A New Fellowship – International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators

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May 162018
 

June is Rotary Fellowship month!

International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators

The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators is one of RI’s newer “professional” fellowships. The website address is www.rotarianeducators.org. As you can see from the website, one does NOT have to be an educator or work in the field of education to be a member – just have a passion for or an interest in education. Membership is available for one year ($20 USD), three years ($50 USD), or a lifetime membership for $100 USD.

Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Foundation Alumni members are eligible for membership.  You can join from the website by using a credit card or PayPal.

Thank you in advance.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Charles Grant, Ph.D.

Chair

Note: International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators operates in compliance with Rotary International’s policies for Rotary Fellowships but it is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.

 

Main Street Rotary Participate in Blazers Program

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May 112018
 

Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia participated in the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Blazers program this quarter.  Blazers is a 10-week leadership development course geared towards juveniles at DJJ.  During the 10 weeks youth learn dressing for success, attitude is everything’s, college knowledge, the impact of community service, employment information and crucial public speaking skills.  The program is offer one evening a week and begins with a trip to a foreign country to learn about fun facts from that country and how to properly hold conversation during dinner.  To graduate from the program the youth must stand and give a 2 to 3 minute speech in front of an audience of 50-75 people.  Upon graduation the youth are given a blue blazer, hence the name, that they can take home with them after they leave DJJ.  MSRC’s participation was in coordination with the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation District Grant and members of MSRC contributed a total of over 100 hours of service over the 10-week course sitting with the youth during dinner, participating in all the courses, and working one on one with the youth to construct their speeches.   This first quarter the program graduated 10 young men as Blazers.  The program will have another session start in July and the program accepts donations of blue blazers. For information about the program, participation or donations, please contact Matthew Morrison at MDMORR@scdjj.net.

 

MSRC members participating in the Blazers program.

 

May 092018
 

Rotary clubs worldwide are the heart and soul of an unprecedented effort to eradicate polio, an effort leading to a 99% drop in cases of the once-widespread disease.  Capital Rotary club members were reminded of that fact in a video shown at their May 9 breakfast meeting.  Rotary began an anti-polio campaign in 1979 with a project to vaccinate children in the Philippines.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative launched in 1988 is driven by Rotary International and four other core partners – the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The partners’ work has been called “the single most successful public health initiative in history.”  Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness building.  In this way, Rotarians and the 101-year-old Rotary Foundation have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.

May 072018
 

Capital Rotarian Abby Naas was in costume and armed with a light saber for “Star Wars Night” at the Columbia Fireflies baseball game on Friday, May 4.  She was among a host of District 7770 club members enjoying a Rotary Night celebration, too, at Spirit Communications Park.  The evening of baseball, hot dogs and good sportsmanship combines fellowship and fund-raising, with additional proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation.  The hosting Fireflies are a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets.  Naas joined the Fireflies staff in January 2015 as marketing and public relations vice president.

Museum Renovations to Emphasize Art Experience

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May 022018
 

Columbia’s Museum of Art will be an interactive place for visitors to “experience art” when current renovations are completed this year, said executive director Della Watkins, pictured with Rotarians Trey Boone (center) and Bob Davis as she spoke to Capital club members May 2.  Watkins came to Columbia after stints at art museums in Roanoke and Richmond, VA.  She said the museum updates here include (1) accredited storage space that’s climate controlled within a 5-degree range; (2) addition of four gallery spaces; (3) an events room that can accommodate 350-700 people; (4) a thematic approach to spark conversations, focus on shared experiences and allow interactive appreciation of art on display; (5) improvements making Boyd Plaza into a downtown green space; and (6) a new entrance on Main Street.  Watkins earned her BA from James Madison University and MAE from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She’s a graduate of leadership programs at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia and Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

HR Manager, Author & Vocalist Joins Rotary

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May 022018
 

Dr. Daniel Moses (left in photo) was inducted into Capital Rotary Club by his sponsor, club president Blake DuBose, in late April.  Moses, a native of Hartsville, SC, received graduate and undergraduate degrees from Kennedy Western University and Coker College.  He has extensive experience in human resources management/consulting and has been recognized as an author, poet, lecturer and vocalist.  Locally he performed with the SC Philharmonic Chorus, Columbia Choral Society and Town Theatre’s Show Stoppers.  He was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky and has been active in a number of academic, community, business and political organizations.

AG Training Videos for review

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Apr 302018
 

Want to learn more about the management of the district? During the last district Assistant Governors training, the district started videotaping the presenters. This was our first attempt and should be getting better with experience. Here is an opportunity to review several presenters and maybe file for a make up with your club for reviewing. Here is the YouTube link.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJe9xZ8dz4AZZKoNHrpFxCg

 

Rotary Club of Moncks Corner Upcoming Events

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Apr 272018
 

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner welcomes the following guest speakers/events during the month of May:

May 3rd –     Paul Stoney, CEO/President, YMCA of Greater Charleston

May 10th –   Dr. Eddie Ingram, Superintendent, Berkeley County School District

May 17th –   Scarlett A. Wilson, 9th Circuit Solicitor

May 19th –   Women’s Habitat Build Volunteer Opportunity

May 24th –   Angela Muirhead, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Beautiful Gate Center

May 31st –   Rotary Day

The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner meets every Thursday, at 12:30pm at Gilligan’s Restaurant in Moncks Corner. 

Bluffton Rotary Party in the Park

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Apr 272018
 

The newly renovated Field of Dreams playground celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, April 21, with a ribbon-cutting, speeches, music, food trucks, face painting, bouncy houses and, most importantly, lots and lots of children! The Bluffton Rotary Club, in partnership with the Town of Bluffton and the 2018 Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber Leadership class spearheaded the renovations which included an Imagination Train, 10-spin, new artificial turf and new trees. New tabby sidewalks, fences, trellis swings, benches and a bike rack will be installed in the next couple of weeks to complete this first phase of the park improvement project. Next on the list, for phase 2, is a covered pavilion with restrooms, planned for the spring of 2019! Other phases will include a 8’ wide walk/run connecting pathway, formal event garden space and a splash pad/fountain. For more information or to help, check out: www.blufftonrotary.org/page/field-of-dreams

 

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