Spring Valley Rotarians and Interact Members participate in Adopt-A-Highway

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Nov 232020

Spring Valley Rotary Club has been a partner with Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s Adopt-a- Highway project for nearly ten years. The 2020 quarterly Adopt-a-Highway pick up days were revised due to the pandemic. It was a perfect day on Saturday, November 21 to pick up trash on a portion of Polo Road in Northeast Columbia. Rotarians were joined by five members of the Spring Valley High School Interact Club. The next Adopt-a-Highway event will be February 20, 2021. Traditionally, this has been a joint project for Rotarians and Interact members.

Rotary Club of Cheraw Indoor Ride to End Polio Team Raises $1622.00

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Nov 232020

Rotary Club of Cheraw Indoor Ride to End Polio Team Raises $1622.00

Foundation Chair Hough and Assistant Governor Sherrie Chapman raised $1622.00 With personal contributions and donations from club members and family.   The team members collected pledges and donations to Polio Plus in support of the ride for each minute that they rode on stationary bikes at the Chesterfield YMCA.  This was their third year; they completed the ride on November 10, 2020. 

The Indoor Ride is a ready-made polio fundraising event open to every Rotary Club, Rotary District and Rotarian in the world, and family and friends.  It is a complement to the Ride to End Polio, a bicycling fundraiser held annually in November in Tucson, Arizona, USA, in conjunction with El Tour de Tucson, one of the largest perimeter bicycling events in the US.  The ride in Tucson has been postponed to April 2021.

Daniel Island Rotary’s November’s Member of the Month

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Nov 232020

Gray Ives has been a Member of the Daniel Island Rotary Club since March 2, 2005 and he has served as Club Treasurer, Vice President, President and is a Paul Harris Society Member.  Gray loves spending time with his wife, Kathryn and children, Grayham, Jr (who is attending The Citadel) and Lang (who is a Freshman Oceanside Collegiate Academy).

The Ives Family purchased their first home on Daniel Island in late 1999 and have great memories of raising their children on Daniel Island. Early on, there were many dirt roads to explore and travel.  They have found memories of cooling off in the hot summertime with a soda and snack at Tecklenburg market.  Lang spent her early years in Doodlebugs of Daniel Island, a boutique children’s clothing store Kathryn and longtime friend owned and operated.  The Ives Family were part of the initial duck race and have fond memories of leading the Duck Navy and one year almost sinking their boat collecting stray ducks that made it past the finish line.

Earlier this year, the Ives Family moved to Isle of Palms where they enjoy walks and time on the beach.  Gray enjoys playing golf and watching Lang play soccer and golf.  She recently achieved a great feat making a Hole In One while playing at Lower States for OCA High School in Myrtle Beach in October.

Gray was born and raised in Camden, SC and graduated from The College of Charleston.  He has spent the last 20 years in banking (five years at SouthTrust Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo 2005) and last 15 years as SVP with Regions Bank).  Early in his banking career, he was a producer in homebuilder finance providing funds for developers and homebuilders to acquire, develop and construct product in the single-family residential sector across the state of SC and coastal GA.  During the real estate downturn in 2006-2007, Regions exposure to real estate was among the highest of all banks and his role as producer quickly turned to disposition or reduction of risk in real estate.  Gray was thankful to be in the right place at the right time, Charleston was one of the markets to rebound the fastest in the country.  After almost completely reducing all real estate in the SC portfolio in a short period of time, he was asked to take on a larger role in the bank and for the past 8 years, where he manages the Note Sales of the commercial book for the entire bank’s footprint. 

Gray enjoys spending time interacting and giving back to the local community that has been so generous to his family over the past 20 years.  The Ives Family are members of the Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church and serve on the Board of East Cooper Meals on Wheels.  He continues to stay involved with the Daniel Island Rotary Club supporting club Treasurer and club service projects.

He is very honored to be a member of the Daniel Island Rotary Club!

Rotary Club of Beaufort Honors Veterans

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Nov 232020

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s November 18th luncheon meeting was dedicated to veterans and honored four very special Beaufort veterans – two who served during World War II and two who served during the Korean War. The program began with Rotary President Robert Bussa presenting a check for $1,000 to Honor Flight Savannah, represented by the organization’s two board members who are Rotarians, Owen Hand and Jim Weiskopf.  The $1,000 grant recognizes the large number of Beaufort veterans who participate in the twice a year visits to Washington, DC sponsored by Honor Flight Savannah.  Veterans do not pay for their trip to see the nation’s war memorials.  Donations like the one from the Beaufort Rotary underwrite the expenses. Next, the Rotary introduced Mrs. Margie Macready, a Beaufort resident, a quilter, and the President of the local chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor.  The quilts were presented to Ray Stocks and Robert Cummings whose military service was during World War II, and to Carl White and Guy McSweeney, who served during the Korean War.  Stocks served 21 years in the Army Air Corps and later in the US Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  During his career, he served in a unit that was inspected by Colonel Charles Lindberg, and he flew twice in aircraft piloted by Jimmy Stewart.  Robert Cummings is a Marine.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1945 at age 17 and completed his recruit training at Parris Island.  His service was in post-war Japan.  He returned to Parris Island in 1949 for discharge, and Beaufort has remained his home.  Guy McSweeney was commissioned in the US Air Force upon his graduation from The Citadel in 1950.  He trained on the military’s first jet performance combat aircraft, the F80, and flew 100 missions in Korea without a mishap.  He left the service after seven years in the rank of Captain.  Carl White served in the Army as a Specialist 5th Class and was stationed in Korea.  His service was from 1955 through 1958. Following the quilt presentations, Carl Wedler, the Beaufort County Director of Veterans Affairs spoke to the Rotarians and answered questions concerning veterans programs and benefits.  The Rotary Club of Beaufort hosts “hybrid” meetings, with its members either attending in person or virtually using Zoom.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hears from Rotary International Director, Peter Kyle

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Nov 232020

Peter Kyle has had a long and illustrious career in Rotary. Peter first came to the US from New Zealand in 1973 to pursue post-graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. After a career in private legal practice in New Zealand, he returned to the US in 1992 to take up a position with the World Bank as a senior international attorney. He retired from this position in 2009.

Peter was inducted into Rotary in 1976 and has since served the organization in many capacities. He has been particularly involved in alumni/Rotary Peace Fellow activities and has chaired both the Alumni Relations and Rotary Peace Centers Committees. He has also served as an International Assembly Trainer, COL Delegate, RI President’s Representative, and WASRAG Board member. He currently serves as the Dean of the Rotary Representative Network and will be the RI Director for 2020-22 in Zones 33 & 34.

Peter has received the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award together with the Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service.

A special thanks to Rotarian David Michaux for securing Peter as a speaker. David himself is a Past District Governor and a past Director of Rotary International.

Dr. Tracy Bailey Addresses the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

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Nov 232020

Dr. Tracy Bailey, a true champion of the youth of Horry and Georgetown Counties, seeks to instill in teachers, students, and the community at large the belief that every student can learn, and every learner has the responsibility to pass on new knowledge to another.

Dr. Bailey began her career in education as a high school English instructor. After realizing the impact of professional development and community literacy on her personal and professional growth, she decided to take her work to the streets. Since then, her passion for teaching and learning has taken her around the country, and she has had the opportunity to be a part of the success of hundreds of students and teachers. Dr. Bailey, the founder of Freedom Readers, was recently named Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach is proud to support the efforts of Dr. Bailey.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Welcomes Past District Governor Vanessa Ervin

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Nov 232020

PDG, Vanessa Ervin, who served D7730 in 2014-15, presented via Zoom a moving presentation on her experience as a Rotarian and the vital role of the Foundation.

In her twenty-eight years as a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club (Southeastern, NC), PDG Vanessa has served in numerous positions at the club, district, and zone level. She demonstrates her compassion for healthier communities worldwide through global grants and has participated in projects to establish solar water systems in Guyana, and established a Rotary dialysis center in India. She also led a Vocational Training Team of medical and healthcare professionals to India.

Vanessa is the President/CEO of Carobell Inc, a nonprofit healthcare provider dedicated to providing 24-hour care and responsive services for children and adults with diagnosed intellectual developmental disabilities. Becker Hospital Review selected her as one of the 50 Influential African American HealthCare Leaders in the nation.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach salutes PDG Vanessa Ervin on her many contributions.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Celebrates Veteran’s Day 2020

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Nov 232020

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently welcomed members to an in-person meeting to celebrate Veteran’s Day. The celebration held simultaneously on Zoom, featured speaker, Sergeant E-5 Bud Shepard, who served from 1968-1971 in the Air Cavalry in Viet Nam. Shepard, who was shot down and injured, hid in the jungle for three days before being captured by the Viet Cong and held as a POW. Rotarians heard recounts of Shepard’s life-changing experiences.

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club holds members of the military and their families in the highest esteem and used the occasion of Veteran’s Day to honor these men and women for their service.

Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia

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Nov 232020

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia celebrated the November Students of the Month:  Gracin Riddle, Brookland Cayce High School; Caleb Huggins, Lexington 2 Innovation Center; Joshua Parga, Airport High School; Cadet Sky Phillips, Wil Loy Gray Opportunity School.

The Rotary Club of Forest acres had a tribute to all who were and are in the Armed Forces in honor of Veterans Day

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Nov 232020

The Rotary Club of Forest acres had a tribute to all who were and are in the Armed Forces in honor of Veterans Day. Our very special guest, Pauline LeVesque, District Governor, thanked all Veterans. She reported on Rotary from the international level to our local district level. and the need for  strategic planning. We need to increase our ability to adapt with research and innovation.Rotary membership is the responsibility  of all it’s members. We all need to cultivate good people as prospective members.We need to see more young professionals getting involved.
Feeding the hungry across the globe is a pressing issue. We hope to eliminate hunger by the year 2030.One of the ways we can do this is through grants and matching funds.  Blessing Boxes, (similar to a lending library) are being erected as a community wide effort to feed the local hungary. The box is stocked with non perishables and people can take what they need.
A cause which is near and dear to our District Governor’s heart is, The Foundation. Our Club made a donation to The Foundation in the amount of $300.00 in her name.
Discover Rotary will be held January 27th at 11:30. On December 16th we will have a club assembly. there will be no meetings on November 25th, December 23rd, and December 30th due to holidays. 

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