Rod Funderburk

May 042016

On May 3, 2016 the CART Fund awarded a total of $600,000 in research grants to five researchers.  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.  Each year research centers from all over the USA submit applications for CART grants and the number and amount of the grants are based on the income received each year from any source.  Every dollar donated to the CART Fund is used for research grants.  The goal of the CART Fund is to provide financial support for the early and conceptual plans of 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.  Pictured are the District 7770 representatives at the CART Fund Board meeting with the five recipients of CART funding for 2016.


May 032016

Rotarians of District 7770,

This year in Rotary, we are designating May as Youth Services Month.  Some of you might ask, “What is Youth Service”? We know that it is essential for us to bring in a new generation of younger Rotary members, and Youth Service Month is a reminder that we need to make Rotary available to all service-mined people including the younger generation. Some people often talk about Rotary as an extended family.  Families have branches and generations and many different parts.


Rotary International recognizes “the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.  Rotary clubs should be committed to involving youth and young adults in their vocational, community, and international service projects, and to providing programs and resources that support them.”  That is a lot of words to say that Rotary International recognizes the importance of young people and encourages clubs to recognize their importance.

In this district we have EarlyAct clubs, Interact clubs, and Rotaract clubs. If your club does not currently sponsor one or more of these, please consider starting one in the next year.  The district supports Youth Exchange, RYLA, Global Grant scholarship programs and Peace scholarship programs.  If your club does not seek candidates for each of these opportunities, please consider doing so.  We need to do a better job of encouraging young people to get involved with a Rotary club.  Younger people are very interested in hands-on projects that make a difference.  Does your club provide opportunities for hands-on participation?  There are many Rotary clubs who do the same projects to benefit the same organizations that they have done for decades.  Energetic enthusiastic new members could add variety to club projects.  Does your club provide compelling opportunities to offer prospective and current members?  Please take a look at your club and incorporate the necessary changes to make the club more attractive.  At every stage of our lives and our careers, Rotary has something for each of us. It can provide a way to let us do more, give more, and be more. Rotary is big enough for all of us.

District 7770 is sponsoring a Rotary YP Summit Saturday, May 21 at the Coastal Carolina Campus in Conway.  Invite people to come and interact with others excited about Rotary and the possibilities it provides.  Registration is online at the Rotary District 7770 database calendar.

Rod Funderburk


Apr 262016

Have you registered to attend the Rotary YP Summit May 21?  This is going to be a great event that you do not want to miss.  Come to the Coastal Carolina Campus in Conway on Saturday, May 21 and interact with people excited about Rotary and the possibilities it provides.  Registration is online at the Rotary District 7770 database calendar. View an invitation video below and commit to being a part of this opportunity.


Apr 162016

Did you know that there will be a district 7770 Young Professional Summit on May 21?  We are inviting Young Rotarians, Young at Heart Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to come together to talk about and discover what Rotary does well, dream about a future Rotary, design strategies to achieve that vision, and deliver on that change in their own clubs and communities.  The event will be at the Scholars Academy at Coastal Carolina University, 104 Chanticleer Drive, Conway, SC on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  You can register on the district 7770 calendar.  Registration fee is just $15 per person.  Attached is a video from the Rotary International YP Summit last year to give you an idea of what is in store for you in Conway on May 21.  Space is limited, so sign up soon and bring your friends.


Apr 132016

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head is presenting its annual Safety Town program for children ages 4-6 on Saturday, May 21, 2016 where children have fun and learn about safety!  Registration is now open at; we will appreciate your help in getting this information to local families.  The morning session is 9:30 am-12 noon and the afternoon session is 1:00-3:30 pm at the Hilton Head Island High School.

This free program helps children ages 4-6 learn about safety while providing fun learning experiences.  The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue and the Hilton Head Island Regional Health Center will be providing hands on safety experiences for your child.  The program is designed with the goal of preventing injuries and teaching children how to be safe.  The children will love driving the pedal cars around our outdoor “town” complete with miniature buildings.  The hazard house is a great way to teach home safety.  The hospital will be teaching first aid skills to the children.

Contact or visit our website at for more information.


Apr 042016

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that member Brian Julius has been awarded Rotary International’s distinguished Service Above Self Award. This award is given annually to only 100 persons from Rotary International’s membership of 1.2 million worldwide. Julius was recognized for his innovative “Speaking Books” program to carry the messages of polio eradication and healthy living to illiterate populations of the world. To date, Julius has produced more than 60 educational books in 30+ languages on such topics as maternal child health, immunizations, hand washing, HIV, suicide prevention and teaching literacy. By simply pressing a button to the corresponding illustrated page, users are able to listen to the messages recorded in their own languages. Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program to eradicate polio became a new focus for “Speaking Books” in 2014. Working with Rotary, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Julius began targeting Pakistan and Nigeria, the only two countries where polio still existed. Community workers and health professionals use the books to educate families on the steps to prevent polio and to dispel the fear of necessary immunizations. These books have become an important tool in Rotary International’s efforts toward eradicating polio worldwide. The Service Above Self Award was made to Brian Julius at the annual Rotary District 7770 Conference in Columbia last week.  Brian Julius, Rotary International’s 2016 Service Above Self Award recipient, with Nancy Moody, District 7770 Conference Chair and Past District Governor.


Mar 292016

Rotarians of District 7770,

For those of you who attended the recent district conference, thank you for helping us to celebrate the accomplishments of Rotarians and Rotary clubs who have demonstrated Gifts to the World.  We had more people attend than in recent years, but 16 of our 80 clubs did not have a representative in attendance.  That is compared to 14 clubs not in attendance last year.  We had the Youth Exchange join us for dinner Saturday night so that our Rotarians could interact with the students and recognize the depth and worth of the program.  More than one Youth Exchange student expressed delight that those at their tables Saturday night listened to them and made them feel important.

We invited every Rotaract club to join us for Friday lunch and the Friday afternoon session so that our Rotarians could interact with them and help them to visualize the possibility of transitioning from Rotaract to a Rotary club.  A Rotaract member from one of the prisons told me that he especially appreciated being allowed to attend the Friday session because “the people made me feel welcome and treated me like a real person.”  Another Rotaract member commented that the conference helped her see Rotary as bigger than she imagined.  A relatively new Rotarian told me that she was made to feel welcome by those from clubs in other parts of the district.  Did you use the conference to make new friends and get ideas that can help your club in the future?

The conference speakers were great, the Rotary Jeopardy game was fun and awards were given to well-deserving people.  I felt that the House of Friendship was the best it has been in years, because it truly depicted the impact that clubs are having on their communities.  The entire conference was devoted to this year’s theme Be a Gift to the World.  Any accolades associated with this year’s District conference go to the conference team who did a terrific job of organizing and carrying out the task of making the event memorable and fun.  A Rotary District conference is an opportunity for Rotarians to get a different perspective of Rotary than can be obtained at a local club meeting.  Make plans right now to attend next year’s event in Hilton Head, March 24-26, 2017.

Rod Funderburk



Mar 252016

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to Seoul, the site of the 107th Rotary International Convention. Celebrate with us the joy of bringing the work of Rotary into our communities to Be a Gift to the World. The convention is a great way to experience what it truly means to be a part of Rotary. You will not only be inspired by fascinating speakers and productive breakout sessions, but also have an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world. You will experience firsthand the vibrant city of Seoul, as well as exchange ideas, build your skill set, and have fun.

The House of Friendship also provides a space where you can connect with different cultures and clubs. As a city with a long, rich history and the latest amenities, Seoul is the ideal location for a Rotary convention and a delightful travel destination to explore. It is both the capital and largest metropolis in Korea as well as home to an expansive number of parks, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants that showcase Korea’s rich culinary tradition.

Stop by any street vendor throughout the city to try traditional snacks like tteokbokki, gimbap, or Korean barbeque. Visit the now-famous Gangnam district, made popular by K-pop recording artist Psy. Explore COEX Mall, one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia, filled with everything from trinkets to high-tech devices. Visit Dongdaemun Market, open 24 hours a day, for a wide variety of goods, including silks and fabrics. While the convention will offer its own social activities and events, be sure to visit Lotte World Adventure, an entertainment complex that is home to the world’s second-largest indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park. Both feature family friendly stage shows and attractions. Shopping malls, movie theaters, and the Korean Folk Museum can be found a short monorail ride away, making it a wonderful family vacation experience. Before becoming president of Rotary International, I had the pleasure to attend 25 Rotary conventions. Each convention has its own flavor and has always been an enriching experience. I took advantage of the ability to meet and get to know my fellow Rotarians. I recall having conversations with club members from all over the world, on the buses and trains, in the House of Friendship, and in the main meeting halls. These are folks who I otherwise never would have had the chance to meet. In fact, while in Seoul, I will look forward to meeting you as well. Vanathy and I invite you to join us and your fellow Rotarians as we see the sights, discover what it’s like to be a citizen of the world, and learn how we can continue to Be a Gift to the World.


K.R. Ravindran

Rotary International President, 2015-16

Play Jeopardy at the District Conference

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Mar 152016

District 7770 Rotarians:

One of the speakers at the district conference will be Ben Ingram, Jeopardy Tournament of Champions Winner from Florence, SC.

Click below to hear what Ben has to say.

We will play three Rotary Jeopardy games with three contestants each.  The winner of each game will go on to play in the Rotary Jeopardy Tournament of Champions on Saturday Night.  We have great prizes but you have to participate to win.  And, it is all about Rotary so you are sure to know the “questions.”

To sign up to play Rotary Jeopardy, contact Mary Gasque at

Looking forward to hearing from all of you Rotary savvy Rotarians.


Mar 082016

Troy Crump, president of the Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club, was honored at their annual Charter Night dinner with an award called the “Four-Way Test Award”, presented by Rotary District Governor Rod Funderburk.  The award recognized Troy’s personal commitment to Rotary’s motto of “service above self”, and to his integrity in both his professional and personal relationships. Joining Troy in acceptance of the award was his wife Kelly. The Four-Way Test establishes the criteria for the things Rotarians think, say and do : first, is it the truth ; second, is it fair to all concerned ; third, will it build good will and better friendships ; and fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned.  The Club meets for breakfast and informational speakers at Crooked Creek Park every Thursday, 7:30-8:30 am.  For more information, contact Marsha Clayman at

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