Mar 132017
 

Women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Beaufort pose for a group photo to commemorate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The guest speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting on Lady’s Island was Chelsea Roland (back row, 3rd from left), a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student, who continued her education at the College of Charleston, then graduate studies in Vancouver, British Columbia through the Rotary Funded Studies Program.

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Mar 072017
 
Past president David Boucher (left) and sponsor Darren Foy (right) join in ceremonies inducting Walker Williams into the Capital Rotary Club.  Williams, a portfolio designer for Anchor Investment Management, is a Columbia native who earned a finance degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.  He was a banker, securities trader and small business owner for 11 years.  Williams is married to the former Laura Pinnell of Augusta; the couple has three children.  Williams also has been active in the Boy Scouts, the Hammond School board of directors, the vestry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and the Executives Association of Greater Columbia. Walker Williams Columbia SC          
Mar 062017
 

The Rotary Club of Hampton County sponsored their 2nd Annual Oyster Roast at Richfield Plantation in Yemassee, SC on Saturday night, February 18th.

The Oyster Roast helps fund many literacy projects in our schools and other projects that our club is and will be working on.

We had over 100 in attendance and raised close to $4,000 dollars from this event.  Andy Kearse and Bryan Lindell were the entertainment and they did a fabulous job!

Oysters, BBQ and other items were enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all of our Rotarians and their spouses and the many sponsors that helped make this event a success!

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Mar 022017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons (left) and immediate past president David Boucher salute the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow – Qing Wang – to acknowledge a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in her name.  Boucher, who assisted with the donation, is Foundation giving chairman for the club.  Rotary Foundation contributions help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace. Qing Wang Columbia Capital Rotary
Mar 012017
 
At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-17, president Dr. Tommy Gibbons highlighted the many accomplishments our club has celebrated: Our club is doing a great job again this year as usual. As we have for many years, we participate in Meals on Wheels, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an annual dictionary distribution project, Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART), Polio Plus, Harvest Hope Food Bank, college scholarship fundraiser, excellent speakers, Fifth Wednesdays, and Club Socials. The Christmas social at Jay Von Kolnitz’s home is always special and the social we had at Spirit Communication Park was fun as well (Thanks Abby Naas!) We “adopted” the Pempleton family for Christmas gifts and will be helping them get their house back in order after the flooding. We will be volunteering to help thru the Saint Bernard Project. The project officially starts February 25, 2017. We contributed $500 to an international project this past fall. The money went towards an ophthalmic laser (mobile) for the Vincent Pescatore Clinic in Guatemala. Catherine Glen is a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017 that we sponsored. The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years. Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast. Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity. She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. We are a 100% Sustaining Member club. We currently have 57 members (58 July 1, 2016). Through December, 2016 our club members have contributed $5,303 to the Rotary International General Fund, plus $2,051 to Polio Plus, for a total of $7,359. We have exceeded our Polio Plus annual goal of $1,500.  We currently have 55 members who have earned at least one Paul Harris Fellow status, 41 PH Benefactors (including the PH fund in your will for $1,000), 4 Bequest Society Members ($10,000 upon death), and 4 Major Donors (> $ 10,000). Our club provided a $1,000 donation to District 6840 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members. Our club raised $2,100 at our Lake Murray Fishing event and $18,722 through our wreath project for our college scholarship fund. This fund provides a Richland County high school graduate $5000 a year up to 4 years for their college tuition. We select a new recipient each year. Today our club voted to approve the 2017-2018 officers and directors. Additionally we approved the revised Constitution and Bylaws. Notable speakers at our meetings thus far this year include Ray Tanner, Mark Hammond, Pamela Lackey and Ms. Columbia Suzi Roberts. Our 5th Wednesdays are offsite from our club and are always educational and interesting. We had 56 club members participate in distributing 936 dictionaries to third graders in 14 schools (Richland 1 and Lexington 1). This was a great community service project. Our Club PR-Media efforts from July 2016 – February 2017:
  • Total amount of new items/photos sent to media – 19
  • Breakdown of new items/photos by subject:
    • New members added to club – 2 releases
    • Reports of member accomplishments or donations to Foundation – 7 releases
    • Report of club community activities/service to others – 5 releases
    • Distinguished visitor at club meetings – 5
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Feb 232017
 

The St. George Rotary Club is pleased to announce its new officers for the 2017-18 year:

President: Andrew Gentry
President-elect: Police Chief Brett Camp
Secretary: Cathy Byron
Treasurer: Jean Clayton
Foundation Chair: Butch Byron
Membership Chair: Susan Walters
The Club is also proud to welcome new member Maggie Bryant. Maggie is our first corporate member! She is already very active in our club.
We also recognized member Susan Walters as a first time Paul Harris Fellow! Susan is new to the club this year and has already stepped up to be a Paul Harris Fellow! (Pictured is Susan Walters getting “pinned” by our Foundation Chair and Area Assistant Governor Butch Byron).
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Feb 232017
 

The Rotary Club of Columbia East celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special Valentine’s Day luncheon on Tuesday, February 14th.  Members were invited to bring their spouses and all in attendance were treated to a fantastic lunch provided by Seawell’s Catering.  Spouses were presented with roses by the club and following the meal, entertainment was provided by “Make Mine a Double” barbershop quartet.

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Young Social Entrepreneur Jackson Silverman Shares Story of IHeartHungryKids.org Inception

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Feb 152017
 
February 15, 2017 – Daniel Island, SC – He might be only 11 years old, but Jackson Silverman has already enjoyed the feeling of having an entrepreneurial idea come to fruition. Jackson and his family started a nonprofit organization called I Heart Hungry Kids to fight childhood hunger head on. Jackson and his father Josh visited the Rotary Club of Daniel Island meeting to share this amazing story, and their plans for the future expansion of the project. In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program, I Heart Hungry Kids organizes the labor needed to assemble special backpacks full of nutritious food. Jackson’s idea was to empower kids to help other kids – he described his excitement when the first group of his peers assembled backpacks full of food for kids in need. Since that first event, the idea has grown to reach thousands of kids that may have otherwise gone without.  The backpacks are discretely distributed through Charleston County School District guidance departments each Friday, and the nutritious inside ensure hunger is kept at bay. Jackson has enjoyed accolades for his initiative including a recent trip to Washington DC and being honored with his own day in Charleston, as proclaimed by City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. Read more about Jackson and I Heart Hungry Kids on their website, and check out this story that aired recently on Live 5 News. Jackson even performed his own Ted Talk at the 2016 TEDx Charleston event! Jackson and his family plan to expand the program throughout South Carolina in cooperation with other food banks. IMG_0244

Rotary Club of Little River Spirits Of Giving

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Feb 152017
 

3rd Annual Spirit of Giving held Jan. 26th at The Parsons Table 4305 McCorsley Ave.,Little River. The event was a huge success thanks to all our friends and neighbors who came out to support what we are doing in our community. Special thanks to our own members who worked hard to make it all come together.

Pictured are Little River Club President Dana Black-Bolch and her husband Mike Bolch and District 7770 Governor Sandee Brooks and her husband Mike Brooks.

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