Marine Anniversary and Veterans Day observances

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Nov 192017
Pictured  are the veterans who attended the Chicora  Rotary luncheon meeting in Myrtle Beach.  The second picture is Col. Jacobs, Pres. Blakely Roof and the speaker Marine  Lt. Col. Hal Laughlin.
Lt Col.Laughlin gave a very enlightening speech about veterans, the US Military with emphasis on the US Marine Corps and how they are deployed around the world.  It was a pleasure to have Lt. Col. Laughlin speak on the 242 Anniversary of the birthday of the Marines and the day before Veteran’s Day.
Lt. Col. Laughlin served as an infantry officer in the Marines for 23 years, retiring in 1996. He served around  the globe in a variety of command and staff positions. He is currently an adjunct research staff member of the Institute for the Defense Analysis (IDA).

Rotaract Club of CCU goes Glamping (Glamour Camping)

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Nov 192017


I hope all is well. I’ve attached another short article about the Rotaract glamping trip they had recently been on. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. I’ve also attached an image with the photo credit to Theresa Calabrese.




Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Outstanding Military Service Members

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Nov 192017








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.

Dictionary Project Summerville Rotary

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Nov 192017



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.

Summerville Rotary- World Polio Day

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Nov 192017

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.

Rotary Club of Summerville: See what’s going on!!

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Nov 192017







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.



Nov 152017

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.

Nov 152017

We have completed an amazing World Polio Day/Week Campaign. The results have far exceeded our wildest dreams and YOU are responsible. Please click on the link below or the attachment to view these results.

Thank YOU for your generosity and commitment to Eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. YOU are a special part of our “Countdown to History”,

DG Gary
DRFC Sandee
EPNC Bernie

Summerville Evening Accepts challenge of World Polio Day

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Nov 152017

Summerville Evening Rotary Club participated in the challenge from District 7770 to raise funds for  World Polio Day, October 24, 2017. During the weeklong event, the club raised $506.15 turning the amount into $2,530.60 with the available matching grants. Great efforts from a small club. #SECRotary


Nov 142017

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.

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