Pictured: Jason White, Crooked Creek Park Director, Kristen DeGoursey, RCC Facilitator, Marsha Clayman, Club President, Chip Huggins, honorable House of Rep. District 85
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
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:
Ralph Jones photo
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
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!