Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Helped Elementary Students Pick Out New Shoes

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Aug 312015
 

On August 15th from 7:30AM until 9:30AM, the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise helped 64 Waccamaw Elementary students pick out new shoes so they can start the new school year on the right foot. The Happy Feet project is one of three elementary school support programs funded and administered by the club. The other two, Warm Bodies and P Cubed: Pads, Papers, Pencils for Pupils, also help assist children identified by classroom teachers and administrators. Each year, the club spends over $5,000 on the three projects, which support both Waccamaw Elementary and Carolina Forest Elementary.

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise is a Flex Club. Having the Flex Club status allows our club to actively participate in community events on a biweekly basis. The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month are breakfast meetings to share ideas and fellowship. The other weeks are held at civic events to assist and spread Rotarian efforts throughout the community. The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00AM at Beef O’Brady’s  in the Carolina Forest Kroger Shopping Center. New or prospective members are always welcome at our breakfast meeting. Come and learn of the many service  projects provided by our dynamic club in behalf of “Service Above Self” to our community and its citizens of all ages. (photos by Ralph Jones)

 

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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise members learn of Impact Ministries

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Aug 292015
 

Ms. Christie Morris (right) of Impact Ministries  described the unique International Student Ministry started three years ago which has served over 4,000 international students  who are summer workers who reside in the Myrtle Beach area for 5 to 6 month periods.Club member  Dr.Darla Domke-Damonte ( left) introduced the speaker. International students are recruited by various area and local companies as summer workers and experience varying levels of assistance and resultant difficulties.Morris described the support services provided this summer and the tremendous attendance growth: over 1200 students came to student orientation to learn about safety,obtain their Social Security card, and learn about International Cafe. The Cafe has become a student center where students love to hang out. Over 70 volunteers  are from 5 churches and 3 outreach groups. The cafe has expanded from one room to three  for meeting and service purposes. Thus far, 25 bikes have been furnished to students, 15 students have been rescued from unsafe or unsanitary housing and placed in safe locations, as well as being placed with host families. Thirty students have been helped to find jobs, 28 have been helped with health issues, and effective liaison established with MBPD and various other agencies. For more information, to make donations, to include volunteer service, contact  Impact Ministries, 843-254-7777, or www.impacmb.org .

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s located at the Carolina Forest Kroger shopping mall.
Interested persons and prospective members are invited to attend and learn about our community and many opportunities to serve while enjoying breakfast and great fellowship among Rotarians dedicated to serving our community in the highest tradition of Rotary’s credo, “Service Above Self”.  ( Photo by Ralph Jones.)

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Supports 2 Area Elementary Schools

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Aug 212015
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise donates $2000 in clothing to area elementary schools as one of three annual service projects for children in our community

Members of The Rotary Club  of Carolina Forest Sunrise, the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University are pictured with international students of CCU at Carolina Forest Walmart with clothing purchased as part of the Rotary Club’s support of Carolina Forest and Waccamaw elementary schools’ clothes closet programs. Also pictured is the CCU bus used to transport the students who selected the clothing for the schools. Both schools, classified as Title One  schools indicating high percentage of pupils in need, have clothes closets built and furnished with new clothing purchased by the club from funds generated by various fund raising projects for the purpose of distributing clothing items on a need basis to children as administered by the respective school personnel.  The club annually funds and administers three elementary school support programs totaling over $5,200 :” Warm Bodies” , coats, shirts, blouses, underwear and socks; ” Happy Feet”,providing new shoes ,often their first, for children in need;” P Cubed; Pads, papers, pencils for Pupils” for children identified by classroom teachers and administrators.  The club wants students to feel better about themselves as they begin their new school year ,to be able to dress appropriately and warmly during the entire school year, while having adequate school supplies to foster their classroom and homework performance and success.

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s , Carolina Forest/Kroger Shopping Center. New or prospective members are always welcome at our breakfast meeting..come and learn of the many service projects provided by our dynamic club in behalf of “Service Above Self” to our community and its citizens of all ages.

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(photos by Ralph Jones)

Susan Harrell Speaks at Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise

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Aug 102015
 

Susan Harrell ( left) , Center Director for ELS-Myrtle Beach, located at Coastal Carolina University, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. She was introduced by club member Dr. Darla Domke -Damonte ( right). Harrell began working as the founding director of the Center in January 2015 in preparation for the April 2015 opening.  The center provides intensive English instruction to non-native speakers of English via 4-week sessions of 32 hours of instruction per week to help them prepare to study at US universities.  ELS also supplies the immigration documents for those requiring visas to apply for visas to travel to the USA. Harrell also described the homestay program they offer to host ELS language students in homes of local families.  Further information about ELS and its programs can be obtained by calling Susan Harrell at 843-349-6970 or email myr@els.edu.

Bo Ives Speakers at the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise

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Jul 242015
 

Mr. Bo Ives (left), Chairman of the Ride III Project in Horry County, was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise on Wednesday, July 15th. Mr. Ives reviewed a variety of road projects, several of which affect the citizens of the Carolina Forest area. President-Elect Kevin Kristick (right) is pictured here with Mr. Ives at Wednesday morning’s meeting. The breakfast club meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s in the Carolina Forest Kroger Shopping Center.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Hosts Executive Director of the Grand Strand Humane Society

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Jun 062015
 
Photo by Ralph Jones
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise heard speaker Sandy Brown (left), Executive Director of the Grand Strand Humane  Society described her organization's services at a recent meeting. She is pictured with Rotarian Elizabeth Howland (right) who introduced her. Staffed largely with volunteers, founded in 1972, the Society has a budget of $804,000, of which $230,000 is funded by a grant from the City of Myrtle Beach. The budget difference must be met by fund raising, a constant challenge for the Society which  is comprised of two units : MB Unwanted Animals, and Preventive Medicine Clinic(T-W-F @ 8 am, alt. Saturdays at 8am). Of the 1000 animals received last year, over 800 were placed with families. Rotary club members presented Sandy with a variety of needed animal supplies. There is always a need for volunteers,supplies and cash donations.Sandy Brown can be reached at 843-918-4911.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Scholarship Recipient

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Jun 022015
 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise scholarship award was presented to senior
Zakia Brisbon (left) by Rotarian Bob Squatriglia (right) at the Carolina Forest High School
Academic Awards Ceremony on May 19. The one thousand dollar scholarship is presented annually by the Rotary Club to that CFHS graduating senior whose academic achievement, character and community service best typifies the Rotary motto of ” Service above Self”.  A member of the national honor society, beta club, varsity basketball, track, and volleyball  and recipient of the Panther Award for character and leadership, she plans to attend Hampton University and study pharmacy. She has served as a volunteer intern in Walgreen’s Pharmacy and participated in numerous volunteer activities in the community throughout her high school attendance. CFHS graduation is scheduled for June 4,  2015.

 

photo by Carlos Scheer

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Talks Health Care Challenges

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May 212015
 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise heard Pete Mansfield ( right), Practice
Administrator of Coastal Orthopedics, as introduced by Rotarian Elizabeth Howland (left),  describe the future challenges of health care:(1) how to measure the quality of care:(2) the cost of health care and the role of health insurance;(3) how to provide easy access to health care in non-traditional ways.He recounted his forty years in the US health care industry ( the mostly costly in the world) and the fourteen years in his current position ( nine physicians, including seven orthopedists, two pain specialists, and nine physicians assistants )  in a presentation well received by the club members.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Honors Interact Club Advisor

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May 172015
 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise recently honored Horry County Scholars Academy Interact Club Advisor Ms. Stanlee Morrison with Rotary’s Highest Recognition of Service by a non Rotarian:  The Paul Harris Fellowship. Pictured above are Club President Kevin Cox (left) presenting Ms. Stanlee Morrison (right) her Paul Harris Certificate and pin. A donation of $1000  was made to The Rotary Foundation by the Rotary  club in Ms. Morrison’s name in recognition of her exemplary service as club charter advisor since 2012. The Interact Club has received numerous awards and various recognitions for their performance as a service club in the Carolina Forest community. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise sponsors both Interact (at the high school level) and the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University(ages 18-35).Ms. Morrison is a member of the Academy faculty and teaches History in additional to her other duties.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise Speaker Talks about Health

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May 082015
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise member Bob Squatriglia (left) stands with program presenter Dr. David Turner (right) whom he introduced at a recent club meeting.

Photo by Ralph Jones 

Dr. Turner, a wellness expert and 2002 graduate of the National University of Health Sciences where he earned his doctorate, is also a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. Turner focused on Health Issues and the outbreak of Chronic Stress in our society--the number one cause of chronic disease and illness in our society. He stated that his goal is an empty medicine cabinet in every household. He reminded the club that there has been a 400% increase over the period 1994 to 2008 in the use of anti -depressants and that 1 in 10 Americans takes an anti-depressant. He proceeded to outline the basics of a healthy life style:  diet, exercise, herbals, and  the  "practice of mindfulness"  by taking "time to breath" via yoga, tai chi, and other actions.  His presentation was  well received by the membership.
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