Spring Valley Rotary Club sponsors Gift of Life patient

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Sep 142017
 

The journey began September 8th for our Gift of Life patient, 8-year-old Lourdes Iputi from American Samoa. Thanks to Dr. Stu Hamilton for coordinating this very special project for the Spring Valley Rotary Club. Her first outpatient procedure is set for Thursday, Sept 14 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Pediatric Opthalmologist Dr. Alexander Pogrebniak will be doing a “complex extracapsular cataract removal.”  The second eye will be then be done on Sept. 21st. Dr. Hamilton, a retired pediatrician, identified this child as a possible Gift of Life patient while on a medical mission trip this summer in American Samoa. In cooperation with the Mission of Hope and Rotary’s Gift of Life program, and with lots of work on Dr. Hamilton’s part, this child will be given the gift of sight.
Rotary…..we make a difference.

News from Summerville Rotary Club

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Sep 142017
 

SCDOT District 1 Commissioner Robby Robbins visited Summerville Rotary to give an update on the road work made possible by the roads bill.

Member Fred Hoose was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow (x2). Pictured left to right: Herman Dixon, Fred Hoose, Jaye Elliott

Economic Development Pays Off for Central South Carolina

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Sep 132017
 

Eight of the state’s central region counties are enjoying the fruits of economic development efforts seeking new business and employment – to the tune of investments totaling over $12 billion and creation of more than 68,000 jobs.  That’s what Capital Rotary Club members heard from Sept. 13 guest speaker Mike Briggs, shown talking with Rotarian Andy Markl (back to camera).  Since 1997, Briggs has been president and CEO of the Central SC Alliance, a regional public-private partnership dedicated to stimulating economies in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties as well as the City of Columbia.  The alliance has been especially successful in boosting global investment.  Briggs said more than 22,000 workers in the area are employed by foreign affiliates, and there are businesses from over two dozen countries represented region wide.  He said the most important keys to continuing economic expansion are (1) a workforce dedicated to becoming more highly skilled and (2) an abundance of suitable buildings and site locations to quickly accommodate business needs.

 

 

Lottery Chief Touts Public Gaming for Public Good

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Sep 072017
 

Matthew Pollard (center), a member of Capital Rotary’s programs committee, welcomes South Carolina Education Lottery chief operating officer Tony Cooper (left) and assistant controller Brian Ford to the club’s Sept. 6 meeting.  Cooper told Rotarians the lottery is not gambling but rather “public gaming for the public good” because proceeds fund higher education scholarships, K-12 school programs, and community resources including libraries and ETV.  Since the lottery started selling tickets in January 2002 it has resulted in education appropriations of more than $4.6 billion to counties all across the state.  Cooper has overseen day-to-day lottery operations since start-up.  Previously he was executive director of the District of Columbia Lottery & Charitable Games Board and was president of the Powerball Game Group.

Minor League Baseball Honors Local Rotarian

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Sep 062017
 

Capital Rotarian Abby Naas has been named Female Executive of the Year for the South Atlantic League.  Naas joined the staff of the Columbia Fireflies minor league baseball team in January 2015 as marketing and public relations vice president.  She became a Capital club member later that same year.  Naas now will be the South Atlantic League’s nominee for the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award, an industry-wide honor presented annually by Rawlings and minor league baseball.  Prior to joining the Fireflies, Nass was twice named Midwest League Female Executive of the Year while working for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Indiana. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Fireflies)

Rotary Donation Helps Feed Hungry Kids

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Sep 062017
 

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose presents a $1,000 check supporting child feeding to Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank.  The funds will go for (1) a BackPack Program providing child-friendly, nutritious, easy-to-open food to last the weekend for needy children and (2) the Kids Café Program serving an average of 300 children over 3,100 nutritious, warm meals monthly at 13 after-school sites including churches, community centers and Boys & Girls Clubs.  DuBose said Harvest Hope has worked since 1981 to alleviate childhood hunger, a concern embraced by Rotary International worldwide.

Sep 062017
 

Come and join the Summerville Evening and Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Clubs celebrate Oktoberfest.

The Summerville Rotary Oktoberfest is jointly hosted by the Summerville Evening and the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary clubs. This is our sixth year hosting the event which have been very successful in the past, the most successful were hosted in Hutchinson Square, Historic Summerville where we will be again this year. The funds raised are jointly shared by both clubs and placed into charitable giving accounts. No funds raised during the event are used for operating club expenses.

Florence Breakfast Growing Membership

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Sep 062017
 

The Florence Breakfast Rotary Club was excited to welcome three new members this morning. Jesus Cruz, Sandy Allen and Celly Kahn became Rotarians held this morning along with their sponsors. Welcome all to the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club.

Sep 052017
 

District Governor September Message

 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story.  I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.

We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District.  Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year.  The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self.  This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process.  In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs.  Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.

Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus.  Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items.  During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year.  Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves.  Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month.  Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year.  She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.

By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness.  Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.

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
sgcb@earthlink.net

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