Capital Rotary members Jay von Kolnitz (right in photo) and Jack Williamson (center) were recognized by club president Philip Flynn (left) on Feb. 6 for their latest donations to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs promoting peace and world understanding. Von Kolnitz is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-four giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with four additional gifts in the same amount). He is a 30-year Rotary member and was a longtime sergeant-at-arms for the club. Williamson is a Paul Harris Fellow plus-one contributor (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with an additional gift in the same amount). He joined the Capital club in 2008 and currently serves as sergeant-at-arms.
District 7770 Assistant Gov. Eric Davis (right in photo) has honored Columbia’s Capital Rotary for 2017-2018 donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm for programs promoting peace and world understanding. The honors include (from left in photo) current president Philip Flynn holding a certificate for contributions to End Polio Now, the global partnership that has contributed more than $1.6 billion toward polio eradication since 1988; immediate past president Blake DuBose holding a 100% Foundation Giving banner for clubs that average 100% participation with an average of $100 in per capita giving; and past president Tommy Gibbons holding an Every Rotarian, Every Year banner for clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year. Rotary District 7770 includes 80 clubs and about 5,000 Rotarians in 25 eastern counties of South Carolina.
Subject: Sea Island Rotary (Beaufort) Needs A Few Good Rotarians!
Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort wishes you well and wants to invite you to participate in one of our major Annual fundraisers.
The Sea Island Adventure Biathlon will once again be held on beautiful and pristine Hunting Island State Park Saturday March 17th at 11 a.m. We have put on this race in our community for over 10 years and it has been a tremendous success for us. We have a three pronged approach to the race: 1) as a monetary fundraiser with the proceeds going back into our local Rotary charities 2) to promote health and fitness in our community 3) Club camaraderie.
• Please make your fellow Rotarians aware of this VERY unique race. We need more participants to ensure continued success. We have found that all clubs have at least some of those “weekend athletes” that enjoy this type of endeavor or that members have friends who would be interested.
• The race begins at 11 a.m. which allows for travel to Beaufort. Better yet, spend the night or weekend in Beautiful Beaufort
• The race is designed as a “doable” challenge. While we may have some high octane participants, most are there for the pure fun of the event.
• If you haven’t visited Hunting Island and experienced the maritime pristine natural beauty of the island you are in for a TREAT.
• The race (link provided) consists of an approximate 5 mile paddle by kayak or paddle board (dolphins included free of charge) followed by an approximate 4-5 mile beautiful trail run. One can participate solo, relay (1 person paddles, 1 person runs), or tandem (2 person kayak with both people running as Team).
Help us continue to make this race a tremendous success while enjoying the camaraderie of Rotary.
Check out our link: http://www.huntingislandbiathlon.com or visit http://goraceproductions.com/hunting-island-adventure-biathlon-registration-page/ to register directly.
If a member has a particular race question they may reach out to Sea Island Rotary Past President & Past Race Director Jack Cunningham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 843 252 3131, wk: 843 524 7057.
Summerville Evening Rotary Club presents a five thousand dollar contribution check to Doors To Freedom. Doors to Freedom has been established to provide a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life. It’s vision is to lovingly support each individual as she overcomes her traumatic past and receives total restoration: body, soul, and spirit. We are committed to providing a place, free of charge, for these girls to call home. Through guided personal growth, life skills training, vocational training and academic education she will find new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future. More information can be found on their website.
Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club has made donations for two humanitarian causes – one to eradicate polio, the other to provide disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas.
The club raised $882 that will be matched with District Designated Funds to become a donation of $1,764 for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio. Ending polio has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985. Rotarians have contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
Capital Rotary’s contribution – and the resulting match from District 7770 in eastern South Carolina – was made to celebrate World Polio Day/Week. World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.
The local club’s disaster relief donation totaled $8,000 earmarked for rebuilding lives and communities following hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, plus the September earthquakes in Mexico. “We are coordinating through Rotary for the best way to distribute our funds to make a difference,” said Capital president Blake DuBose.
“Our board voted for this donation because we remember when Columbia was impacted by a 1,000-year flood in 2015 and an outpouring of support came from all parts of the country,” DuBose added. “The greater Columbia area was the beneficiary of an incredible amount of giving then, so we’re doing what we can in the same spirit now.”
District 7770 offered a challenge to all clubs that they would match up to $25k for funds raised during the week of Oct 22-18, 2017. The results of the World Polio Day/Week Results Impact on Eradicating Polio:
Club $’s Raised $58,201.21 (49 Clubs)
$116,402.42 (Gates Match)
District Designated Funds match of $25,000 (DDF)
The World Fund match of $12,500 ($.50 World Fund) equaled $37,500.
$75,000 (The Gates Foundation Match) equaled $112,500 for a grand total $287,103.63
FOR ONE WEEEKS CONTRIBUTIONS!! $287,103.63
Thank You To All Our Clubs and Rotarians in District 7770 For Your Amazing Generosity!!!
DG Gary Bradham
DRFC Sandee Brooks
EPNC Bernie Riedel
The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at email@example.com for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.