Rotarian Neda Beal Earns Donor Recognition

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Sep 202017

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose recognizes at-large director and service chair Neda Beal for continuing Rotary Foundation donations that support world understanding and peace programs.  Beal is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus-three giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with three additional gifts at the same amount).  The club previously honored Beal as 2016 Rotarian of the Year for guiding local community service, literacy and volunteer projects.


Economic Development Pays Off for Central South Carolina

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Sep 132017

Eight of the state’s central region counties are enjoying the fruits of economic development efforts seeking new business and employment – to the tune of investments totaling over $12 billion and creation of more than 68,000 jobs.  That’s what Capital Rotary Club members heard from Sept. 13 guest speaker Mike Briggs, shown talking with Rotarian Andy Markl (back to camera).  Since 1997, Briggs has been president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, a regional public-private partnership dedicated to stimulating economies in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties as well as the City of Columbia.  The alliance has been especially successful in boosting global investment.  Briggs said more than 22,000 workers in the area are employed by foreign affiliates, and there are businesses from over two dozen countries represented region wide.  He said the most important keys to continuing economic expansion are (1) a workforce dedicated to becoming more highly skilled and (2) an abundance of suitable buildings and site locations to quickly accommodate business needs.



Cayce-West Columbia Rotary New President and Nationally Recognized Speakers

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Aug 012017

(Cayce) The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary Club inducted their new President Nicolette “Marnie” Robinson and she started her year with two outstanding and highly recognized speakers: Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President of Government Operations for The Boeing Company and Coach Will Muschamp, the 34th  Head Football Coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

Great speakers, great food and a whole lot of fun is happening at the Cayce West Columbia Rotary Club. We live the Rotary Motto of “Service above self” while making a difference in our community. Be our guest and see what being a Rotarian is all about!

Image attached:  Cayce West Columbia Rotary President 2017-2018 Nicolette “Marnie” Robinson being sworn in by AG Lisa Lee Smith, University of SC Coach Will Muschamp, Timothy Keating of Boeing


The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.

Installation Of Officers For The Rotary Club Of Hilton Head

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Jul 232017

On July 13, 2017, installation of officers for the Rotary Club of Hilton Head occurred beginning with our new President, Karen Cully. Past District Governor, Rod Funderburk had the privilege of presiding over the installation. Karen’s Rotary sponsor and friend, Beverly Maloney presented the President’s pin to Karen. Karen then asked Assistant Governor, Nancy Riedel to install the remaining officers and Directors for 2017-18. These officers include: Larry Sanders, President Elect; Lindsay Bunting, Vice President; Robert Eberly III, Secretary; Lisa Laudermilch, Treasurer; and Marc Stuckart, Sergeant at Arms. Directors are: Helen Ryan, Rose Jackson, Paul Heitmann, Bob Laughlin, David Deaton, Jean Vahey, Jody Levitt, Joan Grayson and Brian Julius.  Linda Neff is the Executive Secretary.

MB Rotary Club

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Jul 222017

Steve Jones, Past-President of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus 8.  He received his pin Monday at the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.  Congratulations Steve.

Rotary Club of Beaufort Media Release

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Jul 142017

Rotary Club of Beaufort Installs New Officers



The Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotaries, installed its club executives and directors at an evening social gathering on Thursday, June 29.


Outgoing President Willie Mack Stansell praised the membership for their achievements and successes during his tenure, July 2016 through June 2017; he led the club in honoring and remembering those Rotarians who had passed away; then introduced District 7770 Assistant Governor Charlotte Gonzalez, who administered the oath of office to the Club’s new slate of officers.


For the year beginning on July 1, 2017 and continuing through June 30, 2018, the new club executives are:  President – Suzi Oliver; Immediate Past President – Willie Stansell; President-Elect – Lisa Giles; Secretary – Whitney McDaniel; Treasurer – John Harvey; and Membership Chair – Robert Allen.


In addition to the executives, the new directors are:  Vocational Service Chair – Wayne Heath; Public Relations Chair – Jim Weiskopf; Club Administration Chair – Cris Steele; Fund Raising Chair – Jay Taylor; Community Service Chair – Graham Holcombe; and Rotary Foundation – Dick Kruger.


Among the 80 Rotary Clubs that comprise Rotary District 7770, for the 2016-17 year, the Rotary Club of Beaufort had the distinction of having the highest annual share fund (in excess of $40,000) than any other club.  Among the large clubs in the district, the Rotary Club of Beaufort had the highest per capita donation rate – more than $400 per member.


More importantly, individual Rotarians have continued their tradition of “service above self,” contributing countless hours of public service in and around the Beaufort area.

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Incoming Rotary Club of Beaufort President Suzi Oliver with Outgoing President Willie Mack Stansell

New Service Project Implemented – Rotary Club of Hampton County 6241

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Jul 052017

The Rotary Club of Hampton County recently implemented a NEW service project:

Comfort Kits for Kids

These kits are for children (ages 18 and under) that have been removed from their homes due to a fire or other immediate need such as a family crisis.  The Club delivered 36 of these to the Hampton Fire Department on June 21st, to Deputy Chief Tommy Smith (first photo).  Rotarians featured in photo, Debbie Bishop-Phillips, President, President Elect, Kathleen Barnes, Treasurer, Mary Ann Watson, Debbie Elrod, Russell Laffitte and Joseph Williams.  The kits will be distributed through all Fire Departments within our county and other Law Enforcement.

These items were all donated by members of our club.   Dental Hygiene Kits were donated by our local dentist!

These clear drawstring bags include: (grouped by 3 age levels, babies – 3, 4 yrs. -12 yrs., and 13-18 years old).

o   Stuffed Animal

o   Blanket

o   Toothbrush and toothpaste (Donated by Dr. Mills and Dr. Crews.)

o   Wash cloth and soap

o   Comb/brush

o   Coloring book or activity book and crayons/colored pencils

o   Journal (4 way test label inside) and pen

o   Wipes, Kleenex, and other items.


This will be an ongoing project for our Club.


Spring Valley Awards Scholarships

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Jun 192017


Continuing a twenty-nine year tradition

SV Rotary Scholarship press release 6.16.17

The Spring Valley Rotary Club recognized six outstanding local high school students with a $1500 scholarship at a recent club lunch meeting.

The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High School are: Paige Ashworth who plans to attend Clemson University majoring in architecture; Maya Ingram, enrolling at the University of South Carolina majoring in biological sciences and Litzel Martinez-Garcia who will attend Columbia College as a speech pathology major. Recipients from Ridgeview High School are: Lahsen Grich who will attend the University of South Carolina majoring in nursing; Tajah Pinkard enrolling at Spelman College majoring in psychology and Dasya’ Young who will attend Furman University majoring in biology.

Selection is based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an interview. Awards were made by the club’s scholarship committee led by Rotarian Denise Barth. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors in February and selections are made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past twenty-nine years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale. The club provides six scholarships annually for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 110 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.

SV Rotary Scholarships 4.27.17

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Spring Valley Rotary Scholarship committee member Patricia Fernald and Club President Wendy Fuess are pictured with six graduating seniors who received a 2017 Rotary scholarship. They are (left to right), from Spring Valley High School: Paige Ashworth, Maya Ingram and Litzel Martinez-Garcia and from Ridgeview High School: Lahsen Grich, Dasya’ Young and Tajah Pinkard.

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner

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Jun 132017

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner was honored to present scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to Camryn Cox and Deborah Case, 2017 graduates and Interact Club members from Timberland High School.

Camden Rotary In The News

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Jun 132017
During Rotary Night at the Columbia Fireflies game the Camden Rotary Singers performed the National Anthem.
Pictured are singers Jamie Guy, John Hallman, Donnie Wilson, Steve Van Horn, Johnny Deal, Bruce Little, and Stewart Kidd. Not in photo are Ken Carson and conductor Pat Wylie.IMG_4565
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