Nov 142017
 

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)
$174,603.63 (Total)

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

Nov 072017
 

November Message

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  As we approach November things continue to be an exciting time in my Rotary story.  I have visited sixty-seven clubs and participated in another dozen events for RLI, service projects, three fundraisers, four social functions, two recognition events, and one 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Membership of our District.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and experiences around the District!  As we begin November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and other special holiday times.

We were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the District’s Rotary Foundation plans and programs.  We had to postpone the Fall Club Foundation Seminar and reschedule the Grant process and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing /training, but we are back on track. Clubs reported collecting and donating over $20,000 to one of the four Foundation Donor Advised Funds established for disaster relief.   We executed a highly successful World Polio Day / week Campaign and Challenge resulting in significant giving to Polio Plus to eradicate Polio… nearly $50,000 was collected by the clubs and donated to the Rotary Foundation and was matched by the full $25,000 DDF.  The overall impact after all matches from the Gates Foundation and World Fund was more than $250,000 provided by District 7770 for this one week effort!  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.

As we continue to view our Rotary Foundation as our “Charity of Choice,” I urge you to continue to give and raise funds to help those in need and who so desperately need the assistance.  We are an extremely giving people within District 7770.  People who understand that others have needs that are greater than their own.  I urge each of you to give generously to our Foundation!  Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, constantly receiving the highest praise and ratings for non-profit organizations.

At the Fall Club Leadership Foundation Training, clubs received their District Grant match checks.  With these checks, numerous Community Service projects will be executed. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events, to name a few.  The fall will be another fun-filled season for these projects as well as the major fundraisers to be held to raise money for the Foundation for programs and projects in the coming years.

I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18 through the Rotary Foundation.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18

(sgcb@earthlink.net)

 

Oct 082017
 

World Polio Day is October 24, our District is offering World Polio Week – October 22-28 where all $’s raised during the week of October 22-28 will be Matched by the District’s DDF up to $25,000 (The matching DDF funds will NOT count towards the Club’s Polio Goal.  ONLY $’s raised by the Club count towards the Club’s Polio Goal!)

* DDF-District Designated Funds-Money that comes back to our District after 3 years

Here are some options:

Good Option – Raise Polio $’s at Your Weekly Meeting (Member Match?) For the Week of October 22-28

Better Option – Plan a Rotary Club Polio Fund raiser For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)

Best Option -Plan a Community Polio Fundraiser (Public Invited) For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)

Attached is the club submission form to be returned to:

PDG Bernie Riedel

12 Old Fort Ln,

Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Bernie@RiedeiComputers.Com

Or Fax: 843.681.3784 Cell: 843.816.4450

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.

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