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.



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





Apr 282016
National Park Ranger Greg Cunningham briefed the Chapin Rotary Club on the organizations centennial campaign ( and also upcoming events at our Congaree National Park. This park protects over 26,000 acres of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest, the largest such area left in the United States.
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Apr 212016

District 7770 is very proud to announce that we will be sending 13 Long Term Outbounds and 1 Short Term Outbound to join over 8,000 students who will be participating in Rotary Youth Exchange for the school year 2016-17! Rotary Youth Exchange is an amazing program that changes so many young lives. We want to especially thank the Rotary Clubs for sponsoring the students while they are studying abroad: Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Mt. Pleasant, St. Andrews (Charleston), Charleston Breakfast, Sumter, Charleston, Lexington, and North Charleston Breakfast. Our students will be traveling to 10 different countries all around the world. Below is a picture of our Future Outbounds for the school year of 2016-17. We can’t wait to see how their journey studying abroad will change their life forever!


The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER addresses Georgetown Rotary

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Apr 162016
On Tuesday March 22, Emma Boyle, the Waccamaw Riverkeeper addressed the Club on the mission and current activities of the group. The mission of Winyah Rivers Foundation is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed.
In 2002, Winyah Rivers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization received a license from WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper is a full…-time, paid advocate for the Waccamaw River watershed and implements education and advocacy programs focused on this 1,640 square mile watershed in North and South Carolina. Through volunteers, the Riverkeeper observes water conditions throughout the watershed, and through online reporting, informs DEHEC, NOAA and other governmental and scientific agencies of its findings.
A very interesting topic!

Milena Urroz Exchange Student from Mount Pleasant Rotary Club

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Apr 082016

We would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club for sponsoring Milena Urroz. She is enjoying her exchange in Italy this year! Milena is 16 years old and is from Charleston, South Carolina. Milena loves playing the guitar. She has been playing the guitar since she was five years old. She also enjoys playing the clarinet as well. Milena has one goal and that is to become an agent for the FBI. She is having the time of her life in Italy. We want to thank Aquileia-Cervignano-Palmanova Rotary Club for hosting Milena! Below is a letter from Milena explaining how much fun she is having in Italy:

For the past seven months I have been living in Italy, apart from all my parents and friends back home. Before getting on the plane from Charleston to Venice my head was full of fear and questions. Questions like, “Will Italy accept me into their culture and traditions?”, “Will my host families open up to me and become like my real family?”, “Will I make friendships that will last throughout my life?” and the the scariest question was, “Can I do it? Can I be an exchange student for a year?” Seven months in and I have only had positive answers to these questions. I have melded into the Italian traditions as if I was Italian my whole life, the bond between my host families and I is unbreakable, I know for a fact that when I get on my plane to go back home and say “goodbye” to my friends that it won’t be the last time I see them, and the best realization I have made is that yeah, I can do it. I can be an exchange student for a year…..maybe even longer. The adventures that I have had here in Italy will stay with me forever, from getting off the plane at Venice and finding my host family, to my first walk around Venice, to going to my first club, to taking walks on the beach that remind me of home, to taking a trip to Naples, then to Verona, then switching host families and getting that new feel again. That feeling of being an outsider, but not in a bad way. Changing host families  has to be one of the best adventures I have had so far, not because I didn’t like my first host family ( I loved them), but because its like starting your exchange all over. Its a new beginning, and I am all for new beginnings. I now have about three months left. I try not to think about the departure and try to think about the present because anything can happen. About my friends, my school, my city, and my family. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped me get to where I am, and I want to give a special thanks to Vicki Tatum, Lou Mello and my parents for their support and care.


Thank you,


Milena Urroz





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