Aug 172016

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 Children and grandchildren of Rotarians are welcome to participate!image1

Aug 102016
Pawleys Island Rotary Club applied for a grant to install a building to protect a walk-in freezer for the Outreach Farms Program. Outreach Farms provides protein  (meat) to 20 soup kitchens and food banks in Georgetown, Horry and Dillon County. Outreach Farms delivered 108,00 protein meals in 2015.
The freezer will allow for a more efficient way to distribute the food to these organizations. A building was installed to protect the freezer from the outdoor elements.
On August 5th Rotarians gathered to complete the grant project and install the building. Local media was on sight to help promote the project. The Grand Strand News took pictures and conducted interviews. WPDE the Myrtle Beach ABC affiliate was there to film Rotarians completing the installation and also conduct interviews.
A big THANK YOU to the DISTRICT for the grant approval and for all those who helped with the project.
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Aug 102016

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

Aug 082016

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise learned exciting news about the current and future status of Santee Copper’s solar panel home energy program. Nick Safay (left) of the Santee Cooper Solar Program  stands with Club President Dr.Kevin Kristick (right) during the weekly club program. Nick reported that South Carolina is the fastest growing solar market in our nation, ranking 35 the in the nation, and the residential sector is the fastest growing segment of the state -wide program. He reported that solar panels convert sunlight into clean, green DC electricity, which is then converted into usable AC electricity  at the home connection and is used to offset the Santee Cooper energy usage cost  while unused solar electricity is supplied back to the SC grid. He explained the residential lifetime warranted solar panels, the 30% federal income tax credit, the 25%  program rebates from Santee Cooper. For more details contact: . The  Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant located in the Carolina Forest- Kroger Mall. Visitors are cordially invited to attend and learn more about opportunities to leaf about our community and opportunities to serve our community in behalf of Rotary’s credo of ” service above self ” and enjoy a continental breakfast with those who choose to make a difference in the quality of life of our community.
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Aug 072016
exchange student arrival The Varn family recently welcomed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland at the Charleston International Airport. Manu (her nickname) will attend Bishop England High School this year as a senior. Thank you Scott and Laura Varn for hosting the first portion of her stay on Daniel Island, and for sharing this picture of her arrival in Charleston!
Jul 252016

To our loved members of the Rotary Club of Beaufort: We had a great time living in one of the most beautiful places that we have ever been, with people that showed us the generosity and politeness of the south. Sadly it is time for us to leave. We share great memories and a big part of our hearts shall remain in this country. It is hard for us to explain how grateful we are for this experience. We feel like as if we’ve been living in this town for years, like we were bor…n here. Seriously just look at us; we listen to country music and enjoy drinking Arnold Palmers sitting in a chair by the marsh. So THANK YOU Rotarians! Thanks to every single one of you we learned how to be ourselves and that shyness is just a stone in our shoe that will not let us walk forward. We have learned so much but mainly have had the chance of having family all around the world.

Sincerely thankful, Joelle Zingg & Dylan Gosling

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Jul 022016

Our Inbound Students had a blast on the 16th Annual Rotary Western Adventure for Rotary Exchange Inbound Students in the USA and Canada! It was a journey through the American West from California to the Great Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon. This trip was 15 days and 14 nights where a group of Rotary Youth Exchange students traveled all around together. It was their last trip together before they head back home to their country.

The Rotary Western Adventure features California Cities and the National Parks for Rotary Youth Exchange Students. The adventure consists of traveling to Phoenix, Hollywood CA, San Francisco, Vacaville, Virginia City, Twin Falls, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone National Park, Dead Horse Canyon State Park, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, and Meteor Crater. The students had a blast traveling with each other to the different cities.

Below is a picture of our Inbound Students on their Rotary Western Adventure! We have had a wonderful group of students this year.  They have become a big happy family that we will miss very much. We wish nothing but the best for their future!


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District 7770 Well Represented at the Rotary International Convention

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Jun 102016

District 7770 was well represented at the Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. Among the attendees, PRIVP Anne Matthews of the Columbia East Club is shown here with Alissa Lietzow, incoming President of the Charleston Club.


Swiss Exchange Student

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Jun 052016

Joelle Zingg the Rotary Club of Beaufort’s charming, teen age exchange student from Switzerland gave the club a lively overview of her country, her family and life in a quaint Alpine village, and her adventures as an exchange student. She summed up her experience with this memorable quote, “Exchange isn’t a year of your life it’s a life in a year.”

Swiss exchange student

Jun 042016

We would like to thank the Lexington Rotary Club for sponsoring Miriam Stutler. She will be packing her bags for her exchange in Switzerland for this upcoming year! Miriam is 16 years old and is from Columbia, South Carolina. In her free time, she likes to draw and cook.  Her favorite subjects are math and science, which will play a big part of her future career as an engineer.

Miriam attends Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, South Carolina. She was awarded a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship from the South Carolina’s Eastern District 7770! This scholarship covers room, board, and tuition as well as a monthly stipend. Miriam will attend a local high school in Switzerland in the small village of Zug, which is outside of Zurich.

There was an article written in the newspaper about Miriam’s upcoming Rotary Youth Exchange! You can check out the article at We are very proud of Miriam and can’t wait for her to start her exchange in Switzerland!


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