Nov 202017
 

Greetings again on behalf of the District Membership Team!  As the holidays approach and the end of the first half of the Rotary year approaches with them, it is appropriate that we take a look at where we are in terms of Membership growth.  Through the end of October we have shown an almost 1% gain in Membership so far since July 1st.  Congratulations!  Membership growth is not easily accomplished.  It takes dedication and commitment from every member. And, it takes courage (as Dabo says, and with apologies to you Gamecocks, Bring Your Own Guts) by the club leadership to keep this challenge in front of the club and to lead the change required to bring focus to this vital area of Rotary’s future.

As you may have heard, Membership growth is Rotary’s #1 Internal Priority.  As such it deserves the very best we can do to spread the influence of Rotary.  I’ve said before that if we could spread the influence of Rotary to all mankind, the world would finally know peace.  The only way we can spread that influence is one new member at a time.  The goal of the District 7770 Membership Event Grant is to aid your club in addressing this #1 Internal Priority.  I am attaching to this email a copy of the grant application.  Look it over.  It’s very simple.  And, if you will run, with commitment and courage, the strategies it is intended to support, you will absolutely grow your club!  How much more good can you do in your community with increased membership?  How many more new ideas can you get from people you may not even know yet?  How much more fun can you have at your social events?  What kind of leaders might you find?  And, lastly, how much more good can Rotary do in the world as new members become engaged by going or giving?

Yes, we have a 1% gain right now.  But, we cannot rest!  We need to make a concerted effort to push through to the end of this Rotary year if we are going to see the kind of success I know you can all achieve.  I can’t grow membership in your club.  Your Assistant Governor can’t grow membership in your club.  Your regional Membership Advocate can’t grow membership in your club.  Only you and your club members, with your leadership, can expand the influence of Rotary.  The rest of us will surely help where we can and if you invite us in to do so.  Remember these 10 powerful words – “If it is to be, it is up to me!”  If your club will be lead to membership growth this year, it is up to you.  Get your grant and let’s get going!!

Yours In Rotary Service,

Johnny Moore
District Governor Nominee
District Membership Chair

Human Affairs Lawyer Joins Capital Rotary

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Oct 192017
 

Lee Ann Rice (center) is welcomed as Capital Rotary’s newest member by sponsor Katherine Anderson and club president Blake DuBose.  Rice, a Greenville native, is the S.C. Human Affairs Commission’s general counsel.  She formerly practiced law in Myrtle Beach, where she was a Chicora Rotary member, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was 2011 Rookie Rotarian of the Year.  Rice is the mock trial team coach for Brookland Cayce High School and is a Women In Philanthropy member through United Way.  She’s also a candidate for the state government’s Certified Public Manager program, Class of 2019.  She attended Furman University and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.

Spring Valley Rotary Club inducted its first new member of this Rotary year

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Sep 192017
 

What a great way to kick off Membership Month. On Thursday, August 3rd the, Ann Thomason, sponsored by Doug Bridges. Ann works for Trident Solutions as an account lead/Sr IT recruiter. She’s active with her church, Junior League, suicide prevention awareness and animal rescue. Ann will fit right in because Rotary is all about Making A Difference. Thanks Doug for sponsoring a new member.

Sep 052017
 

District Governor September Message

 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story.  I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.

We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District.  Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year.  The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self.  This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process.  In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs.  Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.

Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus.  Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items.  During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year.  Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves.  Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month.  Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year.  She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.

By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness.  Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.

I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary C. Bradham
District Governor, 2017-18
District 7770
sgcb@earthlink.net

Rotary Club of Charleston Hits Goal of 20 New Members

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May 242017
 

We did it! We hit our goal of inducting 20 new members this Rotary year! Super grateful for our rockstar Membership Committee.

As a follow up to our March posting listing the 16 new members, here is a summary of the 2016-2017 newest members!

 

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Bo Crouch

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Thomas Giovanniello

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Peter LaMotte

And for a refresher of the 16 new members previously announced:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

16

Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

Conway Rotarian Honored with the Distinguished Service Award

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Apr 142017
 

Livingston presented Conway Rotary Distinguished Service Award

 

George Livingston was presented the Dr. Carl Busbee Distinguished Service Award  at a recent special meeting of the Conway Rotary Club.  Livingston is a Past President and an active member of the Conway Rotary Club.  Altman was selected by Steve Williams, the previous award winner.   (L-R Steve Williams and George Livingston.)

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Rotary Club of Charleston Inducts 16th New Member

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Mar 282017
 

The Rotary Club of Charleston is serious about membership. At today’s meeting, the last of March Membership Madness, we inducted the 16th new member – just this Rotary year! With another application pending and several more prospects, it’s possible to hit a year end (June 2017) goal of 20 new members.

 

Here’s a summary of our newest members:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

16

Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

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 262017
 
Felicia Maloney, executive director of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., joins Capital Rotary Club following induction ceremonies by president Tommy Gibbons.  Maloney, a Baltimore, MD native, is a Limestone College and S.C. Economic Development School graduate.  She formerly worked with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and with Columbia Housing Authority.  Maloney was named the Greater Community Relations Council “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Cooperative Ministries, Junior Achievement, City Year, Palmetto Health Foundation and Together We Can Read Initiative.  Gloria Saeed was her Rotary member sponsor. Felicia Maloney Columbia Capital Rotary
Mar 232017
 

Water and Sanitation

According to Water Missions International

842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.

Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation.  That’s 35% of the Global population.

Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.

District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water

Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project.  This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries.  I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.

Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.

The Rotary Club of  Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru.  The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post  “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC.  So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:

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Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water.  Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.

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Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.”    District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.

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