Rotarians Review Year, Install New Leadership

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Jun 202018

At a year-end assembly to review some of Capital Rotary’s 2017-2018 accomplishments, outgoing president Blake DuBose thanked members for achievement that included:

  • Adding six new members.
  • Donating 936 free dictionaries to third-graders in 14 Richland County District One schools.
  • Awarding two college scholarships to deserving high school students.
  • Reaching 110% of the club’s Rotary Foundation donations goal (total contributions $12,933).
  • Adding 20 new Rotary Foundation Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will) in the past month; 95% of members are now Benefactors.
  • Donating $8,000 to aid natural disaster victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • More than doubling the goal for PolioPlus contributions (total of $3,480).
  • Several club members are organizing a Columbia-area CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) gala to raise money for medical research.
  • Sponsoring Christmas gifts for two families through the Families Helping Families organization.
  • Holding five social events promoting member fellowship.
  • Interaction with student leaders of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club.
  • Continuing community service projects – Meals on Wheels delivery and volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
  • Excellent presentations at weekly club meetings, thanks to speakers committee efforts.
  • Collecting 65 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive.  In the past seven years, the club has collected over 516 units of blood, impacting more than 1,548 lives.
  • A Rotary District 7770 “Four-Way Test Award” nomination for past president David Boucher.
  • A District “Service Above Self Award” for public relations committee chair Pete Pillow.
  • A District “Public Image Award” and a leadership citation for the club.
  • Reporting on club activities with70 website and social media posts; reaching 8,460 people through social media; 2,251 website visitors; 65 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 91 press releases posted by local media; and 11 monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.

2018-2019 Leadership

New 2018-2019 officers and directors for Capital Rotary were sworn into office on June 20.  Pictured are (from left) Jack Williamson, at-large director and sergeant at arms; Ben Carlton, secretary; Andy Markl, at-large director; Abby Naas, president-elect; Neda Beal, at-large director and service chair; Gloria Saeed, membership chair; Paul Gillam and Ione Cockrell, at-large directors; Philip Flynn, president; Blake DuBose, past president and Rotary Foundation chair; and Bryan Goodyear, treasurer.

Jun 202018

Outgoing Capital Rotary Club president Blake DuBose presents the 2018 Rotarian of the Year plaque to public relations chair Pete Pillow (left) in recognition of his dedicated service and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary.  Pillow, a retired journalist and public information officer, joined Capital Rotary in 2006.  He’s been a Rotarian since 1980 and is a past president of clubs in Beaufort and East Spartanburg.  He’s also a past president of the SC Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association and a College of Charleston graduate.

Rotary Club of Beaufort honors Law Enforcement Officers

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Jun 152018

On Wednesday, May 13, the Rotary Club of Beaufort honored four local law enforcement officers, with the Rotary’s Jesse Altman Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, and recognized Patrolman Nicole Anderson of the Port Royal Police Department as the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Pictured above are (left to right):  Patrolman Nicole Anderson, Port Royal Police Department; Master Sergeant George Erdel, Beaufort Police Department; Sergeant Robert Herlong, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; and Lance Corporal Timothy Clarkson, South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Each officer was nominated by their department chief and the overall Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was selected by a Beaufort Rotary Club selection panel, based on a review of the nomination packets.

Patrolman Anderson was recognized for her actions on the night of March 22, 2018, when she responded to a “shots fired” call and observed men fleeing from the scene.  She pursued the individuals and was able to detain one of them until back-up arrived.  Her actions resulted in the seizure of multiple narcotics, firearms and ammunition, to include a handgun loaded with a 50 round magazine.

The annual award is named in honor of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jesse Altman, a former City of Beaufort Police Chief and Beaufort Rotarian.

Summerville Rotary Club Annual Banquet

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Jun 152018

The Summerville Rotary Club held its annual banquet on June 7 and awarded $27,000 in grants to deserving local nonprofit organizations. In addition, we made several club awards. More information here:

I have also attached a few pictures from the evening. Please feel free to contact Michael Lisle if you need any additional information.

Rotary Club of Georgetown Presents Scholarship

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Jun 152018

Two Georgetown area high school seniors will each receive a $1,500 scholarship through the Rotary Club of Georgetown Scholarship Program.   The recipients, each nominated by their respective high schools are:  Anna Grace McLean, Carvers Bay High School and Meredith Shelley, Georgetown High School.   Each recipient was required to submit an essay based on the Rotary 4-Way Test.    

Anna Grace McLean was recognized by the Rotary Club of Georgetown at its June 12th luncheon meeting and presented her scholarship award.  Upon receipt of the scholarship, Anna Grace shared her essay with members of the club.  Shelley was not able to attend the event.

Anna Grace Mclean will attend Coastal Carolina University and Meredith Shelley will attend Clemson University.

Doctor Sebille Speaks at Chicora Rotary

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Jun 152018

Pictured below are Doctor Joshua Sibille and Chicora Rotary President Blakely Roof. Doctor Sibille is a board certified general surgeon and has a fellowship in vascular surgery. He is a registered physician in vascular interpretation. He is a native of Louisiana and has received his medical training in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His practice is at McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute. He explained all the various causes a stroke and how they are presently being treated. Doctor Sibille stated that his goal is to help offer peace of mind and allow patients to live out their lives comfortably. The Chicora Rotary is very proud to have had such a renown physician speak at our Rotary club in Myrtle Beach.

Project Lifesaver Finds Lost Loved Ones

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Jun 132018

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Project Lifesaver team aims to “bring loved ones home” safely when electronic tracking is needed to find at-risk wanderers – clients with Alzheimer’s, autism, Downs Syndrome or traumatic brain injury.  Deputy Amanda Jordan (shown at left in photo with Rotarian Daniel Moses) briefed Capital Rotary on June 13, noting that 44 local clients and their families are enrolled in the program founded in Virginia nearly 20 years ago.  Project Lifesaver began in Richland County in 2006 with only eight deputies and three clients.  Today 80 deputies are trained, certified specialists in locating missing persons via electronic searching – a process that usually takes less 30 minutes as compared to a normal physical search lasting up to nine hours and sometimes involving hundreds of officers and volunteers.  Jordan said Project Lifesaver is cost effective for law enforcement and provides better protection for lost individuals.  Richland County does not charge its residents or their at-risk loved ones for receiving a transmitter and joining the program.  Jordan, a University of South Carolina graduate, has served with the Sheriff’s Department for 14 years.  She coordinates Project Lifesaver for the State of South Carolina, where 18 counties have signed on.  There are 1,300 participating agencies across the US, Canada and Australia.  To date more than 3,400 client rescues have been reported.

Jun 132018

Paul Gillam (left in photo), a member of Capital Rotary’s scholarship selection committee, welcomes College of Charleston graduate Victoria Bailey to the June 13 weekly meeting.  Bailey, recipient of a four-year scholarship from the club, graduated from Dreher High in 2015 and majored in biology/molecular biology.  She plans to attend medical school and is eyeing a career as a surgeon, anesthesiologist or obstetrics/gynecology practitioner.  Capital Rotary has been supporting higher-education opportunities for local high school students for more than 20 years.  The club’s scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activities and economic need.

Chicora Rotary’s Fireman of the Year

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Jun 082018

Pictured  isJames Marion,  Chicora Rotary’s Fireman of the year  and President Blakely Roof ,fireman Marion ,chief Alvin Payne and the Rotarian sponsor. The second picture is the new Sea rescue self-propelled life savings vehicle named Emily it is being employed to save lives in the Myrtle Beach area. Chicora Rotary was the again very proud to honor the life-saving work performed by the fire department, by giving recognition and  a financial reward for what they do to protect Myrtle Beach beaches.


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