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University of South Carolina senior Grace Cooney (shown with Mark Bokesch of Capital Rotary Club) has been awarded a Rotary International Global Grant scholarship to pursue a Master’s of Science Degree in Migration, Culture and Global Health from Queen Mary University in London next year.  Cooney’s career goal is to become a physician practicing internationally, working with underserved and vulnerable populations abroad.  The Greenville native’s scholarship application was sponsored by Capital Rotary, with Bokesch serving as advisor.  Global Grants support graduate-level study in one of six areas of focus: peace, disease prevention, water and sanitation, maternal/child health, education and economic/community development.  The minimum Global Grant scholarship award is $30,000 to fund coursework or research for one to four academic years.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hears from CCU Football Coach, Jamey Chadwell

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Aug 192019

In anticipation of the 2019 football season, the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach was treated to a presentation by Coastal Carolina football coach, Jamey Chadwell. A two-time FCS National Coach of the Year finalist and three-time Big South Coach of the Year, Chadwell became the third head coach in the history of Coastal Carolina football earlier this year.

Coach Chadwell discussed CCU’s approach to the upcoming season and outlined the team’s core values: Competition, Discipline, Accountability, and Passion.

Coastal, which finished 5-7 overall and 2-6 in its second season in the Sun Belt in 2018, will kick off their 2019 football schedule on Saturday, August 31 at home in Conway against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. 

Photo: Don Hovis, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Welcomes Coach Chadwell 

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Learns more about Southern Heritage and a National Treasure

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Aug 192019

Hillary Winburn, a graduate of the University of Charleston and curator of the Horry County Museum,  presented Myrtle Beach Rotarians with an overview of both the museum and the LW Paul Living History Farm.

Housed in the historic Burroughs School on Main Street in Conway, SC,  the Horry County Museum features a variety of historical and regional exhibits, as well as an assortment of materials ranging from old tools and photographs to wildlife specimens. 

The museum offers a variety of programs throughout the year, as well as seasonal events at the L W Paul Living History Farm.  Located on Harris Short Cut Road, in Conway, the working farm presents a snapshot of life In Horry County during the first half of the twentieth century.

Admission to the museum and farm are free. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday

9 a.m .– 5 p.m. The farm, also open Tuesday-Saturday, closes at 4:00 p.m.

Photo: Hillary Winburn, Curator of the Horry County Museum

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Taught to Spot a Stroke—B.E. F.A.S.T

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Aug 192019

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds on average. Since 1983, South Carolina has consistently had one of the highest stroke mortality rates in the US. 

Horry County, along with other eastern counties in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia comprise what is known as the ‘stroke buckle,’ where rates of stroke are accelerated.

McLeod Loris Seacoast Stroke and Trauma Coordinator, Kelvin Oakley, MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, CFRN, NRP, recently shared with Rotarians the B.E. F.A.S.T. method of recognizing a stroke:

If You Think Someone May Be Having a Stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T:

B – BALANCE: Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
E – EYES: Are there sudden vision changes? 

F – FACE: Does one side of the face droop when the person smiles?
A – ARM or Leg Weakness: Does one arm/leg drift downward when raised?
S – SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or strange?
T – TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

 “Spotting a stroke is the first step toward stopping it. Every second counts,”

said Oakley.

Photo:  President, Don Hovis Thanks Kelvin Oakley for an Informative Presentation

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Features Public Information Officer, Thomas Bell

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Aug 192019

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (8/19/2019) —The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest will host Thomas Bell, Public Information Officer of Horry County Emergency Management on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest works to provide relevant and important information and news to the residence of Horry County and the surrounding areas. Thomas Bell and Horry County Emergency Management work to communicate to the general public how they are readying for the hazards Horry County can face and the various ways communities in Horry County can prepare for disasters. Bell has several years’ experience as a communications professional in the tech industry with a focus on cybersecurity for large corporate brands such as UPS, Samsung and VF Corporation. Bell will be leading the program on the weather, preparedness, and Horry County Emergency Management.

Bring your questions and concerns. Join the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest for Breakfast at 7am at the Legends Golf Resort, located at 1500 Legends Drive in Myrtle Beach. Breakfast is on the club and guests are encouraged. Press is welcome!

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UPDATE – 12 de Abril Peru Water Project

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Aug 192019

Jeff Mense the overall project coordinator  presented the progress report to President Jeremy Wither  and the Chicora membership.

Rotarians and friends,

The well has been drilled, the enclosure structure is completed, WASH training is ongoing and the community committee is becoming adept at running the water system as well as developing the financial means to sustain this project.  The community is planning to commission the project on September 26, 2019 and this will include a visit from their district governor.  They continue working on the distribution system and we will of course continue to monitor the project for about another 16 months to assure sustainability and meet all of our grant reporting requirements.  Unfortunately we were not able to plan a trip from the US to be at the commissioning but we are looking at a trip sometime this spring to visit this community as well as the four other communities our club has worked with in the Iquitos area.  Please review the photos at    At the end of the file you will see pictures of the well and structure, but more important are the pictures of all the people and families whose health and well being will be so significantly impacted by this project.

Jeffrey Mense

Sunrise Club of Chapin Hosts Dr. Akil Ross and Presents Paul Harris Award

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Aug 192019

Dr. Akil Ross, 2018 NASSP National Principal of the Year, 2018, spoke to Rotary today about Heart Education.  He leads HeartEd, LLC, an educational consulting firm committed to “a future where every community Empowers every child”.  He also teachers at the University of South Carolina. He talked about Chapin High’s faculties commitment for “preparing all students for a productive life”.

He spoke about the compassion which all children have and the responsibility of mentors to empower this compassion.

Babbie Jaco, President of Chapin Sunrise Rotary, sponsored Rebecca Hines for membership in Rotary. Van Holden sponsored Anna Miller for membership in Rotary.  David Hill presented them with their certificates of membership on August 15.  Their memberships adds to this ever growing organization’s commitment of “Service above Self”.

Dr. Britt Holstein presented Dr. Renee Haynes Holstein with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  A Paul Harris Fellow is one who has had a contribution made on their behalf by someone or they have contributed to the Rotary Foundation.  The foundation was “created for humanitarian and educational purposes”.

Rotary Club of Beaufort Media Release – Technical Scholarship

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Aug 192019

BEAUFORT, SOUH CAROLINA (August 14, 2019) — Jeff Johnson (left), President, Rotary Club of Beaufort presents Alyson Boggess (right) with a check for $1,000 to help defray the costs for obtaining a nursing degree from the Technical College of the Low Country. Each year, the Rotary Club of Beaufort awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student who has chosen to further his or her education via technical training.  Alyson Boggesss was selected based on the strength of her application.  Alyson had received a bachelors degree in criminal justice and was also a licensed cosmetologist, but felt she could help people more as a nurse.  With the support of her husband, a Port Royal police officer, and her three children, she will begin studying nursing at the Technical College of the Low Country. The vocational scholarship is just one of the recognition programs hosted by the Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary clubs.  The Club also recognizes outstanding military service members, outstanding law enforcement officers, and high school seniors for college scholarships. 

Rotary at a Glance  Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels.

About Beaufort  Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Our club accepts new members by invitation.

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Chicora Rotary – Waves of the Future

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Aug 192019

Jory Taylor of the Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club speaks with the Fine Art Teachers of Horry County Schools at Ten Oaks Middle School as preparations for the clubs largest fundraiser of the year begin.  Each year Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary in partnership with the Alabama Theatre host “Waves of the Future”.  This fundraiser helps fund local Fine Arts departments across Horry County in addition to the clubs semi-annual water project in Peru.  The annual fundraiser features performances from schools across Horry County.

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