Sea Island Rotary celebrates Birthday and Football, and learns History

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Jan 232015
 
Sea Island Rotary members had a great deal to celebrate this week. Long-time member and past president Jack Cunningham celebrated his 60th birthday, with our members serenading him. Two of our ardent Ohio State fans toasted the winner of college football’s first playoff. Jack enjoys celebrating his birthday with fellow Rotarians DSC_0005 DSC_0004                   On a more serious note, our program presented by Dr. Andy Beall of the Santa Elena Foundation board of directors focused on the early history of Beaufort and the Sea Islands. Dr. Beall showed us that the Spanish were the original European settlers in the Beaufort area, establishing a thriving colony that ended only when the English proved dominant in the region. The Foundation’s vision is to use this rich history to enhance our history-oriented tourism and thus help grow our economy. DSC_0011  

Sea Island Rotary Opens Year with TCL President

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Jan 152015
 
Our opening meeting features Dr. Richard Gough, president of Technical College of the Lowcountry. Dr. Gough discussed TCL’s mission and accomplishments, and also presented a fast-paced video highlighting the advantages of a technical or community college education. Rotary 1-6-2015 (8) Rotary 1-6-2015 (10) Rotary 1-6-2015 (1)  

Sea Island Rotary hits the Jackpot

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Nov 202014
 
Our featured speaker on November 11 was Paula Harper Bethea, director of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Ms. Bethea, who has served on many boards, commissions, and other public bodies, has brought a wealth of experience to the SC Education Lottery. She explained that the lottery has contributed over $3.4 billion to South Carolina education since its inception in 2002, divided among grades K-12, higher education programs and scholarships, and other community education programs. She emphasized that her agency is a resource for education and a fiscally conservative, socially aware business enterprise. Ms. Bethea’s lively speaking style and passion for education kept our Rotarians involved in the program, and left us with an appreciation of the large program she administers. Rotarians busy eating lunch in preparation for the program Happy drawing winner Dave Homyk, wishing he'd won the SC Education Lottery   Paula Harper Bethea gives us a full explanation of the SC Education Lottery John Perrill makes sure we understand the benefits of the Rotary Foundation
May 022013
 

Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on October 5, 2013 as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 4th Annual Charity Shrimp Race at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

“The principal goal of this event is to raise money for our local charities,” says Rion Salley, Club President.  “Our signature charities include: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, and various Rotary service projects.”  “The Charity Shrimp Race is the World’s largest Shrimp Race and the primary annual fundraiser for the Sea Island Rotary Club.  For the past several years we have been able to donate more than $50,000 annually toward charity,” says Salley.  “This is a wonderful way to help charity and maybe win something in return.”

The race is fun to watch for kids and adults. It is held along the sea wall at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

The race begins around 3 p.m. when 5,000 rubber shrimp wearing inner tubes are released from the nets of an authentic shrimp trawler into the Beaufort River. The shrimp float along in tidal current to the finish line.  Each shrimp wears a unique number corresponding to one of the numbers on a purchased adoption ticket.

The shrimp have been training all summer and are anxiously awaiting the chance at being the first across the finish line. The winning shrimp wins $2,000 for the holder of the ticket that matches the unique number on that shrimp. The second place finish wins $1,000, third place wins $750, fourth place wins $500, fifth place wins $250 and 6th through 10th places each win $100.

More exciting, if any of the first ten finishing shrimp matches the “million dollar lucky number,” the adopter of that shrimp wins $1,000,000!  Yes, that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS. The million-dollar lucky number is selected at random by a third-party Insurance provider before the race.

Adoption tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or at local businesses such as Beaufort Chiropractic, BJHCHS Port Royal Medical Center, CBC National Bank, Bundy Appraisal & Management, CAPA’s Closet, Island Podiatry, Lowcountry Habitat ReStore, Harvey’s Barber Shop, Levin, Gilley & Fisher law firm, Palmetto State Bank, Regions Bank, Sanctuary Golf Club, Therapeutic Solutions, Wardle Family YMCA, Wells Fargo Bank, and of course from any Sea Island Rotary member.

Sea Island Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of 1.2 million members dedicated to improving education, health and living conditions worldwide. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self.”

For more information go to www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or www.seaislandrotary.org

Beaufort Area Rotary Club’s Enable Ophthalmologists from Developing World to Attend Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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Jan 192013
 

Annually for the last 10 years the three Rotary Clubs in the Beaufort area ( Beaufort Rotary, Sea Island Rotary, and Low Country Rotary ) have financially sponsored a young ophthalmologist from a developing world country to visit Beaufort and attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology which this year was held in Chicago. Special thanks this year to Alicia Taylor, president of Beaufort Rotary and Dick Bowen, president Low Country Rotary. This national Rotary program has young ophthalmologists visiting local Rotary clubs all over America.

All of these young ophthalmologists are leaders in their respective countries to reduce the  amount of avoidable / preventable / neglected blindness. Ninety percent of all blindness ( 40 million ) are in developing countries. Over 20 million persons are bilaterally blind due to dense mature cataracts. Many of these patients will die blind for want of a cataract operation.

This year our ophthalmic guest was Emil Huseynov MD from Azerbaijan. Dr Huseynov is a member of the ophthalmic trauma team for his entire country. These ophthalmologists from all over the world are making a significant contribution in the reduction of blindness in the developing world.
Photo shows from right to left: Rion Salley, current Sea Island president, D.C.Gilley, previous president; Emil Huseynov MD ; Baxter McLendon MD; and Ed Duryea, district governor.

Photo shows from right to left: Rion Salley, current Sea Island president, D.C.Gilley, previous president; Emil Huseynov MD ; Baxter McLendon MD; and Ed Duryea, district governor.

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