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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Nov 212016

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. Lovenia Williams (Standing in center rear of photo), Vice President of Coastal Carolina University Rotaract Club, is pictured with local area Veterans during a special moment at Eggs Up Grill, Conway. Lovenia, a CCU student, presented each Veteran a home made wallet card with a star from a retired American Flag reminding them in this moving tribute:

“I am part of our American Flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that….you are not forgotten.” The Rotaract Club is sponsored by Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise.


Oct 242016

The Rotary Club of Little River held it’s October Social at The Star Tavern 4310 McCorsley Ave, Little River. The event was a great success thanks to our host Ron and his wonderful staff. Star Tavern’s kitchen is doing amazing things, do yourself a favor and go check them out.

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Oct 122016

Joseph Sublette, Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto (SC), served as District Governor in 1988-1989. Joe passed away October 9, 2016.  He was a mentor and friend to many, and will be greatly missed.  The following is his obituary.

Joseph Shepard Sublette SUMTER – Joseph Shepard Sublette, 86, husband of Janet Brunson Sublette, died Sunday, October 9, 2016, in Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Born in Westminster, SC, he was a son of the late Alva Tindal Sublette and Jessie Tannery Sublette. Mr. Sublette was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder and was a member of the Bethany Sunday School class. He was a former member of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church (Pitts) and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. He attended Furman University until being drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. After a banking career he returned to Sumter and became owner and operator of Electrical Wholesalers. He was founder of the Rental Center, Parties-R-Us and the Lighthouse. He was Charter President of the Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club which was organized in 1976. He was a Past District Governor of District 7770, Treasurer and was twice named Rotarian of the Year of the club and of the district. He received the “Service Above Self” Award, numerous Rotary Foundation awards, and district service awards. He received the Meritorious Service Award from Rotary Foundation International. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and a major donor fourth-level. He led a Rotary group study exchange to the Caribbean. He was co-chairman and founder of the first Crime Stoppers in South Carolina and former chairman of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club where he was named Man of the Year. He served as chairman of the USC Mid-Carolina Commission for Higher Education. He was a founding member of United Ministries of Sumter. He was a charter member of the board of Covenant Place and was honored with “Board Member Emeritus” for life. An avid deep sea fisherman, he won the 28th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament: 1st Place Angler. Surviving are his wife; one son, Joseph Shepard “Shep” Sublette, Jr. (Linda); one daughter, Denise Sublette Dunn (J.D.) all of Sumter; two granddaughters, Brittany Grooms Rogers (Jimmy) and Kristen Sublette Timmons (Ben); two great-grandchildren, Henry and Charles Rogers; and a son-in-law, Gary Garner. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Renee’ Sublette Garner. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 P.M. Friday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Nick Cheek and Rev. Josie Holler officiating. Private burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Palmetto Rotary Club. The family will receive friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 2770 Windmill Drive. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Joseph S. Sublette to Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698, to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150 or to a charity of one’s choice. On-line condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.



Oct 122016

John L. Ramsey, Rotary Club of Summerville (SC), served as District Governor in 2005-2006. John recently passed away and will be greatly missed.  The following is his obituary.

John Lefferts Ramsey CHARLESTON – The earthly travels and adventures of John Lefferts Ramsey are complete, but he surely wanders in another realm; one which the prophet says cannot be corrupted by man! For the trumpet sounds, John has been summoned and is truly now at peace. John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Johanne Dunbar-Forbes Ramsey, daughter Ashley Lupo (David), three grandchildren, Ethan, Chase, and Reese, of Marco Island, and many cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, Sarah Lefferts Ramsey of Leesburg, Virginia, Reginald P. Ramsey of Cleveland, TN, his brother, Edmond R. Ramsey, of Miami, Florida and his son, Andrew Lefferts Ramsey of Charleston. John was born in Miami, Florida, a descendant of Dutch, English, and Scot pioneer families from the 17th and 18th centuries of New Amsterdam and the James River. His love of nature and travel was born in his childhood adventures in the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and in summer trips around the United States with his family. John was a graduate of Coral Gables High School (’63). He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC, before receiving an appointment to West Point. A boxing injury led him to the University of Miami (’67), where he met his wife Johanne. His education continued at the University of Neufchatel, Switzerland and Georgetown University (M.A. ’68). Beginning in 1969, John began working for the newly formed Postal Service where he served in management positions at the national, regional, district, and sectional center levels, retiring after 32 years while serving as Postmaster of Summerville, SC in 2001. John’s most important impact was in his love for his family and in his love of learning, both of which he nourished through his vast travels, wildlife adventures, and service opportunities on five continents with his wife, children and grandchildren; John was a voracious learner, speaking several languages. John, a true believer in Service Above Self, was extremely active in Rotary International, serving as President of the Rotary Club of Summerville and Rotary International District Governor for District 7770. He and his wife gave greatly of their time, including giving polio vaccinations in rural India and support for orphanages in South Africa. In celebration of his heritage, John was a member of the MG Wm Moultrie Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Charleston where he served in a number of leadership positions, including President for several years and was selected to serve the State of South Carolina as State President of the Sons of the American Revolution. Services will be held at 10 A.M. Monday, October 10 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Catholic Church at 1900 Old Parsonage Road, Charleston. The family will receive those who wish to join them in celebrating John’s life at the Ramsey Family home at 32 Brisbane Drive, Charleston, SC, immediately following the service between 12:00 and 3 Monday afternoon. Interment will be held at the Adams Family Cemetery in Newton County, Georgia, at a later date. Visit our guestbook at Charleston.


Oct 042016

The Eau Claire North Columbia Rotary Club is saddened by the loss of our friend and dedicated club member, Leona Plaugh, on Wednesday, September 28 following a two-year battle with cancer. Leona was a member of Columbia City Council and former President of ECNC Rotary. Memorial services were held on Sunday, October 2 at College Place United Methodist Church. The family requests memorials to Mrs. Plaugh be made to the church.

Oct 012016

Even the most independent among us, if fortunate to live long enough, may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives.  Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age.  Some senior citizens may become hungry and alone.  For millions of Americans, Meals on Wheels is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility.  The nutritious meal, friendly visit and safety check help them cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.  Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer.

At the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s two community parks, Crocked Creek and Seven Oaks, Meals on Wheels are delivered 5 days a week to seniors in the community.  The Commission operates seven meal routes that serve 40-60 seniors per day.  One of those routes is covered twice per week by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo.  The picture shows John Slavich, one of the many volunteers from the club, preparing to hit the road with meals for some of the seniors in the Irmo area.  This act of service provides the senior with a warm, nutritionally balanced meal, a wellness check, and a friendly visit.  This act of service also reminds our Rotarians that service above self is a vital part of Rotary membership.


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