Georgetown Rotary Club President earns Presidential, Leadership Citation

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May 092015

Assistant District Governor J.B. Jolly, District 7770 Rotary International presented President Nat Kaminski with The R.I Leadership Citation and the Presidential Citation honoring the achievements of the Club this Rotary Year, 2014-2015. This is a honor of distinction.

Way to go Pres. Nat for your outstanding leadership! It has been a great year, and it isn’t over yet.

Good Friends at Rotary Club of Georgetown

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Dec 082014

georgetownPatti Short spoke to the Rotary Club of Georgetown Tuesday about

GOOD FRIENDS, an organization of women committed to raising

money to provide financial assistance to individuals who are

disadvantaged or in need in Georgetown County, SC.

100% of the money raised by GOOD FRIENDS is administered by

Georgetown County Department Of Social Services to supplement

services to people in a desperate situation who are not eligible for

State assistance.  Without GOOD FRIENDS they would otherwise

“Fall through the cracks.”

In the last twelve years, women of Georgetown County have

contributed over $435,000 to positively impact the lives of people in

need who live in our community.  A contribution to GOOD FRIENDS

is an unconditional gift to help someone you don’t even know without

expectations for anything in return- a true gift from the heart.

GOOD FRIENDS is a 501 C 3 non-profit charitable organization and

contributions are tax deductable.

Plunket Speaks to the Rotary Club of Georgetown

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Nov 032014

Jennifer Plunket, PhD, the Stewardship Coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah

Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve spoke on the purpose of the Reserve.

The NERRS Science Collaborative was created to put Reserve-based science

to work for coastal communities coping with the impacts of land use change,

pollution, and habitat degradation in the context of a changing climate. The

program is based on the belief that for science to be applied to coastal

management problems, the people who need to use the science must be

involved in its generation.

Why? Few coastal resource management problems are purely “environmental”

in nature. They impact economies and business, infrastructure and property,

human health and well-being. Science may be essential to addressing a problem,

but when it does not account for the economic, regulatory, and social aspects of

a problem, it often gets ignored.

The projects funded are designed to bring the intended users of the science into

the research process so that their perspectives can inform problem definition,

research design and implementation, and ultimately, application of the project’s

results. This is what we mean by “collaboration,” and it is our goal to use this

process to ensure that the good science happening in and around the Reserves

gets put to good use.

There was great interest in the subject since all agreed that The Winyah Bay

and surrounding watersheds are what makes this area so attractive to live in and

worth preserving for the future. It was pointed out that we should all recognize

changes in the climate evidenced by the local flooding that is not caused by

rainfall or storms, but normal astronomical occurrences.

There was an animated discussion amongst Rotarians at the conclusion about

the necessity and purpose of government intervention.

Pictured, Dr. Jennifer Plunket.

DG Jimmie Williamson Visits Georgetown Rotary

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Oct 192014
The Club was honored to have District 7770 Governor James (Jimmie) Williamson, Ph.D visit. He was greeted with our standard “How Shi Shi” as well as a standing ovation.
DG Jimmie gave a rousing speech discussing his passions: community service, Polio Plus and Alzheimer’s research. Everyone received his comments with great enthusiasm.
In honor of DG Jimmies visit, President Nat presented a check for Polio Plus for $915 from member donations.  Then a check for $15,000 was presented to  Randy Hollister, CART representative from the Pawleys Island Club for Alzheimer’s research.
Everyone left the meeting today felling very proud to be a Rotarian.
Picture 1: DG Jimmie Williamson
Picture 2: Pictured from left to right;  PP Paul Yarborough, President Nat Kaminski, DG Jimmie Williamson, Randy Hollister, Paul Seccomandi and  PP George Chastain.
DG at Georgetown

Rotary Club Of Georgetown Happy Feet Service Project

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Oct 132014

With the cooperation of the Shoe Show store in the Walmart shopping center, the Georgetown Rotary Club sponsored a service project called “Happy Feet”. The Rotary program was designed to provide new shoes for approximately 80 boys and girls in K thru 2nd grades attending schools in the Georgetown County School District. Anne Hartis, Director of Service Projects for the Georgetown Rotary Club, said, “The program is designed to help families with younger children. It was so great to see how excited the kids were about purchasing a new pair of shoes and being able to wear their new shoes to school. Rotary is all about service and we believe this is a tangible example of service to our community.”

Coordinating with guidance counselors and principals at five Georgetown County schools, students were selected by the schools and letters of invitation given to the students. On a Saturday, October 7, the Club partnered with the staff at the local Shoe Show store for a three hour period for the students to come and pick out their pair of shoes. The Georgetown Rotarians along with the Shoe Show store staff fit the students, helped them shop and then checked them out at the register designated for the project.

Shoe Show Manager Nikki Edwards said, “This project was awesome and so much fun. It was great for our store, the Georgetown Rotary Club and the community. Everything went so smoothly, and the kids were so excited. It was a great day, and we were excited to be able to host this. It is a wonderful project!”
Nat Kaminski, President of the Georgetown Rotary Club, said the service project was partially funded by a Rotary District Grant. “It was a wonderful way to help young people in need as well as a great way for Rotarians to get together to do good in the community,” said Kaminski.

Pictured in the photo: From left, Rotarians Alan Walters, Sam Hamilton, Shoe Show staff Keshawn Keith, Krista Simmons, Whitney “Nikki” Edwards, Sabrina Casselman, Hillary Caddell, Joyce Messinger, and Rotarians Anne Hartis, and Ed Kimbourgh

Georgetown Lunch Rotary Presents Vocational Service Award

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Jun 162014

Lesley Easthan, a paramedic with the Georgetown CountyFire/EMS, was the recipient of the 2013-14 Vocational Service Award from the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club at its June 10th meeting.

In this picture from the left are Rotarian Bob McCarley making the presentation, Lesley Easthan, Tony Hucks, Asst. Chief, and Jim Eathan, Lesley’s husband.


Through her life and work, Leslie truly represents Rotary’s motto:  “Service Above Self.”

Leslie is very diminutive in size, but she makes up for it in determination, courage, and drive.  She has mastered it all – first responder, firefighter, EMT, EMS, paramedic, LPN, certified instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, and Trauma, and has mastered high rise rescue, confined space rescue, and extrication.  She teaches CPR to the high schools, restaurants and day care centers in the region.

When she isn’t working, she and her husband, Jim, a lieutenant firefighter/medic with Pleasant Hill, run a 20 acre farm.  Her professional goal is raising community awareness about the needs of children who are badly injured or facing life-threatening illnesses.  Leslie, when she was very young, was in an accident and she suffered burns over 80 percent of her body.  She spent two years hospitalized and had countless surgeries.


Leslie was given a $350 award from the Georgetown Rotary Club in appreciation of her service to the Georgetown community, and she immediately said she was donating the money to David’s Blanket of Hope, an organization that provides fleece blankets to NICU’s at area hospitals.  The blankets are for children enduring serious illness.  


Georgetown Rotary Club Shag Festival News

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May 302014
Doug Neal (center), the drummer with Heart n’ Soul band, traveled from Columbia on May 20th to attend the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club meeting and make a $1,000 contribution to the Club . The band played great music at the Georgetown Rotary Club’s Shag Festival in April, and wanted to support the fundraising effort for Alzheimer’s research, scholarships, and service projects!!
The band itself is a non-profit group and only plays for charity.  It is truly a group of musicians with heart and soul!  They’ve agreed to come back and play at next year’s event scheduled for April 25, 2015.
Neal presented the check to Rotarian Paul Yarborough (left), chairman of this year’s Shag Festival, and George Chastain, President of the Rotary Club.  The 8th Annual Shag Festival raised more the $25,000 in support of CART and the other Rotary Club service projects.
Mar 182014


8th Annual Shag Fest coming to Georgetown

Paul Seccomandi (l), President of 3V Inc. in Georgetown S.C., presents a $10,000 check to George Chastain, President of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club, in support of the ongoing fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  These funds are used to support Rotary District 7770’s CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) which provides annual funding for cutting edge research to slow or cure Alzheimer’s. 

GEORGETOWN – The Rotary Club of Georgetown, in partnership with its corporate sponsor, 3V Inc., is holding its 8th Rotary Shag Festival on Saturday, April 26th.  The event, now in its eighth year, has become a favorite for many who enjoy an evening with our State dance.  This is also a great time for folks to plan a weekend in historic Georgetown during Rotary’s Shag Festival.  There are a number of places to stay, wonderful restaurants, and great thing to do besides dance if you are not so nimble on your feet.  Information about accommodations, dining, and things to do in Georgetown are available on the website at

In keeping with tradition, this year’s Shag Festival will be a street dance on King Street in Historical Downtown Georgetown. “We expect another capacity crowd and are thrilled to announce that we will be dancing to the popular sound of a great band Heart n’ Soul”, said Paul Yarborough, Chairperson of this year’s event. “Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for a wonderful weekend of dancing, and fellowship that results in a significant contribution to Alzheimer’s Research and other worthy community projects and organizations.”  Paul Seccomandi, President of 3V Inc., says his company is excited about partnering with Rotary as a major sponsor of this fundraiser.  “Rotary and 3V both have international operations but are also a part of the local Georgetown community. We want to support Rotary’s effort to raise funds for local projects as well as help defeat Alzheimer’s, a devastating disease that impacts everyone.” The Georgetown Rotary Club has raised more than $100,000 through the annual Shag Festivals to support these worthy causes.

Food and beverage will be available on site throughout the Saturday evening of the Shag Festival. Those who need a shag refresher course, come at 6:00 pm for the lesson before the band begins at 7:00 pm.

Information about these events, how to register and purchase tickets, can be found at  Tickets for the Shag Festival can be purchased on-line using the website, or at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, 600 Front Street; Julia’s Gift Shop at the Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front Street, the UPS Store, 1410 Highmarket; Coffee Break Café, 716 Front St; Ball and Que Restaurant, 1808 Highmarket St.; Postal Annex, 11405 Ocean Hwy, next to Fresh Market; and The Big Beaver Bar, 3534 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.

Shag Festival tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Tickets may also be purchased from any member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club. There are still many sponsorship opportunities available and the sponsor forms are available on the website

Visit the Rotary Club’s Face Book page at “8th Annual Shag Festival Presented by the Rotary Club of Georgetown.”

For more information, contact Paul Yarborough at 843-458-5638 or e-mail

Dr. George Blalock Receives the Rotary District 7770 Four-Way Test Award

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Aug 112013

rotary four way test award, rotary district 7770, rotary eastern south carolina, georgetown rotary clubDr. George Blalock (left), a member of the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club for 41 years, was recently presented the District Four-Way Test Award in recognition of his service to the community and his outstanding dedication, service, and contributions to the Georgetown Rotary club.  Rotary District Governor Lou Mello (right) presented the award, noting that Dr. Blalock participates in every meeting, is always willing to help with Rotary Activities, and is a regular volunteer in various community activities, including Friendship Place where he helps with meals and transportation to the Smith Medical Clinic.

Submitted by Nat Kaminski, Georgetown Rotary Club

Columbia College President Tells Georgetown Rotary ‘Motivated Students’ Sought

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Jan 192013
The Columbia College liberal arts school for women is reaching out to prospective students who are motivated and personally determined to succeed, but may not be academic all-stars. Rotary Club of Georgetown President Paul Yarborough with new Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf.                                                                                                                               Photo by Lloyd Mackall

The Columbia College liberal arts school for women is reaching out to prospective students who are motivated and personally determined to succeed, but may not be academic all-stars. Rotary Club of Georgetown President Paul Yarborough with new Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf.     Photo by Lloyd Mackall

The Columbia College liberal arts school for women is reaching out to prospective students who are motivated and personally determined to succeed, but may not be academic all-stars.

   This was emphasized at a recent Rotary Club of Georgetown Tuesday lunch meeting at the Land’s End Restaurant. Rotary President Paul Yarborough turned the microphone over to his wife, Claire Yarborough, who introduced the new Columbia College President Elizabeth A. Dinndorf.
    “We are seeking women with momentum, grit and the determination to outshine others,” Dinndorf said. “There are ten yearly scholarships, which start at $14,000 and go up to full tuition.  These students would receive the full transitional training by professionals who provide personalized advisement all four years.  Each shall be encouraged to be involved in summer internship.”
   “We need local people to help nominate a potential female student. The deadline for high school seniors was Jan. 15, but the names of potential high school juniors who want to come to Columbia College are being accepted now.  This is a fabulous opportunity in a safe urban setting where the student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. Please help us identify her or help with job shadowing opportunities.  It  is a wonderful thing to do for young women.”
   “Large employers tell us they value Columbia students who have problem solving, leadership skills and can write and communicate,” she said.  “Our students are not engineers, they’re imagineers.  With core liberal arts skills, they are flexible, adaptable and life-long learners.”
   “To gain these values, students need multiple experiences, including first-year job shadowing, which help create opportunities. We are fortunate in South Carolina to be in a state that is growing. There are hundreds of quality jobs that go unfilled.”
   “Our new promise to students is if you have a big idea, you need an academic place where you can gain practical knowhow through real-world experiences,” she said.  “If you have what it takes, we do, too, at Columbia College.”
   “Giving back to the community begins the day students arrive on campus, the President said.  “They do class service projects for their communities,” she said. “Some students feel this is the most transformational experience they’ve had.”
    “It was a hallmark event last October when I went to Washington DC to pick up the 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, one of five colleges to be so recognized in the United States,” she said. “Columbia College runs a successful and robust community initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness of diabetes,” according to the Center, which is in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.
    President Dinndorf said 100 women students are involved in school athletic teams, nicknamed the Fighting Koalas, and are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing primarily in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.  She said lacrosse recently was added to sports programs, which also include basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.  The school received a NAIA team-management Champions of Character award in 2012 for young women in athletic programs.
   More than 30 majors are offered, including art, behavioral science, biological/physical science, business administration, including accounting, management and marketing, child and family studies, child life specialist, communication and computer/information sciences and contractional studies, which allows students to customize a professional track.
   Also, dance, education, including early child, elementary and special education, English, history/political science, mathematics/computing, modern languages/literature, music, public affairs, religion and philosophy, social work, speech/language pathology and writing for print and digital media.
    Established in 1854 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Columbia College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States, and has approximately 1500 students, including 500 female and male students enrolled in evening and graduate programs. “In addition to classes held on our campus, our faculty travels to area community colleges and works with their students,” she said. “This is the only such program in South Carolina.
   As a board member and graduate of Columbia College, Mrs. Yarborough was well acquainted with Dinndorf, who is an attorney and business executive with 17 years of leadership experience at a women’s college in her home state of Minnesota.  She assumed office last July as the private college’s 18th president in Columbia.


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