Sea Island Rotary Recognizes Dispatcher, Learns about Sea Turtle Rescue

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Apr 232015
Sea Island Rotary’s April 14 meeting included a special presentation to Ms. Jasmina O’Neil, who was recognized as Beaufort County’s outstanding dispatcher for 2015.  Rotarian David Zeoli read the citation from Sheriff P.J.Tanner recognizing Ms. O’Neil. David commented that Jasmina’s is the voice people first hear when calling 911, and is sometimes the last voice they ever hear. President Larry presents the award to Jasmina O'Neil, while Rotarian David Zeoli looks on Our program featured a presentation by Kelly Thorvalson, who heads sea turtle rescue and recovery programs at the Charleston Aquarium. Kelly told us about the types of sea turtles that frequent the South Carolina Coast, the rescue situations, and the types of diagnosis and  treatment used on the turtles before they can be released into the wild. Rotarian Carole introduces proposed Rotarian Joe Dunkle Kelly tells us more than we ever knew about sea turtles

EarlyAct Club of Hilton Head Island Elementary – IB / Bell & Gavel Presentation

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Mar 232015

EarlyAct Club of Hilton Head Island Elementary – IB’s president Elijah Oakes was presented with an EarlyAct bell & gavel by Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s president Andrea Siebold on March 10th.  This EarlyAct Club is one of two Hilton Head EarlyAct Clubs sponsored by Rotary and consists of 53 members that range in grades from 1st to 5th grades.


This year so far the EarlyAct Club has participated in a shoe drive which collected over 200 pairs of shoe donated to The Deep Well Project; collected, sorted and bagged food during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as a part of the Deep Well Project; rang the bell for The Salvation Army; collected supplies for dogs and cats donated to The Hilton Head Humane Association; and participated in an Adopt-A-Highway route as a part of Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service).

Feb 272015

This morning Reverend Kenneth Taylor invited Reverend Scooter Scott , Christ Central Ministries/Nehemiah Project,  to speak with us and update us on their activities.

Soon, they will launch a unique student -led soap business.

The goal through the ministry is to prepare students to become successful and significant adults while teaching them valuable life skilled called “work.  All the profits will be awarded to students in the form of scholarships upon their graduation from High School.

The pilot currently share God’s love with more than 1,000 families in Lexington County through 29 different ministeries.  They are a 501 (c) 3 organization.

Two of the students spoke about their project and their future.

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Feb 232015
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It is official – Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise Has Heart. Thanks to everyone our “Rotary Has Heart”  morning provided more than three bushels of food for children and the monetary donations amounted to $335

We are proud of our club and the contributions we make to our community and internationally!

Chris took some great photos….so maybe we can get something in the Item.

Thanks for your help!!!!!!

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Feb 132015

Summerville Evening Rotary Club is hosting their annual Rockin The Ville and Weston Cup Golf tournament. Here is a short video details the event.

Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army Receive Major Support from Hilton Head Rotary

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Feb 062015
Hilton Head Island, SC . . . At last week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island,  Patricia Wirth, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity accepted $67,000 and the Club’s volunteer commitment to build a home in The Glen, Habitat’s new and first development on Hilton Head Island.  Also, Major Bryan Tatterson of the Salvation Army, accepted more than $27,000, the result of the Club’s bellringing during the holiday season.
Rotary Club President Andrea Siebold commented that she was very pleased to make these awards, totaling nearly $100,000, on behalf of Club members whose volunteer and fundraising efforts continue to benefit our local nonprofit organizations and our community in significant ways.
Photo attached (left to right):  Hilton Head Rotary President Andrea Siebold, Major Tatterson, Patricia Worth, and Rotary Immediate Past President Paul Walter.
Jan 082015

The Walterboro Rotary Club donated Christmas toys to 12 fortunate recipients at Forest Hills Elementary. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Walterboro Rotary in partnership with the schools Angel Tree program helped make sure a dozen needy children’s Christmas were a bit brighter.

This year’s Angel Tree had over 80 names, and thanks to the hard work of the people at Forest Hill and Cindy Riley these kids will get a merry Christmas. Thanks to Walterboro Rotary successful Ireland Creek Bridge Run fundraiser and a matching grant made it all possible.

Dec 202014

five pointsFive Points Rotary’s Membership Co-Chair Patty Cavanaugh conducted the Club’s 1st Red Badge Program Ceremony for Cheryl Stanton and her Sponsor/Mentor Nick Foong.  The Red Badge Program allows new members to integrate more quickly into the Club and the Family of Rotary by accomplishing various Rotary-oriented tasks/activities with the guidance of their mentor.  Congratulations to Rotarian Cheryl, the Club’s 1st Red Badge Graduate!


Dec 122014
If you missed the December 8th meeting, you missed one of the most uplifting hours of Rotary that we have had in a while.  Don’t worry, you can make up the meeting online!!  You’ll find the business portion of the meeting (including the Leadercast reveal ) and Dr. Lincoln’s talk (and the announcement of the 2015-2016 Board) below:  
Dec 082014

SC House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Hartsville) made a special visit to the Florence Rotary Club at the request of Rotary member  / SC Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence).  Upon his taking the position of acting Speaker of the House, Lucas formed three ad hoc committees on ethics reform, infrastructure and management, and House rules and procedures. He is also focusing on infrastructure, education, and workforce development. Lucas was elected to Speaker of the House on December 2, 2014.  Please see the related news article

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