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.



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.
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.


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
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.



Oct 062016

On August 20, 2016 the Florence Rotary Club hosted the Morning News Forget Me Not 5k Color Run/Walk to benefit the SC Alzheimer’s Assocation.  Over 225 runners participated in the 5k, and $10,933 was raised for the SC Alzheimer’s Association. The Morning News did a series of articles regarding the effects of Alzheimer’s on the patients and caregivers, raising the awareness of the disease.



Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter Program Director Natalie Bankowski and Communications Director Taylor Wilson accept the $10,933 check from Florence Rotary President Randy Cole and 5k committee chair Debbie Edwards.


Sep 302016
District Governor Sandee Brooks addressed the Rotary Club of Georgetown on Tuesday, September 27th. District 7770 comprises the 25 eastern counties of South Carolina. Today, District 7770 encompasses 80 Rotary Clubs with over 5,000 members.
Sandee stressed the progress in Polio Plus, a Rotary initiative to rid the world of polio with matching dollar support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently there are three countries remaining that have cases of polio, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. She also discussed District 7770’s initiative to promote Alzheimer’s research through the CART Fund. More Rotary Districts are joining in this effort from Georgia, Texas and other states. 
“Rotary Serving Humanity”
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