Cayce West Columbia Rotary Has Heart

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Feb 272015
 

In an effort to address the issue of hungry families, former Rotary International Vice President, Anne Matthews, started a program called “Rotary Has HEART” challenging Rotarians to use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to engage their communities and help feed the hungry, especially the children. Statistics show that 28% of children in South Carolina face hunger and food anxiety issues on a daily basis.  The goal of the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary was to “Fill the Bin” with unperishable food items (which they did) for the Food Pantry at the Brookland Baptist Church (where the club meets each Tuesday). The club also made a financial donation to the Food Pantry at Christian Life Assembly; these two diverse locations, (approved Harvest Hope food banks), supply food to those in need in surrounding areas and beyond. NO child should ever have an empty belly and suffer from hunger in our communities. We are our brother’s keeper.  Rotary has Heart!

Rotary Club of Beaufort Has Heart

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Feb 252015
 

beaufort has heartJoining in the “Rotary Has Heart” Valentine’s Day project, the Rotary Club of Beaufort donated 35 grocery bags (5 shopping carts ) filled with non perishable food to HELP of Beaufort to be distributed to the needy, and $167 to support their emergency assistance and Mobile Meal programs.

Rotary Club of Lexington Has Heart

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Feb 232015
 
The Rotary Club of Lexington is participating in the “Rotary Has Heart” initiative began by Rotary International VP and Columbia resident Anne Matthews.  The Lexington club has tailored its involvement to hunger-related issues that impact 28% of children in South Carolina and is supporting Sister Care, a local organization providing services to battered women and their children.  Sister Care’s services include children’s services, counseling, education and awareness, court advocacy, emergency shelters,  a 24-hour telephone line, and transitional housing.
The Lexington club kicked-off this initiative by hearing from Elizabeth Gray, a survivor of domestic violence and member of Governor Haley’s task force on Criminal Domestic Violence.  The SC Criminal Justice Academy has used her powerful story to educate officers, and she has addressed the SC General Assembly to help pass new laws on domestic violence. She was awarded the 2014 “Woman of the Year” by Sister Care and was recognized for her community outreach to victims and survivors.  Gray has a personal goal to run a marathon in each of the 50 states to raise awareness about domestic violence.
During the month of February, the Rotary Club of Lexington is accepting monetary donations, nonperishable food, baby food and supplies, toiletries and household goods to support Sister Care.
Pictured with Gray, center, is Rotary Has Heart Chair Pandra Lemrow (left) and Lexington club president Gary Deese (right).
Feb 232015
 
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It is official – Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise Has Heart. Thanks to everyone our “Rotary Has Heart”  morning provided more than three bushels of food for children and the monetary donations amounted to $335

We are proud of our club and the contributions we make to our community and internationally!

Chris took some great photos….so maybe we can get something in the Item.

Thanks for your help!!!!!!

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Still Time to Participate in Rotary Has Heart

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Feb 102015
 

rotary has heartLast year, we were asked by RIVP Anne Matthews to be involved in an activity onFebruary 14 which revolved around addressing hunger and hunger related issues.  Clubs and individuals were asked to be involved in some activity to demonstrate that “Rotary DOES have heart” and that collectively, we can do something about the 28% of children in South Carolina who face food anxiety issues on a daily basis.  This year, I am asking your club to take the effort one step further – instead of being involved for only one day, I am asking the clubs of District 7770 to be involved in “Rotary Has Heart” the entire week leading up to February 14 (from February 8 – 14, 2015).  What an appropriate way to show our love for our fellow man than to be involved in an effort that feeds the hungry.  Your club can choose any activity that you would like.  Some suggestions include 1) partnering with a local food bank for a food drive or food collection effort,  2) partnering with a local food bank to assist with bagging or distribution of food or 3) collecting funds to be given directly to the food bank to assist in purchasing food items.  No matter what you choose – it should be about YOUR local community and how we as Rotarians can make a difference.  Once you’ve decided what activity you will be involved in and have conducted your effort, please let your AG know.  Send him/her pictures and a description so that we can tell your story district-wide.  For those clubs who have yet to organize a “Rotary Day”, this is the PERFECT opportunity to combine service with public awareness.

When I contemplate all of the ways that we can “Light UpRotary”, it is difficult to choose just a few.  With this issue being so prevalent in our district, I see this as the perfect chance to show that Rotary Has Heart and that we act on our beliefs and our values.

Best wishes to you as you put this effort together – can’t wait to hear about all of the wonderful things your club will be doing during this week!

James C. Williamson, Ph.D.
System President
SC Technical College System
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

A CALL TO ACTION – Operation “Rotary Has Heart”

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Jan 272015
 

rotary has heartLast year, we were asked by RIVP Anne Matthews to be involved in an activity on February 14 which revolved around addressing hunger and hunger related issues.  Clubs and individuals were asked to be involved in some activity to demonstrate that “Rotary DOES have heart” and that collectively, we can do something about the 28% of children in South Carolina who face food anxiety issues on a daily basis.  This year, I am asking your club to take the effort one step further – instead of being involved for only one day, I am asking the clubs of District 7770 to be involved in “Rotary Has Heart” the entire week leading up to February 14 (from February 8 – 14, 2015).  What an appropriate way to show our love for our fellow man than to be involved in an effort that feeds the hungry.  Your club can choose any activity that you would like.  Some suggestions include 1) partnering with a local food bank for a food drive or food collection effort,  2) partnering with a local food bank to assist with bagging or distribution of food or 3) collecting funds to be given directly to the food bank to assist in purchasing food items.  No matter what you choose – it should be about YOUR local community and how we as Rotarians can make a difference.  Once you’ve decided what activity you will be involved in and have conducted your effort, please let your AG know.  Send him/her pictures and a description so that we can tell your story district-wide.  For those clubs who have yet to organize a “Rotary Day”, this is the PERFECT opportunity to combine service with public awareness.

When I contemplate all of the ways that we can “Light UpRotary”, it is difficult to choose just a few.  With this issue being so prevalent in our district, I see this as the perfect chance to show that Rotary Has Heart and that we act on our beliefs and our values.

Best wishes to you as you put this effort together – can’t wait to hear about all of the wonderful things your club will be doing during this week!

James C. Williamson, Ph.D.
System President
SC Technical College System
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210

Rotary Has Heart. Valentine’s Day 2015.

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Jan 202015
 

ROTARY HAS HEART 2015                                                                         

 67,000 Rotarians are being asked to help their communities around Valentine’s Day 2015    

The 2015 Rotary Has Heart program is a Community Service Program which is a continuation from last year’s program that PRID Anne L. Matthews initiated.  We want all of our 1500 plus clubs in the 29 districts in Zones 33 and 34 to do a community service project in the 1st quarter of 2015 and let the community be aware of what Rotary is doing.  We can help those in need and improve Rotary’s image in each of our communities at the same time.  The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board consider this awareness a critical element in our membership strategy which is key to Rotary’s future.  This is especially important in North America.  Therefore, publicity is a key requirement for Rotary Has Heart.

Each club may decide for itself how it wants to participate. It could be something as simple as donating money to an established program or something as complex as organizing a full-fledged club service project all following the six areas of focus. While this is first and foremost a Community Service Project, it is also a chance for us to show thousands of communities throughout our zones what Rotarians can do when we LIGHT UP ROTARY.

We are not doing this to brag, but to help the public better understand what Rotary is and what Rotarians do to make their communities better. It is our hope that clubs will use this effort to develop their membership and to promote giving to our Rotary Foundation.

Director Robert Hall believes that with this single focus we will not only LIGHT UP ROTARY but will also capture the attention of so many people who are willing to support our causes and want to become one of us. We expect some of our clubs will join together to organize a community wide effort, while others will participate in a less demanding although just as important way. Whatever way your club chooses to participate, we hope you will bear the Rotary banner proudly and tell your story boldly. After all, Rotary has heart and there is no better way to show this collectively than during this first quarter that holds Valentine’s Day. If you need help please contact PDG

You can find more information on the web site www.rizones33-34.org under events. Here you will find a sample proclamation, sample press release, and new logos for your events.

Director Hall announced in Asheville a recognition program in which all clubs and districts can participate.  Zone 34 RPIC Betsy Owen will coordinate the program working with and through PDG Charles Allen in Zone 33 and PDG Gary Smith in Zone 34.  Each Governor will select what he or she considers to be the best club community service project with related publicity in his or her district.   The club president will receive a painting by George Lewis “The Waterman”, “http://georgelewis.fineartstudioonline.com, along with 1,000 Paul; Harris Recognition points.  The club president can use the painting and/or 1,000 recognition points to honor a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to their community, use for fundraising or whatever they wish. The paintings from which the winning clubs may choose are below:

CLICK HERE for a Rotary Has Heart sample press release

CLICK HERE for a Rotary Hast Heart sample proclamation

(From Rotary Zone 33-34 website HERE)

Columbia Capital Rotary Has Heart

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Feb 222014
 

Capital Rotary members Chris Myers (far left), Chip Hardy (back row), and Jimmy Gibbs (far right) show Rotary Has Heart by packing food Boxes at Harvest Hope Food Bank this morning. Assisting the group are (L-R) Hannah Kapp, Mary Stuart Hardy, Landon Hardy, and Tuller Gibbs.

This small team proved it can make a huge difference by packing 100 boxes in under an hour. Hannah and Landon are juniors at Heathwood Hall, and Tuller is a sophomore at Ben Lippen.

Forest Acres and Spring Valley Rotary Clubs Have Heart

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Feb 212014
 

Forest Acres Rotary is coordinating with Spring Valley Rotary on the Rotary Has Heart Project.

There are about 30 volunteers from the two clubs filling backpacks at Harvest Hope. In addition, Forest Acres is donating $1,000 to the back-pack program and another $2,000 to Harvest Hope’s general fund.

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