Jan 142016
President-Elect John has a greatGovernor_O'Malley_Portrait program lined up for Monday, January 18, 2016.  Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland, former Mayor of Baltimore and Democratic Candidate for President, will visit Columbia and speak to the club.  We know many of you have a holiday on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day so feel free to come to the meeting in business casual attire.  We’d love to have a great showing for Mr. O’Malley! For more information about Martin O’Malley, his history and accomplishments while in office, please visit his campaign website.
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On December 10th, 2015 we had 16 Inbound Students from 13 different countries travel to Disney World! We had two vans packed full of excited Rotary Youth Exchange students. During their 6 ½ hour drive to Disney, the students participated in face painting. Each student had their country flag painted on their face. Below is a picture of all the students arriving at Disney with their faces painted! The students were able to meet other exchange students from the Florida area. They had such an amazing time in Disney meeting new exchange students.  Below is a picture of all the exchange students representing their country with their own flags!  If your club is interested in sponsoring an exchange student, please contact Vicki Tatum at dentistt63@gmail.com or Allison Ford at allisonh@burkettcpas.com.

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Dec 242015

Happy Holidays!

Celebrating the success of the Happy Feet program to benefit our local Bluffton elementary schools.  Bluffton Rotarians Jay Parks and Deb Boshaw give commentative shirts to each school representative.
One of the best things about our Bluffton Rotary is to lend a helping hand to our local organizations that need funding and are doing great, needed things in our community.  Below, President Mike Covert presents the Director of Waddell Mariculture Center with a check for $3000

Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine receives $5000

STAR US program receives $2800 for defibrillators for Bluffton area responders.

Ringing of the Bell in true Rotarian fashion!  Bluffton Rotarian Megan Mack and her husband Rodney raising money for the Salvation Army in front of Kroger.


Dec 202015

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry celebrated their annual Christmas party December 5th.  President Jeff Althoff and his wife, Valerie, were the gracious hosts this year. Club members were asked to bring gift certificates to be donated to Capa.   The highlight of the event was the surprise presentation of four Paul Harris Fellows.


Scott Klumb, wife, Nicole with Foundation Director, Kerry Bunton


Linda Bridges, husband, Ron with Kerry BuntonIMG_3372Debbie Kidd, Interact Director at Beaufort High School, husband, Jeff

IMG_3375Chuck Raynor being pinned with his 8th PH by wife, Judy

Eau Claire North Columbia Rotary Salutes Student Academic Achievement and Civic Participation at 30th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

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Dec 142015

Excitement was in the air on November 23, as Eau Claire North Columbia Rotarians celebrated their 30th annual tribute to student achievement. More than 50 young people from Eau Claire Cluster schools entertained us, cheered in delight and proudly displayed certificates and treasured Kindle readers awarded to them for their successes in the classroom and in the community.

Joining Rotarians in the celebration were Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Columbia City Councilman Sam Davis, business and community leaders, principals from each of the nine area schools and, of course, parents who all proudly shared in their children’s success.

The Thanksgiving tradition began in 1985 as collaboration with College Place United Methodist Church and included a dinner for residents of local community care homes who joined the students and families for fellowship and recognition. Over the years, ECNC Rotary has presented honors to two generations of area students. This year the club and its sponsors provided the Kindle Fire readers to further enrich academic involvement by students.

Many thanks to all our schools for their continued dedication to nourishing the minds and bodies of our youth, to the community for its inclusive support of our schools, to College Place UMC for its ongoing commitment to the spiritual and academic growth of area students, and to Eau Claire North Columbia Rotarians for making this historic event a success.


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Edward E. Taylor Elementary School students were among nearly 50 young people to be recognized in November at ECNC Rotary’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration of Student Achievement. Pictured are (l-r, rear) Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Eau Claire Community Council President Christie Savage, North Columbia Business Association Chairman Donald Gist, EE Taylor Principal Debbie Hunter, and Rotary President Coco Mann. Students pictured are Taijvey Wilkins, Ashleigh Williams, Trevor Johnson, Marcus Pearson, Shaniya Williams and Zanobia Richardson

See more pictures of our honorees on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Eau-ClaireNorth-Columbia-Rotary-248920935132979/


Nov 232015

On November 10, 2015, the Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise celebrated a World’s Greatest Meal event during their breakfast meeting when the program was presented by DRFC Lou Mello. The club members contributed $370 that morning to help eradicate polio. This represents $1,100 contributed toward polio eradication after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation match is applied. This total is enough to provide approximately 1,850 oral polio vaccines or approximately 1,000 injectable vaccines – truly a Gift to the World!



Nov 192015

Former Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews spoke to the three Beaufort area Rotary Clubs and had an opportunity to meet with Past District Governor Ed Duryea and Arch Klumph Society member Gabby Grabenbauer.




Nov 122015
satch The Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club was excited to host the Director of Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens Satch Krantz at our meeting on November 11, 2015.   Satch has been the director of the zoo and gardens since 1976. With his vision and perserverance he has taken a local zoo to new heights as a top 10 zoo in the United States, the largest tourist attraction in South Carolina and the largest zoo in the southeastern United States. Not only does the zoo and botanical gardens host 1 million visitors yearly but it does so with a rating of 73% economic self sufficiency.  This facility acts as a huge economic driver for our local community and is currently finishing up a 40 million dollar expansion including new parking lots, pedestrian bridges, new enclosures for sea lions and grizzly bears, and a new interactive children’s park called Waterfall Junction.  Thank you Satch for being there for our community and us!
Nov 112015
PG  PG5 PG3 PG4 Over 350 homes were effected by the recent flooding in the Irmo area. The neighborhood of Pine Glen (pictured) is a total loss with every house damaged to some degree if not a total loss. Also houses in Coldstream and Quail Valley were effected. Our club meets at ICRC – Seven Oaks Park which was used as a temporary shelter for the flood victims. Many of our club members volunteered at the shelter and donated their time. One of our members Mr. Jack Terrell was the main coordinator and was spending the night at the facility. Our area has been hit hard but the community showed their support through donations of food and supplies during these first weeks. If you or your club would like to help victims in the Irmo area please contact our club President Harold Crawford (irmogolfer@msn.com), many people are still displaced and have lost everything. Your support would be much appreciated.
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