Rod Funderburk

Mar 012016
 

Rotarians of District 7770,

In October 2015 many parts of Rotary District 7770 suffered significant devastation from a flood.  I have been extremely proud of the ways in which Rotarians have responded to the event, to the flood victims and to requests for assistance.  Thank you, Rotarians, for all that you have done to help the flood victims.  Initially our Rotarians reached out to their communities, in the spirit of a family of Rotary and provided helping hands and financial assistance to agencies working with flood victims and to individuals affected by the flood.  Like all disasters there was a flurry of activity during the first months; but as time passed, the volunteer interest waned.  It has been five months since the flood, and we are not nearly finished with the task.

Most recently our Rotary district partnered with the St Bernard Project (SBP) to help repair and rebuild homes affected by the flood.  The mission of SBP, founded in March 2006, is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery.  Since its founding, SBP has rebuilt homes for over 950 families with the help of more than 100,000 volunteers in New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY; Rockaway, NY; Monmouth/Ocean Counties, NJ; San Marcos, TX, and most recently Columbia, SC.  SBP is not the only organization helping flood victims and not your only choice to invest your time.  Find your niche and help others.  If your Rotary club would like a real hands-on experience in providing service, let me recommend that you organize a work day focused on helping a flood victim.  Even if you do not live in one of the 26 flood-affected counties of South Carolina, you can still help.  Will you consider volunteering to “Be a Gift to the World” through service to those in need?

Rod Funderburk

 

Rod

Mar 012016
 

March 18-19, 2016

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

We are going to celebrate the accomplishments of the clubs in district 7770 at the district conference on March 18-19.  But we would like for you to join us for the fun and fellowship.  The food is going to be great, the venue is terrific, the program is entertaining, and you will not be bored.  The video below is an invitation to come and have fun with us as we celebrate your gifts to the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5eoqN9fMm8

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Conference.

Do Good, Have Fun, Y’all Come.

 

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Feb 292016
 

On February 27th, members of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo volunteered their day to assist the St. Bernard Project (SBP) with their flood victim relief efforts.  SBP was founded in March 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney after the couple, who originally lived in Washington, D.C. volunteered in St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina, in February 2006. Inspired by residents’ collective spirit and fierce desire to rebuild their homes and communities, Zack and Liz launched SBP to help the community achieve its recovery goals.  With support of donors, volunteers and corporate partners, SBP has grown from a three-person volunteer team into a nationally recognized leader in disaster resilience and recovery.  St. Bernard Project’s mission is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery.  SBP is working with governmental and non-governmental officials in South Carolina to help rebuild impacted communities.

SBP works through an all-under-one-roof and vertically integrated approach that provides clients with one point of contact, causes efficiencies and accountability between traditionally siloed components and eliminates the need for (and cost of) subcontractors through in-house skilled labor crews. SBP’s model is deeply subsidized by AmeriCorps members from all over the country who serve as client case managers, volunteer coordinators, and construction site supervisors, overseeing the labor of more than 10,000 volunteers, per location, each year.

SBP saves time and money by exercising direct control over skilled labor and scheduling, which also allows us to create well paying jobs for veterans and other under- and unemployed residents. With its construction system enhanced and optimized through ongoing partnerships with Toyota and UPS, SBP rebuilds homes far below market rate, and carries out construction projects with much lower subsidies than traditional affordable housing models.

Since 2006, SBP has rebuilt homes for over 950 families with the help of more than 100,000 volunteers in New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY; Rockaway, NY; Monmouth/Ocean Counties, NJ; San Marcos, TX, and most recently Columbia, SC.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray -Irmo were assigned to help an elderly family pack and move the contents of their home and attic into a pod so that demolition on their roof and ceilings could begin this week.  They also began floor prep and some painting outside to get things prepare6d.  After a full day’s work, the house is ready to go.

If you would like to participate in any of our service projects or to just find out what our Rotary Club and St. Bernard Projects are all about please visit our websites at lakemurrayirmorotary.com and stbernardproject.org

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Feb 232016
 

Have you registered for the conference?  Click below for a message from Terry and Jaime Moore about registering.

 

 

You can go to rotary7770.org, click on Calendar and register for the Conference and Hotel.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Conference.

Do Good, Have Fun, Y’all Come.

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Feb 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 mary@gasque.com.

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

 

Ben-Ingram

Feb 092016
 

District 7770 Conference

March 18-19, 2016

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Tom Shea, retired Navy Seal and author of Unbreakable, A Navy Seal’s Way of Life, will be our lunch speaker on Friday, March 18.  You don’t want to miss Tom Shea talking to us about his life as a Navy Seal.  We will have time for questions and answer from Tom.

Click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAXwjtUvt4A to get a preview.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Conference.

Do Good, Have Fun, Y’all Come.

ThomShea

Feb 062016
 

District 7770 Conference

March 18-20, 2016

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Y’all Come

Have Fun

Does your club plan to bring a display for the House of Friendship to tell all in attendance what your club has been doing to be a gift to the world?  Sign up today.  View the video invitation from Georgette Sandifer, Chair of the House of Friendship.

 

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Feb 022016
 

The clubs on District 7770 do many very worthwhile projects and provide valuable service to their communities.  We are asking clubs to do one of those projects during February 2016 and incorporate the theme “Rotary Has Heart” into that project.  Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate.  This is first and foremost a Community Service Project, but it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our district what Rotarians can do to Be A Gift to the World.  Will you put forth the effort this month to demonstrate to your part of the world what it means to help others in the name of Rotary?

 

The official Rotary International theme for February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.  What better way to improve peace and reduce conflict in your community than to provide service where there is a need.  What can your club do to help the public better understand what Rotary is and what Rotarians do to make their communities better?  It is my hope that clubs will use this effort to develop their membership and to promote giving to our Rotary Foundation.  Whatever way your club chooses to participate, we hope you will bear the Rotary banner proudly and tell your story boldly.  After all, Rotary has heart, and there is no better way to show this collectively than through service to your part of the world.

Rod Funderburk

Rod

Feb 012016
 

District 7770 Conference

March 18-20, 2016

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Do Good

Y’all Come

 Have Fun

The District Conference is going to be a blast for those who attend.  There will be a great band each night.  Have you signed up?   View the video invitation from Conference MC David Tirard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOXdsWfDwqo

 

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