Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Rotary Social on August 24

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Aug 192017

Greetings Rotarians!
Mark your calendar and please make plans to attend the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Rotary Social on August 24th. Gates open at 6:00PM.

Tickets are only $20 and include:

  • All-You-Can-Eat Buffet (6PM – 7:30PM)
  • $1.00 Beers (6PM – 8PM)
  • Post-Game Party with DJ Spinderella (best known as a member of the hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa)
  • Free Bounce House Wristbands for Kids

To purchase tickets, use the PROMO CODE “Rotary” online here, or call Ryan at (843) 918-6003. See attached flyer for additional information.

We hope that members from all the greater Grand Strand area Rotary Clubs will feel welcome to attend for a night of fun, fellowship, and baseball!

2017 Bojangles Southern 500 NASCAR Cup Series

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Aug 162017

Want to attend the 2017 Bojangles Southern 500, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday September 3 2017?

The Darlington Rotary Club is doing a fundraiser involving the NASCAR race here on Sunday, September 3rd. This is a new project we have never done before and I wanted to spread the word about it to the entire district.

The way the fundraiser works is our Rotary Club has tickets discounted by $10 for sale at $30 in the Colvin Grandstand and every $30 race ticket sold includes a $5 donation to Rotary. We have a website set up with the Raceway at where anyone can go online and pick out their seat(s) in Colvin Grandstand for the race and raise money for Rotary. This is available until August 25th and I would love to e-mail this link and the details out to everyone in the District in case anyone wanted to attend the race or knew someone who wanted to attend the race here, since this would be a fun and unique way to benefit Rotary. Contact Michael Smith with questions: Email and C. 919-923-0689

District Governor Gary Bradham August Message

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Aug 142017

District Governor Gary Bradham August Message

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  The month of July has been an exciting time in my Rotary story.  Having visited, at this point, twenty-five clubs in our district, I have had the pleasure of meeting so many unique Rotarians, all making a difference.

District 7770 has historically been one of the leaders in giving to The Rotary Foundation.  It has been amazing to hear about what clubs are doing with the funds returned to them from The Rotary Foundation giving from prior years.   Each club brings solutions to their specific community needs.  Each Rotarian enthusiastically contributes to improving the lives of so many while essentially writing his or her own Rotary story.   The clubs have, through their diverse ways, addressed a variety of community needs.  Some of the projects include Happy Feet, Back Pack Buddies, Homeless Shelters, Anti-bullying, and a plethora of Literacy Projects.  Rotarians are truly People of Action providing exceptional community service through impactful actions and meaningful service.  The current giving to the Foundation is what paves the way for community service projects in the future. Not only does the Foundation provide for community needs, but the current giving continues to provide future Global Grants for desperately needed and sustainable projects world-wide. On September 8th at the Club Foundation, Membership, and Public Image Fall Training Seminar, the District Rotary Foundation Chair, PDG Sandee Brooks, will offer an opportunity for training in District Foundation Programs, how to obtain Global Grants, and how to increase donor giving.  It is vital that we continue to support and give to The Rotary Foundation.

Since August is Membership and New Club Development Month, clubs should use their Rotary Stories to showcase “What is Rotary?” and “Who is Rotary?” to perspective members.  All it may take to attract new members is simply… an invitation and then showcasing your community service projects.  These projects may fulfill a sense of purpose to prospective members who may be looking for ways to make a difference.  In August, the District Membership Chair, Johnny Moore, will host a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and Membership Advocates to develop best practices and intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the district. With these tools, at the Fall Membership Training Seminar on September 8th, Club Membership Chairs will have the opportunity to select what might work best for their specific clubs.  Member recruitment is an essential internal priority as we strengthen and grow our clubs.

By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness.  Public awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminars on September 8th, the District Public Image Chair, Mary Gasque will provide examples and successful avenues to enhance the Public Image Program.  Our Rotary stories are important for others to know “What is Rotary?” and how they can “plug in” to our organization.  Club leaders are encouraged to attend the Fall Training Seminars.  I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary C. Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18

District 7770

Free Money From Amazon!!

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Aug 032017

Ok this might be considered a selfish plug, sorry.

The Summerville Evening Rotary Club has just created the a “charitable contribution foundation” within the club and made it as a 501C3 non-profit organization. I know many clubs around the district have formed 501C3 organizations within their clubs for various projects.

BUT did you know Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice? There is no increase in price for the shopper. To register your 501C3 organization with Amazon is very easy by sending in your official IRS exempt letter and a voided out check where you want the funds to be sent. Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at

Until you get your organization registered with Amazon Smile, please consider selecting the Rotary Club of Summerville Evening Charitable Foundation Inc. as your choice on

Spring Valley Supports the American Red Cross

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Aug 022017

The Spring Valley Rotary Club presented the Central South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross with a check for $500 in honor of Dave Sanderson, featured speaker at their July 27 meeting for his commitment to the American Red Cross.

Dave Sanderson is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker. When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane..

Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $12 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first people he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey – a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

Sanderson first spoke at the Spring Valley Rotary Club in 2011. He presented his recent TEDx Talk: Bouncing Back: An Experience with Post- Traumatic Growth Syndrome.





Dave Sanderson is on the far left and Spring Valley Rotary President Marty Wells is on the far right…..Representatives from the American Red Cross Central South Carolina Chapter are in between them.

Alzheimer’s CART Gala Event Scheduled for July 22, 2017

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Jul 102017


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Champagne Reception in Grand Lobby 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Live Auction Tom Crawford of Low Country Live Channel 4 News

Guest Speaker:  Mr. Arnold Donald
President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation

Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom
95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC  29401

Black Tie Optional Tickets are $125 each, $200 a couple. Sponsorship’s available.

Rotary District 7770 is sponsoring a Gala on Saturday July 22, 2017 to benefit the C.A.R.T. (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund.   We are inviting every Rotarian regardless of club or district affiliation to join in this opportunity to raise money for C.A.R.T. as well, non-Rotarian’s are invited to participate.  We are proud to support C.A.R.T. for Alzheimer’s research.
On line registration with payment by credit card is available.
For Active Rotarians here and for non-members or guests registration here.

Link to sharable Invitation

Link to Sponsor Form

Link to Sponsor Benefits Form

Beware of “Rotarian” E-mail scams

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Jul 102017

(Information provided by Rotary E-Club of Canada One)

If an e-mail like this or similar comes into your inbox, please trash it and don’t reply to it. It’s one of many “phishing” scams:


Greetings my Fellow Rotarian,

I hope this email meets you in good condition of health. My name is Rotarian Bahaa Shalaby, I am a Member of Rotary Club of Al Mansouria, Club number: 55555, District 2451, Egypt . I am an Egyptian by birth but my family resides in United Kingdom. I am an Engineer by profession and the Chairman of  MB GROUP. I founded the MB Engineering in 1981 with head quarters in Egypt. Our Industrial arm which is  MB industrial exists in the Egyptian market since 2010 as the hager authorized panel builder offering state of the art Hager type tested solutions for Residential, Commercial & Industrial applications. MB industrial is the second factory worldwide outside Europe, Approved to offer the “quadro +” range…. 


Spring Valley Awards Scholarships

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Jun 192017


Continuing a twenty-nine year tradition

SV Rotary Scholarship press release 6.16.17

The Spring Valley Rotary Club recognized six outstanding local high school students with a $1500 scholarship at a recent club lunch meeting.

The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High School are: Paige Ashworth who plans to attend Clemson University majoring in architecture; Maya Ingram, enrolling at the University of South Carolina majoring in biological sciences and Litzel Martinez-Garcia who will attend Columbia College as a speech pathology major. Recipients from Ridgeview High School are: Lahsen Grich who will attend the University of South Carolina majoring in nursing; Tajah Pinkard enrolling at Spelman College majoring in psychology and Dasya’ Young who will attend Furman University majoring in biology.

Selection is based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an interview. Awards were made by the club’s scholarship committee led by Rotarian Denise Barth. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors in February and selections are made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past twenty-nine years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale. The club provides six scholarships annually for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 110 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.

SV Rotary Scholarships 4.27.17

Photo caption:

Spring Valley Rotary Scholarship committee member Patricia Fernald and Club President Wendy Fuess are pictured with six graduating seniors who received a 2017 Rotary scholarship. They are (left to right), from Spring Valley High School: Paige Ashworth, Maya Ingram and Litzel Martinez-Garcia and from Ridgeview High School: Lahsen Grich, Dasya’ Young and Tajah Pinkard.

Five Points Rotary Program

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Jun 022017
Once a year the Five Points Rotary Club has a Teacher Appreciation Day. Teachers and the Principals attending the meeting and teachers are given a plaque and gift certificate.
This is one of our best programs of the year. Thank you Derek Gruner for arranging this program. And thank you Emerson Smith for the photo.
pictured l/r: T=teacher; P=Principal
(Rosewood ES) T-Heather Gilbert, P-Elizabeth Williams
(AC Moore‎ ES) T-Randall Clamp, P-Luvenia Baker
(Dreher HS) ‎P-Jeanne Stiglbauer, T-Rebecca Smith-Hill
(S. Kilbourne ES) P-Samantha Carlisle, T-Maylin Tennis
(St Martin de Porres) P-Sister Roberta Fulton, T-Doris Arvelo
(Hand MS) T-Robert Harris, P-Brian Goings

Special item…very unusual……historical event

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Jun 022017
PDG Jimmie Williamson was installed as eighth president of the North Carolina Community
College System on Monday,April 10, and several D. 7770 PDG’s attended.
Shown , left to right,are:
PRID David Michaux,III, Betty Squatriglia,Sarah Michaux, PDG Williamson, and PDG
Bob Squatriglia. Since Jimmie was the “bow tie governor”, Michaux and Squatriglia dressed in the “uniform of the day”—bow ties!

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