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 www.legacy.com/obituaries/ 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.


Sep 132016

Mt Pleasant Rotary welcomes our 2016-17 Rotary Youth Exchange student, Luiza Jacome Buczynski, shown arriving at the Charleston airport from Brazil. Luiza is shown with PDG Lou Mello, Sophia Zimmermann and her son Max. Sophia will be the first Host Family for Luiza, who will be attending Wando High School.


Sep 122016

This month’s Social was held at Key West Crazy Restaurant & Bar located at 4492 Waterfront Ave. in Little River. A great time was had by the members of the Rotary Club of Little River and our guests. The beautiful view, tasty food and fantastic service combined to make it a wonderful night for all. Please check back in the coming days for the location of next month’s festivities. Remember the first Tuesday of every month will have us showing the love to a local business. Come join us and spend some time with the “Little Club With A Big Heart “.

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Sep 012016
Longtime Capital Rotarians Tommy Phelps (left) and Mark Bokesch (right) have been recognized for giving to the Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable corporation that funds world understanding and peace programs. They were thanked by David Boucher, Foundation gifts chairman and Capital Rotary’s immediate past president. Phelps and Bokesch are each Paul Harris Fellows plus-one, representing an initial $1,000 contribution, plus an additional $1,000. Phelps - Bokesch 2

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise inducts new member James Steadman

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Aug 192016
James Steadman ( third from left) became the newest  member of the  Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise recently, and is shown receiving his Rotary lapel pin from his wife, Andrea(center) as furnished by Club President Kevin Kristick (left) as Inductor Bob Squatriglia ( right) looks on. Steadman is assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of South State Bank, Carolina Forest. He is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University and Leadership Grand Strand. He and wife Andrea, also a CCU graduate, are the parents of daughter, Elyana.  The Carolina Forest club meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s in the Kroger – Carolina Forest Mall and cordially invites guests to attend and learn about opportunities to serve our community.
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Bob Squatriglia
Aug 172016

St. Andrews-Charleston RC welcomes Enzo from France.  The new Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) year has begun and St. Andrews-Charleston RC is hosting Enzo.  He is 16 years old and will be attending James Island Charter High School.  Enzo is from a small town called Saint Doulchard.  He plays tennis and the piano.  He will be a junior in high school.
The Rotary Club of St. Andrews has participated in RYE for many years. The club Youth Exchange Officer is Rory Parsley. Pete Dubay serves as the club Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor is pictured here with Enzo as he arrived at the Charleston airport.
If you know any interested students who would like to study abroad in 2017-18, please contact Vicki Tatum at dentistt63@gmail.com. Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are welcome to participate!image1

Aug 152016
Capital Rotary member Neda Beal is honored as the club’s 2016 Columbia Capital Rotarian of the Year by past president David Boucher (left) and Blake DuBose, president-elect for 2017-2018.  Beal was recognized for guiding service projects in local flood relief, in distributing dictionaries to third-graders in Richland School District One and in volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.  She serves on the club’s 2016-2017 board of directors and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, signifying donations to the Rotary Foundation that funds international charitable programs. Neda Beal Rotarian of Year 2016  
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