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.
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.
Incoming Rotary Club of Beaufort President Suzi Oliver with Outgoing President Willie Mack Stansell
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 Toothbrush and toothpaste (Donated by Dr. Mills and Dr. Crews.)
o Wash cloth and soap
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.
ROTARY CLUB OF SPRING VALLEY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Continuing a twenty-nine year tradition
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 www.springvalleyrotary.com 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.
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 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.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, each member of the Florence Rotary Club has committed to donating an additional $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation. This amount is equal to the Foundation’s starting balance.