Rotary Has Heart

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Apr 242017
 

The Rotary Club of Barnwell County helped provide food for the snack sack programs for each school district in Barnwell County.  Seen here in this photo on March 13, 2017, Past-President Lisa Firmender is presenting checks to the Williston United Methodist Church (Represented by Judy Carey).  This church provides snack sacks for underprivileged children in Barnwell School District 29 (Williston).  Ms. Jane Embler was also present representing the Women of Holy Apostles in Barnwell.  This program provides snack sacks for children in both Barnwell District 45 and Barnwell District 19 (Blackville).  The Rotary Club of Barnwell County gave money to support one child for an entire school year for each program.  We are happy to continue to support the Rotary Has Heart program of community service and are proud to assist these local programs to feed children In our communities.

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Another Rebuilding Project Concludes for Capital Rotary

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Apr 142017
 
In March of 2016, Capital Rotary Club members assisted volunteers helping to rebuild a Columbia-area residence damaged during heavy rains and flooding in October 2015.  That effort was coordinated by the St. Bernard Project, a national leader in family recovery following natural disasters. Now, about a year later, this same partnership has completed repairs to another flood-afflicted home – one occupied by Inez Pempleton and her family.  Capital Rotary “adopted” the family as a Christmas project, contributing to their 2016 holiday celebration and helping them get their house back in order in February and March of this year. Repairs included removing damaged items from the home, demolition, mold remediation, putting up insulation and drywall in the basement, plus painting and digging a drainage ditch.  A skilled volunteer group recruited by the St. Bernard Project was able to be on-site consistently for about two weeks to complete the work. In a letter, Ms. Pempleton thanked the St. Bernard group and Capital Rotary, saying that “I am so grateful to all of you for what you’ve done for us … We are so blessed to have you all in our lives. I pray God will be with you all throughout the coming year and all his love and blessing be with you.” IMG_0519 IMG_0544 IMG_0531      
Mar 262017
 
Felicia Maloney, executive director of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., joins Capital Rotary Club following induction ceremonies by president Tommy Gibbons.  Maloney, a Baltimore, MD native, is a Limestone College and S.C. Economic Development School graduate.  She formerly worked with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and with Columbia Housing Authority.  Maloney was named the Greater Community Relations Council “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Cooperative Ministries, Junior Achievement, City Year, Palmetto Health Foundation and Together We Can Read Initiative.  Gloria Saeed was her Rotary member sponsor. Felicia Maloney Columbia Capital Rotary
Mar 222017
 
Ms. Carla Schuessler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, was the guest speaker at the March 15 meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. In her talk she explained the work of the local Habitat, including how the organization works with individuals and families to purchase a home with an interest-free mortgage. The  process includes the selection of those who qualify, financial education and training in many areas to help ensure that the new home owner(s) will be successful.
More information on Habitat for Humanity, including volunteer opportunities, can be found at HabitatMB.org or by contacting Ms. Schuessler at (843) 650-8815 or Carla@habitatmb.org.
Breakfast meetings of The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Beef O’Brady’s in the Carolina Forest shopping center where Krogers is located. Guests are always welcomed. For more information visit CarolinaForestRotary.org or call (843) 903-1223.
Rotary’s motto is “Service Before Self”
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Mar 172017
 
Capital Rotarian Bill Beers (left) is congratulated by club president Tommy Gibbons as the latest member to join the ranks of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Harris Fellows receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  Gifts to the Rotary Foundation help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace.  Beers’ donation was assisted by David Boucher, the club’s chairman for Foundation giving. Bill Beers - PH Fellow
Mar 132017
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise guest speaker-member- Bob Squatriglia (right) appears above with current Club president Kevin Kristick (left) and Club president-elect (2017-18) Elizabeth Howland (center) at a recent meeting. Squatriglia’s club valedictory (he and Betty are relocating to Fort Mill,SC this month) was in three parts: ” Why I am a Rotarian”, “How I came to Conway  and Coastal Carolina University”,” Making CCU a Better Place”.He served as Rotary International District 7770 Governor in 1987-88, is Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs at CCU, and was in that position and also consultant , 1977-2010. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets at 7:00 am every Wednesday at Beef Obradys, Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning about our community and opportunities to serve others consistent with the Rotary motto : “Service Above Self”.

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Mar 122017
 
The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region. The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 – More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo
  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade
Mar 062017
 

Author and former Franciscan Monk Bill Beltz, from the Rotary Club of Oakatie (left) is congratulated by Rotary Cub of Beaufort President Willie Mack Stansell (right) following his March 1st presentation to the Rotary Club of Beaufort.  Bill spoke of his time as a Franciscan Monk and about his recently published book “The Buried War,” which told the story of his father, a World War II veteran who suffered from PTSD following his return from the Pacific Theater of Operations.

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