Dictionary Project – News for Georgetown Rotary Club

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Oct 292017
 

The Rotary Club of Georgetown distributed dictionaries to all 3rd graders at Kensington, Plantersville and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools recently.  Rotarian Dr. Randy Dozier, Georgetown County School Superintendent, and Alan Walters, Rotary Past District Governor, made the presentations on behalf of the club.  The Dictionary Project is a collaborative program established by the five Rotary Clubs in Georgetown County in 1999 that has provided over 13,000 free dictionaries to third graders in Georgetown County.

 

Local Beaufort Rotarian is the largest Rotary Foundation Benefactor in South Carolina

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Oct 292017
 

Wayne “Gabby” Grabenbauer recognized for $500,000 in donations

Local Beaufort resident and Rotarian Wayne “Gabby” Grabenbauer, was recently recognized at a Rotary Club of Beaufort meeting, for his joining the “Chair’s Circle” of Rotary International’s Arch Klumph Society.  That recognition is reserved for Rotarians who have given $500,000 or more to the Rotary International Foundation.  His recognition came from fellow South Carolinian Anne Matthews, a long time friend, and a Past Vice President and Director of Rotary International.

The Arch Klumph Society is named after the sixth president of Rotary, and it recognizes The Rotary Foundation’s highest tier of donors – those who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetime.  Gabby had previously donated $250,000 to the foundation, so with his recent second donation of $250,000, he is recognized at the “Chair’s Circle” tier.  Only 73 Rotarians in the U.S. have attained “Chair’s Circle,” and he is the only Rotarian from the state of South Carolina at this level.

In presenting his recognition, Anne Matthews spoke of Gabby as “…the living role model of what a Rotarian should be. His donation,” she said, “will make a difference in the lives of countless humans in developing nations, yet Gabby will never meet or know those whose lives he has touched.”

Gabby first joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort in 1971 and has had perfect attendance at every meeting for 31 years, from 1985 until an illness prevented him from attending weekly meetings in 2016.

 

Gabby Chair’s Circle Recognition

WORLD POLIO DAY

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Oct 292017
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island member Brian Julius is the CEO of Speaking Books.  The club supported this initiative to Rotary International Polio Plus. Click the link below for more details!!

 

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Not a Sleepy Wednesday Morning for these Rotarians

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Oct 292017
 

As you can see, Rotaraians enjoyed their morning exercise that started their Wednesday Rotary meeting. Joined by Myndi Hughes-Hillman from Fitness Edge, Rotarians were taught simple chair exercises that anyone can do to get the blood flowing in the morning. We will continue our vocational talks this coming Wednesday with Bob Lepore from Firehouse Subs. Be our guest Wednesdays at 7 am at the Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest. See you there!

Photo credit: Theresa Calabrese

 

Rotary Club of Little River 15th Anniversary Celebration

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Oct 292017
 
The Rotary Club of Little River celebrated its 15th Anniversary on September 18th, 2017 at the Parson’s Table in Little River.  In attendance were Past District Governor Craig Hill, a co-founder, Past District Governor Mary Martin, a co-founder, Past District Governor Nancy Moody, Governor when the club was chartered and State Senator Greg Hembree.
In 15 years, the club has had the District Secretary of the year 4 times and was the small club of the year in 2016-2017.  It has made its Foundation goal every year but one and its Polio goal every year.  After many Leadership and Presidential Citations, it calls itself the “award winning Rotary Club of Little River.”

Aby Freeman talks about her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student with the Bluffton Rotary Club

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Oct 292017
 

Aby Freeman shared some photos, as well as travel experiences and cultural differences as a Rotary Exchange student during the 2016-2017 school year in Lyon, France with her sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Bluffton. With her three different families and the sponsored end-of-year trip, Aby visited Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria and of course other areas of France, including Paris. Abby noted that families had full, prepared meals every day, rarely eating out and never at fast food restaurants. School classes were formatted similar to colleges in the US, where starting and ending times vary depending on class schedules. Sports teams are not part of schools, so the hectic practice and game schedules many parents face in the US were not a factor. School schedules differ too .. students in France attend school for two weeks and then get two weeks off. Aby is home now, missing her best friend from Lyon, and adjusting to a “counter culture” shock of being back in the States again, now as a well-traveled, bilingual Junior at Bluffton High School.

For more information about Rotary District 7770’s Youth Exchange program: http://www.rotaryyouthexchange7770.org/

 

Oct 192017
 

Cybercrime costs U.S. business more than $1.3 billion yearly and often takes the form of bogus e-mails, according to Lt. D. Britt Dove, supervisory agent for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Computer Crime Center.  Dove (at right, talking with Rotarian Tommy Gibbons) was Capital Rotary’s Oct. 18 guest speaker.  He said every business connected to the internet is a potential cybercrime victim.  Businesses are vulnerable to being scammed by e-mail as criminals expand their ability to steal money directly or to turn stolen data into money.  Dove detailed several safeguards that include (1) educate employees to recognize suspicious e-mails; (2) be cautious when e-mails request confidential information or information out of the ordinary; (3)  double check e-mail sender details carefully, watching for similar domain names or characters that have been swapped for other letters; (4) forward e-mail responses instead of hitting “reply” so you can type out the genuine e-mail address for the person you wish to communicate with; and (5) confirm details of the e-mail request by contacting the sender using a known phone number.  Lt. Dove is a University of South Carolina graduate, a former West Columbia Police Dept. investigator, and is active in the Secret Service Electronic Taskforce, FBI Cyber Taskforce and the S.C. Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Human Affairs Lawyer Joins Capital Rotary

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Oct 192017
 

Lee Ann Rice (center) is welcomed as Capital Rotary’s newest member by sponsor Katherine Anderson and club president Blake DuBose.  Rice, a Greenville native, is the S.C. Human Affairs Commission’s general counsel.  She formerly practiced law in Myrtle Beach, where she was a Chicora Rotary member, a Paul Harris Fellow, and was 2011 Rookie Rotarian of the Year.  Rice is the mock trial team coach for Brookland Cayce High School and is a Women In Philanthropy member through United Way.  She’s also a candidate for the state government’s Certified Public Manager program, Class of 2019.  She attended Furman University and the University of South Carolina’s School of Law.

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec

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Oct 152017
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec.  Presenting the check to Alan Perry, past president of the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association (third from left) and Frank Soule, Executvie Director(fifth from left) are David Tirard, District Governor Elect, President Karen Cully, and Sandee Brooks, Past District Governor .

 

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