The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th . Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton. When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry. This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, Old Town Dispensary, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
News Release: Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Celebrates 50 Years of Community
Date: February 5, 2017
For Release: February 9, 2017
For Further Information, Contact: Robert Oetjen (843) 689-1384
Hilton Head Island, SC. . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island celebrated its 50 th anniversary last evening with a gala at the Sonesta Resort. Chartered in 1967, the Club is part of Rotary International, an
organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard, and build peace and goodwill in the world. The Hilton Head club has played a major role in the development of the Town. Among its most recognized local achievements are:
- Initiating the Island Rec Center;
- Building a permanent home for Deep Well;
- Expanding the Memory Matters facility;
- Providing more than $400,00 0 in college scholarships to local students;
- Recognizing annually student scholars, teachers, and public service officers;
- Implementing Safety Town for island children;
- Establishing the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame at Honey Horn;
- Providing informational kiosks along the island’s bicycle paths;
- 40 years of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army;
- 25 years of volunteering for the Heritage Golf Tournament: and
- Broadening community service by giving birth to four other Rotaryclubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
As an active member of Rotary International, the Club has:
- Provided more than $165,000 to support eradication of polio worldwide;
- Established the Gift of Life program to provide on Hilton Head life- changing reconstructive surgery to youth from underdeveloped counties;
- Sponsored student and professional exchange programs worldwide; and
- Sponsored safe water, disaster relief, medical, dental and mental
- heath programs on four continents.
In recognition of its service, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Community Organization of the Year Award in on three occasions. At last evening’s gala event, the Club
was presented proclamations of commendation from Mayor David Bennett and Congressman Mark Sanford.
As a 50 th anniversary gift to the community, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head island has developed a series of 50 attractive commemorative panels to be installed along the Island’s many miles of leisure paths. These panels will provide residents and visitors brief “factoids” on Hilton Head’s cultural heritage and natural history, as well as identify local points of interest
The Club’s 155 members are committed to continuing service here and abroad. Anyone interested in pursuing membership is invited to check out the Club’s website at www.hiltonheadrotary.org or to call the office at (843) 686-4100. The Club meets every Thursday at 12:30 pm at the Sea Pines country Club.
Fellowship Event at Hudson’s
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island fellowship event at Hudson’s Seafood House on The Docks on Friday January 20th. DG Sandee Brooks, PDG Bernie Riedel, DGE David Tirard enjoyed socializing with over 60 Rotarians and their spouses. The next fellowship event is planned for February 17th from 5:30-7:00 at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Contact Paul Heitmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. All clubs are welcome!
On Thursday, Jan 26th the Spring Valley Rotary Club will “kick off” Rotary’s February Theme of Peace and Conflict Prevention by hosting a special Rotary speaker, Peter Kyle, who is the current Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. His full bio is attached.
Our club welcomes Rotarians from throughout the District to join us for lunch to hear Peter. We meet at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia at 1 pm.
For more information, please contact Programs Chair, Diane Junis at 803-873-0254 or by email at Diane.Junis@palmettohealth.org
Peter was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand and was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia in 1973. In 1992 he moved to Washington, DC to take up a senior position as an international attorney with the World Bank. He retired from the Bank 7 years ago. Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and has since served in a variety of leadership positions in Rotary Clubs in Manila, Auckland and Capitol Hill, (Washington, DC). He served as the Governor of District 7620 in 2013/14 and has chaired his District’s Alumni and Peace Fellowship Committees. At the international level he has chaired the RI Alumni Advisory Committee, served as the Co-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration at the Bangkok Convention in 2012, chaired the Peace Symposium at the Sao Paulo Convention in 2015 and currently chairs the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. Peter has also served on various other RI and TRF committees and assignments. In 2010 he was honored with the RF Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and he received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2015.