Daniel Island Rotary sponsors Alicia Bouchard as an outbound exchange student. Alicia (pictured with Daniel Island Rotary president Chad Vail) will be spending the next school year in Murcia, Spain. Alicia is a student at Bishop England and is participating in Rotary’s program to sponsor study experiences in other countries.”Good Luck Alicia! (Photo by Mary Wessner)
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FRIDAY, MARCH 22
12:00PM Opening Luncheon
3:00 PM Plenary Session I
7:30 PM Dinner/Dance “Texas Two-Step” Country/Western Attire Suggested
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
8:30 AM Plenary Session II
11:00 AM Plenary Session III
2:00 PM Community Service Project
6:00 PM Awards Dinner, Black Tie Optional
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
9:00 AM Worship/Necrology Service
10:00 AM Plenary Session IV
Additional information on this event is available on the District Database. (click the Calendar tab at the top)
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.
In between the Rotary humanitarian projects, our hosts arranged a 3 day 2 night tour of this northern Thailand area. First, we saw beautiful handicrafts of wood carving and other Thai handicrafts. A Thai dinner with a traditional dance show ended our day. The second day we saw Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, first established in 1383 as a shrine for a Buddist relic. The relic was mounted on the back of a white elephant who wandered until he found the chosen spot where he laid down and died on the chosen wat space. Our meals throughout the three days were northern Thai dishes with a variety of combinations of rice, pork,chicken, shrimp. Some dishes were very spicy and others more bland. Thais eat with a spoon and fork using the fork to push food into the spoon.
Displays of current Thai craft and artisian industrians gave ample opportunities for purchasing beautiful silks, jewelry, and wood products. Both nights were spent at a resort with far reaching views of the mountains. Petting tigers, riding elephants, and visiting a longneck Karen hill-tribe village filled the final day. The Karen women put heavy brass rings on their necks starting in childhood. Like other ethnic hill-tribes, they are more linked to geographic areas than national borders. Hence, their access to any governmental help in almost none existent.
Another major highlight of the exchange was visting the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai South on Wednesday night. Both the Thai and American clubs gave translated presentations on our own clubs. The fact that this club of 20 members is continually doing outreach and service is amazing. Their service is outstanding, and we hope both districts can jointly write an RI grant to help fund hill tribe schools. A major eye glass project for hundreds of elderly poor Thais in rural areas who have no other way to receive help is the other current and ongoing service project of this club. For two years, the Chiang Mai South Club has been buying supplies making and fitting eye glasses. Unfortunately, right now there is no funding to help with glasses for children as the club had to start with one age group or the other. We will spend our last two days working to make and fit glasses for patients guided by our Thai Rotarians.
Harriett Hilton for the Friendship Exchange
The members of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated 100 bikes to Toys 4 Tots, enabling needy children around the Charleston area to get a bike for Christmas. ECB Rotarians have participated in this effort since 1998 and have given over 1,400 bikes to area children during that time. Rob Fowler and Marine organizers were on hand at the meeting, which will be featured on News Channel 2.
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30am at the Cooper River Room at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. Come out and join us!
Members of District 7770 and their partners have a unique opportunity to visit South Africa with Friendship Exchange. We have a trip scheduled to visit District 9270, the eastern cape of South Africa, and we are looking for three to four Rotary couples to complete our team.
Members of the team will go on safari and will be shown the highlights of the terrain, the food and the hospitality of the eastern cape of South Africa.
Outbound to South Africa: 12 – 25 May 2013
Inbound to South Carolina: 13 – 26 October 2013
Team Members Needed: three to four Rotary couples
Cost: Rotarians pay for their trip, but South African Rotarians provide lodging, some transportation and some meals
Click to download Application Form: RFE SOUTH AFRICA APPLICATION
Please direct questions about this exchange to District RFE Chair Andra Watkins at andra (at) positusonline (dot) com, or call her at 843 870 0888.
Rotary International Director & District 7770 club member Anne L. Matthews spoke this past week in Ismir, Turkey at a Rotary Institute event. Safak Pavey, pictured with Ms. Matthews in the news article below, is a member of the Turkish Parliament. Ms. Pavey lost her left arm and leg in a train wreck.
It has been announced by Rotary International President-Elect Ron Burton that he has appointed our own RI Director Anne Matthews to serve as the Vice President of Rotary International for the 2013-14 Rotary year. What a great honor for Anne and for our district!
Through this appointment, Anne continues to make history. She is the first woman elected to serve as Vice President of Rotary International. She is also the first woman to be elected to serve both as Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and of the RI Board of Directors.
Congratulations Anne! We are so proud of you! It’s a well-deserved honor!
Rotary District 7770 is proud to have Dr. Anne L. Matthews as a member – her home club is Columbia East. She is only the second woman Rotary Foundation Trustee and the third woman elected to serve as a Rotary International Board Member (2012-14). She is also the first woman Foundation Trustee and the first woman Rotary International Board member from Zone 33.
The following transcript was taken from an introduction provided by Tin Tin Nu Raschid, Governor 1996-97, RGHF Board Member for Zone 33: (http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/women/trustees/2010matthews.htm)
If you had the opportunity to speak with Anne Matthews of Columbia, SC, you would know what a charming Southern lady she is. Takes you right back to the “Gone with the Wind” movie. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining with her at the Zone 33-34 Institute in Raleigh, NC in October 1998, when she was the Governor Nominee from District 7770. Ever since, we have been meeting at the Zone Institutes and also when she came to speak at our District Foundation Seminars.
Dr. Anne L. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational firm in Columbia, SC. She has three earned degrees, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She is an educator by profession, an author of business texts, and a public speaker. She served as president of several national educational organizations and served on numerous boards, including her undergraduate alma mater, Coker College. She is the recipient of several honors including ones from the YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, key to Lake City, SC, Distinguished Alumni Award, Hall of Fame from Florence County School District 3, National Business Education’s Distinguished Service Award, and Leadership SC. She received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. Anne has spoken and/or consulted in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 20 foreign countries on educational issues and/or the Rotary Foundation.
Anne is the past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia East and served as District Governor of D7770 in 1999-2000. She completed a three-year term as the District’s Foundation chair in June, 2006, and during the 2006 Rotary year, D7770 was ranked as number one in the world in Annual Giving and number seven in total giving to the Foundation. Anne initiated the Paul Harris Society in 2005-06, the Centennial year, and District 7770 secured 125 chartered members. Anne completed a three-year term as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 33 June, 2009.
Anne served: as a National Adviser for the Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund; was appointed by the presidents of Rotary International to Zone Chair for the Hunger Task Force and the Rotary Community Corps Task Force; served in 2004-05 and 2005-06 as a trainer for incoming governors at the International Assembly in Anaheim; represented D7770 as a delegate to the Council on Legislation in 2004; served as the Moderator for the Interfaith Service for the COL in Chicago in 2004; served on the Zones 33 and 34 Executive Committee in 2004-05 as the Program Chair and as General Chair for the Atlanta Institute in 2006; represented the President of Rotary International as a President’s Representative at several district conferences; spoke and/or facilitated sessions at Rotary International Conventions and Pre-Institutes, and served as chair of the Findings Committee for the 2010 International Institute in Montreal.
Anne was appointed by RI Presidents D. K. Lee and John Kenney to serve as the Lead Seminar Trainer at the International Assembly in San Diego in January, 2008, and in 2009. She is presently serving as a member of TRF’s Future Vision Plan Committee during ’09-’12. In May 2010, Anne was nominated by RIPE Ray Klinginsmith and elected by the RI Board to serve as a member of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. In September 2010, Anne was elected by the Zone 33 Nominations Committee to serve as Rotary International Director for Zones 33 and 34, effective July 1, 2012.
Anne is a sustaining member, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor, charter member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor, and a Ten Star Rotarian.
Anne received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, and Rotary International’s highest honor, the Service Above Self award. In 2006, she was honored as District 7770’s Rotarian of the Year.