Bradham said the organization’s “power and value” is in collective accomplishments that exceed what each club member might achieve alone. His goals as leader of 4,000 Rotarians districtwide include supporting club effectiveness and strength, promoting humanitarian service, and boosting Rotary’s public image and awareness. Capital Rotary was the 26th club Bradham has visited since becoming governor earlier this summer. He and club president Blake DuBose (left in photo) also promoted attendance at next year’s district conference.
Today we were honored to have Alexis Robinson, the recipient of the Florence Breakfast Club scholarship, who attends Florence Darlington Technical College. Alexis spoke to our club about her pursuit to become a Dental Hygenist. Alexis will graduate in May. Alexis is also an Army national guard reservist. Along with her studies at FDTC and being in the Army national guard Alexis also volunteers her services to help needy children in the community with dental issues. Thank you Alexis for your community and military service.
Front Row: David Tirard, Andrea Siebold, Mary Noonan, Sandee Brooks, Karen Cully, Bernie Riedel. Back row: Don Brashears, Paul Walter, Mike Jukofsky,Bruce Siebold, Hank Noble, John Howe, Mike Petrilli, Hugh O’Kane. Missing was Denis Bonnett
Today the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club thanked Past President, Gerry Braun, with a plaque and a Past President pin for his excellent service in 2016-2017. During his term the membership has grown and the project with Palmetto Youth Academy was completed. Thank you Gerry for your great service to Rotary.
About 16 members of Beaufort’s Rotary Club of the Lowcountry attended Saturday night’s Charleston RiverDogs game on Rotary Night. Rotary members in attendance included Assistant District Governor and Past President Charlotte Gonzalez, Club President Scott Klumb, President Elect Cliff Mrkvicka, Past President Kerry Bunton and Past President Doug Crowley. The club spent 3 nights this past week volunteering for the Beaufort Water Festival and spent Saturday night’s game celebrating a successful week giving back to the community and enjoying another night of each other’s company. Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is about family, friends, fun and love of our Beaufort Community.
“Stevie took on multiple roles and stepped in wherever and whenever needed this past year and has made significant contributions to our club and to our community. She exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self,” said Fuess. She previously served as club secretary and is the club’s primary liaison to the USC Rotaract Club. Rotaract (which stands for Rotary in Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30.
Johnson is a portfolio manager serving homeowner associations and managing on-site staffs with Southern Community Services. She and her husband Johnny reside in Northeast Columbia and have two grown children Christopher and Patrick. She is also active with the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church community.
Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 110 members dedicated to service above self. Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. To learn more about membership, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at (803) 917-0053 or by email at sharleen4homes.com for more information. The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head took a new direction on their Safety Town program for 2017. Instead of setting a date and opening it to the public, this year we partnered with the Hilton Head Early Childhood Center and created a morning fieldtrip for their 140 PreK children. Students and teachers arrived by bus and visited 12 safety stations where they participated in activities that provided valuable safety lessons. Besides “Safety Town,” a child-sized town allowing children the opportunity to “drive” on the roads around town and learn about road signs, traffic lights and cross walks, the children learned about fire safety from the Hilton Head Fire and Rescue, as well as how 911 works and when to call. The children met with Beaufort County Sherriff to learn stranger danger and see the inside of their patrol car. Students experienced electricity safety with Palmetto Electric and how to approach a strange animal with Sasha the Comfort Dog. Hilton Head Hospital provided Teddy Bear Triage, teaching some basic first aid and helping children know that doctors and nurses are their friends. Each child received a t-shirt and goodie bag to help them remember their time at Safety Town. If only one child is saved or safes a life because of the lessons they learned, it is worth all the effort! The Rotary Club of Hilton Head has everything needed to offer Safety Town in your local community and is happy to share the lessons we’ve learned and materials we’ve developed. Our club has purchased a trailer that is available to other Rotary clubs if they would like to host their own event. For more information, please contact the Hilton Head Rotary Club.
What a great way to kick off Membership Month. On Thursday, August 3rd the, Ann Thomason, sponsored by Doug Bridges. Ann works for Trident Solutions as an account lead/Sr IT recruiter. She’s active with her church, Junior League, suicide prevention awareness and animal rescue. Ann will fit right in because Rotary is all about Making A Difference. Thanks Doug for sponsoring a new member.