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 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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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)

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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Columbia East Rotarian Recognized for his Efforts to End Hunger

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Aug 152015
 

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.

Historic Charleston Rotary Club Participates in Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup

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Aug 142015
 

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!

 

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Rotarian Lisa Van Bergen and her daughter in the process of setting up for hundreds of kids.

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Past President John Tecklenburg (L) with President Paul Stoney (R) rocking their

Rotary apparel while volunteering.

 

 

Adopt-A-Highway August 29th

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Aug 132015
 
rotary clean up Each quarter The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo participates in highway clean up in our community.  It is that time again!   This program benefits our community by establishing stewardship of public lands while advancing tourism,  enhancing quality of life for all of our citizens by improving the appearance of our area.  and saving taxpayer dollars by performing a valuable service on a volunteer basis.  Come join us for Adopt-A-Highway clean up on august 29th!!!

The Rotary Club of Georgetown Presented $22,000 Donation to CART

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Aug 122015
 
On August 4,2015, The Rotary Club of Georgetown presented a check for $22,000 to Randy Hollister, Rotary District 7770 Chair for CART (Alzheimers Research). $17,000 was raised through the Shag Festival. The remaining $5,000 through weekly donations by Rotary members to the CART buckets placed on the tables at meetings. This was the largest donation to date and would not have been possible without our major sponsors, 3V, Tidelands Health, and the Beaver Bar.
Pictured from left to right are Club President Keith Wilcox, Randy Hollister, Scott McNair – 3V, McRoy Skipper – Tidelands Health, and Club Past President Nat Kaminski
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