Rotary has Heart Sumter Rotary Submission

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Apr 242017
The Sumter Rotary Club’s Rotary Has Heart community service project is our Farm-to-Table event.
In this, our fourth year of putting on this event, we sold close to 1,000 tickets for $30 each, and raised more than $20,000 to support 4 charities: The CART Fund (founded by members of our club), 4H, United Ministries, and the Shaw Air Force Base’s Warm Heart Fund. Each of our 80 club members was expected to sell 10 tickets, and most did just that.
The event took months of planning by a committee of 6 senior Rotarians and involved several hundred hours of volunteer work.  The event was heavily promoted in both the local newspaper and radio station–thanks to club members who manage those media outlets.
We had 15 sponsors as well as 12 local restaurants and food producers who donated their wares. This was clearly a whole-community effort.
This project not only helped those in need, and helped improve Rotary’s image in the greater Sumter community, it also provided a fun event for community residents who look for things to do without having to travel to Columbia or elsewhere.
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Mar 232017

Water and Sanitation

According to Water Missions International

842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.

Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation.  That’s 35% of the Global population.

Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.

District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water

Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project.  This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries.  I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.

Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.

The Rotary Club of  Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru.  The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post  “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC.  So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:

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Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water.  Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.

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Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.”    District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.

Feb 032017


Rotarians are being asked to help their communities around Valentine’s Day 2017

The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last

year’s program, originally initiated by PRIVP Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin.  I would like all our 80 clubs in District 7770 to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2017 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing.  We can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time.  The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.

Zone 33-34 Director Mulkerrin announced a recognition program in which all clubs and districts can participate.  Each Governor will select what is considered to be the best Rotary Has Heart club community service project with related publicity in the district.   A club president from Zone 33 and Zone 34 will receive 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points plus a certificate and be recognized at all events after the deadline (March 31, 2017).  The two club presidents can use the 1,000 recognition points to honor a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to their community. The District Governors in each Zone with the highest percentage of participation will receive a painting by George Lewis to auction off to raise funds for PolioPlus or a Water Project or one of the six Areas of Focus.

Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established program or something as complex as organizing a full-fledged club service project all following the six areas of focus. While this is first and foremost a Community Service Project, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do to Serve Humanity.


  • Reduced meals at a meeting with the cost difference donated to fight hunger in your community.
  •  Provide food or related supplies to a needy organization in your community
  •  Back Pack Buddies
  • Harvest Hope
  • Work with your local food pantry or food providers i.e. Meals On Wheels

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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Learns About United Way Campaign

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Feb 032017

Ms.Genie Sherard(left) President of the United Way of Horry County, and Club Member Bob Squatriglia (right) at a Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meeting in which the members learned that UWHC is at the 87% level of 2016-17 Campaign goal of $1.325 million.President Sherard described the three service impact areas: Health, Education and Financial Stability. She described the critical role of volunteers noting ” volunteers make good things happen in our community”,with 300 for Annual Day of Caring, 150 for Reading Day and that the 21 Board members reflect “pure volunteering “. She reported that Rotarian Bob Squatriglia has served UW in a variety of positions over thirty years,and that ” we will miss (departing) Dr.Bob and Betty terribly in the community and in our United Way family.” Persons interested in volunteering for United Way projects should call 843-347-5195 or go to for more information. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets each Wednesday at 7:00am in Beef OBrady’s ,located in the Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. All are cordially invited to attend a meeting ,enjoy breakfast,and learn more about our community and opportunities to serve in behalf of their Motto keep of”Service Above Self.””

Coffee Tasting at Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library

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Jan 182017


On Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., coffee lovers can learn

about the intricacies of coffee from Ranny Starnes and Liv McBryde of Dolce Vita, Downtown

Florence, who will discuss the fundamentals of brewing and tasting coffee. Coffees from two

different growing regions within Latin America and Africa, will be sampled and paired with food

that will enhance the different flavors of each region.

Dolce Vita is Italian for “sweet life” Owner Dr. John Keith opened Dolce Vita opened in the

fall of 2013 as a wine and chocolate tasting room, but now its menu includes: Belgium

Chocolates, specialty coffees – including their own roast, gourmet muffins, desserts, and wines.

This workshop is for adults age 18 and over and is sponsored by Friends of Florence County

Library. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. Call the Reference

Desk at (843) 413-7074 to register or visit for more information. The

Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Jan 032017
Capital Rotary member Harry Carter (right) and his wife, Kathy, met Rotary International’s 2016-17 president John Germ at a December reception that was part of the Rotary Club of Columbia’s centennial observance.  The reception saluted major donors who contribute $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation funding world understanding and peace programs.  Germ, a member of the Chattanooga, TN club, has been a Rotarian since 1976.  Carter is a Capital Rotary past president and was co-chair for Rotary District 7770 major donors for five years. Capital Club Member Meets Rotary International President  
Nov 302016

One of the 6 Rotary Areas of Focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio. Our Rotary Foundation was named the

“worlds” outstanding foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The

Judges cited PolioPlus as a major driver for its selection. Why, because of you!!   You’re a very

very important part of Our Foundation receiving this honor.  You are the PolioPlus fundraisers.

You are the advocates.  You are the reason we will reach our goals this year.  We will get the

job done! 

Our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight numerous other diseases. They set up

health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with

HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses,

governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for

health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping

immunize people, to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies

on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.

In South Africa, 225 Rotary clubs participated at 160 sites; in Uganda, 65 clubs supported 120

sites; and across Lagos and Ogun states in southern Nigeria, 62 clubs supported 70 sites. Two

Rotary Foundation Global Grants provided funding to send vocational training teams to Uganda

and to pay for bed nets that will help prevent malaria in Nigeria.

Other efforts in this Area of Focus in our District include:

Dr. Anne Matthews along with Walter Hughes have worked on Grants for eliminating Guinea

worm disease. South Sudan has 96% of the victims of Guinea worm disease. They traveled to

South Sudan to build and encourage the team needed to finish Guinea worm eradication. It is led

by the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The team is complete with non-profit

organizations, developmental partners, faith based organizations, churches like Catholic Relief

Services and Redwood United Methodist Church, medical professionals, the Rotary Foundation

and finally Rotarians. The Carter Center helps to fund water filters, education, medical care and

mobilizing community health workers.

Speaking Books, a project with The Rotary Club of Hilton Head showcased international

programs with UNICEF on End Polio Now, and Teen Suicide Prevention in South Africa, these

books educate with visual and audible information. The books can be used over and over again.


The Bluffton Rotary Club and the District Water Project provided clean water systems in Peru

and other areas, which is one of the best ways of fighting disease.



Nov 102016


Here is some history about the foundation.


June 18, 1917, as war rages across Europe, 2,588 attendees gather in Atlanta Georgia, USA, for Rotary’s eighth annual convention.  Midway through his lengthy address, President Arch Klumph makes what could almost seem an offhand suggestion: “It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world. “  Within a month Rotary receives $26.50, the first donation for “the Endowment Fund suggested by President Klumph.


The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.


In 1914, the Rotary convention adopted a resolution proposed by the Rotary Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, that the International association of Rotary Clubs “lends its influence to the maintenance of peace among the nations of the world.


In 1921 Rotary’s constitution added the goal “to aid in the advancement of international peace and goodwill through a fellowship of business and professional men of all nations united in the Rotary ideal of service”


After World War II clubs struggled with the concept of international service.  They performed community service but how could one Rotary club bring about better understanding between people and nations?


At that time Rotary leaders rewrote the Foundations immediate objectives so that every Rotarian and individual club could support international service by donating to the clearly outlined Rotary Foundation activities:


  1. Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study.


  1. The extension of Institutes of International Understanding in nations where they have not been developed


  1. The fostering of any tangible and effective projects which have as their purpose the furthering of better understanding and friendly relations between the peoples of different nations, such as: assisting Rotary clubs in obtaining speakers who can discuss with authority world agencies organized within the United Nations Organization.


  1. The providing of emergency relief for Rotarians and their families wherever was or other disaster has brought general destitution and suffering.


  1. Finally Rotarians could clearly understand why the Foundation was necessary.


At the Tokyo Convention in 1978 Rotary’s newest program: health, hunger, and humanity or the 3-H was coined.  RI President Jack Davis introduced the RI Board’s support of the World Health Organization’s upcoming International Year of the Child.


In 1979 Rotary began their efforts to eradicate Polio in the Philippines. Rotary launched the     3-H program with the World Health Organization to eradicate Polio.


In 2005 the Future Vision Committee was appointed.  Their report established the following priorities:


  • Simplify all programs and operations
  • Align program outcomes/descriptions with the Future Vision Plan
  • Increase participation and sense of ownership at district and club levels
  • Provide sufficient resources to achieve the program goals
  • Develop a business model that supports the Future Vision Plan


The Six Avenues of Focus were developed:


Peace and conflict prevention/resolution

Disease prevention and treatment

Water and sanitation

Maternal and child health

Basic education and literacy

Economic and community development


The Future Vision Plan simplified the entire grant-making proves and turned over much of the administrative and decision-making work to the districts.  All humanitarian and educational programs, except PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers, were converted to a grant model offering three types of grants: district, global and packaged.


The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  Club or districts can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace..


(These are excerpts from “Doing Good in the World” by David. C. Forward.)



CCU Rotaract Club and Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Joint Project

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Nov 072016

The Rotaract club of Coastal Carolina University and the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise went shopping at Wal-mart for more than $1300 in clothing to restock “Clothes Closets ” located in local middle schools. The clothing supply in each school is inventoried at mid year and then restocked for winter weather item distribution. The Rotaractors selected clothing items which are issued to needy students by school administrators. The project, called “Warm Bodies” , is funded by the Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation. More than $6000 will be spent this year for new shoes and clothing to needy students, and over 600personal dictionaries will be gifted to Horry County third graders.The school support programs (clothing, shoes, school supplies and dictionaries, Smart Snacks for weekend consumption ) have been in place for nearly ten years and are widely applauded by classroom teachers as a means of removing obstacles to student learning and assuring their quality of life. The Carolina Forest club meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at Beef OBrady’s located in the Kroger – Carolina Forest Mall. Visitors are always welcome to learn how to serve the needs of our community while enjoying a free breakfast.


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