Coffee Tasting at Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library

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Jan 182017


On Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m., coffee lovers can learn

about the intricacies of coffee from Ranny Starnes and Liv McBryde of Dolce Vita, Downtown

Florence, who will discuss the fundamentals of brewing and tasting coffee. Coffees from two

different growing regions within Latin America and Africa, will be sampled and paired with food

that will enhance the different flavors of each region.

Dolce Vita is Italian for “sweet life” Owner Dr. John Keith opened Dolce Vita opened in the

fall of 2013 as a wine and chocolate tasting room, but now its menu includes: Belgium

Chocolates, specialty coffees – including their own roast, gourmet muffins, desserts, and wines.

This workshop is for adults age 18 and over and is sponsored 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 for more information. The

Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 South Dargan Street in Florence.

Jan 182017
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise inducted a new member at its last meeting.
Club custom always includes the member’s spouse as a guest at the  meaningful ceremony.
Shown in the photo above (left to right) are new member sponsor Carlos Scheer,
new inductee Ernie Turnes, Peggy Turnes, past district governor and new member inductor Bob Squatriglia. New Rotarian Turnes is the third new member sponsored by Scheer, a club record for the year. The Club meets each Wednesday at 7:00am at Beef
OBrady’s located in the Carolina Forest- Kroger Mall. Guests are always cordially welcome to enjoy breakfast while  learning about service opportunities in our community and region, consistent with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.
Jan 182017

On Thursday, Jan 26th the Spring Valley Rotary Club will “kick off” Rotary’s February Theme of Peace and Conflict Prevention by hosting a special Rotary speaker, Peter Kyle, who is the current Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. His full bio is attached.

Our club welcomes Rotarians from throughout the District to join us for lunch to hear Peter. We meet at Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road in Northeast Columbia at 1 pm.
For more information, please contact Programs Chair, Diane Junis at 803-873-0254 or by email at



Peter was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand and was then awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia in 1973. In 1992 he moved to Washington, DC to take up a senior position as an international attorney with the World Bank. He retired from the Bank 7 years ago. Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and has since served in a variety of leadership positions in Rotary Clubs in Manila, Auckland and Capitol Hill, (Washington, DC). He served as the Governor of District 7620 in 2013/14 and has chaired his District’s Alumni and Peace Fellowship Committees. At the international level he has chaired the RI Alumni Advisory Committee, served as the Co-Chair of the Rotary Foundation Alumni Celebration at the Bangkok Convention in 2012, chaired the Peace Symposium at the Sao Paulo Convention in 2015 and currently chairs the Rotary Peace Centers Committee. Peter has also served on various other RI and TRF committees and assignments. In 2010 he was honored with the RF Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award and he received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2015.

Jan 092017
Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Charter  President Bob White  ( left) stands with Past District Governor and club member Bob Squatriglia (right)  as they hold the national flag of Lithuania following Squatriglia’s talk on ” Two Heroic Women” describing the lives and accomplishments of two Lithuanian -born family members.  Squatriglia described the obstacles overcome  and the sacrifices made by two exceptional women in behalf of their family and the Lithuanian medical community.
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets each Wednesday at 7:00 am at
Beef OBrady’s located in the Carolina Forest – Kroger Mall. Guests are cordially invited to join us for breakfast and learn about community service opportunities and our community.
Dec 302016
Mac Burdette is the executive director of Patriots Point Development Authority.  He is responsible for the operation and management of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and for the development of almost 400 acres of property on the Charleston harbor.  Before assuming the duties of executive director at Patriots Point in 2010, Mr. Burdette served for 25 years as the city administrator for the Town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Mr. Burdette received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Clemson University.  He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a colonel in 2003.  During the Persian Gulf War, he served in Southwest Asia. A native of Simpsonville, SC, Mr. Burdette and his wife, Ann, currently reside in Mount Pleasant.
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