District Governor Gary Bradham August Message

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Aug 142017
 

District Governor Gary Bradham August Message

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  The month of July has been an exciting time in my Rotary story.  Having visited, at this point, twenty-five clubs in our district, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many unique Rotarians, all making a difference.

District 7770 has historically been one of the leaders in giving to The Rotary Foundation.  It has been amazing to hear about what clubs are doing with the funds returned to them from The Rotary Foundation giving from prior years.   Each club brings solutions to their specific community needs.  Each Rotarian enthusiastically contributes to improving the lives of so many while essentially writing his or her own Rotary story.   The clubs have, through their diverse ways, addressed a variety of community needs.  Some of the projects include Happy Feet, Back Pack Buddies, Homeless Shelters, Anti-bullying, and a plethora of Literacy Projects.  Rotarians are truly People of Action providing exceptional community service through impactful actions and meaningful service.  The current giving to the Foundation is what paves the way for community service projects in the future. Not only does the Foundation provide for community needs, but the current giving continues to provide future Global Grants for desperately needed and sustainable projects world-wide. On September 8th at the Club Foundation, Membership, and Public Image Fall Training Seminar, the District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Sandee Brooks, will offer an opportunity for training in District Foundation Programs, how to obtain Global Grants, and how to increase donor giving.  It is vital that we continue to support and give to The Rotary Foundation.

Since August is Membership and New Club Development Month, clubs should use their Rotary Stories to showcase “What is Rotary?” and “Who is Rotary?” to perspective members.  All it may take to attract new members is simply… an invitation and then showcasing your community service projects.  These projects may fulfill a sense of purpose to prospective members who may be looking for ways to make a difference.  In August, the District Membership Chair, Johnny Moore, will host a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and Membership Advocates to develop best practices and intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the district. With these tools, at the Fall Membership Training Seminar on September 8th, Club Membership Chairs will have the opportunity to select what might work best for their specific clubs.  Member recruitment is an essential internal priority as we strengthen and grow our clubs.

By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness.  Public awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminars on September 8th, the District Public Image Chair, Mary Gasque will provide examples and successful avenues to enhance the Public Image Program.  Our Rotary stories are important for others to know “What is Rotary?” and how they can “plug in” to our organization.  Club leaders are encouraged to attend the Fall Training Seminars.  I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary C. Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18

District 7770

Jul 252017
 

Do you worry about Alzheimer’s?  We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one.  Finding a cure starts with you.  Give generously to the CART Fund through your Rotary Club.  We had a successful Alzheimer’s Gala on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  Those in attendance had a terrific time enjoying a great meal, very good featured speaker music from the WhitsEnd Band and an entertaining auction.

Rotary District 7770 is the home district of CART, having been started at the Rotary Club of Sumter by Roger Ackerman in 1995.  Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the money raised through the gala will go toward that effort.

 

Apr 142017
 

You are invited to a night out at the ballpark.  Friday, May 19, 2017 has been designated as Rotary Night with the Columbia Fireflies.  It will be an opportunity for Rotary club members to have a great social time.  Tickets are $9.00 each and food vouchers are $5.00.  We will all sit together along the first base line and have a great time.  Bring your family and friends and join us for a wonderful time together at the ballpark.

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Oct 012016
 

Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives.  Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age.  Some senior citizens may become hungry and alone.  For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility.  The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.  Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.

At the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s two community parks, Crocked Creek and Seven Oaks, Meals on Wheels are delivered 5 days a week to seniors in the community.  The Commission operates seven meal routes that serve 40-60 seniors per day.  One of those routes is covered twice per week by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.  The picture shows John Slavich, one of the many volunteers from the club, preparing to hit the road with meals for some of the seniors in the Irmo area.  This act of service provides the senior with a warm, nutritionally balanced meal, a wellness check, and a friendly visit.  This act of service also reminds our Rotarians that service above self is a vital part of Rotary membership.

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Sep 192016
 

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian’s leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and club.  Participants will not learn everything about all of Rotary’s programs, but they will gain a greater appreciation for the avenues of service and programs of Rotary International.

We had a very successful Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Horry Georgetown Grand Strand Campus.  We had three graduates:  Keith Finley (Cayce-West Columbia), Karen Cully (Hilton Head Island) and Daniel Simmons (Sanford).   Join us at future events for a good time of learning and making new friends.  Registration for future events can be done online at www.rli33.org.

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Aug 022016
 
SI Rotary shrimp 2016

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016

Around 3 pm – Waterfront Park, Beaufort, SC

CLICK HERE TO ADOPT-A-SHRIMP NOW!

www.RotaryShrimpRace.com

5,000 shrimp dropped in the water, the first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes. The first 100 have a chance to win a Car or Boat worth $39,000.

Proceeds benefit Rotary Smile Mobile Dental Clinic

Shrimp Race held in conjunction with the Downtown Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

West Metro West Columbia Club Recognizes Jim Manning for 50 years as a Rotarian

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Jul 252016
 

In a very special ceremony on Friday, July 8th, member Jim Manning was recognized for 50 years of membership in Rotary International.  Pictured with his wife, Dorothy, and 2015-16 President Amy Quenneville, Jim receives Letters of Recognition from District 7770 Immediate Past Governor Rod Funderburk, from current District 7770 Governor Sandee Brooks, and from both the Lexington (SC) Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Glasgow (KY).   District 7770 Assistant Governor Lisa Smith is pictured presenting Jim with his custom award to commemorate his “Service Above Self” for over 50 years.

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Jul 182016
 

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian’s leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary.  We often refer to these events as the Rotary Learning Institute.  The purpose of RLI is to strengthen our clubs and strengthen our Rotarians.  Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and throughout the world (Service Above Self).  With that service, comes a learning experience in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication and organization.  RLI provides an opportunity to enrich that learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout the region.

Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business and professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and their club while becoming more knowledgeable Rotarians.  Participants will not learn everything about all of Rotary’s programs, but they will gain a greater appreciation for the avenues of service and programs of Rotary.  Visit our web site for locations and other details: www.rli33.org.  Rotarians are welcome to attend sessions in District 7770 or in neighboring districts.

Please find a link to a short video about RLI:  https://youtu.be/N04p0kdrlgM

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Jul 072016
 
We invite everyone to join the Columbia Capital Rotary Club for our annual blood drive. Download Blood Drive Flyer Here Time: Wednesday, July 27th, 10am-4pm Location: CBRE Building, 1st Floor, 1333 Main Street, Columbia, SC Instructions to sign up are on the flyer (see link above) and listed below. If anyone has any problems signing up online.
  1. Visit www.redcrossblood.org
  2. Click the Blue “Make a Blood Donation Appointment” button in the top right corner of the website
  3. If you have not previously register, you may need to register using your email address
  4. Enter Sponsor Code CapRotary
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