Has a New Look

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Sep 112013

Have you checked out lately? If you haven’t, you might be surprised by Rotary’s new look.


Rotary launched its new website on August 26. It contains tons of easy-to-find information on all things Rotary, along with some great new features for members.

Check out the My Rotary tab, where you can set up a profile and connect with Rotarians from around the world. It takes less than a minute to complete your profile, and you decide how much of it to make public by simply clicking on the unlock feature next to each section.

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Matthews Begins Term as First Woman Vice President

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Jul 062013

From the Rotary International Web site
Article by Arnold R. Grahl

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Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International. Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

As Rotary clubs continue to promote diversity in their membership, Rotary is marking a milestone. Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International.

“Women have contributed significantly to Rotary initiatives, and will continue to do so,” says Matthews, who is also the first woman to serve as both a Rotary Foundation trustee and an RI director. “No doubt, the unfortunate and sometimes misleading image of ‘an old boys’ club’ will be buried for good.

“Whether the job is done by a male or female is immaterial,” she adds. “What is important is that the individual who serves is effective in that role. With that said, I am extremely proud to be the first woman vice president and am thankful for the California pioneers who pursued membership of women in Rotary.”

A member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, Matthews has served Rotary in numerous capacities. In addition to her service as trustee and director, she has been a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI president’s representative, lead seminar trainer for the International Assembly, Future Vision Committee member, RI training leader, and district governor.

She is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Matthews is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Bequest Society member, Major Donor, and Paul Harris Society member.

She has a long and distinguished career outside Rotary as well. President of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm, she has degrees in business, economics, and educational administration, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

She has served as a trustee of Coker College, on the Advisory Education Board of the National Federation of Independent Business, as president of the National Business Education Association, and as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board of Directors for High Schools That Work. She has also served on the board of the Center for Occupational Research and Development in Texas and the Commission on Occupational Education, a national accreditation agency, among others. She is a member of Leadership South Carolina.

Matthews says she began attending Rotary club meetings in 1989, on the recommendation of her minister. It wasn’t long before she became actively involved in her club. Her most satisfying moments, of which she says there have been many, include immunizing children against polio in India, digging wells in the Amazon jungle, and preparing food for the hungry.

“I feel especially peaceful when simply sharing stories and facts with Rotarians about the good Rotary is doing in pockets all over the world,” Matthews says. “Seeing and hearing their reactions is particularly satisfying.”

DG Lou Mello’s July Message

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Jun 302013
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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”.

Incoming Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews Visits DC

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May 212013

Incoming Rotary International Vice President (and District 7770’s own) Anne Matthews visited Washington DC to raise awareness for Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. She lobbied Congressional leaders for continued federal support for this vital Rotary program. Here she is with Senator Tim Scott (R, SC).

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Rotary International Director & 7770 Rotarian Anne Matthews Requests Polio Eradication Support in Washington DC

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May 092013

Anne Matthews and Sen Scott in Washington

Recently, District 7770 Rotarian & Rotary International Director Anne L. Matthews  met with SC Senator Tim Scott in Washington DC to request  continued  financial support for Rotaries efforts to eradicate Polio from the earth.


Zone 33 Peace Symposium

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Apr 092013
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The Peace Symposium was a Zone 33 event celebrating the various avenues of Peace Through Service. The Peace Fellow Conference was a series of presentations by the graduating Peace Fellows based on their dissertations.
RI President Tanaka, Trustee Chair Wilkinson and Rotary Director (and 7770 resident) Anne Matthews all were in attendance.
Both events were held in Chapel Hill at with the UNC-Duke Peace Center.
Feb 282013

RLI Grads
On February 23, 2013, our district presented new ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUE (RLI)
graduates to incoming District Governor Lou Mello. The 8 graduates and their clubs are Bob
Barton, Mt. Pleasant; Gary Bradam, Myrtle Beach; Matt Dover, York; Bill Greene, Myrtle Beach
Chicora; Jacquelyn Jenkins, St. George; Andy Kiracole, Carolina Forest Sunrise Club; and Bill
Taylor, Florence Breakfast, who all received the official RLI pin from DGE Mello.

The day long training for these graduates and 25 additional participants in Part I and II was
held at Bond Hall at the Citadel in Charleston. Part I attendees were Gayle Bowen, Emma Ruth
Brittain, Phillip Cingolani, Wade Cleveland, Andy Edmunds, Jaye Elliott, Jim Friar, David
Johnson, Terrell Jones, Randy Myers, Darryl Owens, Wayne Putman, Sylvia Rivers, Beth Sherr,
Mitchell Sherr, David Vanesse, Phillip Watson. Part II participants were Mike Emily, Kevin
Kristick, Henry Lewis, William “Bo” McMillan, Rebecca Melton, Michael Robbins, Barry
Spivey, and Ring Stafford.

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development
program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.
While not an official program of Rotary International and not under its control, this is a linked
program that helps new and long time members gain Rotary knowledge and encourages
additional leadership roles for its participants.

Additional district area training classes will be held Friday September 20, 2013 at South
University in Columbia and on Saturday February 22, 2013 at the Citadel in Charleston.
Within RLI Zone 33 other classes take place throughout the year and Rotarians may attend RLI
institutes within our zone or other zones as best suits individual schedules.

Additional questions about 7770 RLI may be directed to District RLI Chair, Harriett Hilton, Rotary Club
of Beaufort at Zone 33 RLI serves 39,000 Rotarians from Delaware to South
Carolina plus the Southern Caribbean. Zone information is available at or
from Bevin Wall, RLI Zone Executive Director, or (252) 223-4411.


Rotary International Director Anne Matthews Participates in Rotary Institute in Ismir, Turkey

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Nov 212012

Rotary International Director & District 7770 club member Anne L. Matthews spoke this past week in Ismir, Turkey at a Rotary Institute event. Safak Pavey, pictured with Ms. Matthews in the news article below,  is a member of the Turkish Parliament. Ms. Pavey lost her left arm and leg in a train wreck.

District 7770’s Dr. Anne L. Matthews to Serve as Vice President of Rotary International!

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Oct 222012

Dr. Anne L. Matthews, Rotary International Vice President Elect, 13/14

It has been announced by Rotary International President-Elect Ron Burton that he has appointed our own RI Director Anne Matthews to serve as the Vice President of Rotary International for the 2013-14 Rotary year. What a great honor for Anne and for our district!

Through this appointment, Anne continues to make history. She is the first woman elected to serve as Vice President of Rotary International. She is also the first woman to be elected to serve both as Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and of the RI Board of Directors.

Congratulations Anne! We are so proud of you! It’s a well-deserved honor!

Rotary District 7770 is proud to have Dr. Anne L. Matthews as a member – her home club is Columbia East.  She is only the second woman Rotary Foundation Trustee and the third woman elected to serve as a Rotary International Board Member (2012-14).  She is also the first woman Foundation Trustee and the first woman Rotary International Board member from Zone 33.

The following transcript was taken from an introduction provided by Tin Tin Nu Raschid, Governor 1996-97, RGHF Board Member for Zone 33: (

If you had the opportunity to speak with Anne Matthews of Columbia, SC, you would  know what a charming Southern lady  she is. Takes you right back to the “Gone with the Wind” movie. My husband and I had the pleasure of dining with her at the Zone 33-34 Institute in Raleigh, NC in October 1998, when she was the Governor Nominee from District 7770. Ever since, we have been meeting at the Zone Institutes and also when she came to speak at our District Foundation Seminars.                                   

Dr. Anne L. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational firm in Columbia, SC. She has three earned degrees, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She is an educator by profession, an author of business texts, and a public speaker. She served as president of several national educational organizations and served on numerous boards, including her undergraduate alma mater, Coker College. She is the recipient of several honors including ones from the YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, key to Lake City, SC, Distinguished Alumni Award, Hall of Fame from Florence County School District 3, National Business Education’s Distinguished Service Award, and Leadership SC. She received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. Anne has spoken and/or consulted in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 20 foreign countries on educational issues and/or the Rotary Foundation. 

Anne is the past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia East and served as District Governor of D7770 in 1999-2000. She completed a three-year term as the District’s Foundation chair in June, 2006, and during the 2006 Rotary year, D7770 was ranked as number one in the world in Annual Giving and number seven in total giving to the Foundation. Anne initiated the Paul Harris Society in 2005-06, the Centennial year, and District 7770 secured 125 chartered members.  Anne completed a three-year term as the Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 33 June, 2009.   

Anne served: as a National Adviser for the Rotary Foundation Permanent Fund; was appointed by the presidents of Rotary International to Zone Chair for  the Hunger Task Force and the Rotary Community  Corps Task Force; served in 2004-05 and 2005-06 as a trainer for incoming governors  at the International Assembly in Anaheim; represented D7770 as a delegate to the Council on Legislation in 2004; served as the Moderator for the Interfaith Service for the COL in Chicago in 2004; served on the  Zones 33 and 34 Executive Committee in 2004-05 as the Program Chair and as General Chair for the Atlanta Institute in 2006; represented the President of Rotary International as a President’s Representative at several district conferences; spoke and/or facilitated sessions at Rotary International Conventions and   Pre-Institutes, and served as chair of the Findings Committee for the 2010 International Institute in Montreal.  

Anne was appointed by RI Presidents D. K. Lee and John Kenney to serve as the Lead Seminar Trainer at the International Assembly in San Diego in January, 2008, and in 2009. She is presently serving as a member of TRF’s Future Vision Plan Committee during ’09-’12.  In May 2010, Anne was nominated by RIPE Ray Klinginsmith and elected by the RI Board to serve as a member of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. In September 2010, Anne was elected by the Zone 33 Nominations Committee to serve as Rotary International Director for Zones 33 and 34, effective July 1, 2012.

Anne is a sustaining member, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor, charter member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society, Benefactor, and a Ten Star Rotarian. 

Anne received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, and Rotary International’s highest honor, the Service Above Self award. In 2006, she was honored as District 7770’s Rotarian of the Year.            


District 7770 Recognized as #1 in Zone 33 & #7 in the World for Supporting Rotary Foundation

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Sep 252012

District 7770 is #1 in Zone 33 in total Foundation Contributions
in 2011-12 and #7 in the world with $1,257,678.

District 7770 is #1 in Zone 33 in PolioPlus Contributions
in 2011-12 and #44 in the world with $143,792.

District 7770 is #2 in Zone 33 in Permanent Fund Contributions
in 2011-12 and #15 in the worldwith $265,819.

District 7770 is #2 in Zone 33 in Annual Fund Contributions Per Capita
in 2011-12 and #20 in the world with $195.66.

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