The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th . Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton. When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry. This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, Old Town Dispensary, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
News Release: Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Celebrates 50 Years of Community
Date: February 5, 2017
For Release: February 9, 2017
For Further Information, Contact: Robert Oetjen (843) 689-1384
Hilton Head Island, SC. . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island celebrated its 50 th anniversary last evening with a gala at the Sonesta Resort. Chartered in 1967, the Club is part of Rotary International, an
organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard, and build peace and goodwill in the world. The Hilton Head club has played a major role in the development of the Town. Among its most recognized local achievements are:
- Initiating the Island Rec Center;
- Building a permanent home for Deep Well;
- Expanding the Memory Matters facility;
- Providing more than $400,00 0 in college scholarships to local students;
- Recognizing annually student scholars, teachers, and public service officers;
- Implementing Safety Town for island children;
- Establishing the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame at Honey Horn;
- Providing informational kiosks along the island’s bicycle paths;
- 40 years of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army;
- 25 years of volunteering for the Heritage Golf Tournament: and
- Broadening community service by giving birth to four other Rotaryclubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
As an active member of Rotary International, the Club has:
- Provided more than $165,000 to support eradication of polio worldwide;
- Established the Gift of Life program to provide on Hilton Head life- changing reconstructive surgery to youth from underdeveloped counties;
- Sponsored student and professional exchange programs worldwide; and
- Sponsored safe water, disaster relief, medical, dental and mental
- heath programs on four continents.
In recognition of its service, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Community Organization of the Year Award in on three occasions. At last evening’s gala event, the Club
was presented proclamations of commendation from Mayor David Bennett and Congressman Mark Sanford.
As a 50 th anniversary gift to the community, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head island has developed a series of 50 attractive commemorative panels to be installed along the Island’s many miles of leisure paths. These panels will provide residents and visitors brief “factoids” on Hilton Head’s cultural heritage and natural history, as well as identify local points of interest
The Club’s 155 members are committed to continuing service here and abroad. Anyone interested in pursuing membership is invited to check out the Club’s website at www.hiltonheadrotary.org or to call the office at (843) 686-4100. The Club meets every Thursday at 12:30 pm at the Sea Pines country Club.
Rotarians are being asked to help their communities around Valentine’s Day 2017
The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last
year’s program, originally initiated by PRIVP Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin. I would like all our 80 clubs in District 7770 to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2017 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing. We can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time. The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.
Zone 33-34 Director Mulkerrin announced a recognition program in which all clubs and districts can participate. Each Governor will select what is considered to be the best Rotary Has Heart club community service project with related publicity in the district. A club president from Zone 33 and Zone 34 will receive 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points plus a certificate and be recognized at all events after the deadline (March 31, 2017). The two club presidents can use the 1,000 recognition points to honor a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to their community. The District Governors in each Zone with the highest percentage of participation will receive a painting by George Lewis to auction off to raise funds for PolioPlus or a Water Project or one of the six Areas of Focus.
Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established program or something as complex as organizing a full-fledged club service project all following the six areas of focus. While this is first and foremost a Community Service Project, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do to Serve Humanity.
- Reduced meals at a meeting with the cost difference donated to fight hunger in your community.
- Provide food or related supplies to a needy organization in your community
- Back Pack Buddies
- Harvest Hope
- Work with your local food pantry or food providers i.e. Meals On Wheels
Send your pictures and information about your event to Rotary7770News@gmail.com
Fellowship Event at Hudson’s
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island fellowship event at Hudson’s Seafood House on The Docks on Friday January 20th. DG Sandee Brooks, PDG Bernie Riedel, DGE David Tirard enjoyed socializing with over 60 Rotarians and their spouses. The next fellowship event is planned for February 17th from 5:30-7:00 at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks. Contact Paul Heitmann (email@example.com) for more information. All clubs are welcome!
Rotary Club of Little River’s first Social of the New Year. Our location for the first Social of 2017 was held at Clark’s Seafood & Chophouse 720 U.S. 17 N, Little River 843-399-8888. Clark’s provided the perfect setting for our members and guests to enjoy a beautiful evening. Attentive service and great food combined to ensure a fantastic time was had by all. Special thanks to their staff for their efforts.
Please join Lagunitas Brewing Company for a Non-Profit Networking Mixer! Come meet our Community Giving and On-site Events team to learn more about how your Nonprofit can benefit from our Product Donation Program and utilize the two nonprofit spaces available for fundraisers at our new Taproom in Charleston!
- 3rd Floor Loft at Lagunitas TapRoom
161 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
- 4:20 pm Welcome, Mingle & Munchies
- 4:40pm Presentation & Questions
Space is limited. Please rsvp only two guests per nonprofit.
We expect to reach capacity before the deadline of Monday, February 13, 2017, so don’t wait to RSVP.
On Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., coffee lovers can learn
about the intricacies of coffee from Ranny Starnes and Liv McBryde of Dolce Vita, Downtown
Florence, who will discuss the fundamentals of brewing and tasting coffee. Coffees from two
different growing regions within Latin America and Africa, will be sampled and paired with food
that will enhance the different flavors of each region.
Dolce Vita is Italian for “sweet life” Owner Dr. John Keith opened Dolce Vita opened in the
fall of 2013 as a wine and chocolate tasting room, but now its menu includes: Belgium
Chocolates, specialty coffees – including their own roast, gourmet muffins, desserts, and wines.
This workshop is for adults age 18 and over and is sponsored by Friends of Florence County
Library. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. Call the Reference
Desk at (843) 413-7074 to register or visit www.florencelibrary.org for more information. The
Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 South Dargan Street in Florence.
On Thursday, Jan 26th the Spring Valley Rotary Club will “kick off” Rotary’s February Theme of Peace and Conflict Prevention by hosting a special Rotary speaker, Peter Kyle, who is the current Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. His full bio is attached.
Our club welcomes Rotarians from throughout the District to join us for lunch to hear Peter. We meet at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia at 1 pm.
For more information, please contact Programs Chair, Diane Junis at 803-873-0254 or by email at Diane.Junis@palmettohealth.org
Peter was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand and was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia in 1973. In 1992 he moved to Washington, DC to take up a senior position as an international attorney with the World Bank. He retired from the Bank 7 years ago. Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and has since served in a variety of leadership positions in Rotary Clubs in Manila, Auckland and Capitol Hill, (Washington, DC). He served as the Governor of District 7620 in 2013/14 and has chaired his District’s Alumni and Peace Fellowship Committees. At the international level he has chaired the RI Alumni Advisory Committee, served as the Co-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration at the Bangkok Convention in 2012, chaired the Peace Symposium at the Sao Paulo Convention in 2015 and currently chairs the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. Peter has also served on various other RI and TRF committees and assignments. In 2010 he was honored with the RF Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and he received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2015.