Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Attends Leadership Institutes

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Mar 182019

Rotary Leadership Institutes were held on March 9 at Hilton Head Prep school. Twenty seven participants were in this training.  Our District Governor, David Tirard and Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island President Larry Sanders were present to welcome the participants.  The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island had 11 participants.  Five participants from District 7770 completed the third institute.  Thanks to Rod Funderburk and Joan Grayson and the great faculty for making this a memorable event.

Speaker Decries Ignorance of History

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Mar 132019

Author Randolph G. Russell told Capital Rotary members March 13 that ignorance about our nation’s history is “profound and widespread” throughout the American public.  Russell (at left in photo with Rotarian Matthew Pollard) was guest speaker at the club’s weekly breakfast meeting.  His book “American History in No Time” takes a quick look at the “essential fundamentals” of our heritage and could help repair what Russell called a “fading connection” with the past.  He believes knowing US history is important for these reasons: (1) it’s part of our national identification as Americans; (2) it’s a way to counter those who try to “fill the void of ignorance” with misinformation; (3) it affects the quality of government by enabling us to make better choices at election time; and (4) it’s a fascinating story that can enrich everyone’s life.  Unlike weighty school texts, Russell said his book is an overview of key events, people, places and principles divided into chapters that can be read in a matter of minutes.  He described it as the quickest way to get up to speed with history’s essentials – what everyone should learn and not forget.  Russell holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Florida.  He’s worked in financial management for companies in Florida and Georgia.  Also an accomplished musician, Russell concluded his presentation with a saxophone rendition of “America the Beautiful.”   

Chicora Rotary Speaker Don Hanson

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Mar 112019

Pictured are Don Hanson of the first Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach and  President Angelica Senn. Mr. Hanson is a  minister of music and worship since  2005  Don  has helped establish a reading buddies program at the Myrtle Beach elementary with principal Michelle Green Graham in January 2016 the program has grown to involve 180 reading mentors serving  at- risk students at Myrtle Beach Elementary Primary and Intermediate schools the program has been a tremendous success  Mr. Hanson has detailed the program to the Chicora Rotary club and all the benefits and the excellent results that have been achieved from the program.  His presentation was outstanding and everyone enjoyed the program and many of the Rotarians sought to speak to Mr. Hanson after the program to seek more information  about enrollment  in the program.The program as he laid out was well received by the Chicora Rotary and we look forward to seeing Mr. Hanson at future meetings.

Chicora Rotary Speaker Becky Large

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Mar 112019

Pictured our president Angelica Senn, Speaker Becky Large and Sponsor Don Stevens.  Mrs. Large is the executive director of Champion Autism Network in Surfside Beach and in Myrtle Beach. The mission of Champion Autism Network is to raise autism awareness and acceptance, hold sensory and autism friendly events and inspire action to support people with autism and their families by reducing barriers.  CAN provides traditional family experiences modified for those with autism whether this can be a meal at a restaurant a movie bowling or supporting family vacations. We educate businesses hotels restaurants and venues and  the public about autism and the impact on those with autism in their families. CAN has been instrumental in having Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach issue resulting resolutions declaring them autism friendly destinations inviting locals and tourists to come and play with us at the beach. Champion Autism Network has been blessed by the opportunity to do you speak at several area Rotary clubs, A grant to fund our event at the sky wheel in December 2016 was given by the Chicora Rotary  and it provided additional resources to insure the project’s success.   Some statistics about Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills repetitive behavior speech and nonverbal communications some people with autism cannot speak but they understand what is going on or what is being said about them , so be kind.   As of April 2018 the diagnostic rate was one in 59 children can be affected with autism, the flopping a hands, spinning, a rocking known as stemming, calms people with Autism. Many children with autism have trouble with crowds light sounds and smells. Mrs. Large presentation brought into sharp focus the need for assistance to be given to children with autism whether it be monetary or any assistance in any other manner.   The discussion about autism was very much appreciated by the Chicora Rotary club.  We  learned a lot about Autism from Mrs. Large and thanked her very much for her presentation and look forward to seeing her sometime in the future.

Chicora Rotary Collects for Coins for Alzheimer’s

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Mar 112019

Pictured below is the collection effort of Chicora Rotary for the Coins for Alzheimer’s project.   This very worthy cause was started in 1996.  Each week Rotarians voluntarily empty their pockets, purses, piggy banks, and Mason jars at the weekly meetings.  The CART Fund provides for cutting edge research to cure this dreaded disease. This donation by Loring Ross was a wonderful expression of one of our Rotarians showing our club’s commitment to doing our share to help fund Alzheimer research. This generous donation was captured on film by our club photographer, Rotarian Donald Hovis.   The Alzheimer bucket is a regular fixture and beside the individual’s donation  anyone wishing to express their personal  good news, is encouraged to also donate to the bucket.

Chicora Rotary Speaker Dr.Lacey Edmison

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Mar 112019

Pictured is our president Angelika Senn ,speaker Dr.Lacey Edmison , sponsor  Rotarian Susan Burwell and Jennifer Beverly from McLeod  marketing.   The Chicora Rotary was very proud to have Dr. Edmison as a speaker, she comes from the McLeod digestive health center at  Seacoast in Little River SC.. Edmison said I have a special interest in Woman’s health issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction, constipation, colon cancer prevention, Irritable Bowel Syndrome  and other gastroenterological conditions.  She’s  Board-Certified in  Gastroenterology and Internal  medicine and treats a broad spectrum of gastroenterology health issues in adults 18 and up.  She is proud to be a member of the McLeod Medical staff because of its excellent reputation and patient centered centered environment. Dr. Edmison enlightened the club with her explanation  about  Barrett’s Esophagus risk about who is at risk and when the screening process should begin.  Her parting educated words of wisdom  were 1.  Screening is recommended for both colorectal cancer as well as for Barrett’s esophagus .  2. Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy are preferred screening tests   3.BETTER TO KNOW AND TREAT.Everyone at the Chicora Rotary meeting left the meeting better informed about the subject and were given a path to help resolve the problem .   We thank Dr. Edmison for speaking and look forward  to having her return in the future.  

USC Student Seeks Global Grant Scholarship

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Mar 082019

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club is backing University of South Carolina junior Alexis Vetack’s application for a Global Grant Scholarship award to earn a master’s degree in public policy.  Vetack (in photo), a member of the USC Honors College Class of 2020, is a Charlotte, NC native.  Her major – Public Health and Social Justice in Developing Countries – combines the fields of public health, social justice and public policy on a premed track.  She hopes to become a Centers for Disease Control physician specializing in infectious disease.  Vetack is president of USC’s Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and volunteers at the Good Samaritan Clinic serving Latino patients in the local community.  She also works with Carolina Survivor Clinic, a local nonprofit providing holistic healthcare to refugees who have survived torture.  Vetack has received an Honors College Exploration Scholars Grant of $4,500 for research as an undergraduate assistant at the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab.  Global Grant scholarships support graduate-level study in one of Rotary International’s six areas of focus: peace, disease prevention, water and sanitation, maternal/child health, education, and economic/community development. 

Mar 072019

Providing clean water, sanitation and education is the “first phase of hope” for a better life in impoverished communities in Ghana and South Sudan, according to Walter Hughes, a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, VA.  Hughes (at left in photo with local Rotarian Bud Foy), was guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s March 6 meeting.  Over the past 10 years, Hughes and teams of Rotary and non-Rotary volunteers have undertaken building projects spearheaded by Rotary International.  They’ve sunk wells to provide clean water for over 300,000 people in Africa – helping to eradicate Guinea Worm disease – and installed microflush toilets in place of pit latrines that smell bad and pollute water and soil.  In partnership with 170 Rotary clubs in the US, Canada and overseas – plus governments and other non-profit funders – Hughes’ efforts have raised more than $3.2 million for humanitarian projects.  He’s been active in Rotary-funded school building including three elementary schools, a preschool and a junior high.  One of the elementary schools now under construction is funded in part by Rotary District 7770 and four clubs in South Carolina, including Capital Rotary as lead club.  

Rotarians Get ‘Good Image’ Advice

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Feb 282019

Image consultant Brian Maynor told Capital Rotarians that a person’s attitude, behavior and appearance are powerful, underutilized tools for success.  Maynor – the club’s guest speaker on Feb. 27 – built a reputation over the past decade as a lifestyle coach, helping clients transform their image, boost their confidence and feel empowered to look and feel their best.  While most people think “image” is largely based on physical appearance, Maynor said attitude and behavior influence 90% of personal success.  Attitude affects mental and physical health, engagement in both work and life, communication skills and effectiveness, morale and productivity.  Behavior encompasses not only actions, but also factors such as verbal and non-verbal communication, eye contact, gestures, movement, posture and habits.  “Habits are a big part of our behavior,” Maynor said, “so we need to pay attention so we can address them.”  He described common “bad behavior” examples that include (1) inappropriate verbiage or lingo, (2) lack of punctuality, (3) excessive cell phones usage, (4) interrupting or talking over others, (5) being disengaged and (6) not abiding by dress codes, either formal or informal.         

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