Alzheimer’s Gala Funds to the CART Fund

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Sep 262017
 

Do you worry about Alzheimer’s?  We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one.  Finding a cure starts with you.  Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Rotary District 7770 sponsored an Alzheimer’s Gala at the Gaillard Center in Charleston in July to have fun and to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  Thanks to many people dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the event raised $12,320.  A check representing the funds raised through the gala was presented to Roger Ackerman for the CART Fund on Tuesday, September 25.

 

 

Rotary Club of HHI took a new direction on their Safety Town program for 2017

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Sep 242017
 

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head took a new direction on their Safety Town program for 2017.  Instead of setting a date and opening it to the public, this year we partnered with the Hilton Head Early Childhood Center and created a morning fieldtrip for their 140 PreK children.  Students and teachers arrived by bus and visited 12 safety stations where they participated in activities that provided valuable safety lessons.  Besides “Safety Town,” a child-sized town allowing children the opportunity to “drive” on the roads around town and learn about road signs, traffic lights and cross walks, the children learned about fire safety from the Hilton Head Fire and Rescue, as well as how 911 works and when to call.  The children met with Beaufort County Sherriff to learn stranger danger and see the inside of their patrol car.  Students experienced electricity safety with Palmetto Electric and how to approach a strange animal with Sasha the Comfort Dog.  Hilton Head Hospital provided Teddy Bear Triage, teaching some basic first aid and helping children know that doctors and nurses are their friends.  Each child received a t-shirt and goodie bag to help them remember their time at Safety Town.  If only one child is saved or safes a life because of the lessons they learned, it is worth all the effort! The Rotary Club of Hilton Head has everything needed to offer Safety Town in your local community and is happy to share the lessons we’ve learned and materials we’ve developed.  Our club has purchased a trailer that is available to other Rotary clubs if they would like to host their own event.  For more information, please contact the Hilton Head Rotary Club.

Colonial Life Aims to be Corporate Good Neighbor

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Sep 202017
 

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company backs community improvement outreach efforts in education, arts and culture, and health and wellness.  The Columbia-based firm and its employees had a positive local impact topping $2.4 million in 2016, including over $700,000 in employee giving and more than 11,000 hours of volunteer time for charitable organizations.  That’s according to president and CEO Tim Arnold – flanked by Capital Rotary members Matthew Pollard (left) and Frank Rutkowski (right) – the club’s Sept. 20 guest speaker. Arnold said Colonial Life is especially proactive in school programs such as Junior Achievement, literacy and mentoring, and educator leadership training.  These demonstrate the company is a corporate good neighbor committed to student achievement and preparation of a future workforce.  Arnold earned a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in business administration degree in finance from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  He joined Colonial Life in July 2011.

Rotarian Neda Beal Earns Donor Recognition

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Sep 202017
 

Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose recognizes at-large director and service chair Neda Beal for continuing Rotary Foundation donations that support world understanding and peace programs.  Beal is now a Paul Harris Fellow plus-three giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with three additional gifts at the same amount).  The club previously honored Beal as 2016 Rotarian of the Year for guiding local community service, literacy and volunteer projects.

 

Spring Valley Rotary Club inducted its first new member of this Rotary year

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Sep 192017
 

What a great way to kick off Membership Month. On Thursday, August 3rd the, Ann Thomason, sponsored by Doug Bridges. Ann works for Trident Solutions as an account lead/Sr IT recruiter. She’s active with her church, Junior League, suicide prevention awareness and animal rescue. Ann will fit right in because Rotary is all about Making A Difference. Thanks Doug for sponsoring a new member.

Summerville Rotary Club’s annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 21, at Coosaw Creek Country Club in Summerville

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Sep 192017
 

Summerville Rotary Club’s annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 21, at Coosaw Creek Country Club in Summerville. Tournament proceeds are used to benefit several local charities each year. For more information, visit http://summervillerotaryclub.org/golf-tournament/.

Summerville Rotary Club enjoyed an informative program provided by Amy Barch of the Turning Leaf Project

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Sep 192017
 

Summerville Rotary Club enjoyed an informative program provided by Amy Barch of the Turning Leaf Project. Turning Leaf is an offender re-entry program that seeks to provide participants with the skills and support needed to avoid re-offending, build networks to support good choices, and develop employability skills. We were fortunate to hear from a program participant, who shared his goal of becoming a truck driver. Club members immediately began collecting funds to help him with the cost of acquiring a commercial driver’s license.

Ambassadorial Global Scholars selected for 2018-19

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Sep 142017
 

The following candidates were recently selected to represent our District 7770 as Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year.

Madeline Leibin is a 2017 graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in Religious Studies / International Studies (Concentration: Europe) / Philosophy (Concentration: Politics, Philosophy, & Law). She will be attending the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, in the Area of Focus of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution to pursue an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Ryan Anderson is attending the University of South Carolina and will graduate with a BS in 2018 with a Major in Public Health. He will be attending the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the Area of Focus Disease Prevention and Treatment. He will pursue a Masters of Public Health at UCT.

Rachel Lunsford is a 2017 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a BS in Business Administration majoring in International Business, Finance and Spanish. She will attend the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution while pursuing a Masters in International Relations and Politics. She also served as the Rotaract President at USC.

Madeline Leibin

Rachel Lunsford

Ryan Anderson

 

Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash

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Sep 142017
 

Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash

What do doughnuts and runners have in common? Participation in the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest 5K fundraiser for their annual community youth service projects! Competitors in this USATF certified event will have the option of competing in the Doughnut Challenge or as a Casual Participant.  Those confident in their Running and Doughnut Eating capabilities will run half the 5K course and then eat one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts before continuing on with the second half of the race for an opportunity to win prizes and awards.  Since the course has been measured and certified, area runners can also strive to beat their personal best times.  Best of all, it’s all for a great cause!

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise has a variety of service projects that cater to the young children and students in our local community. Proceeds for the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will go to fund annual service projects the Rotary Club sponsors throughout the year. Examples of these programs are the P Cubed project:  Happy Feet, Clothing Closet, School Supplies, and The Dictionary Project. Each of these projects targets a specific need with young children and families in our community such as literacy advancement, and financial assistance.

Of course we have an alternate option to being a competitor for the faint of heart. You can register as a casual runner/walker where you can just take home your dozen doughnuts after the race rather than scarfing them down at the half waypoint. All participants of the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will receive a race t-shirt to go along with their one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. T-shirts are guaranteed if registered prior to October 23rd.

The race will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00am. The USATF certified course will begin on Greenleaf Circle in Myrtle Beach, adjacent to the new Krispy Kreme on Rodeo Drive. For both the competitor and casual runner/walker registration, the race fee is $30 with a $2.50 sign up fee until September 30th. After September 30th, the race fee will increase to $35 plus the $2.50 sign up fee. Registration will be taken online prior to the race at https://goo.gl/Q6r8mv. Hope to see you there! Please contact Kevin Kristick for questions or sponsorship opportunities at cvmbghunter@yahoo.com.

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