Summerville Rotary club celebrated Student of the Month & Teacher of the Month

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Oct 152017
 

from Sand Hill Elementary School. They were accompanied by Chandler’s parents Phil and Adair Roark, Sand Hill Assistant Principal Annette Roper, SRC President Jaye Elliott and SRC member Rita Berry.

Summerville Rotary Club welcomed Scott Cave, Principal at Atlantic Business Continuity Services, to their September 20th meeting. Scott delivered a timely presentation on strategies for preparing your business for a hurricane.

 

Rotary Doughnut Run – Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash

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Oct 152017
 

What do doughnuts and runners have in common? Participation in the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest 5K fundraiser
for their annual community youth service projects! Competitors in this USATF certified event will have the option of
competing in the Doughnut Challenge or as a Casual Participant. Those confident in their Running and Doughnut
Eating capabilities will run half the 5K course and then eat one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts before continuing on
with the second half of the race for an opportunity to win prizes and awards. Since the course has been measured
and certified, area runners can also strive to beat their personal best times. Best of all, it’s all for a great cause!
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise has a variety of service projects that cater to the young children and
students in our local community. Proceeds for the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will go to fund annual
service projects the Rotary Club sponsors throughout the year. Examples of these programs are the P Cubed project:
Happy Feet, Clothing Closet, School Supplies, and The Dictionary Project. Each of these projects targets a specific
need with young children and families in our community such as literacy advancement, and financial assistance.
Of course we have an alternate option to being a competitor for the faint of heart. You can register as a casual
runner/walker where you can just take home your dozen doughnuts after the race rather than scarfing them down at
the half waypoint. All participants of the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will receive a race t-shirt to go
along with their one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. T-shirts are guaranteed if registered prior to October 23rd.
The race will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00am. The USATF certified course will begin on Greenleaf
Circle in Myrtle Beach, adjacent to the new Krispy Kreme on Rodeo Drive. For both the competitor and casual
runner/walker registration, the race fee is $30 with a $2.50 sign up fee until September 30th. After September 30 th ,
the race fee will increase to $35 plus the $2.50 sign up fee. Registration will be taken online prior to the race at
https://goo.gl/Q6r8mv. Hope to see you there! Please contact Kevin Kristick for questions or sponsorship
opportunities at cvmbghunter@yahoo.com.

Spring Valley Rotary Club sponsors Gift of Life patient

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Oct 152017
 

The journey began September 8th for our Gift of Life patient, 8-year-old Lourdes Iputi from American Samoa. Thanks to Dr. Stu Hamilton for coordinating this very special project for the Spring Valley Rotary Club.

Her first outpatient procedure is set for Thursday, Sept 14 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Pediatric Opthalmologist Dr. Alexander Pogrebniak will be doing a “complex extracapsular cataract removal.”  The second eye will be then be done on Sept. 21st. Dr. Hamilton, a retired pediatrician, identified this child as a possible Gift of Life patient while on a medical mission trip this summer in American Samoa. In cooperation with the Mission of Hope and Rotary’s Gift of Life program, and with lots of work on Dr. Hamilton’s part, this child will be given the gift of sight. Rotary…..we make a difference.

 

Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year

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Oct 152017
 

The following candidates were recently selected to represent our District 7770 as Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year.

Madeline Leibin is a 2017 graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in Religious Studies / International Studies (Concentration: Europe) / Philosophy (Concentration: Politics, Philosophy, & Law). She will be attending the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, in the Area of Focus of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution to pursue an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Ryan Anderson is attending the University of South Carolina and will graduate with a BS in 2018 with a Major in Public Health. He will be attending the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the Area of Focus Disease Prevention and Treatment. He will pursue a Masters of Public Health at UCT.

Rachel Lunsford is a 2017 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a BS in Business Administration majoring in International Business, Finance and Spanish.

She will attend the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution while pursuing a Masters in International Relations and Politics. She also served as the Rotaract President at USC.

Growing Membership Key to Rotary’s Success

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Oct 112017
 

Adding quality members is the key to success for Rotary clubs, and Columbia’s Capital Rotary must continue to apply that formula, according to past president David Boucher.  Boucher, now serving as membership director, focused on the importance of growth at the Oct. 11 meeting.   Boucher said international membership numbers were fairly flat for the past five years while Capital Rotary added to its ranks, especially among female members.  The club’s attrition rate over the last three years – 8.6% – compares favorably with that of Rotary District 7770 at 14.4%.  Boucher believes Capital Rotary’s growth assets include (1) outstanding existing membership, (2) quality speakers each week, (3) a convenient meeting time at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, (4) accessible downtown parking, (5) a good meeting venue at the Palmetto Club, (6) improved social media and public relations and (7) a membership “growth culture.”  But noting that “complacency is Rotary’s number one enemy,” Boucher warned that “attrition is real” and the need for “growing clubs with quality Rotarians” must be met to ensure future opportunities for service.

Oct 092017
 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham (sgcb@earthlink.net)
District Governor, 2017-18

SPECIAL STORY: Baby shower as a program at Rotary Club meeting

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Oct 082017
 

In 2015, I became a Rotarian.  T-Bone Jones suggested that I attend different Rotary Clubs because every Rotary Club is different.  When I heard him say every Rotary Club was different I knew I was in the right place.  I love diversity.  I love learning about different cultures.  In life we have good and we have bad.  Most of us can agree that lying, stealing, cheating and murder are bad.  Music styles, cultures, hairstyles, sports and locales are different.  Most things in life are neither good nor bad, but different.

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is over 75 years old.  For the first time in the history of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club we have a pregnant Rotarian.  In fact, we have not one, but two pregnant Rotarians.  Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith are our expecting Rotarians.  They are due October 6 and both will have boys. Yes, you read that sentence correctly both Rotarians have the same due date!  

With this exciting news Kathy Miranda wanted to hold a baby shower as a program at our Rotary Club meeting.  When I first heard Kathy mention this program idea I was concerned.  I had heard comments from Rotarians from other clubs that baby showers were not appropriate programs.  I had even heard of a Rotarian being brought to tears by another Rotarian when she was collecting money for a baby gift for a Rotarian at another club.  She was told it was not appropriate for her to collect money for a present.  I listened to Kathy’s idea of holding a baby shower, but I made no comment.

To my surprise our club leader’s liked Kathy’s idea and fully supported the baby shower idea.  Mark Oulsey said to me, “I think a baby shower for a program is a great idea.”  

I was even contacted by our District Governor Gary Bradham to write a story.   Jim Rozier proudly stated, “I am President during our first Rotary baby shower.”  Not only were we going to have a baby shower we were going to surprise our mother’s to be.

Kathy Miranda was a wonderful shower hostess and bought lots of thoughtful decorations.  Pat Stanley helped Kathy decorate the room.   Kathy even baked cupcakes and made punch.  Our club was full of excitement as members arrived with gifts for our two mother’s to be.  Men were chuckling that today was the first time they had attended a baby shower.  B.J. Maynard even asked if we were going to stand around and drink beer.

Barry Thigpen arrived first with presents in hand.  He proudly boasted that his wife Pat had done the shopping.  Excitement was in the air as Rotarians arrived with gifts in hand.  Rotarians gazed with pride at the decorations.

Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith both arrived clueless of their shower.  They were both thrilled that we made them feel so special.

Sun Fun by MJ Schwartz was a list of most popular baby names.  MJ reminded us how special our club is to have two prospective new members on the way.  

Matt Sedota and Eric Long had a wonderful game of Know your Rotarian.  We all laughed and roared as Lauren and Jessica entertained us with the answers to a variety of questions.  They were asked anything from how many days are in a week to how many bones does a baby have?

Kathy Miranda finished up the program with a round of games.  We guessed the number of candies in the baby bottle.  We completed the nursery rhymes.  Also, we played the Price is Right with baby products.

My fears were relieved and I was reminded why I love Rotary.  As T-Bone Jones told me all Rotary Clubs are different.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that baby showers are not appropriate programs.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that you shouldn’t collect money for a present.  All Rotary Clubs are different.  I am a proud member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.  Our club has baby showers for programs.  

I think David Michaux said it best, “everyone is involved!”

 

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Beaufort Volunteered at Military Appreciation Day

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Oct 082017
 
Members of Rotary Club of the Lowcountry volunteered at the Beaufort Regional Chamber’s Military Appreciation Day this past Saturday. Held on Laurel Bay Military Housing Community, MAD is a way for members of the Beaufort community to come together to thank the children and spouses of those who serve. Music, food, fun, games and toys and lots of information, gift certificates for services, education opportunities was available. Thank you to the chamber, all the sponsors and Beaufort‘s participating businesses and community organizations who teamed up to make it another fun event for the children.

St. George Rotary welcomed Governor Gary Bradham!

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Oct 082017
 

The StGeorge Rotary Club welcomed District Governor Gary Bradham on August 16. We were honored to have Gary and his lovely wife Susan join us for our weekly breakfast meeting. We all enjoyed his motivational speech and being reminded of all of the great things that Rotary does! Pictured are the members of the StGeorgeRotary Club with Gary and Susan Bradham.

 

Oct 082017
 

The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at lavrjl@aol.com for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.

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