February 15, 2017 – Daniel Island, SC – He might be only 11 years old, but Jackson Silverman has already enjoyed the feeling of having an entrepreneurial idea come to fruition. Jackson and his family started a nonprofit organization called I Heart Hungry Kids to fight childhood hunger head on. Jackson and his father Josh visited the Rotary Club of Daniel Island meeting to share this amazing story, and their plans for the future expansion of the project. In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program, I Heart Hungry Kids organizes the labor needed to assemble special backpacks full of nutritious food. Jackson’s idea was to empower kids to help other kids – he described his excitement when the first group of his peers assembled backpacks full of food for kids in need. Since that first event, the idea has grown to reach thousands of kids that may have otherwise gone without. The backpacks are discretely distributed through Charleston County School District guidance departments each Friday, and the nutritious inside ensure hunger is kept at bay. Jackson has enjoyed accolades for his initiative including a recent trip to Washington DC and being honored with his own day in Charleston, as proclaimed by City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. Read more about Jackson and I Heart Hungry Kids on their website, and check out this story that aired recently on Live 5 News. Jackson even performed his own Ted Talk at the 2016 TEDx Charleston event! Jackson and his family plan to expand the program throughout South Carolina in cooperation with other food banks.
Rotary Club of Daniel Island has had a terrific start to the 16/17 Rotary year. Here is a quick snapshot of various community service projects undertaken by Rotarians so far this year in the club’s Southern Berkeley County service area, and beyond.
- Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care. Our club raised over $1,400 for this worthy cause. Lead Organizer: Bill Thielfoldt
- Dictionary Project – Rotarians provided dictionaries to every third grader at DI Elementary, Cainhoy, & Phillip Simmons schools with 240 dictionaries delivered. Lead Organizer: Derek Epperson
- Charleston Seafarers Project – 6th year of providing merchant seaman, at sea during the Christmas holidays, with wrapped boxes containing toiletries and other necessities. 100 boxes provided. Lead Organizer: Pat Richards
- Meals on Wheels Blankets – Blankets were wrapped and given to Meal on Wheels recipients to keep warm during the Winter. 100 blankets provided. Lead Organizer: Billie Bacon
- Baldwin Carson Outreach Community Center – In a partnership with the Daniel Island Community Fund, Rotarians provided funds for new playground facility. The Daniel Island Community Association assisted with installation of the equipment and Rotarians provided a wooden border and mulch making this a great place for children to play. Lead Organizer: Tom Richards and special thanks to Ed Heavey for his carpentry skills and leadership.
- Lowcountry Food Bank – “Fresh for All” initiative providing fresh vegetables and fruits to those in need in the Cainhoy community. Lead Organizer: Jim White
- Cainhoy Food Drive – 171 meals delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center for local residents. This is the first of three food drives being funded in part by Rotary District Grant funds. Thanks to Publix who provided the meals at cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys! Lead Organizer: Cecil Mills
Daniel Island, SC – November 22, 2016 – Rotarians assembled early Tuesday morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to load 171 grocery bags, each complete with all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Publix provided the food at net cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys to the effort. Rotarians delivered the meals to the Cainhoy Community Center. Local leaders and church elders in the Cainhoy community ensured the meals reach the identified recipients, even if they are unable to pick them up at the community center. “This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Thanksgiving Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project. “This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives. “We are thankful for the support for our food drives from Publix, District 7770 Matching Grant funds and the Daniel Island Community Fund”, added Ives. Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive! In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.
Rotarians Fred Klare, Mary Murray, and Bill Stevens represented the Daniel Island Rotary Club at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th. The event was very successful raising over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care, and research! More info here on the event and the organization: http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2016/SC-SouthCarolina?pg=entry&fr_id=9288
You are officially invited to participate in our 2nd Annual Capital Rotary Club Charity Fishing Tournament on September 19 to raise money for the Columbia Capital Rotary scholarship fund. For more than 20 years, Columbia Capital Rotary has supported the educational aspirations of high school graduates in the Richland District One area by awarding continuing four-year college scholarships. These scholarships are based on a combination of academic performance, extracurricular activity and economic need. Applicants must provide information via their school guidance counselors, take part in a personal interview and cannot have a parent or grandparent with any ties to Rotary. Event Details:
- Date: Monday, September 19 @ 5:30am (Back up date for bad weather: September 26)
- Guide: Each sponsored team will be paired with a local striped bass fisherman. You will need a fishing license. Guide will provide everything else! Team size per boat should be kept to four (4) fishermen.
- Sponsor: $600 per boat sponsor fee (includes fish being filleted)
- Location: Dreher Island State Park (3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC)
- Download PDF Flyer: Rotary Fishing Flyer
The August 3, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island celebrated $5,000 checks being awarded to each of the seven (7) named 2016 Duck Race Beneficiaries. Many Gold & Platinum Level sponsors of the event were on hand to celebrate another successful event. Bill Theilfoldt, 2016 Fundraising / Duck Race Chairperson for the club, discussed the overall success of this year’s Duck Race and then invited representatives of each Beneficiary come up and say a few words about their Charity and how the monies from the duck race would be used. Bill also noted that the Daniel Island Community Fund provided funds totaling $7,500 to further increase the impact of the charitable efforts. The beneficiaries and their representatives in attendance:
- East Cooper Meals on Wheels, represented by Mr. George Roberts
- East Cooper Community Outreach, represented by Mr. Jack Little and Ms. Jo Cooper
- Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, represented by Ms. Amanda Gerald
- DI Animal Hospital on Wheels, represented by Dr. Lynne Flood
- Hibben Emergency Cold Shelter & Table, represented by Mr. Walt Strawther, Mr. Dan Graham & Ms. Polly Graham
- Camp Happy Days, representd by Ms. Cindy Hay Johnson
- Palmetto Warrior Connection, Rotarian Michael Cole accepted on their behalf
Since 2010: 451 volunteer blood donations, potentially saving 1,353 hospital patients’ lives. Matthew Pollard (left) and Harry Carter welcome a donor for Capital Rotary’s 2016 blood drive. The annual summertime event collected 61 pints, each helping to save the lives of up to three people. Over the past six years, the Columbia-area club has supported the American Red Cross with a total of 451 volunteer blood donations, potentially saving 1,353 hospital patients’ lives.
The Rotary Club of Lake Murray Irmo was pleased to give a donation to Katrina’s Kids at this morning’s meeting. Accepting the check was incoming president Kim Wellman. . Pictured: President, Jacqueline Buck, Katrina’s Kids Incoming President Kim Wellman, Small Gifts and Grants Chair Jeanette Coulter