The meeting we were supposed to have at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies on Wednesday, January 17th, but was canceled due to weather has been rescheduled. We will now have our January 31st meeting at the Cate Center (916 Mt. Vernon Church Rd.). So make sure to mark your calendars of the venue change, we will not meet at Seven Oaks Park on the 31st. Again please arrive on time so that we can get everything in.
At the January 17th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, immediate past president Gray Ives shared the great news that the club earned the distinguished Presidential Citation award for 2016-17! We were only 1 of 4 clubs to win the honor out of 80 clubs in District 7770.
2016-17 President Gray Ives holding the Presidential Citation AwardIn order to win this distinguished honor, a club has too accomplish a number of goals. The 2 mandatory activities lubs must achieve are: set at least 10 goals in Rotary Club Central and second, pay semiannual dues to RI on time in July and January. In addition to those, the club has to achieve multiple goals in the areas of: Membership Attraction and Engagement, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations, and Public Image. It was truly a successful year put together by Past President Gray, his board, and the rest of club that chipped in and made it all possible. Way to go everyone!
At the January 10th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we inducted our 2nd member of 2018, Miss Shelby Olsen.
Shelby with sponsor Pat RichardsShelby is a Charleston native who enjoys staying active and taking on new experiences. She works in government contracting as a Management Analyst for a Venture Technologies company. Shelby recently graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelors Degree double majoring in HR Management and Finance and a minor in Chinese Studies. Her journey with Rotary started in high school when she participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange year to Switzerland. After finishing her year abroad she came back as a Rotex member where she has helped facilitate the RYE Inbound Training Weekends every year since. In college she was a member of Rotaract and served as Treasurer the last 2 years and filed for USC Rotaract to become an official 501c3 entity with the IRS. As a senior, Shelby won the Carolinana Award at USC for her service and leadership on campus and in the community. She is excited to continue her journey as a Rotary member actively serving the local Charleston community! It’s an excellent example of how Rotary International can impact individuals even at a young age as Shelby was in high school when her Rotary journey began. Realizing her desire to serve her community and make it a better place with those experiences makes our club very happy to have her as our newest member. Welcome Shelby!
On Wednesday, January 1oth we were honored to have Dr. Bill Jones of Columbia International University. He was the president of CIU, but now serves as the chancellor of the university. He gave us some background history about CIU and filled us in on some current and future things going on at CIU. If you are ever near the campus stop by and check it out as it looks like a beautiful campus.
There are several opportunities to get involved and serve in the month of February: Saturday, February 3rd-Adopt-A-Highway pickup Saturday, February 10th- We are partnering with the Spring Valley Rotary Club to pack meals to go overseas to help feed the hungry. Please see the signup sheet for more information.
On December 21st the Rotary Club of Daniel Island completed its second holiday food drive delivering 165 Christmas meals and turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center and 56 to Seven Farms Apartments on Daniel Island. The meals at Cainhoy are then delivered to families and individuals in the area most in need this holiday season. We’d like to thank Publix at Daniel Island Town Center once again for their support of this community service project! Happy Holidays everyone!
At our December 6th meeting, we were honored to have Stephanie M. Kelley, Executive Director at East Cooper Community Outreach, or ECCO as many people know it by, speak to our club. Stephanie gave a very informative presentation about the organization, giving everyone a reminder that not only do they act as a food bank and a place for basic needs (clothing, household furnishings, etc.), for those in need, but also a place for individuals to receive assistance with financial aid, dental/medical care, prescriptions, counseling, and educational opportunities just to name a few. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island is very proud to have a mutual partnership with ECCO, working with them on various projects as well as them being a beneficiary from our Duck Race in years past.
Club member Steve Slifer, ECCO Director Stephanie Kelley and Club President Todd Musheff
For more information or if you’re interested in donating or volunteering, please check out there website: http://eccocharleston.org. Thank you Stephanie!