Nov 142017

South Carolina’s recovery from the economic recession that began in December 2007 has outpaced U.S. growth in some measures since that time, but future forecasts depend on continued consumer confidence and on the politics of issues such as healthcare, fair trade, tax reform and rebuilding infrastructure.  That’s according to the University of South Carolina’s Dr. Bob Hartwig (shown with Capital Rotary Club member Chris Myers).  Hartwig – clinical associate professor of finance and co-director of USC’s Center for Risk and Uncertainty Management – was Capital Rotary’s Nov. 8 guest speaker.  He said that 70 percent of the nation’s economy is tied to consumer spending.  Recent polls show public and business confidence in, and optimism about, improving economic conditions.  Hartwig earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1993 and speaks frequently on all issues related to insurance markets.

Nov 142017

Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club has made donations for two humanitarian causes – one to eradicate polio, the other to provide disaster relief in the U.S. and overseas.

The club raised $882 that will be matched with District Designated Funds to become a donation of $1,764 for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.  Ending polio has been a mission of Rotary International since 1985.  Rotarians have contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

Capital Rotary’s contribution – and the resulting match from District 7770 in eastern South Carolina – was made to celebrate World Polio Day/Week.  World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

The local club’s disaster relief donation totaled $8,000 earmarked for rebuilding lives and communities following hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, plus the September earthquakes in Mexico. “We are coordinating through Rotary for the best way to distribute our funds to make a difference,” said Capital president Blake DuBose.

“Our board voted for this donation because we remember when Columbia was impacted by a 1,000-year flood in 2015 and an outpouring of support came from all parts of the country,” DuBose added.  “The greater Columbia area was the beneficiary of an incredible amount of giving then, so we’re doing what we can in the same spirit now.”

Nov 142017

District 7770 offered a challenge to all clubs that they would match up to $25k for funds raised during the week of Oct 22-18, 2017. The results of the World Polio Day/Week Results Impact on Eradicating Polio:
Club $’s Raised $58,201.21 (49 Clubs)
$116,402.42 (Gates Match)
$174,603.63 (Total)

District Designated Funds match of $25,000 (DDF)

The World Fund match of $12,500 ($.50 World Fund) equaled $37,500.

$75,000 (The Gates Foundation Match) equaled $112,500 for a grand total $287,103.63

Thank You To All Our Clubs and Rotarians in District 7770 For Your Amazing Generosity!!!

DG Gary Bradham
DRFC Sandee Brooks
EPNC Bernie Riedel

Nov 072017

November Message

Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times.  As we approach November things continue to be an exciting time in my Rotary story.  I have visited sixty-seven clubs and participated in another dozen events for RLI, service projects, three fundraisers, four social functions, two recognition events, and one 50th Anniversary Celebration with the Membership of our District.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and experiences around the District!  As we begin November, we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month and other special holiday times.

We were faced with an extremely active hurricane season, which impacted many of the District’s Rotary Foundation plans and programs.  We had to postpone the Fall Club Foundation Seminar and reschedule the Grant process and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing /training, but we are back on track. Clubs reported collecting and donating over $20,000 to one of the four Foundation Donor Advised Funds established for disaster relief.   We executed a highly successful World Polio Day / week Campaign and Challenge resulting in significant giving to Polio Plus to eradicate Polio… nearly $50,000 was collected by the clubs and donated to the Rotary Foundation and was matched by the full $25,000 DDF.  The overall impact after all matches from the Gates Foundation and World Fund was more than $250,000 provided by District 7770 for this one week effort!  Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated.

As we continue to view our Rotary Foundation as our “Charity of Choice,” I urge you to continue to give and raise funds to help those in need and who so desperately need the assistance.  We are an extremely giving people within District 7770.  People who understand that others have needs that are greater than their own.  I urge each of you to give generously to our Foundation!  Our Foundation is an excellent steward of the money we give, constantly receiving the highest praise and ratings for non-profit organizations.

At the Fall Club Leadership Foundation Training, clubs received their District Grant match checks.  With these checks, numerous Community Service projects will be executed. Projects like dictionaries, Happy Feet, Backpack Buddies, and Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing events, to name a few.  The fall will be another fun-filled season for these projects as well as the major fundraisers to be held to raise money for the Foundation for programs and projects in the coming years.

I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18 through the Rotary Foundation.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!

Gary Bradham

District Governor, 2017-18



RI award presented to Anne Matthews at the Zone Institute

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Nov 062017

Mike McGovern, past Vice President of Rotary International, presents Anne Matthews with the Rotary International Service for a Polio Free World. Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East,  a past Foundation Trustee, and past vice president of Rotary International. She was recognized for her work to eradicate polio.


The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s guest speaker for its November 1st luncheon meeting was Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth M. Dwyer, currently the garrison commander at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. 

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Nov 062017

Colonel Dwyer, a Special Forces officer and a member of The Savannah Rotary, shared his thoughts on resilience and overcoming adversity.  His thoughts are close to the heart.  In 2006, while engaged in a firefight in the Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan, he sustained near-fatal injuries resulting in the loss of his left arm and his left eye.  For his actions on the battlefield during that firefight, Colonel Dwyer was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for combat heroism.  Following his lengthy recovery, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan.

Now, 11 years after that firefight, he is the equivalent of a city mayor, responsible for the running of a major Army installation – Hunter Army Airfield — that has representatives of all five services among its tenant units.

He could have used his time to give Beaufort Rotarians an overview of his responsibilities in running Hunter, but he chose, instead, to share what he learned through his recovery:  resilience and overcoming adversity.

Colonel Dwyer summarized his philosophy to three thoughts:

—  Surround yourself with positive people, being the kind of person others would reach out to.

—  Find your purpose in life and live it every day.

—  Have a sense of humor in life.

While proud of his military accomplishments, he is more proud of his family, and especially his overcoming adversity to relearn how to play baseball with one arm so he can play with, and coach, his son.

Needless to say, Colonel Dwyer received a standing ovation from the Beaufort Rotarians.

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Nov 062017

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island honored Hilton Head Teachers with a luncheon, proclamation from the Mayor of Hilton Head, and a gift package on October 26, 2017.  Those honored were:

The 12 teachers honored were (L to R):   Suzie Lehman (HH Christian Academy Lower School), Laurie Biggs (Heritage Academy), Duncan Aspinwall-Winter (HH High School), Kit Seelbach (HH IB Elementary School), Kate Clark (HH Prep-Upper School), Dan Harrington (HH Christian Academy Middle & Upper School), Krista Hanna (HH Prep Lower School), Samantha Payne (HH Prep Middle School),  Ben Kozik (Sea Pines Montessori Academy), Sheila Broadbent (St. Francis Catholic Elementary School), Teresa Fitzgibbons (St. Francis Catholic Middle School), Jennifer Friend-Kerr (HH School for the Creative Arts), Mayor David Bennett

Chicora news update – Operation Happy Feet!

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Nov 062017

Pictured are the Chicora Rotarian volunteers who helped with Operation Happy Feet the second picture is the young recipients of new shoes.  This Rotarian project is a wonderful way to help the needy of our area, by providing shoes for the grade school kids in Myrtle Beach. This is a collected effort between RI , Chicora Rotary, and a local shoe store. Children from local schools were identified as needing assistance with new shoes. They are given a certificate  for a pair of shoes. The child comes to the store and chooses a pair of shoes, they show the shoes to the parent for approval. If approval is received, the child takes the shoes home. The   Chicora team is proud to provide this service.


Leadership Presentation at Chicora Rotary Club!

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Nov 062017

Pictured with Pres Blakely Roof is Mr. Rod Gragg is a writer and Professor of History. Mr.Gragg gave a very interesting presentation about Leadership.  Mr.Gragg has written a book entitled Lessons in Leadership  from the Greatest Generation. He spoke about what are elements that make good people, great leaders. The meeting was held at the Pines Lakes Country Club for the Chicora Rotary Club.


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