Apr 072016

Here is the latest blog post by one of our Ambassadorial Global Scholars, David Wolfer. David is attending the University of Cape Town, South Africa.


Here is the latest blog post by one of our Ambassadorial Global Scholars, Emily Williams. Emily is attending the University of Juan Carlos III in Madrid, Spain.



Apr 042016

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that member Brian Julius has been awarded Rotary International’s distinguished Service Above Self Award. This award is given annually to only 100 persons from Rotary International’s membership of 1.2 million worldwide. Julius was recognized for his innovative “Speaking Books” program to carry the messages of polio eradication and healthy living to illiterate populations of the world. To date, Julius has produced more than 60 educational books in 30+ languages on such topics as maternal child health, immunizations, hand washing, HIV, suicide prevention and teaching literacy. By simply pressing a button to the corresponding illustrated page, users are able to listen to the messages recorded in their own languages. Rotary International’s PolioPlus Program to eradicate polio became a new focus for “Speaking Books” in 2014. Working with Rotary, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Julius began targeting Pakistan and Nigeria, the only two countries where polio still existed. Community workers and health professionals use the books to educate families on the steps to prevent polio and to dispel the fear of necessary immunizations. These books have become an important tool in Rotary International’s efforts toward eradicating polio worldwide. The Service Above Self Award was made to Brian Julius at the annual Rotary District 7770 Conference in Columbia last week.  Brian Julius, Rotary International’s 2016 Service Above Self Award recipient, with Nancy Moody, District 7770 Conference Chair and Past District Governor.


Thanks to the Lexington Rotary Club for sponsoring Charly Von der Wense, an exchange student from Germany!

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Mar 312016

Thanks to the Lexington Rotary Club for sponsoring Charly Von der Wense, an exchange student from Germany! Charly is 16 years old and is from Hannover, Germany. She loves riding horses, shopping and photography. Charly has been playing the flute for 8 years now. She currently attends River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.

Both the Rotary Club of Lexington and our Rotary Youth Exchange student Charly von Der Wense were thrilled to have her parents Christine and Georg from Hanover, Germany at a morning’s breakfast meeting!  Charly is pictured with her parents and her two sets of South Carolina host parents, Eric and Allison Ford and Lynne and Billy Rauton.



Mar 302016
The Rotary Club of Daniel Island recognized and thanked member Uula Torttila who is returning soon to his home country of Finland. Uula has been in the United States on work assignment for the past two years and has been an active member of the Daniel Island Club. The Club, also known as the Duck Race Club, presented Uula with a yellow duck signed, with good wishes, by all club members. Uula will rejoin his home Rotary Club in Finland. #Rotary #Rotary7770 #DanielIsland
Mar 252016

Dear fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to Seoul, the site of the 107th Rotary International Convention. Celebrate with us the joy of bringing the work of Rotary into our communities to Be a Gift to the World. The convention is a great way to experience what it truly means to be a part of Rotary. You will not only be inspired by fascinating speakers and productive breakout sessions, but also have an excellent opportunity to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world. You will experience firsthand the vibrant city of Seoul, as well as exchange ideas, build your skill set, and have fun.

The House of Friendship also provides a space where you can connect with different cultures and clubs. As a city with a long, rich history and the latest amenities, Seoul is the ideal location for a Rotary convention and a delightful travel destination to explore. It is both the capital and largest metropolis in Korea as well as home to an expansive number of parks, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants that showcase Korea’s rich culinary tradition.

Stop by any street vendor throughout the city to try traditional snacks like tteokbokki, gimbap, or Korean barbeque. Visit the now-famous Gangnam district, made popular by K-pop recording artist Psy. Explore COEX Mall, one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia, filled with everything from trinkets to high-tech devices. Visit Dongdaemun Market, open 24 hours a day, for a wide variety of goods, including silks and fabrics. While the convention will offer its own social activities and events, be sure to visit Lotte World Adventure, an entertainment complex that is home to the world’s second-largest indoor theme park and an outdoor amusement park. Both feature family friendly stage shows and attractions. Shopping malls, movie theaters, and the Korean Folk Museum can be found a short monorail ride away, making it a wonderful family vacation experience. Before becoming president of Rotary International, I had the pleasure to attend 25 Rotary conventions. Each convention has its own flavor and has always been an enriching experience. I took advantage of the ability to meet and get to know my fellow Rotarians. I recall having conversations with club members from all over the world, on the buses and trains, in the House of Friendship, and in the main meeting halls. These are folks who I otherwise never would have had the chance to meet. In fact, while in Seoul, I will look forward to meeting you as well. Vanathy and I invite you to join us and your fellow Rotarians as we see the sights, discover what it’s like to be a citizen of the world, and learn how we can continue to Be a Gift to the World.


K.R. Ravindran

Rotary International President, 2015-16

Mar 222016
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. Consider these facts: If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
  1. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  2. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
Mar 182016

Here are the Blogs of our two Rotary Ambassadorial Global Scholars. Emily started in late August and David started in January.

Emily Williams in Madrid, Spain at the University of Juan Carlos


David Wolfer in Cape Town, South Africa at the University of Cape Town



Mar 172016

Here is a link to a short video of a TV News program in Japan featuring Catherin Glen in her role as a Special Needs English teacher to children in Japan. The video is in mostly Japanese with some English and you can see the passion that Catherine brings to her position with these children.

Catherine will be attending Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland in the 2016-17 Rotary year as a District 7770 Ambassadorial Global Scholar.

Here is a link to the video:



Here is a Translation of the video:

UTY Report Translation

[Ikumi Otagiri]

Today’s special issue, we will report about this woman here who has a nice smile.
This woman is an English teacher who teaches students with disability.
She puts her heart into Special Needs Education…


[Band performance]

Students are enjoying music and dancing alone with the music.
This is a music event at AKEBONO special needs school in Nirasaki city earlier this month.
This event, The US air force band was invited by this American woman’s effort…


The students are very curious and really want to learn about the world. However, they often do not have a chance to explore other cultures. By bringing the band to Akebono, students have a chance to interact and learn about other cultures.

[Ikumi Otagiri]
Miss Catherine Glen, 27 years old.
She was born in South Carolina, USA.
Now, She is a ALT and has lived in Yamanashi for two and half years.

In Yamanashi, there are 29 ALTs. Generally ALT teach in one high school.

However, Catherine teachs at many special needs schools, AKEBONO, KAEDE, Tokadai, Yamabiko, and the Cosumosu schools.

I feel very honored to teach at the special needs schools. It’s the most enjoyable job
I’ve ever had. The students work hard every day and the teachers are really excellent.

[Ikumi Otagiri]
Catherine says that while growing up she received a lot of support from my teachers at school and hopes to support her students in the same way.
Now she researches about Special Needs Education and does Advocacy for disability. She has given lectures on this subject.

Two years ago, When she met AKIE ABE Prime Minister ABE’s wife,
she approached Mrs. Abe about continuing efforts for Special Needs Education.

[Lesson at TOKADAI]

This was a lesson at TOKADAI in Fuehuki city.
That day, she explained Valentine’s Day in America and about how men give presents to women.
Then, she explained the lesson topic about directions and they practiced the topic using an interesting and interactive game.

[student 1]
She teach us English and culture in detail. It’s so fun!

[student 2]
She make us feel better!

[student 3]
She is so friendly. We enjoy her lesson.

[Catherine]  Every student works hard and puts a lot of effort into class. When they learn something new, they smile with pride. When I see this smile, it makes me very happy.

[Ikumi Otagiri]
Miss Catherine said that in America, many students with disability go to mainstream schools.

They are given necessary supports at there.
Educational system is different between Japan and USA.
It’s a difficult to know which is better. Ms. Catherine feels there are few opportunities to know about disability in Japan.

First, I hope more people in japan learn about special needs and about all of the talent that individual with special needs have.
Second, Japan is recently starting to have special needs classes in mainstream schools.
I hope in the future to see more special needs classes in main stream schools in Japan.
And third, I hope that students with special needs in Japan can have more opportunities to go to university and choose from a wide range of careers.

[Ikumi Otagiri]
Miss Catherine is taking care in her interaction of students.
Her enthusiasm for Special Needs Education makes students to be interested not only in English but also in a larger world…

[Ikumi Otagiri]
Miss Catherine started researching about Special Needs in USA.
She came to Yamanash, Japan and fortunately met her students at special needs schools.
I was impressive her lesson with love and a warm heart for students.
She said, in America, people with disability live lively.
I think we should learn about disability in Japan.



Mar 042016

February is Rotary World Understanding Month! This month identifies and celebrates that world understanding crosses all religious, political and geographical boundaries. Rotary International has spread this message all around the world! This has been acted out through kindness, compassion, fellowship and most importantly “Service above Self.”

We have 16 Inbound and Outbound Students that have traveled to and from 13 different countries around the world. Each of our students has spread this message through act of kindness and compassion. Our students better understand the world by just living in it. They are learning new cultures and making lifetime friends from all around the world.

McKenna Hardy is enjoying her exchange in Japan this year! She has made a lot of friends and is loving life in Japan. Below is a picture of “The Gang” which includes: 3 Thailand students, 3 Taiwanese students, and one American (McKenna Hardy).  We want to thank Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club for sponsoring McKenna. She is 16 years old and is from Charleston, South Carolina. McKenna is most dedicated to figure skating; she started this hobby when she was 9 years old. We would like to thank Terryn Patterson who is McKenna’s Rotary Youth Exchange Officer. She has helped McKenna along the way to make her dream come true to be able to travel to Japan. Below is a picture of McKenna in Japan exchanging banners with the Club President. We want to thank Hachinohe-North Rotary Club for hosting her in Japan! If your club is interested in sponsoring an exchange student like McKenna, please contact Allison Ford at allisonh@burkettcpas.com or Vicki Tatum at dentistt63@gmail.com.

McKenna Hardy in Japan with The Gang 3 Thailand Students, 3 Taiwanese and the American (me)

My first Rotary meeting back in August, I am exchanging banners with the Club President

Mar 022016
Our speaker at our meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd was Ms. Michela Schildts from the St. Bernard Project. The St. Bernard Project has been instrumental in rebuilding New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.  They have now brought their efforts to the Midlands and they have partnered with a number of Rotary clubs in the area to help those in South Carolina who were affected by the October floods.   Michela was a teacher and trainer with the Peace Corps for several years. Prior to that, Machela attended and graduated from the University of Florida. For more information about the St. Bernard Project, please visit http://www.stbernardproject.org 1423948085
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