Mar 062017
 
Each month, volunteers from the North Charleston Rotary Club assist the Lowcountry Food Bank. Through this community service project, club members help package the bulk food supplies for distribution to those in need.
We were excited to participate in the 2017 Rotary Has Heart program as we celebrated Valentine’s Day while helping the Food Bank’s effort to fight hunger in our community.
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(Pictured l-r: Ike Ryba, Ed Weiss, Jim Gooden, Jim Beltz (Club President), Kevin Isaac, Elizabeth Goodwin, and P.J. Johnson)
Mar 012017
 
At the annual club assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments for 2016-17, president Dr. Tommy Gibbons highlighted the many accomplishments our club has celebrated: Our club is doing a great job again this year as usual. As we have for many years, we participate in Meals on Wheels, an annual Red Cross Blood Drive, an annual dictionary distribution project, Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust (CART), Polio Plus, Harvest Hope Food Bank, college scholarship fundraiser, excellent speakers, Fifth Wednesdays, and Club Socials. The Christmas social at Jay Von Kolnitz’s home is always special and the social we had at Spirit Communication Park was fun as well (Thanks Abby Naas!) We “adopted” the Pempleton family for Christmas gifts and will be helping them get their house back in order after the flooding. We will be volunteering to help thru the Saint Bernard Project. The project officially starts February 25, 2017. We contributed $500 to an international project this past fall. The money went towards an ophthalmic laser (mobile) for the Vincent Pescatore Clinic in Guatemala. Catherine Glen is a Global Grant Scholar for 2016-2017 that we sponsored. The 2011 University of South Carolina graduate taught special education students in rural Japan for the past three years. Her Rotary Global Grant scholarship funds a year of graduate study at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, hosted by the Rotary Club of Belfast. Glen is seeking a master’s degree in the psychology of childhood adversity. She formerly worked with youth in treatment for substance abuse and mood disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina and was a Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer. We are a 100% Sustaining Member club. We currently have 57 members (58 July 1, 2016). Through December, 2016 our club members have contributed $5,303 to the Rotary International General Fund, plus $2,051 to Polio Plus, for a total of $7,359. We have exceeded our Polio Plus annual goal of $1,500.  We currently have 55 members who have earned at least one Paul Harris Fellow status, 41 PH Benefactors (including the PH fund in your will for $1,000), 4 Bequest Society Members ($10,000 upon death), and 4 Major Donors (> $ 10,000). Our club provided a $1,000 donation to District 6840 for flood assistance in Louisiana as well as $585 from individual members. Our club raised $2,100 at our Lake Murray Fishing event and $18,722 through our wreath project for our college scholarship fund. This fund provides a Richland County high school graduate $5000 a year up to 4 years for their college tuition. We select a new recipient each year. Today our club voted to approve the 2017-2018 officers and directors. Additionally we approved the revised Constitution and Bylaws. Notable speakers at our meetings thus far this year include Ray Tanner, Mark Hammond, Pamela Lackey and Ms. Columbia Suzi Roberts. Our 5th Wednesdays are offsite from our club and are always educational and interesting. We had 56 club members participate in distributing 936 dictionaries to third graders in 14 schools (Richland 1 and Lexington 1). This was a great community service project. Our Club PR-Media efforts from July 2016 – February 2017:
  • Total amount of new items/photos sent to media – 19
  • Breakdown of new items/photos by subject:
    • New members added to club – 2 releases
    • Reports of member accomplishments or donations to Foundation – 7 releases
    • Report of club community activities/service to others – 5 releases
    • Distinguished visitor at club meetings – 5
Our club is in great financial shape with over a quarter of a million dollars in equity. 16992037_1191139294339997_100185344633783012_o
Feb 232017
 

Last week, our club enjoyed hearing from Brian J. Roney, Berkeley County School District Coordinator Health Ed., Phys. Ed., Athletics.  We also installed Ms. Jennie Cumbie Green as our newest member.  Standing with Ms. Green is Club President Kimberly Nolte and sponsor Byron Rodgers.  (Photo attached)

This week’s speaker is Darrin Goss, President & CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation.

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

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Feb 232017
 

The St. George Rotary Club is pleased to announce its new officers for the 2017-18 year:

President: Andrew Gentry
President-elect: Police Chief Brett Camp
Secretary: Cathy Byron
Treasurer: Jean Clayton
Foundation Chair: Butch Byron
Membership Chair: Susan Walters
The Club is also proud to welcome new member Maggie Bryant. Maggie is our first corporate member! She is already very active in our club.
We also recognized member Susan Walters as a first time Paul Harris Fellow! Susan is new to the club this year and has already stepped up to be a Paul Harris Fellow! (Pictured is Susan Walters getting “pinned” by our Foundation Chair and Area Assistant Governor Butch Byron).
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Feb 232017
 

Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Making a difference in our Community

 

Great thing are happening at the Cayce West Columbia Rotary Club from honoring and recognizing our wonderful students of the months, to our yard sale for students scholarships, to our stuffed animals’ donations to Happy Wheels and purchasing brand new shoes this past Saturday for 3rd and 4th graders with our Happy Feet project!  Service above self while making a difference in our community. Join us one Tuesday and see what all the fun is about!

                       Cayce West Columbia Rotary

                        Brookland Baptist Church Banquet & Conference Center

1066 Sunset Blvd.

West Columbia, SC 29169

Meets Tuesdays at Lunch 1:00pm -2:00pm

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Feb 152017
 

Bruce Clemens, an active Rotarian in Guatemala who now lives in Bluffton, spoke to the Bluffton Rotary Club about his current project in San Lucas, Guatemala, through his company Agua del Pueblo, which was formed in 1972. The peoples of San Lucas on the edge of Lake Atitlan have no sewer system and are using polluted waters of the lake as their drinking water source. The project is working to pull water from the deepest area, where the water is not affected by pollution to provide the town with a clean source. Working with Rotary Clubs and Rotary International grants to finance this project and provide education to the people of Guatemala is a major focus for Bruce and his company. Bruce regularly travels to Guatemala with students researching Global Sustainability. For more information contact Bruce at bruce.wayne.clemens@gmail.com or check this link:http://www.aguadelpueblo.org/

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Feb 152017
 

News Release: Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

Celebrates 50 Years of Community

Service

Date: February 5, 2017

For Release: February 9, 2017

For Further Information, Contact: Robert Oetjen (843) 689-1384

Hilton Head Island, SC. . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island celebrated its 50 th anniversary last evening with a gala at the Sonesta Resort. Chartered in 1967, the Club is part of Rotary International, an

organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard, and build peace and goodwill in the world. The Hilton Head club has played a major role in the development of the Town. Among its most recognized local achievements are:

  • Initiating the Island Rec Center;
  •  Building a permanent home for Deep Well;
  •  Expanding the Memory Matters facility;
  •  Providing more than $400,00 0 in college scholarships to local students;
  •  Recognizing annually student scholars, teachers, and public service officers;
  •  Implementing Safety Town for island children;
  •  Establishing the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame at Honey Horn;
  •  Providing informational kiosks along the island’s bicycle paths;
  •  40 years of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army;
  •  25 years of volunteering for the Heritage Golf Tournament: and
  •  Broadening community service by giving birth to four other Rotaryclubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

As an active member of Rotary International, the Club has:

  • Provided more than $165,000 to support eradication of polio worldwide;
  •  Established the Gift of Life program to provide on Hilton Head life- changing reconstructive surgery to youth from underdeveloped counties;
  •  Sponsored student and professional exchange programs worldwide; and
  •  Sponsored safe water, disaster relief, medical, dental and mental
  • heath programs on four continents.

In recognition of its service, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Community Organization of the Year Award in on three occasions. At last evening’s gala event, the Club

was presented proclamations of commendation from Mayor David Bennett and Congressman Mark Sanford.

 

As a 50 th anniversary gift to the community, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head island has developed a series of 50 attractive commemorative panels to be installed along the Island’s many miles of leisure paths. These panels will provide residents and visitors brief “factoids” on Hilton Head’s cultural heritage and natural history, as well as identify local points of interest

 

The Club’s 155 members are committed to continuing service here and abroad. Anyone interested in pursuing membership is invited to check out the Club’s website at www.hiltonheadrotary.org or to call the office at (843) 686-4100. The Club meets every Thursday at 12:30 pm at the Sea Pines country Club.

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