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.







(photos by Ralph Jones)

The Rotary Club of Lexington Welcomes Special Guests

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Aug 202015

The Rotary Club of Lexington recently welcomed Mayor Steve MacDougall (left), Rotary Youth Exchange student Charly (middle) from Hannover, Germany and Congressman Joe Wilson (right).  They are pictured with club president Allison Ford and club member Dr. Luke Clamp.

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
(Courtney Celeste Hicks)
(Jacob Earl McDaniel)

Vietnam Veteran Johnny Mayo spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club

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Aug 182015
Vietnam Veteran Johnny Mayo spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club about the SC War Dog Memorial to be dedicated this Veterans Day, November 11th, at Columbia’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Mayo has worked for years to erect this monument and notes that “ the dogs were great soldiers and deserve to be recognized”. The K9 Corps was created in the spring of 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Welcomes Youth Exchange Student

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Aug 172015

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 Fireflies CEO visits Capital Rotary

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Aug 162015
Our speaker on Wednesday morning, August 12th was Mr. Jason Freier, Chairman & CEO of Hardball Capital, Inc. and Columbia Fireflies ( Under his leadership, Hardball has built the Fort Wayne TinCaps into one of the premier teams in Minor League Baseball and drastically improved the performance of both the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Salem Avalanche. Hardball has set all-time attendance records with every team it has owned and operated. Hardball recently led the acquisition of the Chattanooga Lookouts and is currently constructing a new, downtown, multi-use venue in partnership with the Famously Hot City of Columbia, South Carolina.  That venue, which will open in 2016, is part of a major downtown redevelopment project. Jason is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he was elected to the Yale Law Journal.  Jason is an attorney by training. Prior to founding Hardball, he specialized in complex business matters and sports law, appearing in courts at all levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Following law school, he worked with former Solicitor General and Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried and practiced with Williams & Connolly in Washington D.C. and Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta. Jason’s work has been featured in national publications and Congressional legislation. Jason serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern, Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Thuzio and Palmer & Cay. Jason previously served on the Board of Directors of the Carolina League. Jason is an appointed member of the Fort Wayne Stadium Advisory Board and an officer of the Harvard Club of Georgia. Jason Freier, Chairman & CEO of Columbia Fireflies

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!



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.



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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