Daniel Island Club’s March Member of the Month – Bill Cannon!

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Mar 302021
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Bill began his career in Louisville, KY as a business development consultant. The year was 1979. In 1992 he founded EcoPal, Inc., a startup that became very successful as a multi-faceted Joint Venture whose business included the implementation and execution on general oil services, and oil rig maintenance and restoration contracts for PEMEX (Petroleo de Mexico). As a pronounced importer/exporter throughout Central America, EcoPal also used its knowledge and position to focus on the sales and distribution of consumer electronics and agricultural products in the hemisphere.

Bill sold out his interest in 2002 and soon started a boutique alternative energy company. That foray into the ecological side of energy production led Bill to an introduction into the possibilities that beneficial microbes could offer mankind. Now, he is CEO of Fertile Ground, an agricultural biotech.

Bill is a graduate of Wabash College, a passionate Rotarian and was married to Michelle for 38 years, until her passing in 2019. They raised two children in North Carolina before moving to Daniel Island in 2012

The magic of a Cause-based Rotary Club

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Mar 302021

Meet John, a 44-years-old environmental scientist. His passion is cleaning up rivers, a love born of almost a decade as a whitewater raft guide. 

Meet Candace, a 37-year-old high school teacher who donates time to a watershed group, helping to monitor pollutants in local streams. 

John and Candace aren’t Rotarians, but they’re already living our Service Above Self motto.

Now say hello to Laura, a 56-year-old Rotarian who has a passion for kayaking and the clean streams and rivers that make it enjoyable.

So, what if Laura approaches John and Candace and says something like, “Did you know you can now start a Rotary Club focused exclusively on the health of our streams and rivers?” 

She could tell them, “Our Rotary District has over 2,000 well-placed members that you can network and collaborate with on these issues.”

Laura could point out, “Rotary clubs are good at organizing and fundraising plus, we have grants that environmental causes would qualify for.”

Do you see the huge difference from how we typically approach people?

Laura isn’t asking John and Candace to join her Rotary club and add more work and obligations to their already busy schedules. She’s telling them that a cause-based Rotary club can help them do the work they’re already doing.

In other words, Rotary can bring benefits to the table that can help them organize and accomplish their goals more productively.

Laura could also tell them about the leadership training they’ll get, about how they can educate youth through Interact and other programs. She might tell them about other Rotary environmental projects and the possibility of international service.

This is the magic of a Cause-based Rotary Club.

Cause-based clubs are one of several models being promoted by the Innovative Clubs Advocates (ICA) committees in each of the seventeen Districts in Zone 33. But any Rotarian in any club can be the “spark” that gets a Cause-based club started. 

Simply put, Cause-based clubs are about harnessing the passions people already have and showing them the benefits of establishing a Rotary Club specifically around that cause. 

While the concept is still new, there’s exciting progress. Zone 33 already has social justice clubs, peace clubs, veteran’s clubs, global clubs and more. 

A Cause-based club can charter on its own with a minimum of twenty members, or it can start as a Satellite club under an existing club with just eight members. 

For more information on Cause-based Rotary Clubs, contact Rebecca Hunn at hunn3433@gmail.com or PDG Jimmie Williamson at jwilliamson@ltchs.com

Sunset Rotary for District Newsletter

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Mar 302021

Hunter Dye was inducted by Dot Jeger on 15 February, 2021. Hunter is a paralegal with the local law office of Burr and Forman McNair. She completed a BA in Sociology from University of South Carolina Beaufort in 2018 and obtained her Paralegal Certification through the University of South Carolina in 2020. She is the 4th person to join Sunset Rotary in Rotary Year 2020/21.

About Hunter Dye:

  • Paralegal with the law firm of Burr and Forman – McNair Law Firm on Hilton Head Island 
  • BA in Sociology, University of South Carolina Beaufort, May 2018
  • Paralegal Certification – University of South Carolina – 2020
  • Group Fitness Certified through American Sports and Fitness Association 
  • Two-time president of Phi My Sorority 2016 & 2017, USCB
  • Senior Captain 2017/2018 track and field season, USCB
  • Competed in javelin, discus, shot put, and pole vault
  • Sun Conference Champion first place in javelin 2017 & 2018
  • Sun Conference record holder for the javelin 2018
  • United States All American, Nationally ranked fourth place in Javelin 2018
  • Lifeguard, javelin coach, and rowing coach


Rotary Club of HHI Foundation Recognition Gathering

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Mar 302021

Friday, March 12th was a lovely morning  on the patio at Memory Matters on Hilton Head Island.  Susan Tirard, Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s Foundation Chair, organized our club’s third Foundation Recognition Gathering.  Assistant Governor Dot Jeger delivered a warm and heartfelt presentation to Sheila Duffy, our Club’s most recent Major Donor and Paul Harris Society member, and to Mary Briggs, a Level Two Bequest Society member.  Mary has designated her Bequest towards Education.

We also had several Paul Harris Fellows in attendance and President Dean Roberts presented each with their PHF pin.

Peter Cooper- +8

Dave Crespan +6

Glenn Stanford +4

Bob Oetjen +3

Joan Simpson Player +3

Jody Levitt +2

David Stitzer +2

Franke Soule +2

Steve Steele +1

Susan Tirard commented that the Rotary Foundation is extremely grateful for the financial commitment of each of these Rotarians. 

Rotary Club of HHI & Area 4 ROCS!

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Mar 302021

Another awesome Rotarians Offering Community Service – ROCS – was held Saturday, March 6. Over 65 Rotarians, family and friends, including Assistant Governor Dot Jeger, participated with representation from all Area 4 Clubs.  Seven projects at five locations were completed for six local nonprofits. In addition, one ROCS project was completed in advance of the event.  Several other Area 4 members participated by helping Meals on Wheels-Bluffton and Hilton Head update their client database. 


Myrtle Beach Rotarians Pack Lunches for Backpack Buddies

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Mar 222021

Following a regularly scheduled meeting, members of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, joined by guest speaker, Donald Hovis, recently packed 175 bag lunches for Help for Kids/Backpack Buddies. 

While this is an enjoyable quarterly service project for the club, it provides much-needed food for children in the Myrtle Beach community. 

Help for Kids/Backpack Buddies has been serving children in Horry County for 30 years. Founded by Barb Mains, all of the work is done by unpaid staff and volunteers. According to

Mains,  “Backpack Buddies, rooted in family and community, is a grassroots organization with a big vision.”

To date, the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach has provided 1,833 meals.

Donald Hovis, Jr. Shares His Thoughts on Serving His Community

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Mar 222021

Give More. Do More. Be More!  That’s the philosophy of Rotarian and well-known photographer and owner of Tides Eye Photography,  Donald Hovis, Jr. That’s the message he recently shared with members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.

Giving back to his community is important to Donald. He’s currently involved with the Grand Strand Miracle League, Salvation Army of Horry County, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Program, BNI Changing Tides, Substitutes for Santa, Cops & Bobbers, Leadership Grand Strand Alumni Association, Leadership Grand Strand Board of Regents, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County, Help 4 Kids, and the Special Olympics.

Well-respected throughout the Myrtle Beach area and in Rotary circles, Donald is the President of Chicora Rotary Club in Myrtle Beach and serves as the CWRAP (Conversations with Rotary Action People) Host for District 7770. Starting July 1st, 2021, he will begin a three-year term as Public Image Chair for Rotary District 7770. Incidentally, Donald is the son of Don Hovis, Sr., past president of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach.  Rotary, it seems, runs in the family.

Congratulations, Donald and thank you for all you do for the Grand Strand! Our community is better because of you.

Photo: Donald Hovis, Jr.

Beaufort Rotarians Support Salvation Army

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Mar 222021

At the Rotary Club of Beaufort’s March 17th luncheon meeting, 31 Rotarians assembled and bagged toys, books, and other fun and educational materials that were then donated to the Beaufort Salvation Army for distribution to area children. Pictured above are Rotarians John Troutman (left) and Greg Dyson (right) packaging a selection of toys. The Rotary Club of Beaufort is
Beaufort’s oldest Rotary. Rotarians have hybrid meetings, either attending in person or virtually through Zoom.
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Rotary Club of N Myrtle Beach

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Mar 222021

A great day at the ROTARY CLUB OF N  MYRTLE BEACHWe are meeting in person again at the Surf Club on Tuesdays at 12.15 pm.
After a very successful Golf tournament on Saturday, we inducted  
yesterday,  showing in this picture, 3 new members.

PADG Drew Hanson inducting to the Club. 1. Petia Johnson, Cafe Business owner, introduced to Rotary by Ria Kuhrau Hoskins2. Betsey Smithdeal, Private Banker, Pinnacle Bank, introduced by ADG,  AJ Gohly3. Bryant Roper, Broker in Charge Pease Sotheby’s Int. Realty, introduced by Membership Chair Erna Blome  

This club is over 50 years old and has consistently inducted new member’s. It seams that all members are involved in bringing suitable new guest’s to the club. 

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