Rotary Ready – Covid-19 Vaccine Response – A call to “People of Action” 6:00 pm -No Registration Required

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Jan 182021
 

District 7770 and 7750 will be leading Rotary volunteer efforts for Covid-19 Vaccine response.  Rotary Ready is calling all people of action to assist in vaccine distributions.  A meeting to discuss where we are and where we need to go will be this Thursday, January 21, 2021.  AG Bill Cannon, Chair will provide status updates.

We are taking advantage of the already existing time slot from our Happy Hour which begins at 5;00 pm.  Feel free to attend one or both of these sessions using the same Zoom link.

Joining the standing Happy Hour Meeting (begins at 5:00 pm)

Rotary Ready Start Time: 6:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)     

Please access the District Calendar to find the Zoom information.

Rotary Club of Forest Acres News!!

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Jan 182021
 

The Rotary Club of Forest Acres had a guest speaker from MADD.Mr Steven Buritt, he is the Exec. Director of NC & SC MADD. MADD was started in 1980 as a grass root movement in  Ca by a woman who lost her daughter. There are more drunk driver fatalities here in NC & SC than in NY state. In the SC House there is , Bill # 3008, that will require all those convicted of Drunk driving to have an ignition lock device where the driver would have to blow into a device that will not allow the car to start if the driver has been drinking.There are many ways to support this movement. On 5-1-21 Walk Like MADD will be held at the Criminal justice Academy. Moment for mentors was presented by Teresea Mathis and Laura Griese with the many benefits that come from it.Our next meeting Jan. 20 we will have guest speaker Walter Hughes.

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Hear from Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown

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Jan 182021
 

During times marked by racial and political discord, Myrtle Beach Rotarians heard from Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown. Stokes-Brown, who serves as Coastal Carolina University’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer, guides efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion as an institutional resource.  

By collaborating across campus and with surrounding communities, Stokes-Brown oversees the implementation of strategies that advance accessibility, inclusion and diversity as key parts of the institution’s strategic plan. In addition, she provides administrative supervision for Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services and Accessibility and Disability Services

A dynamic leader with 15 years of experience teaching and conducting research at the university level, Stokes-Brown has worked collaboratively in numerous capacities across college and university communities, demonstrating strong academic and administrative leadership, and a deep passion for liberal arts education. 

“We are fortunate to hear from a speaker with an impressive background, and one who exhibits such passion in her role as an educator and communicator,” said President Terrance Herriott.

Charleston Mayor and Rotarian John Tecklenburg Delivers State of the City Address

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Jan 182021
 

Mayor of Charleston and fellow Rotarian John Tecklenburg spoke to his club this month in what has become an annual tradition of his the State of our City address.  After being introduced by his son, Joseph, also a Rotarian, he started with “Resilient” and “Hopeful” to describe the current state of the city. His focus right now is to maintain safety during the continuing Covid pandemic and to focus on the distribution of vaccines. This coming year he has 8 focal points to touch on:

  • Drainage improvements– this continues all across the city in anticipation of sea-level rise.
  • Create more affordable housing– as residential property values rise, this only becomes more important.
  • Public Safety– Community policing and improving fire department resources.
  • Quality of life– enhancing parks and reopening cultural events.
  • Economic Development- Our economy has been thriving up until Covid-19 so we need to focus on recovery, especially focusing on technology base business to decrease reliance on hospitality.
  • Racial Equity– We have formed a Racial Equity Commission to explore actions we can take to make Charleston a more fair and just city.
  • Climate Action Plan– Developing plan this year, being on front line of climate changes dealing with rising sea level.
  • Maintain Financial Strength by refinancing bonds and maintaining our AAA credit rating.

Mayor Tecklenburg then focused on what he considered the five “Burroughs” of Charleston- John’s Island, James Island, West Ashley, The Peninsula and Daniel Island.

Last year we approved 12 acres to expand park on Johns Island, as well as making a number of purchases for affordable housing and a new (second) fire station. The 526 extension is now an active project.

On James Island, in the coming year, the city will acquire more greenbelt property for drainage improvements. Also leading an effort to improve the water quality going into Ellis Creek.

For West Ashley, we have the grant approved to create a dedicated bike connection to the peninsula. We are nearing completion of Fire Station 11 on Savannah Hwy and will be signing a contract to move to construction of a new park south of Charlestowne Landing as well as improvements to Ackerman Park.

On the Peninsula, Phase I of the Low Battery sea wall is nearing completion and Phase II will start soon after.  The Deep Tunnel system is underway to improve drainage and has a total of 5 phases. We opened a warming shelter, renovated Moultrie Playground, reopened MLK pool with a permanent cover for year-round use. Grace Homes affordable homes opened and we are moving forward on the Low Line linear Park. Cannon Street fire station is being renovated as well as planned renovations of Huger street fire station. Drainage improvements include a King and Huger street drainage pump station, drainage improvements to the Medical District and the cleanout of the original arched sewer system that is under the city to utilize as part of the stormwater system.

On Daniel Island, the Tennis Center will be renovated (with the generosity of the Navarro family) as well as the completion of a new Recreation Center. 

The City is resilient, has seen all sorts of challenges over the centuries including Covid and he is very hopeful and excited about the state of the City.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series

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Jan 182021
 

District 6960 is launching Infinite Possibilities Series 2: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with our first webinar taking place on January 29th..

We had an outstanding response to Series 1: Women in Rotary, engaging thousands of Rotarians from around the world!  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion promises to be just as amazing.

This four-part webinar series offers you the opportunity to hear from several very dynamic speakers who will offer vision, encouragement, enthusiasm and motivation to grow your membership. We encourage you to invite not only your fellow Rotarians, but prospective members as well.

Register NOW for the first session, Strength in Diversity, with a very special host, Valarie Wafer, Rotary International Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Chair, who will lead an esteemed group of panelists through discussions on how strength lies in differences, not similarities. Joining Valerie are Joshua Innis, Paul Amoury and Rea Vrandecic.

As we bring major Rotary International speakers to the forefront, we have every confidence you will find each one-hour webinar well worth your time and attention. The following is our series schedule:

Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Strength In Diversity, 1:00 pm EST January 29, 2021

  • February 26, 2021 – Embracing Our Differences, hosted by Rotary International Director Stephanie Urchick, with featured speakers Past RI President Barry Rassin and Rotarian Brian Rusch of District 5150 in California. 
    Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Embracing our Differences, 1:00 pm EST February 26, 2021
     
  • March 26, 2021 – Investing in Equity, hosted by District 6960 Governor Darryl Keys, with featured speaker Xavier Ramey,
    fellow Rotarian from Chicago.
    Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Investing in Equity, 1:00 pm EDT March 26, 2021
     
  • April 30, 2021 – Celebrate Diversity, with special guest speakers Rotary International President Holger Knack, Rotary International Director Peter Kyle and Anna Ekbäck.
    Register NOW for Infinite Possibilities – Celebrate Diversity, 1:00 pm EDT April 30, 2021
    for Infinite Possibilities – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We look forward to seeing you there!

Darryl Keys
Governor, District 6960
Cyndi Doragh
Chair, Infinite Possibilities

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Receives Top Awards

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Jan 112021
 

At the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s January 7 weekly Zoom meeting, Assistant District Governor Dot Jeger presented the club with two awards:  The Presidential Citation 2019-2020 and the Club Leadership Citation 2019-2020.  The Presidential Citation is based on criteria established by Rotary International, and the Club Leadership Citation is a District Award.  The Rotary Club of HHI is honored to be the only club in the District to receive both of these awards.  

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island Scholarship Program

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Jan 112021
 

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is again offering academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors.  Scholarship awardees are eligible to receive scholarship funding of $4,000 per year for a maximum of four years.  Applicants must reside on Hilton Head Island and/or attend a Hilton Head Island school (public or private).

The scholarship application and additional information is available on the Club’s website:  www.hiltonheadrotary.org.

Myrtle Beach Rotary Hears From Member, Subhash Saxena

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Jan 112021
 

Subhash C. Saxena, Ph.D., a retired mathematics faculty member from Coastal Carolina University and an esteemed member of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, recently delighted Rotarians with his account of the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.

Along with information from the conference, he also offered members some little-known facts about his destination. Hamburg is home to Europe’s second-largest port and is known for its cosmopolitan outlook. It offers enough canals and bridges to rival Amsterdam; two inviting lakes in the heart of the city, and easy access to the miles-long North Sea and Baltic beaches. Subhash’s account presented Rotarians with information many knew little about, and few have experienced.

A distinguished professor emeritus, Subhash began teaching at Coastal Carolina University in 1973 and was a mainstay of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics until his retirement in 2000. Today, he supports his community and his university through the Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Research Endowment, the Dr. Subhash Saxena Math Contest and Lecture Series, and Subhash Saxena Scholarship. “We are proud to have Subhash as a member of our club,” said Rotary President Terrance Herriott. “His contributions are numerous.”

Myrtle Beach Rotary Kicks Off 2021

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Jan 112021
 

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach kicked off the New Year with a combination of hybrid and in-person meetings. “We want our members to experience Rotary in the manner that makes them most comfortable,” said President Terrance Herriott. In its first meeting of 2021, members heard Walter Lassiter and Marsha Wilmot, senior business leaders and experienced SCORE mentors, discuss SCORE’s role in helping both new and existing businesses.

The local SCORE office serves Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Williamsburg Counties through workshops and mentorships and by providing important business development information. “Whether you’re just starting in business, or ready to sell or retire, you can get free, confidential, business advice from expert advisors committed to helping you succeed,” said Lassiter.  

Since it began in 1964, SCORE has assisted more than 11 million aspiring and established entrepreneurs nationally. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.GrandStrandScore.com.

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