Nov 272017
 

Greetings again on behalf of the District Membership Team!  As the holidays approach and the end of the first half of the Rotary year approaches with them, it is appropriate that we take a look at where we are in terms of Membership growth.  Through the end of October we have shown an almost 1% gain in Membership so far since July 1st.  Congratulations!  Membership growth is not easily accomplished.  It takes dedication and commitment from every member. And, it takes courage (as Dabo says, and with apologies to you Gamecocks, Bring Your Own Guts) by the club leadership to keep this challenge in front of the club and to lead the change required to bring focus to this vital area of Rotary’s future.

As you may have heard, Membership growth is Rotary’s #1 Internal Priority.  As such it deserves the very best we can do to spread the influence of Rotary.  I’ve said before that if we could spread the influence of Rotary to all mankind, the world would finally know peace.  The only way we can spread that influence is one new member at a time.  The goal of the District 7770 Membership Event Grant is to aid your club in addressing this #1 Internal Priority.  I am attaching to this email a copy of the grant application.  Look it over.  It’s very simple.  And, if you will run, with commitment and courage, the strategies it is intended to support, you will absolutely grow your club!  How much more good can you do in your community with increased membership?  How many more new ideas can you get from people you may not even know yet?  How much more fun can you have at your social events?  What kind of leaders might you find?  And, lastly, how much more good can Rotary do in the world as new members become engaged by going or giving?

Yes, we have a 1% gain right now.  But, we cannot rest!  We need to make a concerted effort to push through to the end of this Rotary year if we are going to see the kind of success I know you can all achieve.  I can’t grow membership in your club.  Your Assistant Governor can’t grow membership in your club.  Your regional Membership Advocate can’t grow membership in your club.  Only you and your club members, with your leadership, can expand the influence of Rotary.  The rest of us will surely help where we can and if you invite us in to do so.  Remember these 10 powerful words – “If it is to be, it is up to me!”  If your club will be lead to membership growth this year, it is up to you.  Get your grant and let’s get going!!

Yours In Rotary Service,

Johnny Moore
District Governor Nominee
District Membership Chair

Rotary Club of Summerville: See what’s going on!!

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Nov 272017
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summerville Rotary Club honored the Student and Teacher of the month from Dubose Middle School. And Summerville YMCA CEO Gary Lukridge gave the club an insider’s look into the world of officiating high school football.

  • 221: SRC Student of the Month Chase Ringler and Teacher of the Month Jennifer Dreyer from DuBose Middle School, along with Chase’s parents, DMS Principal Ted Brinkley, SRC President Jaye Elliott, and Colin Martin.
  • 224: SRC heard from Gary Lukridge, CEO of Summerville Family YMCA, on football officiating.
  • 227: SRC received an update from the North Charleston Rotary Club on the Rotary Roundball Classic.

 

 

Nov 142017
 

South Carolina’s recovery from the economic recession that began in December 2007 has outpaced U.S. growth in some measures since that time, but future forecasts depend on continued consumer confidence and on the politics of issues such as healthcare, fair trade, tax reform and rebuilding infrastructure.  That’s according to the University of South Carolina’s Dr. Bob Hartwig (shown with Capital Rotary Club member Chris Myers).  Hartwig – clinical associate professor of finance and co-director of USC’s Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management – was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 8 guest speaker.  He said that 70 percent of the nation’s economy is tied to consumer spending.  Recent polls show public and business confidence in, and optimism about, improving economic conditions.  Hartwig earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1993 and speaks frequently on all issues related to insurance markets.

Nov 142017
 

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club has made donations for two humanitarian causes – one to eradicate polio, the other to provide disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas.

The club raised $882 that will be matched with District Designated Funds to become a donation of $1,764 for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.  Ending polio has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985.  Rotarians have contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

Capital Rotary’s contribution – and the resulting match from District 7770 in eastern South Carolina – was made to celebrate World Polio Day/Week.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The local club’s disaster relief donation totaled $8,000 earmarked for rebuilding lives and communities following hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, plus the September earthquakes in Mexico. “We are coordinating through Rotary for the best way to distribute our funds to make a difference,” said Capital president Blake DuBose.

“Our board voted for this donation because we remember when Columbia was impacted by a 1,000-year flood in 2015 and an outpouring of support came from all parts of the country,” DuBose added.  “The greater Columbia area was the beneficiary of an incredible amount of giving then, so we’re doing what we can in the same spirit now.”

Nov 072017
 

November Message

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  As we approach November things continue to be an exciting time in my Rotary story.  I have visited sixty-seven clubs and participated in another dozen events for RLI, service projects, three fundraisers, four social functions, two recognition events, and one 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Membership of our District.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and experiences around the District!  As we begin November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and other special holiday times.

We were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the District’s Rotary Foundation plans and programs.  We had to postpone the Fall Club Foundation Seminar and reschedule the Grant process and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing /training, but we are back on track. Clubs reported collecting and donating over $20,000 to one of the four Foundation Donor Advised Funds established for disaster relief.   We executed a highly successful World Polio Day / week Campaign and Challenge resulting in significant giving to Polio Plus to eradicate Polio… nearly $50,000 was collected by the clubs and donated to the Rotary Foundation and was matched by the full $25,000 DDF.  The overall impact after all matches from the Gates Foundation and World Fund was more than $250,000 provided by District 7770 for this one week effort!  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.

As we continue to view our Rotary Foundation as our “Charity of Choice,” I urge you to continue to give and raise funds to help those in need and who so desperately need the assistance.  We are an extremely giving people within District 7770.  People who understand that others have needs that are greater than their own.  I urge each of you to give generously to our Foundation!  Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, constantly receiving the highest praise and ratings for non-profit organizations.

At the Fall Club Leadership Foundation Training, clubs received their District Grant match checks.  With these checks, numerous Community Service projects will be executed. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events, to name a few.  The fall will be another fun-filled season for these projects as well as the major fundraisers to be held to raise money for the Foundation for programs and projects in the coming years.

I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18 through the Rotary Foundation.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18

(sgcb@earthlink.net)

 

SC Philharmonic Keeps Classics Alive

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Nov 012017
 

Community engagement and educational programs help the SC Philharmonic keep classical music alive, fun and relevant in the Midlands, according to music director Morihiko Nakahara, Capital Rotary’s guest speaker for Nov. 1.  Nakahara (shown demonstrating a conductor’s baton signals to the orchestra) has promoted interactive and outreach efforts since joining the Philharmonic in 2008.  Some of the most successful include (1) “Conduct the Phil” – an open podium where spectators take their turn leading groups of string players at public events; (2) concerts, youth orchestras and in-school programs to spark students’ passion for music; and (3) a “healing harmonies” project that sends Philharmonic musicians to area healthcare facilities to assist in “soothing the soul while the body mends.”  Nakahara says outreach is necessary to “break down the barrier between musicians and the community at large” so the Philharmonic can continue to perform and promote high-quality symphonic music.

Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian Program

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Oct 252017
 

Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian Program

This program began in 1935 when a member of the West Point Mississippi Club wanted to increase attendance and maintain interest in the club’s development. Tom Douglas was the author of the program. It was presented to the RI Board of Directors and was approved as a voluntary activity for interested clubs in 1960 at the RI Convention in Miami.

Five Points Rotary adopted the program in 1964 under the leadership of Paul Allen who was the sole proprietor of the program.  In 2016, Paul handed the program over to two members of the Five Points Rotary Club, PDG Nancy Moody and District Public Image Chair Mary Gasque. Under the leadership of 2016-17 District 7770 Governor Sandee Brooks, the program was renamed the Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian Program to reflect Paul’s leadership and dedication to the program. The Program and pin were revised to keep current with Rotary’s progress.

Link to the current application here

National Principal of the Year – Akil Ross

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Oct 242017
 

Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross was named 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and has been the principal at the school for seven years.  The association praised Ross for significant improvement in graduation rates and academic proficiency.  That improvements happened after he helped raise money to provide extra instruction for struggling students to reduce dropouts, the group said.  He pushes for social as well as academic development among students, encouraging volunteer efforts that improve the Lexington County community and areas around it.  Ross is known for what he calls the six Rs: “Ready to learn, Respectful to others, Responsible to ourselves, Rigor in teaching, Relevance in learning and meaningful Relationships among students, faculty and staff.”  His message to students and staff is: “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat.”  It’s a motto that he says will foster an environment where students are challenged academically while pursuing interests.  Congratulations to Rotarian Akil Ross on this achievement.

 

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