Spring Valley Rotary Club Year End Party

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Jul 132018

Spring Valley Rotary Club held their year end party on June 19th at Spring Valley Country Club.  The Party was a celebration of 40 years as a club and the completion of 40 service projects in the Rotary year in honor of the 40 years.  Since Spring Valley was chartered in 1978, our theme for the evening was, Disco Time.  Jennifer Reed’s team did a wonderful job with decorations, please see attached picture.   Marty Wells, the outgoing President was the emcee for the evening and did a great job.  4 past presidents from the 4 different decades gave remarks.  For those of you on Facebook, this link will take you to the video of the evening, Rotary Club of Spring Valley, Year End Party Video on Facebook

A huge shout out needs to go to Michael Burney, Spring Valley Rotarian, for putting this video together.  We look forward to another exciting year, Spring Valley Rotary kicks off the new Rotary new with meeting on July 12th.

Spring Valley Rotary Club hosts Red Cross Blood Drive July 24th

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Jul 132018

Spring Valley Rotary Club has scheduled a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, July 24 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane  in Northeast Columbia.

Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment, call Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments are strongly encouraged and walk-ins may need to wait. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000.

RapidPass allows you to start the blood donation process from the comfort of your home or office and save time at the donation site. Please visit: redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to read and complete your medical history the day of your scheduled donation. Then print your RapidPass and bring it with you or show it on your mobile device.

Main Street Rotary Members Highlight Downtown Columbia District for Foreign Dignitary

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Jul 132018

Main Street Rotary Members Highlight Downtown Columbia District for Foreign Dignitary

On July 5th, Members of Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia assembled to highlight the revitalization of downtown Columbia district to visiting Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Takashi (Thomas) Shinozuka, who is also a fellow Rotarian from Atlanta Rotary Club.  Mr. Shinozuka was in Columbia to meet with Representative Joe Wilson.  As the Consulate General of Japan, Mr. Shinozuka is tasked to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Japan and the United States, particularly with the four states in his jurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Mr. Shinozuka reports that more than 1,300 Japan-related businesses are located within the Southeast, and some 20,000 Japanese national have chosen to call the Southeast home.

The hosting group included the following members of MSRC: President Matthew Morrison; Karel Givens, Jeremy Becraft, Scott Middleton and Patricia Junqueira.  Karel Givens is Vice President of Administration and Development with City Center Partnership, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown economic development. Jeremy Becraft is Mast General Store Manager, downtown Columbia ‘s pioneer  retailer. He is also on the board of City Center Partnership, and First Thursday on Main.  Scott Middleton is the founder and chief executive of Agape Senior and LTC Health Solutions, headquartered on Main Street.  He is also a major catalyst/developer for downtown Columbia’s district with restaurants (Michael’s, Good Life Café), retail (Shops on Main), wellness studio (ReVive), entertainment (The Grand) among other businesses spaces on the 1600 block of Main Street.  Patricia Junqueira is Vice President of Business Services with First Community Bank, with an office in the downtown Columbia district.

Pictured: Scott Middleton, Patricia Junqueira, Matt Morrison, Mr. Shinozuka, Karel Givens and Jeremy Becraft.

For information, please contact MSRC President Matthew Morrison at MSRCpresident2018@gmail.com.

Consulate General’s website: http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/CGshinozuka_aisatsu_E.html

Chicora Rotary Hosts Vietnam Combat Veteran

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Jul 132018

Pictured are Pres. Blakely Roof , speakers Diane and Richard Ernst, and Rotarian Sponsor Alice Yorkis The Chicora Rotary was honored to have a Vietnam Combat Veteran, who received 2 purple hearts and a Silver Star for his courage in combat .  The Silver Star medal is given for conspicuous valor while in combat.   It is the 3rd highest decoration for valor given by the military.  His wife spoke about the Quilts of Valor that can be given to all military veterans who have served during a time of conflict affecting the U.S..  This outstanding organization has quilted over 193,000 quilts and given them free of charge to anyone who has served in the military.  Several Chicora rotarians have received or are into the process to receive these quilts.

The Chicora Rotary is extremely proud to be apart of this great project!

Alzheimer’s Fund-Raiser Coming August 17

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Jul 112018

Rotary clubs in South Carolina’s Midlands will hold a gala fund-raiser in Columbia Friday evening, Aug. 17 to benefit the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund.  Tickets are now available, along with sponsorship opportunities and item donations for life and silent auctions.

The black tie optional event will be held at the historic event venue at 1208 Washington St. from 7 to 11 p.m. Advance tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple.  Tickets at the door will be $125 per person or $200 per couple.  Admission includes live music, heavy hors d’oeurves, open bar and free valet parking.

Sponsorships range from $250 to $5,000 and include a pre-event champagne reception, event tickets, advertising listings and additional promotional considerations.  More information about tickets and sponsor information is available at www.cartgala.org.

Gala organizers hope to raise $40,000 for the CART Fund.  One hundred percent (100%) of CART donated funds go to grants for cutting edge, high-impact research aimed at preventing or finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  The CART initiative began in South Carolina over 20 years ago and has since been adopted by Rotary clubs throughout the United States.  Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and South Carolina ranks number 1 in deaths from the disease.

Achieve Columbia Mitigates Childhood Trauma

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Jul 112018

Working to overcome effects of significant childhood trauma leads to better lives for youngsters and their families but requires “a lot of human capital,” according to Achieve Columbia executive director Robert Lominack, Capital Rotary’s July 11 guest speaker.  Lominack (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) co-founded the non-profit program in 2012 after working as a defense lawyer and high school teacher.  Currently embedded at Hand Middle School, Achieve Columbia builds long-lasting and deep relationships with at-risk students and families beginning in 7th grade and continuing through high school graduation.  Lominack said mitigating trauma’s negative impact “gives our students a wider window into the world and helps them find their place in it.”  With a combination of group and individualized mentoring, tutoring, resource coordination and counseling, Achieve Columbia successfully deals with issues including student behavior and academics, homelessness, transportation and life beyond high school.  Lominack is a Greenville, SC native and was educated at the University of the South in Tennessee and at Northeastern Law School in Boston.

Jul 112018

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club is gearing up for the annual summer blood drive to be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Scheduled donations and walk-ins are welcome at the donation site – first floor conference room, CB Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main St. in downtown Columbia.  The goal is 75 pints of blood, according to Red Cross staff member Libby Wright (at center in photo with president Philip Flynn and drive chairman Paul Gillam at left).  Wright said the club over the past nine years has collected 516 units of blood, helping to save the lives of more than 1,500 patients.  Because of high demand and lagging blood donations in summertime, Wright said the Red Cross is making an “emergency appeal” now for participation by prospective donors.

Rotary Club of Cheraw Selects Outstanding Rotarians

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Jul 062018

On June 6, two outstanding Rotarians were recognized at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Cheraw.  Trae Michael was selected as Rotarian of the Year and Mel West received the Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians.  Both recipients received plaques for their service.

Trae is the incoming club president for 2018-2019.  During 2017-2018, Trae was the membership committee co-chair, lead for the club’s barbecue fundraiser, and worked long hours at the golf tournament major fundraiser.  He volunteered with other club members to work at Pee Dee Coalition and presented dictionaries to multiple classrooms of third graders throughout Chesterfield county in completion of the district grant project.  Trae worked tirelessly with the members of each committee  in order to be a successful incoming club president.  (Photos show Trae receiving his Rotarian of the Year pin from president Hough and a group photo with Incoming AG Sherrie Chapman, Hough, Mel & Trae).

Mel is a former club president and currently serves on the board of directors for the club.  As fundraising chair, she was lead for the St. Patrick’s Day Event and greatly exceeded our sales in previous years.  Along with other club members, Mel volunteered at McArn Food Bank in completion of the district grant project.  She attended the district conference this year and will become club president in 2020-2021.  She is an active recruiter for new members for our club.

Mel consistently demonstrates support of the Object of Rotary through participation in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth.

We commend Trae and Mel for their accomplishments!

Rotary Club of Hartsville Annual Banquet

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Jun 292018

We had a blast at our annual banquet! Bobby Mcgee has done an excellent job growing our club by 50% during his presidency. We have an incredible list of accomplishments for our club to be proud of and we are looking forward to our club’s continued leadership under Jennifer Blair! Thanks also to Bob Braddock for his exceptional showmanship in his Sergeant at Arms report and the time and effort put into making this such an exciting event year after year. Some even remarked that it was akin to a live comedy show! In a club that is comprised of 40% female members, the women swept the awards portion.

Awards not pictured are the Secretary’s Award which was given to Brenda Newsome and the Treasurers Award which was given to Jim Roberts.

List of events and accomplishments throughout this Rotary year. 

Hartsville Rotary Annual Banquet held at Lawton Park Pavillion

Installation of our new President- Jennifer Blair.

Rotarian of the year- Peggy Smith

Four Way Test Award- Ardie Arvidson

Service Above Self Award-Yvonne Cranford

Service Above Self Award-Hannah Stanley

Ten Star Rotarians- Bobby McGee, Sharman Poplava, Charles Saverance 

Perfect Attendance

Rotary Club of Conway Installation Banquet

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Jun 292018
 Please see the attached Rotary Club of Conway Installation Banquet photos.  Outgoing President Bruce Boone, Incoming President Kim Sauls and Shannon Jordan presenting the Rotarian of the Year award to Jamie Colway.
The first picture is of outgoing President Bruce Boone, the second and third are pictures of Shannon Jordan presenting the “Rotarian of the Year” award to Jamie Colway.  The fourth is a pic of Bruce swearing-in Incoming President Kim Sauls and the last pic shows Kim presenting Bruce with a plaque for his year of leadership.
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