Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Provides Grants

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Aug 262012
 

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Provides Grants to Local Organizations

On behalf of the historic Rotary Club of Charleston and the Rotary Club of Charleston Fund Committee, Past President Amy Jenkins presented several local organizations with grant checks on May 1, 2012.

Kiki Cooper and Captain Thomas Richmond accepted a check for $1500 on behalf of the Salvation Army.  Our club’s donation will be used to purchase a self-contained ice maker to benefit adults and youth at the Salvation Army Community Center in West Ashley.

Representing Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts was Rotarian Legare Clement and Fred Whittle. The Club donated $1000 to purchase a gun safe to secure firearms at the shooting range at Camp Ho Non Wah.  

Joe Elmore represented the Charleston Animal Society and accepted a check for $1000 on behalf of his organization.  The rotary donation will be used to purchase 20 dissection manuals for the “Shadowing at the Shelter” program.

Congratulations to Salvation Army, Coastal Carolina Boy Scouts and the Charleston Animal Society.  The Historic rotary Club of Charleston is pleased to support their efforts in our community! 

The next deadline for submitting RCCF grant applications is September 1.  Interested organizations are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry and a complete grant application prior to September 1 to be considered.

St Andrews Rotary Club Visited By SC House Reps Chip Huggins & Nathan Ballentine

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Aug 262012
 

District 85 Representative Chip Huggins (left), and Past Club President Ken Corbett (right).

On July 31, District 85 Representative Chip Huggins and District 71 Representative Nathan Ballentine provided a wrap-up of this year’s legislative session. They described several budget items of the 6.7 billion dollar state government budget which have resulted from the state’s improved revenue position.

First is tax relief for small businesses, reducing tax rates from 5% to 3% over 3 years. The unemployment insurance loan that had to be obtained during the height of the recession will be repaid. Also, unemployment tax, which each employer must pay, will be reduced by 12%.

Three hundred million dollars will be used to create a Harbor Deeping Reserve Fund. Charleston harbor will be improved to accommodate the largest of the container vessels that will begin arriving from the soon-to-be-completed widening of the Panama Canal. This is important to support the ever-expanding  manufacturing export base in South Carolina. Federal funding may be available for this project, but if not, this appropriation will be sufficient for completion.

State employees will receive a 3% pay raise, the first since the recent recession. An additional 2% has been approved for those Class One employees such as law enforcement and public safety. In addition, the  state retirement system will be fully funded.

Chip was born in Columbia, S.C.  He attended public schools and graduated from Columbia High School, where he lettered in varsity baseball and varsity football. He then attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Winthrop University in 1987.  Chip was a member of the S.A.E. Fraternity.

Chip is the Director of Business Development for Duraclean.

Chip serves on the Ways and Means Committee, Property Tax Subcommittee, and the Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee in the House of Representatives.

Chip is married to the former Ginger Gilstrap and has two Children, Hiller Age 17 and Laine age 16.

Nathan Ballentine was born in Richland County and, for almost two decades, has chosen to work, live, and raise his family in our community. Nathan has worked for the same company since graduating from the University of South Carolina in December, 1992 and is currently Vice President and Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage here in Columbia.

He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004. Nathan serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs committees.

Nathan and his wife Karen are actively involved in Riverland Hills Baptist Church; he has a step-daughter, Sarah Katherine (14), son Jonathan Carroll, Jr. (6), and daughter Emma Logan (5).

Hilton Head Rotary Announces 2012-2013 Leadership Team

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Aug 262012
 

Hilton Head Island Rotary 2012-2013 Officers. Pictured left to right: David Tirard, Mike Jukofsky, Paul Walter, Lisa Laudermilch, Bruce Siebold, Andrea Siebold.

Hilton Head Rotary Announces 2012-2013 Leadership Team
The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island has named its leadership team for the 2012-2013 service year:

           President:                    Mike Jukofsky
President Elect:           Paul Walter
Vice President:            Andrea Siebold
Secretary:                    Bruce Siebold
Treasurer:                    Lisa Laudermilch
Sergeant at Arms:        Michael Marks
Past President:            David Tirard
Directors:                    Mary-Stuart Alderman
Don Brashears
Dave Crespan
Karen Cully
David Deaton
Bob DeValentino
David Ruckno
Glenn Stanford
Marc Stuckart

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island has a 45-year history of service to this community, most notably, including:  development of the Island Recreation Center and the SHARE program, the building of a permanent facility for Deep Well, partnering with Memory Matters on the construction of a new building, sponsoring the Gift of Life and Safety Town Programs, and granting more than $20,000 in scholarships to local students each year.  The Club’s international priorities have focused on the eradication of polio worldwide and provision of clean water systems for developing countries and disaster areas.  The Club was recognized this year as the Top Large Club in Rotary District 7770 which encompasses the eastern half of the State of South Carolina.

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows Smith and Freer

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Aug 262012
 

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows Smith and Freer

July 10, 2012: Assistant AG/Past President Kyra Morris recognized Rotarians, Past President Patterson Smith and Robin Freer for their ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation.  Smith was saluted as PHF+8 and Freer was honored as PHF+4.

Past President Patterson Smith, Assistant AG/Past President Kyra Morris, Robin Freer

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Transfers Leadership

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Aug 262012
 

The Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Transfers Leadership to the 2012-13 President and Board

JUNE 26, 2012 — Past President Patterson Smith of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston passed the gavel to incoming 2012-2013 President, Tom Clymer.  The District Governor was on hand to induct the incoming President and the new Board officers.  President Clymer announced the theme for the upcoming year as “Service Above Self!”

The event marked an end to a year that was filled with immense dedication and service throughout the community and abroad.  The Club provided several grants to local organizations, provided free tennis lessons to 22 deserving students, participated in Adopt a Highway, provided college scholarships to local high school graduates, and participated in the District’s Water Mission Project.

President Smith ended an extraordinary year by announcing he has made a personal contribution to District’s Water Mission Project in honor of all the Rotarians who assisted him during his year as President. Pictures by Fred Sales.

L to R: Tom Clymer, Patterson Smith

The new Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Board of Directors

 

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry in Beaufort Celebrates Annual Change of Watch

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Aug 262012
 

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry recently celebrated their annual Change of Watch. Check out this article published in the Beaufort Tribune.

The Change of Watch is a celebration of the induction of new officers. The gavel passes to Incoming President Richard “Dick” Bowen (left) from Garrett Wreden (right) who becomes the Immediate Past President.

 

 

 

The other officers and directors are: Charlotte Gonzalez (VP-President Elect), Peach Morrison (Secretary), Doug Crowley (Treasurer), Gay Rodgers (Sergeant at Arms), Terri Stokes (Foundation Chair), Scott Merrifield (Club Service Chair), Jeff Althoff (Community Service Chair), Bill Evans (New Generations Chair) and Alan Beach (Vocational chair).

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry meets for breakfast every Friday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 at the Golden Corral Restaurant located on Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort.

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