In their Jan. 23 meeting Capital Rotarians were urged to help educate, inspire and encourage South Carolinians to participate in the nation’s 2020 census. Guest speaker Doris Greene (at left in photo with club member Daniel Moses) said the decennial population count data is used to determine federal funds for the state and in legislative and school redistricting. The 2010 numbers resulted in federal monies averaging $1,499 per year for each South Carolina resident for 10 years. Census Day is coming April 1, 2020, with results due by Dec. 31 of that year. Greene said the goal is “to count everybody residing in South Carolina whether they are a citizen or not.” She said “complete count committees” are being formed for community outreach to boost participation. The state’s 2010 response averaged 75 per cent, with every county reporting higher numbers. The 2020 census will offer and encourage people to respond via the internet so that the count can be accurate, secure and convenient. Greene is serving as a census leader for the third time. The Columbia native has been a CA Johnson High School teacher, a Midlands Tech faculty member, an adjunct professor at Benedict College and worked at the SC Department of Education. She is a magna cum laude Benedict College graduate with a master’s degree in adult education from the University of South Carolina and has been on the Habitat for Humanity International board.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
Rotary clubs in South Carolina’s Midlands will hold a gala fund-raiser in Columbia Friday evening, Aug. 17 to benefit the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund. Tickets are now available, along with sponsorship opportunities and item donations for life and silent auctions.
The black tie optional event will be held at the historic event venue at 1208 Washington St. from 7 to 11 p.m. Advance tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple. Tickets at the door will be $125 per person or $200 per couple. Admission includes live music, heavy hors d’oeurves, open bar and free valet parking.
Sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000 and include a pre-event champagne reception, event tickets, advertising listings and additional promotional considerations. More information about tickets and sponsor information is available at www.cartgala.org.
Gala organizers hope to raise $40,000 for the CART Fund. One hundred percent (100%) of CART donated funds go to grants for cutting edge, high-impact research aimed at preventing or finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The CART initiative began in South Carolina over 20 years ago and has since been adopted by Rotary clubs throughout the United States. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and South Carolina ranks number 1 in deaths from the disease.
Subject: Sea Island Rotary (Beaufort) Needs A Few Good Rotarians!
Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort wishes you well and wants to invite you to participate in one of our major Annual fundraisers.
The Sea Island Adventure Biathlon will once again be held on beautiful and pristine Hunting Island State Park Saturday March 17th at 11 a.m. We have put on this race in our community for over 10 years and it has been a tremendous success for us. We have a three pronged approach to the race: 1) as a monetary fundraiser with the proceeds going back into our local Rotary charities 2) to promote health and fitness in our community 3) Club camaraderie.
• Please make your fellow Rotarians aware of this VERY unique race. We need more participants to ensure continued success. We have found that all clubs have at least some of those “weekend athletes” that enjoy this type of endeavor or that members have friends who would be interested.
• The race begins at 11 a.m. which allows for travel to Beaufort. Better yet, spend the night or weekend in Beautiful Beaufort
• The race is designed as a “doable” challenge. While we may have some high octane participants, most are there for the pure fun of the event.
• If you haven’t visited Hunting Island and experienced the maritime pristine natural beauty of the island you are in for a TREAT.
• The race (link provided) consists of an approximate 5 mile paddle by kayak or paddle board (dolphins included free of charge) followed by an approximate 4-5 mile beautiful trail run. One can participate solo, relay (1 person paddles, 1 person runs), or tandem (2 person kayak with both people running as Team).
Help us continue to make this race a tremendous success while enjoying the camaraderie of Rotary.
Check out our link: http://www.huntingislandbiathlon.com or visit http://goraceproductions.com/hunting-island-adventure-biathlon-registration-page/ to register directly.
If a member has a particular race question they may reach out to Sea Island Rotary Past President & Past Race Director Jack Cunningham. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 843 252 3131, wk: 843 524 7057.
Greetings again on behalf of the District Membership Team! As the holidays approach and the end of the first half of the Rotary year approaches with them, it is appropriate that we take a look at where we are in terms of Membership growth. Through the end of October we have shown an almost 1% gain in Membership so far since July 1st. Congratulations! Membership growth is not easily accomplished. It takes dedication and commitment from every member. And, it takes courage (as Dabo says, and with apologies to you Gamecocks, Bring Your Own Guts) by the club leadership to keep this challenge in front of the club and to lead the change required to bring focus to this vital area of Rotary’s future.
As you may have heard, Membership growth is Rotary’s #1 Internal Priority. As such it deserves the very best we can do to spread the influence of Rotary. I’ve said before that if we could spread the influence of Rotary to all mankind, the world would finally know peace. The only way we can spread that influence is one new member at a time. The goal of the District 7770 Membership Event Grant is to aid your club in addressing this #1 Internal Priority. I am attaching to this email a copy of the grant application. Look it over. It’s very simple. And, if you will run, with commitment and courage, the strategies it is intended to support, you will absolutely grow your club! How much more good can you do in your community with increased membership? How many more new ideas can you get from people you may not even know yet? How much more fun can you have at your social events? What kind of leaders might you find? And, lastly, how much more good can Rotary do in the world as new members become engaged by going or giving?
Yes, we have a 1% gain right now. But, we cannot rest! We need to make a concerted effort to push through to the end of this Rotary year if we are going to see the kind of success I know you can all achieve. I can’t grow membership in your club. Your Assistant Governor can’t grow membership in your club. Your regional Membership Advocate can’t grow membership in your club. Only you and your club members, with your leadership, can expand the influence of Rotary. The rest of us will surely help where we can and if you invite us in to do so. Remember these 10 powerful words – “If it is to be, it is up to me!” If your club will be lead to membership growth this year, it is up to you. Get your grant and let’s get going!!
Yours In Rotary Service,
District Governor Nominee
District Membership Chair
Only 122 Days until the Early Bird Pricing Expires. Register on the District March 2018 Calendar in DACdb.