DG Lou Mello’s July Message

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Jun 302013
Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou Mello

Lou Mello, Rotary 7770 District Governor Lou MelloWelcome to the 2013-2014 Rotary Year, where our theme is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”. What a wonderful and thoughtful theme, gives us an opportunity to think about how we personally Engage Rotary in the Club, in our profession and in our community. Are we changing lives, are we making a difference? Are we looking for new opportunities for service, fellowship, youth service, community projects?

What is Rotary all about, what makes us different form other organizations?

We act differently, through our Four Way Test and socially as we embrace and welcome diversity in all aspects.  We think differently coming from a multitude of professions and backgrounds. We have passion and perseverance, we say what we will do and then we do it. Ending Polio is the best example of this passion and the spirit to get it done.  We do community service on a global scale.

We are different from other organizations and in every way that we are, it is a good thing.

We are entering a new and exciting Future Vision 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. Our District has always been a leader in supporting our Foundation and participating in all the Foundation Programs. We have 5 or 6 Ambassadorial Global Grant Scholars every year doing great things abroad. We do significant Global Water Projects yearly bringing clean water to tens of thousands.  We support PolioPlus and Rotary Peace Fellow Programs.

We have 6 Rotaract Clubs at our colleges and universities and these young folks will do us proud as they go out and do good in the world. We support 40 Interact Clubs in high schools around the District and have a great Youth Exchange program with 12 to 15 Inbound and Outbound high school students year after year.

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.

Ask yourself if you know anyone that would be a good Rotarian, have you talked with them about Rotary, have you invited them to enjoy one of your Club’s meetings? Engage Rotary, Change Lives, reach out to someone and give them the great opportunity that you already have.

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.

Do you have a Rotary Moment, that moment when it became more than a meeting, a lunch or breakfast, and became an epiphany, a WOW moment that showed you what the power of Rotary can mean. Share your Rotary Moment in a Club meeting, with the folks at your table, share your passion.

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”.

Florence Breakfast Rotary Provides Shoes for Southside Middle School Students with Happy Feet Project

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May 092013

Florence Breakfast Rotary Club members, in cooperation with Rack Room Shoes in Florence, gave tennis shoes to a number of  Southside Middle School Students Wednesday morning, April 25.  The children were selected by teachers, based on need.  


Each selected a pair of shoes, some of whom posed for the photo.  As one little boy proudly commented, “This is my first ever pair of Nikes.”  What fun to put such a smile on their faces!

Left to Right, back row, Don Walter, Florence Breakfast Rotary Club President: Roger Little, Rack Room Manager; and Pearl McClain and Lulane Graham, Rack Room staff.

Left to Right, back row, Don Walter, Florence Breakfast Rotary Club President: Roger Little, Rack Room Manager; and Pearl McClain and Lulane Graham, Rack Room staff.

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Left to right, Rotarians Rick Woodard, Jay Laverinc, Don Walter, Michelle Sansbury, Joan Billheimer, Nancy Waring, Carol Adams, and Luke Wilcox.


Feb 062013


Jimmy Gibbs of the Capital City Rotary Club appeared on WIS Columbia with Dawndy Mercer Plank to discuss the Coins for Alzheimer’s Trust project.

WATCH CLIP HERE: http://youtu.be/_8F7hGwFXBg
During Jimmy’s visit to the studio, he also met six year old Emma Ashley, a student shadowing Dawndy Mercer for the day. Emma dropped 4 quarters into the bucket to support CART.

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Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club Float in Labor Day Parade

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Sep 122012

The Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club first introduced a float to the Chapin Labor Day parade in 2004 and have had a float ever since. The parade is one of the largest in the Midlands, attracting over 30,000 visitors to town. It’s a club family affair with members children encouraged to ride with them on the float. This year, fans advertising the upcoming golf fund raiser were passed out along the parade route.

College Scholarships Awarded by Spring Valley Rotarians

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Jun 052012

On May 10th the Rotary Club of Spring Valley awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Richland School District Two graduating seniors. From Ridgeview High School are (L to R):  Anthony McCollum, representing his brother Quentin McCollum who plans to attend USC as a pre-med student and Jamal Lightbourne who plans to attend Francis Marion University and major in political science.  Representing Spring Valley High School are Sydney Johnson who will attend Clemson University and plans to major in computer engineering; Anthony Ervin who will attend Winthrop University and major in athletic training or physical therapy; Breyanna Allen who will attend USC Upstate and plans to major in criminal justice and Caylyn Bird who will attend USC and will major in early childhood education.  Special thanks to scholarship committee chairman Bobby Curtis and committee members Mary Dailey and Patricia Fernald for their service. These scholarships were funded with pecan sale proceeds.


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