Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg pays visit to club, discusses housing

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Oct 102017
 
The club was very honored to have Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, also a fellow Rotarian, visit us at our October 4th, 2017 meeting. With so many hot topics that can be discussed as it relates to the Charleston area, Mayor Tecklenburg chose to spend a majority of his time discussing housing and development in and around the city. mayor tecklenberg-1-2

Mayor John J. Tecklenburg

With approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment. mayor tecklenberg-3-2

Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd Musheff

Recognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community. To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.
Oct 092017
 

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of September and October continued to be exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, fifty-nine clubs, even after having postponed seven club visits because of the numerous hurricanes threats.
As we approached October, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Month, we were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the plans and programs. While we were fortunate that our prayers were answered and we did not have a direct landfall on our coast, many fellow Rotarians, family, and friends were not as fortunate. I want to thank all in the District who have responded with donations, support, and prayers for those less fortunate. Thousands of dollars have been raised and sent to the affected areas for needed supplies, clothing, water and food. Rotarians are always ready to respond to others needs, with whatever resources we have… our time, talents, and money… to provide solutions to others’ pressing problems and unsurmountable situations.
October 24th is World Polio Day. It is an occasion where Rotarians can demonstrate “What Rotary is” … through a focus on eradicating polio, Rotary’s number one priority. Many clubs have already planned programs for that week to raise awareness or money to help complete the mission to eradicate polio. I hope all clubs will take advantage of the District’s $25,000 DDF match of dollars raised during that week; or to be part of the “Polio Sucks” Challenge to either suck a lemon or donate money to eradicate Polio. “The children of the world are counting on us and we can’t stop now”!
October is also a fun-filled season when many clubs are executing Community Development service projects. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events. Several major fundraisers are also being held, as well as, numerous Fellowships.
Clubs have received information on how to submit a member for the 2018/19 Nominating Committee for RI Director for the Zone. Qualified members must be nominated to the DG for presentation at the District Conference. Clubs may also begin the submittal process for Nominations for District Governor for the 2020-21 Rotary year. Nominations are due before December 15th and are sent to PDG Sandee Brooks who will Chair the Nominating Committee meeting on January 26, 18.
Finally, mark your calendars for the annual District Conference in Myrtle Beach March 9-11, 2018 to be held at the Marriott. It will be a fun-filled event focused on celebrating club successes, sharing Rotary stories, and fellowship. It will be a “whole lot of Fun!” I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham (sgcb@earthlink.net)
District Governor, 2017-18

Oct 082017
 

World Polio Day is October 24, our District is offering World Polio Week – October 22-28 where all $’s raised during the week of October 22-28 will be Matched by the District’s DDF up to $25,000 (The matching DDF funds will NOT count towards the Club’s Polio Goal.  ONLY $’s raised by the Club count towards the Club’s Polio Goal!)

* DDF-District Designated Funds-Money that comes back to our District after 3 years

Here are some options:

Good Option – Raise Polio $’s at Your Weekly Meeting (Member Match?) For the Week of October 22-28

Better Option – Plan a Rotary Club Polio Fund raiser For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)

Best Option -Plan a Community Polio Fundraiser (Public Invited) For Tuesday, October 24 (Or that Week)

Attached is the club submission form to be returned to:

PDG Bernie Riedel

12 Old Fort Ln,

Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

Bernie@RiedeiComputers.Com

Or Fax: 843.681.3784 Cell: 843.816.4450

SPECIAL STORY: Baby shower as a program at Rotary Club meeting

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Oct 082017
 

In 2015, I became a Rotarian.  T-Bone Jones suggested that I attend different Rotary Clubs because every Rotary Club is different.  When I heard him say every Rotary Club was different I knew I was in the right place.  I love diversity.  I love learning about different cultures.  In life we have good and we have bad.  Most of us can agree that lying, stealing, cheating and murder are bad.  Music styles, cultures, hairstyles, sports and locales are different.  Most things in life are neither good nor bad, but different.

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club is over 75 years old.  For the first time in the history of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club we have a pregnant Rotarian.  In fact, we have not one, but two pregnant Rotarians.  Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith are our expecting Rotarians.  They are due October 6 and both will have boys. Yes, you read that sentence correctly both Rotarians have the same due date!  

With this exciting news Kathy Miranda wanted to hold a baby shower as a program at our Rotary Club meeting.  When I first heard Kathy mention this program idea I was concerned.  I had heard comments from Rotarians from other clubs that baby showers were not appropriate programs.  I had even heard of a Rotarian being brought to tears by another Rotarian when she was collecting money for a baby gift for a Rotarian at another club.  She was told it was not appropriate for her to collect money for a present.  I listened to Kathy’s idea of holding a baby shower, but I made no comment.

To my surprise our club leader’s liked Kathy’s idea and fully supported the baby shower idea.  Mark Oulsey said to me, “I think a baby shower for a program is a great idea.”  

I was even contacted by our District Governor Gary Bradham to write a story.   Jim Rozier proudly stated, “I am President during our first Rotary baby shower.”  Not only were we going to have a baby shower we were going to surprise our mother’s to be.

Kathy Miranda was a wonderful shower hostess and bought lots of thoughtful decorations.  Pat Stanley helped Kathy decorate the room.   Kathy even baked cupcakes and made punch.  Our club was full of excitement as members arrived with gifts for our two mother’s to be.  Men were chuckling that today was the first time they had attended a baby shower.  B.J. Maynard even asked if we were going to stand around and drink beer.

Barry Thigpen arrived first with presents in hand.  He proudly boasted that his wife Pat had done the shopping.  Excitement was in the air as Rotarians arrived with gifts in hand.  Rotarians gazed with pride at the decorations.

Lauren Benton and Jessica Smith both arrived clueless of their shower.  They were both thrilled that we made them feel so special.

Sun Fun by MJ Schwartz was a list of most popular baby names.  MJ reminded us how special our club is to have two prospective new members on the way.  

Matt Sedota and Eric Long had a wonderful game of Know your Rotarian.  We all laughed and roared as Lauren and Jessica entertained us with the answers to a variety of questions.  They were asked anything from how many days are in a week to how many bones does a baby have?

Kathy Miranda finished up the program with a round of games.  We guessed the number of candies in the baby bottle.  We completed the nursery rhymes.  Also, we played the Price is Right with baby products.

My fears were relieved and I was reminded why I love Rotary.  As T-Bone Jones told me all Rotary Clubs are different.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that baby showers are not appropriate programs.  Some Rotary Clubs feel that you shouldn’t collect money for a present.  All Rotary Clubs are different.  I am a proud member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.  Our club has baby showers for programs.  

I think David Michaux said it best, “everyone is involved!”

 

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Beaufort Volunteered at Military Appreciation Day

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Oct 082017
 
Members of Rotary Club of the Lowcountry volunteered at the Beaufort Regional Chamber’s Military Appreciation Day this past Saturday. Held on Laurel Bay Military Housing Community, MAD is a way for members of the Beaufort community to come together to thank the children and spouses of those who serve. Music, food, fun, games and toys and lots of information, gift certificates for services, education opportunities was available. Thank you to the chamber, all the sponsors and Beaufort‘s participating businesses and community organizations who teamed up to make it another fun event for the children.

St. George Rotary welcomed Governor Gary Bradham!

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Oct 082017
 

The StGeorge Rotary Club welcomed District Governor Gary Bradham on August 16. We were honored to have Gary and his lovely wife Susan join us for our weekly breakfast meeting. We all enjoyed his motivational speech and being reminded of all of the great things that Rotary does! Pictured are the members of the StGeorgeRotary Club with Gary and Susan Bradham.

 

Oct 082017
 

The Florence Breakfast Rotary is kicking off its annual fundraiser. This is a great chance for you Clemson and Carolina fans to show your colors by purchasing a ticket for $10 per chance, to be raffled off on November 8th, for two tickets to the Clemson/Carolina game plus $250 spend money to use for refreshments, tailgating or whatever your heart desires. Second prize is two of your favorite team shirts plus $50 cash. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please contact Jay Lavrinc at lavrjl@aol.com for your chance to win. Show your colors and purchase a ticket this funding will be used to support our local All 4 Autism organization.

Hartsville Rotary hosts “Discover Rotary” membership event

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Oct 082017
 

On August 21st, the Rotary Club of Hartsville hosted its first-ever “Discover Rotary” membership event. The purpose of the meeting was to give prospective membersthe information needed to help them decide if Rotary was right for them. In the four weeks leading up to the meeting, members were asked to invite at least one person to the gathering. We had wonderful food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere. Nineteen Rotarians were present, all wearing name tags that said “Ask me why I joined Rotary”, or, if they were a committee chair, their tag said “Ask me about Fundraising” for example. Fifteen new member prospects attended, one of whom filled out an application that evening, and the next day another of the attendees visited our regular meeting, after which time he, too, completed an application for membership. Eleven of the fifteen guests requested an application.

 

 

OCT 21st!! – EC Rotary Club’s Speakeasy Jumpin’, Jivin’ For Local Charities

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Oct 082017
 

(MOUNT PLEASANT, SC)…Guys and gals, the joint will be hoppin’ at the second annual East Cooper Speakeasy –– Prohibition for a Cause hosted by the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club and sponsored by the Louis and Grace DeWolff Foundation as a way to support local and Rotary International charities. The event, open only to ages 21 and up, will be held Saturday, October 21st from 7-11 p.m. in Mount Pleasant at the Sweetgrass Event Center located at 2125 Hwy. 17 North.   

Proceeds from the East Cooper Speakeasy will benefit East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and Rotary Charities that include Polio Plus, Happy Feet, and Toys For Tots.  

All gangster, flapper and 1920’s speakeasy attire is welcome but not required. Tickets are $100 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing music with the Charleston Swing Dance Association, games, a silent auction with themed packages, and a chance to win the grand prize…a Seven Day, Six Night Stay in a two bedroom cottage at Firefly Sunset Resort in Hope Town ~ Abaco, Bahamas – Valid January 2018 – January 2019 or $2000 cash! Guests must be present to win. Tickets are available online at www.eastcooperspeakeasy.com.  Word is that anyone who purchases a ticket will be given the password to enter this “cat’s meow” of all Speakeasy!

Last year’s inaugural event raised $18,000 for the same named charities. This year, event organizers anticipate more guests dolled up in 1920’s costumes, and even more tempting auction items. They are especially excited to have Firefly Distillery as a sponsor this year offering the grand prize Bahamas resort stay.

THE EAST COOPER BREAKFAST ROTARY CLUB was chartered in 1996 with 35 active members. Today it is comprised of approximately 50 members who provide educational and financial assistance to the East Cooper community. For information about the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, please visit their website at www.ecbrotary.org or email ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com.

Oct 082017
 

District 7770 is very proud to announce that we will be sending 16 Long Term Outbounds to join over 8,000 students who will be participating in Rotary Youth Exchange for the school year 2017-18! Rotary Youth Exchange is an amazing program that changes so many young lives. We want to especially thank the Rotary Clubs for sponsoring the students while they are studying abroad: Beaufort, Charleston Breakfast, Daniel Island, East Cooper Breakfast, Hilton Head Island, Lowcountry Beaufort, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews (Charleston), Summerville and Summerville Evening. Our students will be traveling to 11 different countries all around the world. Below is a picture of our Current Outbounds for the school year of 2017-18. We can’t wait to see how their journey studying abroad will change their life forever!

 

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