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Rotary Club of Forest Acres news!

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Oct 262020

The Rotary Club of Forest Acres has so much going on. We just had Discover Rotary, October 21, 2020, hosted by Regina Moore. We had a visitor to our meeting on October 21 and received a membership application from someone who visited in August! The board has decided to increase membership types to open more opportunities for new members in the club to cultivate underrepresented groups. For the good of the club, each one can reach one.

 We will all come out in force to support Purple Pinkie Polio Power on October 24. We also discuss the walk to End Alzheimer’s which we can do at any time as we cannot walk as a group. We are all looking for pledges.

Our speaker was Francine Markham a member of F.O.S.A- Fairfield Outreach and Sponsor Association which supports homeless children in Zimbabwe. Helping children from ages 0- 26 years. They have built 8 homes where children live with a “mother” and up to 8 children in residence. This Association takes care of all their needs. They are in desperate need of a vehicle for transportation.

Our next meeting, October 28, is themed The Greatest Zoo Halloween Contest Ever. We will all wear our costumes Hopefully this brings some excitement and laughter to our meeting.

Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia – Students of the Month

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Oct 262020

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia celebrated
October Students  of the Month:  Joseph Buchmaier (Brookland Cayce High School), Sidney Coleman (Airport High School), Isha Bojang (Lexington 2 Innovation Center), and Caroline Ward (Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School).

Columbia Rotary Club Hosts South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

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Oct 262020

The Columbia Rotary Club hosted the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce at its Monday October 5th luncheon meeting to hear about the impact of COVID-19, the State’s and businesses’ response, and economic growth in our State. The Club welcomed Ted Pitts, President and CEO of the Chamber, who discussed multiple challenges employees and employers have faced as they begin to return to work. Childcare has been a huge issue as a number of children are doing remote learning, either partially or entirely, and Ted has seen some larger employers provide in-house childcare and remote school support. Businesses and employees are both realizing how significant culture and collaboration is for a company’s success and employees’ wellbeing. The Chamber anticipates that it will take seven to nine years to return to pre-COVID unemployment rates. The State has focused on getting broadband access across the states, and Ted noted this is a bipartisan issue as 150,000 South Carolina households do not have adequate internet access. Remote learning has highlighted the lack of internet access a number of families face (schools have been unable to contact a shocking 17% of students since schools closed in the spring). Beyond schooling, reliable internet is essential for telework and telemedicine. Telemedicine is particularly crucial for our senior and rural population. Despite COVID, our State’s healthcare, life sciences, and technology sectors are growing. Ted said our businesses are confident in the long term success of the State’s economy, and are more concerned with the short time impact of COVID, with one of the biggest issues employers face is the potential liability related to COVID.  Ted emphasized that South Carolina’s future is bright despite the struggles we currently face in light of the pandemic. You can watch his whole presentation here:

The Rotary Club of Summerville to Celebrate World Polio Day with a Fundraiser

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Oct 262020

In support of Rotary International and its effort to eradicate Polio worldwide and to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th, the Rotary Club of Summerville(Lunch) will once again conduct its annual Polio fundraiser. Beginning Wednesday, October 1st through Friday, December 18th members of the Rotary Club of Summerville(Lunch) are offering for sale 1 lb. bags of gourmet coffee and a new item this year, boxes of locally grown American Classic Tea.
The 1 lb. bags of gourmet coffee are a special blend created especially for the Rotary Club of Summerville by Coastal Coffee Roasters here in Summerville. The bags of coffee come in regular or decaf and are available in whole bean or ground form. The cost per bag is $15.00 Boxes of American Classic Tea, a new item offered by the Rotary Club of Summerville this year, is locally grown on the Charleston Tea Plantation. Each box comes with 12 individually wrapped tea bags. The cost per box is $10.00 To support the Rotary Club of Summerville and to purchase either the gourmet coffee or the American Classic Tea, please contact Rotary Club of Summerville club member, Herman Dixon by phone at (304)838-5101 or to order online visit the club’s website at

Cayce-West Columbia

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Oct 262020

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia celebrated Mrs. Karen Scurry as its October Teacher if the Month.  Mrs. Scurry teaches Digital Art  & Design at the Lexington 2 Innovation Center.  Also pictures are Mrs. Joni Coleman, Director of Career & Technology Education in Lexington 2 and Rotary Club President Dillon Chewning.

Club President Dillon Chewning recognizes Mabel McCullough on her birthday.  Each week we are blessed by Mabel’s smile and assistance.

Rotary Club of Little River Raffle

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Oct 262020

The Rotary Club of Little River is raffling a Henry® Repeating Arms Golden Boy® .22 S/L/LR Lever-Action Rimfire Rifle to raise funds for our club projects.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit our District Matching Grant remodeling project at the Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center in Little River and our Craig J. Hill and Mary E. Martin Scholarships for Leadership and Community Service.  The drawing will be held on November 10th, 2020 at 6pm at our Sunset Edition satellite club meeting.  You do not have to be present in person or online to win.
Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00 and are available from any Little River Rotarian or by mail.  Please use the printable ticket form to order by mail or email us at to purchase tickets.  
More information and details are available on our website at

Rotary Club of Little River Celebrates a Wild Poliovirus FREE Africa!

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Oct 262020

Calling all Future (and current) Rotarians!  
The Rotary Club of Little River needs your help celebrating the African Region being declared wild Poliovirus FREE by submitting your completed coloring page to our Facebook page. Open to everyone and all ages so please share with your family, friends and colleagues!
Entries can be posted directly to our Facebook page at or emailed to

ROCS Day with the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

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Oct 122020

On Saturday, September 26, members of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island joined with Rotarians from The Sunset and VanLandingham Rotary Clubs to participate in ROCS.  Significant landscaping work was performed at The Children’s Center, Coastal Discovery Museum, Deep Well and  Newhall Nature Preserve.

Rotary Charleston hosts Direct 41 Sate Senator Candidate Forum

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Oct 122020

This week the Rotary Club of Historic Charleston hosted a Candidate’s Forum. Sandy Senn, SC Senator representing District 41, and her opponent Sam Skardon spoke about the challenges that need to be addressed for the district and our region and took several questions submitted by our members.

In his opening statement, Sam recalled how the first time he visited our club, Darren Goss with the Coastal Community Foundation spoke. Mr. Goss presented an economic “heat map” that showed that people born into extreme poverty in SC were less likely to climb to higher income levels than anywhere in the country. One of the main causes of this is a failed public education system. Sam attended Charleston County schools and has seen firsthand the issues and challenges in our local district and statewide.

Sandy is completing her first term and joined via Zoom because she needed to be present for an upcoming vote at the Statehouse. Her focus in that term has been flooding and infrastructure. She chairs the Countywide Intergovernmental Flooding Task Force which brings together all government entities to address problems throughout whole neighborhoods, even where they may cross jurisdictions. This has been very successful in addressing issues in the District. Sandy also ran in 2016 on her support of the completion of I-526 which she helped push it through. She is a proponent of Career and Technology Education (CTE) for students who choose to learn skills and trades while completing their high school education. In her legal practice she is an advocate for first responders and continues to be one. Sandy is also a strong proponent of conservation and protecting our environment. 

Questions were posed to the candidates on closing the wage gap for women, expanded voting by mail and absentee voting, ensuring Charleston County receives equitable treatment in Covid response funding, investing in education, and other issues facing South Carolina.

There was also a “lightning round” of yes or no questions. Both said they would support completing I-526. The second round of questions brought up the topic of Medicaid Expansion in SC, which Sam supports. Sandy stated that she is in favor of emergency measures to help those who are unemployed or underemployed during the pandemic. She is also in favor of adjusting the thresholds of eligibility to help those workers who are in the $20,000 to $22,000 range who are not currently eligible. But she does not support full expansion of Medicaid. Sandy was asked about rapid testing for Covid 19 which she supports. Sam was asked about his position on offshore drilling and said he is totally opposed, and he is proud of his endorsement from Representative Joe Cunningham who led the fight against offshore drilling. 

In her closing statement, Sandy stated that although she supports term limits, she feels she still has work that she can accomplish in the next four years. She said when she came into office, she considered herself a conservative, but in the Statehouse, she is a moderate. She strives to remain conservative on fiscal issues and try and keep from going down the social issues “rabbit holes” where debates tend to go in Columbia. Sam brought up that 46 years ago a politician came before this club to ask for support, Joseph P. Riley. His vision for Charleston was amazing and he was a force for change and progress in our community. Sam wants to share a vision for progress for South Carolina and bring a unique progressive voice to the Statehouse.

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