Capital Rotary Club members John Guignard (standing left rear) and Rowland Alston (standing right rear) helped deliver new paperback dictionaries to this Arden Elementary School third-grade class as part of the club’s participation in The Dictionary Project. The project – begun by a non-profit organization in Charleston in 1995 – aims to help young people become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners. Capital Rotary donated dictionaries to some 900 students in 12 Richland County District One schools for 2018. Over the past 14 years, the club has distributed personal dictionaries to 14,000 students in the Columbia area. A number of other Rotary clubs in South Carolina and throughout the country are Dictionary Project sponsors. One of Rotary International’s major goals is improving basic education and literacy for adults and young people.
ALZHEIMER’S GALA – Charleston
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Champagne Reception in Grand Lobby 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Master of Ceremony Cynthia Alston Bell – WMGL, 107.3
Guest Speaker: Mr. Todd Gallati
President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident Health
Marriott Crystal Ballroom
170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston SC
Black Tie Optional Tickets are $100 each, Sponsorship’s available.
Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club is gearing up for the annual summer blood drive to be held Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scheduled donations and walk-ins are welcome at the donation site – first floor conference room, CB Richard Ellis Building, 1333 Main St. in downtown Columbia. The goal is 75 pints of blood, according to Red Cross staff member Libby Wright (at center in photo with president Philip Flynn and drive chairman Paul Gillam at left). Wright said the club over the past nine years has collected 516 units of blood, helping to save the lives of more than 1,500 patients. Because of high demand and lagging blood donations in summertime, Wright said the Red Cross is making an “emergency appeal” now for participation by prospective donors.
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.
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