Mar 222017
 

It was “Ladies Day” at Spring Valley Rotary last week, when we inducted three new members, Brenda Milton, sponsored by Martie McParland and Patsy Brewer, Gwen Rawls, sponsored by Paula Matthews and Gina Pollack, sponsored by Stevie Johnson. Our club continues to have the highest percentage of women Rotarians in our District, just one of the many ways we are a diverse Rotary Club. Thanks to these members for sponsoring new members.

 

Brenda Milton is a retired Media Specialist in Richland District One with 31 years of service in the Army Reserves. She currently  volunteers with Richland School Districts 1 and 2, serving as a mentor to students and assisting teachers in the class room. Gina Pollack is First Citizens Bank Branch Manager and is new to Columbia as of September of 2015, relocating from Massachusetts. Gwen Rawls is the owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique in Trenholm Plaza.
Welcome to our newest Spring Valley Rotarians.

 

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Mar 222017
 

Chelsea Roland, a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student addressed the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its March 8th meeting.  Chelsea spent her senior year of high school in Belgium, then attended the College of Charleston before being accepted as a Rotary Ambassador Global Scholar and attending graduate school in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

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Mar 222017
 
Ms. Carla Schuessler, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, was the guest speaker at the March 15 meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. In her talk she explained the work of the local Habitat, including how the organization works with individuals and families to purchase a home with an interest-free mortgage. The  process includes the selection of those who qualify, financial education and training in many areas to help ensure that the new home owner(s) will be successful.
More information on Habitat for Humanity, including volunteer opportunities, can be found at HabitatMB.org or by contacting Ms. Schuessler at (843) 650-8815 or Carla@habitatmb.org.
Breakfast meetings of The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Beef O’Brady’s in the Carolina Forest shopping center where Krogers is located. Guests are always welcomed. For more information visit CarolinaForestRotary.org or call (843) 903-1223.
Rotary’s motto is “Service Before Self”
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Mar 222017
 

The Rotary Has Heart Project for the St. George Rotary Club is our ongoing backpack buddies program. We pick up food from the Lowcountry Food Bank once a month and deliver that to the individual Interact Clubs (we support 2 Interact clubs). Dorchester Academy has 35 students in its interact club. They usually have 10-12 students that help unload the food and then the juniors (12 students) pack the bags. They pack about 500 bags and deliver them to Williams Memorial Elementary School each month. The administrator there hands out about 125 bags every Friday to the underprivileged students each week so that they will have something substantial to eat over the weekend.

Woodland High School has 50 students in its interact club. They do the same thing as DA but they deliver to Harleyville Elementary School.  They have about 25 regulars that help (rotating from month to month). They pack and deliver 375 bags each month and their administrator hands out about 95 bags each Friday afternoon.
So, in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank, we provide 875 backpacks each month so that underprivileged kids in our area are guaranteed to have something to eat on the weekends!
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Mar 222017
 

Women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Beaufort pose for a group photo to commemorate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The guest speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting on Lady’s Island was Chelsea Roland (back row, 3rd from left), a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student, who continued her education at the College of Charleston, then graduate studies in Vancouver, British Columbia through the Rotary Funded Studies Program.

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Mar 172017
 
Capital Rotarian Bill Beers (left) is congratulated by club president Tommy Gibbons as the latest member to join the ranks of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, signifying a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation.  Paul Harris Fellows receive a special pin, a certificate and a medal to honor their donation.  Gifts to the Rotary Foundation help fund international programs promoting world understanding and peace.  Beers’ donation was assisted by David Boucher, the club’s chairman for Foundation giving. Bill Beers - PH Fellow
Mar 132017
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise guest speaker-member- Bob Squatriglia (right) appears above with current Club president Kevin Kristick (left) and Club president-elect (2017-18) Elizabeth Howland (center) at a recent meeting. Squatriglia’s club valedictory (he and Betty are relocating to Fort Mill,SC this month) was in three parts: ” Why I am a Rotarian”, “How I came to Conway  and Coastal Carolina University”,” Making CCU a Better Place”.He served as Rotary International District 7770 Governor in 1987-88, is Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs at CCU, and was in that position and also consultant , 1977-2010. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets at 7:00 am every Wednesday at Beef Obradys, Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning about our community and opportunities to serve others consistent with the Rotary motto : “Service Above Self”.

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Mar 132017
 

Women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Beaufort pose for a group photo to commemorate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The guest speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting on Lady’s Island was Chelsea Roland (back row, 3rd from left), a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student, who continued her education at the College of Charleston, then graduate studies in Vancouver, British Columbia through the Rotary Funded Studies Program.

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Mar 122017
 
The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend. St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region. The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 – More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo
  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade
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