The Rotary Club of Okatie and Bluffton Self Help are pleased to announce the 2017 Feed the Children fundraiser. This year, our event will take place from Tuesday, February 7th until Wednesday, February 15th . Feed the Children was created with a simple purpose – to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity for children throughout Bluffton. When dining at the restaurants below, diners are provided with a donation envelope when they cash out their bill. This is an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our area. All Donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to help them refill the food pantry. This year our participating restaurants are: Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood, The Cottage, Dolce Vita, Fat Pattie’s, Captain Woody’s, Old Town Dispensary, and the Farm. Please join us for this tasty fundraising opportunity. For questions, contact Juliana Leister with the Okatie Rotary at 843-384-8010.
We are pleased to announce Joe Cox of Crescom Bank and Sarah Baxter of Horry Telephone Company as our newest members. Our club looks forward to doing great things together within our community.
News Release: Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Celebrates 50 Years of Community
Date: February 5, 2017
For Release: February 9, 2017
For Further Information, Contact: Robert Oetjen (843) 689-1384
Hilton Head Island, SC. . . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island celebrated its 50 th anniversary last evening with a gala at the Sonesta Resort. Chartered in 1967, the Club is part of Rotary International, an
organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standard, and build peace and goodwill in the world. The Hilton Head club has played a major role in the development of the Town. Among its most recognized local achievements are:
- Initiating the Island Rec Center;
- Building a permanent home for Deep Well;
- Expanding the Memory Matters facility;
- Providing more than $400,00 0 in college scholarships to local students;
- Recognizing annually student scholars, teachers, and public service officers;
- Implementing Safety Town for island children;
- Establishing the Hilton Head Island Hall of Fame at Honey Horn;
- Providing informational kiosks along the island’s bicycle paths;
- 40 years of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army;
- 25 years of volunteering for the Heritage Golf Tournament: and
- Broadening community service by giving birth to four other Rotaryclubs in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
As an active member of Rotary International, the Club has:
- Provided more than $165,000 to support eradication of polio worldwide;
- Established the Gift of Life program to provide on Hilton Head life- changing reconstructive surgery to youth from underdeveloped counties;
- Sponsored student and professional exchange programs worldwide; and
- Sponsored safe water, disaster relief, medical, dental and mental
- heath programs on four continents.
In recognition of its service, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Community Organization of the Year Award in on three occasions. At last evening’s gala event, the Club
was presented proclamations of commendation from Mayor David Bennett and Congressman Mark Sanford.
As a 50 th anniversary gift to the community, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head island has developed a series of 50 attractive commemorative panels to be installed along the Island’s many miles of leisure paths. These panels will provide residents and visitors brief “factoids” on Hilton Head’s cultural heritage and natural history, as well as identify local points of interest
The Club’s 155 members are committed to continuing service here and abroad. Anyone interested in pursuing membership is invited to check out the Club’s website at www.hiltonheadrotary.org or to call the office at (843) 686-4100. The Club meets every Thursday at 12:30 pm at the Sea Pines country Club.
Congratulations to the members of the Conway Rotary Club for becoming a 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club. Asst. District Governor Drew Hanson presented Past President Shannon Jordan and President Amanda Brown with a banner representing the personal contribution of $100 by every member of the club to the Annual Fund during the 2015-16 Rotary year. The Conway Rotary Club has reached this goal for the past several years.
Also presented at this meeting was the E.R.E.Y. (Every Rotarian Every Year) Award for each member donating at least $100 annually). We are very proud of the Conway Rotary Club for reaching these outstanding goals.
Left to right in picture. Shannon Jordan (Past President), Amanda Brown (President) and Asst. District Governor Drew Hanson.
Rotarians are being asked to help their communities around Valentine’s Day 2017
The 2017 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last
year’s program, originally initiated by PRIVP Anne L. Matthews and expanded by PRID Robert Hall and now continued by RID Joe Mulkerrin. I would like all our 80 clubs in District 7770 to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2017 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing. We can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time. The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.
Zone 33-34 Director Mulkerrin announced a recognition program in which all clubs and districts can participate. Each Governor will select what is considered to be the best Rotary Has Heart club community service project with related publicity in the district. A club president from Zone 33 and Zone 34 will receive 1,000 Paul Harris recognition points plus a certificate and be recognized at all events after the deadline (March 31, 2017). The two club presidents can use the 1,000 recognition points to honor a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to their community. The District Governors in each Zone with the highest percentage of participation will receive a painting by George Lewis to auction off to raise funds for PolioPlus or a Water Project or one of the six Areas of Focus.
Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established program or something as complex as organizing a full-fledged club service project all following the six areas of focus. While this is first and foremost a Community Service Project, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do to Serve Humanity.
- Reduced meals at a meeting with the cost difference donated to fight hunger in your community.
- Provide food or related supplies to a needy organization in your community
- Back Pack Buddies
- Harvest Hope
- Work with your local food pantry or food providers i.e. Meals On Wheels
Send your pictures and information about your event to Rotary7770News@gmail.com
Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
braved cold temperatures and bitter winds this past Saturday and participated in their monthly
“Beach Sweep” of Mitchellville Beach Park as part of their monthly commitment to Community
Service. Contact Paul Heitmann at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or adopt
your own beach by going to www.mycoast.org Interact Club of Hilton Head Island High School
participates in a “Beach Sweep” every month on the 3 rd Saturday of the month, weather permitting.