Capital Rotary is awarding scholarships to two college-bound Midlands students following 19 applicant interviews in late March. Club members on the selection committee included (from left in photo) Paul Gillam, Allyson Way Hank and Darren Foy, plus Pete Pillow (not pictured). A $20,000 scholarship – $5,000 annually for four years – is going to C.A. Johnson High School senior Amariyah Ayee, while Ben Lippen School senior Claire Davis is getting a $10,000 scholarship – $5,000 annually for two years. Ayee, second-ranked in her class, plans to attend Claflin University and hopes to become a pediatric surgeon. Davis will seek to major in engineering and plans to use that knowledge to solve clean water problems in third-world countries. 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.
Capital Rotary members put in a solid hour of community service Feb. 21 when they volunteered at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Shop Road headquarters in Columbia. Rotarians sorted and stocked 1,363 pounds of bakery items; bagged 611 pounds of snacks and 1,714 pounds of produce; and bagged and stocked 443 pounds of dairy goods – all destined for the Emergency Food Pantry. Harvest Hope, begun in 1981, works to meet the needs of hungry people in 20 counties in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina. Food Bank executive director Denise Holland is a Capital Rotary member. In photo, club members on work detail are (from left) Ione Cockrell, Trey Boone, Frank Rutkowski, Ben Carlton and Ann Elliott.
Summerville Evening Rotary Club presents a five thousand dollar contribution check to Doors To Freedom. Doors to Freedom has been established to provide a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life. It’s vision is to lovingly support each individual as she overcomes her traumatic past and receives total restoration: body, soul, and spirit. We are committed to providing a place, free of charge, for these girls to call home. Through guided personal growth, life skills training, vocational training and academic education she will find new life, restored hope, and a beautiful future. More information can be found on their website.
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. As we approach November things continue to be an exciting time in my Rotary story. I have visited sixty-seven clubs and participated in another dozen events for RLI, service projects, three fundraisers, four social functions, two recognition events, and one 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Membership of our District. I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and experiences around the District! As we begin November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and other special holiday times.
We were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the District’s Rotary Foundation plans and programs. We had to postpone the Fall Club Foundation Seminar and reschedule the Grant process and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing /training, but we are back on track. Clubs reported collecting and donating over $20,000 to one of the four Foundation Donor Advised Funds established for disaster relief. We executed a highly successful World Polio Day / week Campaign and Challenge resulting in significant giving to Polio Plus to eradicate Polio… nearly $50,000 was collected by the clubs and donated to the Rotary Foundation and was matched by the full $25,000 DDF. The overall impact after all matches from the Gates Foundation and World Fund was more than $250,000 provided by District 7770 for this one week effort! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.
As we continue to view our Rotary Foundation as our “Charity of Choice,” I urge you to continue to give and raise funds to help those in need and who so desperately need the assistance. We are an extremely giving people within District 7770. People who understand that others have needs that are greater than their own. I urge each of you to give generously to our Foundation! Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, constantly receiving the highest praise and ratings for non-profit organizations.
At the Fall Club Leadership Foundation Training, clubs received their District Grant match checks. With these checks, numerous Community Service projects will be executed. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events, to name a few. The fall will be another fun-filled season for these projects as well as the major fundraisers to be held to raise money for the Foundation for programs and projects in the coming years.
I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18 through the Rotary Foundation. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
District Governor, 2017-18
District Governor September Message
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.
We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District. Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year. The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self. This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process. In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs. Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.
Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus. Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items. During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year. Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves. Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month. Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year. She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.
By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness. Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.
I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary C. Bradham
District Governor, 2017-18
Livingston presented Conway Rotary Distinguished Service Award
George Livingston was presented the Dr. Carl Busbee Distinguished Service Award at a recent special meeting of the Conway Rotary Club. Livingston is a Past President and an active member of the Conway Rotary Club. Altman was selected by Steve Williams, the previous award winner. (L-R Steve Williams and George Livingston.)