Sep 192016
img_1751 Rotarians Fred Klare, Mary Murray, and Bill Stevens represented the Daniel Island Rotary Club at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th. The event was very successful raising over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care, and research! More info here on the event and the organization:

Release: Rotary Club of Georgetown host as speaker Bob Perry, South Carolina DNR.

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Aug 252016
Today’s Speaker – Bob Perry, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Director of the Office of Environmental Programs.
Bob spoke about water, something all living things need, be it plant or animal. He discussed the current status of water in our state and looked toward the future. Water shortage is a problem at times and we need to plan carefully to avoid “unintended consequences”. On the other hand, we are blessed with numerous lakes rivers and streams. He made the point that the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and numerous tributaries are cleaner now than they were when he was a kid. He congratulated the Waste Water and Sanitation Districts for the job they are doing in putting cleaner water back into the rivers than came out!
This correspondent’s take on Bob’s talk is that while challenges are ahead, in SC we have water and good governance, so the future looks bright.
For further info contact Pete Little –

Rotary Club of Charleston Teams Up With Hootie

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Aug 172016

Members of the Rotary Club of Charleston came out to support students in need on Saturday, August 6th.


Ralph Scognamiglio, Joy Capps, Karl Riner, President Alissa Lietzow, Lisa Van Bergen, Past President Paul Stoney, Megan Fink, Membership Director Sandy Morckel, and Craig Gangloff helped organized and pass out glue, pencils, notebooks, and more to hundreds of low-income community elementary school students. Some of us even got our picture taken with Darius Rucker!! This is one of the annual events our Education Committee runs; thanks to Richard Sidebottom and his team!!

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Aug 152016
Capital Rotary member Neda Beal is honored as the club’s 2016 Columbia Capital Rotarian of the Year by past president David Boucher (left) and Blake DuBose, president-elect for 2017-2018.  Beal was recognized for guiding service projects in local flood relief, in distributing dictionaries to third-graders in Richland School District One and in volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.  She serves on the club’s 2016-2017 board of directors and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, signifying donations to the Rotary Foundation that funds international charitable programs. Neda Beal Rotarian of Year 2016  
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At the August 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island, Eagle Scout candidate and Daniel Island resident Austin Dowd was awarded a $1200 grant to assist in the construction and installation of benches along the trail that runs from Seven Farms Drive to Blakeway Street. Rotary Club of Daniel Island provided $600 which was matched by the Daniel Island Community Fund. Austin thanked the members of the club before being awarded the check by club president Gray Ives.   IMG_3261  IMG_3263

Creating Access to Clean Water in Miramar, Peru

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Aug 102016


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The Bluffton Rotary Club is working on an international project to bring clean water to the community of Miramar, Peru. The community consists of 2,800 people who make up 700 families. The current water source is contaminated causing diarrheal illness, cholera and malaria. These illnesses prevent the people of the community from attending school or work.

The contaminated water is a primary factor perpetuating the continuous cycle of poverty and illness plaguing this community. A housewife from the community expressed it best by saying “a healthy person can function in all respects, but when we are sick we cannot perform our activities. We pay for water that is not purified and we must spend additional funds on gas to boil the water. We know that water is contaminated, but there are things we still do not know and would like to learn to care for our health.”

For those of us who live here on the beautiful pristine May River it is hard to image the life of the people of Miramar. The Bluffton Rotary Club saw the need and committed to making a difference in Miramar. Earlier this year, we completed the process of applying for and receiving a grant from Rotary International to fund a portion of the project and the work, much of it done by the local people in the community of Miramar, now well underway with an expected completion date of early fall. However, our work is not done. We still need to raise the remaining funds to complete this project and we need your help. Please join us on September 24th at the Oyster Factory Park from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a fun day as we Walk for Water to raise money to finalize the funds needed for this project.

People in third world countries typically have to walk 3.5 miles to get water – water that we would not consider drinking. For our walk, we will begin at the Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street in Bluffton, walk 1 mile, fill up a bucket of water, then return a mile to the May River at the Oyster Factory Park for awards, refreshments and entertainment.

Registration to walk is $10 for adult, $5 for children 10 – 17 and free for children under 10. Or you may choose to form your own team. For registration details or questions, please contact our event coordinator, Mary O’Neill via email at

If you cannot walk, we would be more than happy to take a small donation. Please save the date – September 24, from 10:00am – 1:00pm for our Walk for Water!

Remember: we live in the beautiful town of Bluffton, SC and know firsthand the importance of clean water.  We all work to protect our very own May River.  I hope you will walk to raise the necessary funding for the Bluffton Rotary’s project in Peru.  We walk to raise awareness of the importance of clean water not only at home but worldwide. We walk for water!

Click below to download the application.

Walk for Water appeal

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Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston speaks to the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club

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Aug 082016

Summey saluted the club for its 25th anniversary, celebrated recently. Keith also added that he is celebrating his 22nd year of service as North Charleston Mayor. “We are really proud of the growth that we have seen here in the Wescott Community, noting that North Charleston has become the top retail city in South Carolina,” he added. He spoke to a large crowd of Rotarians and guests, adding, “Sometimes people ask how we have been able to do this?  I usually answer them by noting that we are a ‘service’ city and stress the importance of treating residents and businesses as customers that we are here to serve. Mayor Summey was introduced by Past President Matt Coakley. The Summerville Oakbrook  Rotary club meetings on Mondays at 7:30am at the Wescott Club House.

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Jul 252016
On Tuesday Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant addressed the club on the county’s approach to Strategic Planning. Back as far as 1999, the County Council realized that there needed to be a new approach to planning in a diverse county. With nine council members representing different parts of the county and different constituencies, they needed input from the people they represented.
Vision One was the result. Vision One was developed to give the community a voice. An initial group of 300 citizens was selected to give input. This has led to successful projects being completed throughout the county benefitting all the residents.
One example is the county recreation centers. A need was identified, and now all areas of the county have centers.
The planning process has been received so well that the county is going beyond Vision One to make sure all citizens voices are heard.
This seems very relevant in today’s national discussion on how we all need to talk more and get to know each other better.
Good talk , Mr. Chairman!
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Jul 252016
Charter membersChip & Ann 20151202_081219_resized Chip Lyerly: It is with great sadness that we make this posting. Our club lost a dear friend and founding member on Thursday July 21, 2016. Chip Lyerly’s service will be held on Friday July 30th,  2016 at 2:00PM at St. Simon and St Jude Episcopal Church, 1110 Kinley Rd, Irmo.  Please continue to keep Michelle and family in your prayers. Chip was an active member of our club and we have many fond memories of his “Service above Self” acts, particularly organizing the youth shadowing project. H
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July 19, 2016 was a special day for the members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island. 15 years earlier, the first club president Mary Murray received the club’s charter during an official visit of the Rotary International President to Charleston. The club was sponsored by the North Charleston Rotary Club and attracted over 20 members from the quickly developing area of lower Berkeley County. Recently installed 16/17 club president Gray Ives led the Club Assembly Meeting and presented a special cake decorated for the occasion. Cake celebrating 15 years of DI Rotary BannersPast Presidents of Daniel Island Rotary Club include: Mary Murray, Billie Bacon, Brian Calhoun, David Pagliarini, David Vail, Russ Long, Judy Burnstein, Bob Welsh, Bob Wood, Pat Richards, John Tiller, Bill Stevens, Chad Vail, and Mike Sudzina. Cake celebrating 15 years of DI Rotary Members  
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