Historic Rotary Club of Charleston’s Shining Stars

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Oct 312014
 

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston bestows the Shining Light award on members who has gone above and beyond in their contribution to the club and community.  These members exemplify our motto of Service Above Self.

 

On September 23, 2014, President Digit proudly presented the Shining Light Award to Past President John Tecklenburg. As immediate Past President, John has been supportive and helpful to President Digit as he transitioned into his role as President. We also all enjoy the fun he brings to our weekly meeting with his music! Keep the songs coming! Congratulations, John, and thank you for your continuous support of our club!

JT

 

On October 14, 2014, President Digit proudly recognized Jeanne Jamme as our Shining Light. Jeanne has been hard at work behind the scenes planning and organizing our new fundraiser for this year – Holiday Parade of Boats and Win A Boat raffle. Her efforts in making this first time communitywide event successful is much appreciated! Congratulations, Jeanne, and thank you for your overwhelming dedication to the club and its fundraising efforts!

Jeanne

 

 

On October 21, 2014, President Digit proudly recognized Richard Sidebottom with the Shining Light Award. As a relatively new member, Richard has been quite active within our club and much deserving of this award. We appreciate him stepping up and volunteering to coordinate our Red Cross Blood Drives this year. The first one held last month was quite a success with 17 pints being donated. A second drive is planned for March and he would like to see us beat our own turnout record. Richard is also a part of our Vocational Committee and has been helping to bring Vocational Awareness to our club by assisting with the weekly Vocational Spotlights. Congratulations, Richard, on being this week’s Shining Light. Your enthusiasm and dedication to the club and volunteering is much appreciated!

Sidebottom

 

 

ast President Dan Ravenel was proudly recognized by President Digit with our Shining Light Award. As a longtime Rotarian and Past President, Dan continues to remain an active and involved member of our club. He has served a much appreciated TWO terms on the Board of Directors and is full of knowledge and history about our club. He is an outstanding mentor to all incoming Presidents and is always there for advice, guidance or to lend a hand on any project. Congratulations, Dan, on being this week’s Shining Light. We appreciate your continuous support and contributions to Rotary and to our community. You truly exemplify our motto of Service Above Self in everything you do.

DR

Rotary Club of Charleston Gives D.R.E.A.M.S

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Aug 122014
 
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Our club had the opportunity to help a local organization with purchasing and distributing school supplies this past Friday, July 25. Larry Legends D.R.E.A.M.S organization has offered top-quality sports based lifestyle mentoring for youth in our community for over 20 years. School supplies purchased by our club were handed out to hundreds of low income children (including children from our school partner, James Simmons) by President DigitPast President John Tecklenburg and Alissa Lietzow at an event held at the City Gym. President Digit was also a featured speaker and introduced the 4-Way Test to the children and how it relates to their everyday lives.

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Charleston Rotary Club’s Shining Light

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Aug 082014
 

President Digit proudly awarded this week’s Shining Light Award to Henry Fishburne. Henry is a community leader and long-time dedicated member of our Rotary club. He was recognized this past Tuesday by Digit for sponsoring two new members into our club. Both of who were inducted on Tuesday. We appreciate his efforts in recruiting new Rotarians. Henry’s on-going commitment to Rotary makes him an outstanding ambassador for our club and Rotary. He truly exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self. Congratulations and thank you, Henry, for all you do for our club and community!

Photo cred: Fred Sales, Historian

Rotary Club of Charleston Presents Shining Light Award

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Aug 052014
 

President Digit proudly awarded this week’s Shining Light Award to Alissa Collins Lietzow. In her short three years with the club, Alissa has been an active participant in many of our service projects from helping out and chaperoning our Y-Achievers to coordinating Day of Caring to participating in our Rotary Windows pro-gram. She has served as Board Secretary and is now serving the Board as an elected Board member for the next two years. Alissa is also responsible for all of our club’s PR, including keeping us current on social media sites likes FaceBook and Twitter. She is co-chairing the PR committee for our District this year. Alissa’s enthusiasm and dedication to Rotary makes her “shine” as a member. She is an outstanding ambassador for our club and Rotary as she exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self. Congratulations, Alissa, on this much deserved award!

PHOTO CREDIT: Fred Sales, Historian

Charleston Rotary Awards Shining Light

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Jul 302014
 

President Digit proudly awarded this week’s Shining Light Award to Alissa Collins Lietzow. In her short three years with the club, Alissa has been an active participant in many of our service projects from helping out and chaperoning our Y-Achievers to coordinating Day of Caring to participating in our Rotary Windows pro-gram. She has served as Board Secretary and is now serving the Board as an elected Board member for the next two years. Alissa is also responsible for all of our club’s PR, including keeping us current on social media sites likes FaceBook and Twitter. She is co-chairing the PR committee for our District this year. Alissa’s enthusiasm and dedication to Rotary makes her “shine” as a member. She is an outstanding ambassador for our club and Rotary as she exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self. Congratulations, Alissa, on this much deserved award!

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Fred Sales, Historian

Charleston Rotarians Travel to France

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Jul 292014
 

On July 3, 2014, Rotarians Barbara Kelley-Duncan, John Tecklenburg, and Bill Moody traveled to Flers de L’Orne (France) with a delegation of eight individuals representing the political, economic, cultural, and humanitarian elements of Charleston in the hope of sparking new relationships through future activities between the two cities. The original contact between Charleston and Flers begun in 1947, whereby Charleston gathered over 100 tons of supplies and sent to Flers which had been nearly destroyed during the battle of Normandy. This delegation holds the concepts of benevolence, economic advancement, and international amity as its core ideals. As a show of appreciation to Charleston for our assistance after the invasion, there is a “Charleston Square” in Flers. On July 4, 2014, a plaque was dedicated to Charleston and erected in the square. In a formal ceremony, the Mayor of Flers made the presentation to Mr. William Moody, who was the leader of the Charleston delegation.

Photo 1: The Charleston delegation together in front of a war memorial in a French town called St. Lo,  the permanent memorial is dedicated to Major Thomas Howie, a native South Carolinian and graduate of the Citadel, he is known as the Major of St. Lo, having given his life leading his troops in the liberation of St. Lo !! (L-R: David Dunn, Amy Bondurant, John and Sandy Tecklenburg, Bill and Audrey Moody, Marie Laure Arnaud, Barbara Kelley-Duncan, and Bill McSweeney)

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Photo 2: The rededication of the Place du Charleston in Flers France, with Rotarians Barbara Kelley-Duncan, Bill Moody, and John Tecklenburg along with Mayor Yves Goasdoué of Flers.

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Photo 3: And finally, all the buildings surrounding the Place du Charleston have this sign!

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Rotary Club of Charleston Presents Shining Light Award

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Jul 172014
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014: President Digit Matheny of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston presented this year’s first “Shining Light Award” to John Channell for his work in organizing the “Red Badgers” (new members), getting them involved on club committees and coordinating all the Red Badge Socials. He also oversaw the Rotary Windows program at James Simons this past year and will again be coordinating that program for the club this school year. Both committees have been very successful under John’s leadership and we appreciate all of his efforts. Congratulations, John!!  President Digit will be presenting a “Shining Light Award” weekly to spotlight a Rotarian who exemplifies our motto “Service Above Self”.

Rotary Club of Charleston Installs New Officers

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Jun 272014
 

Our Presidential/Board Transition meeting commenced with outgoing President John Tecklenburg and club members honoring our new President Digit Matheny with a kazoo serenade to “Hail to the Chief”. After the musical interlude, President Tecklenburg noted how quickly the year has flown by – “time truly does fly when you are having fun”. He said “the past year has been a great one thanks to how wonderful this club is.”

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He recognized his extraordinary 2013-2014 Officers and Board Members:

Digit Matheny, President Elect

Leon deBrux , Treasurer

Alissa Collins Lietzow, Secretary

Patterson Smith, Immediate Past President

Herb McGuire, Sergeant at Arms

Catherine Jones, Board Member

Kathy Jones, Board Member

Don Oswalt, Board Member

Steve Coe, Board Member

Dan Ravenal, Board Member

Michael Saboe, Board Member

Paul Stoney, Board Member

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary

Swearing in

 

After recognizing the Board, President Tecklenburg discussed our service activities and the impact these activities have on the community. He thanked each member of the club for making the events so successful. A few of the service activities our club participated and organized that President John highlighted were:

  • Trident United Way Day of Caring
  •  Hootie Homegrown Round Up at Burke High School
  •  Dictionary Delivery
  •  Senior Holiday Giving
  •  Literacy Day / Book Drive
  •  Water Missions International/Ironman Achievement
  •  Y-Achievers
  •  Honoring Outstanding Teachers and Students
  • RCCF Grants
  • Rotary Windows
  • Waters Missions Walk for Water
  • Sponsor global scholars and have raised $25,000 for the Rotary Foundation and Polio eradication efforts.

 

 

Following Tecklenburg’s keynote address, former club president and Assistant Disrict Governor, Kyra Morris, installed Digit Matheny as the 2014-2015 President of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston. (See photo).

 

She also recognized and installed the 2014-2015 Officers & Board Members:

Digit Matheny, President

Paul Stoney, President-Elect

Leon deBrux, Treasurer

Ruthie Ravenel, Secretary

John Tecklenburg, Immed. Past Pres

Herb McGuire, Sergeant-At-Arms

Catherine Jones, Board Member

Steve Coe, Board Member

Michael Saboe, Board Member

David Burt, Board Member

Cooper Coker, Board Member

Abby Edwards Saunders, Board Member

Alissa Collins Lietzow, Board Member

Carroll Schweers, Executive Secretary

(Some photographed in Photo 2)

 

Following the installation, President Matheny discussed how honored and excited he is to serve as President of such a wonderful group of people – a group that he considers his “best friends”. He recognized his mentors in the organization, Kyra MorrisDon OswaltBrian JohnsonMichael SaboeBill Hall and Patterson Smith. He also introduced his family members including his wife, Danielle, who were in attendance.  President Matheny thanked the Club for the “trip of a lifetime” – his trip to Australia for the 2014 Rotary International Convention. He and Danielle shared a fabulous slideshow of pictures from their travels in Australia, which started in the capital and most populous city in the State of Victoria – Melbourne. He also shared stories of the Rotarians from 180 countries that he met in Sydney, the location of the 2014 International Convention (June 1-4).

 

 

Photo credit to Historian, Fred Sales

Rotary Club of Charleston Awards Grants

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Jun 022014
 

At the May 13 meeting of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, and on behalf of the club and the RCCF, Past President and Advisory Committee Chair Brian Johnson presented three local organizations with grant checks this past Tuesday.

 

Maggie Bresnihan accepted the check on behalf of Charleston Trident Urban League. Our funds will be used to purchase 5 laptop computers for their Youth Leadership Development Institute, which is a program that provides leadership development, career exposure, educational enrichment and college preparation for foster care and disadvantaged youth in the Charleston area.

 

Representing and accepting the check for Metanoia Community Development Corporation was Barbara Kingsbury. Our donation will help fund the books and educational resources needed to operate their Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School. Freedom School serves 100 low-income children and is a summer reading –based academic and character building program. In addition to the books used during Freedom School hours, each student will add to their personal library by taking home one book per week during the six weeks.

 

Janet Segal was presented a check on behalf of Begin with Books. Our funds will be used to purchase and deliver 600 books to 50 children living in the 29403 zip code.

 

We are proud to support these three outstanding organizations and appreciate all they do in our community!

 

 

[Photo credit: Fred Sales, Historian]

Governor Haley Speaks at Charleston Rotary Club

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Feb 122014
 

HaleyThe Charleston Rotary Club was honored to have Governor Nikki Haley, the 116th Governor of South Carolina as our speaker this past Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Governor Haley, after noting that, “it is another great day in South Carolina,” said that she is very optimistic about the future of the state: “We are doing great things. We are at a five (5) year unemployment low.” She is excited that other states look to South Carolina as an example of how to recruit business. We are being referred to as the Beast of the Southeast and she loves that. We build planes and cars in South Carolina. We are the #1 producer of BMWs in the world and the #1 producer of tires in the Nation. When elected Governor in November 2010, Haley’s immediate focus was to create jobs. Since her inauguration, she has added 43,000 new jobs in most counties in South Carolina. A major focus of her administration is to give incentives to businesses that locate in rural areas of the state. She gave examples of businesses that now have major production facilities in small South Carolina towns such as Colgate-Palmolive, in Hodges South Carolina. Another priority for Haley has to been to improve customer service in state offices. She mandates that all state employees answer the phone, “It’s a great day in South Carolina. How may I help you?” She wants employees to like where they work and remember who they work for in SC– South Carolinians. Additionally, she has told all agencies that time is money. Don’t waste time or money.” Governor Haley’s administration is turning its focus to education. She recently met with Governor Jeb Bush about Education Reform because she “felt like he had done great things for Florida K-12 Education.” She also met with teachers, principals, and deans at universities. She has developed a proposal to change the funding formula for education in South Carolina. To lift up all children in South Carolina, we have to recognize how many live in poverty. Her funding formula now gives 20% more to children living in poverty. Students ages 17-21 (which accounts for 800,000 people out of 4.4 million South Carolinians) do not have a GED. She is excited about the huge success of charter schools but very concerned about the 63% of charter school students who live in poverty. She is adding summer reading programs in rural areas and improving technology in the classroom. Governor Haley additionally discussed her views on Ethics Reform, Welfare Reform, Port Dredging, and improving the state’s bridges and roads. In closing, she assured the group that she would not raise taxes. Her goal is to reduce income taxes. When questioned why she has not raised gas taxes in the state, she answered, “South Carolina has the lowest gas taxes in the nation and we do not need to raise them.” —Submitted by Abby Saunders, Keyway Committee

 

Photo taken by Fred Sales, Historian

 

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