Rotary Windows Program Shares Life Saving Skills

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Feb 012014
 

Windows Program Jan 2014 2On Friday January 10th the 2014 Rotary Windows program, organized and run by the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, began at the new James Simons Elementary School. EMT Lamar Watkins of the Charleston Fire and Rescue Team presented to twenty 5th and 6th grade students the responsibilities of being an EMT and the education required to attain this position including CPR and First Aid.

Officer Watkins shared real life experiences of rescue missions involving plane crashes, car accidents, and the tools required to save lives. Officer Watkins also provided a tour of the Rescue Squad truck which fascinated the students and accomplished the true goal of the Windows program, “to expose youth to new educational opportunities and lay the foundation for future success.” Windows is celebrating its fourth year of operation in 2014.

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Rotary Club of Charleston Wins YMCA Community Partner of the Year

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Jan 292014
 

YMCA AwardThe Historic Rotary Club of Charleston was recently awarded Community Partner of the Year at the YMCA Board of Director’s Annual Meeting. The meeting was held on December 18, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  In attendance was Assistant Governor Kyra Morris (Past President) and President Elect Digit Matheny.

The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston was named Community Partner of the Year for their ongoing support of the YMCA, specifically with regards to the club’s contributions to the Y Achiever’s Program (a college readiness program) and for teaching swim lessons. The award was announced to the entire club this past Tuesday, January 21 and presented by Rotarian Katie McCravy to President John Tecklenburg (photographed by Rotarian Fred Sales).

 

C of C President Speaks to Rotary Club of Charleston

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Jan 282014
 

BensonDr. George Benson, the 21st President of the College of Charleston, was a most entertaining and informative speaker this past week. The 2013/14 school year will be his last as President of CofC and he will return to the classroom. Dr. Benson was a Rotary International fellow in his senior year as an undergrad at Bucknell. His main topic was to explain how badly a full research university is needed in Charleston to keep up with ‘New Charleston,’ the new economy of Charleston. Dr. Benson was very animated in reminding us of all the wonderful things that have been happening to the Charleston economy. He noted that while we were recently voted #1 in the world for tourism, nothing has changed our economy so much as the arrival of Boeing and all the peripheral industries surrounding it. Boeing has added quite a bit to the already existing Joint Base and SPAWAR complexes. He also listed the Digital Corridor and Flagship Incubator of software companies as the next most important change to our economy. We are now known as ‘Silicon Harbor’ with 260 digital/hi-tech/software firms located in Charleston.

Dr. Benson admitted that the old vision of CofC did not anticipate Boeing or the software companies. The 2009 CofC Vision had to be recently modified to include Boeing. Currently, 200 computer science grads per year are needed in the Charleston area. The CofC Computer Science department is only producing about 45/year now and has to grow to try to meet some of this demand. He said while many new adult and PHD programs are needed, funding is an issue at CofC because the state only provides 8% of funding and caps tuition. As a result, 21 universities have moved to Charleston to meet this increased demand. Dr. Benson said that you should be prepared for a USC-Charleston campus soon. Francis Marion is building a branch campus in Mt. Pleasant. There are currently 5 main university campuses and 23 branch campuses in the Charleston area. He warned that CofC could be marginalized if they don’t act soon.

Dr. Benson’s suggested solution is for the legislature to merge CofC and MUSC into a full blown research university. This has been discussed before, but the need was never this great. The Metro Chamber has produced a white paper advocating the merger. Dr. Benson suggests that the merged research university could become an economic development engine for Charleston. It could take 10 years to knit the 2 schools together. His vision is for a core of Arts and Science Schools surround by professional schools.

Jan 252014
 

On January 14, 2013, the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston acknowledged three members for reaching Paul Harris Fellow status.  President John Tecklenburg and Foundation Chair Kathy Jones presented to Digit Matheny (PH+1), Tom Waring (PH+3), and Bill Prewitt (PH+3). We thank these Rotarians for their continued support.

Paul HarrisPhoto taken by Historian Fred Sales

Pictured, L-R: Kathy Jones, Digit Matheny, Tom Waring, Bill Prewitt, President John Techlenburg

Dec 232013
 

Charleston Rotary oneOn Saturday, December 7th, the Charleston Rotary Club held a covered-dish social in conjunction with the City of Charleston Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The event was held at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, providing a perfect viewing location for the boat parade. In addition to fellowship and caroling, the social was also a brainstorming session for next year’s fundraiser. Members of the holiday boat parade fundraising committee include: President John Tecklenburg, President-Elect Digit Matheny, Jeanne Jamme, Katie McCravy, Rob Dewey, and Rob Turkewitz. We are looking forward to a grand event next December!

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Photos taken by Tammy Coghill

Charleston Lunch Entertained by Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

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Dec 112013
 

CSOCharleston Lunch Rotarians were entertained by a string quartet from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at our meeting on Tuesday, December 3. Playing traditional holiday music before President John Tecklenburg rang the bell got us all in the mood for the 2013 holidays and ready to hear a wonderful presentation from keynote speaker, Yuriv Bekker, Concert Master and Acting Artistic Director of the CSO. As an additional joy, Mr. Bekker and the string quartet performed one of the violin concertos, “Winter,” from Vivaldi’s much loved Four Seasons.

CSO has reached out to the broader business community to develop collaborative programs for students that range from early classroom introduction of musical instruments by accomplished performers to high school competitions allowing promising musicians to “Share the Stage” with professionals for a real performance. Concert Master Bekker was especially enthusiastic about a new National Young Artist Competition for high schools students who send in videos of their work and hope to be one of 6 semi-finalists—and ultimately one of the 3 selected musicians—who will perform as a member of the CSO in a special concert. – Submitted by Cheryl Kaynard, Keyway Committee

Photo by Fred Sales

 

Ironman Raises Almost $27K for Water Missions International

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Nov 182013
 

Ironman Florida finish 2013Congratulations to Historic Rotary Club of Charleston’s Ironman, Don Oswalt for finishing the Ironman in Panama City, FL last weekend 272 out of 2,700 with a time of 10:18:56. He finished 32 in his age group – top 10%! This is certainly an outstanding accomplishment and we are all proud of him. A big thank you to everyone who supported Don’s international fundraising efforts by not only your donations to Water Missions, but also by your encouragement. The total amount raised was $7,571.22 and with the 3.5 Rotary match, it will be $26,499.27!! For those who don’t know, an Ironman consists of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a full 26.2 mile marathon run.

Charleston Rotary Sponsors Y Achievers

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Nov 172013
 

Y AchiversThis past Saturday, Y Achievers, a group partnered and sponsored by the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, set out to clean up Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston. Photo attached includes a portion of the Y Achievers present standing before the garbage they collected, along with Club Secretary, Alissa Collins.

This college readiness program develops middle and high school students in areas of SAT/ACT Preparation, Life Skills, Etiquette, and Interviewing Skills. It also includes World of Work seminars and college tours.  The Y Achievers program provides purposeful targeted activities and information sessions geared towards educating teens. It is the goal of the Y Achievers Program to create educated, involved individuals that will contribute to the overall well-being of their communities.

Charleston Rotary Club Volunteers at Wine Women & Shoes

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Nov 152013
 

wine women & shoes, rotary club of charlestonThe inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes event at the lovely Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC on October 6 included many volunteers from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston.  This fundraiser to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of SC (serving pregnant and parenting youth) required charming “Shoe Guys” to encourage attendees to Sip, SHOP, and BID!  Many of the Shoe Guys were Rotarians, including Jermaine Husser, former President, and John Tecklenburg, current President.  Their efforts will help over 100 young mothers become responsible and self-sufficient parents.  Thanks to Alissa Collins, Historic Charleston Rotary Club Secretary, for organizing the “Shoe Guys” and ensuring that Service above Self also involved a wonderful time!

 

Pictured: Bottom Row L-R: Mark Smith, Lisa Van Bergen, Alissa Collins, Paul Stoney

Tom Row: John Tecklenburg, Jeremy Kouba, Michael Saboe, Myers Jordan, Bill Christian

Rotary Club of Charleston Volunteers for Wine Women & Shoes

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Oct 302013
 

wine women & shoes, rotary club of charlestonThe inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes event at the lovely Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC on October 6 included many volunteers from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston.  This fundraiser to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of SC (serving pregnant and parenting youth) required charming “Shoe Guys” to encourage attendees to Sip, SHOP, and BID!  Many of the Shoe Guys were Rotarians, including Jermaine Husser, former President, and John Tecklenburg, current President.  Their efforts will help over 100 young mothers become responsible and self-sufficient parents.  Thanks to Alissa Collins, Historic Charleston Rotary Club Secretary, for organizing the “Shoe Guys” and ensuring that Service above Self also involved a wonderful time!

Pictured: Bottom Row L-R: Mark Smith, Lisa Van Bergen, Alissa Collins, Paul Stoney
Tom Row: John Tecklenburg, Jeremy Kouba, Michael Saboe, Myers Jordan, Bill Christian

Submitted by Alissa Collins
Rotary Club of Charleston

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