Georgetown Rotary Club: Meeting Needs and Touching Lives in Georgetown County Together

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Dec 022017

The Georgetown Rotary Club is involved in many efforts to make its community a better place.   Every month, the club serves lunch at the Friendship Place, a service that it has fulfilled for a number of years.   For more than 14 years, the Friendship Place has fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless and worked to creatively and cost-effectively meet the unmet needs of the citizens of Georgetown county.

The club is honored to be a part of such a worthwhile organization and playing it’s part in, “Meeting Needs And Touching Lives Together” in the community.   For more information about the Friendship Place, visit their website at

Nov 272017


Doors To Freedom Organization (L to R) Tim Young, Sharon Rikard and President Thomas Taylor.

Summerville Evening Rotary Club presents a five thousand dollar contribution check to Doors To Freedom. Doors to Freedom has been established to provide a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life. It’s vision is to lovingly support each individual as she overcomes her traumatic past and receives total restoration: body, soul, and spirit. We are committed to providing a place, free of charge, for these girls to call home. Through guided personal growth, life skills training, vocational training and academic education she will find new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future. More information can be found on their website.

The funds were raised by the club through their signature Rockin The Ville Derby Style, a KY Derby Horse Race and Golf tournament and the Summerville Oktoberfest events. #SECRotary

Nov 272017

Social media and the Internet make it easier to spread “fake news” today, but there are several key factors for judging the reliability of what we hear and see reported locally and nationally, according to John Monk, a writer for The State newspaper since 1997.  Monk was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 15 guest speaker, sharing what he’s learned after some 40 years as a journalist in South Carolina.  To judge a story’s merits, Monk suggested readers or listeners should: (1) see if the story comes from a major news organization that carefully checks facts before publication; (2) consider the personal reputation and reliability of the reporter; and (3) remember that news is a “continuing conversation” that “hopefully is not the final word.”   He told Rotarians that “there is a good deal of evidence that propaganda spreads through fake news.”  Monk is a Maryland native, attended Davidson College and spent five years as Washington correspondent for The Charlotte Observer.

Rotary – Hough – Cheraw Club

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Nov 272017







World Polio Day 2017 Viewing and Rotary Club Polio Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Cheraw joined the historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease in Chesterfield, SC, on World Polio Day 2017.  Rotary Club of Cheraw President Hough-Everage hosted a World Polio Day Broadcast at the Chesterfield County Library, Main Street, Chesterfield, SC, with light refreshments being served.

Then on Wednesday, October 25, the Cheraw Rotary Club members held a club fundraiser for polio at their regular club meeting.  Foundation Chair Kim Williamson painted “pinkies purple” for attending donors at both events.  In addition the Rotary Club co-sponsored a walk in Chesterfield, SC, on the previous Saturday to get the word out about World Polio Day to the community.

Walterboro Rotary Club

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Nov 272017

The Walterboro Rotary Club was happy to serve soup at the Empty Bowls event.The funds raised help local churches operate their food pantries.

Dedication of the Rotary House

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Nov 272017

On Veteran’s Day, the Rotary Club of Little River helped dedicate the Rotary House at the Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center in Little River.  The club has strongly supported the Veterans Center since it began.  Rotarians pictured from left to right are: Roland Meyer, Don Brainerd, Donna Levinski, President Paula Yanis, Craig Hill, Vickie Harrison and Jackie Andrews.

Rotary – Cheraw – Veterans Program

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Nov 272017
The Rotary Club of Cheraw celebrated a veterans program last week at the regularly scheduled meeting.  The Cheraw High School Cadet Corp under the direction of Gunnery Sergeant Henry posted the colors at the program.
Guest speaker was SGM James T. Flemming (Ret).  A resident of Chesterfield county, Flemming was a team leader in Company C 75th Rangers during the Vietnam War.  Among other combat actions, he participated in the Rescue Mission in Grenada as a First Sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He culminated his career as Sergeant Major of G3 Operations for the 18th Airborne Corp, encompassing forty-two thousand troops and three Army Divisions: the 101st Air Assault Division; Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 24th Infantry Division; Fort Steward Georgia.  He has established Flemming Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC; Flemming Funeral Home of Pageland, SC; Flemming Funeral Home of Cheraw, SC; and James Flemming Funeral Director, Charlotte, NC.  He is a licensed funeral director in North Carolina and South Carolina and serves on numerous boards and associations.
Forty-one guests comprised of military, veterans and spouses, attended the lunch meeting that was sponsored by the Rotarians in Cheraw.  Club President Hough-Everage is also a United States Army veteran with 7 1/2 years of active duty service.
At the conclusion of the program, Greg Sanderson was honored as the club’s Rotarian of the month for his outstanding work as committee chair for the recent golf tournament fundraiser.  This major fundraiser funds scholarships, Palmetto Girls State program, Interact Club at Cheraw High School, Cheraw High SAT Wall of Fame, and Christmas Gifts through Standing in the Gap Ministries, and various other community support organizations.

Cheraw Club – 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Nov 272017
The Rotary Club of Cheraw celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Kevin Lear on Main Street in Cheraw, SC.  The club was chartered on November 10, 1967 and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bennettsville.
Charter members of the club in 1967 were Jack Baker, Charles Ingram, M. L. Koontz, and Fred Harris.  Bill Kinney of the Bennettsville Rotary Club spoke at the program and shared a reading from the original minutes of the meeting where the members of Bennettsville Club approved the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Cheraw.
District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham was the keynote speaker and presented a certificate on behalf of Rotary International President Ian Risely.  In addition, Governor Bradham presented Club President A. L. Hough-Everage with her 8+ Paul Harris pin.  PDG Jimmie Williamson honored his father-in-law, Robert (Bob) Dickens, with a Paul Harris Fellow.
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram honored the club with a resolution, “On the Occasion of Their 50th Anniversary.”  Club President A. L. Hough-Everage presented each club member with a custom Rotary Club of Cheraw 50th Anniversary pin.
Kim Williamson chaired the planning committee for the anniversary program.  The Rotary Club of Cheraw is the home club of Past District Governor Jimmie Williamson.
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