Capital Rotary president Blake DuBose congratulates Andy Markl (left), the club’s most recent addition to the ranks of 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. Foundation gifts help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace. Markl is a Lexington native who operates The Graphics Source, a firm specializing in print, marketing and advertising materials. He joined Capital Rotary in April 2017.
An “understanding gap” affects the problem of homelessness among people 17-24 years of age in the Midlands, according to Stacey Atkinson and Jacquan Riley, guest speakers at Capital Rotary’s April 4 meeting. The pair (shown in photo with Rotarians Perry Lancaster at left and Tony Thompson at right) said there were 130 homeless youth in the area last year. Atkinson, a retired juvenile justice official, said the situation is a housing, economic and education issue but more public awareness could create a “community of care” to seek solutions. “We need leaders willing to serve as mentors and life coaches for these young people,” Atkinson said. “We need leaders who can offer opportunities for these young people to show what they have to offer.” She also noted there’s a need for scholarships to help youth enroll in technical college trades and certificate programs leading to quick, stable employment. Atkinson is graduate of Leadership South Carolina and has been a licensed SC Master Level Social Worker since 1989.
It’s not often a resident of Carolina Forest turns 100 years old, let alone a Rotary Club Member! On Wednesday, April 4th, the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club celebrated 15 years as an organization, but perhaps more noteworthy, celebrated the recent 100th Birthday of Rotarian Dr. Carl Records.
Centurion Dr. Carl Records has more than 50 years as a Rotary member and is one of three founding members of Carolina Forest Rotary Club fifteen years ago, at a spry age of 85 years old. Dr. Records first was active in Rotary in Cape May, New Jersey, as well as Mid Jersey Cape in New Jersey, then the Conway Rotary Club in Conway, South Carolina, all before helping to found the Carolina Forest Rotary Club. Dr. Records has served as Secretary to three Rotary clubs, as well as Treasurer, Vice President and President of two Rotary Clubs. Over the years he has attended international conferences in Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Birmingham (England). Dr. Records lives in Carolina Forest with his wife, Helen.
The Spring Valley Club celebrated its annual Community Grant Day on Thursday, April 5 with many Columbia area non-profits represented at the lunch meeting. Proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale were distributed to 29 local organizations and in May a total of six scholarships will be given. A total of $43,300 was given back to the community in the form of community grants and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Thanks to all the Columbia area Rotary Clubs who supported the Spring Valley pecan sale again this year.
Rotary Night at the Ballpark will take place on Friday, May 4th at 7:05PM. Group seats are available and tickets can be purchased for $9 a person or $14 a person. The $14 a person option includes a voucher for chips, a hot dog, and a soda.
The honorary first pitch will be thrown our by a member of the club that has the most seats sold.
Please fill out the form below if you would like to attend.
Temperatures have broken in plenty of time for the Second Annual Putting for Pupils at the Coastal Carolina University Hackler Course.
Registration is just $75 for a day filled with golf, power networking and fun! Registration gets you eighteen holes of golf, an embroidered polo shirt, breakfast, lunch, swag bag and more. Sponsorships are available as well.
Proceeds from Putting for Pupils will go towards Rotary’s annual community projects such as the Dictionary Project, Clothing Closet, Happy Feet and P Cubed. All of these projects benefit students in our local schools.
To register, visit www.carolinaforestrotary.org
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 8:00 am Registration, 9:00 am Shotgun
Occasion: Carolina Forest Rotary Second Annual Putting for Pupils
Location: General James Hackler Golf Course, CCU, 107 Citadel Dr., Conway, SC
Contact: Dr. Kevin Kristic (843) 236-7383
Learn More: www.carolinaforestrotary.org or on Facebook @rotaryclubofcarolinaforest
The Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club is an affiliate of Rotary International. The motto of Rotary is “Service above Self”. Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world. For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease. (www.rotary.org)
The Rotary Club of Bluffton, along with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Class of 2018 invites the public to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for
The Imagination Train playground area on Saturday, April 21 st at noon at Oscar Frazier Park.
The Imagination Train is a class project of the 2018 Leadership Class coordinated in conjunction
with the Field of Dreams makeover of the park playground area. Following the ribbon cutting,
attendees are invited to celebrate at the “Party in the Park.”
The Imagination Train project is part of a larger Field of Dreams and playground rejuvenation
project in Oscar Frazier Park. The playground project includes the addition of a 10-Spin and
“cool sand” turf feature and playground area expansion. The train will be the iconic signature
piece in the park and provide families a safe, interactive and historic place to gather and play.
Food will be available for purchase from food vendors Melly Mels, ‘Merican Border, and GMA
on Ice. Music and bouncy houses will be part of the fun. Free event, rain or shine.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Oscar Frazier Park, 11 Recreation Court, Bluffton
Bring your own chair and blanket!
In conjunction with the ribbon cutting, The Rotary Club of Bluffton is celebrating 30 years of
service to others within our community. Past projects from the Bluffton Rotary Club include the
Rotary Community Center and the Field of Dreams park, built in 2004 and given to the Town.
The club, in partnership with the Town of Bluffton, is working on a park improvement project to
build upon the existing Field of Dreams and create an award-winning, very desirable park with
amenities for all members of the Bluffton and greater Bluffton community. Phase II of the
project, expected to be completed in the spring of 2019, will add a covered Pavilion with
restrooms. Other planned phases include an 8’ wide, quarter mile long walk-run pathway, a
formal event area and a “splash pad”.
On March 20, the Blythewood Rotary Club, in collaboration with students from Lake Carolina Elementary School – Lower Campus and members of Blythewood Presbyterian Church, planted fifty trees in celebration of Rotary International’s “The Year of the Tree.” The trees were planted on the property for the future location of the church.