Our July 15 meeting opened with one of our most important tasks – distributing funds to local child-oriented charities. The photos below show President Larry passing out checks to CAPA, Boys and Girls Club, and YMCA.
At our July 15 meeting, Sea Island Rotary honored outgoing secretary Paddi Bailey and past AG Bob Gross with Paul Harris Fellow awards, and recognized Terri Ely as our Rotarian of the Year.
Fifty Rotarians and guests had a grand time at Southern Graces Soiree at our annual club social on Thursday, July 10, where they celebrating the changing of the guard and honoring some of our members. New and long-time members celebrated together with lots of fun and a few solemn moments. Among our current and former District officers were past District Governor Ed Duryea, Assistant District Governor Dick Bowen, and past Assistant District Governor Bob Gross.
Rotarians and their Ann’s from three Clubs in the Natal area of the New District 9370 will be visiting District 7770 South Carolina on a Rotary Friendship Exchange Tour from the 13th to 26th October 2013. They will be hosted by the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Sea Island Rotary Club.
KEN AND HEATHER GILLINGS
Ken and Heather Gillings are both fourth generation South Africans. Heather’s forefathers (the Atherstones) were 1820 Settlers and she is of English and Irish descent.
Ken’s maternal forefathers arrived in Colonial Natal in 1845, eventually settled in the north and began farming near a village named Dannhauser. His paternal family originated in England and Italy.
Both are members of the Rotary Club of Westville, District 9270 (on the east coast of South Africa). Heather is an active Rotary Ann and Ken serves on the Club’s Foundation Committee and the District RFE Committee. He was awarded a Paul Harris fellowship before he joined Rotary, for his contribution to heritage in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.
They live in Pinetown near the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.
IAN AND ANDRENA FOSTER
Ian was born in England a bit after the Second World War and his parents immigrated to South Africa when he was 8 months old. Andrena was born in Scotland a few years after Ian and moved to Zambia at the age of 5. Later at 12 years old her family moved to South Africa.
Both have been involved with charity work for the past 30 years . Initially with Lions International and the past 17 years in Rotary. Ian has done Four stints as President, The last with The Rotary Club of Kloof , ( Near Durban ). Ian was District Membership Chairman, is on various District Committees and is now Assistant Governor District 9370.
Prem was born, grew up and spent most of his life in the small town of Glencoe near Dundee in Northern Natal , South Africa. After School he qualified as a School Teacher and then worked 42 years for the Department of Education. Prem retired 3 years ago as a Principal of a High School in Dundee.
He is involved in many Community based projects, Child Welfare, Old Aged Homes, Rural Community projects, and is a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Dundee. He recently assisted on a Rotary Dental Week programme in Swaziland. Prem earlier this year returned from a Rotary Exchange Friendship Programme in India. Prem has travelled extensively throughout South Africa and abroad. He has also visited Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, United Kingdom, Egypt, Europe, The Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, India and Mauritius.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) –
“Generosity from organizations like the Sea Island Rotary Club goes very far here at the YMCA. Because of this donation, even more children will be able to attend summer camp and take part in vital swim programs. We are so appreciative,” YMCA of Beaufort County CEO Michael Bostwick said in a press release.
Beaufort County YMCA serves over 400 children ages 3-15 year old, as well as an additional 200 students within Jasper County, during the summer months. For more information on the programs, contact the YMCA at 843.522.9622 or visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.