May 022016

The Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise participated in the City Of Sumter’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Swan Lake in Sumter.  The club, in partnership with Central Carolina Technical College, displayed a portable water purification system similar to one that might be supported by Rotary in developing countries.  Sumter Sunrise Rotarians also sold raffle tickets for a 50qt Yeti Cooler which was donated by a club member to raise money for a literary project and coat closet drive to support a local Elementary School.


Pictured from left to right are Rotarians Meree McAlister, Mark Mossell, Kristin Hallal, Greg Harris and Penny Pratt.



Little River Rotary Club Hosts INTERACT Officers for Awards

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Apr 302016

The Rotary Club of Little River hosted their Interact Club officers, Joseph Mabry, Joshua Mabry, Katilynn Funderburk and Shiloh Widener, from North Myrtle Beach Christian School to hear about their International and Community projects.  Fawn Wright, their club advisor, accompanied them at the luncheon.

Donna Levinski, Youth Services Director, presented Katilynn Funderburk with a certification of appreciation for her participation as the photographer for the “Spirits of Giving” Fundraiser.   Joseph Mabry, our 4 way test essay winner, was presented with a scholarship check for $1,000 to be used for his college education fund.


Shown in the included photo from left: Fawn Wright, club advisor; Kathy Toavs, Rotary Club president; Joseph Mabry; Joshua Mabry; Katilynn Funderburk; Shiloh Widener; and Donna Levinski.


Apr 242016
Chapin Rotarians pitched in on the town’s annual community service day to deliver meals to a number of senior citizens in the area.
Pictured (L-R) preparing to depart for deliveries are Karen McConnell, John LaFond, Mary LaFond , Ron Saxton and his grandson Ronnie Stass, and George McConnell.
Rotarians also helping prepare and deliver the meals included Marsha Clayman, Barbara Seward, Tom Wilkinson, Sandy Morgan, and Gary and Cathy Benfield.
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West Wateree Rotary Club Recognizes Scholarship Winners

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Apr 222016

The West Wateree-Lugoff Rotary Club recently awarded its annual scholarships to five Lugoff-Elgin High School seniors for outstanding accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom. Each student was awarded $1,000 and spoke at a recent club meeting about their college plans. Since 1990 the club has awarded 110 scholarships to LEHS seniors totaling $70,000, all of which was raised by club members. Shown are LEHS guidance counselors Darcella Pindar and Delacie McNeice, scholarship recipients Ashleigh Chaney, Tyler Harhart, Emma Russell, Dena Stanley and Jamie Stroud. In back are West Wateree Rotary Club scholarship committee chairman Bud Goodrich and club president Eric Rundlett. The club fundraising event for the scholarships is the Wild Game Dinner, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at Old McCaskill’s Farm at 377 Cantey Lane south of Camden off U.S. 521.

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The CART Rotary Cruise registration has been extended to May 25

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Apr 192016

The CART Rotary Cruise registration has been extended to May 25.

Sailing: November 12th to 17th

Charleston – Nassau – Half Moon Cay 5 Days

  • Cruise helps fund C.A.R.T Research for Alzheimer’s.
  • Cruise on Carnival’s Cruise ship Ecstasy From Charleston to Nassau and Half Moon Cay
  • Dates Nov. 12th to 17th.
  • From $502.92 per person, based on double occupancy.
  • Deposit Requirement $200 pp.    Final Payment due August 1 2016
  • Below are helpful links to get more cruise details, explore the Ecstasy and your personal registration link.
  • More news to follow on this from DG Rod in the coming weeks.

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Register on the District DACdb database NOW for Rotary Cruise Nov. 12-17th 2016
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

April 5th Rotary Club of Georgetown hears about Mission Ready Mutts

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Apr 142016
On April 5th, Brigid Gore of Mission Ready Mutts took us through a fascinating presentation on how service dogs help people and indeed, make living a normal lifestyle possible for people with issues such as PTSD, hearing or vision difficulties and anxiety.
Mission Ready Mutts trains and provides service dogs for people in Georgetown at little or no cost to the individual. Most of the time, they will train the individuals own dog, in some cases they will arrange to supply a dog.
Its gratifying to know that there are so many services available to help people in our community. Mission Ready Mutts is one more example.
Apr 062016

Alecia Klauk, the new executive director of Chapin We Care, visited with the Chapin Rotary Club and presented an overview of their current activities.The organization, established in 1986, is a Christian ministry that provides food and warmth to those in need in Chapin and the surrounding communities. In 2015, We Care assisted 2,149 families with more than 228,000 pounds of food and almost $74,000 in utility, kerosene and gasoline assistance.  To learn more about We Care, visit them online at

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Apr 042016
Capital Rotary Club president David Boucher did not think of himself as a long-distance runner when he took up jogging 25 years ago – but now he has circled the globe by completing 24,902 miles (the circumference of the earth) on daily three-mile stints downtown. It’s fitting that Boucher celebrated his last ‘round the world lap in March during the Rotary District 7770 conference at the Columbia Convention Center.  Not only did he run the distance, but he also celebrated the last 900 miles by raising money for Rotary’s CART Fund for Alzheimer’s research. Using his Facebook page and club announcements, Boucher solicited sponsors at a penny-per-mile for the 900 mile finish. He’s also collected change off the streets while jogging for the past year-and-half in Columbia – a total of $68.86 in coins of various denominations.  This money, too, was donated to CART, and Boucher invited Capital Rotarians to match it by contributing $68.86 on their own. The overall donation goal was $10,000.  As of late March, Boucher’s efforts had brought in more than $7,000 with additional checks to come.  The CART Fund – Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust – was started by a Rotarian in Sumter County in 1999 and has been adopted by many clubs since that time. One-hundred percent of the money collected is used as seed money for cutting edge research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  CART has provided over $5 million in grants since its founding. Boucher's World Lap Finishes
Mar 292016

$50,000 provided to local non-profit organizations and for scholarships in 2016

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley awarded its 2016 community grants on March 10  to forty-one local non-profit organizations. In addition, six $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in May to Northeast Columbia graduating seniors, bringing Spring Valley Rotary’s total community contribution this year to $50,000.

The awards were made possible through the success of the club’s annual pecan sale with 100% of the proceeds from the annual fundraiser being returned to the community. “Our members were thrilled with the success of our fundraising efforts this year in light of our current economy, the devastating floods last October and we are proud to support so many worthy organizations,” said club president Bill Oliver.  “Add this to our more than $50,000 contribution this year to The Rotary Foundation to support additional local and international Rotary projects, and we’ve had our most successful fundraising year in the history of the club,” said Oliver.

Recipients of the 2016 community grants include: Agape Worship Center, Alston Wilkes Society, AMIKids, Bethany Christian Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts Indian Water Council, CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research), Catawba Trail Elementary, CollegeTransitions, FaithHome, Frank & Anya Martin Foundation, Gateway to the Army Association, God’s Storehouse, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Heartworks Ministry-Jubilee Academy, Killingworth Home, Lourie Center, Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc., Mid Carolina Middle School, PacificHelps, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital – Cribs for Kids Program and CAMP KEMO Programs, Palmetto Health Foundation – Bernice Smith Fund for the Palmetto Health Cancer Center, Palmetto Place, Project Hope, Project Josiah Restoration, Prosperity Project, Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Ronald McDonald House, Senior Resources, Sexual Trauma Services, Signature Project, Sister Care , Sons of American Legion, SQ Rescue, STOP HUNGER NOW, The Therapy Place, Transitions, USO , Vital Connections ,Wreaths Across America and Youth Corp.

The Rotary Club of Spring Valley was founded in 1978 and has more than 115 members dedicated to implementing the ideals of Rotary in Northeast Columbia. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The club meets every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church on Polo Road.  To learn more about joining Rotary visit or contact membership chairman Doug Bridges at (803) 530-1732 or by email at


Spring Valley Rotarian Dan Toma is shown with Sandra K. Owensby, Executive Director of the Lourie Center, a recipient of a Rotary Community Grant. A total of $50,000 was given by the club this year to support local non-profit organizations and its scholarship program.

Dan Toma presenting check 3.10.16

Big Rotary check 2016 grants

Mar 282016

Rotary Youth Exchange, District 7770, is pleased to announce that Lizzie Russler has been awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina! The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is one of the oldest and most distinguished merit scholarships in the nation. Students from all around the world compete to earn a four year and full ride to the University of North Carolina. Also, there are generous stipends for summer travel, research, internship opportunities, and entrée into the elite Morehead network.

Lizzie is a Rotary Youth Exchange Alumnus. She was able to go to Switzerland for her exchange in 2013-2014. We would like to thank Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club for sponsoring Lizzie when she was on her exchange. Below is a picture of Lizzie and her wonderful parents. We are very proud of what Lizzie has accomplished thus far and can’t wait to see what the University of North Carolina has in store for her!


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