Rotarians Hear ‘Bulls and Bears’ Forecast

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Nov 142018

Capital Rotary members got a “bulls and bears” look at the economy and stock/bond market when Nicole Dill (in photo with Rotarian Stephen West) was the club’s guest speaker Nov. 14.  Dill, a Chapin resident, works with JP Morgan Asset Management and has 20 years of experience in financial services.  In her briefing she said (1) the US economy has not had problem inflation for 30 years, a trend that will continue; (2) another recession is expected in the future, likely 2021or 2022; (3) 1,300 “baby boomers” will be retiring each day for the next decade, helping to fuel labor force needs that could keep the nation at or near full employment; (4) the Federal Reserve Board is predicted to raise interest rates in December 2018 and March 2019, and perhaps in June 2019, but probably not in September 2019; (5) the US has a consumer-driver economy, with 70% of our growth due to consumption: people buying things; (6) recent mid-term elections helped restore a more balanced government divide between Democrats and Republicans, which has been the nation’s norm 61% of the time; and (7) investors need to rebalance their accounts yearly because of national and international economic change.

Rotary Club of Charleston News

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Nov 122018
The Rotary Club of North Charleston recently presented checks to several local community groups in support of their missions.

This year’s recipients included Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Foundation, Trident Literacy, Cannon Street YMCA, Parklands Foundation, Water Mission, Midtown Productions, Military Magnet, Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, and Respite Care.

In addition, Father to Father along with Communities in Schools each received grants of $2,500 each.

The grants totaling more than $12,000 were funded by our participation in the Rotary Duck Race and other fundraising events.

Several club members were also recognized for their volunteer contributions. Pictured receiving their plaques from Yan Agrest are Don Smith, Elizabeth Goodman and Burnet Mendalsohn.

Chicora Rotary New District Governor

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Nov 122018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Angelika Senn and District 7770 Governor  David Tirard. Governor Tirard visited the Chicora Rotary October 19, 2018. Everyone was impressed with the international experience of our new District Governor. He was born In England and with the depth of his travels  he truly has a good understanding of the various problems facing Rotary. At the meeting he provided a blueprint for his governorship for the year. After the meeting he met with the board and discussed methods to resolve District and International issues.
His major agenda items are keeping current Rotary members active and  increasing membership. His presentation was well received by the Chicora Rotary of Myrtle Beach.

Moment of Silence Held for Rotarian Norman Reeves

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Nov 122018

A most wonderful man and Rotarian who has inspired us by his words and actions passed away yesterday. Norman Reeves, who lived a most outstanding life to the age of 102 had 100% attendance for all of his 73 years in Rotary. His passion for Rotary took him to every meeting for which he was medically able, international conventions (where he once served as the Sergeant-at-Arms for Rotary founder Paul Harris!). He participated in Club projects, and where the work was too strenuous, he found some way to contribute sitting down. His Santa outfit attracted many Salvation Army donors.. He could tell the corniest jokes to make us laugh, right up to the end. He will be our hero, our role model, and absolutely our inspiration for years to come.  The Funeral will be held on Friday, November 2 at First Presbyterian Church, where he attended as regularly as Rotary and taught a Sunday School class for many years. Rest in peace, our dear Norm, and prayers for comfort for all the Reeves family.

Rotarians of Hampton County Joined by Guests to Bring Awareness to Polio

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Nov 122018

While the Rotary Club of Hampton County works to serve and support its local community through literacy, wellness, youth leadership, and environmental outreach programs, its efforts also extend internationally through their dedication to polio eradication. On October 22, the Rotarians of Hampton County were joined by District Governor David Tirard and Assistant Governor Bill Steadman to bring awareness to polio and the efforts being taken to eradicate the virus. Each year, on October 24, Rotary International spotlights the fight on World Polio Day.

In 1916, polio, a highly infectious disease which targets the nervous system, killed about 6,000 people in the United States and paralyzed thousands more. Rotary International and the World Health Organization joined hands in 1988 to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Throughout the years, they were joined by other organizations, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The GPEI is determined to completely eradicate polio so that no child will ever again suffer from the virus.

At the launch of GPEI, there were an estimated 350,000 polio cases in 125 countries. In 1994, the Americas were identified as being free of polio. Today, the virus exists in only three countries. As of September 9, 2018, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria had a reported total of 17 polio cases.

While these three are the only polio-endemic countries, the threat of the virus to all nations will continue until the world is polio-free.  The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. A new polio outbreak can begin simply from a polio-infected person entering a polio-free nation, such as the United States.

Every step taken counts in the campaign to eradicate polio. If you wish to join the Rotary Club of Hampton County and all Rotary clubs around the world in making the polio virus a nonthreat, contact Hampton County Rotary President Sarah Lyn Tuten at (864)423-9043 or visit

Nov 072018

Epworth Ice Cream Co. – a business launched just four months ago – is already proving to be a sweet success for Epworth Children’s Home, a Methodist-based institution housing about 70 youth at its Columbia campus.  Company president David Mackey (shown at left with Rotarian Jim Potter) was Capital Rotary Club’s Nov. 7 guest speaker.  Mackey said his star product – peanut butter ice cream – is based on a recipe created by Epworth Home in the 1930s.  Today’s premium-brand Epworth Ice Cream comes in three other flavors as well.  It’s made by an artisanal firm in Georgia and sold in pre-packaged cups, pint containers and in bulk to local restaurants.  All profits go to the children’s home, and Mackey envisions a future where expanded local, statewide and regional sales might not only generate a healthy income, but also raise awareness of Epworth’s history and mission.  A Richmond, VA native, Mackey graduated from Randolph-Macon with a BA in economics and from Wake Forest with an MBA in business/marketing.  He created a business plan and raised funds critical to Epworth Ice Cream’s start-up over the past year.

Rotarians Visit Columbia College

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Oct 312018

Capital Rotarians went to historic Columbia College on Oct. 31 for a tour and briefing from president Dr. Carol Moore.  She outlined plans to promote entrepreneurship and workforce development, noting that 51% of new business startups are headed by women.  The college’s Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence houses a McNair Center for Entrepreneurism – one of six such centers across the nation – for undergraduate and graduate students.  Moore envisions a “consulting agency” approach where students with proper faculty guidance would work with businesses, combining academic knowledge and real-world job experience.  Moore also spoke about plans for redevelopment projects at college-owned properties in adjacent neighborhoods, noting these would benefit students and nearby residents alike.  Columbia College senior Marisa Thornton (left foreground) led Capital Rotary’s campus tour.  Also pictured are club members (front row, from left) Mark Timbes, Ione Cockrell and Andy Markl; (back row, from left) Abby Naas, Philip Flynn, Paul Gillam, Daniel Moses and Austin McVay.  Capital Rotary’s visit was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program featuring local field trips in place of a regular weekly meeting.

Chicora Rotary Speaker Kristi Faulk

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Oct 292018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Angelica,  Speaker Kristi Falk and Sponsor Robert Sansbury..Kristi is the founder and executive director of The Diabetes Wellness Council .  Kristi is passionate about the positive effects “true wellness” has on the lives of children and adults in South Carolina. She gave an interesting presentation about the program that her organization offers.  The name of the program is LEARN HOW TO LIVE THE KETO WAY.  Kristi is a Diabetes Educator, a DPP Lifestyle Coach, a Ketogenic Coach and a Wei Institute Consultant with a focus on lung and kidney health.The Chicora Rotary  appreciated Kristi’s professional presentation on a subject that is on nearly everyone’s mind.  We thank her for the presentation and we are proud that we are a part of the overall program to educate and assist anyone who has Diabetes.

Rotary Club of Lowcountry – 22nd Annual Family Oyster Roast

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Oct 292018

Saturday, November 3,2018

6pm -10pm

Live Oaks Park, Port Royal

Tickets:$30 each
All you can eat & drink oysters, beer, wine, soda, hot dogs, chili & desserts

Door Prizes, Live & Silent Auction Items

Sponsored by

Live Music by Mike Kavanaugh
Oyster knives available to purchase
Tickets can be purchased at Port Royal
Police Department, Bay Street Jewelers &
Lowcountry Insurance Services.
For more information call Kathy Crowley
843-252-6119 or email


Rotary Club of the Lowcountry’s 22nd Annual Oyster Roast Flyer-6

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Presents Check For $12,800 to United Way of the Lowcountry

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Oct 292018
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry recently presented a check in the amount of $12,800 to United Way of the Lowcountry to be distributed among several groups. Representatives from Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail, Adaptive Gold Experience, Habitat for Humanity, HELP of Beaufort, Hopeful Horizons, CAPA, YMCA, Special Olympics, SMILE Mobile, Friends of Hunting Island, Wreaths Across America and Team Beaufort member and weightlifter Dade Stanley were in attendance.
Money is raised by Rotary Club members through yearly fundraisers including Port Royal Charity Crab Race held in conjunction with the Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival and the Annual Family Oyster Roast held the first weekend in November. Rotary International is a service organization who values service above self. Rotary Club of the Lowcountry meets Friday morning at 7:30 am at Golden Corral on Robert Smalls Parkway. The club always welcomes people interested in becoming members.


Team Beaufort weightlifter Dade Stanley pictured with his mother and Team Beaufort weightlifting coach Ray Jones.
Club President Cliff Mrkvicka presents the check to United Way of the Lowcountry Philanthropy Specialist Mae Armoly Young.
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