Dec 182015
 
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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise President Cindy Gettig (left ) displays with Past District Governor Bob Squatriglia (right)  the dual country flag display of the USA and Lithuania at a recent club meeting. Squatriglia, a club member  whose maternal grandparents were born in Lithuania, described “Follow my Rotary Dream” by his representing the Rotary International President  to the nations of Denmark and Lithuania District Conference in Kolding , Denmark  and thereafter visiting his cousins in the city  of Kaunas and the Village of Vaidatoniai-the birthplace of his maternal grandfather. Squatriglia, whose paternal grandparents immigrated in 1900 from Italy,  was the first Lithuanian-American to address the 27 Rotary Clubs of  Lithuania in their native language and to be presented the prestigious Stephonas  Darius -Stasys Giremas  Medal  by the Rotary Club of Kaunas, Lithuania, the oldest and largest club in that nation. One of one hundred medals commissioned by the club to commemorate the heroic Atlantic  flight of Darius and Giremas from New York to Kaunas and  symbolizes  American -Lithuanian solidarity.  He is shown wearing the traditional sash of his grandfather’s home village, as presented to him by his cousin, Dr. Sofija Ugianskis, a faculty  member at  the Medical College of Kaunas, Lithuania. In 1998, Bob, fluent in Lithuanian,  had shared his “Rotary dream” with then RI President Jim Lacy: to “make up at Rotary meeting” in the community nearest to the birthplace of his grandfather, who came to America in 1903.  In 2002, RI President Rick King appointed Bob and Betty as his personal representatives to  the Denmark-Lithuania District Conference. They traveled extensively throughout the Baltic nation, meeting numerous officials and leaders.The colors of the Lithuanian flag denote  gold for the sun and the color of wheat, green for the fertile land and  red for the blood of patriots who sacrificed for the freedom of this gallant Baltic nation. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 am in Beef O’Brady’s , Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall, and all interested persons are cordially invited to enjoy an excellent breakfast and learn about “Service above Self” in our community.

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The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest heard an excellent report from Captain Paul W. Crutchfield (right ) of the Horry County Fires Rescue, who is also President of the HC Fire Fighter Relief Fund. He was introduced by Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte (left).  Crutchfield, an 18 year career fire fighter, described the activities of the HCFFRF: to provide financial and other assistance as needed to firefighters via a variety of fund raising projects:. wheelchair ramps, financial assistance, construction projects in support of disabled or injured fire fighters. The first ever Fireman’s Ball is planned at Embassy Suites, Myrtle Beach  October 15, 2016. Thos paersons or organizations interested in supporting the events of the HCFFRFare invited to visit the website www.horrycountyfirerescue.com, or call 843-915-5190. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each mont at 7:00 am, Beef O’Brady’s, Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Visitors are always welcome to share a delicious breakfast and learn of service opportunities in our community.

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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise President  Cindy Gettig (left) presents a Rotary International recognition pin to Rotarian  Bob Squatriglia (right) at a recent meeting  in recognition of his sponsoring a second club member. Squatriglia, emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs at Coastal Carolina University, is a Past District Governor of SC District 7770 ( central South Carolina to the coastal region)   and currently  serves as chair of club’s Rotary Foundation Committee. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7 :00 am at Beef O’Brady’s, Carolina Forest-Kroger Mall and invites interested persons to join us for a delicious breakfast meal and learn how the Club practices the motto of “Service above Self ” in the Carolina Forest Community.

Ralph Jones photo

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