Jan 142019
 

As Rotarians we share a common bond and Rotary Fellowships only add to our commitment and enjoyment to Rotary. The fellowships are international groups that share a the common passion and interest. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience.

The official fellowship is not controlled by Rotary International but is approved by them requiring by-laws, constitution and membership from at least three different countries to start a new fellowship.
Most of the fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. Most have an application process and a small yearly fee or “lifetime” selection. Many have local active chapters and many meet on line.

The list of Rotary Fellowships approved by Rotary International is linked here.

Currently there are two “active” Rotary Clubs which grew out of a fellowships. The Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians in District 6380 meets on line every Wednesday at 7pm Eastern, Online at https://zoom.us/j/237350826. All are welcome and it counts for a makeup.

If you have questions concerning fellowships, you can contact the district fellowship coordinators Terry & Jaime Moore at 843-297-6691.

Jan 142019
 

The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians began in 2005 with a group of Rotarians coming together to run the Paris Marathon. In 2006 the Fellowship received it’s charter recognition and since that first run together in Paris, the group gathers once a year somewhere around the world to participate in a long distance running event together. Not only do they run together, but the Fellowship also makes an annual contribution to End Polio.

Rachel Cole, of the Summerville Evening Rotary Club, joined the Fellowship in 2015 as the Fellowship returned to Paris for the celebration of the 10th running event

The Group in Paris

together. When joining the Fellowship, Rachel was the only participant from the United States and continues to be the only active member of the Fellowship since the Fellowship was in the States for the New York Marathon in 2008. While in Paris, Rachel was asked to serve as the US Representative for the Fellowship. Rachel also attended the International Conference in Atlanta, GA to help represent the Fellowship in the House of Friendship.

In 2018 the group met in Queenstown, New Zealand for the marathon in November. The group participated in the marathon, half marathon, and 10k runs. The travel destination was much further for the majority of Fellowship members, as most are located in Europe, so the annual turnout was a bit smaller than when in European countries. But, that didn’t stop the group from having wonderful time! Thanks to the gathering in 2018 the Fellowship is able to donate around $1,700 to the End Polio Fund, a great achievement for the smaller group of around 35 people that gathered this year.

Those participating in the full marathon gathering before the run in New Zealand.

While in New Zealand, Rachel was inducted as the President Elect for the Fellowship. Rachel is the first woman President Elect and the first US Representative to hold a board position for the Fellowship. This presents an exciting opportunity for Rotarian runners in the States as Rachel will be focusing on increasing US membership and possibly bringing a run to the US for the Fellowship in the next 2 to 4 years.

In the meantime, Rachel will be training to join the group again in 2019. This year’s event will be in August and they will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for the marathon. The week prior to the run many of the members will enjoy a weeklong tour together around the country. It’s a great time for Rotarian Fellowship and Fun! The Fellowship is open to all Rotarians for a lifetime membership fee of 100 Euros. You can find out more about the Fellowship by visiting www.rotarianrun.org or by reaching out to Rachel at rachel@smoothsailingevents.com.

 

Monday Jan 14th 2019

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Jan 112019
 

Please join us Monday Jan 14th 2019

For our meeting Monday Jan 14th 2019 we welcome, the charismatic Morihiko Nakahara, music director for the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008.

Morihiko Nakahara has served as music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008. The 2018/2019 season also marks his 16th season with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, first as its associate conductor and now as resident conductor. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire, Nakahara was featured in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview in March 2005, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has developed a close working relationship with the JSO, conducting the orchestra regularly and serving as its associate conductor during the 2007/2008 season. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, symphonies of Oregon, Charleston, Chattanooga, Lansing, Peoria, and Green Bay, as well as with the Chicago Pro Musica. Recipient of the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution in 1999, he recently returned to guest conduct the Music School Festival Orchestra there. Equally, at home in a wide variety of musical styles and concert formats, Nakahara has collaborated with Chris Botti, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Brandi Carlile, Pink Martini, Sergio Mendes, and Roby Lakatos to name a few. A tireless champion for the music of our times, Nakahara recently led world premieres of works by Joan Tower, Dan Visconti, and John Fitz Rogers. A passionate believer in audience development and music education for all, Nakahara is a popular clinician, guest conductor, and lecturer at various educational institutions. As a personable ambassador for classical music, he is regularly featured on local media outlets and speaks about wide-ranging topics including arts advocacy, leadership skills, and economic development at local businesses and service organizations. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds degrees from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He previously served as music director of the Holland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and taught at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University.  
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Having trouble logging into the DACdb district database?

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Jan 092019
 

Having trouble logging into the DACdb district database?

Recently the District and Club Database programmers changed the web address. If you have bookmarked the web address on your computer, tablet or laptop, you will be receive a notice to update your bookmarks and follow a new link to https://www.dacdb.com.

Your login and password has not changed, but when you reset your bookmark to the new site, you might need it. If so, email Terry Moore at tr_moore@bellsouth.net or call 843-297-6691 to have your login and password sent to you.

Changing or updating your bookmarks depends on which internet browser you use. Here is a link to instructions to change/update bookmarks depending which one you use.

https://www.bu.edu/tech/services/cccs/desktop/software/troubleshooting/removing-password-from-browsers-saved-password-list/

Any questions, please contact Terry Moore, District Database Manager.

Monday Jan 7th 2019

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Please join us Monday Jan 7th 2019

For our meeting Monday January 7th 2019 we welcome Brian Maynor, Columbia’s own’ lifestyle coach here to make you look and feel great!

“How we look on the outside is a direct reflection of how we feel on the inside, making it impossible to work with one and not the other.” Brian Maynor Over the past decade, Brian Maynor has built a reputation as one of the leading image consultants and style coaches through his signature program, Find Flatter & Flaunt, which helps transform your image; boost confidence and empower you to look and feel your best. Image and the power of how we present ourselves has always been a part of Brian’s life, though it took him awhile to see it. His first job in high school was at a clothing store; he earned a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Broadcasting and went on to work as an attorney. It was that last role where all of the pieces finally came together. As an attorney, Brian managed a federal grant to assist victims of domestic violence both legally and through partnerships with shelters and coalitions. Through working with those survivors he rediscovered the power how we look has on how we feel. Once the grant ended, he had a reignited purpose for helping everyone live the life they’ve always wanted to live instead of feeling resigned to the life they had now, which launched his career as an image consultant. However, it wasn’t long before Brian discovered his clients were searching not just for advice on how to look better, but also for guidance on how to improve the overall quality of their lives. This theme of empowerment has been at the center of his work ever since.
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Dec 052018
 

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.

 

Early bird registration is now open on the DACdb database for the 2019 All Club Conference

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Nov 302018
 

This year’s Conference will be held on March 22-24, 2019 at the Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. You can see a brief video regarding Conference via the following link: https://youtu.be/GaerZ73RwZE

The Conference features noted speakers on such subjects as Membership, using Social Media, Rotary Peace Scholarships, Women in Rotary and many others. There will also be a hands-on project – Rise Against Hunger – on Saturday afternoon.

Registration for the All Club Conference is on the DACdb database calendar or by following this link: Active Member Registration

This year’s registration offers several flexible options for participation so we hope to see you there. Sign up before January 1, 2019 and take advantage of the reduced early bird rates!!!

Dean Roberts, Conference Chair

rdroberts29926@hargray.com; 843-422-0978

Nov 072018
 

Epworth Ice Cream Co. – a business launched just four months ago – is already proving to be a sweet success for Epworth Children’s Home, a Methodist-based institution housing about 70 youth at its Columbia campus.  Company president David Mackey (shown at left with Rotarian Jim Potter) was Capital Rotary Club’s Nov. 7 guest speaker.  Mackey said his star product – peanut butter ice cream – is based on a recipe created by Epworth Home in the 1930s.  Today’s premium-brand Epworth Ice Cream comes in three other flavors as well.  It’s made by an artisanal firm in Georgia and sold in pre-packaged cups, pint containers and in bulk to local restaurants.  All profits go to the children’s home, and Mackey envisions a future where expanded local, statewide and regional sales might not only generate a healthy income, but also raise awareness of Epworth’s history and mission.  A Richmond, VA native, Mackey graduated from Randolph-Macon with a BA in economics and from Wake Forest with an MBA in business/marketing.  He created a business plan and raised funds critical to Epworth Ice Cream’s start-up over the past year.

Jul 232018
 

ALZHEIMER’S GALA – Charleston

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Champagne Reception in Grand Lobby 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Master of Ceremony Cynthia Alston Bell – WMGL, 107.3

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Todd Gallati

President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Health

Marriott Crystal Ballroom

170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston SC

Black Tie Optional Tickets are $100 each,  Sponsorship’s available.

Rotary District 7770 is sponsoring a Gala on Saturday July 28, 2018 to benefit the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund. You are invited to join in this opportunity to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

Register OnLine HERE

Make checks payable to the Rotary 7770.  Please return the Sponsor Form (form not necessary if registered here) and payment to:

Ed Tassin
Rotary District Executive Secretary
408 Milner Court
Daniel Island, SC 29492
Email:  EtCharleston@aol.com
Phone:   (843) 819-6680

Link to Sponsor Form

Link to Sponsor Benefits Form

A final message from Past District Governor Gary Bradham

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Jul 182018
 

A final message from Past District Governor Gary Bradham to the District Membership and leaders of District 7770.

This past Rotary year started with heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication by the membership of District 7770.  Please allow me the opportunity to express my wholehearted “thank you” to every member of the District.  Your support has been unwavering and passionate throughout.  As we “close the books” on this 2017-2018 Rotary Year, I would like to thank everyone for their support and actions to Make A Difference this Rotary year.  It is hard to realize that this year is over, and we are already “closing the books” on such a great year!   It’s been a fantastic experience for me representing the District’s membership at all of the various functions of Rotary Service and my work with all of you on the various Rotary activities.  It was also a great experience for me, personally, as the District’s only Rotary International Officer and representative for our District to the entire Rotary world.  You are all truly “People of Action” who accomplished many, many worthwhile programs.  In my view, you had a banner year in all categories of Rotary service … meeting or exceeding our collective goals for the year.

I would like to highlight some of our accomplishments since last July, 2017.  It is important to remember that everything we achieved was because of how each of you decided to personally “Make a Difference” this Rotary year.  We are nearing the end of the calculations for contributions to our great Foundation.  While there are still some contributions being processed, most clubs met and many exceeded their Foundation goals, not to mention your remarkable contributions to End Polio Now through the polio plus goals. Rotary moved closer than ever toward “making history” as we continued to “count down to zero” the number of Polio cases which will allow us to claim success on eradicating polio worldwide. Through the leadership of PDG Sandee and Bernie, we exceeded both goals as a District and Clubs in both categories and we continued to build on last year’s performance and exceeded $1 million dollars in “Total Giving”!

From the Foundation dollars returned to the district, we awarded 62 District Grants, about a dozen Global Grants, three Global Scholarships, and $25,000 to Rotary’s Peace Center. We increased the number of Paul Harris Society members to 300, one of the largest groups of PHS members in the WORLD!  The District’s Grant program allowed members to engage across the spectrum of community support with a multitude of service activities, health, youth, and children support programs.  Providing dictionaries, hot meals and take-home meals, reading books, book bags, and clothing items, to name a few.

We continued the District’s emphasis on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) with Rotarian Akil and PDG Lou hosting another fantastic event this past June.  Clubs hosted 16 inbound and sent out 16 outbound Exchange Students. Through the leadership of Rotarian Paul Walter and retired educator Terri Brashears, we stood up the first Middle Interact Club.  This new type youth club was chartered in the Hilton Head Middle School, with over 50 student members, and leadership support from the local Interact Club, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club, High School and Community leaders.

Clubs continued their generosity to the CART Fund this past Rotary year, through strong CART donations … a program which started in District 7770 some twenty three years ago.  Clubs donated a record breaking $202,511.55 toward the annual program, producing a $52.46 per capita giving record.  This allowed grants to be awarded again this May exceeding $700,000 for cutting edge, start-up research. After talking with and hearing the grant recipients at the Annual CART Meeting, I firmly believe we are on the verge of finding a cure for this deadly disease which impacts so many families and friends of our membership.  This year’s Club donations truly were a great way to honor the vision of Rotary Club of Sumter’s Rotarian Roger Ackerman, who has been the mainstay behind this remarkable and unique Rotary program.  Through the assistance of PDG Rod and the leadership of Rotarian Arthur Jamison from the North Charleston Rotary Club, the first-ever Annual Alzheimer’s Gala was held in Charleston in 2017 producing over $10,000 dollars to the CART Fund.  Two follow-on Galas are programed again for 2018-2019, one in Charleston and one in the Columbia area. And again this year, PDG Alan and Past Club President Pete from the Rotary Club of Georgetown raised over $40,000 for the CART Fund effort.

We had a “fun filled” and Informational District Conference with record breaking attendance with over 450 attendees.  A special “thank you” to Jaime and Terry Moore, Conference Co-chairs, and the assistance of so many other fine Rotarians who volunteered their time to “Make A Difference” at this Conference.  Volunteers like Maggie Kosinski and Sherry Smith (general administration and registration), Steve and Carolynn Jones (Hospitality, Sponsorship, and Facility Support), Jason and Britt Atkinson (PDG Dinner), PDG Anne Walker and Melissa Evans (Major Donor Luncheon), Herman Dixon (Awards – over 100 individual awards presented), Pauline and Ron Levesque (Decorations and Transportation), Drew Hansen (House of Friendship), Don Hovis (Photography) and Nichole Gainey (Entertainment and Chamber support), to name a few in some of the key areas.  At the conference, many of you may recall my update on the school situation in Ghana. Our District has been supporting this effort since the Atlanta RI Convention, as well as my announcement from the stage of a shared dream of mine and PRIVP Anne Matthews to build an additional larger school in Ghana funded entirely from District 7770 donations.  I am proud to inform the membership that this dream was made a realty when more than $175,000 was committed by District members and Clubs to support this dream… allowing a larger six room school with a modern library, clean water and a sanitation system on-site to allow both girls and boys to attend the school, to be built by Rotary.  In addition there are  also sufficient funds to drill 21 boreholes for clean water / wells and 67 micro-flush toilets in the surrounding communities where the students live who will be attending the school.  Thanks to everyone who stepped up to help.

The District Membership Chair, DGN Johnny Moore,  made significant strides growing “e-membership” classification members, a stronger Membership committee structure, and we added two Satellite Clubs; exceeding our goals for these categories of membership goals.  We should continue to attract active members and retain existing members to allow “net positive growth” within the District’s Clubs.

We had an active, strong, sharing, and educational Public Image program and focus! Successfully promoting Polio challenges, informational articles, and centrally organized campaigns to tighten the Foundation and Membership programs and activities together and sharing the benefits with everyone who would listen.  The PI Chair, Mary Gasque, used a wide variety of social and written media avenues.  The third leg of our Rotary stool has never been stronger and helping to shoulder the efforts across a board spectrum of Rotary Service and performance.

As I stated in my opening remarks, these successes were the result of each of our District’s members, deciding how they would participate and taking individual and collective actions for Rotary: Making A Difference!  I’d like to offer a special thanks to my sixteen Assistant Governors for their dedication and hard work with their clubs and almost 3900 members. We could not have done so well without your help, personal assistance, and leadership.  The Past District Governors, through the Council of Governors (COG) under the guidance of my Vice Governor and Chairperson of the COG, PDG Kay Davis, and with the help of PDG Bernie Riedel filling in on occasions when Kay had health issues, continued to offer sound and important input to me and the District’s Leadership team. Allowing us to build on the actions of those who have led our District throughout the years. A special “thank you” to my wife and Rotary partner, Susan, for assisting me on so many levels to accomplish the multitude of duties of a District Governor and for helping me to energize the District’s membership with her engaging and personal contributions to the District as a whole.  Also, our District is very fortunate to have the mentorship of  Sarah and David Michaux who epitomize tradition and embrace change while graciously providing leadership and guidance for all of us to emulate.

My most overwhelming and heartfelt thanks goes to the Club Presidents. Your enthusiasm for Rotary, programs to support your communities, and your inspiring “service above self” was absolutely marvelous this Rotary year and inspired me to work even harder on your behalf as District Governor. You made it happen at the top of the Rotary world, … where the “rubber meets the road” … the club level.  I ask you to continue to work together with this year’s leadership team to “Be an Inspiration”!   You should continue to strive to Make A Difference, as we continue to work together to make Rotary and our District, even stronger than ever before.  Add to your personal goals for this coming Rotary year to continue the “hunt” for good, engaging Rotarians that will inspire your clubs. The communities and people we serve around the world are counting on us!

The health of District 7770 has never been stronger!  You truly “Made a Difference” in 2017-2018.  Again, I would like to thank all the Rotarians in District 7770, you are all truly people of action, generously giving to others and doing good in the world.  Join me to “Be An Inspiration” in 2018-2019 and being a strong supporter of our District Governor, David Tirard.

Gary Bradham
Past District Governor
District 7770

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