The First Tee Columbia program uses golf to teach young people life lessons and leadership skills, according to executive director Sally Beacham (shown with Capital Rotary member Chris Ray). Beacham, guest speaker at Rotary’s Sept. 27 meeting, said First Tee’s instruction helps youngsters 5-17 become good golfers and even better people by imparting core values such as respect, integrity, honesty, confidence, confidence and sportsmanship. An affiliate of the World Golf Foundation, Columbia’s First Tee is part of the elementary physical education program in five Richland District One schools and plans to add Richland District Two schools in the future. Beacham said First Tee participation has grown from 105 students to 335 over the last several years. She joined the non-profit after playing collegiately at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, where she was captain of the women’s golf team and a member of the all-conference team in 2008.
The Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest is jointly hosted by the Summerville Evening and the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary clubs. This is our sixth year hosting the event which have been very successful in the past, the most successful were hosted in Hutchinson Square, Historic Summerville where we will be again this year. The funds raised are jointly shared by both clubs and placed into charitable giving accounts. No funds raised during the event are used for operating club expenses.
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Youth Exchange coordinators, Lindsay Bunting and Bob DeValentinoorganized a lunch with the club’s SEVEN RYE (Rotary Youth Exchange) students. Our 3 students that went on exchange last year (Dylan Brown, Lily Gallagher,Caitlyn Campbell) all recently returned home. Our three outbound students for 2017-18 (Arianna Serpe, Virginia Lloyd, Gracie Pietz) are soon leaving for their year abroad. And our inbound student, FedericaMarongiu, is on an extended exchange and returns home to Italy the end of July!!! Countries represented by these students are Italy, Spain, Peru, Slovakia, Czech Republic. All agreed it was a delightful lunch at Hudsons on the Docks and enjoyed sharing experiences and expectations.. Also attending were Peter Cooper and President Karen Cully!!
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.
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.
Media Release from Rotary Club of Beaufort:
One of the major programs of Rotary is sponsoring youth exchange programs. This past year, two exchange students attended Beaufort area high schools – Emma Anderson from Denmark who attended Beaufort High School and Karolina Struhárová from the Czech Republic who attended Beaufort Academy. Recently, both made presentations to the Rotary Club of Beaufort summarizing their year in the United States.
Emma Anderson from Denmark with Rotary Club of Beaufort President Willie Mack Stansell. Emma attended Beaufort High School this past year as a youth exchange student.
Rotary Gives to Back to the Greater Bluffton Community