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.
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.
Past District Governor
Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club is gearing up for the annual summer blood drive to be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scheduled donations and walk-ins are welcome at the donation site – first floor conference room, CB Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main St. in downtown Columbia. The goal is 75 pints of blood, according to Red Cross staff member Libby Wright (at center in photo with president Philip Flynn and drive chairman Paul Gillam at left). Wright said the club over the past nine years has collected 516 units of blood, helping to save the lives of more than 1,500 patients. Because of high demand and lagging blood donations in summertime, Wright said the Red Cross is making an “emergency appeal” now for participation by prospective donors.
Paul Gillam (left in photo), a member of Capital Rotary’s scholarship selection committee, welcomes College of Charleston graduate Victoria Bailey to the June 13 weekly meeting. Bailey, recipient of a four-year scholarship from the club, graduated from Dreher High in 2015 and majored in biology/molecular biology. She plans to attend medical school and is eyeing a career as a surgeon, anesthesiologist or obstetrics/gynecology practitioner. Capital Rotary has been supporting higher-education opportunities for local high school students for more than 20 years. The club’s scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities and economic need.
June is Rotary Fellowship month!
International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI’s newer “professional” fellowships. The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org. As you can see from the website, one does NOT have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member – just have a passion for or an interest in education. Membership is available for one year ($20 USD), three years ($50 USD), or a lifetime membership for $100 USD.
Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Foundation Alumni members are eligible for membership. You can join from the website by using a credit card or PayPal.
Thank you in advance.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Charles Grant, Ph.D.
Note: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators operates in compliance with Rotary International’s policies for Rotary Fellowships but it is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.
Rotary clubs worldwide are the heart and soul of an unprecedented effort to eradicate polio, an effort leading to a 99% drop in cases of the once-widespread disease. Capital Rotary club members were reminded of that fact in a video shown at their May 9 breakfast meeting. Rotary began an anti-polio campaign in 1979 with a project to vaccinate children in the Philippines. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative launched in 1988 is driven by Rotary International and four other core partners – the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partners’ work has been called “the single most successful public health initiative in history.” Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness building. In this way, Rotarians and the 101-year-old Rotary Foundation have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.
Want to learn more about the management of the district? During the last district Assistant Governors training, the district started videotaping the presenters. This was our first attempt and should be getting better with experience. Here is an opportunity to review several presenters and maybe file for a make up with your club for reviewing. Here is the YouTube link.
Gubernatorial candidate James Smith (in photo with Rotarian Gloria Saeed) says South Carolina needs “smart government” to move forward responsibly and promises to deliver that if he’s elected. Smith, currently a state representative, is running in June’s Democratic primary and was Capital Rotary’s April 18 guest speaker. He addressed three main topics: (1) need for a state energy policy that “drives efficiency” on the part of utilities and promotes solar power – where South Carolina is “15 years behind other states” making progress; (2) supporting and improving public education, which he called a governor’s “number one job” because “education equals jobs” for our work force; and (3) reapportionment of Congressional and state legislative districts after the 2020 census, which Smith said offers a chance to remedy “30 years of gerrymandering” that’s led to partisan politics where “party is more important than government of, by and for the people.” Smith, a Columbia native with undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina, was first elected to the SC House in 1996.