Aug 072016
exchange student arrival The Varn family recently welcomed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland at the Charleston International Airport. Manu (her nickname) will attend Bishop England High School this year as a senior. Thank you Scott and Laura Varn for hosting the first portion of her stay on Daniel Island, and for sharing this picture of her arrival in Charleston!
Aug 042016
Catherine Glen, a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017, is welcomed to Capital Rotary’s weekly meeting by president Tommy Gibbons.  The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years.  Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast.  Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity.  She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. ???????????????????????????????
Jul 252016
Charter membersChip & Ann 20151202_081219_resized Chip Lyerly: It is with great sadness that we make this posting. Our club lost a dear friend and founding member on Thursday July 21, 2016. Chip Lyerly’s service will be held on Friday July 30th,  2016 at 2:00PM at St. Simon and St Jude Episcopal Church, 1110 Kinley Rd, Irmo.  Please continue to keep Michelle and family in your prayers. Chip was an active member of our club and we have many fond memories of his “Service above Self” acts, particularly organizing the youth shadowing project. H
Jul 252016

To our loved members of the Rotary Club of Beaufort: We had a great time living in one of the most beautiful places that we have ever been, with people that showed us the generosity and politeness of the south. Sadly it is time for us to leave. We share great memories and a big part of our hearts shall remain in this country. It is hard for us to explain how grateful we are for this experience. We feel like as if we’ve been living in this town for years, like we were bor…n here. Seriously just look at us; we listen to country music and enjoy drinking Arnold Palmers sitting in a chair by the marsh. So THANK YOU Rotarians! Thanks to every single one of you we learned how to be ourselves and that shyness is just a stone in our shoe that will not let us walk forward. We have learned so much but mainly have had the chance of having family all around the world.

Sincerely thankful, Joelle Zingg & Dylan Gosling

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Jul 182016

The Rotary Club of Lexington always enjoys inducting new members.  But the meeting on July 14 was especially exciting as current and founding member Jim Barfield, in his almost 50th year as a Rotarian, inducted his daughter Margaret.  Jim, right, and Margaret are pictured with longtime member and past president Warren Herndon.


Jul 182016

Each year the Rotary Club of Beaufort presents an Employee of the Year Award as an important means of recognition for employees in the Beaufort community who contribute to civic and community efforts.

The 2016 Employee of the Year is Amy Luce Hane, a breast nurse navigator in Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center. As a breast nurse navigator she becomes involved when a patient receives a diagnosis of breast cancer, providing support from diagnosis to post-treatment. To ensure she is giving them the best possible care, she took the extra step of becoming a Breast Care Nurse–a prestigious, nationally accredited certification, which is awarded only to registered nurses.

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Jul 082016

Rotary Serving Humanity. When you think about Rotary this theme says it all. Whether we are providing a service in our local communities or in another country Rotarians have for 111 years been Serving Humanity.
John Germ believes “everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide.”
Our District is no stranger to “Serving Humanity”. We have provided clean water, medical supplies, built an orphanage there are too many projects to mention in this message. We are a very involved generous District.
“We are at a crossroads in Rotary,” President John says. “We are looking ahead at a year that may one day be known as the greatest year in Rotary’s history: the year that sees the world’s last case of polio.”
This year is the Centennial Year for The Rotary Foundation. One Hundred Years of giving so Rotary can Serve Humanity. The Rotary Foundation was started with a donation of $26.50; today we have over $1,000,000,000 in the Foundation and have spent over $3,000,000,000 Serving Humanity
Our TEAM begins with The Rotary Foundation. We need to again be #1 in the World in Foundation Giving, I would like to have all Rotarians in the District consider adding $26.50 this year to their annual donation to the Rotary Foundation.
The E in TEAM is for Education. Without education we cannot grow as a District, Cities, Counties or Countries. Not only our youth but all Humanity needs to be educated. Not only with the basics, reading, writing, arithmetic, but educated on how Rotary Serves Humanity.
The A in TEAM is for Alzheimer’s. CART was started in our District and there isn’t one person in the district that has not been touched by the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or fellow Rotarian. We need to find a cure for this devastating disease and CART is how we Rotarians can help with this effort.
The M in TEAM is the Members. Without Members we would not be able to Serve Humanity through The Rotary Foundation. Without Members we would not be able to educate people. Without Members we would not be able to tackle the devastating disease Alzheimer’s. Without Members we could not Serve Humanity as we have for the last 111 years.
I believe as President John does, “People who want to do good will see that Rotary is a place where they can change the world. Every Rotary club needs to be ready to give them that opportunity. We need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward”. This allows us to Serve Humanity.

Sandee Brooks

Rotary Club of Charleston Welcomes New President and Board

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Jul 072016

June 28th, 2016 was an historic occasion. The club held its last meeting at the Citadel, a location of 15 years. This meeting was also the time for a change of club presidents.

John Channell gave an excellent summary of the work of the Education Committee during the past year including projects to give backpacks, dictionaries and tennis lessons to needy students.

President Paul Stoney spoke to the member s about his year of service. He praised the members one and all for their work on behalf of our community. He expressed thanks to the membership for giving him the honor of service as president, noting that he looked forward to each weekly meeting. It is a monumental experience just to BE a Rotarian, and he further praised the past presidents who always were ready to assist him. He noted that Rotary is one of the most significant forces operating for good in the whole world, a world which is in great turmoil. Changes are taking place and Rotary must be ready to deal with them. He recalled that the speaker at his first meeting was a 94 year old veteran who had been injured by agent orange and he thanked Rotarian General Livingston who was present that day and again today. He charged each member to continue to be the best Rotarian [and person] that you can be. While he thanked all members, he particularly thanked Carroll Schweers, Dan Ravenel and Paterson Smith for their strong support. In closing he noted that Alissa would be a wonderful new president and asked all members to follow the international motto of the year “Be a gift to the world”.



New president, Alissa Lietzow, having been inducted to office by Assistant DG Andy Brack, gave a brief report on her experience at the International Convention in Korea. She noted that an estimated 40,000 members were in attendance! Her personal goal at the convention was to meet and speak with as many Rotarians as possible. This resulted in being given the opportunity to speak at a breakout session on the use of best practices of utilizing social media.

In closing, she gave honor to the new board and told of the various duties that each member has agreed to accept. Beyond the board she announced that Past President Digit Matheny would chair the Rotary Foundation and Past President Jermaine Husser would serve as program chairman.

President Alissa gave recognition to Rotarian and Past President Jimmy Stuckey, who returned for the first time following over a year of rehabilitation.


Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee


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On Thursday evening, June 30, The Florence West Rotary Club attended their annual FLORENCE REDWOLVES game.  The pregame festivities had a record attendance; and the REDWOLVES won the baseball game, against the SAVANNAH BANANAS, by a score of 3-2 in the thirteenth inning.  This is the final social event of the Rotary year, capping off President Tom Fitzsimmons year.
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