Jul 252017

Do you worry about Alzheimer’s?  We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one.  Finding a cure starts with you.  Give generously to the CART Fund through your Rotary Club.  We had a successful Alzheimer’s Gala on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  Those in attendance had a terrific time enjoying a great meal, very good featured speaker music from the WhitsEnd Band and an entertaining auction.

Rotary District 7770 is the home district of CART, having been started at the Rotary Club of Sumter by Roger Ackerman in 1995.  Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the money raised through the gala will go toward that effort.


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.

Guest speaker – Capital Rotary

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Jul 232017

Rotarians get tips on social media management

Rotarian Katherine Anderson welcomes public relations expert Robert Butt as the guest speaker for a Capital Rotary Club meeting.  Butt, president/chief creative officer for Marking Performance, LLC, has 32 years of experience in branding and strategic communications.  He briefed club members on “outrage management” – how a business or organization can best respond to complaints voiced on the internet and on social media.  Butt has been recognized for public service by the American Advertising Federation and received an “Aid to Advertising Education” Award from the University of South Carolina, where he’s also an adjunct professor in the College of Mass Communication & Information Studies.

Rotary speaker tips on social media

News release from Capital Rotary – Blood Drive

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Jul 222017

Capital Rotary Drive Helps Answer Emergency Blood Appeal

In the middle of an emergency appeal facing critical blood shortages, Capital Rotary’s summer blood drive collected 65 units to benefit up to 195 people.  Rotarians (from left) John Guignard, Chris Ray, Blake DuBose and Bryan Goodyear await their turn to participate in the service project that’s supported the American Red Cross with 516 blood donations – potentially saving 1,548 patients’ lives – over the past seven years.  “Thanks to our volunteers and donors, we lived up to Rotary International’s 2017-18 motto of ‘Making a Difference’,” said DuBose, president of the Columbia-area club. 

Capital Rotary Drive Helps Answer Emergency Blood Appeal

National speaker coming to Spring Valley Rotary on July 27

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Jul 222017

Dave Sanderson Speaking at Spring Valley Rotary Club July 27

Miracle on the Hudson Survivor

Author, Moments Matter & Speaker, Owner of Dave Sanderson Speaks

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley is pleased to announce that Dave Sanderson will be the guest speaker at their Thursday, July 27th meeting and the public is invited to attend. The club meets from 1 to 2 pm in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia. To reserve your seat for this presentation, please contact Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or by email at Diane.Junis@palmettohealth.org.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazard to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Motivated by this near-death experience, the teamwork and resourcefulness demonstrated that day by him and his fellow passengers, and the compassion shown to him by rescuers, emergency professionals and concerned volunteers who looked after him, Dave Sanderson has made it his life’s work to give back. In the 7 years since the crash, he has transitioned from a successful sales career to motivational speaking and mentoring, translating the Miracle on the Hudson into an inspirational message that resonates far beyond what happened that day, and which he hopes will be relevant to everyone in his audience. “I think that people are looking for leaders. People are looking for insight on how to handle unexpected challenges. When something tough happens in your life, how can you get through it? They’re seeking advice from people who’ve been there,” he explains, and adds: “It’s not just about surviving a plane crash. Everything I’’d learned about solving problems, big and small, coalesced that day for me and 149 other passengers on the plane. You may never have that experience, but what worked that day can work every day in your life, and that’s what people understand and draw strength from,” Sanderson says.

Since the Miracle on the Hudson, considered the most successful ditching in aviation history, Dave Sanderson has built a career as a motivational speaker, mentor and author. Currently, Sanderson averages over 100 speeches a year for major corporations across the United States as well as overseas, including Baylor and James Madison Universities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, BP, Canada Life, Delta Airlines, Exxon/Mobile, Entrepreneurs Organization, YPO, eWomen Network, and numerous banking associations.

In addition, Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first persons he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

In his new book, “Moments Matter, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create your lifetime of purpose. A firsthand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549 appears in the book “Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life” by Dorothy Firman and Kevin Quirk.

Sanderson was born in Peoria, Illinois, and grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and Winchester, Virginia. His dreams of playing college football ended when he suffered a career-ending knee injury. He attended James Madison University and graduated with a BBA in International Business. He began his professional career in restaurant management, and went on to work as a National Sales Manager for ADP, Sales Manager for PeopleSoft, Sales Manager for KPMG Consulting, Senior Vice President of Sales for Genesis 10; Application Sales Manager for Oracle, and Security Director for Robbins Research International, Inc., An Anthony Robbins Company. He lives with Terri, his wife of 29 years and his four children – Chelsey, Colleen, Courtney and Chance – in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Meet Dave Sanderson Dave Sanderson press release SV Rotary 7.27.17

Meet Dave Sanderson

Spring Valley Rotarian of the Year

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Jul 222017

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley is pleased to announce that Stevie Johnson was selected the 2017 Rotarian of the Year.  Club president Wendy Fuess presented the award at the club’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 15. Johnson joined Rotary in 2013.  She currently serves on the board of the Spring Valley Rotary club as the President-Elect and Community Services Director responsible for overseeing the club’s community service programs. She is a Rotary Foundation sustaining member and a Paul Harris fellow.

“Stevie took on multiple roles and stepped in wherever and whenever needed this past year and has made significant contributions to our club and to our community. She exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self,” said Fuess. She previously served as club secretary and is the club’s primary liaison to the USC Rotaract Club. Rotaract (which stands for Rotary in Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. 

Johnson is a portfolio manager serving homeowner associations and managing on-site staffs with Southern Community Services. She and her husband Johnny reside in Northeast Columbia and have two grown children Christopher and Patrick. She is also active with the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church 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. To learn more about membership, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at (803) 917-0053 or by email at sharleen4homes.com 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.

2017 Rotarian of the Year Stevie Johnson

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.

St. George Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year

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Jul 222017

The St. George Rotary Club recently held it’s end of year banquet. We were very proud to recognize our club Secretary, Cathy Byron, as Rotarian of the Year! Cathy has been the backbone of the club for several years as our Secretary. She is involved in every activity that the club has, attends all conferences and training sessions, keeps the club on track, and so much more! Congratulations Cathy!

We also installed our new club President, Andrew Gentry, and our new President-Elect, Brett Camp. We are looking forward to a great year!

Rotary Club of Beaufort Guest Speaker

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Jul 142017

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Karen Warner (center) had the dual distinction of being the presenter at the July 12th Rotary Club of Beaufort luncheon meeting, where she discussed Beaufort’s Digital Corridor.  Additionally, she was inducted as the Club’s newest member.  With Karen are (left) Rotary Club of Beaufort President Suzi Oliver and (right) Rotarian Nick Hunt, who sponsored and introduced Karen.  

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

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