Oct 032017

Current Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose has been recognized for his achievements and community involvement by Columbia Business Monthly magazine.  DuBose, 33, is featured in the magazine’s second annual class of the “Best & Brightest 35 And Under.”  The class is composed of 29 young professionals who work for success in the Midlands community.  DuBose, a graduate of Newbery College, is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm he began in 2007.  In his Business Monthly biographical summary, DuBose noted that this year’s Rotary International slogan is “Making a Difference.”  He said his definition of success includes “selfless acts of kindness, building genuine relationships, doing what you’re passionate about, and making a difference in the lives of others. The bottom line is for all of us to work together to make the world a better place.” (Photo courtesy Columbia Business Monthly)

District 7770 Member and Alternate for Zone Nominating Committee

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Oct 012017

I am PDG David Parsons, the District’s Parliamentarian.  At the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany, a director will be elected from among the Rotarians in our zone. The RI Bylaws provide the RI directors-nominee be selected by a zone nominating committee comprising one member from each district in the zone. Districts in our zone, including D7770, participate on the director nominating committee once every four years. We will need to select a person to represent D7770 on the nominating committee at our district conference in March.

Some of the guidelines from selecting our district’s member and alternate for the district’s director nominating committee are as follows:

1. The member and alternate will be elected at the District Conference in March, 2018.

2. The member and alternate must:

  • be a past governor at the time they are elected
  • be a club member from D7770
  • have attended at least two Zone 33/34 Rotary institutes and have attended at least on RI convention in the three years before serving on the committee (2016, 2017, or 2018)
  • not have served twice previously as a member on the nominating committee for RI director
  • not be a past RI director
  • agree to attend the nominating committee meeting in September 2018

Should your club wish to nominate a qualified member, please send a letter to DG Gary signed by the club president and secretary listing the name of the member and the institutes and conventions attended. A letter has been sent by DG Gary to each Club President as well.

The candidate receiving the most votes at district conference will be declared the nominating committee member and the candidate receiving the second most votes will be declared the alternate.

The deadline for nominations from clubs to DG Gary is November15, 2017. If you have any questions about the procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone, text or email.

David Parsons

District 7770 Parliamentarian



Rotary District Leader Lauds “People of Action”

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Oct 012017

Rotary members make a difference in the world because they are people of action, doing good in the spirit of service above self.  That’s the message Rotary District 7770 Gov. Gary Bradham delivered to Capital Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting Aug. 9.  An Air Force veteran and Rotarian for more than 10 years,  Bradham said the organization’s “power and  value” is in collective accomplishments that exceed what each club member might achieve alone.  His goals as leader of 4,000 Rotarians districtwide include supporting club effectiveness and strength, promoting humanitarian service, and boosting Rotary’s public image and awareness.  Capital Rotary was the 26th club Bradham has visited since becoming governor earlier this summer.  He and club president Blake DuBose (left in photo) also promoted attendance at next year’s district conference.   

Florence Breakfast Club – Alexis Robinson

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Oct 012017

Today we were honored to have Alexis Robinson, the recipient of the Florence Breakfast Club scholarship, who attends Florence Darlington Technical College. Alexis spoke to our club about her pursuit to become a Dental Hygenist. Alexis will graduate in May. Alexis is also an Army national guard reservist. Along with her studies at FDTC and being in the Army national guard Alexis also volunteers her services to help needy children in the community with dental issues. Thank you Alexis for your community and military service.


Recent Duck Race Donation Ceremony

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Oct 012017
The Rotary Club of North Charleston (lunch) recently awarded over $6000 in donations to various charitable/non-profit organizations.   The following organizations received awards:
Scotty’s Ride
My Sister’s House
Father to Father
Save The Light
Trident Literacy
Salvation Army
Lowcountry Food Bank
Pepperhill Elementary Martial Arts
Charleston Animal Society

Hilton Head Island President Karen Cully welcomed 13 past club presidents to her house for dinner

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Oct 012017
Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island President Karen Cully welcomed 13 past club presidents who are still active in the club to her house for dinner and fellowship. Note: Former District Governors Sandee Brooks and Bernie Reidel as well as upcoming District Governor David Tirard are in attendance.

Front Row: David Tirard, Andrea Siebold, Mary Noonan, Sandee Brooks, Karen Cully, Bernie Riedel. Back row: Don Brashears, Paul Walter, Mike Jukofsky,Bruce Siebold, Hank Noble, John Howe, Mike Petrilli, Hugh O’Kane.  Missing was Denis Bonnett

Past President Florence Breakfast Rotary

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Oct 012017

Today the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club thanked Past President, Gerry Braun, with a plaque and a Past President pin for his excellent service in 2016-2017. During his term the membership has grown and the project with Palmetto Youth Academy was completed. Thank you Gerry for your great service to Rotary.


Rotary Club of Hilton Head Supportig C.A.R.T.

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Oct 012017

In support of the C.A.R.T. Fundraising Gala at the Gaillard Center, Charleston. Hilton Head Island Rotary Club contributed 3 Live Auction Items and cash totaling $8,155.00 to the events goal.


Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Enjoys Friendship and Fun at Charleston RiverDogs Game!

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Oct 012017

About 16 members of Beaufort’s Rotary Club of the Lowcountry attended Saturday night’s Charleston RiverDogs game on Rotary Night. Rotary members in attendance included Assistant District Governor and Past President Charlotte Gonzalez, Club President Scott Klumb, President Elect Cliff Mrkvicka, Past President Kerry Bunton and Past President Doug Crowley. The club spent 3 nights this past week volunteering for the Beaufort Water Festival and spent Saturday night’s game celebrating a successful week giving back to the community and enjoying another night of each other’s company. Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is about family, friends, fun and love of our Beaufort Community.


Stevie Johnson Selected as Spring Valley’s 2017 Rotarian of the Year

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Oct 012017


“Stevie took on multiple roles and stepped in wherever and whenever needed this past year and has made significant contributions to our club and to our community. She exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self,” said Fuess. She previously served as club secretary and is the club’s primary liaison to the USC Rotaract Club. Rotaract (which stands for Rotary in Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. 

Johnson is a portfolio manager serving homeowner associations and managing on-site staffs with Southern Community Services. She and her husband Johnny reside in Northeast Columbia and have two grown children Christopher and Patrick. She is also active with the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church 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. To learn more about membership, visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at (803) 917-0053 or by email at sharleen4homes.com 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.  


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Pictured are Spring Valley Rotary President Wendy Fuess and Stevie Johnson, the 2017 Spring Valley Rotarian of the Year.

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