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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.
Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash
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 30th, the race fee will increase to $35 plus the $2.50 sign up fee. Registration will be taken online prior to the race at https://goo.gl/Q6r8mv. Hope to see you there! Please contact Kevin Kristick for questions or sponsorship opportunities at email@example.com.
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.
The Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest is jointly hosted by the Summerville Evening and the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary clubs. This is our sixth year hosting the event which have been very successful in the past, the most successful were hosted in Hutchinson Square, Historic Summerville where we will be again this year. The funds raised are jointly shared by both clubs and placed into charitable giving accounts. No funds raised during the event are used for operating club expenses.
The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.
District Governor September Message
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.
We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District. Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year. The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self. This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process. In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs. Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.
Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus. Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items. During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year. Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves. Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month. Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year. She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.
By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness. Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.
I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary C. Bradham
District Governor, 2017-18