Jan 142019
 

The International Marathon Fellowship of Rotarians began in 2005 with a group of Rotarians coming together to run the Paris Marathon. In 2006 the Fellowship received it’s charter recognition and since that first run together in Paris, the group gathers once a year somewhere around the world to participate in a long distance running event together. Not only do they run together, but the Fellowship also makes an annual contribution to End Polio.

Rachel Cole, of the Summerville Evening Rotary Club, joined the Fellowship in 2015 as the Fellowship returned to Paris for the celebration of the 10th running event

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together. When joining the Fellowship, Rachel was the only participant from the United States and continues to be the only active member of the Fellowship since the Fellowship was in the States for the New York Marathon in 2008. While in Paris, Rachel was asked to serve as the US Representative for the Fellowship. Rachel also attended the International Conference in Atlanta, GA to help represent the Fellowship in the House of Friendship.

In 2018 the group met in Queenstown, New Zealand for the marathon in November. The group participated in the marathon, half marathon, and 10k runs. The travel destination was much further for the majority of Fellowship members, as most are located in Europe, so the annual turnout was a bit smaller than when in European countries. But, that didn’t stop the group from having wonderful time! Thanks to the gathering in 2018 the Fellowship is able to donate around $1,700 to the End Polio Fund, a great achievement for the smaller group of around 35 people that gathered this year.

Those participating in the full marathon gathering before the run in New Zealand.

While in New Zealand, Rachel was inducted as the President Elect for the Fellowship. Rachel is the first woman President Elect and the first US Representative to hold a board position for the Fellowship. This presents an exciting opportunity for Rotarian runners in the States as Rachel will be focusing on increasing US membership and possibly bringing a run to the US for the Fellowship in the next 2 to 4 years.

In the meantime, Rachel will be training to join the group again in 2019. This year’s event will be in August and they will meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for the marathon. The week prior to the run many of the members will enjoy a weeklong tour together around the country. It’s a great time for Rotarian Fellowship and Fun! The Fellowship is open to all Rotarians for a lifetime membership fee of 100 Euros. You can find out more about the Fellowship by visiting www.rotarianrun.org or by reaching out to Rachel at rachel@smoothsailingevents.com.

 

Feb 062018
 

Does you club exchange club trading banners? The Summerville Evening Rotary Club does and when members travel or when Rotarians from around the world visit our club, we trade banners. It is a great way to share club information with other clubs and other districts. Here is Keith Alder (L) from Roswell Pecos Valley New Mexico club exchanging banners with club President Thomas Taylor (R). Roswell Pecos Valley is home to the UFO Museum and Area 57 where aliens crashed their UFO and were taken into custody by the federal government, never to be seen again. Mr. Alder thought some members of his club could be linked to those aliens but has not been able to confirm it. Any case, we love getting banners from around the world and hearing their stories. #SECRotary

 

Oct 082017
 

District 7770 is very proud to announce that we will be sending 16 Long Term Outbounds to join over 8,000 students who will be participating in Rotary Youth Exchange for the school year 2017-18! 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: Beaufort, Charleston Breakfast, Daniel Island, East Cooper Breakfast, Hilton Head Island, Lowcountry Beaufort, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews (Charleston), Summerville and Summerville Evening. Our students will be traveling to 11 different countries all around the world. Below is a picture of our Current Outbounds for the school year of 2017-18. We can’t wait to see how their journey studying abroad will change their life forever!

 

Mar 262017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons welcomes University of South Carolina senior Arianna Miskin to a recent club breakfast meeting.  Miskin hopes to qualify for a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship to attend University College of London and earn a master’s degree in pediatrics and child health.  Successful Global Grant scholars may be funded for graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  Miskin, a Brooklyn, NY native, earned two USC Honors College research grants and has been active in student government, homeless outreach, homecoming and numerous other campus activities.  She’s also been a volunteer for medical programs and afterschool child care during her collegiate career. Arianna Miskin Columbia Capital Rotary        
Mar 222017
 

It was “Ladies Day” at Spring Valley Rotary last week, when we inducted three new members, Brenda Milton, sponsored by Martie McParland and Patsy Brewer, Gwen Rawls, sponsored by Paula Matthews and Gina Pollack, sponsored by Stevie Johnson. Our club continues to have the highest percentage of women Rotarians in our District, just one of the many ways we are a diverse Rotary Club. Thanks to these members for sponsoring new members.

 

Brenda Milton is a retired Media Specialist in Richland District One with 31 years of service in the Army Reserves. She currently  volunteers with Richland School Districts 1 and 2, serving as a mentor to students and assisting teachers in the class room. Gina Pollack is First Citizens Bank Branch Manager and is new to Columbia as of September of 2015, relocating from Massachusetts. Gwen Rawls is the owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique in Trenholm Plaza.
Welcome to our newest Spring Valley Rotarians.

 

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Mar 222017
 
Ms. Carla Schuessler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, was the guest speaker at the March 15 meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. In her talk she explained the work of the local Habitat, including how the organization works with individuals and families to purchase a home with an interest-free mortgage. The  process includes the selection of those who qualify, financial education and training in many areas to help ensure that the new home owner(s) will be successful.
More information on Habitat for Humanity, including volunteer opportunities, can be found at HabitatMB.org or by contacting Ms. Schuessler at (843) 650-8815 or Carla@habitatmb.org.
Breakfast meetings of The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Beef O’Brady’s in the Carolina Forest shopping center where Krogers is located. Guests are always welcomed. For more information visit CarolinaForestRotary.org or call (843) 903-1223.
Rotary’s motto is “Service Before Self”
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Mar 222017
 

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner welcomes the following speakers for the remaining meetings in March:

 

March 16th : David McNair and Stephanie Mangini – Volvo

March 23rd : Greg Cook, Banks Construction – Nexton Interchange

March 30th : Clint Eisenhauer, Senior VP – South Carolina Ports Authority

 

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the 2nd Annual Taste of Berkeley Wine Tasting at the Old Santee Canal Park, Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 7:00pm.   Tickets are on sale now for $25 per person.  Please contact Julie Metts at  julie.metts@santeecooper.com if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

 

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner meets each Thursday at 12:30pm at Gilligan’s Restaurant in Moncks Corner.

Mar 222017
 

Poetry Night at the Florence Library

 

February 27, 2017 (Florence, SC) – The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host “Poetry Night at the Library” on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Local poet and former Florence County Library employee, Gloria D. Wilson, will be hosting this fun evening where you can express yourself along with fellow poetically inclined folks. Attendees can bring one poem or one page of poetry to share, or if they don’t have a poem to share, they are welcome to come anyway and support Florence’s poets.

This workshop is for adults 18 and over and is made possible by Friends of Florence County Library. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. Call the Reference Desk at 843-413-7074 to register or visit www.florencelibrary.org for more information.  The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.

Mar 132017
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise guest speaker-member- Bob Squatriglia (right) appears above with current Club president Kevin Kristick (left) and Club president-elect (2017-18) Elizabeth Howland (center) at a recent meeting. Squatriglia’s club valedictory (he and Betty are relocating to Fort Mill,SC this month) was in three parts: ” Why I am a Rotarian”, “How I came to Conway  and Coastal Carolina University”,” Making CCU a Better Place”.He served as Rotary International District 7770 Governor in 1987-88, is Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs at CCU, and was in that position and also consultant , 1977-2010. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets at 7:00 am every Wednesday at Beef Obradys, Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning about our community and opportunities to serve others consistent with the Rotary motto : “Service Above Self”.

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Mar 132017
 

Women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Beaufort pose for a group photo to commemorate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The guest speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting on Lady’s Island was Chelsea Roland (back row, 3rd from left), a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student, who continued her education at the College of Charleston, then graduate studies in Vancouver, British Columbia through the Rotary Funded Studies Program.

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