In a collaborative joint project, the 5 Georgetown County Rotary Clubs provided dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the county. This project started in1999 and has been repeated each year since. To date over 14,000 dictionaries have been distributed. The five clubs include The Rotary Club of Georgetown, The Rotary Breakfast Club of Georgetown, The Rotary Club of Andrews, The Rotary Club of Pawleys Island and The Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Lovenia Williams (Standing in center rear of photo), Vice President of Coastal Carolina University Rotaract Club, is pictured with local area Veterans during a special moment at Eggs Up Grill, Conway. Lovenia, a CCU student, presented each Veteran a home made wallet card with a star from a retired American Flag reminding them in this moving tribute:
“I am part of our American Flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that….you are not forgotten.” The Rotaract Club is sponsored by Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise.
The Spring Valley Rotary Club acknowledged member Vick Murdaugh as its newest major donor in October. Vick is a long standing member of the club. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society. Vick is retired physician from the USC School of Medicine.
He was joined by his wife Betty at the club meeting on October 27 to be recognized for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Pictured are: (L to R) Club President Wendy Fuess, Vick and Betty Murdaugh, PDG Paula Matthews and member of the Spring Valley Foundation committee, and Sharleen Craig, Club Foundation Chair.
Mr.Terry Egan(right) Executive Director of the Conway Medical Center foundation , is pictured above with Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise member and long -time Conway Hospital Volunteer Carlos Scheer (left) who introduced “TJ “at a recent club meeting. Club members learned of the CMC’s activities, and the recent successful Employee fund raising drive which exceeded their goal by over $5000. Egan described goals and objectives of the Foundation, including providing free medical services for needy citizens. The Carolina Forest Club meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at Beef OBrady’s , Carolina Forest-Kroger Mall. Interested parties are cordially invited to enjoy a free breakfast while learning of service opportunities in our community consistent with the Rotary credo of ” Service above Self”.
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise learned the latest news about the Wall Fellows Program, Craig Wall College of Business, Coastal Carolina University,at a recent club meeting. Pictured above(left to right): Mickayla Smith, Wall Fellow, Marine Science Department, Club member Porter Medley, Gina Cummings, Director ,Wall Fellows Program.Since 1994, 120 CCU alumni are Wall Fellows who have successfully completed the program “designed to develop the communication, behavioral skills and organizational skills necessary to excel as a global citizen and professional leader while growing the specific gifts and talents of each student.” The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets at 7:00 am each Wednesday at Beef OBrady’s , Carolina Forest-Kroger Mall, and visitors are always welcome to learn about opportunities to serve our community in the highest tradition of the credo ” service above self”.
Photo by Ralph Jones
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Dr. Jeanne Cobb, Professor of Literacy and Director of the Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education at Coastal Carolina University, was the featured speaker at the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club on September 28, 2016 at Beef o’Bradys. Dr. Cobb shared that South Carolina ranks 39th in the nation in literacy at the 4th grade level and 40th in literacy in the nation at the 8th grade level, and noted that South Carolina’s Department of Education has set a goal of 95% of South Carolina students in these grades achieving basic or above levels on literacy by 2020, a goal she is not expecting the state to reach, with levels currently at 56% in 4th grade and 70% in 8th grade in 2015. The Chanticleer Center for Literacy Education has served almost 700 students and families in the greater Grand Strand region and around the state, through focused and individualized assessment of literacy and coaching and tutoring to enhance literacy skills. She has been successful at bringing almost $300,000 to the center since she worked to found it in 2012, but noted that the center is in need of additional funding to support paying experienced teachers and tutors, additional reading apps to support tutoring, read aloud books to use with children, and volunteers to do story time and language activities with small children. Those interested in working with the center or exploring volunteer opportunities are asked to contact her at:www.coastal.edu/literacy.