This year’s Happy Feet event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Target in Mt. Pleasant from 7:30-10:00 am. We will need 20 volunteers from the East Cooper Breakfast Club to participate. For volunteer sign up, be on the look out for additional communication about the event. We will use Sign Up Genius to recruit volunteers. Please contact Dimi Matouchev at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club installed new officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Pictured left are Charles Muldrow (President-elect), John Albrecht (President 2014-15), Mike Bloser (Treasurer) and Warren Pruitt (Immediate Past President). Not pictured Tripp Hoover (Secretary).
Awards were given to several ECBR members. Pictured right are Alison Dailey, Mike Bloser and Stephanie Bates. Mike Bloser received the ECBR Rotarian of the Year Award.
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club’s annual Cinco de May’all event will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 7:00 to 10:30 pm at the Cooper River Room located at the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. The event benefits Happy Feet and Gift of Life.
Come on out and enjoy Mexican food, a margarita bar, Mexican beer and all the awesome silent auction items you can stand. Plus, a South of the Border band and the company of fun Rotarians. Tickets are $40, and they are available at the door.
On December 17, 2013, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated 175 bicycles to Toys for Tots. Rob Fowler along with several representatives from the U.S. Marines were on hand for the presentation. This year’s donation significantly increased over the previous year. Many thanks to all Rotarians who participated in this worthwhile event that mean so much to the children in our community who benefit from it. A special thanks to Tripp Hoover for all of his hard work in coordinating the collection of funds, purchase and delivery of the bikes.
Click on this link to see video from the News 2 coverage of the event by Rob Fowler: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Donates 175 Bikes to Toys for Tots
District 9320 South Africa’s Rotary Friendship Exchange team attended East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday, October 15. While there, they exchanged banners with District Governor Lou Mello and gave a short presentation on their District in South Africa. Situated along the Eastern Cape, District 9320 includes lovely beaches, multiple game preserves and industry.
Rotarian Cal McRae of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club will lead District 7770’s team to South Africa in March 2014.
Pictured: South Africa Rotarians Ken and Heather Gillings, 7770 District Governor Lou Mello, South Africa Rotarian Prem Lutchman, and South Africa Rotarians Ian and Andrena Foster.
Rotary District 9320 South Africa Eastern Cape is visiting District 7770 through Rotary Friendship Exchange. The five member team is spending their first week in the Charleston area, recent recipient of the Top City in the United States by Conde Nast Travel. They will leave Charleston to visit Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah before returning to South Africa on October 27.
Their first exchange function was a walking tour of downtown Charleston, hosted by the East Cooper and North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Clubs.
The 2nd Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk brought out 250 runners and walkers along with many more attendees for the after party.
The event benefits Toys for Tots and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Perfect weather and a great venue starting and ending at the Sweetgrass Pavilion underneath the Ravenel Bridge created an excellent setting complete with music by a German band, beer on tap provided by Westbrook Brewery and Palmetto Brewing Co. and plenty of bratwurst prepared in outstanding fashion by our friends from ServiceMaster of Charleston. A big thank you goes out to Lawton Hayes and his crew for all of their hard work with the event.
We want to thank our chairman for the event, Mike Bloser, for putting together such an awesome event. Wearing his Lederhosen, Mike really gave this party authenticity. Thanks for all of your hard work Mike. Through your efforts, the event hopes to net around $5,000 for the charities. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success.
A special thanks to Rob Fowler with News 2 for reporting the weather from the event. Their support helped boost attendance.
We also would like to thank our great sponsors that include ADC Engineering, Inc., American Drug Testing, Bank of South Carolina, Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson & Helms LLC, Division Five, Earthsource Engineering, Engineered Foundations, Glaucoma Consultants, Goodwill Industries, Dr. Jill Aiken, John Albrecht, Law Offices of Peter S. Smith PLLC, Legare, Bailey & Hinske, Michael Schmitt, McQuire & Co, LLC, Palmetto Construction, Pile Drivers, Raising Cane’s, SCE&G, ServiceMaster of Charleston, Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects, inc, The Hoove LLC, Try Sports and Walmart.
Happy Feet 2013 was a huge success. Volunteers from the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, the Mt. Pleasant Lunch Rotary Club and the Wando High School Interact Club helped over 200 children find their new shoes at Target in Mt. Pleasant. Thank you to all of the volunteers for making this year great and for serving the community.
There’s still time to register for East Cooper Breakfast Rotary’s Oktoberfest 5K Run and Walk to benefit Toys 4 Tots and Rotary Youth Exchange programs.
What: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary’s Oktoberfest 5K Run and Walk
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:00pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Plenty of German brats and beer at the finish, all included in the registration fee!
Click here to register: http://www.oktoberfest5krun.net/
Since it’s inception in the 1996, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary in Mount Pleasant has striven to positively affect our community in many ways with ‘hands on’ volunteering projects and fund-raising to benefit the local community. We are a volunteer organization that meets weekly to connect with one another and work together to have a positive impact on the Mt. Pleasant community. We are involved in many local charities and programs. Learn more about our organization and membership at http://www.ecbrotary.org/. The proceeds from this race will be used to help fund two of our Rotary initiatives, Toys For Tots and Rotary Youth Exchange. Read below to learn more about these programs and the impact they have on our community.
TOYS FOR TOTS
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will team up with the local Marine Reserves Unit again this year in our annual Toys for Tots Bike Drive. Our Rotary club has donated over 1500 bikes since the beginning of the effort and the donations have continued to grow. Our club has received a grant from District 7770 (Eastern South Carolina) that requires a matching club donation and this will be provided thanks to the support of our Oktorberfest 5K Race sponsors and race participants. These efforts are not only sponsored but supported through volunteers, vehicles and personal time supplied by Norman Lunsford from Wal-Mart at Oakland Plantation, Lawton Hayes with ServiceMaster of Charleston, and David Schwarts with SouthLand Landscape Management. Without the efforts of the above mentioned supporters, this project would not be possible.
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club support Rotary Youth Exchange where students ages 15 – 25 spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. These students act as ambassadors, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas, and maybe learning a foreign language along the way. More than 80 countries and over 8000 students each year participate in the global program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs. Our club supports those local students who are selected to participate in the program.