Rotary Club of Charleston Inducts 16th New Member

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Mar 282017
 

The Rotary Club of Charleston is serious about membership. At today’s meeting, the last of March Membership Madness, we inducted the 16th new member – just this Rotary year! With another application pending and several more prospects, it’s possible to hit a year end (June 2017) goal of 20 new members.

 

Here’s a summary of our newest members:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

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Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

Mar 242017
 
On Wednesday morning Tori Ricker a 6th grader from CrossRoads Intermidiate was recognized for being the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Student of the Month. She was present with her mother, and two little sisters, as well as, her assistant principal Tara Safriet.
Mar 232017
 

Water and Sanitation

According to Water Missions International

842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.

Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation.  That’s 35% of the Global population.

Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.

District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water

Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project.  This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries.  I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.

Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.

The Rotary Club of  Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru.  The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post  “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC.  So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:

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Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water.  Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.

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Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.”    District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.

Mar 222017
 

It was “Ladies Day” at Spring Valley Rotary last week, when we inducted three new members, Brenda Milton, sponsored by Martie McParland and Patsy Brewer, Gwen Rawls, sponsored by Paula Matthews and Gina Pollack, sponsored by Stevie Johnson. Our club continues to have the highest percentage of women Rotarians in our District, just one of the many ways we are a diverse Rotary Club. Thanks to these members for sponsoring new members.

 

Brenda Milton is a retired Media Specialist in Richland District One with 31 years of service in the Army Reserves. She currently  volunteers with Richland School Districts 1 and 2, serving as a mentor to students and assisting teachers in the class room. Gina Pollack is First Citizens Bank Branch Manager and is new to Columbia as of September of 2015, relocating from Massachusetts. Gwen Rawls is the owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique in Trenholm Plaza.
Welcome to our newest Spring Valley Rotarians.

 

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Mar 222017
 

Poetry Night at the Florence Library

 

February 27, 2017 (Florence, SC) – The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host “Poetry Night at the Library” on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Local poet and former Florence County Library employee, Gloria D. Wilson, will be hosting this fun evening where you can express yourself along with fellow poetically inclined folks. Attendees can bring one poem or one page of poetry to share, or if they don’t have a poem to share, they are welcome to come anyway and support Florence’s poets.

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 Street in Florence.

Mar 122017
 
The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region. The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 – More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo
  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade
Feb 232017
 

The St. George Rotary Club is pleased to announce its new officers for the 2017-18 year:

President: Andrew Gentry
President-elect: Police Chief Brett Camp
Secretary: Cathy Byron
Treasurer: Jean Clayton
Foundation Chair: Butch Byron
Membership Chair: Susan Walters
The Club is also proud to welcome new member Maggie Bryant. Maggie is our first corporate member! She is already very active in our club.
We also recognized member Susan Walters as a first time Paul Harris Fellow! Susan is new to the club this year and has already stepped up to be a Paul Harris Fellow! (Pictured is Susan Walters getting “pinned” by our Foundation Chair and Area Assistant Governor Butch Byron).
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Feb 232017
 

The Rotary Club of Columbia East celebrated Valentine’s Day with a special Valentine’s Day luncheon on Tuesday, February 14th.  Members were invited to bring their spouses and all in attendance were treated to a fantastic lunch provided by Seawell’s Catering.  Spouses were presented with roses by the club and following the meal, entertainment was provided by “Make Mine a Double” barbershop quartet.

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Feb 152017
 

Consistent with the theme of ” A LITTLE ROTARY AND A LOT OF FUN” first espoused by the late J. Lambert ” Lambo ” Schwartz, past director of Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise established the “member classification of Bob”, which was acknowledged at a recent club meeting. Pictured above (left to right) are members: Bob Squatriglia,Bob White and Bob Lepore. Each is a long -time Rotarian with a unique background and membership linked through the practice of “sharing Rotary” through sponsorship. Bob White, a Rotarian of 50 years, is a retired public school superintendent who upon retirement and relocation from New Jersey,later became the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. Bob Squatriglia, a Rotarian of 39 years, was later sponsored by Bob White as he transferred membership from the Rotary Club of Conway. Squatriglia, in turn, sponsored Bob Lepore, a Rotarian of 23 years, who relocated from the Rotary Club of Brick (NJ). The three Bob’s total 132+ years of Rotary service.Squatriglia is Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs,Coastal Carolina University, and Lepore is franchise owner of Fire House Subs and is a retired firefighter. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am in Beef OBrady’s,located in the Carolina Forest Kroger Mall. Visitors are always invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning about service opportunities in our community.

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