Rod Funderburk

Jul 182016

Each year the Rotary Club of Beaufort presents an Employee of the Year Award as an important means of recognition for employees in the Beaufort community who contribute to civic and community efforts.

The 2016 Employee of the Year is Amy Luce Hane, a breast nurse navigator in Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center. As a breast nurse navigator she becomes involved when a patient receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, providing support from diagnosis to post-treatment. To ensure she is giving them the best possible care, she took the extra step of becoming a Breast Care Nurse–a prestigious, nationally accredited certification, which is awarded only to registered nurses.

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Jul 182016

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian’s leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  We often refer to these events as the Rotary Learning Institute.  The purpose of RLI is to strengthen our clubs and strengthen our Rotarians.  Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and throughout the world (Service Above Self).  With that service, comes a learning experience in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication and organization.  RLI provides an opportunity to enrich that learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout the region.

Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and their club while becoming more knowledgeable Rotarians.  Participants will not learn everything about all of Rotary’s programs, but they will gain a greater appreciation for the avenues of service and programs of Rotary.  Visit our web site for locations and other details:  Rotarians are welcome to attend sessions in District 7770 or in neighboring districts.

Please find a link to a short video about RLI:


Jun 302016
Jeff Berger, Columbia Fireflies ticket account manager, briefed the Chapin Rotary Club on the exciting developments at Spirit Communications Park, a 365-day per year multi use sports and entertainment venue in downtown Columbia.  The public park is the home of the Fireflies, the Class-A affiliate of the New York Mets, and can also host a variety of events including  business meetings, weddings, concerts, soccer and football games, and a 360 degree concourse for walkers and joggers.
Jun 302016

District 7770 held its third annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) event June 25-27.  Very special thanks to Akil Ross for chairing a dynamic and fun RYLA event for 65 delegates at Columbia College.  The two and a half days of presentations on leadership styles and personality classifications were fun, informative and left everyone excited for their future as leaders.  This years’ service project included packing 10,152 bags of food in two hours with Stop Hunger Now.  Many thanks for the leadership and dedication to the futures of our youth of those who helped with the event.













Jun 212016

The Rotary Club of Orangeburg Morning celebrated its 20th Anniversary in conjunction with their Annual Service Above Self Banquet June 16th on the campus of South Caroline State University.  The club annually recognizes Law Enforcement Officers of the Year from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department, Orangeburg Public Safety, and SC Highway Patrol. This year’s recipients were Corporal Karl Stoller, Corporal Albert Black, and Sergeant Michael Tomson.  We are indebted to dedicated law enforcement officers like these.

The club also recognized Brenda L. Williams as the club’s 2016 Rotarian of the Year.  The award is given each year to the club member who exhibits “Service Above Self” in their daily activities and promotes Rotary by their action, involvements and leadership.  Club President Lee L. Given commented that, “It’s an honor to recognize each of our awardees this evening for their many contributions in making Orangeburg County not only a safer place for us to live, work and play but better place for us all.”

In 1996, the Rotary Club of Orangeburg, led by then President Paul A. Miller, helped to Charter the new Orangeburg-Morning Club with approximately 20 members.  Original Charter Members Bill Barrett and Ralph Faulling were in attendance at the dinner and continue to remain active within the club along with several other Charter Members.





Jun 182016

Rotary International held a Young Professional Summit in Chicago in 2014.  Two participants Justin Saltzman and Clarissa Harris came back to District 7620 and held a Young Professional Summit.  Gary Bradham, District Governor Nominee approached Alison Jean Hamilton about attending the District 7620 Young Professional Summit.  After attending Alison Jean Hamilton gained support of our District Governor Rod Funderburk to hold our own Young Professional Summit.  Justin Saltzman travelled to South Carolina and helped our District hold a Young Professional Summit in May 2016.

Porter Medley of Carolina Forest Rotary Club found a location for our event, found a Rotarian to help with lunch and recruited Rotaract Advisor Daniel Hucks and Rotaract President Theresa Calabrese to help. Ed Tassin, District Secretary, handled our registration.

The first ever District 7770 Young Professional Summit was held at The Scholars Academy on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. Young Rotarians, Young at Heart Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors throughout our district attended.  Our Summit was kicked off with lunch from Firehouse Subs.  Bob Lepore of Carolina Forest Rotary offered us the sandwiches at a greatly reduced rate.

Thanks to Gina Trimarco Cligrow of the Chicora Rotary Club we played Improv games.  Gina donated her time and players from her Carolina Improv Company to start off our event on a fun note.  The fun carried throughout the day.

Stanlee Morrison, Advisor to The Interact Club of the Scholars Academy, donated her time to host our event. The Scholars Academy Interact President Michelle Guo and the Interact Club of the Scholars Academy presented an excellent presentation about the history of Rotary, about how individual students feel about their Interact Club and about the various service projects they have held.

Our first breakout involved gathering information about various clubs in our district, dreaming about the future and developing individual strategies.  Porter Medley, Johnny Moore, Justin Saltzman, Therese Calabrese, Stanlee Morrison and Daniel Hucks were the facilitators for our first breakout sessions.  During our second breakout participants created a commercial.  Commercials were presented to all participants.  Theresa Calabrese, Rotaract President, compiled the breakout results and live streamed our event.

Thanks to Steve Jones, President of Myrtle Beach Rotary we played corn hole.

Don Stevens of Chicora Rotary donated a beautiful diamond ring set in white gold valued at $1,495.  Kathy Miranda of Myrtle Beach Rotary, also, donated $25 worth of Olive Garden Gifts Certificates.  Johnny Moore, Assistant Governor, handled the raffle during our event.  Theresa Calabrese won the ring.  Ralph Jones of Carolina Forest Rotary Club won a gift certificate to the Sea Captain’s House.  Kira Irick, Interactor of the Palmetto Academy, won the Olive Garden gift certificates.

We had a wonderful day living by the 4 way test, putting service above self and building friendships.

For more information, contact Alison Jean Hamilton




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Jun 062016

Have you given to the CART Fund this year?  The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.  The goal of the CART Fund is to encourage exploratory and developmental Alzheimer’s disease research projects within the United States. This is accomplished by providing financial support for the early and conceptual plans of those projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research. These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.


In May 2016, the CART Fund awarded $600,000 in research grants bringing to a total of $5.8 million since the inception of the CART Fund.  CART Fund by-laws require that 100% of all donated funds must go to Alzheimer’s disease research.  We need your help to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Will you donate today toward finding a cure?


The following link is to Carl White’s Life in the Carolinas Alzheimer’s Special entitled Remembering No More: A Story of Change.


May 302016

Rotarians of District 7770,

In Rotary, we designate June as Fellowship Month.  We sometimes forget that Rotary International began as a fellowship organization and later evolved into the world’s most prestigious humanitarian service organization.  The founders originally got together to network and enjoy fellowship with each other.  We heard loud and clear at the recent district Young Professional Summit that young people are looking for networking, mentorship and fellowship opportunities in Rotary.


What has been the most fun for you in Rotary this year?  Have you shared that with a prospective member?  Each of us has our own reason for joining Rotary, but most of us became part of Rotary to make a difference.  We all want to be doing something meaningful, but you can still have a great time in the process.  Very few Rotarians joined to be stiff and boring.  Past District Governor Bernie Riedel has continually said for years that the Four-Way Test should have a fifth line that said “Is It Fun?”  Each of us should commit to making our clubs more enjoyable.  How attractive is your club to a prospective member?  As we come to the close of this Rotary year, there is still time for you to make a difference in your part of the world.  Have you given of your time and money to a service project or contributed to the Rotary Foundation, the eradication of Polio, or C.A.R.T.?  Have you invited someone to join your club?  Helping others and including others in Rotary activities is all part of the fellowship of Rotary.  There is still time to do all of these before the year closes.  Please help your club to finish well.


This is being written from the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea.  When the flags of over 200 Rotary countries parade in to the opening session, there is a realization of just how big Rotary as an organization truly is and how much potential we have to Be a Gift to the World.  Next year’s theme is Rotary Serving Humanity, and we will once again be reminded to serve others and make a difference in our community and in the world at large.  As you strive to create opportunities in your clubs to provide service to others, please do not overlook the prospect of having fun in the process.


Rod Funderburk



May 232016

PRIVP Anne Matthews, a member of the Polio Advocacy Task Force for the US, met in Washington, DC, last week with Congressional  supporters of our effort to eradicate Polio in the world. A reception was given to the Congressmen who  have worked with us in the effort. Senator Joe Wilson  was recognized several years ago as a Polio Champion by Rotary International. He is a Rotarian and attends the reception  yearly and speaks at the event. 

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Little River Rotary Hosts NMB Rescue Squad

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May 102016

The Rotary Club of Little River hosted North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad representatives who spoke about the Rescue Squad’s early years, its current activities, training, and area of operations.  The NMB Rescue Squad is one of the oldest rescue squads in the state, having started providing services in May 1958.  They are totally funded by contributions from the community, primarily by their annual Fish Fry held on the first Saturday in October.  The NMB Rescue Squad provides rescue and ambulance services in North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach, Cherry Grove Beach, Little River, Longs, Wampee, Brooksville, and the Poplar communities.  The Rotary Club of Little River salutes the dedicated and professional women and men of the North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad!

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