ALZHEIMER’S GALA – Charleston
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Champagne Reception in Grand Lobby 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Master of Ceremony Cynthia Alston Bell – WMGL, 107.3
Guest Speaker: Mr. Todd Gallati
President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Health
Marriott Crystal Ballroom
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston SC
Black Tie Optional Tickets are $100 each, Sponsorship’s available.
Are you interested on how the 4 Way Test was developed?
On July 26th you are all invited to participate in the following meeting:
We ask that each participant rename them self to include their club or district. e.g., Jim Dodmead, 6650
President Andy (Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950) announced that he invited John Smarge (Assistant to RI President Barry and Past Director for Zones 33 and 34) to speak on July 26th, at 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The meeting will be cohosted by the Rotary eClub of Southeast USA & Caribbean District 6950 and Rotary eClub of the Carolinas District 7750 on https://zoom.us/j/4530225765
These two clubs invite you and your club members to join us for this meeting to hear this distinguished speaker.
We are hoping to have a good enough showing that RI will see that eClubs are interested in hearing from them, so that we may be able to schedule similar caliber speakers for events in the future.
John is characterized as a wonderful speaker and is very knowledgeable on Rotary.
If you or your members have any questions for PRID John, please provide them to me.
Here is the approximate agenda for this Special Meeting (please see the background information on PRID John later in this announcement):
700 PM EDT Meeting will commence. Opening Remarks and Introduction by President Andy
705 PM PDG Roll Call
710 PM Club Introductions
720 PM PRID John comments
At 755 PM: The meeting will close with the four way test:
In the early 1930s Herbert J. Taylor set out to save the Club Aluminum Products distribution company from bankruptcy. He believed himself to be the only person in the company with 250 employees who had hope. His recovery plan started with changing the ethical climate of the company. He explained:
The first job was to set policies for the company that would reflect the high ethics and morals God would want in any business. If the people who worked for Club Aluminum were to think right, I knew they would do right. What we needed was a simple, easily remembered guide to right conduct – a sort of ethical yardstick- which all of us in the company could memorize and apply to what we thought, said and did.
I searched through many books for the answer to our need, but the right phrases eluded me, so I did what I often do when I have a problem I can’t answer myself: I turn to the One who has all the answers. I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Herbert offered the words to Rotary International in the 1940s, which they accepted as their own. RI copyrighted the test in 1954.
John Smarge has been a Rotarian and resident of Naples, Florida since 1981. His classification is Moving and Storage. John and his wife Cindy are Major Donors, Bequest Society Members and Paul Harris Society Members.
John graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. At the age of twenty-two, John left his home state of New Jersey, moved to Naples, FL and purchased a year old struggling moving company. His multi-office operation handling local, interstate and international moving is now the largest relocation business in SW Florida.
Professionally John was named a National Moving and Storage Association Young Executive Fellow. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Movers and Warehousemen Association, as a Regional Director of the Southern Community Bank. He has three (3) times been recognized as North American Van Lines Top Quality Agent.
John served as President of The Rotary Club of Naples in 1992-93 and as District 6960 Governor in 1995-96. He is currently Rotary International Director for 2010-2012 and serves as the Chairman RI Board of Directors Executive Committee. Additionally he is a member of both the Social Media and Rotarian Action Groups Committees.
Internationally, John has twice been a Delegate to the Council on Legislation and twice a Member of the RI Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Additionally, he has served as both a Rotary International Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. John served as General Chair for the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute. He is a regular speaker around the world at PETS, Assemblies, TRF and Membership Seminars and has regularly represented the President at District Conferences.
John considers the most rewarding aspects of his many years in Rotary to be the opportunity to participate in the PolioPlus National Immunization Days in India, his medical missions to Ternopil, Ukraine and his multiple humanitarian trips to the Caribbean. John continues to initiate, write and assist with Foundation Matching Grants on a yearly basis, including visiting the project sites.
John has received numerous awards for his Rotary Service including the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award the Rotary International Service above Self Award and was recognized in 1999 as the District 6960 Rotarian of The Decade.
John and Cindy have three daughters, Jessica, Stephanie and Amanda. He is a past Board Chairman of the Naples YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and Shelter for Abused Women. John has coached girl’s basketball teams for more than 15 years. In his most recent coaching job, John’s team went three (3) years with only losing one game. In his spare time John is a competitive auto racer.
The meeting will conclude at 8 PM.
If available, Dr. Gary Goforth, PDG will host the meeting and mute/unmute any unruly Rotarians present. If possible, he will also record the meeting and will provide a URL from which to view or download the video.
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President, Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians
Immediate Past District 5050 Assistant Governor, Area H
Immediate Past District 5050 Youth Services Chair
Past President Rotary Club of La Conner
A final message from Past District Governor Gary Bradham to the District Membership and leaders of District 7770.
This past Rotary year started with heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication by the membership of District 7770. Please allow me the opportunity to express my wholehearted “thank you” to every member of the District. Your support has been unwavering and passionate throughout. As we “close the books” on this 2017-2018 Rotary Year, I would like to thank everyone for their support and actions to Make A Difference this Rotary year. It is hard to realize that this year is over, and we are already “closing the books” on such a great year! It’s been a fantastic experience for me representing the District’s membership at all of the various functions of Rotary Service and my work with all of you on the various Rotary activities. It was also a great experience for me, personally, as the District’s only Rotary International Officer and representative for our District to the entire Rotary world. You are all truly “People of Action” who accomplished many, many worthwhile programs. In my view, you had a banner year in all categories of Rotary service … meeting or exceeding our collective goals for the year.
I would like to highlight some of our accomplishments since last July, 2017. It is important to remember that everything we achieved was because of how each of you decided to personally “Make a Difference” this Rotary year. We are nearing the end of the calculations for contributions to our great Foundation. While there are still some contributions being processed, most clubs met and many exceeded their Foundation goals, not to mention your remarkable contributions to End Polio Now through the polio plus goals. Rotary moved closer than ever toward “making history” as we continued to “count down to zero” the number of Polio cases which will allow us to claim success on eradicating polio worldwide. Through the leadership of PDG Sandee and Bernie, we exceeded both goals as a District and Clubs in both categories and we continued to build on last year’s performance and exceeded $1 million dollars in “Total Giving”!
From the Foundation dollars returned to the district, we awarded 62 District Grants, about a dozen Global Grants, three Global Scholarships, and $25,000 to Rotary’s Peace Center. We increased the number of Paul Harris Society members to 300, one of the largest groups of PHS members in the WORLD! The District’s Grant program allowed members to engage across the spectrum of community support with a multitude of service activities, health, youth, and children support programs. Providing dictionaries, hot meals and take-home meals, reading books, book bags, and clothing items, to name a few.
We continued the District’s emphasis on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) with Rotarian Akil and PDG Lou hosting another fantastic event this past June. Clubs hosted 16 inbound and sent out 16 outbound Exchange Students. Through the leadership of Rotarian Paul Walter and retired educator Terri Brashears, we stood up the first Middle Interact Club. This new type youth club was chartered in the Hilton Head Middle School, with over 50 student members, and leadership support from the local Interact Club, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, High School and Community leaders.
Clubs continued their generosity to the CART Fund this past Rotary year, through strong CART donations … a program which started in District 7770 some twenty three years ago. Clubs donated a record breaking $202,511.55 toward the annual program, producing a $52.46 per capita giving record. This allowed grants to be awarded again this May exceeding $700,000 for cutting edge, start-up research. After talking with and hearing the grant recipients at the Annual CART Meeting, I firmly believe we are on the verge of finding a cure for this deadly disease which impacts so many families and friends of our membership. This year’s Club donations truly were a great way to honor the vision of Rotary Club of Sumter’s Rotarian Roger Ackerman, who has been the mainstay behind this remarkable and unique Rotary program. Through the assistance of PDG Rod and the leadership of Rotarian Arthur Jamison from the North Charleston Rotary Club, the first-ever Annual Alzheimer’s Gala was held in Charleston in 2017 producing over $10,000 dollars to the CART Fund. Two follow-on Galas are programed again for 2018-2019, one in Charleston and one in the Columbia area. And again this year, PDG Alan and Past Club President Pete from the Rotary Club of Georgetown raised over $40,000 for the CART Fund effort.
We had a “fun filled” and Informational District Conference with record breaking attendance with over 450 attendees. A special “thank you” to Jaime and Terry Moore, Conference Co-chairs, and the assistance of so many other fine Rotarians who volunteered their time to “Make A Difference” at this Conference. Volunteers like Maggie Kosinski and Sherry Smith (general administration and registration), Steve and Carolynn Jones (Hospitality, Sponsorship, and Facility Support), Jason and Britt Atkinson (PDG Dinner), PDG Anne Walker and Melissa Evans (Major Donor Luncheon), Herman Dixon (Awards – over 100 individual awards presented), Pauline and Ron Levesque (Decorations and Transportation), Drew Hansen (House of Friendship), Don Hovis (Photography) and Nichole Gainey (Entertainment and Chamber support), to name a few in some of the key areas. At the conference, many of you may recall my update on the school situation in Ghana. Our District has been supporting this effort since the Atlanta RI Convention, as well as my announcement from the stage of a shared dream of mine and PRIVP Anne Matthews to build an additional larger school in Ghana funded entirely from District 7770 donations. I am proud to inform the membership that this dream was made a realty when more than $175,000 was committed by District members and Clubs to support this dream… allowing a larger six room school with a modern library, clean water and a sanitation system on-site to allow both girls and boys to attend the school, to be built by Rotary. In addition there are also sufficient funds to drill 21 boreholes for clean water / wells and 67 micro-flush toilets in the surrounding communities where the students live who will be attending the school. Thanks to everyone who stepped up to help.
The District Membership Chair, DGN Johnny Moore, made significant strides growing “e-membership” classification members, a stronger Membership committee structure, and we added two Satellite Clubs; exceeding our goals for these categories of membership goals. We should continue to attract active members and retain existing members to allow “net positive growth” within the District’s Clubs.
We had an active, strong, sharing, and educational Public Image program and focus! Successfully promoting Polio challenges, informational articles, and centrally organized campaigns to tighten the Foundation and Membership programs and activities together and sharing the benefits with everyone who would listen. The PI Chair, Mary Gasque, used a wide variety of social and written media avenues. The third leg of our Rotary stool has never been stronger and helping to shoulder the efforts across a board spectrum of Rotary Service and performance.
As I stated in my opening remarks, these successes were the result of each of our District’s members, deciding how they would participate and taking individual and collective actions for Rotary: Making A Difference! I’d like to offer a special thanks to my sixteen Assistant Governors for their dedication and hard work with their clubs and almost 3900 members. We could not have done so well without your help, personal assistance, and leadership. The Past District Governors, through the Council of Governors (COG) under the guidance of my Vice Governor and Chairperson of the COG, PDG Kay Davis, and with the help of PDG Bernie Riedel filling in on occasions when Kay had health issues, continued to offer sound and important input to me and the District’s Leadership team. Allowing us to build on the actions of those who have led our District throughout the years. A special “thank you” to my wife and Rotary partner, Susan, for assisting me on so many levels to accomplish the multitude of duties of a District Governor and for helping me to energize the District’s membership with her engaging and personal contributions to the District as a whole. Also, our District is very fortunate to have the mentorship of Sarah and David Michaux who epitomize tradition and embrace change while graciously providing leadership and guidance for all of us to emulate.
My most overwhelming and heartfelt thanks goes to the Club Presidents. Your enthusiasm for Rotary, programs to support your communities, and your inspiring “service above self” was absolutely marvelous this Rotary year and inspired me to work even harder on your behalf as District Governor. You made it happen at the top of the Rotary world, … where the “rubber meets the road” … the club level. I ask you to continue to work together with this year’s leadership team to “Be an Inspiration”! You should continue to strive to Make A Difference, as we continue to work together to make Rotary and our District, even stronger than ever before. Add to your personal goals for this coming Rotary year to continue the “hunt” for good, engaging Rotarians that will inspire your clubs. The communities and people we serve around the world are counting on us!
The health of District 7770 has never been stronger! You truly “Made a Difference” in 2017-2018. Again, I would like to thank all the Rotarians in District 7770, you are all truly people of action, generously giving to others and doing good in the world. Join me to “Be An Inspiration” in 2018-2019 and being a strong supporter of our District Governor, David Tirard.
Past District Governor
June is Rotary Fellowship month!
International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI’s newer “professional” fellowships. The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org. As you can see from the website, one does NOT have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member – just have a passion for or an interest in education. Membership is available for one year ($20 USD), three years ($50 USD), or a lifetime membership for $100 USD.
Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Foundation Alumni members are eligible for membership. You can join from the website by using a credit card or PayPal.
Thank you in advance.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Charles Grant, Ph.D.
Note: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators operates in compliance with Rotary International’s policies for Rotary Fellowships but it is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.
Want to learn more about the management of the district? During the last district Assistant Governors training, the district started videotaping the presenters. This was our first attempt and should be getting better with experience. Here is an opportunity to review several presenters and maybe file for a make up with your club for reviewing. Here is the YouTube link.
The Summerville Evening Rotary Club had a very successful year receiving several awards at the GEAR UP for Rotary District Conference.
2017-2018 Small Club of the Year:
District Rotarian of the Year: Terry Moore, Summerville Evening RC
District Conference Service Above Self Leadership Award: Jaime Moore, Summerville Evening RC
Vocational Service Ribbon to: Summerville Evening RC
Small Club Public Image Awards:
Website – Summerville Evening RC
Newsletter/Bulletin – Summerville Evening RC
Small Club Spouse of the Year: Susan Bordiuk, Summerville Evening RC
Donald Hovis Jr, a member of the Myrtle Beach Chicora worked very hard to capture the events at the 2018 GEAR UP for Rotary District Conference. Over the course of the three day event, he captured more than 600 photographs. These photographs are for sale on his website at various prices depending on the product.
To access the photos visit www.tideseyephotography.com
Click on CLIENT VIEWING
Enter Access Code MBROTARY
All photos are available for purchase to include digital downloads of images for only $3 per image. To download an image you must click on the BUY button.
Print orders will be mailed within 3 days of ordering, prices are listed on website
Further questions please contact Donald at 843-504-8711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don plans on donating 30% of his sales through this to the CART Fund. The access code is available until 4/5/2018 and can be extended if needed.
Does you club exchange club trading banners? The Summerville Evening Rotary Club does and when members travel or when Rotarians from around the world visit our club, we trade banners. It is a great way to share club information with other clubs and other districts. Here is Keith Alder (L) from Roswell Pecos Valley New Mexico club exchanging banners with club President Thomas Taylor (R). Roswell Pecos Valley is home to the UFO Museum and Area 57 where aliens crashed their UFO and were taken into custody by the federal government, never to be seen again. Mr. Alder thought some members of his club could be linked to those aliens but has not been able to confirm it. Any case, we love getting banners from around the world and hearing their stories. #SECRotary
January / February Message
We have closed the door on the first half of this Rotary year… and what I wonderful first half it has been. According to RI President Ian Riseley, we began a year “that will change all of our lives, in ways great and small, and will probably change the lives of countless others who we may not even know.” His theme … Rotary: Making a Difference in 2017-18!
As we move out of Vocational Month and into Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution Month, you should revisit your plan and program to ensure you continue Making a Difference this Rotary Year. It’s time to Gear UP and Get Excited About Rotary as we continue our Rotary “flight path” and end this Rotary year as we began, by Making a Difference both individually and collectively as a District, as we defined who we are.
What is Rotary? I believe as President Ian does, that Rotary is defined by what we do, through impactful action and meaningful service. Who is Rotary? Rotary is you and me, working together by taking actions to serve others. Rotary is “People of Action” … doing good in the world, through service-above-self.
I would like to thank each of you personally, who “rang the bell” over the holiday season; adopted families or foster families within your communities; fed the hungry and provided clothing to those who needed it during the cold weather of winter. Also by giving to your charities of choice, including our own Rotary Foundation, to Make a difference in someone else live; working to provide clean water and accepting the challenge to participate in our Polio Day and week challenge. The children of the world are counting on us and you delivered! Our District members were terrific! Leading the way in Zone 33 in Making a Difference in 2017!
Collectively as a District team, we made a difference by working together to improve literacy in our communities. Some of our clubs began Freedom Reader programs and worked in conjunction with the local library system to “wet the whistle” of our youth; set up Free libraries in neighborhoods where the children have fewer resources to help them improve reading skills; developed First Reader programs within the Children Centers and volunteered in mass to share the written stories with the youngest in our communities; partnered with other clubs and medical organizations to give the “Gift of Life”. The Clubs and Club Members truly performed the “heavy lifting” required to be a successful Rotary … by serving those who needed help the most. Our District was number one in Zone 33 in Annual Fund Giving to the Rotary Foundation and number one in Paul Harris Society Members (there is still room for others!). Giving to the Foundation is what allows all of these wonderful programs of Rotary to continue throughout the year. Providing services to others in our communities and expanding the programs globally … Making a Difference around the world! There are some clubs which have chosen to hold their donations until the end of the Rotary year. I would suggest that they review their goals and release some of the funds now (those founds in your checking or savings accounts) probably aren’t earning the interest to really make a difference; not like the difference that can be made by releasing the funds donated or raised by your members, to continue strong programs throughout the entire Rotary year. Check with your Club’s Treasurers to see if your club has released funds to the Foundation as you may desire them to be released. I am so proud of our Rotarians and District in their active participation in these important programs!
As I have said numerous times, the good news about Rotary is that Rotary offers so many ways one can give back and Make a Difference! We can all find the programs or avenues that mean the most to each of us … thank you for expanding your involvement in the first half of the year; but please don’t stop now.
The District accomplished so many things collectively, that we could never have accomplished on our own…as we made a difference this first half of our Rotary year. I saw so many good programs being executed in the communities within our District, as I completed my club visits in mid-December. I also met so many young exchange students during my travels. What a fantastic opportunity for these students and they are an inspiration to all of us whose lives they touched. For those focused on Eradicating Polio, we helped drop the cases of Polio to only 22by the end of 2017, by providing and administering two vaccine drops on the tongues of the children around the world. A far cry from the 350,000 cases a year which many of our members faced when the Polio Program began in 1985. We lead Zone 33 in financial support to continue the “End Polio Now” program and funding the final campaign. Our District’s Rotarians are awesome!
Membership in the District as a whole continued to increase over the start of this Rotary year. While our growth rate is not as high as we believe is needed to keep pace with attrition, we are moving in the right direction. As you know, the District’s leadership team approved “special grant funds” for each club to hold Rotary Information Events to attract new member prospects. Unfortunately, only one club has taken advantage of these “free funds”. Please consider this program as you start the second half of your Rotary program for 2017-18. I am convinced that it may be as simple as asking someone to join. However, Clubs need to engage our current members to keep Clubs vibrant for generations to come! Finally, if we begin by attracting good prospects on the front end, who want to be involved and are committed to service above self, you will see a “win / win” for growth in the second half of the year.
Rotary needs EACH and EVERY ONE of us, as the vision and strategic plans change! We will need to attract new diverse members, mature members, and young professionals to add the diversity in the club to keep pace. We need our experienced, knowledgeable members to act as mentors, sharing their Rotary stories through friendships. We learn and build from our past, providing continuity & training to our new members and leaders.
Please continue to tell your Rotary stories to everyone who will listen, as it is through the stories that allow potential members to understand not only “what Rotary is” but more importantly, “who Rotary is”. Rotary is a membership association focused on serving others. Rotary offers solutions to others who are in desperate need. Rotary: making a difference not only in the lives of those we serve, but also in our own lives!
Finally, I ask each member to Gear UP for Rotary … be part of the fun and actions within your District. Please attend the District Conference at the Myrtle Beach Marriott, March 9-11, 2018. I promise you a very exciting, informative, and fun-filled conference. We planned this conference around the wisdom of deceased PRID Lambo Schwartz from the Myrtle Beach Club, who stated that a conference should have a little bit of Rotary and “a whole lot of FUN! Book your conference registration on the District Database Calendar now. You must reserve your hotel room, if needed, separately with the MB Marriott. By contract the guaranteed room block ends Feb 15th. So, to avoid having to stay somewhere away from the actual conference site or standing by for a room cancellation, reserve your room needs now and before Feb 15, 2018. Susan and I hope to see many of the fabulous Rotarians we meet on our official club visits. Please don’t let us down!