Nov 142017

South Carolina’s recovery from the economic recession that began in December 2007 has outpaced U.S. growth in some measures since that time, but future forecasts depend on continued consumer confidence and on the politics of issues such as healthcare, fair trade, tax reform and rebuilding infrastructure.  That’s according to the University of South Carolina’s Dr. Bob Hartwig (shown with Capital Rotary Club member Chris Myers).  Hartwig – clinical associate professor of finance and co-director of USC’s Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management – was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 8 guest speaker.  He said that 70 percent of the nation’s economy is tied to consumer spending.  Recent polls show public and business confidence in, and optimism about, improving economic conditions.  Hartwig earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1993 and speaks frequently on all issues related to insurance markets.

Nov 142017

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club has made donations for two humanitarian causes – one to eradicate polio, the other to provide disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas.

The club raised $882 that will be matched with District Designated Funds to become a donation of $1,764 for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.  Ending polio has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985.  Rotarians have contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

Capital Rotary’s contribution – and the resulting match from District 7770 in eastern South Carolina – was made to celebrate World Polio Day/Week.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The local club’s disaster relief donation totaled $8,000 earmarked for rebuilding lives and communities following hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, plus the September earthquakes in Mexico. “We are coordinating through Rotary for the best way to distribute our funds to make a difference,” said Capital president Blake DuBose.

“Our board voted for this donation because we remember when Columbia was impacted by a 1,000-year flood in 2015 and an outpouring of support came from all parts of the country,” DuBose added.  “The greater Columbia area was the beneficiary of an incredible amount of giving then, so we’re doing what we can in the same spirit now.”

RI award presented to Anne Matthews at the Zone Institute

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Nov 062017

Mike McGovern, past Vice President of Rotary International, presents Anne Matthews with the Rotary International Service for a Polio Free World. Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East,  a past Foundation Trustee, and past vice president of Rotary International. She was recognized for her work to eradicate polio.


The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s guest speaker for its November 1st luncheon meeting was Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth M. Dwyer, currently the garrison commander at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. 

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Nov 062017

Colonel Dwyer, a Special Forces officer and a member of The Savannah Rotary, shared his thoughts on resilience and overcoming adversity.  His thoughts are close to the heart.  In 2006, while engaged in a firefight in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, he sustained near-fatal injuries resulting in the loss of his left arm and his left eye.  For his actions on the battlefield during that firefight, Colonel Dwyer was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for combat heroism.  Following his lengthy recovery, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan.

Now, 11 years after that firefight, he is the equivalent of a city mayor, responsible for the running of a major Army installation – Hunter Army Airfield — that has representatives of all five services among its tenant units.

He could have used his time to give Beaufort Rotarians an overview of his responsibilities in running Hunter, but he chose, instead, to share what he learned through his recovery:  resilience and overcoming adversity.

Colonel Dwyer summarized his philosophy to three thoughts:

—  Surround yourself with positive people, being the kind of person others would reach out to.

—  Find your purpose in life and live it every day.

—  Have a sense of humor in life.

While proud of his military accomplishments, he is more proud of his family, and especially his overcoming adversity to relearn how to play baseball with one arm so he can play with, and coach, his son.

Needless to say, Colonel Dwyer received a standing ovation from the Beaufort Rotarians.

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Nov 062017

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island honored Hilton Head Teachers with a luncheon, proclamation from the Mayor of Hilton Head, and a gift package on October 26, 2017.  Those honored were:

The 12 teachers honored were (L to R):   Suzie Lehman (HH Christian Academy Lower School), Laurie Biggs (Heritage Academy), Duncan Aspinwall-Winter (HH High School), Kit Seelbach (HH IB Elementary School), Kate Clark (HH Prep-Upper School), Dan Harrington (HH Christian Academy Middle & Upper School), Krista Hanna (HH Prep Lower School), Samantha Payne (HH Prep Middle School),  Ben Kozik (Sea Pines Montessori Academy), Sheila Broadbent (St. Francis Catholic Elementary School), Teresa Fitzgibbons (St. Francis Catholic Middle School), Jennifer Friend-Kerr (HH School for the Creative Arts), Mayor David Bennett

Chicora news update – Operation Happy Feet!

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Nov 062017

Pictured are the Chicora Rotarian volunteers who helped with Operation Happy Feet the second picture is the young recipients of new shoes.  This Rotarian project is a wonderful way to help the needy of our area, by providing shoes for the grade school kids in Myrtle Beach. This is a collected effort between RI , Chicora Rotary, and a local shoe store. Children from local schools were identified as needing assistance with new shoes. They are given a certificate  for a pair of shoes. The child comes to the store and chooses a pair of shoes, they show the shoes to the parent for approval. If approval is received, the child takes the shoes home. The   Chicora team is proud to provide this service.


Leadership Presentation at Chicora Rotary Club!

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Nov 062017

Pictured with Pres Blakely Roof is Mr. Rod Gragg is a writer and Professor of History. Mr.Gragg gave a very interesting presentation about Leadership.  Mr.Gragg has written a book entitled Lessons in Leadership  from the Greatest Generation. He spoke about what are elements that make good people, great leaders. The meeting was held at the Pines Lakes Country Club for the Chicora Rotary Club.


Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Military Service Members of the Year Wednesday, November 8, 2017 12:00 p.m.

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Nov 062017

Traditionally, the Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary Clubs, honors and recognizes work place excellence and community volunteering by a service member from Beaufort’s three military installations:  the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island; the Naval Hospital Beaufort; and the Marine Air Station Beaufort.

Three outstanding service members nominated by their chain of command:

  •                         Staff Sergeant Jessica C. Navarro, MCRD Parris Island
  •                         Petty Officer Second Class Adam Henneman, Naval Hospital Beaufort
  •                         Staff Sergeant Juan C. Maravilla, MCAS Beaufort


Military Service Member Recognition

Breast Cancer Survivor and Mary Kay Rep. Empowering Women

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Nov 062017

ppropriate for the first day of November, Ms. Elizabeth Pooles shared her journey as a Mary Kay representative and breast cancer survivor, with the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. Diagnosed in January, Ms. Pooles turned hard to her faith and family to realize that the public speaking and confidence building she had learned from Mary Kay lead her to this moment. Her purpose was found and that was to share her cancer journey with other women and empower them and their family through tough times. Ms. Pooles has created a Youtube channel where she films the journey as she gets CAT scans and radiation treatment. See the link below to watch a video from her channel.

Be our guest Wednesdays at 7 am at the Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest. See you there!

Sustaining the Waccamaw Neck

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Nov 062017

“Our goal is to look forward and explore ways to shape future development to have a positive influence on our area for future generations” is what John Sands shared with the club this week as he discussed sustainability of the Waccamaw Neck.   He said the growth on the Waccamaw Neck has been 620 percent with almost 20,000 people added. The projected growth for the Waccamaw Neck is another 45 percent by 2030 with 10,000 more people.  As a reminder to all, it is our responsibility to protect and prepare our community for future generations.


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