This past Tuesday night Historic Rotary Club of Charleston members Barbara Kelley Duncan and Richard Sidebottom joined our Rotary host families at the airport to welcome Sara KJÆR, our club’s youth exchange student from Denmark. Sara will be hosted by the Kapeluck and Miles families and will attend First Baptist School. We look forward to fostering global understanding through the ideals of Rotary over the next year by sharing Charleston and American culture with Sara!
Columbia East Rotarian, Jim Hudson, was recently honored by Harvest Hope Food Bank for generously donating funds that will provide up to 1,000,000 meals.
Hudson is Founder and President of Jim Hudson Automotive group. Jim leadership resulted in a donation of $200,000 to Harvest Hope. “My company and Harvest Hope are ironically both celebrating our 35th anniversary, so we wanted to do something special,” said Hudson. “We wanted to feed children during the summer time when food is harder to come by.”
The contribution will provide an estimated 1 million meals to families, children and the elderly who need food assistance.
“I have seen the volunteers and workers at Harvest Hope work so hard and unselfishly every day,” Hudson said. “There are a lot of needs in Richland and Lexington County and we want to give back.”
Denise Holland, CEO of Harvest Hope Food Bank, says she looks forward to the automotive group’s donation every year.
“Mr. Hudson is truly an angel in disguise,” Holland said. “Not only do his employees work hard to reach our goal, but his customers reach out to us separately and even send us checks as part of this campaign.”
According to Holland, $1 provides five meals for families in need.
Hudson has a long and outstanding history of community support and philanthropy. He has sponsored and contributed to numerous community organizations and events and was recognized by Governor Nikki Haley when she presented him with the Order of the Palmetto, our state’s highest civilian honor. The east Columbia Rotary Club is proud of his accomplishments and fortunate to count him among our members.
On Saturday, August 8th, members of the Historic Charleston Rotary Club were proud to participate in the Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup: Back to School Basics. Members Digit Matheny, President Paul Stoney, and Lisa Van Bergen passed out bags full of supplies to elementary children. Past President John Tecklenburg and his wife came Sandy along to support the fun! And the members made the give-away possible by generously donating over $900. Thanks for being such a generous group!
Rotarian Lisa Van Bergen and her daughter in the process of setting up for hundreds of kids.
Past President John Tecklenburg (L) with President Paul Stoney (R) rocking their
Rotary apparel while volunteering.
Susan Harrell ( left) , Center Director for ELS-Myrtle Beach, located at Coastal Carolina University, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise. She was introduced by club member Dr. Darla Domke -Damonte ( right). Harrell began working as the founding director of the Center in January 2015 in preparation for the April 2015 opening. The center provides intensive English instruction to non-native speakers of English via 4-week sessions of 32 hours of instruction per week to help them prepare to study at US universities. ELS also supplies the immigration documents for those requiring visas to apply for visas to travel to the USA. Harrell also described the homestay program they offer to host ELS language students in homes of local families. Further information about ELS and its programs can be obtained by calling Susan Harrell at 843-349-6970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.