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

Dylan & Joelle-2


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!


Rotary Western Trip (1)

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 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!


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.


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)



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.

Dylan presentation

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. 

Sen Joe Wilson


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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