USC President – ‘A Career Well-Lived’

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Jun 122019

Dr. Harris Pastides – retiring soon as the University of South Carolina’s 28th president – told Capital Rotary on June 12 that he has enjoyed “a career well-lived” in higher education.  Dr. Pastides (at left in photo with Rotarian Tommy Phelps) reviewed USC’s record of high achievement and unprecedented growth including (1) its Honor College ranked No. 1 among similar institutions in the nation; (2) continual top national academic rankings for 56 current programs in undergraduate and graduate international business, public health, engineering, nursing and others; (3) record levels of research funding; and (4) surpassing a $1 billion capital campaign goal.  Dr. Pastides noted his signing of 117,662 USC diplomas over the past 10 years and forming personal relationships with so many students – “just by being yourself” – are among his most satisfying accomplishments.  His retirement goals include travel, more time for friends and family, continued community service and engaging with young people to encourage them to vote. A native of Astoria, NY, Dr. Pastides has led USC’s flagship system of eight institutions in 20 geographic locations since 2008 and served on numerous committees for academic and nonprofit organizations. 

Jun 122019

Scholarship recipients Reagan Smith (left in photo) and Kate Chalfant (right) are welcomed to Capital Rotary’s June 12 meeting by Darren Foy, chair of the club’s scholarship committee.  Smith, a recent Dreher High graduate, is bound for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City to major in chemical engineering.  Chalfant is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in public relations with a minor in theatre.  Capital Rotary has been supporting the educational aspirations of local high school graduates for more than 20 years.  Its $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year, renewable for four years) are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activity and economic need.   

I spy a Surfside Rotary sticker!

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Jun 092019

Surfside Rotary club recently spent time assembling Jarad boxes which turned out to be a big hit.

Anne Janes commented, “Our boxes are making a difference. Love hearing stories about the Jared boxes! Thanks everyone.”

The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Over 500,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered across the United States. A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender.

Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach–Rotary Scholar Among Coastal Carolina University Graduates

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Jun 092019
 l-r Madison (Maddy), Scholar with Sherry Johnson of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach and a member of Coastal Carolina University’s Board of Trustees

Madison Scholar, who in 2018 was awarded a $50,000 Rotary Global Grant to study in the United Kingdom, was among this year’s Coastal Carolina University graduates.

Scholar, from Marietta, Georgia, majored in intelligence and national security studies. She will pursue a master’s degree in peace and conflict prevention/resolution at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.

“The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship gives me a chance to combine my academic knowledge and passion for leading through service toward a career aimed at making the world a safer place,” Scholar said.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hosts Grant Event

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Jun 092019
Pictured with the students are (back row l-r) Rotarians, Pauline Levesque, DG elect, Ginger Weldon, and Don Hovis, incoming president

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently hosted a Young Authors’ Reading and Awards Luncheon. The event featured students from Freedom Readers who authored and read their original works. Following the readings, the young participants were treated to lunch and bowling.

Myrtle Beach Rotarian and author, Marsha Tennant, chaired the event. “I am amazed at the talent of these young authors and readers. They have enormous potential,” she said.

The mission of Freedom Readers is to improve reading skills in low-income communities by providing one-on-one literacy tutoring, free books for home libraries, and an inspiring high-energy learning environment.

This District 7770 grant event was funded through RI Foundation donations.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Honors Centenarian, Jim Kendrick

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Jun 092019

Jim Kendrick, surrounded by members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, holds his proclamation

Long-time Rotarian and Myrtle Beach leader, Col. James (Jim) Kendrick, was honored at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.

Jim, who celebrated his 100th birthday on May 17th, was read a proclamation from the South Carolina House of Representatives and honored with performances from Myrtle Beach High School’s Jr. ROTC drill teams. Rotarians enjoyed a video which detailed Col. Kendrick’s illustrious career from a young flying cadet in WWII to one of Myrtle Beach’s most successful businessmen.

Jim, a former Rotarian of the Year, whose life has been filled with service to others, was recognized by fellow Rotarians, Barry Thigpen, and Past District Governor, Gary Bradham, as a “true American hero,” and “an inspiration to everyone who meets him.”

Jim, who attends Rotary weekly, remains active. He is an avid sports fan and seldom misses a Citadel game.

“The occasion of Jim’s 100th birthday makes him the oldest active Rotarian in District 7770,” said Gary Bradham.  We salute you, Colonel Kendrick.  Happy Birthday!

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Names Police Officer of the Year

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Jun 092019

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently named PFC David Clever as the Joe McGarry Police Officer of the Year. PFC Clever, the club’s 54th recipient, is a Myrtle Beach police officer and member of the U.S. Marshals Task Force.

In introducing the seven nominees, emcee, Matt Sedota, thanked the officers for their hard work and dedication.

“Winning this award is a great honor. It means a lot to our officers to be recognized by Rotary and to give a name to the faces who work to keep our community safe,” PFC Clever said.  

PFC Clever accepted the award, along with a Paul Harris medallion, before an audience of more than 150 Rotarians, city officials, and members of Myrtle Beach law enforcement. 

This year’s program was chaired by Pat Stanley with assistance from committee members: Gary Loftus, Bryan Mroz, Matt Sedota, Tommy Chapin, and Mayur Jeram.

Photo: l-r Mark Ousley, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, PFC David Clever, Police Officer of the Year, and Matt Sedota, Rotarian and emcee. Two nominees for the award look on.  Photo credit:  Lisa Young, Young Photography

The Rotary Club of Georgetown Awards Scholarships

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Jun 092019

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is proud to present scholarships to three local high school seniors.

The scholarship awards are based on academics, extracurricular activities, community involvement, financial need, and understanding the Rotary principles, as reflected in an essay written by each student.   

Recipients of this year’s awards are Cody Glover, Kaitlyn Jacobs and Gabriel Holmes.

Cody is the Valedictorian of his class at Carvers Bay High School and will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall.   Cody is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glover and received a $1,500 Rotary scholarship.

Kaitlyn Jacobs is a senior at Georgetown High School and will be attending Francis Marion University in the fall.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Judy and received a $500 Mike Rogers scholarship.

Gabriel Holmes is ranked first in his graduating class at Georgetown High School and will be attending Winthrop University in the fall.   He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Holmes and received a $1,500 Rotary scholarship.

Jun 052019

Capital Rotarians have given a helping hand to a local family and to a local charity as part of the club’s commitment to community service, according to president Philip Flynn.  The family assistance helped Tameika and Jerome Smith and their six children relocate after being displaced from Allen Benedict Court in January due to dangerous gas leaks.  The Smiths had to leave their possessions behind and were in temporary housing until moving into a new apartment in May.  Club members donated time, money and household items – including furniture, kitchenware, bedding and clothing – so the Smiths could get back on their feet and set up house again.  Flynn said Mrs. Smith (at new home’s door in photo) wanted to convey how much the family appreciates Capital Rotary’s support and contributions.  He told the club that Mrs. Smith said: “Everything you did is a blessing!”  Help for the local charity came as a result of the club’s touring Columbia’s Ronald McDonald House on May 29.  The facility needs new signage to better mark its location.  Capital Rotarians have raised over $1,000 toward a goal of $1,200 for this purchase.  Flynn said he’s confident the goal will be met.  “We know the Ronald McDonald House provides a tremendous resource for families needing lodging, food and fellowship while their children receive the healthcare they need,” Flynn added.

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