Sustaining the Waccamaw Neck

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Nov 062017
 

“Our goal is to look forward and explore ways to shape future development to have a positive influence on our area for future generations” is what John Sands shared with the club this week as he discussed sustainability of the Waccamaw Neck.   He said the growth on the Waccamaw Neck has been 620 percent with almost 20,000 people added. The projected growth for the Waccamaw Neck is another 45 percent by 2030 with 10,000 more people.  As a reminder to all, it is our responsibility to protect and prepare our community for future generations.

 

Spring Valley Rotary and USC Rotaract support Harvest Hope Food Bank

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Nov 062017
 

On Friday, Oct. 27th members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club, along with several members of the new Spring Valley Rotary Night Satellite Club and members of the USC Rotaract Club joined together to support Harvest Hope Food Bank. The group packed emergency food pantry boxes that will be distributed throughout the region.

The club also presented Harvest Hope with a check for $812 for the agency’s backpack program. This contribution represented proceeds from the club’s first quarter weekly meeting raffle.

 

 

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club

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Nov 062017
 
It has been a busy week for the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club.  We gave out 39 pairs of new shoes to students from 7 local elementary schools thru our Happy Feet project.  This is our clubs 4th year doing this service project with a lot of smiling faces!  Aside from our Happy Feet project, our club also distributed dictionaries to all 3rd graders at 3 elementary schools in Georgetown County.  The Dictionary project is a collaborative program established by the five Rotary Clubs in Georgetown County in 1999 that has provided over 13,000 free dictionaries to third graders in Georgetown County.  What is work with no play?  Our Rotarians served hot dogs at the Wooden Boat Show in our hometown of Georgetown, SC.  What a week!
Most importantly to end such an awesome week, we had the honor and privilege to formally present a check for $37,000.00 to the Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust.

SC Philharmonic Keeps Classics Alive

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Nov 012017
 

Community engagement and educational programs help the SC Philharmonic keep classical music alive, fun and relevant in the Midlands, according to music director Morihiko Nakahara, Capital Rotary’s guest speaker for Nov. 1.  Nakahara (shown demonstrating a conductor’s baton signals to the orchestra) has promoted interactive and outreach efforts since joining the Philharmonic in 2008.  Some of the most successful include (1) “Conduct the Phil” – an open podium where spectators take their turn leading groups of string players at public events; (2) concerts, youth orchestras and in-school programs to spark students’ passion for music; and (3) a “healing harmonies” project that sends Philharmonic musicians to area healthcare facilities to assist in “soothing the soul while the body mends.”  Nakahara says outreach is necessary to “break down the barrier between musicians and the community at large” so the Philharmonic can continue to perform and promote high-quality symphonic music.

TV Interview with Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island President Karen Cully and Hall of Fame committee member talking about the Hall of Fame Induction November 9, 2017.

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Oct 292017
 
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Dictionary Project – News for Georgetown Rotary Club

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Oct 292017
 

The Rotary Club of Georgetown distributed dictionaries to all 3rd graders at Kensington, Plantersville and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools recently.  Rotarian Dr. Randy Dozier, Georgetown County School Superintendent, and Alan Walters, Rotary Past District Governor, made the presentations on behalf of the club.  The Dictionary Project is a collaborative program established by the five Rotary Clubs in Georgetown County in 1999 that has provided over 13,000 free dictionaries to third graders in Georgetown County.

 

Local Beaufort Rotarian is the largest Rotary Foundation Benefactor in South Carolina

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Oct 292017
 

Wayne “Gabby” Grabenbauer recognized for $500,000 in donations

Local Beaufort resident and Rotarian Wayne “Gabby” Grabenbauer, was recently recognized at a Rotary Club of Beaufort meeting, for his joining the “Chair’s Circle” of Rotary International’s Arch Klumph Society.  That recognition is reserved for Rotarians who have given $500,000 or more to the Rotary International Foundation.  His recognition came from fellow South Carolinian Anne Matthews, a long time friend, and a Past Vice President and Director of Rotary International.

The Arch Klumph Society is named after the sixth president of Rotary, and it recognizes The Rotary Foundation’s highest tier of donors – those who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetime.  Gabby had previously donated $250,000 to the foundation, so with his recent second donation of $250,000, he is recognized at the “Chair’s Circle” tier.  Only 73 Rotarians in the U.S. have attained “Chair’s Circle,” and he is the only Rotarian from the state of South Carolina at this level.

In presenting his recognition, Anne Matthews spoke of Gabby as “…the living role model of what a Rotarian should be. His donation,” she said, “will make a difference in the lives of countless humans in developing nations, yet Gabby will never meet or know those whose lives he has touched.”

Gabby first joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort in 1971 and has had perfect attendance at every meeting for 31 years, from 1985 until an illness prevented him from attending weekly meetings in 2016.

 

Gabby Chair’s Circle Recognition

WORLD POLIO DAY

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Oct 292017
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island member Brian Julius is the CEO of Speaking Books.  The club supported this initiative to Rotary International Polio Plus. Click the link below for more details!!

 

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Not a Sleepy Wednesday Morning for these Rotarians

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Oct 292017
 

As you can see, Rotaraians enjoyed their morning exercise that started their Wednesday Rotary meeting. Joined by Myndi Hughes-Hillman from Fitness Edge, Rotarians were taught simple chair exercises that anyone can do to get the blood flowing in the morning. We will continue our vocational talks this coming Wednesday with Bob Lepore from Firehouse Subs. Be our guest Wednesdays at 7 am at the Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest. See you there!

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Rotary Club of Little River 15th Anniversary Celebration

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Oct 292017
 
The Rotary Club of Little River celebrated its 15th Anniversary on September 18th, 2017 at the Parson’s Table in Little River.  In attendance were Past District Governor Craig Hill, a co-founder, Past District Governor Mary Martin, a co-founder, Past District Governor Nancy Moody, Governor when the club was chartered and State Senator Greg Hembree.
In 15 years, the club has had the District Secretary of the year 4 times and was the small club of the year in 2016-2017.  It has made its Foundation goal every year but one and its Polio goal every year.  After many Leadership and Presidential Citations, it calls itself the “award winning Rotary Club of Little River.”
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