Mayor John J. TecklenburgWith approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment.
Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd MusheffRecognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community. To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary Bradham (email@example.com)
District Governor, 2017-18
World Polio Day is October 24, our District is offering World Polio Week – October 22-28 where all $’s raised during the week of October 22-28 will be Matched by the District’s DDF up to $25,000 (The matching DDF funds will NOT count towards the Club’s Polio Goal. ONLY $’s raised by the Club count towards the Club’s Polio Goal!)
* DDF-District Designated Funds-Money that comes back to our District after 3 years
Here are some options:
Good Option – Raise Polio $’s at Your Weekly Meeting (Member Match?) For the Week of October 22-28
Better Option – Plan a Rotary Club Polio Fund raiser For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Best Option -Plan a Community Polio Fundraiser (Public Invited) For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)
Attached is the club submission form to be returned to:
PDG Bernie Riedel
12 Old Fort Ln,
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.
Or Fax: 843.681.3784 Cell: 843.816.4450
In 2015, I became a Rotarian. T-Bone Jones suggested that I attend different Rotary Clubs because every Rotary Club is different. When I heard him say every Rotary Club was different I knew I was in the right place. I love diversity. I love learning about different cultures. In life we have good and we have bad. Most of us can agree that lying, stealing, cheating and murder are bad. Music styles, cultures, hairstyles, sports and locales are different. Most things in life are neither good nor bad, but different.
The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is over 75 years old. For the first time in the history of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club we have a pregnant Rotarian. In fact, we have not one, but two pregnant Rotarians. Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith are our expecting Rotarians. They are due October 6 and both will have boys. Yes, you read that sentence correctly both Rotarians have the same due date!
With this exciting news Kathy Miranda wanted to hold a baby shower as a program at our Rotary Club meeting. When I first heard Kathy mention this program idea I was concerned. I had heard comments from Rotarians from other clubs that baby showers were not appropriate programs. I had even heard of a Rotarian being brought to tears by another Rotarian when she was collecting money for a baby gift for a Rotarian at another club. She was told it was not appropriate for her to collect money for a present. I listened to Kathy’s idea of holding a baby shower, but I made no comment.
To my surprise our club leader’s liked Kathy’s idea and fully supported the baby shower idea. Mark Oulsey said to me, “I think a baby shower for a program is a great idea.”
I was even contacted by our District Governor Gary Bradham to write a story. Jim Rozier proudly stated, “I am President during our first Rotary baby shower.” Not only were we going to have a baby shower we were going to surprise our mother’s to be.
Kathy Miranda was a wonderful shower hostess and bought lots of thoughtful decorations. Pat Stanley helped Kathy decorate the room. Kathy even baked cupcakes and made punch. Our club was full of excitement as members arrived with gifts for our two mother’s to be. Men were chuckling that today was the first time they had attended a baby shower. B.J. Maynard even asked if we were going to stand around and drink beer.
Barry Thigpen arrived first with presents in hand. He proudly boasted that his wife Pat had done the shopping. Excitement was in the air as Rotarians arrived with gifts in hand. Rotarians gazed with pride at the decorations.
Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith both arrived clueless of their shower. They were both thrilled that we made them feel so special.
Sun Fun by MJ Schwartz was a list of most popular baby names. MJ reminded us how special our club is to have two prospective new members on the way.
Matt Sedota and Eric Long had a wonderful game of Know your Rotarian. We all laughed and roared as Lauren and Jessica entertained us with the answers to a variety of questions. They were asked anything from how many days are in a week to how many bones does a baby have?
Kathy Miranda finished up the program with a round of games. We guessed the number of candies in the baby bottle. We completed the nursery rhymes. Also, we played the Price is Right with baby products.
My fears were relieved and I was reminded why I love Rotary. As T-Bone Jones told me all Rotary Clubs are different. Some Rotary Clubs feel that baby showers are not appropriate programs. Some Rotary Clubs feel that you shouldn’t collect money for a present. All Rotary Clubs are different. I am a proud member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club. Our club has baby showers for programs.
I think David Michaux said it best, “everyone is involved!”
The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.
District 7770 is very proud to announce that we will be sending 16 Long Term Outbounds to join over 8,000 students who will be participating in Rotary Youth Exchange for the school year 2017-18! Rotary Youth Exchange is an amazing program that changes so many young lives. We want to especially thank the Rotary Clubs for sponsoring the students while they are studying abroad: Beaufort, Charleston Breakfast, Daniel Island, East Cooper Breakfast, Hilton Head Island, Lowcountry Beaufort, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews (Charleston), Summerville and Summerville Evening. Our students will be traveling to 11 different countries all around the world. Below is a picture of our Current Outbounds for the school year of 2017-18. We can’t wait to see how their journey studying abroad will change their life forever!
Current Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose has been recognized for his achievements and community involvement by Columbia Business Monthly magazine. DuBose, 33, is featured in the magazine’s second annual class of the “Best & Brightest 35 And Under.” The class is composed of 29 young professionals who work for success in the Midlands community. DuBose, a graduate of Newbery College, is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm he began in 2007. In his Business Monthly biographical summary, DuBose noted that this year’s Rotary International slogan is “Making a Difference.” He said his definition of success includes “selfless acts of kindness, building genuine relationships, doing what you’re passionate about, and making a difference in the lives of others. The bottom line is for all of us to work together to make the world a better place.” (Photo courtesy Columbia Business Monthly)