Vet Helps Tend to Others’ Wounds

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Jan 152020

After being badly injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005, Steven Diaz (in photo) was left with scars including post-traumatic stress, partial blindness, traumatic brain injury and a seizure disorder.  The former Marine told Capital Rotarians on Jan. 15 that the battle to survive led him to become a founding member of Hidden Wounds, a volunteer organization aiding others with emotional and psychological challenges.  Diaz said Hidden Wounds works to provide immediate and emergency psychological treatment for active-duty, veteran and retired military service members regardless of discharge status.  In many cases, he said, Hidden Wounds is a safety net until the Department of Veterans Affairs is able to deliver long-term treatment through government-funded programs.  Diaz believes that sharing his story promotes better understanding of post-war ailments affecting many veterans and their family members, thus helping to “ease and heal the hidden wounds of the people we love.”

Promoting Independence for Seniors

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Jan 082020

Keeping Richland County’s older citizens healthy, independent and safe has been the goal of Senior Resources for the past 42 years, says Beth Struble, interim director of development for the non-profit that began in 1967.  Struble (shown with Rotarian Perry Lancaster) was Capital Rotary’s Jan. 8 guest speaker, detailing the agency’s work in supplying food, helping at home and promoting active living.  Capital’s members – as volunteers – are most familiar with the Meal On Wheels program delivering hot food daily to the homebound.  But Senior Resources also provides clients with bags of fresh produce monthly and has a senior care pantry for non-perishables, household goods and personal hygiene items.  Home help includes personal care, transportation to doctor visits and other medical-related trips, and Pet Pals – monthly dog and cat food delivery for seniors’ four-legged companions.  Active living services are (1) four wellness centers for physical fitness; (2) “foster grandparents” who mentor and tutor at-risk students, primarily in elementary school; and (3) senior companion volunteers assisting with light housekeeping and meal preparation.  Struble said all these programs enable clients to remain at home as long as possible, delaying or preventing institutional care needs.                    

December’s Rotary Roundup

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Jan 062020

December 4th – Melissa Stowasser with Trident Technical College spoke at the breakfast meeting about the impact of the Youth Apprenticeship Program.  There are currently 118 apprentices participating in the program, in which education is fitting an employment need in the community in addition to providing profitable careers to local residents.  This is one of the charities that our club supports through the funds raised at the Duck Race.

December 18th – Marie Butler with the Palmetto Trail spoke at the breakfast meeting about the trail that ranges from sea to mountains in this state which is 368 miles long.  We also added 3 new members, Ashton Lamb, Kyle Taylor, and Kevin Condon.

We also had several service moments, which included delivering turkey meals, angel Christmas, contributing to Toys for Tots, and our Nail Bangers Hobby Club improving area homes.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hosts Annual Teacher of the Year Luncheon

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Jan 062020

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club recently paid tribute to Horry County teachers in what has become one of the Club’s most anticipated annual events. For over a decade, the club has honored those teachers who have gone above and beyond. Nominated by principals and school administrators, “these men and women serve as educators, mentors, and resource specialists for our children and our grandchildren,” said Rotary President, Don Hovis. “These role models are the foundation of our society,” he continued.

The teachers, who were introduced during a Rotary Club luncheon, were each presented with a $500 check, a Paul Harris certificate and medallion, and a commemorative plaque.

This year’s winners, flanked by President-elect Terrance Herriott (l) and Don Hovis (r) include

Patricia “Trish” Sylvester, Myrtle Beach High School; Dawn Brezinski, Myrtle Beach Primary School; Jennifer Merritt, Myrtle Beach Elementary School; Jayme “Bambi” Condrey, Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology; Michael McKenzie, Myrtle Beach Middle School; and Chris Mediate, Myrtle Beach Early Childhood School.

The event was chaired by Rotarian, Chris Cummings with assistance from fellow Rotarians, Tom Scott, Jessica Smith, and Jason Greene.

Happy Holidays from the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

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Jan 062020

Myrtle Beach Rotarians, family and friends, recently celebrated their annual Christmas luncheon at the Ocean Reef Ocean Resort in Myrtle Beach. Under the direction of Rotarian, Ginger Weldon, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch and performances by the award-winning Myrtle Beach High School Orchestra and Show Choir. 

During the business portion of the meeting, the club inducted its first corporate member, the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation.

“This is truly the most joyous time of the year,” said Rotary President, Don Hovis. “From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!”


•Myrtle Beach High School Show Choir

•Myrtle Beach High School Orchestra

•First Corporate Member-Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation:

l-r:  President-elect, Terrance Herriott, President, Don Hovis, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Representatives, Sandy Davis and Sherri Steele

•Don Hovis, President of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, and his son, Donald Jr., President-elect of Chicora Rotary

NEWS from Mt Pleasant Rotary Club

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Jan 062020

Wando Choir Performance 

Sixty singers from the Wando High School Show Choir performed for the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The Show Choir is one of five choirs— involving 250 students—in the high school’s vocal program. Eric Wilkinson, Matt Taylor, and Lizzie Keene direct the choirs. 

The Wando High School Choir is currently ranked #1 in South Carolina and has performed worldwide. The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is proud to be a financial contributor to this fine choir program. 

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