The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s latest Paul Harris Society member Ron Farsetti with ADG David Tirard.
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s continued support for SADAG (South African Depression and Anxiety Group) in South Africa, has enabled their trainers to visit 3 more High Schools in February 2014. The 3 schools were visited over a 2 week period in Pretoria, Diepsloot and Boksburg by 9 trainers and 5 observers from SADAG to counsel a total of 3297 students in 82 classrooms, as well as meeting with 109 teachers.
Training was carried out classroom by classroom, allowing for plenty of Q&A, and also giving out wristbands with the 800 help number, leaflets that had been overprinted with our Rotary logo, and some Speaking Books. The School Principals wrote letters of thanks to SADAG and Rotary.
On behalf of Zane and her team at SADAG, thank you all so much for your support. We are making a real difference and saving lives. You will be impressed to know that this nationally recognized program has now visited more than 470 schools to counsel over 700,000 children.
Mary Stuart is a member of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island. She was in Nairobi on a church mission trip and attended a Rotary meeting there.
Here are two photos taken when we attended the meeting of the Rotary Club of Karen at the Karen Country Club, the site of the coffee plantation that Karen Blixen – aka Isek Dennison – aka Meryl Streep – owned in “Out of Africa” – the Kenyan woman is Janet Mathenge, a past President to her right are Jan Cook and Jane Bush.
The current President, with whom she is exchanging our flag for their mug, is Protus Lumiti. There were about 15 members present that night.
Their club is featured in the February 2014 issue of The Rotarian (pages 16-17) for their program “Kenya Smiles” which is a joint dental care program with a Rotary club in CA. Mary remarked that it brought home the connection of our international relationships.
Hilton Head Island, SC . . . On Thursday, February 27, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island hosted its annual breakfast at First Presbyterian Church to honor and thank island public safety officers for their outstanding service. Included among the 100 attendees were law enforcement officers, plantation security officers, and fire and rescue personnel.
At the Club’s noon luncheon at Sea Pines Country Club, Deputy Sheriff Cornillus LaVan and Hilton Head Plantation Security Officer Tomika Busby were named as the outstanding officers of 2014 and presented with plaques in recognition of their dedication and service.
Hilton Head Island, SC. . . The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island presented its second annual Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service) Program on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Approximately 150 club members, visiting Rotarians, Interact members, family members and volunteer Master Gardeners were involved in painting, grounds and facilities clean up, office projects, and fundraising at 13 nonprofit organizations on the island. Projects included:
Painting: Volunteers in Medicine, Boys and Girls Club, Memory Matters, HH Symphony Orchestra, HH Humane Society
Groundskeeping: Coastal Discovery Museum, Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, The Children’s Center, Memory Matters, Xeriscape Garden (at Town Hall)
Facilities clean up: Deep Well, Volunteers in Medicine, HHI High School, The Children’s Center, First Presbyterian Day School
Office work: Coastal Discovery Museum, The Children’s Center, Volunteers in Medicine
Fundraising assistance: Literacy Council of the Lowcountry “Cooks and Books”
The work activities concluded with a fellowship picnic at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation.
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Coastal Discovery Museum — Grounds clean up
Boys and Girls Club — Painting
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra — Painting
FPC Day School — Playground clean up/powerwashing
Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery — Grounds clean up
Memory Matters — Painting
Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin designated February 14 as “Rotary Has Heart Day.” The proclamation was presented by Town Council Member Bill Harkins to Rotary Club of Hilton Head President Paul Walter at the Club’s meeting on February 13. The proclamation called attention to the number of children in South Carolina who experience food insecurity and commended the HHI Rotary Club for minimizing its regular luncheon fare to donate the cost savings of $1794 to The Children’s Center to provide food service for hungry students. The proclamation also served as a kickoff for the Club’s Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service) Program on February 22 when all members will participate in service projects at 14 local charitable organizations.
Just a reminder that Rotary ROCS is this Saturday, February 22, from 9 am to noon (see Feb. 5 announcement below for details). Please let me know if you are planning to attend so that I can make arrangements for you to enter those facilities that normally are closed on the weekend.
On Saturday, February 22, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island will be conducting its second annual Rotary ROCS (Rotarians Offering Community Service) program from 9 am to 12 noon at the following venues/projects:
Boys and Girls Club — wall painting
Zion Cemetery — clean up
Children’s Center — office work
Coastal Discovery Museum — path refurbish
Deep Well — clean up
First Presbyterian Day School — power wash
HHI High School — clean up
HH Symphony Orchestra — wall painting
Humane Society — fence/wall painting
Memory Matters — grounds clean up
Volunteers in Medicine — cleaning/painting
Xeriscape Garden (at Town Hall)– clean up
ALL members of the HHI Rotary Club are expected to participate in one or more of these activities. This event provides good opportunity for photographs of community residents in action. Please let me know if you are planning to attend, so that I can arrange for your entry into these facilities. You also are invited to join us at noon at Honey Horn Plantation for lunch, photos and interviews as we celebrate the day’s service accomplishments.
3At a weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in November, one of the Club’s members, Marc Stuckart, informed the Club membership that the Board had agreed to purchase one ShelterBox. This was followed by Marc challenging the Club membership to a match. He stated to those in attendance that he personally would match any contributions made towards the purchase of an additional ShelterBox up to $1,000.
And then an amazing thing happened!
The Club members began to commit to donations that started at $50 then went quickly to $100 to as much as $200 per member. After only 5 minutes the Club membership had committed to purchase an additional 5 ShelterBoxes or approximately $5,000 for a total of 6 ShelterBoxes to be sent to aid those in the Philippines. The Club was doing good in the world for those that they do not know and would probably never meet but understood that there are others in need. This is truly Rotary In Motion!
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island conducted its annual teacher recognition program on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Sea Pines Country Club… to honor the area’s most dedicated and creative teachers. Guest speaker was Sister Pamela Smith, Secretary for Education and Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. Outstanding teachers honored (photo attached) were left to right:
Jill Torre, HH IB Elementary School
Patti Moscowitz, HH Early Childhood Center
Lee Bracken, Heritage Academy
Suzanne MacDonald, St. Francis Catholic Elementary School
Parker Collins, HH Christian Academy – Upper School
Heather Brougham-Cook, HH Prep – Lower School
Sarah Perry, Sea Pines Montessori
Ann Ninow, HH Christian Academy – Lower School
Beverly Toth, St. Francis Catholic Middle School
Kristen Karszes, HH High School
Michelle Brockway, HH School for the Creative Arts
Bryan VanGronigen, HH Prep – Upper School
Matt Dakolios, HH Prep – Middle School
Lakesha Loving, HH Middle School