Columbia Rotary: Past President John Johnston and Jack Sloan recognized for their work on Leadercast 2015!

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Sep 052015
 
Jack Sloan and Elliott Powell Elliott Powell and Past President John Johnston On August 24, 2015, Past President John Johnston  (RY 2014-2015) and Jack Sloan were recognized by the Board for their leadership efforts for Leadercast 2015: The Brave Ones, the annual fundraiser for the Columbia Rotary Education Fund. Leadercast 2015: The Brave Ones brought in a net of $30,000+ to benefit local Rotary Scholarship recipients.  Great work, gentlemen!

NMB Rotary Golf Tournament

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Sep 052015
 
The Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach held its 37th Annual Lloyd Bell Memorial Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Long Bay Golf Club. The tournament raises funds for local high school seniors college scholarships. Last year the club gave away 15 scholarships and with the success of this years tournament it will be able to give out the same amount if not more this year. The tournament was sponsored by Haden Hamilton with Raymond James Investments, Charlie Stuart with State Farm Insurance, Jud Kuhn Chevrolet. A special thanks to Boardwalk Billy’s, Trivinia and Ultimate California Pizza for bringing out food for the golfers and the Caddy Girls for their help as well.
The tournament raises funds to support our local high school students with college scholarships. There were two celebrities who played in the tournament, Gus Williams, a retired American professional basketball player most noted for his play with the NBA Seattle SuperSonics, although he also played for the Golden State Warriors,Washington Bullets and Atlanta Hawks. James “Bonecrusher” Smith was also out supporting the local charity, an American former boxer who was, between December 1986 and March 1987, the WBA heavyweight champion. He was the first heavyweight champion with a college degree. Both are pictured with their team supporting the great golf tournament.
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The Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach meets every Tuesday at 12:15pm at the Surf Club. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us atrotarynmb@gmail.com

Seven Oaks Park Athletic Director visits The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo

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Sep 042015
 
sopbuildingphoto Brian Riddle, Athletic Coordinator at Seven Oaks Park visited The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo to talk about the extensive work the park has done to develop an extensive sports program for our community.  The sports program consists of fall, winter, spring and summer teams including sports camps in the summer and travel teams for baseball and lacrosse as well as adult sports programs.  During his tenure he has worked to develop a district wide soccer program, increase sponsorship dollars and grow the numbers of participants.  In 2014, 1500 youth participated.  Special programs include athletic scholarships and a youth scholarship equipment rental service.  They received a $15,000 grant from CDBG  to support these programs.  This is truly a community endeavor with all coaches volunteering their time and local businesses sponsoring teams and events.  The newly renovated facilities include a 30,000 square foot facility with full gymnasium, nine athletic fields, six clay tennis courts and the new Saluda Shoals Athletic complex soccer fields.   If you have any questions regarding the athletic program at Seven Oaks Park or you would like to become involved with keeping this program a success through volunteering or donations please contact Brian Riddle, briddle@icrc.net

DG Funderburk Visit Daniel Island

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Sep 042015
 
On August 26, Rotary District Governor Rod Funderburk addressed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island. Consistent with Rotary’s global theme to be a gift to the world, DG Rod emphasized three key themes — “Cure” – finalize the eradication of polio and tackle Alzheimers; “Compassion” – give back to the community in ways that have sustainable impact; “Communication” – tell the great story of Rotary clearly, positively, and frequently. #Rotary7770 #RotaryDJVisit2015

Columbia Rotarian running for Alzheimer’s research

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Sep 032015
 
wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina David Boucher gave running a try nearly 25 years ago and he never stopped moving. Every morning he hits the pavement, running through downtown Columbia for a three-mile jog. After a little calculation, Boucher realized he’ll soon total enough miles to have run a trip around the world. “When one looks and thinks, ‘Gosh. I’m closing in on 24,000 – 25,000 miles over a 25-year history,’ it is surprising,” said Boucher. While the distance was never a goal, Boucher turned to Rotary Club where he serves as president to celebrate the last 902 miles with a good deed. “I’m going to run this anyway unless I have health problems or blow a knee out or something. How can I serve human kind at the same time?,” said Boucher. He wrote on his Facebook page, “I am looking for sponsors who are willing to contribute just a penny per mile……up to the next 902 miles that I’m able to run. Why 902 miles? Because with another 901.55 miles in the rear view mirror, I would have run the circumference of the earth over a 25-year period (24,901.55 miles). Any money that I collect will be delivered to the CART Fund.” Columbia’s Rotary Club, along with others across the state and those in four other states place blue buckets out at meetings, collecting pocket change for an Alzheimer’s research fund started by a Rotarian in Sumter County in 1995. During that time, CART, or Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, has provided more than $5 million in research grants. One-hundred percent of the money collected is used as seed money for cutting edge research, aiming to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. “Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. Right now, it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and today it affects over 5.1 million Americans. So it’s a big number,” said Boucher. He said he’s been overwhelmed with the number of people who stepped up to sponsor the cause. “If we can do something to help human kind, that would be a good thing,” said Boucher. So far, Boucher has raised more than $2,500. With 600 miles left to run, he’s set his fundraising goal at $10,000 to make a difference for families who know the effects of Alzheimer’s far too well.   Anyone wanting to sponsor Boucher can make checks payable to: The CART Fund, c/o Columbia Capital Rotary Club, PO Box 11946, Columbia, SC 29211. Copyright 2015 WIS. All rights reserved. By Allie Spillyards – View the WIS Article here: http://www.wistv.com/story/29923198/columbia-rotarian-running-circumference-of-earth-to-raise-money-for-alzheimers-research David Boucher Alzheimer's research

Three Clubs Participate in Global Grant in South Africa

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Sep 022015
 

East Cooper Breakfast, North Charleston-Breakfast, and Lake Murray-Irmo Clubs are participating in Global Grant 1523745 for Early Childhood Development Training with Westville Club, South Africa, District 9370.  The Clubs submitted their respective funds in March 2015 to assist The Westville Club in working with a local organization, Feed the Babies.

 

Feed the Babies works with approximately 300 crèches throughout the province of KwaZulu Natal (about 50% of Rotary D9370) extending from Ezingolweni in the south to Mbazwana and Pongola in the north and inland to Emnambithi.  They currently feed approximately 9000 children daily in these creches.

 

The Grant is focusing to

  • Provide training in regard to hygiene and appropriate precautions when administrating first aid along with basic first aid kits.
  • Train the caregivers in basic Early Childhood Development
  • Provide wall charts
  • Provide training on the making of educational toys and provide a “starter” kit for caregivers to make toys.

 

Attached Pictures from Toy Making by Caregivers on 9/17/2015:

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Rotary Club of Forest Acres Hosts Major Fundraiser

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Sep 012015
 

Rotary Club of Forest Acres is winding up one of our two major fundraising activities which is Carolina Football Reserved Season Parking. We have a great small location (53 spaces) @ Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union at the intersection of Geo. Rogers Blvd. and Shop Road. Cost $330, only 3 spaces available. Run by our members. 100% for local charities. Call George Shissias 803 787 5065 for application form.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Helped Elementary Students Pick Out New Shoes

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Aug 312015
 

On August 15th from 7:30AM until 9:30AM, the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise helped 64 Waccamaw Elementary students pick out new shoes so they can start the new school year on the right foot. The Happy Feet project is one of three elementary school support programs funded and administered by the club. The other two, Warm Bodies and P Cubed: Pads, Papers, Pencils for Pupils, also help assist children identified by classroom teachers and administrators. Each year, the club spends over $5,000 on the three projects, which support both Waccamaw Elementary and Carolina Forest Elementary.

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise is a Flex Club. Having the Flex Club status allows our club to actively participate in community events on a biweekly basis. The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month are breakfast meetings to share ideas and fellowship. The other weeks are held at civic events to assist and spread Rotarian efforts throughout the community. The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00AM at Beef O’Brady’s  in the 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. (photos by Ralph Jones)

 

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The Lake Marion Rotary Club Donates to Vance-Providence Elementary School

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Aug 302015
 

The Lake Marion Rotary Club adopted Vance-Providence Elementary School to provide school supplies and uniforms for this school year. On August 13, a group of Rotarians headed to VPE to take the school supplies collected. Additionally, the club had 100% participation in monetary donations to be used to provide a number of school uniforms to needy students. Those monies had double the impact thanks to Rotarian Chuck Abbott, who matched what the club had collected. Pictured, from left, Rotarian Horace James, Rotarian Mabel Williams, VPE Parent Liaison Malqueen Rivers, VPE Principal Sharon Wilson, Rotarian Gerald Wright and Rotarian David Elliott.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise members learn of Impact Ministries

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Aug 292015
 

Ms. Christie Morris (right) of Impact Ministries  described the unique International Student Ministry started three years ago which has served over 4,000 international students  who are summer workers who reside in the Myrtle Beach area for 5 to 6 month periods.Club member  Dr.Darla Domke-Damonte ( left) introduced the speaker. International students are recruited by various area and local companies as summer workers and experience varying levels of assistance and resultant difficulties.Morris described the support services provided this summer and the tremendous attendance growth: over 1200 students came to student orientation to learn about safety,obtain their Social Security card, and learn about International Cafe. The Cafe has become a student center where students love to hang out. Over 70 volunteers  are from 5 churches and 3 outreach groups. The cafe has expanded from one room to three  for meeting and service purposes. Thus far, 25 bikes have been furnished to students, 15 students have been rescued from unsafe or unsanitary housing and placed in safe locations, as well as being placed with host families. Thirty students have been helped to find jobs, 28 have been helped with health issues, and effective liaison established with MBPD and various other agencies. For more information, to make donations, to include volunteer service, contact  Impact Ministries, 843-254-7777, or www.impacmb.org .

 

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s located at the Carolina Forest Kroger shopping mall.
Interested persons and prospective members are invited to attend and learn about our community and many opportunities to serve while enjoying breakfast and great fellowship among Rotarians dedicated to serving our community in the highest tradition of Rotary’s credo, “Service Above Self”.  ( Photo by Ralph Jones.)

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