Capital Rotary members put in a solid hour of community service Feb. 21 when they volunteered at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road headquarters in Columbia. Rotarians sorted and stocked 1,363 pounds of bakery items; bagged 611 pounds of snacks and 1,714 pounds of produce; and bagged and stocked 443 pounds of dairy goods – all destined for the Emergency Food Pantry. Harvest Hope, begun in 1981, works to meet the needs of hungry people in 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina. Food Bank executive director Denise Holland is a Capital Rotary member. In photo, club members on work detail are (from left) Ione Cockrell, Trey Boone, Frank Rutkowski, Ben Carlton and Ann Elliott.
Congratulations to the members of the Rotary Club of Georgetown for becoming a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club and an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club. Asst. District Governor George Chastain presented Past President Bill Crowther and Rotary Foundation Chair, Alan Walters, with a banner representing the personal contribution of $100 by every member of the club to the Annual Fund during the 2016-17 Rotary year.
Also presented at this meeting was the E.R.E.Y. (Every Rotarian, Every Year) Award for each member donating at least $100 annually to the Annual Programs Fund.
In addition to these awards, the Club was also presented with a certificate of appreciate for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign during the 2016-17 Rotary year.
The Georgetown Rotary Club has received these awards each year for a number of years and the club members continue to put forth efforts to maintain 100% club participation.
Rotary Club of Cheraw on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
We began the meeting with Paul Allen Ten Star Rotarian awards being presented by District 7770 Assistant Governor Cynthia Hulon to Rotarian Gregory Sanderson who is a club past president and current sergeant-at-arms. The second honoree was Sherrie Chapman who is a past club president, current membership chair and assistant governor, effective July 1. The last honoree was Club President Hough who will become Club Foundation Chair on July 1.
The Ten Star Rotarian Program recognizes individual Rotarians for service to their club and Rotary. Upon completing an “Inventory of Service” and earning at least 110 points in leadership and service activities, a Rotarian receives the 10 Star emblem which is worn behind the Rotary pin. Points are cumulative and may be earned by service in multiple clubs. The program is endorsed by Rotary International and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Five Points.
AG Hulon also presented two 2016-2017 banners to the club for attaining Every Rotarian Every Year and 100% and 100% Foundation Giving Club.
After introducing Chesterfield Council Members John Bittle and Jay Oliver, and Chesterfield Fire Chief Michael White, President Hough invited them to come forward for a presentation. Fire Chief White, who has been with the Chesterfield fire department for 45 years, was presented with the Rotary Club of Cheraw Vocational Service Award for distinguished service in the community and dedication to advancing high ethical standards in the work place.
From Tuesday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 22, Fire Chief White coordinated the efforts of at least 100 firefighters from nine departments who responded to the downtown Chesterfield 4-alarm fire that destroyed two businesses, Chesterfield Drug Store and Pink Door, and damaged several nearby businesses that are housed in the historic town.
The second part of our vocational project was a panel comprised of our members who gave ideas about Vocational Service programs and how they can be an important part of our club’s services to its community. Each of the panel members spoke about his/her unique skills and how s/he can address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests.
Pictured are Johnny Weaver,the speaker, Chicora President Blakely Roof, and Tom Leath,sponsor. Johnny Weaver spoke about the wooden boat show that was going on in Litchfield and in Georgetown. This has been a tradition for the last 28 years, and is growing each year. He is also a spokesperson for the South Carolina Maritime Museum in Georgetown. It is a culturally rich tradition which affords the public the opportunity to see wooden boats being built. He stated that the admission to the museum was free. The Chicora Rotary of Myrtle Beach very much enjoyed the presentation made by a fellow Rotarian from Bennettsville
As Congaree Riverkeeper for the last six years, Bill Stangler works in the Midlands to protect the environmental quality of three different rivers and their tributaries because “water is a common good,” as he explained at Capital Rotary’s Feb. 14 meeting. Stangler (pictured with Rotarian Ann Elliott) is a former outdoors guide who studied ecology and river science at the University of South Carolina. He now monitors water, wildlife habitat and recreation conditions on the Congaree, Lower Saluda and Lower Broad Rivers – including 90 miles of river, 2,000 miles of streams and five different counties in the watershed. Stangler said preserving “our rights to our rivers” involves (1) outreach and education about issues facing rivers; (2) advocacy work and voluntary cleanups, plus water quality sampling; and (3) suing to enforce environmental laws when regulatory agencies fail to do the job. Congaree Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization, one of six in South Carolina affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect rivers and coasts all over the world. One of Rotary International’s areas of focus is support for local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene to more people every day.
The Spring Valley Rotary Club recognized it’s newest Bequest Society member on January 25, Martie McParland. Martie’s gift through her estate was made in honor of her being a third generation Rotarion, following in the footsteps of her father and her grandfather. Foundation committee member Brian Dunphy presented her with her “Rotary bling” and her sisters Ann and Beth joined her for this recognition. This is the third new Level 1 Bequest Society member that the Spring Valley Club has honored this club year, in addition to also recruiting four new Rotary Benefactors.
On January 8th, District Governor Gary Bradham was the first Rotary Reader at the Children’s Center for our new Rotary Readers Program. We presented the first book in the Caldecott Award winning collection we purchased to Center Director Jody Levitt. Governor Gary charmed the children with his enthusiastic reading and interpretation of the illustrations. He was a hit with the children!
he Rotary Club of Georgetown will host the 12th Annual Shag Festival on April 21, 2018. The event will be held on King Street in Georgetown, SC from 7 pm – 11 pm and tickets are on sale now.
Heart n’ Soul will be providing the music and free shag lessons will be offered with a paid admission beginning at 6 pm. Last year’s event raised over $40,000 including $37,000 donated to Alzheimer’s Research with the remaining going to charities throughout Georgetown County. This year’s event is expected to be larger than ever. All proceeds from the event will go towards Alzheimer’s Research, local/international Rotary projects including Polio eradication, water sanitation in Peru, the Dictionary Program and Project Happy Feet, as well as other local charities.
“This is our 12th year hosting the Shag Festival and every year we’ve not only accomplished our fundraising goals, but continued to increase participation. This event is a wonderful family-friendly event and we invite all who wish to attend. Not only is the event an opportunity to bring the community together for common good, but it allows Rotary to give back to the programs in our community,” says Angie Kohl, Public Image Director of the Georgetown Rotary Club.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Shag Festival page at www.georgetownrotaryclub.org or by calling 843-843-325-4706. Event anchor sponsors include 3V SIGMA USA and Coastal Chevrolet. At this time, other sponsors include Tidelands Health and Georgetown Auto Glass.
The Florence Breakfast Club Rotary spent Saturday at All 4 Autism. The day consisted of members building desks, tables, assembling chairs and installing computers, network equipment and a large screen TV for the children at All 4 Autism. This was project was funded by the Florence Breakfast Club’s annual fundraiser with assistance from our Rotary grant. A good time was had by all and the folks at All 4 Autism were excited about their new computer lab.
At a mid-year assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments to date in the 2017-2018 Rotary year, president Blake DuBose thanked members for achieving highlights that included:
- Attaining a current membership level of 61 Rotarians; plans are under way to create a new online proposed member application form plus an online explanation of membership responsibilities.
- Donating 936 free dictionaries to third-graders in 14 Richland County District One schools.
- Collecting 65 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, each donation helping to save the lives of up to three people.
- Making a $1,000 donation for Harvest Hope Food Bank’s “Back Pack” and “Kids Café” programs to feed hungry children.
- Supporting domestic and overseas relief efforts with a total of $8,000 in donations for natural disaster victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
- Taking part in the World Polio Week international campaign to eradicate polio. The club raised $882, matched by Rotary District 7770 for a total donation of $1,764
- Assisting three local college students with scholarships that will total $5,000 per year each.
- Sponsoring two families through the Families Helping Families organization. Members contributed $625, then matched by the club, for a total donation of $1,250 used to purchase Christmas wish-list items such as clothing, toys, personal items, food and furniture.
- Continuing community service projects with weekly Meals on Wheels delivery and annual volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
- Supporting The Rotary Foundation with 55 Paul Harris Fellows ($1,000 donation), 40 Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will), four Bequest Society members ($10,000 donation upon death), six Major Donors (donation greater than $10,000) and eight Paul Harris Society members ($1,000 donation yearly).
- Exceeding the club goal ($1,680) for PolioPlus contributions (total $2,38 to date).
- Publicizing our activities with 45 club website and social media posts; reaching 6,181 people through social media; 2,262 website visitors; 40 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 59 press releases posted by local media; and seven monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.