Rotary Club of Charleston Hits Goal of 20 New Members

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May 242017
 

We did it! We hit our goal of inducting 20 new members this Rotary year! Super grateful for our rockstar Membership Committee.

As a follow up to our March posting listing the 16 new members, here is a summary of the 2016-2017 newest members!

 

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Bo Crouch

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Thomas Giovanniello

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Peter LaMotte

And for a refresher of the 16 new members previously announced:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

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Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

Rotary Club of Charleston Inducts 16th New Member

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Mar 282017
 

The Rotary Club of Charleston is serious about membership. At today’s meeting, the last of March Membership Madness, we inducted the 16th new member – just this Rotary year! With another application pending and several more prospects, it’s possible to hit a year end (June 2017) goal of 20 new members.

 

Here’s a summary of our newest members:

1Lance Becker

2Jonathan Campaigne

15Tom Carico

14Amy Chico

3Nicolle Davies

4Heidi Finniff

5George Jarck

6Kate Marty

7Curt Mercandante

8Courtney Parades Plotner

9Lisa Stokes

10John Strickland

11Beth Britton Stuckey

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Robert Sullivan

12Alvin Williams

13Margaret Ann Youngs

Rotary Club of Charleston Welcomes 3 New Members!

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Aug 162016
 

The Rotary Club of Charleston celebrates Membership Month by acknowledging some of our newest members! Stay tuned as we have more going through the induction process now!

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Welcome to our newest member Margaret Ann Youngs! Margaret Ann was sponsored and introduced by Past President Paul Stoney. She will hold the classification of Eleemosynary/Executive. We are excited to have her join us in membership!

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Welcome to our newest member Heidi Finniff! Heidi has recently relocated to Charleston and is a previous member and Past President of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary. She was sponsored and introduced by David Burt and will hold the classification of Banking/Business. We are excited to have Heidi join our Rotary club!

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Welcome into membership – George Jarck! George, who was introduced and sponsored by President-Elect David Burt, was inducted this past Tuesday. He will hold the classification of Real Estate. We are excited to have George as a member!

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Rotary Club of Charleston Hosts Program to Support CART

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Aug 152016
 

Virtually every Rotarian’s hand went up when guest speaker, Cindy Alewine, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, asked how many of us were directly or indirectly affected by Alzhei-
mer’s disease. It’s not surprising that nearly everyone is the room is impacted in some way by Alzheimer’s since it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and five million of our citizens are suffering from this horrible disease. In fact, as we learned from Ms. Alewine, one in nine people 65 or older suffers from Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and one in three seniors dies from them.

And the really frightening part is that the prevalence of the disease is growing quickly. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older in the US with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million. In SC, there are now 84,000 Alzheimer’s patients and that number is projected to grow to 120,000 by 2025.

Ms. Alewine also pointed out that we are seeing Alzheimer’s in younger and younger populations, some individuals falling victim in their forties and fifties. Today, 200,000 individuals under the age of 65 have early onset Alzheimer’s.

Of the leading top 10 causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only disease in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. The cost of Alzheimer’s to patients, families and communities is astronomical. Here are the economic facts according to our speaker:

In 2016, total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice are estimated to be $236 billion for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, with just under half of the costs borne by Medicare. Medicare and Medicaid are expected to cover $160 billion, or 68 percent, of the total health care and long-term care payments for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars. Unless a cure or therapy is discovered, in 2050, Alzheimer’s is projected to cost more than $1 trillion (in 2016 dollars). Costs to Medicare will increase 360 percent. This dramatic rise includes a nearly five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid and a nearly five-fold increase in out-of pocket spending.

In addition to the soaring costs of Alzheimer’s, the emotional burden for families and care-givers is debilitating as bank accounts and savings plans are emptied, second and third jobs required, retirements postponed and extensive sacrifices made to care for Alzheimer’s patients. But perhaps the greatest expense is to those watching their loved ones gradually slipping away, losing their abilities, talents, and their very personalities.

We need a cure and we need it fast. Ms. Alewine told us that it is estimated that we need $2 Billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government and private funding to support the research desperately searching for understanding of the disease and for diagnostics, therapies and, a cure. There are many ways that money is raised towards this end, including the well-known Walk to End Alzheimer’s walks.

These events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research and support but clearly more is needed. There are walks scheduled in Charleston on September 9th and in Bluffon on October 29th.

While there is no cure yet, research is underway and there is hope for a major break-
through within five years, according to Ms. Alewine. In the meantime, it is important to know that 80% of Alzheimer’s patients also have cardiovascular disease which suggests that regular physical exercise, a diet full of fruit, vegetables, low sodium and low sugar along with limited red meat consumption helps reduce risks. Additionally, studies suggest that maintaining strong social connections and intellectual activity provide weapons to fight off Alzheimer’s.

Thank you, Cindy Alewine, for an important, if sobering, presentation of Alzheimer’s disease and the work of the Alzheimer’s Association of SC. The Association provides education, financial and emotional support to South Carolinians, and is a primary fund-raising vehicle to which we can all contribute to help eliminate this scourge in our state and country. Their website is www.alz.org. Contact them to volunteer your time and resources. Let’s get rid of this disease!

Submitted by Cheryl Kinard, Keyway Committee

UPDATE:  CART Fund Buckets

CART Fund buckets were placed on the tables during Ms. Alewine’s presentation and members were asked to make a donation in support of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Thanks to all of the generous contributions, our club collected $259.50 for the CART Fund.

Rotary Club of Charleston Welcomes New President and Board

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Jul 072016
 

June 28th, 2016 was an historic occasion. The club held its last meeting at the Citadel, a location of 15 years. This meeting was also the time for a change of club presidents.

John Channell gave an excellent summary of the work of the Education Committee during the past year including projects to give backpacks, dictionaries and tennis lessons to needy students.

President Paul Stoney spoke to the member s about his year of service. He praised the members one and all for their work on behalf of our community. He expressed thanks to the membership for giving him the honor of service as president, noting that he looked forward to each weekly meeting. It is a monumental experience just to BE a Rotarian, and he further praised the past presidents who always were ready to assist him. He noted that Rotary is one of the most significant forces operating for good in the whole world, a world which is in great turmoil. Changes are taking place and Rotary must be ready to deal with them. He recalled that the speaker at his first meeting was a 94 year old veteran who had been injured by agent orange and he thanked Rotarian General Livingston who was present that day and again today. He charged each member to continue to be the best Rotarian [and person] that you can be. While he thanked all members, he particularly thanked Carroll Schweers, Dan Ravenel and Paterson Smith for their strong support. In closing he noted that Alissa would be a wonderful new president and asked all members to follow the international motto of the year “Be a gift to the world”.

 

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New president, Alissa Lietzow, having been inducted to office by Assistant DG Andy Brack, gave a brief report on her experience at the International Convention in Korea. She noted that an estimated 40,000 members were in attendance! Her personal goal at the convention was to meet and speak with as many Rotarians as possible. This resulted in being given the opportunity to speak at a breakout session on the use of best practices of utilizing social media.

In closing, she gave honor to the new board and told of the various duties that each member has agreed to accept. Beyond the board she announced that Past President Digit Matheny would chair the Rotary Foundation and Past President Jermaine Husser would serve as program chairman.

President Alissa gave recognition to Rotarian and Past President Jimmy Stuckey, who returned for the first time following over a year of rehabilitation.

 

Submitted by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

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Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Hosts Holiday Party for Residens of Ansonborough House

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Dec 292015
 

Once again the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston celebrated the holiday season with the residents of the Ansonborough House. This is a Rotary tradition.

We raised $1,400 from our members to buy gifts for 81 residents. This event allows for three different chances for service: (1) Saturday morning shopping; (2) Afternoon of wrapping gifts; and (3) Holiday Lunch and gift giving.

As Rotarian Mark Smith said about shopping: “Thank you fellow Rotary Club of Charleston members for walking out our motto “Service above self” through our Senior Holiday Gift & Luncheon Project.  Every single resident of the Ansonborough House downtown Charleston will receive a gift and a catered holiday luncheon at the Charleston Area Senior Center through our clubs generosity. This will be the only gift and celebration some of these residents will receive this year. It’s an honor to serve with such caring and generous people!”

 

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Wrapping the gifts:

 

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Mayor-elect John Tecklenburg thrilled the partygoers with his dazzling piano playing as he led them in the signing of Christmas Carols. Sticky Fingers supplied a wonderful spread and a great time was had by all.

 

 

 

 

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Rotary Club of Charleston Donates Dictionaries

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Dec 042015
 

The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston ordered a total of 288 dictionaries, split between the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and the Charleston Rotary Breakfast Club.

Dictionaries were donated to James Simons Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Buist Academy.

Rotarian Kathy Jones provided an overview of the dictionary’s table of contents and the other exciting information that is found in the dictionary. The students were then provided the opportunity to look up words and exciting facts to get them familiar with the contents of the dictionaries. The children were very excited to learn simple sign language, facts about other countries and states. A label, with Rotary logo, was placed inside the front cover of each dictionary indicating the donation of the dictionaries were made by the Rotary Club of Charleston.

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Rotary Club of Charleston Hosts Jingles in July!

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Aug 082015
 

“Jingles in July” Harbor Cruise was held in lieu of our regular meeting last week. Rotarians and their guests enjoyed wonderful food and fellowship while cruising around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Spirit of the Lowcountry.

 

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Guests were also treated to music by the duo of our own Rotarian Steve Coe (left) and friend, Cary Shealy.

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It was a wonderful way to kick off our new Rotary year and the Parade of Boats campaign. A fabulous time was had by all!

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Rotary Club of Charleston Donates to East Cooper Meals on Wheels

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Jul 312015
 

Past President Digit and Executive Secretary, Carroll, made a special visit to East Cooper Meals on Wheels this past Thursday morning to tour the facility and present a RCCF grant check to Chris Brooks and his staff. Our donation was very much appreciated and will be used for a much needed grease trap that will be installed in the kitchen in the next month. East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers over 300 meals a day in the Charles-ton area. The coolers in the picture below were pur-chased through an RCCF grant two years ago and are used daily to deliver the meals. We are proud to support East Cooper Meals on Wheels, as they are truly a blessing to our community and make a difference in the lives of so many.

 

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Rotary Club of Charleston Passes the Gavel to President Stoney

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Jul 062015
 

The Club’s annual “passing of the gavel” took place last week with President Digit Matheny recapping the year’s initiatives and Assistant District Governor Andy Brack swearing in Paul Stoney as President as well as the 2015/16 Board members.

With both passion and humor, Digit recounted his lessons learned, from the challenge of delivering a successful Health & Happiness punch line to the value of different points of view. Calling it his best Rotary Year ever, he noted numerous Club programs and activities: 350 coats, hats, gloves to elementary students – gifts, food, holiday music for 75 senior citizens – 10,000 school supplies to 800 students – 40 bikes and helmets to kids – Y-Achievers partnership – Tennis lessons for kids – Youth Exchange – Scholarships – Teacher and Students of the Year – new International partnerships –donations in response to local and worldwide tragedies – $10,000 distributed through grants – $55,000 Water Missions International global project – District awards for social media and literacy work – launch of inaugural Boat Parade Viewing Party to support these efforts.

After presenting Digit with a commemorative plaque and Immediate Past President pin, Incoming President Paul Stoney reflected on the past month. Beginning with Rotary International in Brazil and ending with a trip to California that was punctuated with questions about Charleston and its response to the recent shootings, Paul reflected on the Rotary ideals of Service Above Self and how they have been so evident throughout the community this month.

Paul also shared observations from Brazil, noting there are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Meeting highlights included the International House of Friendship, Peace Symposium, and Carnival Parade. This year’s international theme is “Be a Gift to the World”. Following this theme, Paul’s focus for the year will include: advance Club diversity (gender, age, race, religion, employment, etc.), measure the impact of our community service activities, grow scholarships, and grow membership.

Closing with the Brazilian phrase “obrigado”, Paul thanked the club for the honor of serving them. Both Digit and Paul and family and friends in attendance to celebrate this transition.

Submitted by Tammy Coghill, Keyway Committee

Photos by Historian Fred Sales

 

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