Feb 152017
 

The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th . Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton. When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry. This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, Old Town Dispensary, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.

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Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

braved cold temperatures and bitter winds this past Saturday and participated in their monthly

“Beach Sweep” of Mitchellville Beach Park as part of their monthly commitment to Community

Service. Contact Paul Heitmann at paulheitmannrotary@gmail.com for more information or adopt

your own beach by going to www.mycoast.org Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School

participates in a “Beach Sweep” every month on the 3 rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting.

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Nov 302016
 

One of the 6 Rotary Areas of Focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment.

Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio. Our Rotary Foundation was named the

“worlds” outstanding foundation for 2016 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The

Judges cited PolioPlus as a major driver for its selection. Why, because of you!!   You’re a very

very important part of Our Foundation receiving this honor.  You are the PolioPlus fundraisers.

You are the advocates.  You are the reason we will reach our goals this year.  We will get the

job done! 

Our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight numerous other diseases. They set up

health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with

HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses,

governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for

health care.

Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping

immunize people, to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies

on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.

In South Africa, 225 Rotary clubs participated at 160 sites; in Uganda, 65 clubs supported 120

sites; and across Lagos and Ogun states in southern Nigeria, 62 clubs supported 70 sites. Two

Rotary Foundation Global Grants provided funding to send vocational training teams to Uganda

and to pay for bed nets that will help prevent malaria in Nigeria.

Other efforts in this Area of Focus in our District include:

Dr. Anne Matthews along with Walter Hughes have worked on Grants for eliminating Guinea

worm disease. South Sudan has 96% of the victims of Guinea worm disease. They traveled to

South Sudan to build and encourage the team needed to finish Guinea worm eradication. It is led

by the South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The team is complete with non-profit

organizations, developmental partners, faith based organizations, churches like Catholic Relief

Services and Redwood United Methodist Church, medical professionals, the Rotary Foundation

and finally Rotarians. The Carter Center helps to fund water filters, education, medical care and

mobilizing community health workers.

Speaking Books, a project with The Rotary Club of Hilton Head showcased international

programs with UNICEF on End Polio Now, and Teen Suicide Prevention in South Africa, these

books educate with visual and audible information. The books can be used over and over again.

 

The Bluffton Rotary Club and the District Water Project provided clean water systems in Peru

and other areas, which is one of the best ways of fighting disease.

 

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Oct 312016
 
Several Bluffton Rotarians traveled to Peru this past month to assist with water missions.
I very rewarding and successful trip.  Our Rotarians were treated very well and were very well received.
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Coming up:
The Bluffton Rotary Club is set and preparing for its Annual “Happy Feet” drive on November 5, 2016 for qualifying area children in conjunction with the local elementary schools.  This is a partnership with Payless Shoes.
Oct 262016
 

Our own PRIVP  Anne Matthews in Ghana working with  health screenings  for 50 villages in Ghana. This is Anne’s 4th time to Ghana doing humanitarian work. She previously went with Walter Hughes and this time she is representing the Rotary Action Group, Family Health Days. Rotarian Miriam Fisher of the Five Points Club accompanied Anne. This is doing good in the world, the sole purpose of our Rotary Foundation.

50 sites this week reaching 50,000 members of families who do not have access to health care services. Third year of this program in Ghana and my 4th time to do humanitarian work in Ghana. Rotarian Miriam Fisher is with me. Many thanks to the clubs and districts in Rotary Zones 33 and 34 for funding this global grant. You have made a difference in so many lives here!

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Oct 242016
 

We got started a week early.  This past Sunday we held our annual “Nut Kickoff Party”  ( we sell pecans to fund or community service grants).  We held a silent auction and raised $722 earmarked for eradicating polio.  Also, throughout the second quarter of the year, all of our weekly raffle proceeds will go towards eradicating polio.

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Oct 242016
 
The Rotary Club of St. George has begun it’s Rotary Reader Project for 16-17!  Each month we go out into every elementary school within our district and read to the students. We read to a different age level each month. Our Rotarians have been very active in this project and all have enjoyed reading to the students! The students are happy to see us come and we all enjoy our time together. We also involve our Interact students in this project. The Interact students at Dorchester Academy read to their elementary students each month. Pictured are some of our readers in action!rotary-readers-sges1
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Oct 172016
 

At the recent Rotary Zone Institute, District 7770 was recognized for its contributions to the Rotary Foundation during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  I would like to thank Foundation Chair, Lou Mello, and all of his team for their leadership.  To each of the members of the district, I want to convey my appreciation for your support of our charity, the Rotary Foundation.  Gifts to the Rotary Foundation sustain vital programs which build good will and reduce disease, improve economic development, provide teachers with books and school supplies, improve the health of expectant mothers, extend cultural understanding and eradicate polio worldwide. We are indebted to those in our district who help us carry out the successful global and local projects that continue the great work of Rotary.  Rotary District 7770 was #26 in the world and #1 in Rotary Zone 33 for total giving, and #15 in the world and #1 in Rotary Zone 33 for annual fund giving during the last Rotary year.  The various other achievements for the year are displayed on the attached page.

Those pictured are Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley, Past Director Robert Hall, Rotary International Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin, Past District Governor Rod Funderburk, Director Joe Mulkerrin, and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Kay Davis.

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