Chicora Rotary Impacts Local Community

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Sep 052018

For the year 2017–2018 year Chicora Rotary impacted over 3000 individuals in our local community we did this by purchasing shoes and coats for 100 kids at the project Happy Feet. Chicora Rotary donated dictionaries to 369 local third graders, feeding over 100 individuals at Street Reach Homeless Shelter. We cooked and served the food at the shelter. Over 150 students were impacted by are donations to Freedom Writers. Which helps the reader to improve their skills.  The  Anyor High School orchestra benefited from our donations of buying music stands. The elderly at Eagle Crest Retirement Home were entertained by our  Christmas caroling. Over 680 students were able to perform at the Waves of the Future. They performed in front of 1500 spectators and thousands of local students from 22 schools benefiting from our $15,000 donation to their fine arts program. This Wave of the Future program is a continuing program of the Chicora Rotary and this year we have collected with advertising and ticket sales over $60,000. The Chicora Rotary would like to thank President Blakely for the fine job that she has done in her year of presidency.  Her  accomplishments have raised the bar for future presidents, thank you so much President Blakely.

Pictured is our President Blakely Roof and incoming President Angelika Senn.

Law Enforcement Schooling for Rotarians

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Aug 292018

Capital Rotary Club visited the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 29 for a slide show and briefing by Deputy Amanda Jordan (photo) on the agency’s mission, values, organization and programs.  With its population of more than 400,000 spread over 756 square miles, the county presents a policing challenge for the sheriff’s force of 700 uniformed officers and 140 support personnel.  Jordan said Sheriff Leon Lott stresses core values of service, integrity, accountability and professionalism for all employees and works to develop a sense of family throughout the organization’s various divisions and offices.  She encouraged Rotarians to spread the word about the Citizens Police Academy – a 14-week program of classes designed to give participants an overview of the Sheriff’s Department structure, services and personnel.  Jordan is a University of South Carolina gradate who’s been a deputy for 15 years and now is a sergeant in the Office of Public Information and Media Relations.  Capital Rotary’s Aug. 29 briefing was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program substituting local field trips in place of a regular meeting.

25th Polo For Charity Match by the Rotary Club of Okatie

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Aug 262018

BLUFFTON, SC – The Rotary Club of Okatie is proud to present the 25th Polo for Charity match. Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 28 at Rose Hill Equestrian Center in Bluffton. The gates open at noon and the match kicks-off at 2 p.m. With a rich and vibrant history, it is considered one of the top social events of the fall in Bluffton. In addition to all the tailgating, good food, and competitive equestrian action on the field, all the proceeds go to a local charities.


New this year with the celebration of the 25th match is the unveiling of the prestigious Engel & Vӧlkers Cup that will be awarded to the winning Polo team. The silver cup will be a symbol for the 25th Polo for Charity match and this coveted prize will be displayed by the winning team sponsor in their offices for the entire year. And, Platinum team sponsor Lang Capital returns for the 4th consecutive year. Pete and Tracey Lang continue to support Polo For Charity as their biggest charitable event each year.


Tailgate tents line the field and there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Your tailgate reflects you and can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. There are prizes given for Best Tailgate – so if you’re competitive, then you’ll want to step up your game.

What’s more important than the décor are the people you choose with which to spend the day! It’s a great way to have a FUN group outing for family and friends. Reservations for sponsorships and VIP patron positions on the field are still available, though filling fast.

Polo fashion is always as diverse as the food and drinks. Some patrons choose to dress to the nines, while others choose to go with “Lowcountry casual” (shorts and golf shirts.) At halftime, spectators are invited on the field to replace the mounds of grass that have been unearthed by the horses’ hooves. It’s always a fun time to “stomp the divots” and meet more of the spectators.


Proceeds will benefit the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes (LFWMH) – a local all-volunteer organization whose mission is to bring awareness to combat-wounded veterans of the Lowcountry. 100% of all proceeds raised by the LFWMH go directly to support services for veterans and their families located in the Lowcountry.  “We are truly pleased that The Rotary Club of Okatie has partnered with us for the 2018 Polo for Charity Event” said Russ Spicer the founder of the LFWMH.  “Proceeds raised from this event will go toward our 17th sponsored service dog from K9s for Warriors — the nation’s largest provider of service canines for disabled vets suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. In honor of this event, this dog will be named ‘Okatie’ and will be paired with a deserving wounded warrior from our area.”


Support the event by becoming an Event Sponsor or by purchasing a Polo Tailgating Package. The Rotary Club can help you with all the details from tents, tables and chairs to arranging catering. You can support the event by purchasing a program ad, donating a raffle prize, buying a $5 raffle ticket or by becoming a “Friend of Polo” for just a $30 donation.

Of course, the most fun way to support the event is to attend the event. General admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, children 12 and under free.


For more information:

Barbara McFadden at 843-298-3055

Juli Lester at 843-384-8010.


To learn more about the event, follow on Facebook at Okatie Rotary Polo for Charity

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Partners to Release Book for Children Dealing with Cancer

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Aug 262018

This is a phenomenal collaboration involving support from the World Medical Association, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head reaching out to all
Rotarians to assist in distribution to Childrens Cancer Centers and Pfizer and Speaking Books® in the funding of this Speaking Book® to be given away FREE to help make a difference to any child having to face cancer treatment.

Click the article below to learn how you can support the publisher by assisting with shipping and handling costs so these books get to children in need.

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Partners to Release Book for Children Dealing with Cancer

Rotary Club of Little River sponsors Joshua Mabry

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Aug 262018
The Rotary Club of Little River sponsored Joshua Mabry, student at North Myrtle Beach Christian School, to attend Palmetto Boys State this summer. The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.
Pictured left to right,  Susan Cunnup, Rotary President, Joshua Mabry, Linda Adams, Principal NMBCS, Angela Mabry, Interact Advisor, and Jerry Groenke, Commander American Legion Post 186.

Co-Op Official Sees Big Stake in Failed Nuclear Project

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Aug 222018

South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives have a big stake in financial fallout from the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant abandoned a year ago by Santee Cooper and SC Electric & Gas.  That’s according to Lou Green, communications executive vice president for the Electric Cooperatives of SC.  Green (left in photo with Rotarian Tony Thompson) was Capital Rotary’s Aug. 22 guest speaker.  He said co-ops are focused on financial impacts that resolution of the $9 billion failure might have on their 1.5 million customers.  They are especially concerned about Santee Cooper’s fate since co-ops are the state-owned utility’s biggest customer base.  Twenty-three lawsuits plus various legislative actions complicate the issue, but Green noted that a special committee is meeting now to study the idea of selling Santee Cooper to pay off its nuclear debt.  “The state needs to come up with a process and bring options to the legislature,” Green said.  “They’re the only ones who can make a decision about Santee Cooper.”  Green joined the state co-ops organization in 1992 after working in radio and television.  He is a University of Georgia graduate with a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Carolina Forest Rotary Club Welcomes Lauren Clever

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Aug 202018

Myrtle Beach, Sc – Lauren Clever, Executive Director of Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation (DRC), was on hand at 7 am this morning at the weekly meeting of the Carolina Forest Rotary Club to share their mission.

The DRC initiates and facilitates revitalization of Myrtle Beach’s central business district through strategic aesthetic, functional and business development goals; through the addition and enhancement of public infrastructure, including the boardwalk, and through the creation of economic and other incentive programs; and through partnerships with private investment and development sectors.

Pictured first is Rotarian and staff member with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Cindy Gettig, Lauren Clever, and Carolina Forest Rotary President Elect Terry Egan. Pictured Second is Rotarian James Steadman, Rotary President Kimberley Causey-Gomez, Lauren Clever, and visiting Rotarian Tyler Servant. All four were graduates in the same class of Leadership Grandstrand.

Consulate General of Japan visits Florence West Rotary August 2, 2018

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Aug 202018

What a wonderful meeting for Florence West Rotary! The Consul-General of Japan Mr. Takashi Shinozuka was our guest as a visiting Rotarian and speaker. The Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta is a diplomatic mission of Japan. It is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The consulate’s jurisdiction includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Senator High Leatherman was our guest and visiting Rotarian as well. Mr. Shinozuka spoke about the US and Japan relations with emphasis on the Southeast. Senator Leatherman shared a common message of how South Carolina welcomes Japanese companies and culture. Mr. Shinozuka and Senator Leatherman had met before and shared common goals and vision for our state. Mr. Shinozuka brought a trading banner from his home Rotary in Atlanta, Georgia that President Emery DeWitt happily traded a Florence West Banner with him.  How exciting it was to have two such distinguished visiting Rotarians to our Club!

Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka addressing the Florence West Rotary Club on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Pictured: Mr. Shinozuka and President Emery DeWitt trade club banners

Pictured: Consul-General Takashi Shinozuka and Senator Hugh Leatherman

Dr. Herb Davis Celebrates 50 years as a Member of the Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia

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Aug 202018

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia celebrated Dr. Herb Davis’s 50 years of membership on Tuesday, August 6,2018.  Dr. Davis joined the club on August 8, 1968, along with Ned Funderburke and Floyd Harper.  At that time, there were only 4 Rotary clubs in the area.  Dr. Davis served the club for 20 years as Sargent-at-Arms and was the Club President in 1975-76.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Davis first encountered Rotary when he was granted a school loan from the Rotary Club of Savannah.   He is a veteran, having served in Viet Nam.  He is married to Diana, and they have 4 children and 4 grand-children.  Dr. Davis began working as an optometrist in 1967.  He retired from Eye Associates of Cayce-West Columbia in 2014.

Pictured: Dr. Herb Davis

Pictured: Lisa Smith, Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7770.

Chicora Rotary Recognizes Perfect Attendance

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Aug 202018

Shown are all the Chicora Rotarians who achieved  perfect attendance last year and some for many more.   The winner is Tom Moore who has had perfect attendance for 34 years , since starting with club in 1984.  Way to go Tom!

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