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Aby Freeman talks about her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student with the Bluffton Rotary Club

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Oct 292017

Aby Freeman shared some photos, as well as travel experiences and cultural differences as a Rotary Exchange student during the 2016-2017 school year in Lyon, France with her sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Bluffton. With her three different families and the sponsored end-of-year trip, Aby visited Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria and of course other areas of France, including Paris. Abby noted that families had full, prepared meals every day, rarely eating out and never at fast food restaurants. School classes were formatted similar to colleges in the US, where starting and ending times vary depending on class schedules. Sports teams are not part of schools, so the hectic practice and game schedules many parents face in the US were not a factor. School schedules differ too .. students in France attend school for two weeks and then get two weeks off. Aby is home now, missing her best friend from Lyon, and adjusting to a “counter culture” shock of being back in the States again, now as a well-traveled, bilingual Junior at Bluffton High School.

For more information about Rotary District 7770’s Youth Exchange program:


Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec

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Oct 152017

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec.  Presenting the check to Alan Perry, past president of the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association (third from left) and Frank Soule, Executvie Director(fifth from left) are David Tirard, District Governor Elect, President Karen Cully, and Sandee Brooks, Past District Governor .


US Marine Corps Colonel Matthew St. Clair  joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort

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Oct 152017

US Marine Corps Colonel Matthew StClair  joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort in a ceremony at the Club’s September 20th meeting.  He is joined (left to right) by his mother, Jocylin StClair, his wife Melissa, and Beaufort Rotary Club President Suzi Oliver.  Colonel StClair has been the Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Eastern Recruiting Region at Parris Island since turning over command of the Recruit Training Regiment in July.  He and his wife Melissa will remain in Beaufort following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2018.


Summerville Rotary club celebrated Student of the Month & Teacher of the Month

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Oct 152017

from Sand Hill Elementary School. They were accompanied by Chandler’s parents Phil and Adair Roark, Sand Hill Assistant Principal Annette Roper, SRC President Jaye Elliott and SRC member Rita Berry.

Summerville Rotary Club welcomed Scott Cave, Principal at Atlantic Business Continuity Services, to their September 20th meeting. Scott delivered a timely presentation on strategies for preparing your business for a hurricane.


Rotary Doughnut Run – Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash

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Oct 152017

What do doughnuts and runners have in common? Participation in the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest 5K fundraiser
for their annual community youth service projects! Competitors in this USATF certified event will have the option of
competing in the Doughnut Challenge or as a Casual Participant. Those confident in their Running and Doughnut
Eating capabilities will run half the 5K course and then eat one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts before continuing on
with the second half of the race for an opportunity to win prizes and awards. Since the course has been measured
and certified, area runners can also strive to beat their personal best times. Best of all, it’s all for a great cause!
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise has a variety of service projects that cater to the young children and
students in our local community. Proceeds for the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will go to fund annual
service projects the Rotary Club sponsors throughout the year. Examples of these programs are the P Cubed project:
Happy Feet, Clothing Closet, School Supplies, and The Dictionary Project. Each of these projects targets a specific
need with young children and families in our community such as literacy advancement, and financial assistance.
Of course we have an alternate option to being a competitor for the faint of heart. You can register as a casual
runner/walker where you can just take home your dozen doughnuts after the race rather than scarfing them down at
the half waypoint. All participants of the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will receive a race t-shirt to go
along with their one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. T-shirts are guaranteed if registered prior to October 23rd.
The race will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00am. The USATF certified course will begin on Greenleaf
Circle in Myrtle Beach, adjacent to the new Krispy Kreme on Rodeo Drive. For both the competitor and casual
runner/walker registration, the race fee is $30 with a $2.50 sign up fee until September 30th. After September 30 th ,
the race fee will increase to $35 plus the $2.50 sign up fee. Registration will be taken online prior to the race at Hope to see you there! Please contact Kevin Kristick for questions or sponsorship
opportunities at

Spring Valley Rotary Club sponsors Gift of Life patient

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Oct 152017

The journey began September 8th for our Gift of Life patient, 8-year-old Lourdes Iputi from American Samoa. Thanks to Dr. Stu Hamilton for coordinating this very special project for the Spring Valley Rotary Club.

Her first outpatient procedure is set for Thursday, Sept 14 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Pediatric Opthalmologist Dr. Alexander Pogrebniak will be doing a “complex extracapsular cataract removal.”  The second eye will be then be done on Sept. 21st. Dr. Hamilton, a retired pediatrician, identified this child as a possible Gift of Life patient while on a medical mission trip this summer in American Samoa. In cooperation with the Mission of Hope and Rotary’s Gift of Life program, and with lots of work on Dr. Hamilton’s part, this child will be given the gift of sight. Rotary…..we make a difference.


Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year

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Oct 152017

The following candidates were recently selected to represent our District 7770 as Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year.

Madeline Leibin is a 2017 graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in Religious Studies / International Studies (Concentration: Europe) / Philosophy (Concentration: Politics, Philosophy, & Law). She will be attending the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, in the Area of Focus of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution to pursue an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Ryan Anderson is attending the University of South Carolina and will graduate with a BS in 2018 with a Major in Public Health. He will be attending the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the Area of Focus Disease Prevention and Treatment. He will pursue a Masters of Public Health at UCT.

Rachel Lunsford is a 2017 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a BS in Business Administration majoring in International Business, Finance and Spanish.

She will attend the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution while pursuing a Masters in International Relations and Politics. She also served as the Rotaract President at USC.

SPECIAL STORY: Baby shower as a program at Rotary Club meeting

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Oct 082017

In 2015, I became a Rotarian.  T-Bone Jones suggested that I attend different Rotary Clubs because every Rotary Club is different.  When I heard him say every Rotary Club was different I knew I was in the right place.  I love diversity.  I love learning about different cultures.  In life we have good and we have bad.  Most of us can agree that lying, stealing, cheating and murder are bad.  Music styles, cultures, hairstyles, sports and locales are different.  Most things in life are neither good nor bad, but different.

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is over 75 years old.  For the first time in the history of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club we have a pregnant Rotarian.  In fact, we have not one, but two pregnant Rotarians.  Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith are our expecting Rotarians.  They are due October 6 and both will have boys. Yes, you read that sentence correctly both Rotarians have the same due date!  

With this exciting news Kathy Miranda wanted to hold a baby shower as a program at our Rotary Club meeting.  When I first heard Kathy mention this program idea I was concerned.  I had heard comments from Rotarians from other clubs that baby showers were not appropriate programs.  I had even heard of a Rotarian being brought to tears by another Rotarian when she was collecting money for a baby gift for a Rotarian at another club.  She was told it was not appropriate for her to collect money for a present.  I listened to Kathy’s idea of holding a baby shower, but I made no comment.

To my surprise our club leader’s liked Kathy’s idea and fully supported the baby shower idea.  Mark Oulsey said to me, “I think a baby shower for a program is a great idea.”  

I was even contacted by our District Governor Gary Bradham to write a story.   Jim Rozier proudly stated, “I am President during our first Rotary baby shower.”  Not only were we going to have a baby shower we were going to surprise our mother’s to be.

Kathy Miranda was a wonderful shower hostess and bought lots of thoughtful decorations.  Pat Stanley helped Kathy decorate the room.   Kathy even baked cupcakes and made punch.  Our club was full of excitement as members arrived with gifts for our two mother’s to be.  Men were chuckling that today was the first time they had attended a baby shower.  B.J. Maynard even asked if we were going to stand around and drink beer.

Barry Thigpen arrived first with presents in hand.  He proudly boasted that his wife Pat had done the shopping.  Excitement was in the air as Rotarians arrived with gifts in hand.  Rotarians gazed with pride at the decorations.

Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith both arrived clueless of their shower.  They were both thrilled that we made them feel so special.

Sun Fun by MJ Schwartz was a list of most popular baby names.  MJ reminded us how special our club is to have two prospective new members on the way.  

Matt Sedota and Eric Long had a wonderful game of Know your Rotarian.  We all laughed and roared as Lauren and Jessica entertained us with the answers to a variety of questions.  They were asked anything from how many days are in a week to how many bones does a baby have?

Kathy Miranda finished up the program with a round of games.  We guessed the number of candies in the baby bottle.  We completed the nursery rhymes.  Also, we played the Price is Right with baby products.

My fears were relieved and I was reminded why I love Rotary.  As T-Bone Jones told me all Rotary Clubs are different.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that baby showers are not appropriate programs.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that you shouldn’t collect money for a present.  All Rotary Clubs are different.  I am a proud member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.  Our club has baby showers for programs.  

I think David Michaux said it best, “everyone is involved!”


Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Beaufort Volunteered at Military Appreciation Day

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Oct 082017
Members of Rotary Club of the Lowcountry volunteered at the Beaufort Regional Chamber’s Military Appreciation Day this past Saturday. Held on Laurel Bay Military Housing Community, MAD is a way for members of the Beaufort community to come together to thank the children and spouses of those who serve. Music, food, fun, games and toys and lots of information, gift certificates for services, education opportunities was available. Thank you to the chamber, all the sponsors and Beaufort‘s participating businesses and community organizations who teamed up to make it another fun event for the children.
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