Carolina Forest Rotary Leadership Recognized

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Jun 292018
Mytle Beach – Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club inducted new officers last night at Sam Snead’s. The torch for Club President past from Elizabeth Howland to Kimberly Gomez. Porter Medley of Coastal Carolina University received well-earned accolades as Rotarian of The Year. Also pictured is Club Sargent at Arms, Tim Reudy, presenting a State of South Carolina Proclamation recognizing 100 year old club member, Dr. Carl Records. A special thank you to SC State Representative Tim McGinnis, who facilitated this special honor.
To join Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary, visit Also learn more about Carolina Forest Rotary’s upcoming Doughnut Dash, sponsored by Krispy Kreme. Registration is open now. Club meetings are held at 7am on Wednesdays at Legends Golf Resort off of 501 on Legends Drive.
Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club is a club of Rotary District #7770 and Rotary International. Rotary’s motto is “Service Before Self” and is well known internationally for efforts to eradicate Polio. Locally in the Carolina Forest, Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary has a focus on improving the lives of area children including feeding hungry children through weekend “Smart Snacks” at Waccamaw Elementary, Dictionary Program for area Third Graders, and “Happy Feet”, a local effort to put new shoes on school children from economically challenged families.

Summerville Rotary Club Update

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Jun 292018

Busy meeting today! News from today’s meeting.

We presented the Hack Neal Memorial Award for Rotarian of the Year to Summerville Police Chief Jon Rogers:

We presented an AED device to our host, Sticky Fingers restaurant in Summerville:

We recognized another Rotary scholarship winner, Rebecca Lindbergh:

Club member Jonathan Patterson received his blue badge:

Rotary Club of Georgetown Welcomes First Corporate Members

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Jun 292018

Leaders of the Rotary Club of Georgetown recently introduced a Corporate Membership Program to the club.  Longtime member, Ed Bell, was the first to bring on board new corporate members for Bell Legal Group.   The new members are Gaby Sulpizio and Lori Cromartie.

“We saw corporate membership as a way to uphold our club’s long tradition of attracting members of Georgetown County’s business community, and tap into corporate networks to use their expertise to enhance our social programs. It was our belief that we could achieve significantly greater impact by getting entire corporations involved. We are able to offer them access to a highly respected service organization, and opportunities for their staff to put in volunteer hours and engage in projects,” says Angie Kohl, Public Image Director of the club.

Anyone interested in a corporate membership may contact Membership Director, Ray Gagnon at 843.237.9727 or by email at  The application for membership can be found here.

And the Vocational Award Winner is…. Deputy Mandy Glover, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department

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Jun 292018

The Rotary Club of Georgetown was honored and privileged to present Deputy Mandy Glover of the Georgetown Sheriff’s Department the club’s 2018 Vocational Award.

The Vocational Service Award is presented annually to someone in the community who has exemplified outstanding professional achievement while maintaining very high ethical standards.   Deputy Glover was nominated by her colleagues at the Sheriff’s Department where she has served the community for 23 years.   She currently serves as the school resource officer for Rosemary Middle School.   In addition, she affectionatly created “Mandy’s Closet” at the school, where she refurbishes used clothing and makes it available to students in need.

Sheriff Lane Cribb, who was present for the presentation said, ” Deputy Glover has been with the department for 23 years and is one of the most dedicated and caring people he has ever met.   She is a true asset to the Sheriff’s Department and Georgetown County.”

The Rotary Club of Georgetown could not be more proud to present this deserving award to Deputy Glover.   Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

Vietnam War Tunnel Rats Crawled Into Danger

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Jun 272018

Crawling through Viet Cong tunnels during his Vietnam War service was always an exercise in potential danger, according to C.W. Bowman, Capital Rotary guest speaker for June 27 (at left in photo with club member Chris Myers).  Bowman – a draftee shipped overseas in January 1967 – was a point man, demolition-man and tunnel rat who cleared and destroyed underground complexes that could conceal hospitals, training areas, storage facilities, headquarters and barracks.  Bowman said the dirty duty’s hazards included not only booby traps and enemy troops, but also snakes, spiders, scorpions and ants.  Typically, he faced these dangers armed only with a flashlight and a .45 caliber pistol, plus a healthy dose of caution.  Bowman served two tours in Vietnam and earned a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal, among other awards.  He later was a drill sergeant at Ft. Jackson.  A native of Bordentown, NJ, Bowman has lived in South Carolina since 1973.

New Leadership for Rotary Club of Beaufort

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Jun 222018

The Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary clubs, is delighted to announce and introduce its officers and directors for the new year that begins on July 1, 2018.

Charlotte Gonzalez, Assistant Governor for Rotary district 7770 presided at a induction ceremony held on June 20, 2018 in Beaufort, where the officers and directors took their oath of office.

Pictured (from left to right) are:  Steve Lanier, Community Service Chair; Nacy Dykeman, International Service Chair; Jami Rankin, New Generations Chair; Jeff Johnson, President Elect; Lisa Giles, Past President; Bob Allen, President; Richard Kruger, Foundation Chair; Charlotte Gonzalez, District 7770 Assistant Governor; Howard Heckrotte, Sergeant-at-Arms; Chick Dykeman, Director-at-Large; Whitney McDaniel, Secretary; Rachael Simpkins, Vocational Service Chair; and Johnny Harvey, Treasurer.  Missing:  Robert Bussa, Club Service Chair.

Rotary Club of Cheraw – High School Scholarship Recipients Named and New Member Induction

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Jun 222018

The Rotary Club of Cheraw held its annual high school scholarship program on June 20 and named this year’s recipients.  Two students from Chesterfield High School were selected and four students were selected from Cheraw High School and are listed respectively.  Jonathan Monroe Walter (Northeastern Technical College) received the Jean Laney Scholarship that is awarded to a student who enrolls at NETC.  Ashlyn Shea Evans (USC-Columbia) received the Lloyd C. Irick Memorial Scholarship. Victor Santos (Lander College) received the first Teresa Ingram Memorial Scholarship.  Tallon Campbell (Limestone College) received the Tom Brewer Scholarship.  Molly Elisabeth O’Neal (USC-Columbia) received the Charles Ingram Memorial Scholarship.   Kaitlyn Susana Atkinson (Anderson College) received the Fred Harris Memorial Scholarship.

Each of the students introduced the family members who were in attendance with them, named their chosen schools, and intended programs of academic study.  According to the committee chair, Anthony Harris, the reviewers were challenged with selecting the awardees due to the high level of academic achievement and community service of the many applicants who sought financial assistance.  (Photo shows all recipients, Anthony Harris, and club president, Hough.)

Among the visitors at the weekly Rotary meeting was Jeffrey Davis, a former Rotary Scholarship winner.  He shared his memories of winning his scholarship and the influence in his desire to return to Cheraw as a working professional.

For the second week, a new member was inducted into the club.  Robin Quigley, sponsored by Mel West, is a controller for FBI Construction.  She has a Master’s Degree in Accounting, is a former Rotarian (Rotary Club of Bennettsville), and is a former middle school and high school math teacher. (Photo shows Robin, Mel, and Hough.)

Rotary Club of Cheraw Officer Installation and New Corporate Member Induction

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Jun 222018

On June 13, Rotary Club of Cheraw president, Hough, presented appreciation gifts to the outgoing club officers for 2017-2018.  (Photo shows Hough with members of the outgoing board after they have received their gifts.)

 Next, the installation program for officers for 2018-2019 was conducted, beginning with the new president, Trae Michael.  President Hough presided.  Trae’s sponsor, Greg Sanderson, presented the President’s pin to Trae.

The new officers include:  Jimmy Williamson, President Elect; Mel West, President-Elect Nominee; Amanda Caulder, Secretary; Kevin Light and Franklin Hendley, Treasurer.

New Directors/Chairs are David Webb (Club Administration); A. L. Hough-Everage (Foundation); Jimmy Williamson (Membership); Jane Pigg, and Arielle Williams (Public Relations); and Kim Williamson (C.A.R.T.)  Incoming Assistant Governor Sherrie Chapman presented pins to each of the new officers and directors.  The new officers will assume their duties on July 1.

In addition, the club’s first corporate member, First Bank, was inducted with Kevin Light as sponsor.  The Corporate Executive Designee is Brad Leviner, personal banker.  Additional corporate designees are Teresa Ward, assistant branch manager, and Kellie Joyner, mortgage loan originator.  Photo shows Brad being pinned by Hough.


Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Law Enforcement Officers

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Jun 222018

On Wednesday, May 13, the Rotary Club of Beaufort honored four local law enforcement officers, with the Rotary’s Jesse Altman Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, and recognized Patrolman Nicole Anderson of the Port Royal Police Department as the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Pictured above are (left to right):  Patrolman Nicole Anderson, Port Royal Police Department; Master Sergeant George Erdel, Beaufort Police Department; Sergeant Robert Herlong, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; and Lance Corporal Timothy Clarkson, South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Each officer was nominated by their department chief and the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was selected by a Beaufort Rotary Club selection panel, based on a review of the nomination packets.

Patrolman Anderson was recognized for her actions on the night of March 22, 2018, when she responded to a “shots fired” call and observed men fleeing from the scene.  She pursued the individuals and was able to detain one of them until back-up arrived.  Her actions resulted in the seizure of multiple narcotics, firearms and ammunition, to include a handgun loaded with a 50 round magazine.

The annual award is named in honor of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Altman, a former City of Beaufort Police Chief and Beaufort Rotarian.

A Capital Salute to Paul Harris Benefactors, Fellows

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Jun 212018

Columbia’s Capital Rotary has recognized 13 new Paul Harris Benefactors for making substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s international humanitarian and educational programs.  Benefactors pledge to make a $1,000 Foundation donation through their wills or estate plans.  Those honored at the club’s June 20 assembly include (from left in Photo 1) Mike Montgomery, Felicia Maloney, Lee Ann Rice, Ben Carlton, Andy Markl, EJ Newby, Austin McVay, Allyson Way Hank, Perry Lancaster, Betsy Best, Abby Naas, Paul Gillam; (not pictured) Carol Caulk and Daniel Winders.  The club also recognized those named Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  They receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  The group included (from left in Photo 2) Walker Williams; Neda Beal – Paul Harris Fellow+4 (initial $1,000 gift plus four others of $1,000 each); EJ Newby – Paul Harris Fellow+1 (initial $1,000 gift plus another of $1,000); Austin McVay and Felicia Maloney; Frank Rutkowski – Paul Harris Fellow+1; Betsy Best; Stephen West – Paul Harris Fellow+1; and Alex Serkes (not pictured).

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