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.)

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

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