All Club Conference Cancellation

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Mar 142020

Letter from Governor Johnny –

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has challenged us to closely monitoring events and information in an effort to stop the spread – one recommendation is “social distancing”.
The most at-risk population is age group of 60+ and those with other health concerns. We have a high percentage of members in those demographics. 

With that in mind and with input from members of the District Executive Committee, I have made the decision to cancel the All Club Conference 2020. For several weeks I have felt the burden of this impending decision. However, when the time came to act, I found the decision to be much less difficult than I had expected. And, I firmly believe this is the right thing to do.

We will find another way to celebrate our success. I appreciate your understanding and support of this decision and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

If you have registered for the conference, have hotel reservations or have contributed to the meal packing event, below are instructions for refunds. 

Conference Registration Fees: 2 Options  
Request a refund by sending a request to Refunds will be processed once per week and paid by check. 
Donate your fees to PolioPlus by sending a note to You will receive Foundation credit for your PolioPlus contribution, and your donation will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation.

Hotel Reservation:  
Reservations booked at the Hilton Columbia Center using the Rotary room block code will be cancelled automatically. No action is required on your part. However, If you are in doubt, please call the hotel directly at 803-744-7800. There will be no cancellation penalty. 
If you reserved without using the room block code, then you MUST call the number above to cancel your reservation.

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event:  
Donations made to Rise Against Hunger –
Allow your donation to remain with Rise Against Hunger for a future District 7770 meal packing event.
Request a refund by sending an email to DG Johnny at He will work out the details of the refund procedure.

Donations made to District 7770 (for Rise Against Hunger)
Allow your donation to remain with the District to support a future meal packing event.
Request a refund by sending an email to

Thank you for all you have done to make this a great year for District 7770. You’ve probably heard me say that the District is only a collection of the clubs that make it up. Therefore, the District is only as good as the clubs that make it up. At the same time, each clubs is only as good as the Rotarians that make it up. And, I promise you, we are a GREAT District because of the GREAT Clubs made up of GREAT Rotarians!

Early bird registration is now open on the DACdb database for the 2019 All Club Conference

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Nov 302018

This year’s Conference will be held on March 22-24, 2019 at the Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. You can see a brief video regarding Conference via the following link:

The Conference features noted speakers on such subjects as Membership, using Social Media, Rotary Peace Scholarships, Women in Rotary and many others. There will also be a hands-on project – Rise Against Hunger – on Saturday afternoon.

Registration for the All Club Conference is on the DACdb database calendar or by following this link: Active Member Registration

This year’s registration offers several flexible options for participation so we hope to see you there. Sign up before January 1, 2019 and take advantage of the reduced early bird rates!!!

Dean Roberts, Conference Chair; 843-422-0978

USC Law School Anchors City’s Legal Corridor

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Nov 302017

Since opening earlier this year, the University of South Carolina’s new School of Law has become the anchor for a “law corridor of Columbia” running along Gervais Street, says dean Rob Wilcox.  He told Capital Rotary members on a tour Nov. 29 (he’s at far right in photo) that the legal district also includes the S.C. Supreme Court, the State House and the National Advocacy Center, which trains attorneys from the U.S. Justice Department.  The three-story, $80 million law school features 17 classrooms and two realistic courtrooms.  Wilcox said its design has a purpose and an impact that goes beyond mere aesthetics.  “It’s designed to send a message to our students – it’s not just college anymore,” he explained.  “It’s the beginning of your profession.  Different things will be expected of students here.  There are responsibilities that come with this.”  USC’s School of Law is one of the nation’s oldest and the state’s only nonprofit law school.  Its new home occupies nearly an entire city block at Bull and Gervais streets.  Capital Rotary’s tour was part of the club’s Fifth Wednesday program featuring local field trips in place of a regular meeting.

Nov 272017

Do you know about Polio? Take 45 minutes of your life and learn about it. This video was produced on World Polio Day, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it give you the most up to date information on the efforts to eliminate this dreaded disease.

Please share this on your social media pages.

National Principal of the Year – Akil Ross

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Oct 242017

Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross was named 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and has been the principal at the school for seven years.  The association praised Ross for significant improvement in graduation rates and academic proficiency.  That improvements happened after he helped raise money to provide extra instruction for struggling students to reduce dropouts, the group said.  He pushes for social as well as academic development among students, encouraging volunteer efforts that improve the Lexington County community and areas around it.  Ross is known for what he calls the six Rs: “Ready to learn, Respectful to others, Responsible to ourselves, Rigor in teaching, Relevance in learning and meaningful Relationships among students, faculty and staff.”  His message to students and staff is: “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat.”  It’s a motto that he says will foster an environment where students are challenged academically while pursuing interests.  Congratulations to Rotarian Akil Ross on this achievement.


Alzheimer’s Gala Funds to the CART Fund

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Sep 262017

Do you worry about Alzheimer’s?  We do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but we must find one.  Finding a cure starts with you.  Every year the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) Fund gives research grants focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Rotary District 7770 sponsored an Alzheimer’s Gala at the Gaillard Center in Charleston in July to have fun and to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  Thanks to many people dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, the event raised $12,320.  A check representing the funds raised through the gala was presented to Roger Ackerman for the CART Fund on Tuesday, September 25.



Florence Breakfast Club

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Aug 052017

Today the Florence Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed two new members to our club. Johnny Rishmawi and Jerry Poston were inducted into the club. Johnny was sponsored by Gerry Braun (Past President) and Jerry was sponsored by Jay Lavrinc (Current President). Welcome Johnny and Jerry to Rotary. We are looking forward to your involvement in Rotary and the community.


Cayce-West Columbia Rotary recognizes 3 local students with $1500.00 Scholarships

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Aug 012017

(Cayce) The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary Club recognized 3 outstanding local high school students with $1500.00 scholarships each at their club Tuesday lunch meeting.

The students competed at their respective high schools and were selected among a distinguished group of applicants. The selected students all represent academic excellence, involvement in extracurricular activities and most importantly the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.”

The recipients of the CWC Rotary Scholarships for 2017 are:  Miss Kellie Wooten of Airport High School who plans to attends the University of SC/Aiken, Mr. Robert Frederick of Swansea High School who plans to attend Clemson University and Mr. Zion Carroway of Brookland-Cayce High School who plans to attend Furman University.

Monthly, the CWC Rotary Club recognized high school Students of the Month for their scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship and for their community service. The club provides four $1500.00 scholarships a year for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.

Image attached: Mr. Robert Frederick, Swansea High School; Mr. Neil Stalker, Rotary Scholarship Chair; Mr. Keith Finley, Rotary Club President; Miss Kellie Wooten, Airport High School and Mr. Zion Carroway, Brookland Cayce High School


The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm at the Brookland Baptist Church Conference Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.

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