NEW FIELD OF DREAMS PAVILION GRAND OPENING

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Jun 022019
 

The Rotary Club of Bluffton celebrated the completion of  Phase II of the Field of Dreams project with a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, May 4th. The celebration officially opened the new covered pavilion and restrooms with an art wall feature. Immediately following the Ribbon-Cutting, a special “Art with Amiri” event was held for children to share ideas and help local artist Amiri Farris with a mural for the Field of Dreams Pavilion.

The Bluffton Community Center and Field of Dreams park were envisioned and built by the Rotary Club of Bluffton 19 years ago when Rotary members first saw a need for a community center and park in our growing town. The Rotary Club of Bluffton took on a multi-year, multi-phase park improvement project for Field of Dreams at Oscar Frazier Park 3 ½ years ago. With help from grants, the Town of Bluffton, the Bluffton Rotary Club, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2018, businesses and individuals, Phase I of the Field of Dreams park improvement project was completed in the spring of 2018 and opened a newly renovated playground. The great influx of children using the playground made Phase II, the construction of the covered pavilion with restrooms a much needed addition. The pavilion was funded through grants, a “Music for the Park” fund-raiser and help from many partners and sponsors.

SC Lieutenant Governor Addresses the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

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Jun 022019
 

Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette recently made a few stops on the Grand Strand including the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. In her address to more than 100 Rotarians and distinguished guests, Evette touched on the education bill and the battle between Horry County and local municipalities over I-73 funding. “You have great elected leaders down here,” said Evette. “I think if we get them all to the table, and put all the information out there, anything can be resolved.” Pamela S. Evette is South Carolina’s 93rd Lieutenant Governor and the state’s first female Lieutenant Governor.

Pictured l-r: Myrtle Beach Mayor: Brenda Bethune, SC Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette, and Myrtle Beach City Councilwoman and Rotarian: Mary Jeffcoat

Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Shares the Inspiration Inbox

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Jun 022019
 

More than 300 Special Olympic athletes from across Horry County competed in the 2019 spring games, and the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach was there to lend a helping hand. “We’re proud to be part of such an outstanding event,” said President, Mark Ousley.  “During the year in which our Rotary theme is Be the Inspiration, there’s no finer example than these young athletes.” The Special Olympics have been held in Horry County for more than 25 years with the support of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.


Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach and Chicora Rotary Make History

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Jun 022019
 

Don Hovis of HTC will serve as President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach in 2019-2020. During this same year, Donald C. Hovis Jr. of MyrtleBeach.com will serve as President-Elect of the Chicora Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. In the history of District 7770, Don and Donald are the first father/son duo to be President and President-Elect of their prospective Rotary Clubs during the same Rotary year.

District Governor Installation Banquet

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May 242019
 

Installation and Celebration Meal for District Governor Johnny Moore.

Fish, Chicken or Vegetarian options. Cash Bar. $50 per person. Business Dress.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner

Place: Country Club of Lexington

1066 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Register on line at : https://www.dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77434257

Recommended Hotel:    Hampton Inn  of Lexington SC at 601 Columbia Ave., Lexington, SC 29072 Phone 803-356-8300

Make Checks Payable to Rotary District 7770

Mail to: Ed Tassin

408 Milner Ct. Charleston SC 29492

May 222019
 

Rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing society and culture around the world, according to technology consultant Eric Davis, Capital Rotary’s May 22 guest speaker.  Davis (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) said merging AI, robotics and supercomputing leads to machines that are smarter, better and faster than humans.  Automation is keeping a lid on wages, with fewer high-salary jobs being created, most requiring very high education levels.  Wall Street’s volatility will increase as the labor structure changes.  Companies must respond to rapidly changing consumer income and habits.  Globally, various nations will adjust to digital economic change at different rates.  In smart offices, AI assistants will control a wide range of functions and devices, the same as in smart stores.  Personal robots will become commonplace at home. AI also is changing job recruitment via candidate screening, resume analysis and video interviews.  An Ohio native and Ohio State graduate, Davis has worked as a programmer, systems analyst, systems administrator and consultant in industries such as engineering, light manufacturing, local government and nuclear power.  He’s currently a professional services director for Respect Technology, Inc.      

May 082019
 

Building loving and supportive environments for families and young people is the role undertaken by Thornwell Home for Children since its founding as a Presbyterian ministry in 1875, according to Joy Messner, Capital Rotary’s guest speaker on May 8.  Messner (at left in photo with Rotarian Ann Elliott) is mission advancement officer for the nonprofit organization that provides innovative and effective solutions for those in need.  From its campus in Clinton, Thornwell operates in 20 South Carolina, Georgia and Florida locations.  It offers family-style residential care, foster care and building families programs including parenting workshops and intensive in-home counseling.  Messner said strengthening families is important given the number of youngsters suffering child abuse and neglect or living in poverty, homelessness and food-insecure households.  South Carolina need more than 1,800 more foster homes statewide and has over 57,000 grandparent households with primary responsibility for their grandchildren.  Messner is a former church youth director and lay ministry leader who joined Thornwell two years ago after doing volunteer management, donor relations and fundraising for a non-profit children’s ministry in Camden, NJ.

May 012019
 

Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in a person’s heart health, according to Stephanie   Portnall and Cierra Ketchel of the American Heart Association, guest speakers at Capital Rotary’s May 1 meeting.  Portnall (at right in photo) and Ketchel were welcomed by Rotarian Harry Carter.   Although heart disease or strokes cause a third of all deaths, 7 out of 10 Americans don’t consider themselves at-risk and almost half put no effort into improving heart health.  Lifestyle changes to boost longevity include (1) getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise; (2) losing weight; (3) controlling cholesterol and reducing blood sugar to combat plaque growth in arteries; (4) managing blood pressure; (5) eating more fruits and vegetables; and (6) quitting smoking – which is the number one modifiable cause of death.  Portnall and Ketchel also demonstrated hands-only CPR using chest compressions that can double or triple survival chances for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims.  A University of South Carolina graduate, Portnall has worked for a year with the Heart Association.  Ketchel is an agency intern and a rising senior in USC’s Arnold School of Public and Health.

May 012019
 

Eric Davis (right in photo), an assistant governor for Rotary District 7770 in eastern South Carolina, congratulates Columbia Capital Rotary president Philip Flynn for the club’s achieving Two-STAR status.  This signifies annual Rotary Foundation contributions of at least $200 per club member.  The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation promoting world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs.  It’s supported solely by voluntary donations from Rotarians and friends who share the vision of a better world.  Capital Rotary’s per capita giving averages $277; the club topped its donation goal by more than 28 per cent.

May 012019
 

Capital Rotary member Mike Montgomery (left in photo) is congratulated by club president Philip Flynn for continuing contributions to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs that promote peace, human development and world understanding.  Montgomery now has earned Paul Harris Fellow plus-eight honors (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with eight additional gifts in the same amount).  Montgomery was an 11-year Spring Valley Rotarian before joining the Capital club in 2015.  The University of South Carolina graduate has been a private practice lawyer since 1985 and formerly served on Richland District Two’s school board and on Richland County Council.

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