Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise and CCU Rotaract Partner for Feed the Hunger Project

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Oct 222012
 

Participating in the ‘Feed The Hunger Packathon’ were members of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise and Rotaract Members from Coastal Carolina University.

The energy created by this collaboration with CCU Rotaractors made packing 18,000 meals  a snap.

What a truly uplifting Experience…..Thanks to Dr. Raffia Smith and Dr Kevin for leading this wonderful and worthy project and all who participated and /or sponsored  a Rotaractor!

 

Grant Helps Conway Rotary Purchase Van for Disabled Veterans

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Oct 052012
 


Conway Rotary Club
applied for a district simplified grant during the 2011-2012 Rotary year.

Past President Mac Altman was on hand along with District Governor Ed Duryea, Assist. District Governor Doug Frederick, and Current President George Livingston for a photo opportunity with the Ford Flex, the club helped purchase for the local chapter of DAV.

Conway Rotary Club received a $2500.00 matching grant.   This van is used to transport local veterans to and from doctor’s appointments with the VA services in our state.

Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club Members Volunteer on Fall Clean Up Day

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Oct 052012
 
Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary members Bob White, Carlos Scheer, Ernie Sadera and Mike Ryhal for volunteered recently to assist the Carolina Forest Civic Association with the Fall Clean Up Day.

Ernie Sadera and Mike Ryhal working the CFCA Clean Up Day team assignment table

An impressive sight to see the registration and team assignment tables being manned by CF-Sunrisers in their blue Rotary Club shirts!  
Bob and Carlos later joined in the Clean Up by scraping and painting the frame on our Rotary Sign beside the Bank of America branch on Carolina Forest Blvd.

Bob White and Carlos Scheer painting the Club’s sign frame during the CFCA Clean Up Day

Bo Ives, our speaker this past Wednesday, was very appreciative of the participation of our Rotary Club.   A special thanks to Kevin Kristick for working to develop this partnership with the CF Civic Association. Job well done! 
Oct 052012
 

The Rotary Club of Summerville – Lunch.  presented the Summerville Miracle League with a $5,000 check.  The money was raised through our clubs efforts with the Charleston Charity Duck Race in June.

Those in the photo are representatives from the Summerville Miracle League, members of the lunch club – Jaime Moore (club president), Frank Osage (incoming club president) Gene Hundley (past president), Tony Pope (Assistant DG), Brunson Westbury, Angela Vest, Linda Art, Don Nye, Phil Jones and Dusty Rhodes and  Brianna McNeal a member of our Rotaract Club at Charleston Southern University.

Each Saturday we have Rotarians at the Miracle League field volunteering with the kids.  What a warm and heartfelt event for our club.

Hilton Head Rotary & Hilton Head High Interact Students Collaborate on Project at Honey Horn Plantation

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Oct 052012
 

On September 29th the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island finished the oyster shell trail at the Coastal Discovery Museum at beautiful Honey Horn Plantation. Assisting the Rotarians were Interact students from Hilton Head High School and Hilton Head Preparatory. The three-quarter mile long trail has taken four years to complete and has involved many Rotarians and Interact Students. The path guides visitors through many exhibits, including the Butterfly Discovery Enclosure, historical buildings, the Heritage Garden, Historical cemetery, and Marsh Tackys.

 

West Metro West Columbia Rotary Supports GED Program

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Sep 062012
 

On Saturday, August 25, the Christ Central Ministries/Nehemiah Project Fast Track GED program held their GED Graduation Gala. Reverend Scooter Scott (Nehemiah Project) and Reverend Kenneth Taylor (Turner Memorial AME) led the celebrations, and Dr. Sonny White (Midlands Technical College) gave the graduation speech.

It was a truly amazing event as seventy-eight (that’s right, 78) community residents received their GEDs at this graduation ceremony.  The program was free to them.

50+ community volunteers pitched in to help tutor, or drive, or feed, or celebrate with them.  The most significant cost of this program is the GED textbook, which costs about $11.50 each.  West Metro West Columbia Rotary Club contributed $500 to the Christ Central Ministries/Nehemiah Project Fast Track GED program to help offset the materials cost.

The picture shows the faces of the new GED holders… their pride in achievement is what makes our efforts worthwhile.

Murrells Inlet Rotary Helps Restore Oyster Habitat

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Sep 032012
 

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet, from left, Lee Hewitt and Paul Suter, are helping transport more than 350 bags of recycled oyster shells from Hobcaw Barony to create a reef in Oaks Creek, Tuesday, May 22. It is a cooperative Oyster Recycling Project of Rotary, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Waccamaw Chapter and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) SCORE or South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet earlier this year worked side-by-side with natural resource specialists to build oyster reefs using more than 10,000 pounds of recycled shells.
   They helped transport more than 350 bags of recycled oyster shells from Hobcaw Barony to create a reef in Oaks Creek, Murrells Inlet, Tuesday, May 22.  It was a cooperative oyster habitat recycling project of Rotary, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Waccamaw Chapter and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) SCORE or South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program.
   Rotary President Elect Eric Gray said he thinks his members made a difference in giving back to the community. “During the work day I sensed a collective feeling of good spirit throughout everyone involved,” he said.  “A group of individuals doing together what none of us could do alone. Hopefully, being good stewards of our surroundings will encourage others to do the same.”
    In addition to Gray, other primary Rotary volunteers were Paul Suter, Hunter Brown, Chris Hucks, Matt Burroughs, Rod Swaim, James Jordon, Patrick Queen, Jay Hoodenply, Joey Ray, Billy Nichols, Richard Huggins, Lee Hewitt and son, Cloeman Hewitt, Andy Justice and Chris Hawley.
    Most members met at Inlet Sports Lodge at 10:30 a.m. and then drove to Hobcaw Barony where they bagged shells.  “Upon completion, we proceeded to Murrells Inlet shell landing around 12:30 p.m. where we had pizzas from Donato’s provided by Rotary and beverages donated by CCA,” Gray said.   “A Rotary food delivery crew and support staff of Kari Collins, Sherry Maloni, Bobby Sunday, Denise Brown and Stoney Cantor helped during the lunch break.”
   After lunch, Rotarians assisted in loading more than 10,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells into boats and barges, but had to wait for a thunderstorm to pass.  Around 2 p.m., they were able to push off for Oaks Creek with five boats loaded down with volunteers.  “The reef building was the easiest part of the day,” Gray said. “We laid the bags approximately five to six feet from the high water mark in Oaks Creek. We made it back to the landing around 4 p.m. and were able to stay dry.”
   “It’s time civic-minded groups and individuals to help preserve the environment for future generations,” Gray said.  “Wouldn’t it be a sad day if our children were not able to enjoy the waters of Murrells Inlet because of water quality.”

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet, from left, Lee Hewitt and Paul Suter, are helping transport more than 350 bags of recycled oyster shells from Hobcaw Barony to create a reef in Oaks Creek, Tuesday, May 22. It is a cooperative Oyster Recycling Project of Rotary, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Waccamaw Chapter and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) SCORE or South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement program.

   The head of the SCORE project was Mike Hodges who was the Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet luncheon guest speaker at the Inlet Sports Lodge, Tuesday, May 15. Murrells Inlet native Chris Hawley is the chairman of the Waccamaw Chapter and state board member of Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina.
   Chapter activities include working in pluff mud, oyster beds and Spartina grass to establish new oyster reefs as part of CCA’s “Topwater Action Campaign” to also improve water quality and provide an educational opportunity for students and citizens.
   Oyster shell is a natural surface for spat or oyster larvae to attach to and help create new oysters and, in turn, new oyster beds, which are the foundation of the marine ecosystem in Palmetto State’s estuaries, according to DNR literature.
   “While the intertidal oysters of South Carolina may still appear to be abundant, there is increasing evidence of negative effects from anthropogenic or man-made stressors such as non-point source runoff and wakes from increasing recreational boat traffic,” says the DNR.
   “Planting of bare shell can also help trap sediments and absorb wave energy, reducing erosion of adjacent salt marshes. With careful site selection, replanting of the shell can restore oyster habitat by providing substrate for juvenile oysters, which grow to form a self-sustaining reef.”
    Environmental officials say after the reefs are constructed, volunteers are trained to monitor water quality, reef development and reef/shoreline interactions. More than 15,000 bushels of oyster shells have been recycled since 2009.
   The CCA group acquired equipment needed to both recycle and distribute oyster reef material in isolated locations of the state’s estuaries, including two 18-foot johnboats and two tandem axle trailers.  For more information, contact Hawley at 455-0371 or chawley24@gmail.com

Daniel Island Rotary Club Installation

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Aug 262012
 

The Daniel Island Rotary Club recently celebrated another year of community service and installed new officers for the 12/13 Rotary Year.

Rotarians Install Playground Equipment

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May 292012
 

L - R President Wright Penn, Dr. Ellison Smith, Carlos Scheer, Dr. Phil Shore, and Shawn Sines

Members of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club completed a playground equipment installation project in April thanks in part to a District Simplified Grant. This project was spearheaded by Dr. Ellison Smith, past president of the club.

 

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