Newberry Opera House Season Preview

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Aug 282015
 
Deborah Smith, Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House since its rebirth in 1998, joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and gave a preview of the exciting 2015-16 season show schedule.
The 426 seat theater presents approximately 250 shows  a year with ticket sales reaching over $1 million  annually. It has had a tremendous impact on Newberry’s hotel, restaurant and retail establishments.
Deborah will be retiring this September and Molly Fortune, formerly of the Fox Theater in Atlanta, will take the helm of leadership. For ticket information, call (803) 276-6264.

Hartsville Rotary Club Hosts Author Dr. M. B. (Beverly) Spears

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Aug 272015
 

Author Dr. M. B. (Beverly) Spears discussed her book, “Unsolved: A Murder in the Solid South” at the Hartsville Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at the Hartsville Country Club. The book is of particular local interest because it explores the 1952 murder of prominent Darlington attorney James U. “Red” Watts. Spears explained it as, “the most notorious unsolved murder in our region in the 4th Judicial District of South Carolina.” She spent a year researching the book.

Spears read excerpts from “Unsolved” captivating club members, some who recognized the names and places she described.

“Watts was shot to death as he drove his car home from work one night. His body was found in the car in a field off U.S. Highway 52 north of Darlington. The two men who were charged in the murder were never convicted,” she said.

Spears noted that she had five pages, double-columned of people who had provided recollections and contacts about the event. She continues to talk about it and gather information, asking Rotarians more questions than were asked of her.

Spears grew up in Darlington and is a retired Francis Marion University English professor. She was the first woman at Francis Marion to earn the top teaching rank of professor. She spoke at Rotary as the guest and personal friend of Phillip Gandy. She is the author of two previous books. “Mineral Springs Road 1940s” is a collection of reflections on childhood memories of growing up on her grandfather Cap’s farm on Mineral Springs Road near Darlington from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl. “County” is a similar collection about her life as a teenager growing up in Darlington city in the 1950s.

The book is dedicated to her father, George (Mac) Spears, Jr. She said she wished he had been alive to see the murder solved and have closure. She’s still working on it. Copies of her book were available for purchase and after the meeting she autographed them.

News from Bluffton Rotary

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Aug 262015
 
On Tuesday, August 4, 2015,  Mike Covert, President of Rotary Club of Bluffton, mans the Rotary booth at the Bluffton’s National Night out hosted by the Bluffton Police Department.  This event held by other organizations through out the country was a fun, family community event featuring with free food and entertainment,  demonstrations by the Police, Fire Department and County EMS.  Our Rotary Club was well represented!

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Rotary Club of Bluffton inducts new Board for the 2015-2016 Fiscal year.

The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is committed to Youth Exchange

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Aug 252015
 
The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is committed to Youth Exchange. For the 2015-2016 School year we are sponsoring 2 outbound students and 2 inbound students. Outbound students are Lily Johnston (who will be in Switzerland) and Milena Urroz (who will be living in Italy). Our club recently welcomed Inbound students Julie LeChelle from France and Gulia Balzano from Italy.
(Main photo: Karla Acosta, our 2014-2015 Inbound Youth Exchange student from Peru, finishes her year with us.  The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is sponsoring Outbound Youth Exchange Students Lily Johnston and Milena Urroz.  Lily will be in Switzerland for a year and Milena will be in Italy.)

 
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Club President Rob Crawford exchanges club banners with one of the club’s Youth Exchange Inbound students – Julie LeChelle from France.

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Club President Rob Crawford exchanges club banners with one of the club’s Youth Exchange Inbound students – Gulia Balzano from Italy.
Along with all of the area’s Youth Exchange students, Julie LeChelle and Gulia Balzano took part in an outing to the Wild Blue Ropes Course.

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Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Donates $29,000.00 to 15 different local charities

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Aug 242015
 
Recently the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry was happy to invite several representatives of nonprofit organizations to our Friday morning meeting.  We donated $29,000.00 to 15 different local charities for monies raised during the year of 2014-2015, under the leadership of our President, Charlotte Gonzalez.  We pride ourselves on being the small club that works hard.
The first picture is Charlotte Gonzalez with our current President, Jeff Althoff, and the United Way representative.  The second picture represents several local nonprofit groups.  And the third picture is of Charlotte Gonzalez with our very own, Kerry Bunton, receiving a check on behalf of the Cart Fund.

 

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Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant News

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Aug 232015
 

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.

 

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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.

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Eau Claire North Columbia Rotarian named Midlands Technical College Distinguished Alumni

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Aug 222015
 

Eau Claire North Columbia Rotarians were delighted to learn that club member Judge Tomothy Edmond has been named Midlands Technical College Distinguished Alumni at the annual Celebration of Philanthropy that recognized donors, friends, partners and alumni of MTC who are leaving a legacy in the community.

Judge Edmond’s law career has spanned the South Carolina House of Representatives, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Edmond, a veteran of the U.S. Army, received degrees in public service with concentrations in criminal justice and criminology with a dual focus in social work from Midlands Technical College and the University of South Carolina.

“Judge Edmond personifies what an MTC graduate represents. He is a dedicated man,” said Tim Nelson, CEO of the Midlands Technical College Foundation. “His colleagues have told me he is a consummate professional, an outstanding leader and an extraordinary human being.”

Judge Edmond and his wife, Carroll, have two children, Tamara and DeQuita, and two grandchildren, Khiaro and Brianna. He  serves as Magistrate for the Upper Township in North Columbia.

The following video was produced for the award presentation:

http://alumni.midlandstech.edu/featured-alumni/tomothy-c-edmond

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Supports 2 Area Elementary Schools

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Aug 212015
 

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise donates $2000 in clothing to area elementary schools as one of three annual service projects for children in our community

Members of The Rotary Club  of Carolina Forest Sunrise, the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University are pictured with international students of CCU at Carolina Forest Walmart with clothing purchased as part of the Rotary Club’s support of Carolina Forest and Waccamaw elementary schools’ clothes closet programs. Also pictured is the CCU bus used to transport the students who selected the clothing for the schools. Both schools, classified as Title One  schools indicating high percentage of pupils in need, have clothes closets built and furnished with new clothing purchased by the club from funds generated by various fund raising projects for the purpose of distributing clothing items on a need basis to children as administered by the respective school personnel.  The club annually funds and administers three elementary school support programs totaling over $5,200 :” Warm Bodies” , coats, shirts, blouses, underwear and socks; ” Happy Feet”,providing new shoes ,often their first, for children in need;” P Cubed; Pads, papers, pencils for Pupils” for children identified by classroom teachers and administrators.  The club wants students to feel better about themselves as they begin their new school year ,to be able to dress appropriately and warmly during the entire school year, while having adequate school supplies to foster their classroom and homework performance and success.

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s , Carolina Forest/Kroger Shopping Center. New or prospective members are always welcome at our breakfast meeting..come and learn of the many service projects provided by our dynamic club in behalf of “Service Above Self” to our community and its citizens of all ages.

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(photos by Ralph Jones)

The Rotary Club of Lexington Welcomes Special Guests

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Aug 202015
 

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently welcomed Mayor Steve MacDougall (left), Rotary Youth Exchange student Charly (middle) from Hannover, Germany and Congressman Joe Wilson (right).  They are pictured with club president Allison Ford and club member Dr. Luke Clamp.

Rotary Club of Georgetown awards Scholarships

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Aug 192015
 
The Rotary Club of Georgetown presented Hannah Rebecca McLean, Carvers Bay High School, and Courtney Celeste Hicks, Georgetown High School, each with a $1,000 scholarship toward college tuitiion. Jacob Earl McDaniel, Georgetown High School, was awarded the Mike Rogers Scholarship in the amount of $500.00 toward college tuition.
The Rotary Club of Georgetown Scholarships are funded part from the proceeds of The Shag Festival, the club’s major fund raising event each year.
Introducing the students is PDG and current club Foundation Chair Alan Walters.
Top photo: Hannah Rebecca McLean
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