The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Names Detective Tiffany Whitmire as the Joe McGarry Police Officer of the Year

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May 102021

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently named Detective Tiffany Whitmire as the Joe McGarry Police Officer of the Year. Detective Whitmire marks the club’s 55th recipient. 

In introducing the seven nominees, emcee, Matt Sedota, thanked the officers for their hard work and dedication.

“Winning this award is a great honor. It means a lot to our officers to be recognized by Rotary and to give a name to the faces who work to keep our community safe,” Detective Whitmire said.  She accepted the award, along with a Paul Harris medallion, before both an in-person and Zoom audience that included more than 100 Rotarians, city officials, and members of Myrtle Beach law enforcement. 

This year marked the first time the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach has selected a Police Officer of the Year since 2019. “We had to postpone this important program due to Covid,” said Rotary’s President, Terrance Herriott. “We are happy that we were able to host the program this year, and we congratulate Detective Whitmire along with all of the nominees. We are grateful for their service,” he continued.

Hartsville Rotary Club (6242) News!

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May 102021

Hartsville Rotary Club(6242) welcomed A.D. Jordan, Regional Director for Senator Tim Scott at their Tuesday meeting.  Mr. Jordan presented  an informative program about Senator Scott’s agenda for South Carolina as well as contact info for citizens needing assistance.

Beaufort Rotary Support to St. Peter’s Catholic School

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May 102021

4th grade students from Beaufort’s St. Peter’s Catholic School proudly display the mock check representing the $1,000 donation to their school from the Rotary Club of Beaufort.  The Rotary Club of Beaufort annually supports nonprofit organizations in the local Beaufort, SC area.  The donation is designated for the purchase of books for the Catholic elementary school’s library.  With the students are (back row, left to right):  School librarian Melanie Coombes, School principal Ann Feltzer, and Rotary Club of Beaufort president Robert Bussa. (Rotary Club of Beaufort photo)

Rotarians Hear From Eileen Soisson, President and Founder of The Meeting Institute

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May 102021

Eileen Soisson founded her consulting business, The Meeting Institute, in 2004 providing training and development in the areas of leadership and customer service. Her clients have included the US Army, Audi of America, National Recreation Parks Association, Bluegreen Vacations, Metro Parks Tacoma, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Founders Group International among others.  

Eileen most recently served as the executive director of Training, Development and Service Excellence at Coastal Carolina University, where she created the university’s first service excellence program, Feel the Teal®. Feel the Teal® was responsible for building a stronger sense of community and culture among CCU’s stakeholders through the infrastructure and service training needed to ensure a productive and supportive work environment. 

“Eileen’s insight into training and development in regard to customer service is 

something that many of our Rotarians can use daily,” said Rotary President Terrance Herriott.

Bernie Riedel Discusses Polio Eradication with Myrtle Beach Rotarians

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May 102021

Former District Governor Bernie Riedel recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, providing an update on Rotary’s initiative to eradicate polio and urging Rotarians to help continue the fight. Riedel, who joined the meeting via Zoom, currently serves as the District’s End-Polio Co-Chair.

“Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979,” he said. 

Members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach have continued their support in eradicating polio

through donations that are matched at the Rotary district level and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

They are one of more than 25 Rotary Clubs scheduled to participate in the 1,000 Mile ‘Run with Bernie’ Challenge which kicks off July 1, 2021 and ends October 24, 2021 (World Polio Day). Bernie has a personal goal of walking/running/biking 1,000 miles and encourages others—teams and individuals–to join him in this quest

The goal is to raise money  and awareness for Polio, and just have fun! “There’s no doubt we will achieve all three,” said Rotary President, Terrance Herriott.

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island News!

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May 102021

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Inducts Two New Members

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island recently inducted two new members:  Janet Williams and Mary Howe.  Janet is Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.  Mary has been a Rotarian for eight years before transferring to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island.  She is retired from retail management.  The Club is delighted to welcome their newest members.

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing  and Volunteer Support from the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

During the week of April 12-18, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island (RCHHI) provided volunteer support for the 54th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing held at Harbour Town Golf Links.  Rotarians filled in more than 120 shifts at the Will Call, Customer Service, and Hang Tag booths.  Joe Chappell, RCHHI Vice President and coordinator of the club’s Heritage effort, was interviewed by WSAV-TV’s anchor (and Rotarian) Ben Senger.  Here’s the link to the Facebook interview.  Joe took the opportunity to expand on RCHHI’s annual involvement with the Heritage tournament and highlighted many other club events and projects. Each year the Heritage tournament pumps millions of dollars into South Carolina’s economy, and the members of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island have again stepped up to assist in this prestigious event.

Earth Day Beach Clean-ups by Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island participated in two beach/park clean-ups on Earth Day, April 22.  In the morning, the club partnered with The Outside Foundation for an island-wide beach sweep, with Rotarians focused on Chaplin Beach Park.  The clean-up was completed in time for the Rotarians to attend their weekly Zoom meeting!  Later in the day, Rotarians participated in a beach sweep at the very tourist-popular Coligny Beach.  The effort was sponsored by USCB Professor Keri Olivetti, who is the parent of one of the club’s EarlyAct members.  Professor Olivetti’s students in the USCB Center for Festival and Community Event Planning course were tasked with the planning and execution of the event. Prizes were awarded for most trash collected, most valuable item found, largest piece of trash found, and much more!  

Rotary Club of Little River Special Street Clean-up

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May 102021

The Rotary Club of Little River partnered with the Little River Chamber of Commerce, the Little River Lions Club and chamber members to help clean-up the streets and waterfront area in preparation for the upcoming Little River Blue Crab Festival!

Daniel Island Rotary Round-Up

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May 102021

On April 7, 2021, Dr. Kristin Schroeder was the speaker at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held virtually and in person.  Dr. Schroeder is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who splits her time equally between Duke and Tanzania.  The non-profit organization that she founded in 2014 treats children diagnosed with cancer in Tanzania.  Daniel Island Rotary Club contributes to this impactful cause.  

On April 14, 2021, Members met virtually during their weekly breakfast meeting to have an open forum that addressed many questions about the upcoming fundraiser.  Members were also able to have small group discussions and catch up with one another in break-out sessions.

On April 22, 2021, Rotarians co-hosted the Speaker Series, where Matt Sloan was the guest speaker.  Matt was instrumental in the development of Daniel Island.  He was able to walk those in attendance through the process of the stages of development of the Island and confirmed that the Developer’s initial goals have been met.  If you missed Matt’s presentation the video is available on the Daniel Island Rotary Club’s website at

On April 28, 2021, Willis Cantey was the speaker at the Club’s weekly breakfast meeting held virtually.  Willis is the CEO of Cantey Tech and educated Members as to the focus of what is new in their industry, including 5G, security, continuous coverage, and artificial intelligence.

Members kicked off their annual fundraiser, the 15th anniversary of the charitable Duck Race, which will be held virtually this year on June 5, 2021. For more information on the event, how to be a sponsor, or to adopt a duck please visit

Mary Jo Romeo Pappas was the April Member of the Month.  Mary Jo brings much enthusiasm to the Club and is the current membership chair.  She owns her own successful business as a coach to individuals, teams, and businesses and encourages others to be their best selves.

The new Children’s Park on Daniel Island was unveiled sponsored by the Daniel Island Club.

We welcome 3 New Members to the Club in April: Alex Hale, Evan Murray, and Ken Koffler. 

Louise Carson – Children’s Recovery Center

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May 102021

A St. Louis native, Louise Carson, has lived in Myrtle Beach for 7 years after she and her husband relocated for Louise to begin her journey at the Children’s Recovery Center. She is honored to serve as the Executive Director of the organization. Prior to this Louise worked for the St. Louis Arc, an agency that helps people with development disabilities live their best lives. She also worked for AMIB which was an agency that provided group homes to blind and developmentally disabled adults. Louise attended college at St. Louis University.

The Children’s Recovery Center serves a crucial role in the community and helping young victims. She indicated that the average age for sexual abuse is 9 and that many of the abuser are those closest to the child. CRC serves as a safe calming environment where the child can tell their story along with the company of their therapy dog Roxy. This is beneficial because the child only must tell their story one time to avoid being retraumatized by telling the story over and over again. 

Louise feels lucky to be an advocate for the youngest victims of abuse in our community. She and David love living at the beach and enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren and 2 dogs.

Rotarians Hear From Michael Benson, President of CCU and a Former Rotary Foundation Scholar

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May 032021

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach recently heard from Michael T. Benson, a veteran of higher education administration, and the third president of Coastal Carolina University. President Benson began his tenure on January 1, 2021.

Prior to joining CCU, he served as the 13th president of Eastern Kentucky University and was recently a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Benson’s background includes membership on the Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, on the Presidents’ Trust for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and on the Task Force on University Partnerships of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 

Born in Utah and raised in Texas and Indiana, Benson has worked and studied abroad for seven years in Italy, England, and Israel. He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a major in political science and double minors in English and history. He completed his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford  in 1995, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar and recipient of the Oxford Graduate Overseas Fellowship. He also earned a master’s degree cum laude in non-profit administration in 2011 from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Father Theodore Hesburgh Founder’s Award. 

Benson, who is no stranger to Rotary, will soon be inducted as one of the newest members of the Myrtle Beach Club.

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