Unit commanders and their cadre from Beaufort’s three military installations nominated service men and women for recognition by the Rotary Club of Beaufort as their Service Members of the Year. A committee comprised of Rotarians who are military veterans selected the most outstanding candidate from each of the installations, and they were honored at a military recognition ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its November 8th luncheon meeting. Criteria for selection emphasized outstanding military service and significant volunteer activities benefiting the local community.
Pictured are (left to right): Suzi Oliver, President, Rotary Club of Beaufort; Staff Sergeant Jessica C. Navarro, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot; Staff Sergeant Juan C. Maravilla, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort; and Petty Officer Second Class Adam Henneman, representing the Naval Hospital Beaufort.
Each received a plaque and a check for $200.
The recognition ceremony was preceded by a presentation of the US flag and the flags of each of the military services conducted by a joint service color guard from area Jr. ROTC units – the Army from Bluffton High School, the Marine Corps from Battery Creek and Whale Branch High Schools; the Air Force by Beaufort High School, and the Navy by Hilton Head High School.
The Rotary Club of Summerville is in the midst of its 2017 Dictionary Project. More than 1,500 dictionaries have been delivered (or are on the way!) to 11 area schools, Trident Literacy and the Dorchester District Two English as Second Language program. Pictured- Rotary Club of Summerville members at Cane Bay Elementary.
The Summerville Rotary Club partnered with their meeting site location, Sticky Fingers in Summerville, in support of World Polio Day. The restaurant agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds from dinner sales on 10/24 in support of the worldwide effort. The event was promoted through members and on social media and raised $1072.65. Coupled with the matches from the District and the Gates Foundation, the event’s end result was a $4290.60 gift to end polio.
Summerville Rotary Club honored the Student and Teacher of the month from Dubose Middle School. And Summerville YMCA CEO Gary Lukridge gave the club an insider’s look into the world of officiating high school football.
- 221: SRC Student of the Month Chase Ringler and Teacher of the Month Jennifer Dreyer from DuBose Middle School, along with Chase’s parents, DMS Principal Ted Brinkley, SRC President Jaye Elliott, and Colin Martin.
- 224: SRC heard from Gary Lukridge, CEO of Summerville Family YMCA, on football officiating.
- 227: SRC received an update from the North Charleston Rotary Club on the Rotary Roundball Classic.
Social media and the Internet make it easier to spread “fake news” today, but there are several key factors for judging the reliability of what we hear and see reported locally and nationally, according to John Monk, a writer for The State newspaper since 1997. Monk was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 15 guest speaker, sharing what he’s learned after some 40 years as a journalist in South Carolina. To judge a story’s merits, Monk suggested readers or listeners should: (1) see if the story comes from a major news organization that carefully checks facts before publication; (2) consider the personal reputation and reliability of the reporter; and (3) remember that news is a “continuing conversation” that “hopefully is not the final word.” He told Rotarians that “there is a good deal of evidence that propaganda spreads through fake news.” Monk is a Maryland native, attended Davidson College and spent five years as Washington correspondent for The Charlotte Observer.
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South Carolina’s recovery from the economic recession that began in December 2007 has outpaced U.S. growth in some measures since that time, but future forecasts depend on continued consumer confidence and on the politics of issues such as healthcare, fair trade, tax reform and rebuilding infrastructure. That’s according to the University of South Carolina’s Dr. Bob Hartwig (shown with Capital Rotary Club member Chris Myers). Hartwig – clinical associate professor of finance and co-director of USC’s Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management – was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 8 guest speaker. He said that 70 percent of the nation’s economy is tied to consumer spending. Recent polls show public and business confidence in, and optimism about, improving economic conditions. Hartwig earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1993 and speaks frequently on all issues related to insurance markets.