The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry contributed $11,000 to the United Way of the Lowcountry’s 2012 campaign, becoming the first civic organization in Beaufort and Jasper counties to qualify for the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Sandra Chavez, chairwoman of the United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors, accepted the gift. “This is an amazing contribution from an amazing group of people,” Chavez said. “The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry has a long history of helping make the Lowcountry a better place, and we will use their gift to advance the common good even more. “We are hoping other organizations will see this as an example of civic leadership and help us reach our $2.8 million goal for 2012,” she said.
• Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort
• AMIkids Beaufort
• Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
• Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)
• Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
• Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity
• Wardle Family YMCA.
The first Literacy Project celebrated was the Club’s annual Dictionary Project conducted in the fall of last year. Members distributed dictionaries to 180 third graders across four elementary schools in the Five Points area of Columbia.
The Five Points Club also welcomed six principals and six “Teachers of the Year” to its April 20th meeting. Each Teacher of the Year represents a school in the Five Points area of Columbia and received a plaque and $100 gift certificate for school supplies. The honorees included:
Doris Arvelo, Religion Teacher, was honored as St. Martin de Poores Teacher of the Year by Principal Sister Robeta Fulton.
Mary Ann Tillman, Music Teacher, was honored as AC Moore Teacher of the Year by Principal Chantelle Baker-Parnell.
Derrick Theirse, Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher, was honored as South Kilbourne Teacher of the Year by Kim Spivey.
Douglas Brandon, Second Grade Teacher, was honored as Rosewood Teacher of the Year by Principal Elizabeth Williams.
Ernesto Bernal, Spanish Teacher, was honored as Hand Middle School Teacher of the Year by Principal Marissa Vickers.
Judith Ray, Science Teacher, was honored as Dreher High School Teacher of the Year by Principal Jeanne Stigelbauer.
The Club capped the meeting with a presentation by Ms. Betsey O’Brien, Director of Education Programs for NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness. O’Brien detailed NAMI’s “Families and Teachers as Allies” teacher in-service program, a free NAMI program to school systems. The audience of teachers, principals and Club members received an overview of the program and how to obtain additional information at www.nami.org or by contacting Betsey O’Brien at NAMI SC at 803-733-9592. The Rotary Club of Five Points is also fielding a team in the 2012 NAMI Walk on May 19th in Columbia and is also a Silver Sponsor of the event.