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Rotary Club of Florence Awards $20,000 in Grants

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May 042020

The Rotary Club of Florence has granted $20,000 to organizations with urgent needs related to COVID-19. Each of the four non-profits, Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, House of Hope, Lighthouse Ministries, and Shelter and Nutrition for All Children (SNAC), received $5,000 to provide the community with health services and medicine, shelter and sanitation for the homeless, and meals for school-age children.

The grants were supplemented this year from the Rotary Club of Florence’s Centennial Celebration, greatly increasing the club’s charitable giving. 

In photos attached, Club President Blake Pate presents checks to Wayne Jackson of Mercy Medicine, Rotarian Julie Maxham of House of Hope, Cecilia Meggs of Lighthouse Ministries, and Rotarian Blake Branham whose is a board member of SNAC.

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Daniel Island Rotary Round-Up

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May 042020

On April 2, 2020 was the Club’s first virtual meeting.  Weekly virtual meetings are held on Wednesday mornings from 8 am to 9 am.  If interested in attending virtually during this social distancing time please contact

On April 8, 2020 the first Club president, Mary Murray, was the breakfast speaker at the Club’s weekly virtual breakfast meeting.  Mary shared her perspective of the challenges of starting the Club and how Daniel Island has changed over the years.

On April 15, 2020, Steve Slifer, distinguished member and respected economist, provided those in attendance at the weekly virtual breakfast meeting his economic forecast.  We appreciate Steve’s contribution to the Club and his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge during this unsettling time.

On April 22, 2020, Ashley Henyan, Executive Director of the local Red Cross, spoke at the Club’s weekly virtual breakfast meeting.  She spoke on how the Red Cross is pivoting from addressing traditional disaster relief to focusing on the Pandemic.

April 29, 2020, George Roberts, active member and CEO of East Cooper Meals on Wheels (ECMOW), was this week’s virtual breakfast speaker.  ECMOW started 35 years ago and has more than 450 volunteers.  ECMOW’s motto is “More than a Meal”.  George expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support for the organization from members of the community.

Rotarians were active this month in building a horseshoe pit at Summit Place that allowed residents to be outside enjoy the nice weather while practicing social distancing, as well as teaming up with Daniel Island Community Fund in its fundraising efforts for local charities.

The Club also recognized this month this year’s scholarship recipients, Emma Albano a graduate from Bishop England, and Afua Lincoln, a graduate from Philip Simmons High School.  WE WISH THEM THE BEST ON THIS NEXT CHAPTER OF LIFE!

COVID Relief Effort – Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club

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May 042020

The Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club has voted to donate $250 per week for the next 8 weeks in an effort to assist the local community that has been affected by COVID-19.  The club feels that during this time the community needs to come together now more than ever.  The funds will be distributed to a different organization each week. 

Please follow the club on Facebook where you will receive weekly updates on the project, where each donation will be going and have the ability to make a donation of your own alongside the club

Charleston Club helps make protective masks

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May 042020

The Rotary Club of Charleston joined a community consortium led by The Citadel to produce a 3D mask system that was designed by Dr. Michael Yost from MUSC and awaiting FDA approval. This past week, a total of 38 3D masks assembled by volunteers from the club and The Citadel and delivered to MUSC Health.Volunteers helped with the assembly process (glueing filters, attaching elastic bands, sorting the 3 sizes and preparing for delivery to the various healthcare systems in Charleston). All of this was done in a sterile environment using social distancing standards with rubber gloves and masks. Thank you to our Rotarians and community volunteers who stepped up to help: Thomas Berry, Skip Fink and his wife Sam, Sandy Morckel and her husband Craig Gangloff and brother Frank Sonntag, Toni Sottak and her daughter Lindsey and friend of Rotary Charlotte Reeves. We all found that we have special craft talents! And we especially appreciated the donated lunches provided by Thomas Berry from The Shelter Kitchen + Bar! Special thanks you to Dr. Sarah Imam, Dan Hawkins, James Bezjian and the team from The Citadel. To donate money or to utilize your own 3D printer for this cause, go to

Deep Well Fundraiser

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Apr 132020

Here’s an opportunity to help those who have been impacted by the Coronavirus.  Ron Farsetti and The Rotary Club of HHI have organized a fundraiser for Deep Well with a goal of $50,000.  The fundraiser runs through April 30th.  Due to the many closings, there will be countless workers in our community who will need immediate assistance.  All donations go directly to Deep Well.

There are several ways to donate:

  1. Direct check by mail directly to Deep Well

In memo line:  Farsetti/Rotary Club of HHI Fundraiser  

The Deep Well Project

P.O. Box 5543

Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

  1. Or credit card to Deep Well

Again, note that the donation goes to Farsetti/Rotary Club of HHI Fundraiser

  1. Through Ron Farsetti’s Facebook page:

Again, all funds go directly to Deep Well. 

Two companies are going to match donations up to a certain amount within the April timeframe, so please join us in helping those who are or will be in dire straits due to the Coronavirus.  


All donations of $50 or more will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 30 original art prints.

All donations of $100 or more will be entered into a drawing for 1 of 3 original framed art.

Prints of original art are donated by Stephen Ball, owner of The Great Frame Up Bluffton.

Original art and prints are works by Ron Farsetti.  You can view the art work and get updates on the fundraiser at Ron’s Facebook page, at-   R Vito Farsetti   

“The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island and its members raised over $1 million to build the first Deep Well building and made a 1/4 million dollar endowment to get them started. Their support and contribution to our community has room to offer the ability for you to join us in supporting the people that will be coming forward for help in the coming weeks, most of whom never imagined they would need help. Join us and support our local community members.

All donations go directly to deep well, no fees….

WE will assist those workers that will be displaced due to Covid-19. 

This assistance is immediate and non-bureaucratic. Food and Rent payments are intended to provide clients in need a bridge to stand on while struggling in this unfortunate time.”  

Ron Farsetti


Apr 132020

March 4th – General Glenn Walters, President of the Citadel, was the weekly breakfast speaker.  He shared with the group all of the changes taking place on campus and the success of the cadets after graduation.  General Walters has many distinguished medals and is a past graduate of the Citadel.

The Nailbangers Hobby Club worked on their project of adding a staircase to a neighbor’s homes.  Many hours were dedicated by Rotarians to make this home safe.

Ducks to the Rescue

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Apr 132020

Charleston Duck Race Contacts:

  • Public Image Director: Beth M. Lee at 376-8824
  • Fundraising Director: George Roberts at
  • Media Liaison: Doug Coupe at

Reserves are used to help those in immediate need.  YOUR contributions, either thru duck adoptions or sponsorships, in past Duck Races makes a difference during this time of crisis. The following organizations recently received immediate assistance. Financial donations were funded 50% each by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island and The Daniel Island Community Fund

Ronald McDonald House

East Cooper Meals on Wheels


Summit Place

Lowcountry Hope Center

Seven Farms Apartments

Ronald McDonald House received a donation in the amount of $2,000.  The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston opened its doors 35 years ago as a “Home-away-from-home” where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. The House is able to serve 32 families every single night. The Ronald McDonald house relies on volunteers to prepare meals for its families.  Unfortunately, the Coronavirus has caused this to stop. Daniel Island Rotary Club is partnering with Daniel Island Community Fund to purchase meals from Daniel Island restaurants, with a goal of supporting those local businesses and to feed families whose child is experiencing medical hardships.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels received a donation in the amount of $3,000 .  East Cooper Meals on Wheels has seen a spike in demand in the last few weeks due to the reaction of Coronavirus.  “Due to this unprecedented situation, we changed our normal daily delivery operations and sent out 3,000 meals on March 24th , the most meals ever delivered by our organization in one day.” said George Roberts, President of Meals on Wheels.   “This effort fully depleted our frozen meal inventory so we are now working on restocking our freezers and meeting the increased demand due to home quarantines in our area.”

ECCO (East Cooper Community Outreach) received a donation in the amount of $2,000.  “For 30 years, ECCO has been serving local families in both generational and situational poverty,” said Stephanie Kelley, ECCO’s executive director.  “I believe the COVID-19 pandemic will be the ‘natural disaster’ that shapes ECCO’s vision and mission as we move into our next 30 years.” (See Zach Giroux’s article in the Moultrie News on March 24, 2020) Typically ECCO provides meals to 375-400 households per month (80 – 100 per week).  The week of March 23rd – 27th, ECCO supplied 339 pre packaged food orders to feed 309 families, in which 43% of these were new orders.  Rotarians have also personally delivered a large quantity of canned goods to help replenish the outflow.  

Summit Place requested assistance in a variety ways that seek to improve the lives of their residents.  They asked for a big screen SMART TV so that their residents can watch the news and a good movie while practicing social distancing and also a better internet connection so that they can effectively communicate with their friends and family.  The Daniel Island Rotary Club and the Daniel Island Community Fund partnered to purchase the big screen SMART TV and Carl Wist, a Daniel Island Resident, graciously agreed to volunteer his skills and knowledge to install the TV and equipment that will allow more residents of Summit Place to have access to WIFI to connect with family and to watch movies.  Additionally the big screen SMART TV, allows them to stream church services, have a broader access to intellectually stimulating programs, and to use Skype, Zoom or other tools to communicate with family members. Home Telecom has increased the bandwidth of WIFI capacity at Summit Place so that these goals can be accomplished. The Daniel Island Club chipped in 3 putters so that the residents can practice their putting indoors in mini-golf.  Amy Kovatch, Activities Director at Summit Place, confirmed that they are one of the few senior residential facilities in the Lowcountry to have no sign of symptoms of disease, however, the residents are mentally and emotionally feeling the impact, even more so because of the increased social distancing requirements. Amy Kovatch expressed her gratitude for these contributions and for lifting up the most vulnerable residents in the community. 

Lowcountry Hope Center received appliances and minor furniture items donated from Summit Place.  When Daniel Island Rotary Club reached out to Summit Place to see what assistance could be provided to their facility and residents, they responded that they had some appliances and miscellaneous items from a recent remodel that they were storing and would like to donate to a local charity, Lowcountry Hope Center, which helps needy families. However Summit Place had no way to deliver them.  Enter Rotary! Rotarians in their truck and trailer loaded up the refrigerators, microwaves, and lamps and moved them from Summit Place to Lowcountry Hope Center.

Seven Farms Apartments received a donation in the amount of $800 to go towards meals for their residents.  Holy Cross Church facilitated providing the meals to families in need that reside in the Seven Farms Apartment community.  These families are some of the hardest hit economically with all of the local business closings.      



Bluffton Rotary Club Rotarians News

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Apr 132020

The Bluffton Rotary Club Rotarians responded in just a few hours when Palmetto Medical Clinic reached out for help in finding a tent for COVID-19 testing in their parking lot. Rotarian Deborah Burt took the call on behalf of the Bluffton Rotary Club and she organized the use of the club’s tent for their testing. Rotarians Mike Raymond and Joanie Iaco connected with Battalion Chief Steve McKinley at the Bluffton Township Fire District, Station 30 (Burnt Church Road) and some of the Fire District’s finest showed up and set the tent up in no time. Palmetto Medical Group has been serving the Bluffton community since 2008 and at this time, Palmetto Medical Clinic is only testing their clients at their new drive through testing unit. Thank you to the Bluffton Township Fire District, Palmetto Medical Clinic, and all those serving our community during this time and always!

St. George Rotary Club hosts 4th Annual Oyster Roast

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Mar 232020

Members of the St. George Rotary Club held its 4th annual OysterRoast on March 22nd, 2020 at the Historic Klauber Building in downtown St. George. The completely sold out event had everything from fresh saltwater oysters delivered from Beaufort, SC to the traditional Chicken-Bog to all types of appetizers and desserts, some of which were donated by the Interact Club from local schools. Interact volunteers were a huge part of helping set up for the entire event as well as tearing down. “It was great to see our local teens involved with their own community for such a great event that benefits their home town”, said President, Pinky Harriott. During the event, there were several fundraisers ongoing to keep spectators engaged. Local businesses donated door prizes, a chili cook off with a cash prize, a 50/50 raffle, as well as a silent auction throughout the evening. It was a great turnout despite the extremely chilly weather. The Oyster Roast contributes to the annual community service projects of the club. “It was a huge success and we are grateful to the community for always helping us give back”, said Pinky Harriott, Chairwoman of the event. 

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