Chapin Rotary Presented Paul Harris +6 Pin to Tim Baxley and other noteworthy news

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Aug 122019

John LaFond presented to Tim Baxley his Paul Harris + 6 pin.

Erin Long Bergeson, Lexington County Council Member, brought us up to date of some of the issues of the county.  There is a considerable amount of movement of people to Chapin for the Chapin School system.  Rezoning on Amick’s Ferry.  The county is involved in a Comprehensive Plan which will take about 18-24 months. Infrastructure, in the county, is going to be a challenge with no road changes for the next ten years.  There will most likely be a penny tax on the 2020 ballot for capital improvements and roads.  There is a study going on about Impact Fees for those moving into the county.  Mandatory trash pick-up is in the future for all residents of the county, no more dumps will be built. The school on Amick’s Ferry is going to be glass, brick and well landscaped.  We now have 22 ambulances in the county.  Right now this  is a business looking into the 20 million dollar Economic Park in Chapin.  There is a study in regards to banning Styrofoam, plastic and other trash from the lake area.  The Old Lexington turn-a-round will be completed by September 15 or January 2020.

Rotary club of Carolina Forest celebrates A Day of Hope

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Aug 122019

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (8/8/19) — Carolina Forest Rotary Club collected donations in preparation for A Day of Hope, with the mission to provide Horry County underprivileged and homeless students services and supplies needed to prepare for a successful school year.

The Rotary club of Carolina Forest will be volunteering at the event on Saturday, August 10th at the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA. The organizations will be providing backpacks, school supplies, house/cleaning supplies, new shoes, haircuts, eye exams, and more for local students in need.  

Rotary is a service club that encourages local business, provides service to the community, and builds relationships within the Carolina Forest area. The club meets Wednesday mornings at 7-8am, at the Legends Golf Resort, 1500 Legends Drive, in Myrtle Beach.

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East Cooper Rotaract Club Social Event

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Aug 122019

Join the East Cooper Rotaract Club August 13th 5-7pm at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek for a Membership Social! Come learn what Rotaract is all about! Please bring potential new members: anyone, age 18 to 30, interested in joining together with fellow young professionals over a love of service to the community and professional networking. All Rotarians are welcome! #ServiceAboveSelf #RotaryConnectsTheWorld

The East Cooper Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast and is the first community based Rotaract Club in our District. The club has about 12 active members! In July the club hosted their first service project which was a beach sweep on the Isle of Palms which was a huge success. The club members collected 5 large bags of trash on a Saturday morning and ended the event with lunch at the Windjammer! This event brought in two new members to the club. This week, a few members of the East Cooper Rotaract Club will be volunteering at an event with Trident United Way Young Professionals to pack school supplies for children in need. The club participated in the Charleston Walk for Water, the Charleston Duck Race, and Bocce Bash for Special Olympics. This is a strong willed and dedicated group of young people that together, see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in their communities, and in themselves. These Rotaractors are people of action! Please come out August 13th from 5 to 7pm at Saltwater Cowboys to meet them yourselves!



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Sophia Bertrand (right), new leader of the University of South Carolina’s Rotaract Club, is welcomed to a Capital Rotary meeting by president Abby Naas (left) and Neda Beal, liaison to the USC group.  Bertrand, a senior studying experimental psychology with minors in Spanish and neuroscience, plans a career in occupational therapy.  She’s involved Mind and Brain Institute research and takes part in the Capstone Scholars Program, Capstone Connectors Mentoring Program and Peace Corps Prep Program, plus Off Off Broadway Amateur Theater.  She’s a Freshman Seminar Class peer leader and is active in church groups.  Rotaract clubs are open to adults ages 18-30 interested in community service, in developing leadership and professional skills, and who enjoy networking and social activities.  USC Rotaract was formed in 2010-2011 under the sponsorship of Spring Valley Rotary; Capital Rotary assumed sponsorship in the past year. 

Rotarians Hear VA Benefits Advocate

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Aug 072019

Navigating the Dept. of Veterans Affairs paperwork maze is daunting, but it can pay off for those willing to stake a claim for benefits due as a result of military service.  That’s according to Cristy Bradley of Elgin, Capital Rotary’s Aug. 7 guest speaker, who is a paralegal accredited as a claims agent by the federal agency to assist vets in need.  Bradley (shown in photo with Rotarian and Navy veteran Bob Davis) said only 90 days of service are needed to qualify for VA benefits that range from compensation to guaranteed home loans and from medical treatment to life insurance and burial assistance.  She noted that vets judged to be 30% or more disabled may be entitled to additional compensation for a spouse, dependent parents, unmarried children or a child incapable of self-support.  She said about half of VA disability claims involved posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   Vets seeking benefits must have (1) a diagnosis of PTSD; (2) symptoms must be tied to a traumatic event, or “stressor,” that occurred during service; and (3) there must be documented medical evidence from a medical professional that the in-service stressor is what caused the individual’s PTSD.   

Aug 062019


Join fellow Rotarians at SunTrust Park for End Polio Now game on Sunday, September 22. For every ticket sold through the link below, a portion ($13 on the $33 ticket and $5 on the $12 ticket) will go back to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign. The Gates Foundation will then match 2:1 on money raised. If you have any questions please contact Keith Funderburk, President Rotary Club of Marietta Metro, or 770-373-2406 or Bob Hagan, End Polio Now Coordinator Zone 34, or at 770-330-9852.
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Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Serves Up Supper to Thousands

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Aug 052019

Members of the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry served Lowcountry Supper to a huge crowd at the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival on July 18th.

More than 3,000 came out to enjoy this South Carolina delicacy, as volunteers served over 1,300 pounds of shrimp, 1,200 pounds of sausage, 2,800 ears of corn and 700 pounds of potatoes to feed the waiting community.

“It’s terrific. The people are all happy. The food is great, and I haven’t seen anybody without a smile on their face,” Rotary Club volunteer Mark Masterson said.

The event is always one of the highlights of the 10 day festival in Beaufort, and always has a great turnout for the members to come out and work.  In addition to Thursday night’s dinner, club members also served beverages at Monday night’s Motown Monday concert, and at the Talent Show on Wednesday evening.  

Charleston Rotary installs new leaders for its Centennial Year

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Aug 052019

The Rotary Club of Charleston installed the leadership team for its Centennial Year, with long-time Rotarian Sandy Morckel being sworn in as president, taking the torch from past president Alex Dallis. Assistant District Governor Rob Rosol did the swearing in honors. 
The meeting was used to reflect on a very sucessful year which saw a wide range of service projects implemented in the Charleston community by the 150-member club. Newly appointed President Morckel then gave a preview of plans for her adminstration, which will focus on a year-long celebration of the Club’s 100th Anniversary. 
The Rotary year 2019-2020 in Charleston will feature 

  • A major Impact Project in the local community
  • A high visibility public image campaign with local media partners to promote Rotary’s contributions over the past 100 years
  • A commissioned sculture to enhance to the existing Roarty-sponosred water feature in the city’s Marrion Square Park
  • An update to the popular History of Charleston book authored by well-known local journalist and Rotarian Andy Brack. 
  • A gala event in February 2020 to celebrate Roatry’s 100th year in Charleston, which will include the dozen clubs that have been spawned by the original downtown club.

Rotary Club of Florence Awards Grants to Non-Profit Organizations

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Aug 052019

On June 24th, the Rotary Club of Florence provided grant funding to Pee Dee Chapter of Boy Scouts of America ($1500), Circle Park Chrysalis Center ($1500), House of Hope ($1500). Florence Veterans Park Gold Star Memorial ($500), Mercy Medicine ($1500), and Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Abuse ($1500).  At the same meeting, awards were given: Young Professional Rotarian – Blake Branham, President’s Award – Derek Hemmingsen, Rotarian of the Year – David Wansley, and Four Way Test Award – Henry Brunson, a community leader that organizes Cooks for Christ.

Photo: Henry Brunson and family members accept the Four Way Test Award

Rotary Club of Beaufort Release

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Aug 052019

Members of the Rotary Club of Beaufort, the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary clubs, were entertained with a patriotic musical program at their Wednesday, July 3 meeting.  The performers were Wayne Grabenbauer, Jr., son of the late Wanye “Gabby” Grabenbauber, an icon among Rotarians, and Hannah Seigworth.  Wayne played guitar and Hannah played violin, and both sang patriotic vocals, culminating in the Star Spangled Banner in honor of Independence Day.

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Jim WeiskopfPublic Image ChairRotary Club of Beaufort

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