Friendship Exchange to District 3360 Chiang Mai Thailand

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Aug 052012

District 7770 will visit Thailand and the exotic Chang Mai area from 15 – 29 January 2013. The Thai team will visit South Carolina District 7770 7 – 21 May 2013. A map of Thailand is shown below.


District 3360 District 3360 is one of four Rotary districts in Thailand. It covers the northern region of the country, from as far as the upper northern most region of Chiangrai province, to the lower part of the northern region of Pitsanulok province. It presently has of 64 clubs with a total of 1218 members. Sites of significance include lovely temples and museums, as well as national parks that allow visitors to get close to the exotic wildlife of the area. An elephant nature park is a short drive outside of the city as well.

Tentative schedule for visit to Thailand:

Jan. 15 LEAVE US

Jan. 16 very late or early Jan. 17 arrive in Chiang Mai

Nights Jan. 16 or 17  – 22 nights in Rotary homes or hotels in District 3360

Jan. 23 Fly  to Bangkok

Jan. 23 Night in Bangkok

Jan. 24 – 25  Night near River Kaui

Jan. 26 27   Nights in Ayutheura

Jan.  28 Night in Bangkok hotel for early Jan. 29 departure

Click here to go to the page to download application forms to be a team member to Thailand.

Conway’s Award Winning Rotarians

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May 292012

On Thursday April 5th, Bruce Boone of Conway Rotary Club recognized Steve Williams, Amanda Brown, Mike Dimarino, Brad Odom and Matt Staub as Paul Harris Fellows. Jeff Davis and Bill Benson were awarded Paul Harris Fellow +1 ($2,000). George Livingston was recognized for becoming a Paul Harris Benefactor. Paul Harris Fellows are donors of $1000 or more to Rotary’s Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.

Renowned Travel Photographer Speaks at Lake Murray-Irmo Club

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May 292012

The guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting for the April 11, 2012 was Joel Collins, professional travel photographer. Joel approaches travel photography with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and respect. He has a patient approach, often trying to blend in with the local population and getting to know someone before taking their photo. As a professional he shoots for travel companies, travel magazines, and he leads instructional photo tours for aspiring amateur photographers.

Joel told the club that a travel photographer must be a good traveler as well as good photographer. He offered three tips for all travelers: go slow to absorb the surroundings, immerse yourself in the location and pack light in order to be able to easily explore the area. He offered four tips for taking better photographs: get closer to the subject, work it to get a better angle and prospective, use the background to enhance the photo and share your photos. St Augustine said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

His love of travel started at age three when his family moved to Europe. He started photographing at age 12 with his father’s Pentax Spotmatic and received his own camera soon after. Travel and photography have been intertwined ever since. After undergraduate studies at Clemson University and earning a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Louisville, he worked at IBM for 10 years before beginning a career as a professional photographer. Joel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.

Literacy Projects Celebrated at Five Points

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May 292012

At the April 20th Rotary Club of Five Points meeting the Club celebrated by recapping their Literacy Project activities during the year and honoring Teachers of the Year from six area schools.

The first Literacy Project celebrated was the Club’s annual Dictionary Project conducted in the fall of last year. Members distributed dictionaries to 180 third graders across four elementary schools in the Five Points area of Columbia.

The Five Points Club also welcomed six principals and six “Teachers of the Year” to its April 20th meeting. Each Teacher of the Year represents a school in the Five Points area of Columbia and received a plaque and $100 gift certificate for school supplies. The honorees included:

 Doris Arvelo, Religion Teacher, was honored as St. Martin de Poores Teacher of the Year by Principal Sister Robeta Fulton.

 Mary Ann Tillman, Music Teacher, was honored as AC Moore Teacher of the Year by Principal Chantelle Baker-Parnell.

 Derrick Theirse, Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher, was honored as South Kilbourne Teacher of the Year by Kim Spivey.

 Douglas Brandon, Second Grade Teacher, was honored as Rosewood Teacher of the Year by Principal Elizabeth Williams.

 Ernesto Bernal, Spanish Teacher, was honored as Hand Middle School Teacher of the Year by Principal Marissa Vickers.

 Judith Ray, Science Teacher, was honored as Dreher High School Teacher of the Year by Principal Jeanne Stigelbauer.

The Club capped the meeting with a presentation by Ms. Betsey O’Brien, Director of Education Programs for NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness. O’Brien detailed NAMI’s “Families and Teachers as Allies” teacher in-service program, a free NAMI program to school systems. The audience of teachers, principals and Club members received an overview of the program and how to obtain additional information at or by contacting Betsey O’Brien at NAMI SC at 803-733-9592. The Rotary Club of Five Points is also fielding a team in the 2012 NAMI Walk on May 19th in Columbia and is also a Silver Sponsor of the event.

Rotarians Install Playground Equipment

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May 292012

L - R President Wright Penn, Dr. Ellison Smith, Carlos Scheer, Dr. Phil Shore, and Shawn Sines

Members of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club completed a playground equipment installation project in April thanks in part to a District Simplified Grant. This project was spearheaded by Dr. Ellison Smith, past president of the club.


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