Mar 182016

Members of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise and their daughters ( picture #2)are pictured as registration volunteers  at the 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon and  Half Marathon held  on March 3-4-5 . Over 5000 marathoners and 1500 support volunteers participated in the popular weekend event. Proceeds from the nationally recognized event support numerous community charities. The Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s at the Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning  about our community and the many opportunities to practice the Rotary Credo of “Service Above Self”.




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Mar 082016
For the third year, we will be holding a District Conference Literacy Project by collecting new books suitable for grades Pre K – 6th grade.
This year’s book donations will benefit two schools in the Richland One district whose students, families and faculty were impacted greatly by the Fall flood. 98% of the kids at Gadsden Elementary School in Gadsden, SC and 79% of the students at Horrell Hill Elementary in Hopkins, SC qualify for free or reduced lunch. Both schools are located in lower Richland County, an area that has a much higher level of poverty than the state average. Many students were already in great need and then the flood came and took the little they had. Your donations will go to kids and schools that have been through so much.
All Rotarians who attend conference are asked to bring a book with them to donate. Not attending conference? Your club may be holding a club-wide book collection drive so you can still participate. No book drive in your club? Just purchase a book and give it to one of your club members who is attending conference.
Thank you so much for helping to spread the gift of literacy in District 7770. #Rotary #Rotary7770

Rotary Club of Georgetown, Rotarian of the Year, PHF Awards,Premier Sponsers, ShaFestival to fund Alzheimer’s Research

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Feb 252016
Valentines Social
2/10/2016 found approximately 80 Rotarians, Spouses and Guest assembled at The Debordieu Beach Club celebrating a special occasion.
Annual awarding of the Rotarian of the year took place, and this year the very deserving recipient was Past District Governor/Past President/Current Foundation Chair and member of the Board of Directors, Alan Walters. Congratulations Alan!
Paul Harris Pins for various levels were awarded to Ted Gagliano, Pat Ferris, Pete Little and our own President Keith Wilcox!
The biggest news of the night was the presentation of two checks to the Shag Festival, our annual fundraiser to help fund Alzheimer’s research. 3V Sigma presented a check for $10,000 becoming a returning Premier Sponsor represented by Paul Seccomandi, its CEO. This year Coastal Chevrolet, represented by CEO David English and family presented a check for $10,000 becoming our second Premier Sponsor. David said he did this in honor of his Dad, a longtime Rotarian and in honor of Tom Gillespie who did so much for the Club.
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Feb 222016
Michela Schildts from the St. Bernard Project address the Columbia Rotary club on Monday, February 22, 2016.  The St. Bernard Project has been instrumental in rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.  They have now brought their efforts to the Midlands and they are partnering with many Rotary clubs in the area to help those in South Carolina who have been affected by the October floods.  Learn more about the St. Bernard Project here.   1423948085

News from the Rotary Club of Bluffton

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Feb 052016

Bill Sorochak the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire speaks at the Bluffton Rotary breakfast on their programs.


Bluffton Rotarians prepare for their annual Bluffton Oyster Roast on January 30th.  This is the Club’s main fundraiser to support their local community efforts.


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The Rotary Clubs annual Soccer Classic and Silent Auction are coming up soon: The Silent Auction (Friday, February 12th) will be held at Goldbug Island, and the Soccer Classic (Saturday, February 13th) will be held and the College of Charleston Soccer field on Patriot’s Point. We hope that you can join us. Please consider buying an ad in our Soccer Classic program or donating and item to our Silent Auction. Our club raises the majority of our charitable funds from these two events.


The funds raise during the Soccer Classic and Silent Auction are used to support our Backpack Buddies program, Happy Feet, Literacy Initiative, and to currently provide support to 14 worthwhile charitable organizations in the LowCountry. Throughout the year, we present checks to these organizations that help them further their goals of helping people in the LowCountry. We recently presented a check to Margaret Merritt from the LAMB Institute.
The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is happy to welcome 7 new members since July.  Welcome to: Drew Wagner, Herb Gilliam, Jason Taylor, Ken Rush, Pat O’Brien, B.J. Guido and Emory Ware.
Jan 282016

The Rotary Club of Lake Marion was recently recognized for its spirit of giving.

District 7770 Assistant Governor Paul Miller presented a banner to the club at its January 14th meeting in recognition of the club’s support of the Annual Fund.

These numbers are impressive! Out of the 35,114 Rotary Clubs worldwide, the Lake Marion Rotary Club was one of only 1,586 clubs to achieve Top Three Highest Per Capita Annual Giving honors in their district. Additionally, the club was one of only 1,428 clubs worldwide to attain status as a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club and one of only 3,112 clubs worldwide to become an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club.

The Lake Marion Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 1 p.m. at Shoney’s in Santee.

Photo  – Rotary District 7770 Assistant Governor Paul Miller presents a banner to Lake Marion Rotary Club President Horace James recognizing the club for its spirit of giving.


Spring Valley Rotary Club Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

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Jan 202016

Spring Valley Rotary Club has scheduled their next  American Red Cross Blood Drive for Tuesday, January 26  from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane  in Northeast Columbia.

“The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to donate blood in order to prevent a shortage this winter. Each appointment made and kept, and each unit of blood given, offers hope to a patient in need,” said Stevie Johnson, Rotary blood drive coordinator.

Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment, call Stevie Johnson at (803) 338-1711 or sign up online at (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000. All donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt.

RapidPass allows you to start the blood donation process from the comfort of your home or office and save time at the donation site. Please visit: to read and complete your medical history the day of your scheduled donation. Then print your RapidPass and bring it with you or show it on your mobile device.

Spring Valley Rotary club meets Thursdays from 1 to 2 PM in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church. To learn more about membership in the club, contact Doug Bridges at (803) 530-1732 or by e-mail at

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Photo caption:  Spring Valley Rotarian and Ali Felschow of Crystal Pools is shown donating blood at a previous Rotary sponsored blood drive.  The Spring Valley Rotary Club hosts its next Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, January 26 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane.

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