Sunrise Club of Chapin, SC

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Jul 022019

Blount Sheppard, Assistant District Governor for 7770 was on hand for the Installation of Babbie Jaco, President of Sunrise Rotary, Chapin and the Board of Directors.  Blount brought us salutations from Mark Maloney, National President and Johnny Moore, “Our” new District Governor. He challenged us to more contributions to the CART Fund, sharing for Publicity, participation in a new and revised District Conference and to work to encourage literacy. President Jaco, shared her goals for a stronger and more engaged club.  Our table were full with breakfast, flags, programs and even cakes. 

Picture1, Blount Shepard 

Picture2, Blount Shepard and Babbie Jaco

Picture3, Greg White, Phil Purser, Virginia Greene, Tom Wilkinson, Jeff Berger, Michael Cramer, John Stickney, Babbie Jaco, Ben Sloan and Blount Shepard. 

Rotary club of Hilton Head island awards

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Jul 022019

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Honors Members

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island President Larry Sanders acknowledged club members for their service above self activities and being the inspiration this year.  Mary Stuart Alderman was honored as Rotarian of the Year and Joe Chappell received the Service Above Self Award. 
Other members receiving awards were:

Club’s Five Area of Focus for the Inspiration Awards 
“Be The Inspiration” Membership Growth – David and Rowena Denton“Be The Inspiration” Foundation/Polio Plus – Dawound Stevenson“Be The Inspiration” Community Service – Pat Murphy“Be The Inspiration “ Youth Services – Tricia Lynch “Be The Inspiration” Public Image – Jean Vahey  
Special Club President Inspiration Award “Book End” Beverly Maloney 
Special Recognition Lapel Pins for outstanding service during the year:“ Spirit of Service” – Joan Simpson Player and Joe Player“ Service of World Understanding” – Brian Julius “ Quiet Rotarian Service” – John Lundin

Rotary Club of Florence Holds 3rd Forget Me Not 5K Against Alzheimer’s

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Jul 022019

The Rotary Club of Florence will hold the 3rd Forget Me Not 5K Color Run presented by Morning News on August 3, 2019. Runners will meet before 8am at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology to prepare for the race.  All proceeds benefit the SC Alzheimer’s Association. More information may be found at

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hears the Latest on Beach Safety

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Jul 012019

Chief Tom Gwyer and Lieutenant Jonathan Evans of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department gave Myrtle Beach Rotarians a look into the fire department’s latest beach safety initiatives. Lt. Evans shared highlights of the department’s first Citizens Fire Academy, a program that allows participants an in-depth, behind -the- scenes look at the City of Myrtle Beach’s outstanding fire and rescue team.

Photo:  Members of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department are pictured with Rotarian, Buddy Styers, center

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Welcomes Lori Heafner

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Jul 012019

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach is pleased to introduce its newest member, Lori Heafner. Lori, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, is assistant vice president for institutional planning, research, and grants at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Active in community affairs, Lori serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Grand Strand. She was sponsored by Jessica Smith. Welcome, Lori!

Photo: l-4 Mark Ousley, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, Lori Heafner, and Jessica Smith, sponsor

Myrtle Beach Rotarian, Alison Hamilton, Named District Membership Rotarian of the Year

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Jul 012019

District Governor, David Tirard, made a special visit to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach to present Alison Hamilton with the  District 7770 Membership Rotarian of the Year award. Alison, chair of the membership committee, met the club’s goal of welcoming 20 new members this year.

Governor Tirard thanked Alison  “for initiating, influencing and leading the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach to positive results in growing Rotary membership. He then congratulated her for being “The Inspiration” in 2018-2019.

Under Alison’s leadership, the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach was honored earlier this year with the Membership Growth Award in the large club category.

Photo:  Alison Hamilton is pictured with District Governor, David Tirard. Club officers look on.

Year-End Report Cites Club Accomplishments

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Jun 262019

At Capital Rotary’s June 26 club assembly, outgoing president Philip Flynn reviewed the record of accomplishments for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, including:

  • A fund-raising gala that resulted in nearly $20,000 for the CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) fund.
  • An annual Red Cross Blood Drive that collected 58 units of blood.
  • A literacy project that donated 741 dictionaries to third-graders in 16 Richland District One elementary schools.
  • Serving two families in need – one in the Christmas season and another this spring (displaced by public housing gas leaks).
  • A morning of volunteer community service at Harvest Hope Food Bank and weekly delivery for Meals On Wheels.
  • A Rotary Global Grant Project to build a new elementary school in Ghana.
  • An increase in college scholarship awards from four to six.
  • Becoming host club for the student Rotaract Club at the University of South Carolina.
  • Spontaneous fundraisers for Pawmetto Lifeline and for the local Ronald McDonald House.
  • District 7770 recognitions for ranking fourth among clubs in CART fundraising and in the top five in Rotary Foundation giving; receiving a Club Leadership Citation; and being named a Club of the Year award winner.
  • Publicizing club activities with 78 website and social media posts; reaching almost 5,300 people through social media; 4,432 website visitors; 75 news items on District 7770’s website and in newsletters; 107 press releases posted in local media; and six monthly club activity recaps e-mailed to members.

Honors College Grad Joins Rotary

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Jun 262019

Sponsor Neda Beal fixes a Rotary pin on Sean Powers’ lapel, symbolizing the recent University of South Carolina Honors College graduate’s induction into Capital Rotary club.  Powers earned his BA in Business Administration in May, majoring in operations and supply chain, marketing.  He’s CEO and president of Pinkish Flamingo Incorporated, a start-up apparel company, and president of The Local Company, LLC, which will be opening a coffee shop called Local Coffee and Tap.  Powers was founder, CEO and president of EClubSC, a 40-person educational programs and events management team.  He also had supply chain analyst internships with Boeing and BMW.  He’s been a member of the Growth Summit, the Columbia Worlds Affairs Council, the Dean’s Council at USC, and was service chair and scholarship chair for Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity. 

Capital Rotary’s Leadership Transition

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Jun 262019

Capital Rotary saluted its outgoing president and swore-in 2019-2020 officers and directors at a club assembly June 26.  In Photo A, incoming president Abby Naas recognizes Philip Flynn’s 2018-2019 service with a past president’s gavel and plaque.  In Photo B, the incoming club leaders are (seated, from left) director and community service chair Catherine Mabry; president Abby Naas; director Ione Cockrell; director and Rotaract liaison Neda Beal; (standing, from left) treasurer Bryan Goodyear;  director and sergeant-at-arms Andy Markl; secretary Austin McVay; president-elect Ben Carlton; past president and Rotary Foundation/International chair Philip Flynn; (not pictured) membership chair Lee Ann Rice and director Paul Gillam.   

Jun 262019

Blake DuBose (right in photo), immediate past president of Capital Rotary, receives a plaque from current president Philip Flynn after being named the club’s Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019.  The citation recognizes DuBose’s leadership for a Global Grant Project to construct an elementary school in Africa.  Capital Rotary is partnering with the Rotary Club of Sunyani East in Ghana on the building that’s being funded by a combination of local donations, a Rotary District 7770 contribution and a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation.  DuBose, a graduate of Newbery College, is president of DuBose Web Group, a website design and development firm he began in 2007

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