Pictured are Rotarian Rhett Sansbury, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune and Chicora Rotary President Angelika Senn. Mayor Bethune is very much involved with the Myrtle Beach area owning several businesses and on several board beside her responsibilities as mayor. She was please to report that major crimes have declined since she took office. She also discussed several new proposals that would help to bring more tourism into our area. The Chicora Rotary club would like to thank the mayor for taking time from her busy schedule to speak to our club, The Chicora Rotary is proud to a part of the group that is building a better America.
Summerville Rotary Club (#6264) launched our “Gift of Literacy” program on Wednesday, December 19, in collaboration with Summerville Medical Center. The program will provide new parents with a book to share with their newborns. The goal of the program is to encourage a life-long love of reading. Four Rotary Club members – Club President David Powell, Fred Hoose, Deb Campeau, Tom Russo, and Michael Lisle – participated in the launch.
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Pictured is Kevin Weiss CPA at WebsterRogers LLP CPA firm. Kevin manages the tax department at the firm. He updated all the Chicora Rotarians on all the changes for 2019 state income tax. He has a wealth of knowledge in the tax arena and he has been with WebsterRogers for 10 years . Kevin enlightened presentation prompted many interesting questions from the club. We were very pleased to have a well respected professional speak at the Chicora Rotary club.
The board of directors of Honor Flight Savannah needs your help:
We offer veterans a free weekend trip to Washington, DC to visit our nation’s war memorials, but are challenged in reaching World War II and Korean War veterans, who, because of their advancing age need to make this visit sooner rather than later. Can you assist in getting the word out to all veterans, but especially those who served during World War II and Korea? They are our number one priority.
To assist you, I am attaching a flyer that we ask you post or distribute to veterans. We would be most appreciative.
Honor Flight Savannah serves veterans in the greater Savannah area and north through the South Carolina Low Country up to and including Charleston. We take groups to our nation’s capital twice a year – in September/October and in April/June. Our next trip is the weekend of May 3-5, 2019. Rather than flying, Honor Flight Savannah uses a motor coach, departing from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah on a Friday, touring the war memorials all day on Saturday, and returning home on Sunday.
Thank you for your support.
Since its beginning in 1854 Columbia’s YMCA has aimed to be a community servant in the Midlands, helping families and individuals “grow in mind, body and spirit,” says Bill Price, the organization’s CEO since 2016. Price (shown at right in photo with Rotarian Jack Williamson) was Capital Rotary’s Jan. 9 guest speaker. He said the Y now operates in six locations – downtown, Ballentine, Irmo, Lake Carolina, Red Bank and Orangeburg – and expects to break ground later this year for a new full-service facility in Kershaw County’s Lugoff-Elgin area. YMCA programs range from swimming lessons to afterschool learning activities, from youth and adult sports to support for cancer survivors. The Y’s mission – to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all – remains unchanged, Price said, along with its core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Price, a Wofford College graduate with a BA in government, was a longtime YMCA volunteer and board member before assuming the CEO’s post.
Capital Rotary member Mike Montgomery (left in photo) is congratulated by club president Philip Flynn for continuing contributions to The Rotary Foundation in support of international programs that promote peace, human development and world understanding. Montgomery has earned Paul Harris Fellow plus-seven honors (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with seven additional gifts in the same amount). Montgomery was an 11-year Spring Valley Rotarian before joining the Capital club in 2015. The University of South Carolina graduate has been a private practice lawyer since 1985 and formerly served on Richland District Two’s school board and on Richland County Council.
End Polio Now – the global polio eradication initiative supported by Rotary International – continues to make steady progress against the dreaded disease. That message was delivered by Dr. Jimmie Williamson (at right in photo with Rotarian Melissa Lindler), guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s Dec. 19 meeting. Dr. Williamson, a longtime Rotarian and former District 7770 Governor for clubs in eastern South Carolina, was part of a polio immunization team operating out of northern India earlier in 2018. He said last year there were wild polio cases in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Since 1988 there’s been a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. But Williamson said immunization efforts are hampered now by cultural fears in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotary International helps provide funding, advocacy and mobilization for End Polio Now’s partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Capital Rotary Club adopted a local family and provided gifts for the holiday season (shown in photo) as part of the 2018 Midlands Families Helping Families Christmas program, a Palmetto Project and WIS-TV initiative. Club members had the option of purchasing gifts or making a monetary donation. The adopted family included two adults and five children. One hundred percent of the club membership participated, according to Rotarian Catherine Mabry, who oversaw the project. The family also received a $100 Food Lion gift card. For 25 years, the Families Helping Families program has provided gifts, clothing, food and other essentials to thousands of Midlands neighbors in need, ensuring that all may share in the joy of the Christmas season.
The United States trails its peer developed countries in life expectancy and other health outcomes, despite spending more on healthcare. Some of this difference is due to genetics and behavior, but social factors are contributors, too, according to Dr. Sarah Gehlert, Dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work and Capital Rotary’s Dec. 5 guest speaker. Dr. Gehlert (at left in photo with Rotarian Katherine Anderson) said research shows genetics and behavior help determine about 70% of a person’s health risks and outcomes. The “social factors of health” – things like lifestyle and social stressors – can have an effect up to 15%. Dr. Gehlert said social factors helping men live longer include being married, participating in religious activities and being affiliated with clubs or similar organizations. For women, longevity social factors include being married, frequent social contact and taking part in religious activities. Dr. Gehlert in November received the Insley-Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year award for her leadership, advocacy and commitment in focusing on social environmental influences on health. The award was presented in San Diego by the American Public Health Association.
District 7770 Assistant Gov. Eric Davis (right in photo) has honored Columbia’s Capital Rotary for 2017-2018 donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm for programs promoting peace and world understanding. The honors include (from left in photo) current president Philip Flynn holding a certificate for contributions to End Polio Now, the global partnership that has contributed more than $1.6 billion toward polio eradication since 1988; immediate past president Blake DuBose holding a 100% Foundation Giving banner for clubs that average 100% participation with an average of $100 in per capita giving; and past president Tommy Gibbons holding an Every Rotarian, Every Year banner for clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year. Rotary District 7770 includes 80 clubs and about 5,000 Rotarians in 25 eastern counties of South Carolina.