There are so many worthy charitable organizations in our area. One of the most rewarding things we do as a club is to help these organizations financially so that they are better able to achieve their goals. Each year, based on our fund-raising efforts, we give checks to groups we feel serve the needs of those less fortunate in our community. We raise most of the money we give each year through our Annual Soccer Classic and Silent Auction. For the next several months, we will invite representatives of these groups for lunch and the presentation of a check. So far, we have given out checks to East Cooper Meals on Wheels, ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach, and the ECFN’s (East Cooper Faith Network) IBeam Literacy program.
The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is proud of its commitment to Youth. Each year we give out renewable scholarships to deserving high school students headed to college as well as scholarships to students attending Trident Technical College.
The 2015 winner of our scholarship, renewal for four years of college, is Annika Bovender from the Academic Magnet High School. Annika will be attending Furman University where she will be on the Golf team. This year’s scholarship runner-up, winner of a one time scholarship, is Holland McDowell, who also attended the Academic Magnet High School. Holland will be attending George Washington University. Pictured below are this year’s winners as well as students Hope Snell, rising sophomore at USC, and Aaron Brown, rising junior at Erskine College. Hope and Aaron receive the next installment of their renewable scholarship.
importance of Literacy – not only in our own community, but worldwide. Reading
teachers play a vital role in improving literacy and in the development of successful
readers. The Master Reading teachers in the Charleston County School District have
completed additional studies and training that prepare them to meet the needs of our
schools’ early readers. To show appreciation to these hard working individuals, the
Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant hosted the East Cooper elementary Master Reading
teachers for lunch at their January 28th meeting. Each teacher was introduced and
received a Certificate of Appreciation and a classroom book.
Back Row: Left to right: Betsy Reidenbach, Chris Crowther, Julie Gregorie, Jane
Fordham, Teresa Wren, Zoe Gawrych,
Front Row: left to right: Gina Fennell, Jonalee Coyle, Holly Price, Sally Martin, Jennifer
Morrow, Nancy Urrichio
District Governor Jimmie Williamson, on his trek through the LowCountry, visited the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant at lunchtime on Wednesday, October 22. His presentation about the importance of “Lighting Up Rotary” gave inspiration to our members, who realized the we can each positively affect lives. In honor of DG Jimmie’s visit, the Board members sported colorful bowties.
The Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant has also recently awarded several Rotary scholarships, including one to Ethan Courville, a rising freshman at The Citadel, Aaron Brown, a rising sophomore at Erskine College, and Anna Katherine Gilliam, a rising senior at Clemson University. These students have proven their dedication to academics and a variety of volunteer efforts. Keep up the good work!