Goodwill – Not Just a Thrift Store

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Feb 192020

Goodwill is more than a thrift store – it’s an organization dedicated to helping people find work and a place of belonging in their lives.  That’s the message guest speaker Gerry Partridge (in photo) had for Capital Rotary members Feb. 18.  Partridge, development director for Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, said thrift store sales of donated items fund the agency’s jobs mission.  There were nearly 1.3 million donations of “gently used merchandise” in 2018-2019, converted into 3.4 million purchases at 36 stores.  In 16 Upstate and Midlands counties, Goodwill helped more than 23,000 people seeking employment and placed over 13,000 in jobs.  During their first year of work, these newly-placed employees were projected to earn $172 million in wages.  Partridge also noted that Goodwill helps the environment by recycling items like computers and printers, keeping 390,000 pounds of potential electronic waste from going into local landfills.  He said the organization is guided by volunteer board members who see that over 93 cents of every dollar spent goes to programs and services.  “Every day we can help someone is a good day at Goodwill,” Partridge concluded.          

Education Reform Bill Detailed

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Feb 122020

A 63-page bill in the SC Senate would mean more changes in the state’s public schools rather than true education reform, according to Pam Mills, guest speaker at Capital Rotary’s Feb. 12 meeting.  Mills (in photo with Rotarians Bob Davis at left and Mike Montgomery) assists the SC Association of School Administrators with legislative matters.  She outlined several recommendations for the much-debated measure: (1) a shift from focusing on accountability and assessment toward “letting teachers teach the way they know how, with love and enthusiasm, rather than just meeting pacing deadlines”; (2) restore a sense of status and respect for the teaching profession, plus strengthen the home-school connection for more parental support and better classroom discipline; (3) facilities improvements to ensure that all schools are safe environments conducive for learning; and (4) offer expanded industry certification and college-credit programs so that students would graduate “with more than a diploma.”  Mills, an alumnus of Columbia College, previously was the late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s press secretary, served as Governor’s School for the Arts admissions director, and retired from the Greenville County School District.    

Arch Klumpf Society Members

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Feb 102020

At the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island February 7th  meeting, District Governor Johnny Moore and Past District Governor Bernie Reidel had the honor of recognizing Don and Terri Brashears as the latest Arch Klumpf Society Members in District 7770(there are only 3 other members from District 7770). They are amazing Rotarians who have made children a central part of their service to our community and now through their Endowment at the Rotary Foundation to support Basic Education and Literacy they will be helping children throughout the world…year after year after year. This is a wonderful Legacy of Love for the children of the World. Pictured left to right are Phil Anzalone, Johnny Moore, Don Brashears, Terri Brashears, Bernie Reidel and Mike Jukosfsy.  Rotarians Phil and Mike presented the Brashears with their pins.

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Welcomes 2020

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Feb 102020

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach is celebrating the new year with excellent speakers, new club members, and fun and fellowship both during and outside of regular meetings. Pictured here, the Rotary Club enjoys one of its monthly happy hours at Liberty Tap Room and welcomes back into membership former club member and past club president, Rigby Wilson.

Photo: Pictured with Rigby Wilson is fellow Rotarian, Matt Sedota.

Horry County Solicitor, Jimmy Richardson, Addresses the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach

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Feb 102020

The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club recently heard from Solicitor, Jimmy Richardson, who presented an overview of some of the most pressing legal/criminal issues facing both Horry County and Myrtle Beach. Richardson, who was named Solicitor in 2012, previously worked with the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, where, as an Assistant Solicitor, he prosecuted criminal cases in family court, magistrate court, and general sessions court. Richardson currently serves on the SC Commission of Prosecution Coordination.

Photo:  L-R Jimmy Richardson and Myrtle Beach Rotarian, Jamie Croland

Rotarians Learn More about the Center for Counseling & Wellness

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Feb 102020

Bruce Lynch, a certified counselor with the Center for Counseling & Wellness, presented Myrtle Beach Rotarians with information on one of the Grand Strand’s most important resources. “Our mission to bring hope and healing to all those struggling with mental, emotional, relationship, and spiritual issues,” explained Lynch. “Our goal is to move individuals to a more productive, healthy, and independent lifestyle by providing hope and healing through the use of evidence-based practices,” he continued. The Center was founded by Myrtle Beach Rotarian, Ron Bogle, and his wife, Roberta. It has been touted as one of Myrtle Beach’s most significant resources for mental health and well being.

Photo:  Bruce Lynch addresses Myrtle Beach Rotarians


January’s Rotary Round-Up for Daniel Island Rotary Club

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Feb 102020

January 8th – It was a busy day back for Rotarians.  At the weekly breakfast meeting, the Club received informative updates from the Chairman of the Community Service, Membership, and International Project committees.  That evening, Rotarians took a field trip to Trident Technical College Aeronautical Training Center.  After the tour, the fellowship was shared while dining out.

January 15th – Nicole Stewart with Healthmarkets was the weekly meeting’s breakfast speaker.  Nicole discussed the different Medicare plans available as well as other healthcare insurance opportunities.
January 22 – Dondi Costin, President of the Charleston Southern University, was the weekly meeting’s breakfast speaker.  Dr. Costin, a retired military Chaplin, shared the importance of making an impact on young people’s lives and the improvements taking place at the college.

January 29 – Speaker Series with Nanci Shipman and Jay Demarco at the Daniel Island Club (Co-sponsored with Daniel Island Business Association, Daniel Island Property Owners Association, and Daniel Island Club).  Hundreds of local residents attended this event to hear Nanci tell her tragic story about the dangers of opioid addiction and Dr. Demarco offers hope in offering non0addictive alternatives for pain control.

Nearly 20 members received the Paul Harris Fellow designation as recognition for their generous contributions. 
The Club did a drive for donating undergarments for the Hibbins Warm Shelter as well as spending some hours volunteering during the cold winter nights at the shelter.

Special District Event Invitation

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Feb 102020

Luncheon Invitation February 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon, Marriott Grande Dunes, 82 Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC – Cost: $40.00   Limited Seating -First Registered

Photo: Germ (center) leading the End Polio Now of Rotary International President 2020-21 Holger Knaack (fourth from right) and team leaders.  Taken at Rotary International Assembly training for District Governors 2020-21 in San Diego, January 2020.

A must to attend for Foundation and Polio leaders in District 7770.  Major Donors, PHF and those wanting to learn about the greatest humanitarian effort of Rotary International.

You won’t want to miss John Germ, Past Rotary International President and End Polio Now leader to be a part of the “Countdown to History” … the final days, and learn:

  • Why Rotary is investing in zero and beyond
  • Where polio hides
  • Honoring our commitment to the children of the world
  • And any questions you always wanted answered about Polio

John F. Germ RI Trustee 2018-22
Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served RI as president in 2016-17, vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s $200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, and RI training leader. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a Champion of Change.

Treasurer ‘Good Steward’ of Public Funds

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Feb 052020

State treasurer Curtis Loftis touched on the highlights of his role as South Carolina’s “private banker” when he addressed Capital Rotary members Feb. 5.  Loftis (shown in photo) is responsible for managing, investing and retaining custody of nearly $50 billion in public funds.  He said state government is “doing well” financially, but he remains vigilant to “see that we are good stewards of your money.”  For instance, Loftis praised the SC Department of Transportation for “doing more work at less cost than ever before.”  But he warned that some nonprofit entities tied to corporate (instead of local) interests are getting public funds for services that state agencies and employees could provide more economically.  He said some $450 million is awarded to nonprofits, but in some cases “we don’t know what good they do for how much.”  Loftis was first elected treasurer in 2010.  A 1981 graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is a member of the Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club.  Loftis has held leadership positions in numerous state, regional and national fiscal authorities and associations.

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