Spring Valley Rotary Club Updates on District’s Rotary Has Heart Project

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May 262015
 

In February, the Spring Valley Rotary Club participated in the District’s Rotary Has Heart project. The club selected the Catawba Trail Elementary School Food Pantry as Spring Valley Rotarian Denise Barth is the Principal at this school. Denise gave a brief but impactful presentation to the club about the food pantry needs at the school and then presented the club with a list of items that the food pantry could use.  Members contributed items and delivered them to the social worker at the school.  Rotarian Holly Swan coordinated the food drive. Then in April, members visited Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia and spent an hour volunteering. The club presented Harvest Hope with a total contribution of just over $3,000 for the Backpack Program at Windsor Elementary, where another Spring Valley Rotarian, Beth Elliott is the Principal. This contribution will allow Windsor Elementary to add more students to their Backpack program in the 2015/2016 school year. Funds for this contribution came from the third quarter weekly raffle and from a community grant, with funds raised by the annual pecan sale.

 

Holly and Denise with food items collected 2-12-15-16 Spring Valley rotary 4-21

Sea Island Rotary Club’s Eleventh, Hunting Island, Adventure Biathlon

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Mar 162015
 

Hunting island was busy this past Saturday March 7th with one hundred and twenty kayakers and paddle boarders, fifty to sixty Rotarian volunteers, and many spectators; to watch the eleventh running of the Adventure Biathlon. The event was presented by the Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort and it’s race director Paul Moore.

The race began at 11:00 under plenty of sunshine and chilly temperatures.  120 participants took to the water in kayaks and stand up paddle boards  in the Hunting Island Lagoon and raced for 6 miles out into Fripp Island inlet, returning to the launch site.  Once they beached their boats and boards, the running leg of 4.5 miles begins on the primitive trails through the lush green forest of the state park. It’s called adventure biathlon because each year the racers are ask to complete unexpected challenges on the trail such as: ‘going over a large downed tree trunk and back under it’.9

Participants can paddle and run solo or form a team made up of tandem paddlers and runners, or form a relay.  The overall top three individual winners in order were Robert Anderson of Goose Creek, SC,  Chris Williams of Cameron SC, and Zach Keister of Columbia, SC.  The winner in the overall relay/tandem was Pete Green and Josiah Tobin, the cross country coach of Holy Trinity School.

The purpose of the Adventure Biathlon race is to have fun and raise money for our Sea Island Rotary charities and local projects.  Our signature charities include CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Low country, Low Country Habitat for Humanity.

Adults and teens come to participate from all over the Southeast USA, and it is a wonderful way to help charity and compete in a very unique athletic event. This year our South Carolina U.S. Representative, Mark Sanford and son Blake competed.

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Pictures by Michael Fleishman

Story by Dr. Chuck Ingle

 

 

Fun with Stickers

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Nov 102014
 
Last night the Rotary of the Vista Night’s members added stickers to all the books and art materials to be donated to the Gonzales Gardens “Here Comes Kindergarten” project.  We also put stickers in all of the dictionaries we are donating to Bradley Elementary.  As you can see, we had a lot of fun and got finished in record time! Fun with Stickers photo 2 photo 3 photo 5 sticker

Five Points Rotary – Literacy/D​ictionary Project

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Nov 062014
 

Five Points Rotarian Derek Gruner spearheaded the club’s Literacy/Dictionary Project that provided Dictionaries and Rotary pencils to every 3rd Grader at 4 Columbia Elementary Schools, along with fellow Rotarians David Wheeler, Charlie Appleby,  Louis Dessau,  Patty Cavanaugh, Mimi Gregory,  L.E. Spradlin,  Bess Winn, Toby Chaffin and Pres. Teri Stomski.    

 

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The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented its second annual Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service) Program

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Mar 032014
 

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Hilton Head Island, SC. . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented its second annual Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service) Program on Saturday, February 22, 2014.  Approximately 150 club members, visiting Rotarians, Interact members, family members and volunteer Master Gardeners were involved in painting, grounds and facilities clean up, office projects, and fundraising at 13 nonprofit organizations on the island. Projects included:

Painting:  Volunteers in Medicine, Boys and Girls Club, Memory Matters, HH Symphony Orchestra, HH Humane Society

Groundskeeping:  Coastal Discovery Museum, Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, The Children’s Center, Memory Matters, Xeriscape Garden (at Town Hall)

Facilities clean up:  Deep Well, Volunteers in Medicine, HHI High School, The Children’s Center, First Presbyterian Day School

Office work:  Coastal Discovery Museum, The Children’s Center, Volunteers in Medicine

Fundraising assistance:  Literacy Council of the Lowcountry “Cooks and Books”

The work activities concluded with a fellowship picnic at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation.

 

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Photos attached:

Coastal Discovery Museum — Grounds clean up

Boys and Girls Club — Painting

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra — Painting

FPC Day School — Playground clean up/powerwashing

Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery — Grounds clean up

Memory Matters — Painting

Boys and Girls Club (2) Cemetery (2) FPC Day School (2) HHSO (2) Memory Matters Painting (2)

 

Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise Honors Teachers

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Jun 302013
 

 

(left to right), Patricia Shadwell, Ellen Ray, Brandi Canfield, Anna Miller, Ryan Cole, Claire Thompson, Nancy Blalock, Don Hardie, Rachael Stenger, Akil Ross, Rhea Faris, Steven Hefner

(left to right), Patricia Shadwell, Ellen Ray, Brandi Canfield, Anna Miller, Ryan Cole, Claire Thompson, Nancy Blalock, Don Hardie, Rachael Stenger, Akil Ross, Rhea Faris, Steven Hefner

On May 23, 2013, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise honored six area teachers of the year for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

Each teacher was introduced by their Principal and given a few minutes to address the group.

The teachers talked about their love of this profession and the rewards and challenges that come with teaching children at all levels.

Teachers honored included:

(1) Rhea Faris – Chapin High School
(2) Rachael Stenger – Alternative Academy for Success
(3) Patricia Shadwell – South Carolina Whitmore School
(4) Ryan Cole – Chapin Middle School
(5) Bandi Canfield – Chapin Elementary School
(6) Nancy Blalock – Lake Murray Elementary School

 

Dr. Mick Zais, SC Superintendent of Education Visits Rotary Club of Lexington

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Jun 032013
 

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently heard from Dr. Mick Zais, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education.  Dr. Zais discussed the challenges facing education in the United States and South Carolina, while also providing practical solutions for many of these issues.  He is pictured, at left, with club member Dick Thompson, right.

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Rotary Club of Lexington Awards Scholarships

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May 092013
 

Every year, the Rotary Club of Lexington returns thousands of dollars to the community in the form of scholarships for Lexington’s brightest high school students.  After a competitive selection process that includes interviews with Rotarians, the students are honored at a Rotary breakfast.  

Lexington Rotary Scholarship Recepients

This year’s recipients, from left to right, are Kelsey Raye Foster of Lexington High School, Holly Davis and Emily Rypkema of Lexington Technology Center, and Malcolm Ford of White Knoll High School. (Scholarship recipient Caroline Haggard of Lexington High School is not pictured.)

Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Recognizes Student of the Month for March 2013

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Apr 142013
 

On March 27, 2013 the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo recognized the student of the month for March 2013.  Tara Safriet, Assistant Principal at CrossRoads Middle School, presented Sarah-Elizabeth Rhyne to the club as this month’s student of the month.  Sarah-Elizabeth is described as a stellar student who also finds time to participate in honors orchestra.  The Rotary club was proud to present Sarah-Elizabeth with an award for “service above self” the motto for Rotarians and a gift certificate from Sonic the Irmo/Ballentine location who is delighted to reward students making great choices in our community.  Sarah-Elizabeth’s dad, Paul Rhyne, was in attendance for the presentation.

Pictured Sarah-Elizabeth Rhyne and Club President Larry Stohs

Pictured Sarah-Elizabeth Rhyne and Club President Larry Stohs

Mar 162013
 

The program speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for March 6, 2013 was Dr. Tripp Jones.  Dr. Jones is a member of the club and he talked about Honor Flight of South Carolina, which was begun in July 2008 by Bill Dukes and friends.  The original goal of Honor Flight of SC was to provide an opportunity for every WWII veteran in South Carolina a chance to visit his or her memorial.  This opportunity has recently been expanded to include Korean War veterans.  Each flight costs about $60,000 and is funded through donations.  There is no cost to the veteran for the trip.  Each trip begins around 6 am with a flight from Columbia to Washington, DC. While in Washington the group tours the WWII, Lincoln, Korean War, Vietnam and the Iwo Jima Memorials.  Depending on weather and time the group may also visit the Air Force Memorial and the Naval Museum before returning to Columbia around 8 pm.  It is a very long day, but a wonderful experience for all those involved.  The next flights scheduled will be April 17 and May 22 of this year.

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Pictured are Rotarians Tripp Jones and President Larry Stohs

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