St. George Rotary Club hosts 4th Annual Oyster Roast

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Mar 232020

Members of the St. George Rotary Club held its 4th annual OysterRoast on March 22nd, 2020 at the Historic Klauber Building in downtown St. George. The completely sold out event had everything from fresh saltwater oysters delivered from Beaufort, SC to the traditional Chicken-Bog to all types of appetizers and desserts, some of which were donated by the Interact Club from local schools. Interact volunteers were a huge part of helping set up for the entire event as well as tearing down. “It was great to see our local teens involved with their own community for such a great event that benefits their home town”, said President, Pinky Harriott. During the event, there were several fundraisers ongoing to keep spectators engaged. Local businesses donated door prizes, a chili cook off with a cash prize, a 50/50 raffle, as well as a silent auction throughout the evening. It was a great turnout despite the extremely chilly weather. The Oyster Roast contributes to the annual community service projects of the club. “It was a huge success and we are grateful to the community for always helping us give back”, said Pinky Harriott, Chairwoman of the event. 

Sunset Rotary – Member Opening Prayer

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Mar 232020

Our Sunset Rotary of Hilton Head Island 2020 – ’21 President Elect, Toney Mathews opened our meeting on March 9th with the following praryer.


  • This month is celebrated as National Women’s Month and an International Women’s Day.
  • The 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1920 and gave women the right to vote.
  • The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the Senate and sent to the States for ratification in 1972. It lacked 3 of the necessary 3/4 of States (38) ratifying it by the deadline of the end of 1981. It was dormant for many years, but in January 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment. The validity of that action was well after the deadline and may only be symbolic.
  • Rotary allowed women to become Rotarians in 1989.

Dear Lord, this month to honor women and in recognition of International Women’s Day we give thanks for the many contributions of women to Rotary since they were allowed to be members in 1989. Their contributions have been invaluable: 2 presidents (soon to be 3) in this club and the first woman to be a Rotary International vice-president, Anne Matthews (2013 – 2014), from our own District 7770.
We pause to remember the Sunset Rotary Club’s fourth president, John Day, who recently passed away. Comfort those who grieve, especially his wife Gwen. We rejoice in assurance of the resurrection. 
Bless our visitors and all members here tonight. May our tradition of Service Above Self continue and our bonds of friendship be forever strengthened. AMEN

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s Habitat for Humanity House

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Mar 232020

On February 22, members of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island gathered at The Glen, a Habitat for Humanity community on Hilton Head Island, to raise the walls for a new home to be built for the Rivera family.  It’s the second home at The Glen sponsored by this Club.  

Through various fund-raising events, Club members raised the $70,000 needed to pay for the house, and will provide volunteer hours in the construction of the home for Noemi Rivera and her family.

The future homeowner will work alongside the Club’s volunteers to help build the 3-bedroom home for her young family.  As part of the Habitat program, the homebuyer participated in workshops on home maintenance, budgeting, insurance, disaster preparedness and more to help prepare for successful homeownership.

Florence Rotary Club Centennial

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Mar 232020

The Florence Rotary Club celebrated 100 years of “Service Above Self” on February 27.  We had a Super celebration with over 200 attendees.  We had a delicious meal at the Florence Center while “Elvis” sang to us.  We had it “Our Way.” We debuted our “Centennial History, Florence Rotary Club of Florence, SC,” edited by Mark Buyck, Jr. and Holly Beaumier. Former RI VP, Ann Matthews, delivered a stirring keynote address.

Rappin’ Rotarian, Tommy Taylor, thanks  his Task Force for such a splendid event. “The next 100 years should be even better,” he explained because “Ro-ta-Ry is the Club for me.”

This Sunday marks the 78th opening of the Florence Rotary Beauty Trail. It is the only one of its kind in the world.  Maps and CDs are available narratedby thelate Tom Kinard, at Florence Library, Florence Visitor’s Bureau, and Taylor Garden & Gift Shop.

All Club Conference Cancellation

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Mar 142020

Letter from Governor Johnny –

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has challenged us to closely monitoring events and information in an effort to stop the spread – one recommendation is “social distancing”.
The most at-risk population is age group of 60+ and those with other health concerns. We have a high percentage of members in those demographics. 

With that in mind and with input from members of the District Executive Committee, I have made the decision to cancel the All Club Conference 2020. For several weeks I have felt the burden of this impending decision. However, when the time came to act, I found the decision to be much less difficult than I had expected. And, I firmly believe this is the right thing to do.

We will find another way to celebrate our success. I appreciate your understanding and support of this decision and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

If you have registered for the conference, have hotel reservations or have contributed to the meal packing event, below are instructions for refunds. 

Conference Registration Fees: 2 Options  
Request a refund by sending a request to Refunds will be processed once per week and paid by check. 
Donate your fees to PolioPlus by sending a note to You will receive Foundation credit for your PolioPlus contribution, and your donation will be matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation.

Hotel Reservation:  
Reservations booked at the Hilton Columbia Center using the Rotary room block code will be cancelled automatically. No action is required on your part. However, If you are in doubt, please call the hotel directly at 803-744-7800. There will be no cancellation penalty. 
If you reserved without using the room block code, then you MUST call the number above to cancel your reservation.

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event:  
Donations made to Rise Against Hunger –
Allow your donation to remain with Rise Against Hunger for a future District 7770 meal packing event.
Request a refund by sending an email to DG Johnny at He will work out the details of the refund procedure.

Donations made to District 7770 (for Rise Against Hunger)
Allow your donation to remain with the District to support a future meal packing event.
Request a refund by sending an email to

Thank you for all you have done to make this a great year for District 7770. You’ve probably heard me say that the District is only a collection of the clubs that make it up. Therefore, the District is only as good as the clubs that make it up. At the same time, each clubs is only as good as the Rotarians that make it up. And, I promise you, we are a GREAT District because of the GREAT Clubs made up of GREAT Rotarians!

Columbia Airport Refreshes Brand

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Mar 112020

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) boasts a refreshed look, feel and direction while trying to build on a 24% growth in passenger traffic since 2018.  That’s the message Capital Rotarians heard March 11 from guest speakers (left to right in photo) Kim Jamieson and Mike Gula.  Jamieson heads marketing and air services development, while Gula has been the aviation facility’s executive director for six years.  They said CAE’s customers are 70% business fliers, 20% college, government or military passengers, and 10% family-based travelers.  To compete with larger airports in Charleston, Charlotte and Savannah, CAE emphasizes a “fly with ease” theme of comfort and convenience.  Gula said 91% of passengers move from the terminal’s entrance to security screening stations within five minutes.  CAE also has local pride of ownership.  Along with businesses operating on its campus, the airport generates over 1,800 fulltime jobs, more than $80 million in labor income and $535 million in economic output in South Carolina.  CAE handles over 132 million pounds of cargo each year as a regional hub for UPS Airlines – the world’s third-largest airfreight operation.  Gula said strong local support allows the airport to work for bigger planes, new air service and better fares.   

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