Photo Contest Raises $300 for Local Charity

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Jun 232020
 

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island held a mini fundraiser photo contest at our June 4 Zoom meeting.  The entries were creative, beautiful, humorous, and all prize-worthy. The contestants paid $5.00 per photo entered.  The entries were displayed twice, and then we had a chance to vote ($1.00 per vote). We could vote up to 10 times for the same picture or spread our votes around.  We raised $300 which will go to Deep Well.  The winner was Bella, whose proud Mom is Jean Vahey.

Hilton Head Sunset Rotary Receives Two District Awards

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Jun 232020
 

The Hilton Head Island Sunset Rotary Club was honored at the virtual District Conference on May 12 with 2 awards. District Governor Johnny Moore took time from his busy schedule to come to the club’s second “in restaurant” meeting on June 15 to personally present the awards to club President, Ralph Eckles. The Sunset Club earned the “District 7770 Club of the Year” and the “Public Image Award” honors for medium size clubs.

Initiatives undertaken by the club included establishing a Facebook presence, advertising for events such as the Mini Golf Tournament, distributing a weekly newsletter, creating a link on Google Maps, and web site enhancements.

Renee Robertson Hembree Named the Rotary Club of Little River’s Rotarian of the Year

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Jun 232020
 

The Rotary Club of Little River held a hybrid installation ceremony on Sunday, June 14th with members joining in person and via Zoom. In addition to installing the club’s officers for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year, Renee Robertson Hembree was named the club’s Rotarian of the Year for her selfless service to both the club and the greater community. Congratulations Renee!


Pictured are Renee and her husband, S.C. Senator Greg Hembree, after the ceremony.

Caslen Briefs Rotarians on University Issues

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Jun 172020
 

University of South Carolina president Bob Caslen updated Capital Rotarians on a host of items June 17 at the downtown club’s biweekly Zoom meeting.  Topics ranged from possibly renaming iconic buildings to resuming fall classes on campus, and from football season prospects to strategic planning for the future. Caslen (in photo), a retired Army general who’s a graduate and former superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, became USC’s 29th president last Aug. 1.  He told Rotarians that: (1) renaming Sims Hall on campus – a building named for a man who performed medical experiments on slaves – has been reviewed by a special committee, but the state’s Heritage Act requires a two-thirds vote in the General Assembly for such changes; (2) resuming onsite classes is based on mitigating health risks through COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, social distancing, wearing masks in class and “responsible measures” to avoid disease spread to the community at large; (3) the slate of Southeastern Conference football games likely will be played, but non-conference games may be decided on an individual team basis, and social distancing will impact stadium seating; and (4) USC’s strategic vision is to become the nation’s premier flagship university, serving the needs and transforming the lives of the people of South Carolina.  Caslen said he and his executive team will work to recruit the best students, employ world-class faculty and staff, boost the school’s research status, improve systemwide integration of programs and campus infrastructure, and prioritize economic development.

Paul Harris Honors, New Board for Capital Rotary

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Jun 172020
 

Capital Rotary announced new Paul Harris Fellow honors and elected its slate of 2020-2021 officers and directors during a Zoom meeting on June 16.  Neda Beal (in photo) was cited for her continuing donations to the Rotary Foundation in support of world understanding and peace programs. She is now a Paul Harris Fellow Plus-Six giver (signifying an initial $1,000 donation with six additional gifts at the same amount).  Paul Harris Fellow recognition memorializes the Chicago attorney who helped found Rotary International in 1905.  A Capital board member for several years, Beal was named club Rotarian of the Year in 2016.

New club officers and directors are: President – Ben Carlton; President-Elect – Austin McVay; Secretary, Membership – Lee Ann Watson; Treasurer – Bryan Goodyear; Sergeant at Arms – Andy Markl; Immediate Past President – Abby Naas (Foundation); Directors at Large – Catherine Mabry (Community Service); Neda Beal (Rotaract); Le Frye (Blood Donations); Philip Flynn (past president); and Ione Cockrell.  Terms of office are July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2921.  

Rotary Club of Beaufort’s First Exchange Student

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Jun 152020
 

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s June 20th meeting, held virtually via Zoom, featured a presentation by the Club’s very first outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Acacia Bamberg Salatti.

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s June 20th meeting, held virtually via Zoom, featured a presentation by the Club’s very first outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Acacia Bamberg Salatti.

The Rotary Club of Beaufort began its youth exchange program in 1988. Fifteen-year old Acacia Bamberg, then a student at Beaufort High School, was selected as the club’s first exchange student, and she began a year’s study in Brazil. In the 32 years since Acacia’s year abroad, the club has
sent or hosted 63 students for an average of about two students each year.
After her year in Brazil, where she became completely fluent in Portuguese, Acacia attended and graduated from Columbia College, then continued her education at Emory University, where she received a master of divinity degree.

Today, Acacia is a leading voice on issues of health equity, public health engagement, and community stakeholder outreach, and she serves as the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, representing the 5th District of Connecticut. Prior to that, she worked on the staff of South
Carolina Congressman James Clyburn, and she also worked in President Obama’s administration, in the Department of Health and Human Services, working on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Acacia addressed the Beaufort Rotarians, in part to thank them for what she described as the turning point in her life, and the reason why she has dedicated herself to a career in public service.

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s June 20th meeting, held virtually via Zoom, featured a presentation by the Club’s very first outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Acacia Bamberg Salatti.

Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Celebrates Scholarship Recipients

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Jun 152020
 

The Rotary Club of Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) celebrated its scholarship recipients at the Tuesday, June 8th meeting. We congratulate these two Outstanding Young Ladies from Lexington School District Two!

Elizabeth Tenjay of Airport High School

Maria Rubio Ortega of Brookland Cayce High School

Images:   Cayce West Columbia Rotary President 2019-2020 PresidentKeith Finley, Scholarship Chair Neil Stalker pictured with Elizabeth and Maria and their family members.

The Cayce-West Columbia (CWC) Rotary has been serving the community since 1962. CWC Rotary meets Tuesdays for Lunch from 1:00 -2:00pm currently meeting at the Lexington District 2 Innovation Center, West Columbia. The mission of the CWC Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and peace through it fellowship of community leaders. Please visit the CWC Rotary Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CWCrotary/ for additional information or to inquire about being a lunch guest at an upcoming meeting.

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