On two Saturdays in March, members of Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club joined with other volunteers to lend a hand in rebuilding a home damaged by catastrophic rains and flooding in the Midlands last October. Their work was part of a disaster recovery partnership between Rotary District 7770 and the St. Bernard Project. The St. Bernard Project was founded 10 years ago to assist St. Bernard Parish following Hurricane Katrina’s devastating strike at New Orleans, LA. Since that time, it’s grown into a nationally-recognized leader in disaster resilience and recovery. St. Bernard Project has rebuilt homes for over 950 families with the help of more than 100,000 volunteers in five states and, most recently, in Columbia. Capital Rotary’s volunteers painted, hung drywall, applied mud to the drywall and did lots of sanding to prep for paint at a Blythewood home suffering significant damage. Rainwater came through the home’s roof, damaging insulation and destroying the kitchen and laundry room ceilings, followed by mold. St. Bernard Project removed the ceilings and insulation and – with Rotary’s help – worked toward getting the home in good order for its owners to return after renting quarters nearby. “It was a fabulous experience and we made a real contribution,” reported one Capital volunteer, in the true spirit of Rotary.
For the third year, we will be holding a District Conference Literacy Project by collecting new books suitable for grades Pre K – 6th grade.
This year’s book donations will benefit two schools in the Richland One district whose students, families and faculty were impacted greatly by the Fall flood. 98% of the kids at Gadsden Elementary School in Gadsden, SC and 79% of the students at Horrell Hill Elementary in Hopkins, SC qualify for free or reduced lunch. Both schools are located in lower Richland County, an area that has a much higher level of poverty than the state average. Many students were already in great need and then the flood came and took the little they had. Your donations will go to kids and schools that have been through so much.
All Rotarians who attend conference are asked to bring a book with them to donate. Not attending conference? Your club may be holding a club-wide book collection drive so you can still participate. No book drive in your club? Just purchase a book and give it to one of your club members who is attending conference.
Thank you so much for helping to spread the gift of literacy in District 7770. #Rotary #Rotary7770
Lake Murray-Irmo Rotary Club is pleased to announce the upcoming Golf “CART” outing on the 19th of April 2016. This golf outing will start at noon. The purpose of the event is to earn money to support Alzheimer’s disease research. The specific program we will support is South Carolina’s own Rotary Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART). The CART Fund is dedicated to raising funds to provide “seed” money for cutting edge, high impact research in hopes of finding a cure/prevention for Alzheimer’s disease. CART was started by the Sumter SC Rotary Club in 1996. Today, it is common to find a blue CART bucket for loose change on tables at many Rotary functions at clubs throughout the southeast. Since its inception, over $5.2 million has been collected. Twenty-nine grants have been given since 1999. Grant recommendations to the 501c3 CART Fund Board of Directors are through a Grants Advisory Team make up of medical researchers from prestigious universities. The bylaws of the CART require that 100% of the donations go into the research efforts. The CART Fund’s nonprofit tax ID is 31-1466051. At a recent Rotary meeting, one of our members suggested we dedicate our annual golf outing to this effort. After unanimous board approval, we set out to create the best captain’s choice golf event in the midlands. The event will be at the Member’s Club at Woodcreek. We can support up to 36 teams at $400 per team. In addition, we are seeking an exclusive platinum tournament sponsor for a donation of $2500. The tournament also has gold ($1500), silver ($750), and bronze ($450) levels of sponsorship. Advertising opportunities and other benefits change by sponsorship level. Details on these levels and other funding opportunities can be found on the attached trifold brochure. The brochure also can be used to sign up teams or for sponsorship requests. This is an important effort. Recently we asked the members of LMI Rotary how many had family or friends touched by Alzheimers. The response was 100%. This is a troubling statistic and it causes this effort to be very personal for those involved. Every dollar spent to find a cure is potentially the most important dollar spent to date. Details on CART can be found at www.cartfund.org. The LMI Rotary contact for sponsorship is Blount Shepard. His cell phone is 803-600-4194 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely thank you for your consideration of this charity event. We know you have many competing requests and hope you’ll see the benefit of this effort. Please see attached Brochure: and pass it on:Rotary Golf 2016 CART
District 5 Foundation’s Paula Hite visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo’s weekly breakfast meeting. The District 5 Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support teachers and students in Lexington/Richland District 5 in learning readiness, arts and cultural experiences, science and technology and leadership development. Paula spoke to us about the District 5 Foundation’s Flood Victims Fund. The Flood Victims Fund has been established to serve students and families impacted by the devastating floods and their aftermath. There are 200 plus families affected in our district. They have successfully raised over $75,000 to aid in this relief work. All money raised goes directly to flood victims. District social workers identify need within our school district and oversee the distribution of funds. So far monies raised have gone towards things such as deposits on rental apartments as well as paid for hotel stays and other basic supplies such as mattresses. Club President Harold Crawford presented Paula Hite with a check for $2500. We look forward to a continued partnership with District 5 Foundation and supporting their great work. If you want more information on the foundation or the Flood Victims Fund please visit district5foundation.org
On December 12, 2015 The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo spent the day doing their annual ringing of the bell for The Salvation Army. Each year rotarians from our club spend the day ringing the bell and raising money. Rotarians and some very important elves spread christmas cheer while getting the word out about rotary and our club, all the while raising money for this very important charity. Merry Christmas everyone!
Daniel Island Rotary, with support from a District 7770 grant and Publix Supermarkets, delivered 167 Thanksgiving meals to the Cainhoy Community Center. The Cainhoy/Huger area was hit hard by flooding in October. Pictured with representatives of the Cainhoy Community Center are the participating Rotary Club members.
Members of the Rotary Club of Spartanburg and Columbia’s Capital Rotary Club joined forces to contribute $5,000 toward relief efforts after record rainfall amounts caused catastrophic flooding in the Palmetto State in October. The funds resulted from Spartanburg’s initial gift of $2,500, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Capital Club. The total donation was split between the Columbia chapter of the American Red Cross and Harvest Hope Food Bank – two organizations that have been active in disaster recovery efforts. Capital Rotary president David Boucher made check presentations to Denise Holland, Harvest Hope director, and to Red Cross director Rebecca Jordan on behalf of both the Upstate and Midlands clubs. Support for emergency agencies following natural disasters is common practice for Rotarians worldwide.
You are officially invited to participate in our upcoming Capital Rotary Club Charity Fishing Tournament ‐ to benefit the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust or “the C.A.R.T. Fund” as known by most Rotarians. Alzheimer’s affects many people ‐ young and old. The purpose of this event is to raise funds to fund Alzheimer’s research. Since its inception in 1995, the C.A.R.T. Fund has contributed over $3 million to Alzheimer’s research. Hopefully through the efforts of C.A.R.T., we will have a cure for Alzheimer’s. 100% of funds raised go towards research grants since all administrative functions are supplied by volunteers. The C.A.R.T. Fund is a 501(C)(3) not‐for‐profit charitable organization which means your sponsorship, contributions and donations may be tax deductible (Please consult your tax professional). More information may be found on the C.A.R.T. Fund’s website at www.cartfund.org – Become a sponsor and register a team today to help us raise money for a great cause. Space is limited (only six boats) – don’t miss your chance to join us. Event Details
- Date: August 7, 2015, 6:00am shove off.
- Guide: Each sponsored team will be paired with a local striped bass fisherman. You will only need to bring a fishing license. Guide will provide everything else! Team size per boat should be kept to four (4) fishermen.
- Sponsor: $500 per boat sponsor fee (includes fish being filleted)
- Location: Dreher Island State Park (3677 State Park Road, Prosperity)
Eight Charleston-area Rotary Clubs (Daniel Island, Goose Creek, Johns Island, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston – Breakfast, North Charleston – Lunch, St. Andrews, and Summerville) combined to make the 2015 Rotary Charity Duck Race a great success. 30,000 rubber ducks raced down the Wando River on a beautiful day. The people who came to the event enjoyed paddleboard and kayak races, a car show, games and activities for children, food and beverages, a band, and prizes for the folks who adopted the first 35 ducks to the finish line, including a new car from Hendrick auto dealers for the first place duck. The real winners were area charities and Rotary programs to change lives and build better communities. Over $120,000 was raised for these purposes bringing the 9-year total raised to over $1,000,000!