Social Factors Influence Your Health

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Dec 062018

The United States trails its peer developed countries in life expectancy and other health outcomes, despite spending more on healthcare.  Some of this difference is due to genetics and behavior, but social factors are contributors, too, according to Dr. Sarah Gehlert, Dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work and Capital Rotary’s Dec. 5 guest speaker.  Dr. Gehlert (at left in photo with Rotarian Katherine Anderson) said research shows genetics and behavior help determine about 70% of a person’s health risks and outcomes.  The “social factors of health” – things like lifestyle and social stressors – can have an effect up to 15%.  Dr. Gehlert said social factors helping men live longer include being married, participating in religious activities and being affiliated with clubs or similar organizations.  For women, longevity social factors include being married, frequent social contact and taking part in religious activities.  Dr. Gehlert in November received the Insley-Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year award for her leadership, advocacy and commitment in focusing on social environmental influences on health.  The award was presented in San Diego by the American Public Health Association.

Dec 052018

District 7770 Assistant Gov. Eric Davis (right in photo) has honored Columbia’s Capital Rotary for 2017-2018 donations to The Rotary Foundation, the international service club’s charitable arm for programs promoting peace and world understanding.  The honors include (from left in photo) current president Philip Flynn holding a certificate for contributions to End Polio Now, the global partnership that has contributed more than $1.6 billion toward polio eradication since  1988; immediate past president Blake DuBose holding a 100% Foundation Giving banner for clubs that average 100% participation with an average of $100 in per capita giving; and past president Tommy Gibbons holding an Every Rotarian, Every Year banner for clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year.  Rotary District 7770 includes 80 clubs and about 5,000 Rotarians in 25 eastern counties of South Carolina.


CarolinaTIP Seeks Teacher Retention

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Nov 302018

The University of South Carolina collaborates with school districts to keep new teachers on the job – hoping to resolve a staffing crisis in public education.  So says Dr. Jon Pedersen, dean of USC’s College of Education and Capital Rotary’s Nov. 28 guest speaker.  Dr. Pedersen (at right in photo with Rotarian Trey Boone) touted the Carolina Teacher Induction Program, known as CarolinaTIP.  It’s a three-year “bridge of support” for recent graduates moving from college student to successful schoolteacher.  CarolinaTIP includes group workshops and experienced educators acting as the new teacher’s confidant, coach and mentor to promote “practical application of teaching theory in the classroom,” Dr. Pedersen said.  The goal is better student learning, increased teacher efficacy and teacher retention.  Dr. Pedersen said the rising tide of teachers quitting the profession causes not only staffing vacancies but also costs districts $23 million yearly for additional recruiting, hiring and training.  A 25% boost in retaining teachers would equal $11 million in savings.  CarolinaTIP’s outcomes are impressive: (1) 100% of participating teachers in 2017 came back to work for the 2018-19 school year; (2) they reported job stress went down and job satisfaction went up; and (3) 100% said the program had positive impact in their classrooms and on their decision to continue teaching.  Dr. Pederson said USC’s College of Education is the state’s largest teacher preparation school and CarolinaTIP, the only program of its kind, demonstrates the university’s commitment to graduates’ success.

Early bird registration is now open on the DACdb database for the 2019 All Club Conference

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Nov 302018

This year’s Conference will be held on March 22-24, 2019 at the Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. You can see a brief video regarding Conference via the following link:

The Conference features noted speakers on such subjects as Membership, using Social Media, Rotary Peace Scholarships, Women in Rotary and many others. There will also be a hands-on project – Rise Against Hunger – on Saturday afternoon.

Registration for the All Club Conference is on the DACdb database calendar or by following this link: Active Member Registration

This year’s registration offers several flexible options for participation so we hope to see you there. Sign up before January 1, 2019 and take advantage of the reduced early bird rates!!!

Dean Roberts, Conference Chair; 843-422-0978

Rotary Club of Cheraw – Veterans Program on November 7, 2018

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Nov 272018

The Rotary Club of Cheraw had its Veterans Program on Wednesday, November 7 at Country Kitchen Restaurant in Cheraw.  The program was planned by Rotarian Hough who is a U. S. Army Veteran.

Many veterans brought items of memorabilia to be added to a static table display to be viewed by attendees.  Colors were posted by Cheraw High School JROTC under the guidance of Gy SGT Henry.  WWII Veteran and POW E. Outen shared his story through an interview format with Hough. Then, Vietnam Era Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Rev. Howard Rogers, shared his story about the day that he earned his medal in Vietnam.

Thirty-five veterans were honored by the club; Representative Richie Yow, SC State House District 53, who is a veteran, attended the event.

Rotary Club of Cheraw has Outstanding Fundraising Event – October 24, 2018

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Nov 272018

The program at the Rotary Club of Cheraw on October 24 was about polio and the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign.  Rotarian Hough discussed the historical background and presented information about the disease and the three endemic countries, outbreak countries, and key at-risk countries.  Questions were raised by attendees about acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and Hough shared information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about its similarities to polio.

During the fundraising portion of the program, two members of the club, each, committed to match 50% of the amount raised by the club.  Total contributions were $1,940.00.  The photo shows members celebrating while wearing their Rotary tee-shirts.  Go Cheraw!

Georgetown Rotary Club Welcomes New Members

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Nov 262018

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is pleased to announce that Michael Yip and Jack McManus have been inducted as the newest members of the Club.

Michael joined the Club as a corporate member of the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and sponsored by Ray Gagnon.  Michael graduated from Marion High School and obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, chemistry, and physics as well as a master of science in environmental management.

He is the operations director for the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and a member of the Water Environmental Association and the American Water Works Association.  In his spare time Michael enjoys ping pong, tennis, the beach, quality time with his family and giving back to the community.

“The Club just launched its corporate membership program this year and we are excited to see it growing.   Michael is passionate about Rotary and his community so we are looking forward to having him as an active part of our Club”, says Angie Kohl, the Club’s Public Image Director.

Jack is a graduate of Coral Springs High School and Georgia Southern University.  He is the owner of Promotional Outfitters in Georgetown and is a member of the Promotional Products Association International and Wizard Academy.  He is the founder and remains involved in King’s Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta, GA and volunteers at Hobcaw Barony.

In his spare time he enjoys restoring homes and boats, spending time with his friends and family, and helping in the community.

“Jack has a strong passion for helping others and is eager to be involved in all Club activities.   We are excited to have him as a part of Club,” says Angie Kohl, the Club’s Public Image Director.

Myrtle Beach Rotarian Blackburn-Gay Recognized as One of the Country’s Top PR Professionals

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Nov 262018

Denise Blackburn-Gay, APR, President of Marketing Strategies, Inc. was honored during the Public Relations Society of American’s Annual Conference in Austin, TX.  Denise, along with ten other public relations professionals from throughout the US, was inducted into the Society’s prestigious College of Fellows.

Founded in 1989, the College of Fellows is comprised of 350 professionals who were chosen for the positive impact they’ve had on the public relations profession throughout their careers.  Only about one percent of PRSA members are Fellows.

Denise was recognized for her leadership and demonstrated success in PR in industries that include building and construction, medical and non-profit marketing, sports tourism, hospitality and her role as one of South Carolina’s only certified crisis communicators.

“I am honored,” said Denise Blackburn-Gay. “It is humbling to be inducted into such a prestigious organization and to be recognized among the best public relations practitioners in the country. I am proud to be part of this elite group of professionals.”

Earlier this year, Denise became South Carolina’s first woman to be inducted into membership in the Organization of American Women in Public Relations.

Rotary Club of Spring Valley Launches Annual Pecan Sale

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Nov 262018

The Spring Valley Rotary Club is holding its annual Young Plantations Pecan sale through late December. Through this annual fundraiser the club provides $40,000 in support to local Columbia non-profits including Harvest Hope Food Bank, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Transitions, the Lourie Center and many others and provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Spring Valley and Ridgeview High Schools.

“We’ve partnered with Young Plantations for over 30 years and this partnership has been our primary fundraising effort each year,” stated club president, Stevie Johnson. “Youngs does not have a Columbia retailer this holiday season so the best way to get Young’s delicious pecans is by contacting a Spring Valley Rotarian. Our prices are slightly lower than Youngs retail price and our members will deliver your order,” added Johnson.

Available products include: a 1 pound bag of pecan halves, $11; honey crisp pecans, $15; chocolate butter toffee pecans, $15; butter roasted and salted cashews, $19; the Favorite Foursome (four varieties), $20; chocolate pecan halves, $19; sugar-free chocolate pecan halves, $31; butter roasted and salted pecans, $20; the mini duet (chocolate and praline pecans), $23 and the Seventh Heaven,(seven varieties) $31. Contact Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254, or by email at to connect to a Rotarian who can deliver your order.

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 100 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. To learn more about membership, visit or contact Sharleen Craig at (803) 917-0053 or by email at for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.

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Chicora Rotary Happy Feet Program

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Nov 262018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary Pres. Angelika Senn and the happy recipients of new shoes and socks from the Happy Feet Program.  This program has proven to be a highly successful project funded jointly by the District and Chicora Rotary. Chicora Rotary provides $1,500.00 to purchase shoes, socks, and coats for needy elementary school children.  These funds are matched by the district. Rotary supplies the needed clothing to the requesting schools. The child is permitted to go into the shoe store and select a pair of shoes of his or her choice, with a Rotary advisor to assist in any way.  Once they select  the shoes the child is permitted to take the shoes to parent to receive final approval.  If approval is received  the shoes and socks are taken to the cashier for checkout.  We distributed 98 pairs of shoes and socks on Saturday before 10  o’clock in the morning.  If there are any remaining funds additional pairs of shoes and socks are purchased and distributed as needed at the local schools.  The Chicora Rotary is proud to be working with the local schools to address this continuing problem and it is very much appreciated by all the schools that are involved in the program.

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