Oct 082017
 

Polio Sucks Challenge for #WorldPolioDay

The World Polio Day is Tuesday, October 24, 2017. It is a one day, one focus, ending Polio operation.
Polio eradication has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary District 7770, the Eastern District of South Carolina, created the “Polio Sucks Challenge” to raise funds to continue the efforts of giving “two precious drops” to eliminate Polio in the world.
The challenge is to suck a slice of lemon publically or contribute to our GoFundMe account. Share your videos on social media programs with hash tags #PolioSucksChallenge, #RotaryDistrict7770, #WorldPolioDay, #EndPolio, #DoGoodHaveFunTellSomeone and challenge others to do the same.

 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec

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Oct 152017
 

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented a check for $50,000 to assist with the Expansion of Island Rec.  Presenting the check to Alan Perry, past president of the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association (third from left) and Frank Soule, Executvie Director(fifth from left) are David Tirard, District Governor Elect, President Karen Cully, and Sandee Brooks, Past District Governor .

 

US Marine Corps Colonel Matthew St. Clair  joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort

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Oct 152017
 

US Marine Corps Colonel Matthew StClair  joined the Rotary Club of Beaufort in a ceremony at the Club’s September 20th meeting.  He is joined (left to right) by his mother, Jocylin StClair, his wife Melissa, and Beaufort Rotary Club President Suzi Oliver.  Colonel StClair has been the Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Eastern Recruiting Region at Parris Island since turning over command of the Recruit Training Regiment in July.  He and his wife Melissa will remain in Beaufort following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2018.

 

Summerville Rotary club celebrated Student of the Month & Teacher of the Month

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Oct 152017
 

from Sand Hill Elementary School. They were accompanied by Chandler’s parents Phil and Adair Roark, Sand Hill Assistant Principal Annette Roper, SRC President Jaye Elliott and SRC member Rita Berry.

Summerville Rotary Club welcomed Scott Cave, Principal at Atlantic Business Continuity Services, to their September 20th meeting. Scott delivered a timely presentation on strategies for preparing your business for a hurricane.

 

Rotary Doughnut Run – Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash

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Oct 152017
 

What do doughnuts and runners have in common? Participation in the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest 5K fundraiser
for their annual community youth service projects! Competitors in this USATF certified event will have the option of
competing in the Doughnut Challenge or as a Casual Participant. Those confident in their Running and Doughnut
Eating capabilities will run half the 5K course and then eat one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts before continuing on
with the second half of the race for an opportunity to win prizes and awards. Since the course has been measured
and certified, area runners can also strive to beat their personal best times. Best of all, it’s all for a great cause!
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise has a variety of service projects that cater to the young children and
students in our local community. Proceeds for the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will go to fund annual
service projects the Rotary Club sponsors throughout the year. Examples of these programs are the P Cubed project:
Happy Feet, Clothing Closet, School Supplies, and The Dictionary Project. Each of these projects targets a specific
need with young children and families in our community such as literacy advancement, and financial assistance.
Of course we have an alternate option to being a competitor for the faint of heart. You can register as a casual
runner/walker where you can just take home your dozen doughnuts after the race rather than scarfing them down at
the half waypoint. All participants of the Carolina Forest Rotary Krispy Kreme Dash will receive a race t-shirt to go
along with their one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. T-shirts are guaranteed if registered prior to October 23rd.
The race will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00am. The USATF certified course will begin on Greenleaf
Circle in Myrtle Beach, adjacent to the new Krispy Kreme on Rodeo Drive. For both the competitor and casual
runner/walker registration, the race fee is $30 with a $2.50 sign up fee until September 30th. After September 30 th ,
the race fee will increase to $35 plus the $2.50 sign up fee. Registration will be taken online prior to the race at
https://goo.gl/Q6r8mv. Hope to see you there! Please contact Kevin Kristick for questions or sponsorship
opportunities at cvmbghunter@yahoo.com.

Spring Valley Rotary Club sponsors Gift of Life patient

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Oct 152017
 

The journey began September 8th for our Gift of Life patient, 8-year-old Lourdes Iputi from American Samoa. Thanks to Dr. Stu Hamilton for coordinating this very special project for the Spring Valley Rotary Club.

Her first outpatient procedure is set for Thursday, Sept 14 at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Pediatric Opthalmologist Dr. Alexander Pogrebniak will be doing a “complex extracapsular cataract removal.”  The second eye will be then be done on Sept. 21st. Dr. Hamilton, a retired pediatrician, identified this child as a possible Gift of Life patient while on a medical mission trip this summer in American Samoa. In cooperation with the Mission of Hope and Rotary’s Gift of Life program, and with lots of work on Dr. Hamilton’s part, this child will be given the gift of sight. Rotary…..we make a difference.

 

Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year

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Oct 152017
 

The following candidates were recently selected to represent our District 7770 as Ambassadorial Global Scholars in the 2018-19 Rotary year.

Madeline Leibin is a 2017 graduate of the College of Charleston where she majored in Religious Studies / International Studies (Concentration: Europe) / Philosophy (Concentration: Politics, Philosophy, & Law). She will be attending the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, in the Area of Focus of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution to pursue an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Ryan Anderson is attending the University of South Carolina and will graduate with a BS in 2018 with a Major in Public Health. He will be attending the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in the Area of Focus Disease Prevention and Treatment. He will pursue a Masters of Public Health at UCT.

Rachel Lunsford is a 2017 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received a BS in Business Administration majoring in International Business, Finance and Spanish.

She will attend the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Area of Focus Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution while pursuing a Masters in International Relations and Politics. She also served as the Rotaract President at USC.

Growing Membership Key to Rotary’s Success

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Oct 112017
 

Adding quality members is the key to success for Rotary clubs, and Columbia’s Capital Rotary must continue to apply that formula, according to past president David Boucher.  Boucher, now serving as membership director, focused on the importance of growth at the Oct. 11 meeting.   Boucher said international membership numbers were fairly flat for the past five years while Capital Rotary added to its ranks, especially among female members.  The club’s attrition rate over the last three years – 8.6% – compares favorably with that of Rotary District 7770 at 14.4%.  Boucher believes Capital Rotary’s growth assets include (1) outstanding existing membership, (2) quality speakers each week, (3) a convenient meeting time at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, (4) accessible downtown parking, (5) a good meeting venue at the Palmetto Club, (6) improved social media and public relations and (7) a membership “growth culture.”  But noting that “complacency is Rotary’s number one enemy,” Boucher warned that “attrition is real” and the need for “growing clubs with quality Rotarians” must be met to ensure future opportunities for service.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg pays visit to club, discusses housing

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Oct 102017
 
The club was very honored to have Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, also a fellow Rotarian, visit us at our October 4th, 2017 meeting. With so many hot topics that can be discussed as it relates to the Charleston area, Mayor Tecklenburg chose to spend a majority of his time discussing housing and development in and around the city. mayor tecklenberg-1-2

Mayor John J. Tecklenburg

With approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment. mayor tecklenberg-3-2

Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd Musheff

Recognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community. To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.
Oct 092017
 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham (sgcb@earthlink.net)
District Governor, 2017-18

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