DG Message for February

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Feb 022020
 

Happy Groundhog Day!  From what I hear, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  So, it looks like we will have a short mild winter.  Or, so it goes!

In the Rotary world February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. How great is it to be part of an organization that is recognized around the world as one that treasures and promotes peace among all nations and peoples of the earth!  And, our District takes this seriously.  We make a significant contribution from our District Designated Funds to the Rotary Peace Centers each and every year. And, we often send Global Scholars to study for advanced degrees in peace and conflict prevention and resolution.  In addition, many of our clubs are involved in humanitarian efforts that have delivered, as a collateral impact, goodwill and understanding that leads to more peaceful communities.  Never forget the importance of what we do and that it can have a lasting impact on peace.  Who do you know that can help us increase this impact?  It might be your neighbor.  Invite them to join us on this journey!

February is also the month when we celebrate the birthday of Rotary.  This year, on February 23rd, we will celebrate 115 years of Rotary fellowship.  It is absolutely amazing what the idea of one man has become.  But, then that’s Rotary!  Look at what the ideas of other lone individuals have become.  Roger Ackerman and the CART Fund.  Herbert J Taylor and the Four Way Test.  Arch Klumph and The Rotary Foundation.  What a great month to remember Paul Harris’ contribution to the world by supporting The Rotary Foundation. Through our gifts to the Foundation and the work we do, we can indeed be a force for good in the world.  As Paul Harris once said, “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.”

Finally, we are now just less than 2 months away from All Club Conference 2020.  We truly hope you can “see yourself” joining us for, as Past District Governor Lambo Schwartz used to say, “a little bit of Rotary and a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!”  We have a great conference planned, but there is one thing that may be missing – YOU!  If you have not registered yet, please don’t wait to do so.  With 3 different service opportunities for the weekend, great entertainment both Friday and Saturday nights, awesome speakers and as much fellowship as you and Rotarians from around the District can bring, we think this will “clearly be seen” as an event you’ll be glad you attended.  The hotel room block at the Hilton Columbia Center will sell out quickly, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

Have a great February!  And remember, “Rotary Connects the World!”

Johnny Moore
District 7770 
District Governor 2019-2020

Aug 212019
 

University of South Carolina senior Grace Cooney (shown with Mark Bokesch of Capital Rotary Club) has been awarded a Rotary International Global Grant scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Science Degree in Migration, Culture and Global Health from Queen Mary University in London next year.  Cooney’s career goal is to become a physician practicing internationally, working with underserved and vulnerable populations abroad.  The Greenville native’s scholarship application was sponsored by Capital Rotary, with Bokesch serving as advisor.  Global Grants support graduate-level study in one of six areas of focus: peace, disease prevention, water and sanitation, maternal/child health, education and economic/community development.  The minimum Global Grant scholarship award is $30,000 to fund coursework or research for one to four academic years.

Aug 062019
 

END POLIO NOW AT SUNTRUST PARK

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019, GAME TIME 1:20 PM
PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!
$33 HOME RUN PORCH | $12 GENERAL ADMISSION
Join fellow Rotarians at SunTrust Park for End Polio Now game on Sunday, September 22. For every ticket sold through the link below, a portion ($13 on the $33 ticket and $5 on the $12 ticket) will go back to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign. The Gates Foundation will then match 2:1 on money raised. If you have any questions please contact Keith Funderburk, President Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, kfunderburk@central.com or 770-373-2406 or Bob Hagan, End Polio Now Coordinator Zone 34, bhagan@sterling-health.com or at 770-330-9852.
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NEW FIELD OF DREAMS PAVILION GRAND OPENING

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Jun 022019
 

The Rotary Club of Bluffton celebrated the completion of  Phase II of the Field of Dreams project with a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, May 4th. The celebration officially opened the new covered pavilion and restrooms with an art wall feature. Immediately following the Ribbon-Cutting, a special “Art with Amiri” event was held for children to share ideas and help local artist Amiri Farris with a mural for the Field of Dreams Pavilion.

The Bluffton Community Center and Field of Dreams park were envisioned and built by the Rotary Club of Bluffton 19 years ago when Rotary members first saw a need for a community center and park in our growing town. The Rotary Club of Bluffton took on a multi-year, multi-phase park improvement project for Field of Dreams at Oscar Frazier Park 3 ½ years ago. With help from grants, the Town of Bluffton, the Bluffton Rotary Club, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2018, businesses and individuals, Phase I of the Field of Dreams park improvement project was completed in the spring of 2018 and opened a newly renovated playground. The great influx of children using the playground made Phase II, the construction of the covered pavilion with restrooms a much needed addition. The pavilion was funded through grants, a “Music for the Park” fund-raiser and help from many partners and sponsors.

SC Lieutenant Governor Addresses the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

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Jun 022019
 

Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette recently made a few stops on the Grand Strand including the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. In her address to more than 100 Rotarians and distinguished guests, Evette touched on the education bill and the battle between Horry County and local municipalities over I-73 funding. “You have great elected leaders down here,” said Evette. “I think if we get them all to the table, and put all the information out there, anything can be resolved.” Pamela S. Evette is South Carolina’s 93rd Lieutenant Governor and the state’s first female Lieutenant Governor.

Pictured l-r: Myrtle Beach Mayor: Brenda Bethune, SC Lieutenant Governor: Pamela Evette, and Myrtle Beach City Councilwoman and Rotarian: Mary Jeffcoat

Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Shares the Inspiration Inbox

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Jun 022019
 

More than 300 Special Olympic athletes from across Horry County competed in the 2019 spring games, and the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach was there to lend a helping hand. “We’re proud to be part of such an outstanding event,” said President, Mark Ousley.  “During the year in which our Rotary theme is Be the Inspiration, there’s no finer example than these young athletes.” The Special Olympics have been held in Horry County for more than 25 years with the support of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.


Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach and Chicora Rotary Make History

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Jun 022019
 

Don Hovis of HTC will serve as President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach in 2019-2020. During this same year, Donald C. Hovis Jr. of MyrtleBeach.com will serve as President-Elect of the Chicora Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. In the history of District 7770, Don and Donald are the first father/son duo to be President and President-Elect of their prospective Rotary Clubs during the same Rotary year.

District Governor Installation Banquet

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May 242019
 

Installation and Celebration Meal for District Governor Johnny Moore.

Fish, Chicken or Vegetarian options. Cash Bar. $50 per person. Business Dress.

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Dinner

Place: Country Club of Lexington

1066 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Register on line at : https://www.dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77434257

Recommended Hotel:    Hampton Inn  of Lexington SC at 601 Columbia Ave., Lexington, SC 29072 Phone 803-356-8300

Make Checks Payable to Rotary District 7770

Mail to: Ed Tassin

408 Milner Ct. Charleston SC 29492

May 222019
 

Rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing society and culture around the world, according to technology consultant Eric Davis, Capital Rotary’s May 22 guest speaker.  Davis (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) said merging AI, robotics and supercomputing leads to machines that are smarter, better and faster than humans.  Automation is keeping a lid on wages, with fewer high-salary jobs being created, most requiring very high education levels.  Wall Street’s volatility will increase as the labor structure changes.  Companies must respond to rapidly changing consumer income and habits.  Globally, various nations will adjust to digital economic change at different rates.  In smart offices, AI assistants will control a wide range of functions and devices, the same as in smart stores.  Personal robots will become commonplace at home. AI also is changing job recruitment via candidate screening, resume analysis and video interviews.  An Ohio native and Ohio State graduate, Davis has worked as a programmer, systems analyst, systems administrator and consultant in industries such as engineering, light manufacturing, local government and nuclear power.  He’s currently a professional services director for Respect Technology, Inc.      

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