News from Myrtle Beach Rotary

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Jan 112021
 

Fox Simmons of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach is Named City Manager

Fox Simmons, Myrtle Beach Rotarian, has been named Myrtle Beach City Manager.  Fox has worked in local government for more than two decades, the last five on the Grand Strand. In 2015, he was named Myrtle Beach’s assistant city manager and assumed the role of deputy city manager last year. Before coming to Myrtle Beach, he held multiple positions with the City of Greenville and served as Easley’s city administrator.

He will assume his new role this month, succeeding retiring city manager John Pedersen. “We are all extremely proud of Fox and wish him well in his new position,” said Terrance Herriott, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.

News from the Rotary Club of Forest Acres!

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Jan 112021
 

The Rotary Club of Forest Acres met on January 5. We had a highly informative program on Electric cars and their advantages and disadvantages. In England there has been a law passed that all automobiles will have to have no more internal combustible engines after 2030. It has good points and bad points. One of the problems that was brought to light is that people are affected by “range anxiety” when power starts to dwindle. Our own Peter Chesney gave the presentation.

We had a mentor moment, where a mentor and their mentee talked about the importance of having a connection when you first become a Rotarian. Discover Rotary is scheduled for January 27th @ 11:30 and it will be a zoom meeting.

Spring Valley Rotary Club Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive January 26

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Jan 112021
 

COVID-19 antibody testing included with blood donation

Spring Valley Rotary Club has scheduled a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, January 26 from Noon to 6 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church located at 125 Sparkleberry Lane in Northeast Columbia. “If you’re healthy and well, we’re urging you to make a donation appointment,” said Rotary Club President Belinda Portnall. She added, “As Coronavirus concerns continue, we need healthy blood donors more than ever.”

The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of that effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 28 days and feeling well and healthy.

Donors need to be a minimum of 17 years of age and in general good health. Individuals who are 16 years of age can donate if accompanied by a parent. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger have to also meet certain height and weight requirements. All social distancing protocols will be in place and all donors are required to wear a mask. The Red Cross has taken extra steps to ensure that blood drive locations are safe for all donors and Red Cross personnel. To make an appointment, call Diane Junis at (803) 873-0254 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org. (Type in the sponsor code of SV Rotary and follow the directions.) Appointments are strongly encouraged and walk-ins may need to wait. For questions regarding donor eligibility, call the Red Cross at (803) 251-6000. 

Spring Valley Rotary Club is a service club of inspired individuals whose contributions improve lives in communities near and far. The club meets every Thursday from 1 to 2 pm temporarily at Lizard’s Thicket on Two Notch in Northeast Columbia and all meetings have a virtual option via Zoom. To learn more about membership in the club, contact Mike Burney at (803) 238-0300 or mburney@doctorsedge.com.

Photo captain:  Spring Valley Rotarians Penny Meekins and Club President Belinda Portnall are pictured at the donor check in station at the July 2020 Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Spring Valley Rotary Club.

Rotary Club of Cheraw Joined Standing in the Gap to Provide Christmas Gifts to 78 Residents

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Rotary Club of Cheraw Joined Standing in the Gap Ministry to Provide Christmas Gifts to 78 Residents

Rotary Club of Cheraw joined Standing in the Gap Ministry to provide Christmas gifts to 78 residents at Riverdale Assisted Living in Dillon and BTU Rest Home in Bennettsville by donating $1,020.00 to the ministry.  Club members have previously participated with their other ministries that include Hands to Hands Ministry and Sidewalk Sunday School-Apartment Ministry.  The bags, shown in the photographs, were delivered by Cheraw Rotarians Christy Mahon and John Mahon who administer the ministry.

Rotary Works – Register NOW for 2021 Sessions

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Jan 112021
 

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Rotary Works was met with an overwhelming reception in its Dec. 9 debut.  The chat scroll moved so fast it was difficult to keep up.  For more information, here is the Rotary Works January 2021 Newsletter.

Please refer your fellow Rotarians to the Rotary Works web page and encourage them to participate.  The video of the December broadcast is available at:  www.Rotary.Works, where you’ll also find registration links you can forward to others, either inside or outside Rotary.  

Upcoming sessions are now open for Registration.   The Zoom link will be exactly the same, but we would appreciate you registering for each of the 5 upcoming sessions (all at 1:00 pm EST/EDT, 2nd Wednesdays).  These links are personalized to yourself – please do not forward:  

Register NOW for Rotary Works: Vocation, Evaluation & Opportunities – January 13, 2021
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Register NOW for Rotary Works: Making it Happen:  Creating and Implementing Your Action Plan – January 27, 2021
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Register NOW for Rotary Works: Building Your Personal Brand – February 10, 2021
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Register NOW for Rotary Works: Essential Tech Tools for Marketability – March 10, 2021
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

Register NOW for Rotary Works: So You Want to be Your Own Boss? – April 14, 2021
or send your regrets that you cannot attend by clicking here.

You’ll receive Zoom credentials in your Confirmation.  We hope to see you online for each session of this multi-month series.  

Rotary Club of Little River Present Community Service Award to The Parson’s Table

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Jan 112021
 

The Rotary Club of Little River presented a Community Service Award to The Parson’s Table for their service to the Rotary club and the community.  The Parson’s Table is well known in the Little River area as a go-to dinner destination and has been the temporary home of the Rotary Club of Little River since it resumed in-person meetings in July.  The Parson’s Table will also host the club’s 7th Annual Spirits of Giving Fundraiser later this month.  In addition to hosting club meetings and events, Ed Murray is also a past president of the club and currently services as the chair of the Fundraising Committee and the annual 5K Road Race.

Pictured are Craig Hill, co-founder of the Rotary Club of Little River, presenting Ed Murray, Jr, Executive Chef and Owner and Aileen Harrington-Arbuso, Office Manager of The Parson’s Table with the award.Attachments area

Rotary Club of Little River Present Community Service Award to The Parson’s Table

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The Rotary Club of Little River presented a Community Service Award to The Parson’s Table for their service to the Rotary club and the community.  The Parson’s Table is well known in the Little River area as a go-to dinner destination and has been the temporary home of the Rotary Club of Little River since it resumed in-person meetings in July.  The Parson’s Table will also host the club’s 7th Annual Spirits of Giving Fundraiser later this month.  In addition to hosting club meetings and events, Ed Murray is also a past president of the club and currently services as the chair of the Fundraising Committee and the annual 5K Road Race.
Pictured are Craig Hill, co-founder of the Rotary Club of Little River, presenting Ed Murray, Jr, Executive Chef and Owner and Aileen Harrington-Arbuso, Office Manager of The Parson’s Table with the award.

Rotary Club of Little River Finishes a Busy 2020 with Holiday Cheer

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Jan 052021
 

The Rotary Club of Little River and its Teen Angels Fund finished 2020 by spreading Holiday Cheer in the Little River Community.   
Club members were engaged in signing and delivering holiday greeting cards to the residents of the Summit Place assisted living community and patients at Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Little River who could not have visitors due to COVID restrictions.  While holiday cards were a poor substitute for in person visits, it did allow the club to let the residents and patients know that they were not forgotten this holiday season.  The club also delivered trays of holiday treats for the staff to enjoy as a show of appreciation for all of their efforts during the pandemic.  
The club annual Christmas Holiday party at the Little River Senior Center was cancelled due to the center closing due to the pandemic.  While disappointed that the annual tradition would be missed this year, club members assembled stockings with treats and personal care items that were delivered to the seniors at their homes.  And while these activities weren’t as festive as a holiday party would have been, the club members enjoyed themselves while stuffing all of the stockings and signing dozens of holiday cards.  
The club’s Teen Angels Fund committee was also instrumental in bringing Holiday cheer to deserving students in the North Myrtle Beach schools attendance area. The fund committee provided holiday meals and gift card packages to students identified by their schools. 

The club was also the recipient of holiday cheer itself when it received donations for both the club and the Teen Angels Fund from Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in NMB was part of the proceeds from a fundraiser they conducted earlier in the fall.  The Teen Angels Fund also received an unexpected but welcome donation from the Barefoot Caring Council and Barefoot residents even though the fundraiser they normally hold to benefit the Teen Angels Fund was cancelled.  The club and the Teen Angels Fund are both grateful for these donations and are thankful for the support and generosity of our community.  
Happy New Year from the Rotary Club of Little River as we look forward to serving our community in 2021!

Daniel Island Rotary Club’s December’s Month of Activities

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Jan 052021
 

On December 2, 2020, Pixie Paulette Dezzutti, local business owner of Striped Pig Distillery and Skirt Magazine, spoke to members at their weekly breakfast meeting held virtually and in-person about “cause marketing”.  Pixie shared her wonderful positive energy, along with her life and work experiences.
On December 9, 2020, Ron Daise spoke to the Club about the Gullah language and culture at their weekly breakfast meeting held virtually.  Ron is a singer, songwriter, author of children’s books, TV Star, and currently works at Brookgreen Gardens.  He has received the Order of the Palmetto and Folk Heritage award.  To listen to Ron sing was truly a treat.
On December 16, 2020, Perrin Lawson, Deputy Directory of Explore Charleston, provided a variety of facts and information about the highs and lows of the local hospitality industry, and what current visitors are paying attention to when selecting a place to visit.
On, December 29, 2020 Members took a field trip to the Middleton Place Plantation and enjoyed a private tour, and see the camellias in bloom.
Jerry Bacon was named December Member of the Month, Michael Jordan joined the club, and members gathered to celebrate the holiday season in a socially distanced setting.
There was also plenty of goodwill shared from gifting shawls to East Cooper Meals on Wheels recipients, toiletries provided to local prison ministries, angel Christmas gifts were taken to children in our community, and nearly 1000 meals were delivered to those food-insecure families in the Cainhoy and Daniel Island area.

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