Georgetown Rotary Club Presents its 12th Annual Shag Festival

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Feb 092018

he Rotary Club of Georgetown will host the 12th Annual Shag Festival on April 21, 2018.  The event will be held on King Street in Georgetown, SC from 7 pm – 11 pm and tickets are on sale now.

Heart n’ Soul will be providing the music and free shag lessons will be offered with a paid admission beginning at 6 pm.      Last year’s event raised over $40,000 including $37,000 donated to Alzheimer’s Research with the remaining going to charities throughout Georgetown County.   This year’s event is expected to be larger than ever.    All proceeds from the event will go towards Alzheimer’s Research,  local/international Rotary projects including Polio eradication, water sanitation in Peru, the Dictionary Program and Project Happy Feet, as well as other local charities.

“This is our 12th year hosting the Shag Festival and every year we’ve not only accomplished our fundraising goals, but continued to increase participation.  This event is a wonderful family-friendly event and we invite all who wish to attend.    Not only is the event an opportunity to bring the community together for common good, but it allows Rotary to give back to the programs in our community,” says Angie Kohl, Public Image Director of the Georgetown Rotary Club.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on the Shag Festival page at or by calling 843-843-325-4706.  Event anchor sponsors include 3V SIGMA USA and Coastal Chevrolet.   At this time, other sponsors include Tidelands Health and Georgetown Auto Glass.


The Florence Breakfast Club Rotary spent Saturday helps at All 4 Autism.

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Feb 092018

The Florence Breakfast Club Rotary spent Saturday at All 4 Autism. The day consisted of members building desks, tables, assembling chairs and installing computers, network equipment and a large screen TV for the children at All 4 Autism. This was project was funded by the Florence Breakfast Club’s annual fundraiser with assistance from our Rotary grant. A good time was had by all and the folks at All 4 Autism were excited about their new computer lab.

Feb 072018

At a mid-year assembly to review Capital Rotary’s accomplishments to date in the 2017-2018 Rotary year, president Blake DuBose thanked members for achieving highlights that included:

  • Attaining a current membership level of 61 Rotarians; plans are under way to create a new online proposed member application form plus an online explanation of membership responsibilities.
  • Donating 936 free dictionaries to third-graders in 14 Richland County District One schools.
  • Collecting 65 units of blood at the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, each donation helping to save the lives of up to three people.
  • Making a $1,000 donation for Harvest Hope Food Bank’s “Back Pack” and “Kids Café” programs to feed hungry children.
  • Supporting domestic and overseas relief efforts with a total of $8,000 in donations for natural disaster victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • Taking part in the World Polio Week international campaign to eradicate polio.  The club raised $882, matched by Rotary District 7770 for a total donation of $1,764
  • Assisting three local college students with scholarships that will total $5,000 per year each.
  • Sponsoring two families through the Families Helping Families organization.  Members contributed $625, then matched by the club, for a total donation of $1,250 used to purchase Christmas wish-list items such as clothing, toys, personal items, food and furniture.
  • Continuing community service projects with weekly Meals on Wheels delivery and annual volunteering at Harvest Hope Food Bank.
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation with 55 Paul Harris Fellows ($1,000 donation), 40 Benefactors ($1,000 donation via will), four Bequest Society members ($10,000 donation upon death), six Major Donors (donation greater than $10,000) and eight Paul Harris Society members ($1,000 donation yearly).
  • Exceeding the club goal ($1,680) for PolioPlus contributions (total $2,38 to date).
  • Publicizing our activities with 45 club website and social media posts; reaching 6,181 people through social media; 2,262 website visitors; 40 postings on District 7770’s website and newsletters; 59 press releases posted by local media; and seven monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.

Walterboro Rotary Club Volunteers at Empty Bowls

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Feb 062018

The Walterboro Rotary Club volunteered at the Annual Lowcountry Empty Bowls soup lunch held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Walterboro on Tuesday, November 14th.  Rotarians served soup to participants.  For ten dollars, each participant receives a hand-made pottery bowl and an opportunity to sample a wide array of homemade soups.  The Empty Bowls project raises funds for local food banks.


Rotarian Bob Sapp is receiving his level three major donor award from District Governor Gary Bradham

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Feb 062018

A level three major donor award is given to someone who has contributed at least $50,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Bob Sapp is Myrtle Beach Rotary Club’s first level three major donor in the Club’s seventy year history.


The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club held our Teacher of the Year program on Monday, November 13, 2017. 

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Feb 062018

 Jane Williams and Ginger Weldon were charged with the daunting task of filling the shoes of Mary Ellen Greene.  Bill and Mary Ellen Greene moved to Daniel Island this year.  Our community will truly miss the impact of the Greene’s.  Jane Williams and Ginger Weldon did an excellent job of stepping up to the plate.  Our Teacher of the Year program was fabulous!  Attached is a photograph by Matt Sedota of our Teachers of the Year.  The photograph includes President Jim Rozier, Ginger Weldon and Jane Williams.

2018-2019 Teachers of the Year (TOY)


The Academy for Arts, Science and Technology

Robin Jones, Principal

Katherine Thompson, TOY

Myrtle Beach High School

John Washburn, Principal

Alyssa Leibman, TOY

Myrtle Beach Middle

Dr. Janice Christy, Principal

Emily Gray, TOY

Myrtle Beach Intermediate

Deb Colliver, Principal

Rhonette Courson, TOY

Myrtle Beach Elementary

Michelle Greene-Graham, Principal

Tamisha Hines, TOY

Myrtle Beach Primary

Christie Arnette, Principal

Kristen Driscoll, TOY


Feb 062018

Does you club exchange club trading banners? The Summerville Evening Rotary Club does and when members travel or when Rotarians from around the world visit our club, we trade banners. It is a great way to share club information with other clubs and other districts. Here is Keith Alder (L) from Roswell Pecos Valley New Mexico club exchanging banners with club President Thomas Taylor (R). Roswell Pecos Valley is home to the UFO Museum and Area 57 where aliens crashed their UFO and were taken into custody by the federal government, never to be seen again. Mr. Alder thought some members of his club could be linked to those aliens but has not been able to confirm it. Any case, we love getting banners from around the world and hearing their stories. #SECRotary


IT-ology Aims to Grow Tech Workforce

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Feb 012018

Addressing South Carolina’s information technology “talent gap” is the mission of IT-ology, a Columbia-based nonprofit working to attract, retain and educate citizens about the IT profession.  Capital Rotarians were briefed on those efforts during a Fifth Wednesday meeting with IT-ology staffers (from left in photo Lauren Wells, Kristy McLean and Bonnie Kelly).  The Palmetto State has (1) a limited pool of trained, experienced potential IT employees; (2) an insufficient number of students in IT classes; (3) women and minorities underrepresented in the profession; (4) a high demand for more cybersecurity professionals; (5) a need for a statewide culture that encourages innovators and entrepreneurs; and (6) a need for workers with more “soft skills” like communication, collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking and negotiation.  IT-ology says the key to answering these needs includes more pre-K-12th grade programs, expanded technical college outreach, teacher professional development and IT career development seminars.  Capital Rotary’s Fifth Wednesday program substitutes local field trips to sites like IT-ology in place of a regular club meeting.

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