Aug 022016
SI Rotary shrimp 2016

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016

Around 3 pm – Waterfront Park, Beaufort, SC


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:  Rotarians are welcome to attend sessions in District 7770 or in neighboring districts.

Please find a link to a short video about RLI:


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
  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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Jul 032016

The Rotary Club of Florence will be having the Forget-Me-Not 5k Color Run/Walk to Beat Alzheimer’s on August 20th at Florence-Darlington Technical College. All clubs are invited to participate. Sponsor sheets and registration forms are attached. More information can be found at





Jun 302016

District 7770 held its third annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) event June 25-27.  Very special thanks to Akil Ross for chairing a dynamic and fun RYLA event for 65 delegates at Columbia College.  The two and a half days of presentations on leadership styles and personality classifications were fun, informative and left everyone excited for their future as leaders.  This years’ service project included packing 10,152 bags of food in two hours with Stop Hunger Now.  Many thanks for the leadership and dedication to the futures of our youth of those who helped with the event.













Jun 182016

Rotary International held a Young Professional Summit in Chicago in 2014.  Two participants Justin Saltzman and Clarissa Harris came back to District 7620 and held a Young Professional Summit.  Gary Bradham, District Governor Nominee approached Alison Jean Hamilton about attending the District 7620 Young Professional Summit.  After attending Alison Jean Hamilton gained support of our District Governor Rod Funderburk to hold our own Young Professional Summit.  Justin Saltzman travelled to South Carolina and helped our District hold a Young Professional Summit in May 2016.

Porter Medley of Carolina Forest Rotary Club found a location for our event, found a Rotarian to help with lunch and recruited Rotaract Advisor Daniel Hucks and Rotaract President Theresa Calabrese to help. Ed Tassin, District Secretary, handled our registration.

The first ever District 7770 Young Professional Summit was held at The Scholars Academy on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. Young Rotarians, Young at Heart Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors throughout our district attended.  Our Summit was kicked off with lunch from Firehouse Subs.  Bob Lepore of Carolina Forest Rotary offered us the sandwiches at a greatly reduced rate.

Thanks to Gina Trimarco Cligrow of the Chicora Rotary Club we played Improv games.  Gina donated her time and players from her Carolina Improv Company to start off our event on a fun note.  The fun carried throughout the day.

Stanlee Morrison, Advisor to The Interact Club of the Scholars Academy, donated her time to host our event. The Scholars Academy Interact President Michelle Guo and the Interact Club of the Scholars Academy presented an excellent presentation about the history of Rotary, about how individual students feel about their Interact Club and about the various service projects they have held.

Our first breakout involved gathering information about various clubs in our district, dreaming about the future and developing individual strategies.  Porter Medley, Johnny Moore, Justin Saltzman, Therese Calabrese, Stanlee Morrison and Daniel Hucks were the facilitators for our first breakout sessions.  During our second breakout participants created a commercial.  Commercials were presented to all participants.  Theresa Calabrese, Rotaract President, compiled the breakout results and live streamed our event.

Thanks to Steve Jones, President of Myrtle Beach Rotary we played corn hole.

Don Stevens of Chicora Rotary donated a beautiful diamond ring set in white gold valued at $1,495.  Kathy Miranda of Myrtle Beach Rotary, also, donated $25 worth of Olive Garden Gifts Certificates.  Johnny Moore, Assistant Governor, handled the raffle during our event.  Theresa Calabrese won the ring.  Ralph Jones of Carolina Forest Rotary Club won a gift certificate to the Sea Captain’s House.  Kira Irick, Interactor of the Palmetto Academy, won the Olive Garden gift certificates.

We had a wonderful day living by the 4 way test, putting service above self and building friendships.

For more information, contact Alison Jean Hamilton




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May 042016

On May 3, 2016 the CART Fund awarded a total of $600,000 in research grants to five researchers.  The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease.  Each year research centers from all over the USA submit applications for CART grants and the number and amount of the grants are based on the income received each year from any source.  Every dollar donated to the CART Fund is used for research grants.  The goal of the CART Fund is to provide financial support for the early and conceptual plans of projects that may not yet be supported by extensive preliminary data but have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research.  These projects should be distinct from those designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area unless they intend to extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.  Pictured are the District 7770 representatives at the CART Fund Board meeting with the five recipients of CART funding for 2016.


Apr 302016

The Summerville Evening Rotary Club is hosting our annual “Rockin the Ville” Pro-Am golf Tournament and Kentucky Derby-themed party on May 6th and May 7th, respectively. Golf begins with a shotgun start at 1pm on Friday the 6th. Tickets are $125 per player and includes golf, food, and an open beer cart. The fee also includes two tickets to Saturday’s Derby Party starting at 5pm with 4 live bands, an open bar, glow-in-the-dark night golf, dancing, silent auction, and more.


Be sure to wear your best bow-tie and biggest derby hat. See y’all there.

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Derby party Information:

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Apr 262016

Have you registered to attend the Rotary YP Summit May 21?  This is going to be a great event that you do not want to miss.  Come to the Coastal Carolina Campus in Conway on Saturday, May 21 and interact with people excited about Rotary and the possibilities it provides.  Registration is online at the Rotary District 7770 database calendar. View an invitation video below and commit to being a part of this opportunity.


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