Leadership Institute = Key Rotary Training

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Nov 202019
 

Local clubs are the “heartbeat” of Rotary International, but need training to grow stronger and more effectively serve their communities.  That’s the message Capital Rotarians heard Nov. 20 from guest speaker Tom Ledbetter (shown with Capital member Neda Beal), head of District 7770’s Rotary Leadership Institute programs.  The institute is a learning experience consisting of separate sessions in three parts: (1) exploring Rotary’s roots, engaging members and creating service projects; (2) strategic planning, team building and attracting members; and (3) public relations, effective leadership strategies and club communications.  Developing leaders is key for service clubs to get and retain younger members.  Ledbetter said District 7770’s Rotarians average 58 years old.  “Aging out” impacts a club’s ability to conduct events and projects that advance the goal of “service above self.”  Noting that “it’s not your father’s Rotary anymore,” Ledbetter said persons ages 25-45 must be engaged in worthwhile activities before they’re willing to make a commitment.  He believes Leadership Institute training would benefit every new Rotarian in his or her first two years of membership.  Ledbetter is a charter member and past president of the West Metro-West Columbia club and is associate vice provost with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Educational Support at Midlands Technical College.            

Research Economist Shares Market Overview

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Nov 152019
 

Joey Von Nessen (right in photo with Rotarian Stephen West), a research economist at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, shared the state’s 2019 market overview as Capital Rotary’s guest speaker Nov. 13.  He said this year has been an economic roller coaster due to tariff and trade disputes, slowing global markets, fluctuating interest rates and waning of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 stimulus.  Auto tariffs affect the Palmetto State via increased costs in the short run and potential changes in global production strategies in the long run.  After peaking in 2015, our employment growth began to fall and is at 2% so far this year.  But Von Nessen noted that every county has had employment gains at or above the state average since 2018.  Labor costs, lumber costs and higher interest rates have negatively impacted the state’s construction industry, but the latter two are more positive recently.  Although South Carolina is well-positioned for 2019, Von Nessen said the bottom line is that a “decaf” economy (lacking stimulus) combined with higher uncertainty worldwide means slower growth.  Von Nessen serves on the advisory committee of the SC Board of Economic Advisors and is responsible for preparation and presentation of USC’s annual statewide economic forecast.  He’s regularly invited to brief the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond on the state’s market conditions.

Rotarians Hear from Jen Nassar of Chapin Memorial Library and also Enjoy Fall Outing!!

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Nov 112019
 

During a recent meeting, Rotarians were presented with an overview of the Chapin Memorial Library by its director, Jen Nassar. 

Chapin Memorial Library, which recently celebrated its 70th birthday, opened June 1, 1949, funded by the Chapin Foundation, which provided $40,000 for a library on city parkland. The facility was founded on its current site and has been enlarged four times. Over the years, the library has expanded its materials and programming to include films, concerts, lectures, activity groups, book discussions, and exercise classes.

“Chapin Memorial Library is near and dear to the hearts of our Rotarians,” said President Don Hovis. “Literacy is one of our initiatives, and one of our service projects,” he continued. 

Pictured:  Don Hovis with Chapin Memorial Library Director, Jen Nassar

Rotarians Enjoy Fall Outing

Myrtle Beach Rotary recently celebrated the change of seasons with a fall outing held at Top Golf. Under the direction of Jamie Croland, members and guests enjoyed an evening of golf, good food, and fellowship.  “Our outings provide an opportunity for Rotarians to connect outside the confines of our weekly meetings. It’s always fun to meet our members and their significant others, and to catch up on busy lives,” said Don Hovis, President. The venue was so popular it will be considered for future events.

Daniel Island Rotary Club Roundup for October

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Nov 112019
 

In October, our club members gave out 364 dictionaries to Cainhoy Elementary, Philip Simmons Elementary, Daniel Island School and Meeting Street School at Brentwood. We had a drive of donated items that was a huge success for Doors to Freedom.  The hobby club, the Nail Bangers, did some great projects on people’s homes in the Cainhoy community and we partnered with Dockery’s to feed the local firefighters every Wednesday this month.Some information about our weekly activities:

October 2nd – our club took a field trip to the local fire station, where we toured the facility and were greeted with fabulous hospitality by our community’s fine and fearless fire fighters.


October 9th – Margaret Seidler was our breakfast morning speaker and she told her fascinating story that after taking a DNA test she found out that as a middle aged white woman she had African American relatives and the impact that has had on her life and that she would be a contributor to the African American Museum.


October 16 – Bob Hervey with East Cooper Habitat for Humanity was our breakfast speaker and he explained to our club the eligibility requirements to qualify, the financing of each project and the impact that the organization has on the community.  We had 8 members graduate from Red Badge to White – Congrats to Maureen, Dr. Jay, Noell, Hannah, Derek, Patrick, Mary and Bob.


October 22 – 8 interested people in the community and 5 members attended the inaugural Discovery Rotary event at the Daniel Island Club to confirm that if Service above Self was a motto that they would want to embrace as a lifestyle choice.


October 23 – 2nd annual Chili cook-off held at Pierce Park Pavilion in recognition of World Polio Day.  We had over 60 attendees, 8 contestants, and 3 winners – Congrats to Mary, Sally and Beth for taking home the top three honors!  Our district had about 300 people gather at Founders Park in Columbia in recognition of World Polio Day.


October 30 – Catherine Spencer, the principal of Academic Magnet, was our breakfast morning guest speaker and she informed the club about the accolades of the school and its students and teachers.  This school is the number one public high school in the country as reviewed by News World and Report.  They also have 100% graduation rate and 100% college admission rate.  

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry and Anti-Bullying

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Nov 112019
 

The Beaufort High School Drama Department, in partnership with the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, recently put on skits to reinforce the Anti-Bullying program we have helped establish in the Beaufort County School District.  The National award-winning show is titled “If You See Something—Say Something!”.   These performances held in Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island, insured that every sixth-grader in the County sees this powerful presentation.  In fact, this is the seventh year of our on-going effort so now every student from grades 6-12 who has been in Beaufort County for this time period has seen one of the shows!  Rotary Club members also passed out pencils and book-marks at the end of the shows with the County’s toll-free hotline phone numbers.

The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant felt honored to host renowned watercolorist Mary Whyte as its speaker on October 10, 2019!

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Nov 112019
 

Ms. Whyte recently debuted a collection of fifty paintings of military veterans, one from each state, entitled “We the People.”  The  paintings are on exhibit at the Charleston City Gallery, and their debut was celebrated with a special concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Whyte has also published a book to accompany the collection.
One of the Lowcountry’s most well-known artists, Ms. Whyte has received the Portrait Society of America’s gold medal and the SC Arts Commission’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award.  In addition to exhibiting her watercolors worldwide, Ms. Whyte also teaches art, authors books, and appears on television. 

The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant was delighted to host Mr. Bernie Riedel as featured speaker at its October 23, 2019, meeting!

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Nov 112019
 

Bernie is currently the District’s End Polio Now Chair and Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.  In connection with his current offices, Bernie gave an excellent and motivating talk on Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign. Bernie is a Pennsylvania native and graduate of Penn State.  He has resided in Hilton Head since 1989, where he founded Reidel Computer Services.  A member of Rotary since 1992, Bernie has served In various capacities as Club President, Assistant Governor, District Governor, District Conference Chair, District Foundation Chair, and District Annual Giving Chair.  In 2004, Bernie was honored as District Rotarian of the Year.


Summerville Rotary Clubs “Kickoff To End Hunger” Event

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Nov 112019
 

The Summerville Rotary Clubs (morning, lunch and evening) sponsored the second annual “Kickoff to End Hunger” campaign. The “Kickoff to End Hunger” campaign is a canned food drive competition between the student bodies of Summerville High School and Ft. Dorchester High School to see which school could donate the most canned food over the past two weeks.

This year combined, both the students at Summerville High School and Ft. Dorchester High School donated 3057 cans of food, representing an estimated 2,966 lbs. of food.   

 The food each school collected will remain in the school’s food pantries to assist both students and their families in need.

Shown in the pictures was the annual “Kickoff to End Hunger” trophy being presented to the winning school at halftime of their rivalry football game. This year’s winning school was Ft. Dorchester High School!

News from Rotary Club of Charleston

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Nov 112019
 

Charleston Club hosts Mayoral Forum ahead of election

The Rotary Club of Charleston hosted a forum of the candidates running for the Mayor of Charleston seat in the upcoming election. The top five candidates turned out to take questions Rotarians had prepared. The questions were both long-form as well several “lightning” Yes/No rounds, addressing critical issues in Charleston such as flooding, affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure, development, education and livability. Current Mayor John Tecklenburg, a member of the Rotary Club and former past president of the club, is looking to win his second term and is up against candidates Sherri Irwin, Mike Seekings, Maurice Washington and Gary Blair.

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