Jan 182017

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.

Florence Library to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with Tea Tasting

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Jan 052017

To celebrate National Hot Tea Month, Laurie Crouse, owner

of Top Hat Special-Teas will present a tea tasting on Tuesday, January 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at

the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library. Crouse will share a variety of teas and enlighten

participants about tea tradition and culture, as well the health benefits of tea.

Crouse opened Top Hat Special-Teas 17 years ago after visiting tearooms all over the country.

“One year my family and I went on vacation to Tennessee. Everywhere we went there was a tea

room. I decided during that vacation that I really wanted to open one in Florence.” Top Hat

Special-Teas is located at 234 W. Evans St.

This workshop is for adults 18 and over and is made possible 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 S. Dargan St. Florence, SC.

Dec 212016

This years Christmas Party was held at the Parsons Table 4305 McCorsley Ave, Little River (843) 249-3702. Our host Ed Murray and his great staff provided a truly festive atmosphere and fantastic food not to mention stellar service. Our hats off to them for making our event so very special.

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Dec 212016
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island sponsored clubs (Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School and EarlyAct Club of Hilton Head Elementary IB) participated in their monthly “Beach Sweep” cleanup.  Earlier this year, the Interact and EarlyAct clubs adopted Mitchelville Beach together and has collected over 300 pounds of garbage that has washed ashore.  To learn more about adopting your own beach, contact DHEC’s Adopt-A-Beach Program or email Elizabeth Hartje at hartjeen@dhec.sc.gov
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Dec 212016
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise recognized the dedicated service leadership of club member and director Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte (left) with the presentation of
Rotary International ” AVENUES OF SERVICE AWARD” by Club President Dr. Kevin
Kristick (right). She is a long -time member of the club, and chairs the club’s Service
committee. The  annual club service projects include: free dictionaries project presented to third grade students in three middle schools; “Happy Feet” project providing free shoes to needy/deserving middle schoolers; ” Warm Bodies” project providing free new clothing to middle school students in need via Clothing Closets constructed by members; and “P  Cubed” project which provides school supplies (pens,paper/pencils) to needy middle school students. Domke-Damonte is a member of the Coastal Carolina University faculty, and Associate Provost for Global Initiatives.
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets each Wednesday for breakfast at 7:00am in Beef OBrady’s, Carolina Forest-Kroger Mall. Those interested in learning more about our community and the opportunities to serve in the great Rotary tradition of
“service above self” are cordially invited to attend.
Dec 212016

The Walterboro Rotary Club donated Christmas toys to 28 children at Forest Hills Elementary. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Walterboro Rotary in partnership with the schools Angel Tree program helped make sure dozens of needy children’s Christmas were a bit brighter.

This year’s Angel Tree had over 70 names, and thanks to the hard work of the people at Forest Hill and Cindy Riley these kids will get a merry Christmas. We couldn’t help our community without the support of our great community. Thanks to Walterboro Rotary successful Ireland Creek Bridge Run and a matching grant from Rotary International it was possible to spread the Christmas cheer.

Dec 122016

Michael C. Riley Elementary School’s Singing Eagles entertainment Bluffton Rotarians on Family Day.

Rotarians brought in their significant others and kids to honor them for being good supporters of Rotarian efforts.  Two M.C. Riley students were also honored for their accomplishments.  They were presented with a Certificate and gift card from Rotarian President Michael Putich.  This is a special day for Rotarians and their families.

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Florence Rotary Club Helps Less Fortunate Students with Holiday Shopping

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Dec 122016

Members of the Florence Rotary Club spent a day helping less fortunate students complete their holiday shopping.  $6000 was designated for this project, and $500 in in-kind donations helped to provide lunches and wrap gifts.


Dec 122016

This week finds Rotary Club of Little River at the Daisy Elementary School 2801 Red Bluff Rd, Loris,S.C. giving dictionaries to the 3rd grade students. Club members Donna Levinski and Marty Richardson presenting the books to the children.



Dec 122016

This weeks Rotary Club of Little River Food Drive which has been expanded to include many new areas,was a great success as 3847 pounds of food were collected to be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all involved for contributing to make this Holiday Season more enjoyable for all our neighbors.

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