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.
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.
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.
The Bluffton Rotary Club is working on an international project to bring clean water to the community of Miramar, Peru. The community consists of 2,800 people who make up 700 families. The current water source is contaminated causing diarrheal illness, cholera and malaria. These illnesses prevent the people of the community from attending school or work.
The contaminated water is a primary factor perpetuating the continuous cycle of poverty and illness plaguing this community. A housewife from the community expressed it best by saying “a healthy person can function in all respects, but when we are sick we cannot perform our activities. We pay for water that is not purified and we must spend additional funds on gas to boil the water. We know that water is contaminated, but there are things we still do not know and would like to learn to care for our health.”
For those of us who live here on the beautiful pristine May River it is hard to image the life of the people of Miramar. The Bluffton Rotary Club saw the need and committed to making a difference in Miramar. Earlier this year, we completed the process of applying for and receiving a grant from Rotary International to fund a portion of the project and the work, much of it done by the local people in the community of Miramar, now well underway with an expected completion date of early fall. However, our work is not done. We still need to raise the remaining funds to complete this project and we need your help. Please join us on September 24th at the Oyster Factory Park from 10:00am to 1:00pm for a fun day as we Walk for Water to raise money to finalize the funds needed for this project.
People in third world countries typically have to walk 3.5 miles to get water – water that we would not consider drinking. For our walk, we will begin at the Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street in Bluffton, walk 1 mile, fill up a bucket of water, then return a mile to the May River at the Oyster Factory Park for awards, refreshments and entertainment.
Registration to walk is $10 for adult, $5 for children 10 – 17 and free for children under 10. Or you may choose to form your own team. For registration details or questions, please contact our event coordinator, Mary O’Neill via email at MaryAOneill6@aol.com.
If you cannot walk, we would be more than happy to take a small donation. Please save the date – September 24, from 10:00am – 1:00pm for our Walk for Water!
Remember: we live in the beautiful town of Bluffton, SC and know firsthand the importance of clean water. We all work to protect our very own May River. I hope you will walk to raise the necessary funding for the Bluffton Rotary’s project in Peru. We walk to raise awareness of the importance of clean water not only at home but worldwide. We walk for water!
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St. Andrews-Charleston RC welcomes Enzo from France. The new Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) year has begun and St. Andrews-Charleston RC is hosting Enzo. He is 16 years old and will be attending James Island Charter High School. Enzo is from a small town called Saint Doulchard. He plays tennis and the piano. He will be a junior in high school.
The Rotary Club of St. Andrews has participated in RYE for many years. The club Youth Exchange Officer is Rory Parsley. Pete Dubay serves as the club Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor is pictured here with Enzo as he arrived at the Charleston airport.
If you know any interested students who would like to study abroad in 2017-18, please contact Vicki Tatum at firstname.lastname@example.org. Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are welcome to participate!
On August 2, 2016, the Rotary Club of Eau Claire/ North Columbia installed Mr. Leslie G. Wiser, Jr. University of South Carolina, College of Arts and, as President and Rev. Jacqueline Utley, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, President Elect for the 2016/2017 Rotary Year. The official installation was led by our Area Governor, Marilyn L. Gray on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am. The Eau Claire/ North Columbia club has embraced a robust schedule of events for the upcoming Rotary year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Past District Governor, Rod Funderburk and look forward to welcoming our New District Governor Sandee James Brooks, from the Rotary Club of Hilton Head, South Carolina later in the month August.
Leslie G. Wiser, President, Marilyn J. Gray, Area Governor, Jacqueline Utley, President Elect.
Rev.Robert B. Beaver, Community Chair, Leslie G. Wiser,Jr.,President, Marilyn Gray, Area Governor, Benetta G. Bell, Secretary, Dean Slade, Treasurer