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.

Chicora Rotary Guest Speaker Major Dennis Esch

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Nov 182018

Pictured  are Pres Angeliki Senn and speaker Retired Major Dennis Esch. We were fortunate enough to have Major Esch introduced by retired Brig. General David Nagy  Mr. Esch is a retired Air force fighter pilot,who flew many types of jet aircraft including T-37, 38, F-4E Phantom and F-16A.  On the eve of Veterans Day Major Esch delighted the Rotary audience with military stories of unique situations that went from humorous to hair-raising .  Major Esch’s career took him to places like Webb, Texas and Ramstein, Germany when the Cold War was at its peak. He remained in the  National Guard and Reserve until 1995 .In his civilian career flew as a Captain with American Airlines , flying  B-727, A-300, B-757 and B-767.  The Chicora Rotary was very proud to have such an excellent speaker and brave veteran speaking  at the Myrtle  Beach Chicora Rotary Club.

Chicora Rotary Guest Speaker Judd Kuhn

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Nov 182018

Pictured are Chicora’s Pres. Angelika Senn and guest Judd Kuhn. Mr. Kuhn is a community involved businessman.  He is military veteran who is very concerned about the treatment of all veterans, but specifically the Special Operations Wounded Warriors, (SOWW)  These are heros who have served our country far and about the requirements of their positions, in many cases sacrificing their own personal safety and exposing their own bodies injury and possible death.  Their distinct purpose of SOWW is to recognize their sacrifices, aid in their rehabilitation by mending their strains of their many sacrifices, and to provide strength and comfort, all with our sincerest expressions of gratitude.  The Myrtle Beach area should be very proud to have a very successful businessman who devote much of his time and efforts to this worthy cause.   Mr. Judd and his staff’s presentation was well received by the Chicora Rotary.  We are also proud to be affiliated with this extremely patriotic program.

Rotarians Hear ‘Bulls and Bears’ Forecast

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Nov 142018

Capital Rotary members got a “bulls and bears” look at the economy and stock/bond market when Nicole Dill (in photo with Rotarian Stephen West) was the club’s guest speaker Nov. 14.  Dill, a Chapin resident, works with JP Morgan Asset Management and has 20 years of experience in financial services.  In her briefing she said (1) the US economy has not had problem inflation for 30 years, a trend that will continue; (2) another recession is expected in the future, likely 2021or 2022; (3) 1,300 “baby boomers” will be retiring each day for the next decade, helping to fuel labor force needs that could keep the nation at or near full employment; (4) the Federal Reserve Board is predicted to raise interest rates in December 2018 and March 2019, and perhaps in June 2019, but probably not in September 2019; (5) the US has a consumer-driver economy, with 70% of our growth due to consumption: people buying things; (6) recent mid-term elections helped restore a more balanced government divide between Democrats and Republicans, which has been the nation’s norm 61% of the time; and (7) investors need to rebalance their accounts yearly because of national and international economic change.

Rotary Club of Charleston News

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Nov 122018
The Rotary Club of North Charleston recently presented checks to several local community groups in support of their missions.

This year’s recipients included Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Foundation, Trident Literacy, Cannon Street YMCA, Parklands Foundation, Water Mission, Midtown Productions, Military Magnet, Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, and Respite Care.

In addition, Father to Father along with Communities in Schools each received grants of $2,500 each.

The grants totaling more than $12,000 were funded by our participation in the Rotary Duck Race and other fundraising events.

Several club members were also recognized for their volunteer contributions. Pictured receiving their plaques from Yan Agrest are Don Smith, Elizabeth Goodman and Burnet Mendalsohn.

Chicora Rotary New District Governor

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Nov 122018

Pictured are Chicora Rotary President Angelika Senn and District 7770 Governor  David Tirard. Governor Tirard visited the Chicora Rotary October 19, 2018. Everyone was impressed with the international experience of our new District Governor. He was born In England and with the depth of his travels  he truly has a good understanding of the various problems facing Rotary. At the meeting he provided a blueprint for his governorship for the year. After the meeting he met with the board and discussed methods to resolve District and International issues.
His major agenda items are keeping current Rotary members active and  increasing membership. His presentation was well received by the Chicora Rotary of Myrtle Beach.

Moment of Silence Held for Rotarian Norman Reeves

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Nov 122018

A most wonderful man and Rotarian who has inspired us by his words and actions passed away yesterday. Norman Reeves, who lived a most outstanding life to the age of 102 had 100% attendance for all of his 73 years in Rotary. His passion for Rotary took him to every meeting for which he was medically able, international conventions (where he once served as the Sergeant-at-Arms for Rotary founder Paul Harris!). He participated in Club projects, and where the work was too strenuous, he found some way to contribute sitting down. His Santa outfit attracted many Salvation Army donors.. He could tell the corniest jokes to make us laugh, right up to the end. He will be our hero, our role model, and absolutely our inspiration for years to come.  The Funeral will be held on Friday, November 2 at First Presbyterian Church, where he attended as regularly as Rotary and taught a Sunday School class for many years. Rest in peace, our dear Norm, and prayers for comfort for all the Reeves family.

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