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.

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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.”

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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 http://coladaily.com/2016/05/20/brookland-cayce-student-packing-her-bags-for-year-long-exchange-program/. We are very proud of Miriam and can’t wait for her to start her exchange in Switzerland!

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Two Rotary Clubs Combine to Sponsor Coastal Carolina University Students as Global Scholars

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Jun 042016
 

A unique Global Grant Scholar Committee met at Coastal Carolina University to consider Coastal Carolina University  student candidates to be sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest Sunrise for Rotary International’s most prestigious scholarships.
Chaired by Dr.Darla Domke-Damonte, CCU Associate Provost for Global Initiatives, the joint committee of CCU faculty, staff and Rotarians are:( Left to Right)
Dr. Sherer Royce,Dr.Bob Squatriglia,, Ms. Gina Cummings,Gen.(Ret.)Bob Reed, Dr Domke-Damonte, Past RI Director David Michaux. Domke-Damonte and PDG Squatriglia are members of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Club, and Reed and Michaux are members of the Myrtle Beach Club. Royce and Domke-Damonte are CCU faculty members and Cummings is Director of the CCU Wall Fellows program.

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May 272016
 

Update from former scholar: Hi District 7770! I graduated from George Washington University in Washington, DC, on May 13-15 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. I am thankful for the diverse didactic and clinical experience afforded me over the past 24 months, an opportunity built atop my global public health and communication study through Rotary. I have accepted a job in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in NW and SE DC and look forward to serving the medical needs of children in the District. I also look forward to using my public health background to pursue research projects both in DC and globally through this position. I am so thankful to Rotary – my experience with Rotary has shaped my understanding of community health and health disparities, knowledge that will make me a better PA and clinician. I am thrilled and so very thankful. Special shout out to Lou Mello for being the best sponsor counselor ever and keeping me connected to Rotary since my return from Australia, 5 years ago! My time with Rotary continues to shape me in my personal and professional life. Thank you!

–Leslie Mosteller, Ambassadorial Scholar 2010-11 (MA in Health Communication at the University of Sydney)

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Rotary Club of Beaufort’s exchange student from Asuncion, Paraguay

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May 262016
 

Dylan Gosling-Caceres the Rotary Club of Beaufort’s exchange student from Asuncion, Paraguay gave the Club a most interesting presentation about his small, land-locked country. He talked about: the history of Paraguay; the terrible but little-known wars that continue to shape the nation; Paraguay’s cultural heritage; and legends of the pre-colonial indigenous Guarani people (from which he is descended). He even brought a sample of Tereré (Paraguayan tea)—the nation’s drink of choice. He then spoke of his experiences and travels as an exchange student which has proven to be quite a successful cultural transition for a young man who had never seen the ocean or traveled outside Paraguay except for a brief visit to Argentina.

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May 232016
 

PRIVP Anne Matthews, a member of the Polio Advocacy Task Force for the US, met in Washington, DC, last week with Congressional  supporters of our effort to eradicate Polio in the world. A reception was given to the Congressmen who  have worked with us in the effort. Senator Joe Wilson  was recognized several years ago as a Polio Champion by Rotary International. He is a Rotarian and attends the reception  yearly and speaks at the event. 

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May 022016
 

The Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise participated in the City Of Sumter’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Swan Lake in Sumter.  The club, in partnership with Central Carolina Technical College, displayed a portable water purification system similar to one that might be supported by Rotary in developing countries.  Sumter Sunrise Rotarians also sold raffle tickets for a 50qt Yeti Cooler which was donated by a club member to raise money for a literary project and coat closet drive to support a local Elementary School.

 

Pictured from left to right are Rotarians Meree McAlister, Mark Mossell, Kristin Hallal, Greg Harris and Penny Pratt.

 

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May 012016
 

We would like to thank the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club for sponsoring Josie Engleman. She is enjoying her exchange in France this year! Josie is 16 years old and is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She is having the time of her life in France. We want to thank Comminges (St-Gaudens-Luchon) Rotary Club for hosting Josie! Below is a letter from Josie explaining how much fun she is having in France:

Hello everyone,

 

My name is Josie Engelman and for my exchange I am living in France. It’s been about 7 1/2 months now in my host country and without a doubt, my life couldn’t be any better. Now that spring has come around and it’s warmer outside everyone is a lot happier. Our moods here in France really change with the weather. With all that being said, our high school year is about to finish up and that’s something really sad to think about. Right now I feel so close to my class in school, and I communicate well in my host language and my host Rotary club has been so excellent to me, and it’s difficult to think that that all has an expiration date. I would say that there have been so many good things this year but there are 3 or 4 things that really stand out in my mind.

 

Number one: I realized what I want to do with my life in terms of a job. My first choice would be to be an interpreter between French and English. My second choice would be to work in the hotel and restaurant business. So now I aspire to reach these two goals in my life and having an idea to work off of really helps!

 

Number two: I have crossed so many things off of my bucket list at the age of only 16. With the help of Rotarians and my host families I have seen so many incredible sights in Europe that I had only ever dreamed of seeing. I’ve visited prehistoric caves, I’ve seen some of the most important religious sights on Earth, skied on beautiful mountain tops, walked on medieval grounds and experienced so many crazy things that I thought I would never do. All of this has made me take a look at my life and really reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful opportunity.

 

Number three: I have learned the true meaning of friendship. Someone who is willing to take you in, knowing that it won’t be easy to communicate at first, but sticks with you still, can be considered a best friend. I just so happen to have stumbled across the right people in this world. My best friend Loanne took me in the first day of school and now I don’t know how I’ll be able to leave her. Our friendship has grown so much and it will be a hard day leaving this country. Below is a picture of my best friend, Loanne.

 

Well there’s just a short sum up of my life right now! I must say I can’t complain, life is good! Now I’ll be making the most of my time here with my school friends, exchange friends and host families.

Sincerely, your  friend

 

Josie Engleman

 

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