Apr 012014
 

April District Governor Newsletter

Welcome to the tenth month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, April is Rotary Magazine Month. If you want to enjoy seeing all that Rotary does in the world and in our communities, then the Rotarian magazine is the best source of information. There are great stories, photos and a calendar of events that keep you plugged into what’s coming up in the Rotary world. Did you know that the Rotarian is now online at http://therotarianmagazine.com/. Don’t wait any longer to check it out. What better way to share what the magazine is all about than to share it out on social media and include in your Club pages as well.

District Conference Recap

The Conference has just wrapped up and it was a great time for all, a great mix of Rotary information, fun, fellowship, and celebrating Club accomplishments. Ideas were shared among Clubs on unique service events, creative meetings and socials, membership initiatives and Rotary updates provided by our President’s Representative, Ken Schuppert and his wonderful wife Lynn.

The District Service Project of providing books for the Charleston Development Academy, an inner city school that does not have a library, was a stunning success! Hundreds of books were received and more are on the way from many Clubs. Thanks to Pat Richards, our District Literacy Chair, for organizing this great event. Pat also presented Literacy awards to the following Clubs: 1st Place – Charleston Lunch, 2nd place – North Myrtle Beach, 3rd place – Daniel Island.

Foundation Service Awards and District Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to a number of individuals.

Clubs were also recognized for receiving Club Leadership and Presidential Citations and the Clubs of the Year were given their individual banners as well as being able to go home with the travelling Club of the Year Banner.

Winners of the Club of the Year Honors were as follows: Small size Clubs– St George, Medium size Clubs – Daniel Island and Large size Clubs – Hilton Head Island.

Awards were also presented to those Clubs doing wonderful jobs in public relations and social media.

Best Website – Small – Summerville Evening, Medium – Mt Pleasant, Large – Hilton Head

Best Bulletin – Small – Carolina Forest, Medium – Mt Pleasant, Large – Myrtle Beach

Best Social Media – Small – Summerville Evening, Medium – Lake Murray-Irmo, Large – Charleston.

Some individual awards were presented to the following individuals:

Club Builders – Diane Junis and Stan Luallin of the Spring Valley Club.

District Four Way Test Award – Charlotte Gonzalez of the Lowcountry-Beaufort Club.

District Vocational Service Award – Judy Burnstein of the Daniel Island Club.

The Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service – Retta Guthrie of the Orangeburg Club.

The Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation – Paula Matthews of the Spring Valley Club.

District Rotarian of the Year – David Tirard of the Hilton Head Club.

Public Relations – This is a time to think about how we can spread the good word and works of Rotary in our communities in order to promote literacy both locally and in the world. Public Relations and providing stories and photos of our service projects to local media is a great way to do that and to promote membership opportunities as well. Use Social Media to showcase your Club’s events, fundraisers and service projects. Promote Peace and Understanding in our communities by working with young people in the area of Literacy.

Helping Others – This is also a time when we should ask ourselves if we can do more to help others. We should all reflect on our good fortune in life and take the opportunity to give more freely to help others in need. Are we all Sustaining members giving at least $100 a year to the Annual Fund? Could we do more? What about doing twice as much good and do $200 a year. Have you thought about becoming a Paul Harris Society member for a $1000 a year? How about being a Benefactor or Bequest Society member and leaving something in your will to our Foundation. Have you considered being a Major Donor to our Foundation and doing $10,000 in cash over a period of time?

What’s on the Calendar in April?

FirstDistrict Training – Club Leadership Assembly is now online for registration. This is a great opportunity get your Club Officers and Board trained for the coming year. The 2014-15 Rotary District 7770 District Training Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter.  Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15 a.m. Get the latest on all aspects of Rotary including District and Rotary International Database training, Foundation training on Grants, Reports, Tracking, Scholars and more.

Second – Club Officers should be updating Rotary Club Central with Goals for the coming year. Update your Membership and Foundation Goals as well as your planned Service Activities and your involvement with your New Generations Clubs such as Early Act, Interact and Rotaract.

Third – If you haven’t registered for the Sydney Rotary International Convention, register online at http://www.riconvention.org/en/2014/Pages/ridefault.aspx

This year we will not have a Southland Breakfast at the RI Convention as we have done traditionally. Instead, our Director and RI Vice President Anne L Matthews is scheduling a reception on Saturday late afternoon. The Southland Reception will be held Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Powerhouse Museum in downtown Sydney, amidst the main hotels and restaurants. Registration can only be done online and the link is here. http://www.directory-online.com/Rotary/index.cfm?EventID=77219415.  Scroll down to May 31st and register.

Fourth – Now is the time for Clubs to be looking for candidates for Global Ambassadorial Scholarships. These Scholars go abroad for a year of Graduate Study in a program in line with our Foundation’s Six Areas of Focus. The Timeline information is available on the District Database under the Files Tab and is found under the “Foundation Forms and Applications” folder.

Public Relations – Are you sending in your stories to our District Website at Rotary7770News@gmail.com? Andra Watkins is our District Chair for Public Relations and puts together a great weekly email with all the stories of our Clubs’ activities. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your Club’s activities, service events, fellowships and fun meetings into the weekly News-email. This is a great way to promote your Club’s events and it’s always fun to see photos of one another in action.

Foundation – Your Club should have submitted your third quarter’s Foundation Contributions to “Our” Foundation in March.  Remember that half of what we send to the Annual Fund each year comes back to us after three years to fund local District Grant projects as well as funding Global Grants, End Polio Now, Scholars and Peace Fellows. Consider becoming a Paul Harris Society Member, committing to giving a $1000 annually to Our Foundation. It’s less than a cup of coffee a day and you would be doing so much good in the world and in your own community. Contact PHS Chair David Tirard for information on how to do this. DavidTirard@aol.com

Ending Polio Now remains our number one goal in Rotary and we are getting “This Close”. Very modest goals are in place for every Club and we want to reach out to engage our communities in these fund raising efforts. Don’t just write a check, have a community fellowship event with a goal of raising some money for PolioPlus and having a great time with your members and the community at large. We promised the children of the world that we would end Polio, please consider contributing more individually and as a Club to get this done. Remember, the Gates Foundation will match every dollar an individual Rotarian or Club gives on a two to one basis, your one dollar becomes three dollars.

Membership – Have you set goals to increase membership this year by at least three new members? Have you engaged all your members in being part of the “Membership Team”? This is something that all Rotarians should take pride in, sharing our Rotary opportunities with others. Have you looked around you at family, friends and neighbors; these are people that you know the best and they are wonderful candidates to join Rotary. Updated membership shows the District at a “plus” 89 through March 27th. Let’s finish strong and get to that plus 158 which would be 2 per Club on average.

Let’s all continue having a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

DG Lou Is Coming to a Rotary Club Near You

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Aug 202013
 

Have you always dreamed of sitting in on a talk by District Governor Lou Mello? Well, your dreams can be fulfilled. DG Lou is all over the place in the next couple of weeks. Check out his club visit schedule

When you show up, give him a really hard time about his pitching arm.

Tue Aug 20, 13 08:00A Jasper County
Tue Aug 20, 13 12:00P Sea Island (Beaufort)
Wed Aug 21, 13 07:30A Daniel Island
Wed Aug 21, 13 12:30P Mt. Pleasant
Thu Aug 22, 13 07:30A North Charleston-Breakfast
Thu Aug 22, 13 12:30P St. Andrews (Charleston)
Mon Aug 26, 13 01:00P Cheraw
Tue Aug 27, 13 01:00P Bennettsville
Wed Aug 28, 13 07:30A Orangeburg-Morning
Thu Aug 29, 13 07:30A Chapin Sunrise
Thu Aug 29, 13 01:00P Mullins

 

DG Lou’s Club Visits Aug 7 – 13

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Aug 062013
 

lou and jackDG Lou Mello has a light club visit schedule for the coming week. Only five clubs! Please, Rotarians, he will surely go through withdrawal from lack of club visits. Reach out and let him know how much you appreciate him this week.

Wed Aug 07, 13 11:45P Little River
Thu Aug 08, 13 07:30A Blythewood
Thu Aug 08, 13 01:00P Camden
Mon Aug 12, 13 01:00P Florence
Tue Aug 13, 13 12:00P Latta

 

DG Lou Mello’s August Message

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Jul 282013
 

Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou MelloWelcome to the second month of our 2013-2014 Rotary Year, August is Membership & Extensions Month. Have you set goals to increase membership this year by at least three new members? Have you engaged all your members in being part of the “Membership Team”? This is something that all Rotarians should take pride in, sharing our Rotary opportunities with others. Have you looked around you at family, friends and neighbors; these are people that you know the best and they are wonderful candidates to join Rotary.

Membership is the lifeblood of our organization, there are new initiatives available to help Clubs find new and creative ways to attract new Members. We will again be doing a combination Foundation/Membership/Grant Management Training Seminar September 13th, come join us and get new ideas and enjoy great fellowship with members from around our District.

We have entered a new and exciting time for our Foundation, a new Grant Model and most importantly, an expanded District Grant program giving the Clubs more money to do great local service projects.

Plan on attending the combination Foundation/Membership/Grant Management Training – Club Qualification on September 13th in Mt Pleasant at Seacoast Church. Registration is open on the District Database Calendar and here are the basic details for attendees:

Grant Management Training Seminar – Requires two from each Club to get qualified for District Grants in the following Rotary year. Recommended that the President and President Elect attend, please note that only two from your Club can attend the session.

Foundation Seminar – anyone in your Club interested in learning more about Foundation Programs, Tools, and reports should attend this session. Highly recommended for Foundation Chairs and new members.

Membership Seminar – Learn more about attracting new members and meeting member needs, highly recommended for Membership Chairs and folks in your Clubs that have successfully brought in new members so they can share their ideas.  

Are you interested in being involved in District Leadership roles beyond the Club? We will again conduct a Question and Answer session for folks that have an interest in the District Governor position. This session will be immediately following the conclusion of the Foundation Seminar on September 13th. Take the opportunity to review the parameters of the position with your District Executive team consisting of DG Lou Mello, Immediate Past DG Ed Duryea, DGE Jimmie Williamson, DGN Rod Funderburk and Chair of the Council of Governors, PDG Bernie Riedel.

Rotary at the RiverDogs August 10th, 2013

How about some great Rotary fellowship, baseball and picnic goodies. Come join us in Charleston on August 10th at 5 pm for a Picnic and RiverDogs baseball game.

A special Rotary/RiverDogs T-shirt is part of the package and you can order the sizes you need with your tickets.

Buy your tickets now on the District Calendar.

Ending Polio Now remains our number one goal in Rotary and we are getting “This Close”. Very modest goals are in place for every Club and we want to reach out to engage our communities in these fund raising efforts. Don’t just write a check, have a community fellowship event with a goal of raising some money for PolioPlus and having a great time with your members and the community at large.

This year we will be emphasizing the Family of Rotary, Fellowship, Youth Service and the ethics of the Four Way Test. We will once again recognize a Four Way Test Nominee in each Club visit, a great way for a Club to celebrate one of their own and perhaps inspire a few new members to really Engage Rotary and Change Lives themselves.

Finally, mark your Calendars for the celebration of your Club’s accomplishments by attending the annual District Conference in Charleston March 28th – 30th , 2014. It will be a great time and looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Let’s all have a great year as we “Engage Rotary and Change Lives”.

Regards

Lou Mello DG 2013-14

 

Lake Murray-Irmo Welcomes DG Lou Mello

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Jul 242013
 

Submitted by Jacqueline Buck
Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo

lou melloThe guest speaker at the July 17, 2013 meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo meeting was Lou Mello, the 2013-2014 District Governor for Rotary District 7770.   He said that Rotarians are unique because they act differently because they live the Four-Way Test. They think differently because of the unique professional prospective they bring to each project and event.  They have passion and perseverance to get things done.  And they provide service on a global scale.  He talked about the priorities of Rotary and made suggestions as to how Rotarians could Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

 

Where oh Where is DG Lou?

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Jul 232013
 

lou and jackInterested in DG Lou Mello’s club visit schedule for the coming week? You never know where he might turn up………

Wed Jul 24, 13 07:30A Bluffton
Wed Jul 24, 13 12:00P Beaufort
Thu Jul 25, 13 12:30P Hilton Head Island
Fri Jul 26, 13 07:30A Lowcountry-Beaufort
Mon Jul 29, 13 01:00P Sumter
Tue Jul 30, 13 07:30A Georgetown Breakfast
Tue Jul 30, 13 01:00P Georgetown Lunch

 

DG Lou Mello’s Weekly Club Visits

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Jul 182013
 

Lou and his brotherWhere in District 7770 is DG Lou Mello?

Check out this week’s District Governor visit schedule. DG Lou may just be in your area. You might want to drag out your fancy clothes.

Wed Jul 17, 13 07:30A Lake Murray-Irmo
Wed Jul 17, 13 01:00P Manning
Thu Jul 18, 13 07:15A Summerton
Thu Jul 18, 13 01:00P Sumter-Palmetto
Fri Jul 19, 13 12:30P Myrtle Beach-Chicora
Mon Jul 22, 13 01:00P Barnwell County
Mon Jul 22, 13 06:30P Hilton Head Island-Sunset
Tue Jul 23, 13 08:00A Hilton Head Island-Van Landingha
Tue Jul 23, 13 12:15P Okatie-Bluffton

 

New President Installed at Carolina Forest Rotary Club

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Jul 112013
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rotary district 7770, rotary eastern south carolina, carolina forest rotary clubCongratulations to Tim Ruedy, the new President of Carolina Forest Rotary Club. Here’s Past President Andy Kiracofe and New president Tim Ruedy at the installation.

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District Governor Lou Mello and Carolina Forest Rotarian Carlos Scheer presenting our District Governor the Rotary wining Wheel which represented his Donation to the Rotary Foundation Of 2000 Dollars.

DG Lou Mello’s Weekly Club Visit Schedule

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Jul 102013
 

Wonder where in the District Lou Mello is this week? Here’s a schedule of his club visits……..you know, in case you want to dress up for his visit to your club.

Wed Jul 17, 13 07:30A Lake Murray-Irmo
Wed Jul 17, 13 01:00P Manning
Thu Jul 18, 13 07:15A Summerton
Thu Jul 18, 13 01:00P Sumter-Palmetto
Fri Jul 19, 13 12:30P Myrtle Beach-Chicora
Mon Jul 22, 13 01:00P Barnwell County
Mon Jul 22, 13 06:30P Hilton Head Island-Sunset
Tue Jul 23, 13 08:00A Hilton Head Island-Van Landingha
Tue Jul 23, 13 12:15P Okatie-Bluffton

 

Look out for DG Lou’s weekly schedule. He will be crashing your club soon.

Myrtle Beach Sunrise Receives First 4 Way Test Award of the Year

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Jul 062013
 

Submitted by Pauline Levesque
ADG Area 10.

District Governor Lou Mello awards Brent Musick, Past President of the Myrtle Beach Sunrise Rotary Club with the Four Way Test Award at Tuesday’s breakfast meeting. The meeting was the first offical club visit for DG Mello.

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