Nov 272017
 

 

Doors To Freedom Organization (L to R) Tim Young, Sharon Rikard and President Thomas Taylor.

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.

The funds were raised by the club through their signature Rockin The Ville Derby Style, a KY Derby Horse Race and Golf tournament and the Summerville Oktoberfest events. #SECRotary

Nov 072017
 

November Message

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!

Gary Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18

(sgcb@earthlink.net)

 

Sep 052017
 

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
District 7770
sgcb@earthlink.net

Conway Rotarian Honored with the Distinguished Service Award

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Apr 142017
 

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.)

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Mar 262017
 
Capital Rotary president Tommy Gibbons welcomes University of South Carolina senior Arianna Miskin to a recent club breakfast meeting.  Miskin hopes to qualify for a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship to attend University College of London and earn a master’s degree in pediatrics and child health.  Successful Global Grant scholars may be funded for graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years.  Miskin, a Brooklyn, NY native, earned two USC Honors College research grants and has been active in student government, homeless outreach, homecoming and numerous other campus activities.  She’s also been a volunteer for medical programs and afterschool child care during her collegiate career. Arianna Miskin Columbia Capital Rotary        
Mar 262017
 
Felicia Maloney, executive director of the Columbia Empowerment Zone, Inc., joins Capital Rotary Club following induction ceremonies by president Tommy Gibbons.  Maloney, a Baltimore, MD native, is a Limestone College and S.C. Economic Development School graduate.  She formerly worked with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and with Columbia Housing Authority.  Maloney was named the Greater Community Relations Council “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” and has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Cooperative Ministries, Junior Achievement, City Year, Palmetto Health Foundation and Together We Can Read Initiative.  Gloria Saeed was her Rotary member sponsor. Felicia Maloney Columbia Capital Rotary
Mar 242017
 
On Wednesday morning Tori Ricker a 6th grader from CrossRoads Intermidiate was recognized for being the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Student of the Month. She was present with her mother, and two little sisters, as well as, her assistant principal Tara Safriet.
Mar 232017
 

Water and Sanitation

According to Water Missions International

842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.

Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation.  That’s 35% of the Global population.

Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.

District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water

Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project.  This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries.  I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.

Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.

The Rotary Club of  Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru.  The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post  “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC.  So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:

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Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water.  Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.

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Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.”    District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.

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