Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club Fundraises & Gives Back

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Jan 202015

The fifth year partnership fund raiser with Long Bay Symphony’s Youth Orchestra was held at the Myrtle Beach High School Auditorium recently. Ticket sales and program ad sales exceeded expectations and the performance of young area artists was again outstanding.

This fundraising event permits the Carolina Forest Sunrise club to sponsor ” Happy Feet” which allowed 60 elementary school students to buy new shoes for their first day of school; ” Clothes Closet” for students with clothing needs in two local elementary schools; ” Dictionary Project”  which  provides a dictionary for every third grader in every elementary school; a $1,000 scholarship to a Carolina Forest HS senior; provide landscaping maintenance on road medians on Carolina Forest Boulevard; and continued support of Rotary International’s signature program to eradicate polio world- wide.


Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians Preparing for Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra
Pictured front ( L-R) Janice Simmons- Carlos Speer- Barry Spivey. Other members in rear.


Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club Dictionary Distribution to  500 Third  graders.


The RC of Carolina Forest Sunrise distributed more than 500 dictionaries recently to third grade elementary students at the following schools: Ocean Bay Elementary, Waccamaw Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Carolina Forest Elementary. Teams of Rotarians visited these schools, interacted with teachers, distributed the books and instructed students on their contents and uses. This annual event is a ten year Club tradition eagerly anticipated by the children.

Pictured above is Rotarian Ralph Jones ( seated on stool) instructing third graders as Rotarian Elizabeth Howland ( left) looks on.




Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians at Horry County Community Clean Up Day Registration

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Nov 162014

Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians at Horry County Community Clean Up Day Registration

Rotarians Bob Squatriglia (left), Bob White ( center) and Carlos Scheer( right) at volunteer registration desk where community volunteers who registered for the event were issued event tee shirts, protective gloves, traffic safety vests and safety tongs for trash pick up. This is the fourth year that the club has provided this service in support of the Carolina Forest community section of the county-wide program.

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Horry County Community clean up day registration chair and Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarian Mark DeCenzo  providing safety information and directions to event volunteers as Carolina Forest Association President Bo Ives ( rear) looks on. Members of the Carolina Forest Club, the Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University and the Interact Club of Horry County Schools Academy ( all sponsored by the Carolina Forest club) were Volunteers for the project. A celebration party at the Myrtle Beach  Speedway followed the county- wide project with food, prizes and entertainment for the dedicated volunteers.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sun​rise Adds New Member and Learns About Zonta International Club

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Nov 152014

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise inducts new member.


New member Elizabeth Howland (left) stands with Club President-Elect and new member sponsor Cindy Ott (right) as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise.
Rotarian Howland is employed as Director of Career Services at Miller-Motte Technical College. She is a graduate of Duke University (AB/Psychology) and East Carolina University (MA/English),is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Grand Strand and is a member of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce West of the Waterway Council.
Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise Learns of Zonta International  Club of Myrtle Beach.
Donna Kropidlowski (left), Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach President,  Rotary Club President-elect Cindy Ott (center) and Zonta Club member  Dennis Wolterding (right) at a recent club meeting reported on the goals, objectives and programs of Zonta : a world-wide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to improve the status of women and girls. The Myrtle Beach Club  of Zonta International has five  2014-15 local service projects: Family Justice Center of Georgetown County; Family Outreach of Horry  County; Freedom Readers; Community Kitchen; Tutorial Program of St. Paul AME Church (Little River) and Zonta Says “No” ( an international campaign to raise awareness  of and increase actions to end violence  against women and girls around the world).
 Photos by Ralph Jones

Freedom Is Not Free

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Sep 212014

PDG Bob and Betty Squatriglia, RC of Carolina Forest-Sunrise, visited the Normandy beaches recently and on 9/11 they visited the American Cemetery/ Omaha Beach that afternoon and made up with the RC of Cherbourg Val -de-Saire that evening. Note the Cherbourg club banner and the District 7770 banner (displayed) as exchanged that evening.
PDG Herve Corbin ( 2013-14) of Normandie ,France district 1640 is a member of the Cherbourg club and is pictured on the card with his Rotary partner,Janine. Also note the Ste. Mere Eglise cap saluting the American Airborne ( 82nd and 101st Divisions )  of  D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was a special day and evening to recognize World Peace and Understanding and to be reminded that Freedom is Not Free.normandy

Carolina Forest Sunrise Awards Scholarships

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Aug 312014

Rotary Club of Carolina  Forest Sunrise member Carlos Scheer( center)  stands with happy scholarship winners, Carol M. Grady  ( L) and Dylo’n Duhon (R), at the Palmetto Academy for Learning Motorsports recent graduation ceremony. Each student received a $ 500 (five hundred) Scholarship: Carol Grady ‘s was funded by the Rotary Club and  Dylo’n Duhon’s  was funded  personally by Rotarian Scheer.

Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise Serves Community

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Aug 282014

The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise  successfully completed two community projects designed to  serve the needs of community youth: Clothing Closet and Happy Feet.
Both projects were conducted with the cooperation of local businesses and funded by Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise funds generated through various yearlong events. “Money raised locally by Rotarians is returned to the community by supporting those in need and funding worthwhile projects”, said Club President Kevin Cox. 
On August 14, The Clothing Closet Project of Waccamaw Elementary was re-supplied with $2800 worth of new clothing purchased with Rotary Club funds by a group of 30 Coastal Carolina University International Students, as coordinated by the Rotaract Club of CCU and Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians. The shopping spree took place at Carolina Forest Wal-Mart, Highway 501.
International students filled shopping carts with socks, shirts, slacks  and jackets for use by Waccamaw Elementary School needy students as administered by school staff. Youngsters in need of replacement clothing receive new clothing items throughout the school year. The International students were transported to the local Wal-Mart via the Chanticleer Trolley and then shuttled on to Waccamaw Elementary School for lunch as provided by the Club. CCU Rotaract Club President Grace Cox planned the annual event, which Club Advisor and Rotarian Porter Medley described as “The first time many international students had ever shopped in a Wal-Mart store-which was great fun for us to see. We had shopping lists and they shopped styles and colors new to them. They saw Rotary  and Rotaract in action close up and personal. Grace Cox provided great leadership for this project. “
On August 16,  the Rotary Club’s annual Happy Feet Project was conducted at Coastal Grande Mall’s Payless Shoes store. Eligible children and their parents visited  the store to select shoes which were purchased with Rotary Club funds. Eligible children as identified by school officials visited the store during special hours, had their feet measured by  store staff  and selected their shoes assisted by Rotarians. “This year’s Happy Feet project served 74 pupils and $1400 of Rotary funds was used to buy what some youngsters described as their first pair of new shoes, and not hand-me-downs. There were many happy faces and happy feet in the store today.” said Rotarian Peter Loverso.


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Carolina Forest -Sunrise Rotarians, CCU International Club Students, Rotaract President  and Wal-Mart staff pose in front of CCU Trolley The students display the $2400 children’s clothing register tape.
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CCU Rotaract President Grace Cox and  Club Advisor and Rotarian Porter Medley display the  $2400 clothing register tape at the Waccamaw Elementary School School.
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Rotarian Barry Spivey assisting a child and parent selecting shoes as part of the club’s Happy Feet project which provided new shoes for 74 children in need.
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Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians  and Payless Shoes staff celebrate a successful Happy Feet project.
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Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarian Porter Medley with two sisters who have their Happy Feet shoes ready for the new school year.
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Carolina Forest-Sunrise Rotarians in the News

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Aug 212014

Carolina Forest-Sunrise Rotarians have been busy. Here are their latest happenings.


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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise : Boulevard Median Maintenance Project 

Rotarian Carlos Scheer (L)owner of Carolina Shores Real Estate, presents his company’s  $500 (five hundred dollar)check to Dr. Kevin Kristick (R) ,Club  Service Chair in support of the Club’s Boulevard Maintenance Project at a recent club meeting. The project’s  goal is to assist in the care and appearance of the CF Blvd. from Highway  501 to Gateway Drive- nearly one mile of roadway which has been highlighted in the news lately due to lack of maintenance following  the dissolution of the Carolina Forest  Property Owners Association. Horry County government officials have stated that it will remove the shrubbery and bush hog the median if a private organization does not take over the project. The Rotary Club responded to the challenge and   pledges  “to assist in the project goal of maintaining  the pristine appearance and image of our community  and work with area community leaders to find a long term solution”. The club pledges to maintain the professional appearance of the medians for the remainder of 2014 by hiring a local lawn care company for this purpose.  The  Club is soliciting donations from businesses, home owners associations and individual residents of the community to fund the project. For further information or to make a contribution, contact any Carolina Forest-Sunrise Rotarian or Dr. Kevin Kristick,843-236-7383, or

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Carolina Forest Sunrise President Accepts District 7770  2013-14 Presidential Citation from District Governor

Club President Kevin Cox (L) accepts 2013-2014 Presidential Citation from Rotary International District 7770  Governor Jimmie Williamson(R) during the Governor’s recent  Club visit. This citation was earned during the 2013-2014 presidency of Past Club President Tim Ruedy who was not present at the meeting. The citation recognizes the club’s overall performance as the highest level of recognition of service, Rotary Foundation support and over-all excellence in behalf of the Ideals of Rotary..


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Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise President -elect wins club drawing

Club President Elect  Cindy Ott (L)  with Rotary International District  Governor Jimmie Williamson(R) during his club visit.

Carolina Forest Rotary Club Awards Scholarships

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Jul 252014

Carlos Scheer(center) with Palmetto Academy for Learning Motor Sport (PALM)Club Scholarship recipients Carol Michelle Grady (L) and  Dylo’n John Jay Dubour (R) at their graduation exercise. Ms. Grady received the RC of Carolina Forest Sunrise Club sponsored scholarship and Mr. Dubour received the award as personally sponsored by  Rotarian Carlos Scheer.

Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Presents Awards

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Jul 242014

The RC of Carolina Forest Sunrise celebrated a banner year of service above self at their annual installation of new club officers and recognition of special member service  for the year 2013-14.
Club President Tim Ruedy presided at the event and Past Rotary International Director  David M.Michaux conducted the  installation  at Sam Snead’s Restaurant.( a second mailing will include scholarship recipients.)

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Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Holds Street Reach for Homeless Center in Myrtle Beach

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Mar 282014

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Rotarians from the Carolina Forest Sunrise Club help assemble beds donated by the club for the Homeless Center. From left wearing the Rotary shirt, Ernie Sadera, Dr. Kevin Kristick, our past President, Andy Kirakofe. Not shown in picture the club’s Number 1 photographer, Ralph Jones. He was taking the good pictures.


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