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Chicora Rotary Hosts Vietnam Combat Veteran

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Jul 132018

Pictured are Pres. Blakely Roof , speakers Diane and Richard Ernst, and Rotarian Sponsor Alice Yorkis The Chicora Rotary was honored to have a Vietnam Combat Veteran, who received 2 purple hearts and a Silver Star for his courage in combat .  The Silver Star medal is given for conspicuous valor while in combat.   It is the 3rd highest decoration for valor given by the military.  His wife spoke about the Quilts of Valor that can be given to all military veterans who have served during a time of conflict affecting the U.S..  This outstanding organization has quilted over 193,000 quilts and given them free of charge to anyone who has served in the military.  Several Chicora rotarians have received or are into the process to receive these quilts.

The Chicora Rotary is extremely proud to be apart of this great project!

Rotary Club of Cheraw Selects Outstanding Rotarians

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Jul 062018

On June 6, two outstanding Rotarians were recognized at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cheraw.  Trae Michael was selected as Rotarian of the Year and Mel West received the Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians.  Both recipients received plaques for their service.

Trae is the incoming club president for 2018-2019.  During 2017-2018, Trae was the membership committee co-chair, lead for the club’s barbecue fundraiser, and worked long hours at the golf tournament major fundraiser.  He volunteered with other club members to work at Pee Dee Coalition and presented dictionaries to multiple classrooms of third graders throughout Chesterfield county in completion of the district grant project.  Trae worked tirelessly with the members of each committee  in order to be a successful incoming club president.  (Photos show Trae receiving his Rotarian of the Year pin from president Hough and a group photo with Incoming AG Sherrie Chapman, Hough, Mel & Trae).

Mel is a former club president and currently serves on the board of directors for the club.  As fundraising chair, she was lead for the St. Patrick’s Day Event and greatly exceeded our sales in previous years.  Along with other club members, Mel volunteered at McArn Food Bank in completion of the district grant project.  She attended the district conference this year and will become club president in 2020-2021.  She is an active recruiter for new members for our club.

Mel consistently demonstrates support of the Object of Rotary through participation in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.

We commend Trae and Mel for their accomplishments!

Rotary Club of Hartsville Annual Banquet

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Jun 292018

We had a blast at our annual banquet! Bobby Mcgee has done an excellent job growing our club by 50% during his presidency. We have an incredible list of accomplishments for our club to be proud of and we are looking forward to our club’s continued leadership under Jennifer Blair! Thanks also to Bob Braddock for his exceptional showmanship in his Sergeant at Arms report and the time and effort put into making this such an exciting event year after year. Some even remarked that it was akin to a live comedy show! In a club that is comprised of 40% female members, the women swept the awards portion.

Awards not pictured are the Secretary’s Award which was given to Brenda Newsome and the Treasurers Award which was given to Jim Roberts.

List of events and accomplishments throughout this Rotary year. 

Hartsville Rotary Annual Banquet held at Lawton Park Pavillion

Installation of our new President- Jennifer Blair.

Rotarian of the year- Peggy Smith

Four Way Test Award- Ardie Arvidson

Service Above Self Award-Yvonne Cranford

Service Above Self Award-Hannah Stanley

Ten Star Rotarians- Bobby McGee, Sharman Poplava, Charles Saverance 

Perfect Attendance

Rotary Club of Conway Installation Banquet

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Jun 292018
 Please see the attached Rotary Club of Conway Installation Banquet photos.  Outgoing President Bruce Boone, Incoming President Kim Sauls and Shannon Jordan presenting the Rotarian of the Year award to Jamie Colway.
The first picture is of outgoing President Bruce Boone, the second and third are pictures of Shannon Jordan presenting the “Rotarian of the Year” award to Jamie Colway.  The fourth is a pic of Bruce swearing-in Incoming President Kim Sauls and the last pic shows Kim presenting Bruce with a plaque for his year of leadership.

Carolina Forest Rotary Leadership Recognized

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Jun 292018
Mytle Beach – Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club inducted new officers last night at Sam Snead’s. The torch for Club President past from Elizabeth Howland to Kimberly Gomez. Porter Medley of Coastal Carolina University received well-earned accolades as Rotarian of The Year. Also pictured is Club Sargent at Arms, Tim Reudy, presenting a State of South Carolina Proclamation recognizing 100 year old club member, Dr. Carl Records. A special thank you to SC State Representative Tim McGinnis, who facilitated this special honor.
To join Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary, visit Also learn more about Carolina Forest Rotary’s upcoming Doughnut Dash, sponsored by Krispy Kreme. Registration is open now. Club meetings are held at 7am on Wednesdays at Legends Golf Resort off of 501 on Legends Drive.
Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club is a club of Rotary District #7770 and Rotary International. Rotary’s motto is “Service Before Self” and is well known internationally for efforts to eradicate Polio. Locally in the Carolina Forest, Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary has a focus on improving the lives of area children including feeding hungry children through weekend “Smart Snacks” at Waccamaw Elementary, Dictionary Program for area Third Graders, and “Happy Feet”, a local effort to put new shoes on school children from economically challenged families.

Summerville Rotary Club Update

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Jun 292018

Busy meeting today! News from today’s meeting.

We presented the Hack Neal Memorial Award for Rotarian of the Year to Summerville Police Chief Jon Rogers:

We presented an AED device to our host, Sticky Fingers restaurant in Summerville:

We recognized another Rotary scholarship winner, Rebecca Lindbergh:

Club member Jonathan Patterson received his blue badge:

Rotary Club of Georgetown Welcomes First Corporate Members

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Jun 292018

Leaders of the Rotary Club of Georgetown recently introduced a Corporate Membership Program to the club.  Longtime member, Ed Bell, was the first to bring on board new corporate members for Bell Legal Group.   The new members are Gaby Sulpizio and Lori Cromartie.

“We saw corporate membership as a way to uphold our club’s long tradition of attracting members of Georgetown County’s business community, and tap into corporate networks to use their expertise to enhance our social programs. It was our belief that we could achieve significantly greater impact by getting entire corporations involved. We are able to offer them access to a highly respected service organization, and opportunities for their staff to put in volunteer hours and engage in projects,” says Angie Kohl, Public Image Director of the club.

Anyone interested in a corporate membership may contact Membership Director, Ray Gagnon at 843.237.9727 or by email at  The application for membership can be found here.

And the Vocational Award Winner is…. Deputy Mandy Glover, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department

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Jun 292018

The Rotary Club of Georgetown was honored and privileged to present Deputy Mandy Glover of the Georgetown Sheriff’s Department the club’s 2018 Vocational Award.

The Vocational Service Award is presented annually to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.   Deputy Glover was nominated by her colleagues at the Sheriff’s Department where she has served the community for 23 years.   She currently serves as the school resource officer for Rosemary Middle School.   In addition, she affectionatly created “Mandy’s Closet” at the school, where she refurbishes used clothing and makes it available to students in need.

Sheriff Lane Cribb, who was present for the presentation said, ” Deputy Glover has been with the department for 23 years and is one of the most dedicated and caring people he has ever met.   She is a true asset to the Sheriff’s Department and Georgetown County.”

The Rotary Club of Georgetown could not be more proud to present this deserving award to Deputy Glover.   Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

New Leadership for Rotary Club of Beaufort

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Jun 222018

The Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary clubs, is delighted to announce and introduce its officers and directors for the new year that begins on July 1, 2018.

Charlotte Gonzalez, Assistant Governor for Rotary district 7770 presided at a induction ceremony held on June 20, 2018 in Beaufort, where the officers and directors took their oath of office.

Pictured (from left to right) are:  Steve Lanier, Community Service Chair; Nacy Dykeman, International Service Chair; Jami Rankin, New Generations Chair; Jeff Johnson, President Elect; Lisa Giles, Past President; Bob Allen, President; Richard Kruger, Foundation Chair; Charlotte Gonzalez, District 7770 Assistant Governor; Howard Heckrotte, Sergeant-at-Arms; Chick Dykeman, Director-at-Large; Whitney McDaniel, Secretary; Rachael Simpkins, Vocational Service Chair; and Johnny Harvey, Treasurer.  Missing:  Robert Bussa, Club Service Chair.

Rotary Club of Cheraw – High School Scholarship Recipients Named and New Member Induction

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Jun 222018

The Rotary Club of Cheraw held its annual high school scholarship program on June 20 and named this year’s recipients.  Two students from Chesterfield High School were selected and four students were selected from Cheraw High School and are listed respectively.  Jonathan Monroe Walter (Northeastern Technical College) received the Jean Laney Scholarship that is awarded to a student who enrolls at NETC.  Ashlyn Shea Evans (USC-Columbia) received the Lloyd C. Irick Memorial Scholarship. Victor Santos (Lander College) received the first Teresa Ingram Memorial Scholarship.  Tallon Campbell (Limestone College) received the Tom Brewer Scholarship.  Molly Elisabeth O’Neal (USC-Columbia) received the Charles Ingram Memorial Scholarship.   Kaitlyn Susana Atkinson (Anderson College) received the Fred Harris Memorial Scholarship.

Each of the students introduced the family members who were in attendance with them, named their chosen schools, and intended programs of academic study.  According to the committee chair, Anthony Harris, the reviewers were challenged with selecting the awardees due to the high level of academic achievement and community service of the many applicants who sought financial assistance.  (Photo shows all recipients, Anthony Harris, and club president, Hough.)

Among the visitors at the weekly Rotary meeting was Jeffrey Davis, a former Rotary Scholarship winner.  He shared his memories of winning his scholarship and the influence in his desire to return to Cheraw as a working professional.

For the second week, a new member was inducted into the club.  Robin Quigley, sponsored by Mel West, is a controller for FBI Construction.  She has a Master’s Degree in Accounting, is a former Rotarian (Rotary Club of Bennettsville), and is a former middle school and high school math teacher. (Photo shows Robin, Mel, and Hough.)

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