The Rotary Club of Little River Grows Again

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Mar 012021

The Rotary Club of Little River inducted two new members at the club’s first meeting in February. Curtis Joe, Executive Director of Sea Haven, Inc. and Linda Bush of the Living Group. Welcome Curtis and Linda!

Pictured at Linda Bush, Craig Hill, club co-founder,  Curtis Joe and Paula Yanis, club president

Juliet Casper Talks Estate Planning with the Rotary Club of Little River

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Mar 012021

Juliet Casper talked with the Rotary Club of Little River about the importance of Estate Planning during the pandemic.  

Juliet Casper of the North Myrtle Beach, SC law firm Roy & Casper LLC, spoke to the Rotary Club of Little River this week about the importance of estate planning especially during the pandemic.  Her talk highlighted several of the differences between South Carolina law and the law in other states which new residents to our area may not have considered.  She also highlighted the four legal documents everyone should have: A Last Will and Testament, a Health Care Power of Attorney, a Financial Power of Attorney, and a Living Will.

Juliet Casper is a partner in the law firm of Roy & Casper, LLC. Prior to forming Roy & Casper, LLC in 2018, Juliet was a partner at Newby Sartip Masel & Casper, LLC, for thirteen years. Her practice consists of residential and commercial real estate, estate planning and probate, commercial and corporate transactions. She is licensed in both North and South Carolina.

Juliet served as State President for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs –South Carolina 2018-2020. She is the first member of the North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club and first woman in Horry County to serve as State President. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is an international organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.

In addition to her volunteer service with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Ms. Casper serves Horry County as a longtime board member of Sea Haven Inc., a nonprofit that assists at risk and homeless youth. In 2019 she was appointed by Governor McMaster to the Foster Care Review Board for Horry County. She swims with the Grand Strand Masters Swim Team. She is married to Chris Mezenski, Vice President of GreenTrol Automation, Inc. and they have one child, Tristan, who is a junior at Coastal Carolina University.

Picture are Juliet Casper and Paula Yanis, Club President

The Gift of the Magi

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Mar 012021

Bob and Pat Shapiro gifted each other Paul Harris Fellowships during the End of Year Giving Campaign with Foundation Matching Points.

When Club Foundation Chair Marty Richardson was approached by a Pat Shapario about making a contribution for a Paul Harris Fellow in honor of her husband’s upcoming birthday he was very happy to assist.  When Pat’s husband, Bob, approached him about doing the same for his wife, Marty knew he had a great opportunity to highlight both giving to the foundation and the benefits of the End of Year Giving Campaign with Foundation Matching Points.

Unfortunately, the presentation of Bob’s and Pat’s gift of the Paul Harris Fellowships to each other was delayed due to the passing of Pat’s 100 year old father in January. However, Marty was able to make the presentation at the club’s first meeting in February.  Marty presented Bob with his Paul Harris Fellowship + 2 and Pat with her Paul Harrison Fellowship + 3.  The club also presented Pat with a posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship for her father who would have turned 101 on March 16th.

Picture are Marty Richardson, Club Foundation Chair, Pat Shapiro and Bob Shapiro

NEWS – Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Presents 4-Way Test Award

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Mar 012021

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island has announced that Club member Ron Farsetti is the 2020 recipient of the 4-Way Test Award!  Ron’s selfless dedication to the principles of the 4-Way Test were evident throughout the 2020 Rotary year.  His accomplishments, in a very challenging year, are noteworthy:  He raised over $30,000 for the Deep Well Project and stepped up to raise $60,000 for the Club’s scholarship program.  Furthermore, he has helped over 200 individuals, including Club members, register and receive their COVID-19 vaccinations–positively impacting the lives of many.

With humbleness and sincerity, Ron’s accomplishments were noticed by many.  He received multiple nominations and was ranked first by all of the 4-Way Test Award committee members. 

Daniel Island Rotary Club’s March Round-up

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Daniel Island Rotary Club’s March Round-up

On March 3, 2021 Retired Colonel Steve Harrison spoke at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held in person and virtually. Steve has traveled the world and is a Rhodes Scholar and graduate from the Air Force Academy. He spoke about American values and the military’s role in the world.

On March 12, 2021, Dr. Troy Hale, chief strategist of SC Credit Union, author and speaker, spoke at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held virtually. Troy specializes in talent retention and cohesion in the work place including tackling those challenges that remote working presents.

On February 17, 2021, Bill Cannon, past President of the Club, shared his vision about starting Rotary Ready at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held virtually. Rotary Ready is a volunteer organization that partners with medical providers to administer the COVID vaccine. Over 1500 volunteers are currently registered.

On February 24, 2021 Mark Smith, local owner of 6 funeral homes, state house representative and long time Rotarian was the speaker at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held virtually. Mark shared with the Club pending legislation and some of his ideals and experiences that shaped his life.

Susan Garcia is February‘s Member of the Month. Susan is the owner of the UPS Store on Daniel Island and is a dedicated Rotarian.

Rotarians provided much needed diapers and baby wipes to HALOS and worked several local vaccination sites.

First pic is presenting diapers and wipes to HALOS

Second is Susan Garcia Member of the month

Third is logo for Rotary ready

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Host Critically-Acclaimed Journalist, Issac Bailey

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Mar 012021

Myrtle Beach Rotarians recently had the opportunity to hear from Issac Bailey, a veteran journalist who has won numerous writing and reporting awards. Bailey was one of 12 journalists in the country chosen to be a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied race relations law. He is Davidson College’s Batten Professor and a former professor for Coastal Carolina University, where he taught journalism and applied ethics.

He has been published in hundreds of publications, including The New York Times, Politico Magazine, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the Charlotte Observer, and He has appeared on NPR, CNN and MSNBC. Bailey created a race relations seminar in which he explores the complexity of implicit and other types of biases and has given presentations at several dozen institutions, including Duke University, Central Michigan University, and the Education Writer’s Workshop. 

Bailey’s 2018 book, “My Brother Moochie,” discusses the effects of the criminal justice system on black families. It has received critical acclaim, and has been featured in the New York Times. He recently released “Why Didn’t We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland.” 

Innovative Clubs – Way to Grow

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Mar 012021

It’s fun to play with the Innovative Club Advocate –

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we, as Rotarians, have come to the call of our communities during one of the most challenging times in Rotary’s history. It has forced us to move outside of our ‘Rotary Box’ by making
us truly flex our ability to adapt. I will be the first to admit, that if you had asked me what we would need to do to get Rotarians to engage virtually, I would have said “an act of God.” Well, we were not far off. COVID-19
forced has us to re-examine why we are Rotarians and to dive deep to continue to find ways to connect and get our service ‘fix.’ But, as usual, Rotarians responded with resilience and outside-of-the-box-thinking.

Chicora Rotary Guest Speaker Article (2-5-2021)

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Mar 012021

A native of Conway, South Carolina, Dr. George Price Todd graduated Coastal Carolina University and then went on to obtain his BS Degree in Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1997 and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2005. He has served in Community Pharmacy, Long Term Care and Health System Pharmacy for more than 20 years. Discussing the current status of the Covid-19 pandemic locally and nationally, Dr. Todd explained the cutting-edge treatment options including monoclonal antibody therapy as well as the different stages of the disease. One of the best ways to acquire the vaccine would be to visit and click on the link to obtain the referral form for their physician.

He has worked as the Director of Pharmacy Services for McLeod Loris Seacoast since 2013.

As the director he oversees hospital pharmacy operations, outpatient pharmacy operations and is a consultant pharmacist for Carolina Forest. Alongside this position he also serves on several committees including the McLeod Health Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Dr Todd originally wanted to pursue the ministry however, while working at a pharmacy he enjoyed being able to help people and make them feel better and it is this that continues to drive him to this day.

Chicora Rotary Guest Speaker!

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Mar 012021

Originally from the Philadelphia region, Jimmy Gray serves as Director of Government Affairs with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, Jimmy worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Congressman for seven years. It was during this time that Jimmy met his wife, a Myrtle Beach native, and they decided to move to her hometown. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Jimmy is responsible for advocating for pro-business legislation and regulation in the public policy arenas at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Jimmy addressed and updated the club on the many of the Chamber of Commerce’s priorities, such as the downtown redevelopment project and current plans, business support programs available in the area and the status of I-73 and its importance to the safety of grand strand community as well as the positive effects of building a diverse economy in the future. Exciting times here at the beach.

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