The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach – Rotarians Lauded for Their Support of Corona Virus Vaccination

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Apr 122021
 

Myrtle Beach Rotarians, like many Rotarians across the country, have played an active role as volunteers in vaccination events and through the observation of safety measures that are finally allowing the return to in-person meetings.

Deb Granda, one of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach was recently featured on WMBF News where she shared her experiences in battling Covid including the long-term after-effects of the virus.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach – Hearing from some excellent people!!

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Apr 122021
 

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hears from District 7770 Foundation Chair

Rotarians recently heard from Paula J. Matthews, who currently serves as the District 7770 Rotary Foundation Chair. In her address to Rotarians, she thanked the club for its support of the Rotary Foundation and provided a brief update on how gifts have been used to support Rotary’s many projects. 

Paula, a member of the Rotary Club of Spring Valley, Columbia, SC,  served as Rotary Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator from 2012-2016.  As Rotary Coordinator she worked with the 15 districts in the Rotary Zone 33 helping clubs become vibrant and stronger.   She served as District Governor for District 7770 in 2011-12, and as President of Spring Valley Rotary in 1997-98.   A recipient of the Rotary International Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award,  she and her husband, Ronnie, are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.  

It seems only fitting that following Paula’s presentation, the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club honored several new and sustaining Paul Harris Fellows, and welcomed new member, Deb Granda.

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Hear from Eileen Patonay

Most Myrtle Beach Rotarians remember Eileen Patonay as the person responsible for the pre-Covid tour of the North Charleston Boeing facility.  Her name is synonymous with South Carolina business development.

Eileen Patonay, the Workforce Advisor with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, serves Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Bridgeport and Global Career Development Facilitator credential from Coastal Carolina University. She later successfully completed the South Carolina Economic Development Institute’s Community and Economic Development Program. As a Workforce Advisor she provides insights into the needs of business as well as education, enabling the Waccamaw Region to build bridges between industry and education for a stronger community workforce. 

Eileen’s recent presentation to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach highlighted the accomplishments of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and provided Rotarians with information on valuable business resources. 

“Our community and our State continue to see workforce and economic advancements due to individuals such as Eileen Patonay,” said Rotary Club President, Terrance Herriott.

“We applaud her commitment.”

Daniel Island Rotary Club’s Rotary Round-Up

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Apr 122021
 

Daniel Island Rotary Club’s Rotary Round-Up:
Rotarians sprung into action with a full March schedule!

On March 3, 2021, Members met virtually and in person at the Daniel Island Club, and Member Chad Vails shared with Members what he does for Charleston School District in helping students navigate a work-based learning program that prepares students for carer and colleges upon exiting high school.

On March 10, 2021, Members met virtually and listened to Patrick Downes, CEO with East Cooper Medical Center, share what it has been like for healthcare providers during the pandemic and an update on the dissemination of vaccines.

On March 17, 2021, Members gathered virtually to learn what Eric Wilson and Rachel Pineda from Kindred Care had to say about providing such essential services during such a crucial time in our lives.

On March 24, 2021, Chris Singleton, Director of Community Outreach with the Charleston RiverDogs, inspired Members during their weekly virtual breakfast meeting.  Chris shared with Members at the weekly breakfast meeting held virtually about his life experiences and message of love and unity.  He is an ex-player, had an unthinkable experience happen to his family (his mother was one of the Emanual Nine), and he is also a speaker and an author.

On March 31, 2021, LaVanda Brown, Executive Director of the YWCA, spoke to Members about her passion for serving the underserved and women.  The Greater Charleston YWCA created and run a successful program to educate others on diversity, Racial Equity Institute.

The Daniel Island Rotary Club received recognition from the South Carolina Legislature for their work on Rotary Ready and the Club recognized Jerry Walkawiak, a local businessman with the Paul Harris Award when he pitched in to solve a traffic dilemma at a vaccination event.  Bill Cannon was the March Member of the Month.  Bill was the Club’s past president and a founding member of Rotary Ready.

Ladonna James, Paul Fox, and Kathy Burgeson were all inducted as new members – welcome!!!

Besides raising $7500 for Halos and Shifa at the Cocktails for a Cause event held at the new restaurant on Daniel Island, KINGSTIDE; Rotarians also Walked for Water Missions, Ran a Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted a Food Drive, and took a field trip to Cypress Gardens. 

Rotary Club of Cheraw Donates for Palmetto Girls State Delegates from Cheraw High School

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Apr 122021
 

Rotary Club of Cheraw Donates for Palmetto Girls State Delegates from Cheraw High School

Congratulations to Jasmine Dixon and Kirby Dyson for being selected to attend (virtually) the 74th annual session of Palmetto Girls State during the week of June 13-18, 2021.  For several years, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53 Hartsville has sponsored two girls from Cheraw High School to attend the prestigious program with donations from the Rotary Club of Cheraw.  Rotarian Hough served on the interview panel with members from Hartsville Unit #53.  The girls will be invited to a Rotary Club of Cheraw meeting after they complete Palmetto Girls State.

Rotary Club of Little River – Two CART Cups Full!

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Apr 122021
 

JoAnn Stevens, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Little River has been using one of the new CART cups in her car to collect her loose change for the CART Fund.  While visiting her daughter, Chris Tyner, in Holly Springs, NC recently, her daughter asked what the blue cup in her car was for and JoAnn had the opportunity to tell her and her family about the CART Fund.  Chris immediately responded that they had some change they’d like to contribute.
The Tyner family’s contribution amounted to two CART Cups full!
To highlight the donation, the two CART Cups full of change were displayed at the Rotary Satellite Club of Little River’s Inaugural Game Night and attendees were asked to guesstimate what the total value of the donation was.  The person guesstimating the closest without going over would have a $25 donation made to the CART fund in their honor as a prize.
And how much was the donation in the two CART Cups and who guesstimated the closest?
The final total was $76.92 and John Dickenson, a member of the noon edition, guesstimate of $65.00 was the closest without going over.
So, Congratulations John and a BIG THANK YOU to JoAnn and her daughter Chris for supporting the CART fund!

Pictured are Chris Tyner and her mother, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Little River and JoAnn holding the two cups full of coins and cash.

Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club Welcomes Retired US Army Colonel as New Member

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Apr 122021
 

The Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club inducted a new member on Tuesday, March  23rd:  Retired US Army Colonel Joseph “Chuck” Hightower. Colonel Hightower retired from the United States Army after 31 years of service. After Colonel Hightower retired from the US Army, he went back to work at Moncrief Army Medical Center as a civilian employee. There he served as the chief of operations for 13 years. Colonel Hightower has been married to his wife Deborah for 45 years and the couple have three grown children. Welcome to the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club  and to the millions of Rotarians around the world Colonel Hightower!

The Cayce West Columbia Rotary Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at Brookland Baptist Church, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Rotary President Dillon Chewning at dillon.chewning@nm.com.

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Hear from Congressman Tom Rice

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Apr 122021
 

SC Congressman, Tom Rice, recently joined Myrtle Beach Rotarians at their weekly luncheon meeting where he discussed upcoming legislation and current events affecting the nation, state, and district. He discussed in detail the impact of Covid19 on the state, and commended Rotarians for their part in helping to curb the pandemic.

A resident of Horry County, SC since the age of four, Tom Rice has a deep-rooted connection to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas.  He has served the community through many charitable and civic organizations including the Myrtle Beach Haven Homeless Shelter, Grand Strand Sertoma Club, Ocean View Foundation, Trinity Episcopal Church, YMCA, and York Place. 

In addition, he has had the opportunity to sit on several community advisory boards, including the Horry County Probate Court Advisory Committee and the Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Variances. 

“We appreciate hearing from Congressman Rice and thank him for his commitment to our community,” said Rotary President, Terrance Herriott.

Sea Island Rotary – Beaufort News for “This Week Around District 7770”

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Mar 302021
 

Over the past two weeks 17 Sea Island Rotarians have provided 180 hours of community service in support of Beaufort Memorial Hospital  COVID Vaccination clinics in our community. These clinics provide up to 500 vaccinations daily.  
Seventeen Sea Island Rotarians donated blood recently during one of the club’s regular blood drives. Twenty-six donations were collected; Sea Island Rotarians comprised 65% of those collected, potentially saving 51 lives! 
Sea Island Rotarians will enjoy a virtual Happy Hour the 5th Tuesday of the month. Entertainment will include music from one of our Rotarians, Bingo to benefit CART, and a mixology lesson or two from one of the members. 

The Rotary Club of Forest Acres

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Mar 302021
 

The Rotary Club of Forest Acres welcomed 4 prospective members at their March 23 meeting. We have two new members who have joined our ranks in the past month.Our fifth Wednesday meeting/social will be at Tazza Grill. Many of our members have had their COVID-19 immunization so we are hoping that sometime in the near future, maybe May or June, we can start to meet in person.

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