Carolina Forest-Sunrise Rotary Supports Long Bay Symphony

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Mar 162013
 

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Carolina Forest-Sunrise President Andy Kiracofe presents Carolyn Pittman of the Long Bay Symphony a check for $2,000 to support the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra.  Carolina Forest-Sunrise has partnered with the Long Bay Symphony the past three years to sponsor the Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert.

Rotary Club of the Vista Night Supports Teen Pregnancy Prevention Effort with District Simplified Grant

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Mar 162013
 

The South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was the recipient of Rotary’s District Simplified Grant (DSG) for 2012-2013.

On Tuesday, March 12th, Rotary Club of the Vista Night presented SCCPTP with a check for $1,000, which was made possible by $500 grant from the district and matched with another $500 provided by the club. SCCPTP intends to use the money to print educational materials about teen pregnancy rates and prevention.

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Kathleen McDaniel, Rotary Foundation Chair for the Vista Night club, is presenting SCCPTP’s Taylor Wilson with the grant. This is very special not only because it is a District Simplified grant, but also Kathleen McDaniel is a Rotary Foundation Alumni   She was a team member on the India Team that Mary Martin led.

For more information about the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, go to www.teenpregnancysc.org.

Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Enjoys Presentation on Angel Flight

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Feb 282013
 

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The speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for the February 13, 2013 was Bo Bowman.  Bo is a private pilot who volunteers to fly for Angel Flight Soars, which is a non-profit charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends created by a group of pilots who believe in the benefit of volunteering.  The organization arranges free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.  This service is available to individuals, and health care organizations. Angel Flight Soars serves the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times.  Angel Flight Soars serves six states including South Carolina and they performed over 2500 missions in 2012.  They link with similar organizations in other states when asked to transport people outside of the Southeast.

Pictured above,  Bo Bowman & Club President Larry Stohs.

Goose Creek Rotary Club Enjoying Excellent Start to 2013

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Feb 282013
 

The Goose Creek Rotary Club has started 2013 with many activities and programs.

We delivered 500 dictionaries to three local elementary schools on December,
18th 2012.

Our annual Rotary Christmas Celebration was December 11th at a member’s
home. Fun and fellowship was had by all in attendance.

On February 2, 2013, Rotary members volunteered and participated in The Callen-
Lacey Center for Children Oyster Roast.

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In the February 5, 2013 meeting, Deb Walworth was recognized for perfect
attendance for 2 years. Tom Martin was recognized for perfect attendance for 29
years.

Several speakers that have attended Rotary and presented are:

Lindsay Street, Editor of The Goose Creek Patch.

Kenneth Harrell, with Joye Law Firm 

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Mac Burdette, Executive Director of Patriots Point

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Feb 062013
 

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Jimmy Gibbs of the Capital City Rotary Club appeared on WIS Columbia with Dawndy Mercer Plank to discuss the Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust project.

WATCH CLIP HERE: http://youtu.be/_8F7hGwFXBg
During Jimmy’s visit to the studio, he also met six year old Emma Ashley, a student shadowing Dawndy Mercer for the day. Emma dropped 4 quarters into the bucket to support CART.

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Columbia East Rotarian Jim Hudson Honored with Order of The Palmetto, SC’s Highest Civilian Honor

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Feb 022013
 

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA (January 28, 2013) – Jim Hudson, founder and principal of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, and Charter Member (1981) of the Columbia East Rotary Club was recently presented with the coveted Order of the Palmetto by South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley.

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Pictured from L – R:  Governor Nikki R. Haley with Sybil & Jim Hudson (Photo credit – Clark Berry Photography)

“On behalf of the people of South Carolina, I am pleased to award Jim Hudson the Order of the Palmetto – our state’s highest civilian honor.  This award is in recognition of his extraordinary work and dedication to the citizens of our state,” said Governor Nikki R. Haley.

The Order of the Palmetto is considered to be the highest civilian honor first awarded in 1971 to recognize a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina.  Past recipients of the Order of the Palmetto include singer James Brown, author Pat Conroy, tap dancer Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, Civil Rights activist Septima Clark, among many others including past governors.

A native of Turkey, North Carolina, Hudson moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1961, where through hard work and experience, he successfully built a portfolio of automotive dealerships known today as Jim Hudson Automotive Group.

Hudson’s dedication to customer satisfaction is indisputable.  For ten consecutive years, 2001-2010, his Columbia Lexus dealership ranked number one or two in the nation for customer satisfaction.  Hudson’s consistently high customer service rating was a major factor in Toyota’s selection process when it came time to award another dealership in Columbia.

Hudson’s dealerships have received many awards, including the Lexus Elite highest honors for the past ten years, the President’s Award highest honors for Toyota, and Cadillac Buick GMC highest award for Excellence.

Among the most important things in Hudson’s life is his family.  He and Sybil, his wife of 49 years, have two sons, Ken and Keith, and six grandchildren.

Hudson believes it is important to monitor laws and proposed legislation that might affect the many employees of the automotive industry and their families.  “We must be one voice on the local and national level to protect our free enterprise system and the small business people of America,” he says.  Backing up his beliefs with action, Hudson has been active in industry organizations and has been an automobile dealer spokesman for political issues in South Carolina and in Washington, DC.  In 2008, he was the Chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association and lobbied in Washington, DC for import dealers throughout the United States.  Hudson continues to be involved in lobbying Washington, D.C. on the behalf of small businesses not only in South Carolina, but nationwide.

Hudson has served on several dealer council boards for his franchises, advertising boards, SCADA (past president) and other state associations.  He has received the Rotary Foundation President’s Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  In 30 years of membership, he has perfect attendance.

Hudson works with the state’s community colleges on automotive training and funds scholarships for high school seniors.  He has been awarded #1 new car dealer in South Carolina and voted #1 by the State newspaper for the past 10 years.  He has been featured in Time Magazine three different times and most recently in the September 2008 issue as the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year.  He has been awarded Motor Trend Quality Dealer of the Year and is listed in the Automotive Hall of Fame.

He has served the Columbia community in many ways, including as member of the Chamber of Commerce board, Cultural Council board and Rotary Club.  He has also served as a sponsor for such charities as Sunshine for Children, the Heart Association, the National Kidney Foundation, the Salvation Army and Woodyard Fund, the Oliver Gospel Mission, Meals on Wheels, Harvest Hope, and the Boy Scouts of America Indian Waters Council.

Hudson’s commitment to his community has been demonstrated through acts of kindness in providing numerous cars and trucks to countless of families in need.

As a devoted Christian businessman, Hudson is keenly aware of life’s trials and tribulations.  That’s why Hudson Automotive Group has partnered with Corporate Chaplains of America to administer to the needs and fellowship on a voluntary basis to more than 500 employees.

At all his stores – over 500 employees have access to a minister on a moment’s notice, a service that will always remain personal and confidential.

As a result of Hudson’s leadership and the talented individuals that comprise his team, Automotive News Recognized Jim Hudson Automotive Group as one of the top 125 dealership groups in The United States.

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Recognizes Erika Lerro and Bryce Jones as January Teacher and Student of the Month

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Feb 022013
 

The January 2013 Teacher of the Month is first grade teacher, Ms. Erika Lerro. Here is what staff members had to say about her: “Ms. Lerro is always willing to help and does an awesome job with her students. She contributes so much of her personal time to the James Simons family and always maintains professionalism and courtesy … and what a fabulous smile!”

Bryce Jones is a fourth grader at James Simons Elementary School and is the January Student of the Month. His teacher, Ms. Lentz, says, “Bryce is a very bright young man who is always trying his hardest in class. He earns his PBIS points every day and I enjoy having him in my class.” PBIS points are positive behavior points that students receive each day for following procedures and expectations correctly. A student can earn a maximum of 20 points per day and Bryce always earns the total!

Each month, the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston is proud to choose from their partner school, James Simons, a teacher and a student who are exemplary and to honor them for their contributions to their educational environment.

Past President Dan Ravenel Erika Lerro, Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Past President Dan Ravenel Erika Lerro, Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Bryce Jones, Past President Dan Ravenel, Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Bryce Jones, Past President Dan Ravenel, Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Final Two Days of Thai Friendship Exchange

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Jan 262013
 

Our group is now able to help make eye glasses for the elderly. Another of the many Chiang Mai South service projects is preparing reader glasses of various strengths for many of the rural poor in their district. We learned how to smooth and sand precut plastic lenses and watched the skilled Rotarians start with a straight metal very tiny long rod and end up with a mental glass frame. In two days the club donated 150 pairs of glasses. Recipients come to a community center ( more or less like a covered open air shed. They are tested for correct strength and then wait as long as 6 or more hours while glasses are made for each person. EVERY SATURDAY members of this club are feeding hungry children, helping older needy adults, or working in other projects. We need your interest, prayers, and district support to obtain an RI grant in partnership with this club that will further health and community development initiatives.

7770 Rotarians hosted a final dinner for the Thai club. Our setting was an outdoor terrace 17 floors up in a local hotel. That day was also the birthday of the American YEO student studying in Chianf Mai. Imagine celebrating your 16th birthday in Thailand when you live in Alaska.

For all of us this trip has reinforced the wonder and work of Rotary on a club by club and international basis. No blog can ever fully express what we have seen and shared. All of us are honored to have been part of this exchange.

Harriett Hilton for the 7770 exchange group.

Jan 192013
 

A team of Hilton Head Island Rotarians and Interact Students rang bells form November 14 through December 23rd in front of WalMart, Sam’s Club, Harris Teeter (North and South), Belks and Walgreens. This year, the Rotary Club of Hilton head Island Bell Ringing was headed up by Rotarians Joe Chappell and Robert Eberly III.

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Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo Enjoys Special Program from Nursery Road Elementary Gold Team

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Jan 192013
 

The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for the December 12, 2012 was a Christmas Program by Nursery Road Elementary School Gold Team.  The Gold Team is made up of 21 students from the fourth and fifth grades.  The Gold Team (Goal Oriented Leadership Development) prepares students to become leaders inside and outside of the school.  Among other aspects of the program, sponsors of the team focus on mentoring, academic support and service to others.  The students set a goal every nine weeks.  That goal may relate to academic, behavioral or personal achievements.  At the end of the nine weeks, every student that meets his or her goal is taken on a field trip at no expense to the student.  The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo is a proud sponsor of this program. The club members were thoroughly entertained by the students who played instruments and sang various Christmas songs.  This was a wonderful and entertaining event.  Special thanks to Mrs. Lisa Brooks, Music Director, and Ms. Jill Christmus, and Wendy Geiger, for this program.

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