Rotary Club of the Lowcountry pitches in for Military Appreciation Day

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Sep 092019

On August 24, 2019, volunteers from the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry participated in fun games, bouncy castles and other children’s activities for Beaufort’s Annual Military Appreciation Day

An opportunity for the community to say “thank you” to local military families, the event had over 400 attendees–the club is always happy to be a part of this special event in Beaufort County!

Chicora speaker!

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Sep 092019

Pictured is Speaker Dr Olinda Spencer, Pres Jeremy Winters and Rotary sponsor Susan Burrell.  Dr Spencer is a highly trained in treating patients with neuromuscular central and peripheral nervous system’s disorders. These conditions include epilepsy stroke headaches dementia Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Huntington’s and autoimmune encephalitis
She Is employed at  McLeod  Neurology center in Carolina Forest  She stated she chose the specialization in urology because neurological diseases intricately affect peoples every day lives and her belief is compassionate caring for my patience is my biggest priority. Dr Spencer hi-lighted the major disorders and discussed what steps could be taken to prevent more serious conditions. The Chicora Rotary is proud to have this caliber of practitioner available to treat the Myrtle Beach residents. We look to updates from Dr Spencer in the future.

Outstanding Waves Project

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Sep 092019

Congratulations to all for Record Breaking Waves Project
Pictured are Technical Coordinator Tom  Leath, Richard Scott General Manager, Gilmore Entertainment, Pres. Angelika Senn, and Project Coordinator Jory Taylor,
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, Chicora Rotary Club presented  their seventh annual Waves of the Future event. Waves of the Future is both a celebration and a showcase of amazing artistic talent by students throughout Horry County. This year‘s event was the biggest ever with 1188 students participating and a total of $40,101.68 raised through sponsorships and ticket sales. The Myrtle Beach Chicora Club was  excited to present a check for $21,379.71 to the Fine Arts Department of Horry County Schools at the March event. That is a total of over $80,000 donated to benefit students in Horry County. The remaining proceeds will fund Rotary Community Service projects like Backpack Buddies, Happy Feet, provide meals for the less fortunate, and the dictionary project.

Angelika Senn, Chicora Rotary President for 2018/19, said this is a wonderful event that brings the community together. The teachers and students are very excited about the Waves program, as are the Rotarians. This event would not be the success it is today without the continued support of our anchor sponsors; Lakewood Camp Resorts and Gilmore Entertainment, as well as the hard-working Chicora Rotarians. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all the sponsors and all my fellow Rotarians once again for making this year‘s event a huge success.
The Chicora Rotary Club would like to thank President Senn for her outstanding leadership as president and thank her for all the great accomplishments that she has achieved during her presidency.

Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise Presents Paul Harris and New Member

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Sep 092019

Our Speaker, Nancy Williamson of Carolina Web Design & Business Consulting took us step by step on how to design your Google Business Listing.  She talked about all the information needed to be a welcoming business to online customers.  She showed us how your post about announcements, events, products, business information, and offerings could make a difference for you and your business.

John LaFond, for Rotary Foundation, presented to Johnny Moore, Governor of Rotary District 7770, with his Paul Harris Fellow #4.  We are glad Jonny is a member of our club and we will welcome him at our club as Governor on September 5th, 7:30am at Crooked Creek Park.

We welcomed David Strawhorn, with State Farm as a new member of Chapin Sunrise Rotary.  He was sponsored by John LaFond and was inducted into the club by David Hill.

Poem about the American flag

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Sep 092019

Pictured is  the American flag poem and speaker Howard Holden
The Chicora was very proud to have as a speaker Howard Holden who is a member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club Howard is  a US veteran who recited the entire patriotic poem from memory  It was a very moving presentation. We wanted to record it so it could be read again at the military appreciation day in November. We wish to thank Howard Holden for his presentation and hope he will return to visit us again.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest and Coastal Carolina University Rotaract Fill Clothing Closet

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Sep 092019

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (8/20/2019) — Rotarians, rotaractors, and twenty-eight international students, from countries including China, Spain, Germany, and England, all worked together Monday to collect clothes for local students in need for the local Clothing Closet. The Rotary International district grant project was a huge success thanks to all the students and the staff of the Walmart located in Carolina Forest!

Each school semester, the Clothing Closet is coordinated by the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest. For the 2019 Fall semester, the club was able to serve one local middle school and four local elementary schools. This semester, over $1,000 was spent for local students and the rotaractors will follow up spending just as much in the fall, when Winter clothing is available in the store.

Pictured is the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest members with the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University with shopping carts outside of Walmart. Also pictured is Rotaractors and Rotarians shopping and purchasing the needed items for the Clothing Closet. Thank you Rotarians Porter Medley and Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte (pictured at the register) for helping CCU students coordinate this event.

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Rotary Club of Eau Claire North Columbia News Update

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Sep 092019

The Eau Claire/North Columbia Rotary Club recognized Shanita D. Grimes with our Community Champion Award for the month of September.  Ms. Grimes is a member of the Community Action Team for the Eau Claire/North Columbia Area in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Service Division.  Under the leadership of Chief Wash James, a member of the Eau Claire/North Columbia Rotary Club, Ms. Grimes works daily to solve law enforcement problems that arise throughout our community.  We thank Ms. Grimes for her service!

East Point Students Learning Mandarin Chinese

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Sep 042019

Columbia’s East Point Academy merges cultures, inspires minds and expands horizons for students by teaching them Mandarin Chinese, the world’s most spoken language.  In the process, East Point earned an “A” ranking as the state’s 2nd best public charter school, according to Mark Bounds (at left in photo with Rotarian Matthew Pollard).  Bounds was Capital Rotary’s Sept. 4 guest speaker, tracing the school’s growth to 740 students since its 2011 founding.  East Point practices language immersion – meaning that Mandarin Chinese is used extensively in academic classes schoolwide.  Mandarin is spoken by over a million people and is the second-fastest growing language globally.  South Carolina has an important China connection – Bounds said the country ranks 1st among the state’s export markets while Chinese companies employ over 3,500 of our residents.  East Point has classes from 4th grade kindergarten to 8th grade middle school and hopes to add high school instruction.  It offers extracurricular activities ranging from clubs to performing arts and sports.  As the first school of its kind in the Carolinas, East Point has inspired two more Chinese language immersion institutions.  “Together, our students, teachers, staff and parents make East Point Academy a great place to learn and grow,” Bounds said.  Before becoming East Point’s head of school, Bounds worked for Lexington-Richland School District Five and for the SC State Department of Education.  He served 20 years in the military prior to his education career.

Sharing Hope = The Gift of Life

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Aug 282019

Organ, eye and tissue donations from a deceased loved one not only improve and save lives, but also offer hope and healing for donors’ grieving families.  That’s the message Capital Rotarians heard Aug. 28 from We Are Sharing Hope SC, the state’s only organ procurement organization.  Guest speakers Pamela Eyring (left in photo) and Kristine Neal came to talk about “donor heroes” who make possible the success of transplant recipients.  Eyring – whose son was a tissue donor after an untimely death – said his legacy lives on in more than 300 people whose lives were touched by his gift.  Neal is communications director for We Are Sharing Hope SC.  She said 472 lives were saved in the state in 2018 by 181organ donors and 292 tissue donors; a total of 550 organs were transplanted.  But she noted that over 113,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list – more than 1,100 in the Palmetto State – and 22 people die daily while waiting.  Any person of any age or with any medical history can register as an organ donor at no cost.  All major religions support organ donation, Neal said, adding that although 95% of people say they support the idea, only about half are registered donors.  We Are Sharing Hope SC focuses on educating the public about the importance that a “yes” to organ donation can make.

Sistercare Takes Aim at Domestic Violence

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Aug 212019

Freeing families from fears of domestic violence is the mission of Sistercare, a non-profit agency serving Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Newberry and Kershaw counties, according to Cherisse Branch, guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s Aug. 21 meeting.  Branch (shown with club president Abby Naas at right and member Mike Montgomery) noted that South Carolina ranks 6th nationally in domestic violence homicides and that 15 million children across the country live in homes affected by violence.  Sistercare’s services include (1) individual and group counseling; (2) community support groups; (3) career development; (4) teen outreach and youth development; (5) community education and training about domestic violence; (6) advocacy in court; (7) emergency shelter for victims and transitional housing; and (8) a 24-hour crisis hotline.  Branch said that in the past year, 354 adults and 196 children were served in shelters, 3,713 crisis line calls were received and 8,384 individuals took part in community-based programs.  Branch is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and a 1998 graduate of Benedict College.

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