Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise President Kevin Cox (left) displays a personal check as presented to the club’s CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) by Charter Club member Dr. Carl Records(right)on the occasion of Dr. Record’s 97th birthday and his retirement from active Rotary membership. Dr. Records, a native of New Jersey, practiced medicine in that state for many years before retiring to the Carolina Forest area. A member of Rotary since June, 1955 he founded three clubs over that time span: two clubs in New Jersey, and the Carolina Forest Sunrise Club in 2003.Dr. Records’ service to Rotary was acknowledged at the recent District 7770 Conference held at the Grand Dunes, Myrtle Beach.
Club member Dr. Kevin Kristick (left) stands with RC of Carolina Forest-Sunrise guest speaker Brian Ling (right) at a recent club meeting.
Brian described his upcoming (May 26-June 9) tenth Haiti Mission trip to “the land the world forgot” as part of a fifteen member mission team which will treat Haitian animals and educate Haitians about animal husbandry. The burro is the most common work animal and its number one health problem is saddle sores caused by working conditions. Brian’s team will treat 200 animals per day, and he has seen great improvement in the reduction of saddles sores due to their educating Haitians on the proper care of these important animals. Facts about Haiti: life expectancy is 53 years, there is 70% unemployment and 70% illiteracy, average annual income is $300 (American) and there is 20% mortality of children under age 2 years. Brian and his team are self funded and the club made a donation toward those expenses.
Club President Kevin Cox ( L) accepts District 7770 Best Small Club runner-up Award
from District Governor Jimmie Williamson(R) at annual District Conference. In addition to
this prestigious award, the club also received The Presidential Citation and the Club Leadership Citation. The club sponsors these annual service projects: Happy Feet( free new shoes for eligible grade schoolers); Clothing Closet ( free new clothing for eligible grade schoolers);
Smart Snacks (free weekend snacks for eligible grade schoolers);Free Dictionary Project( dictionaries for third graders). The club also sponsors the Interact Club ( high schoolers) and the
Coastal Carolina University Rotaract Club and two fund raisers: Long Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Annual Club Pancake Breakfast-Flapjacks in the Forest, April 25, Beef O’Brady’s,Kroger Shopping Center.
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise President Kevin Cox (left) stands with Rotarian and Club Guest Speaker Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte (right) who reported at a recent club meeting on Coastal Carolina University’s China projects. Professor Domke-Damonte, Associate Provost for Global Initiatives at CCU, and recently returned from China provided a most interesting report on her various meetings in China and captivated the membership with her description of CCU’s future plans in the international education arena. Ralph Jones Photo
Dr. Fredanna M'Cormack McGough (left) Professor of Health Sciences at Coastal Carolina University stands with Club President Kevin Cox (right) at a recent club meeting in which Dr. McGough described "The Ebola Impact:The Disservice to Women in Sierra Leone". A native of Sierra Leone, a country of 5.6 million, she has also lived in Kenya and Nigeria. She was present in Sierra Leone three weeks before the epidemic was discovered and traced the history of the ebola crisis. and the major health problems faced by women who are overburdened with caregiving and are usually the first to be infected. The Health Promotion Honor Society at CCU, Eta Sigma Gamma, is raising funds and collecting donated items to address the ramifications of the Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone. Contact Sara Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. McGough email@example.com, 843-349-2991 for details on how to donate supplies which will be shipped to Social Workers Sierra Leone to support families affected by Ebola, prevention activities, children's education and health and wellness activities. Checks made be made to the Coastal Education Foundation..
The newest member of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest- Sunrise Bob Lepore ( center) looks on with Rotarian Carlos Scheer ( second from left) and Rotarian Bob Squatriglia ( far right) as Rotary partner Betty Squatriglia ( far left) greets Rotary partner Pat Lepore( second from right) in celebration of the opening of the Myrtle Ridge Firehouse Subs store in the Highway 501 Walmart Plaza. The background mural depicts an Horry County Fire truck # 23 displaying a Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer ( right) while on the left of the mural Former Fire Chief Lepore directs his team while the CCU Chanticleer in fire gear stands at the ready( mural far left) to assist in ” rescuing” the CCU library building depicted in the mural.
Becky Fallon (left) Director of Development of American Heart Association and Club president elect Cindy Ott (right) at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise in which Ott introduced Fallon who described various future projects and provided latest health and research facts related to heart disease. Fallon reported that the Grand Strand is the ” stroke Buckle” of the ” stroke belt” of South Carolina.
She listed the upcoming events: Heart Walk, October 17,Heart Ball February 28,
Beach horse ride November 4-8. She described their association goals : every high school senior learn CPR , the removal of nasty snacks from school vending machines, mandated clean indoor air( smoke free), healthy heart labels on all foods/menus. She provided a handout ” my life check” and other material.
Carolina Forest High School Principal Gaye Driggers (left) and the newest member of the Rotary
Club of Carolina Forest -Sunrise Bob Lepore ( right) stand together at a recent club meeting.
Driggers reported that the high school is a 4-A school with an enrollment of 2200 students, a
Teaching faculty of 110 with a focus on visual performing arts, academics and athletics and
17 advanced placement courses, three art shows per year and 28 clubs or organizations. She also described the campus excitement surrounding the Robotics team and the position search for the replacement of retiring athletic director Bo Rainbow.
Newest club member Bob Lepore is a Rotarian of over 27 years, having served previously as a club president, as a group study exchange team leader to Australia from his New Jersey Rotary District, and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.Lepore is a United States Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and a former Firefighter who survived the 9/11 twin tower number two collapse. He is manager of the Firehouse Subs Restaurant located in the Wal-Mart Shopping Plaza on Highway 501 which is scheduled to open in mid- March.
Photo by Ralph Jones
Rotary Club President Kevin Cox (left) stands with Captain Bob Carr (right), North Precinct Captain of the Horry County Police Department at a recent club meeting.
Captain Carr, also a resident of Carolina Forest, updated club members on crime prevention programs, department strategies and accomplishments. He cited the 70 percent crime solution rate of county crimes versus the national average of 18 % solution rate as an indicator of department success and effective community interaction. He also described the "Code Red" program emergency system among other items. He invited questions from the club members in a very informative and stimulating session. The RC of Carolina Forest, which prides itself on "Service above Self"to our community, proudly supports and appreciates our police, fire and first responders as they serve our community and keep all citizens safe.