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
 

Chelsea Roland, a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student addressed the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its March 8th meeting.  Chelsea spent her senior year of high school in Belgium, then attended the College of Charleston before being accepted as a Rotary Ambassador Global Scholar and attending graduate school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

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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
 

The Rotary Has Heart Project for the St. George Rotary Club is our ongoing backpack buddies program. We pick up food from the Lowcountry Food Bank once a month and deliver that to the individual Interact Clubs (we support 2 Interact clubs). Dorchester Academy has 35 students in its interact club. They usually have 10-12 students that help unload the food and then the juniors (12 students) pack the bags. They pack about 500 bags and deliver them to Williams Memorial Elementary School each month. The administrator there hands out about 125 bags every Friday to the underprivileged students each week so that they will have something substantial to eat over the weekend.

Woodland High School has 50 students in its interact club. They do the same thing as DA but they deliver to Harleyville Elementary School.  They have about 25 regulars that help (rotating from month to month). They pack and deliver 375 bags each month and their administrator hands out about 95 bags each Friday afternoon.
So, in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank, we provide 875 backpacks each month so that underprivileged kids in our area are guaranteed to have something to eat on the weekends!
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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 222017
 

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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Mar 172017
 
Capital Rotarian Bill Beers (left) is congratulated by club president Tommy Gibbons as the latest member to join the ranks of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Harris Fellows receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  Gifts to the Rotary Foundation help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace.  Beers’ donation was assisted by David Boucher, the club’s chairman for Foundation giving. Bill Beers - PH Fellow
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