Sea Island Rotary Recognizes Dispatcher, Learns about Sea Turtle Rescue

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Apr 232015
Sea Island Rotary’s April 14 meeting included a special presentation to Ms. Jasmina O’Neil, who was recognized as Beaufort County’s outstanding dispatcher for 2015.  Rotarian David Zeoli read the citation from Sheriff P.J.Tanner recognizing Ms. O’Neil. David commented that Jasmina’s is the voice people first hear when calling 911, and is sometimes the last voice they ever hear. President Larry presents the award to Jasmina O'Neil, while Rotarian David Zeoli looks on Our program featured a presentation by Kelly Thorvalson, who heads sea turtle rescue and recovery programs at the Charleston Aquarium. Kelly told us about the types of sea turtles that frequent the South Carolina Coast, the rescue situations, and the types of diagnosis and  treatment used on the turtles before they can be released into the wild. Rotarian Carole introduces proposed Rotarian Joe Dunkle Kelly tells us more than we ever knew about sea turtles

Sea Island Rotary Club’s Eleventh, Hunting Island, Adventure Biathlon

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Mar 162015

Hunting island was busy this past Saturday March 7th with one hundred and twenty kayakers and paddle boarders, fifty to sixty Rotarian volunteers, and many spectators; to watch the eleventh running of the Adventure Biathlon. The event was presented by the Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort and it’s race director Paul Moore.

The race began at 11:00 under plenty of sunshine and chilly temperatures.  120 participants took to the water in kayaks and stand up paddle boards  in the Hunting Island Lagoon and raced for 6 miles out into Fripp Island inlet, returning to the launch site.  Once they beached their boats and boards, the running leg of 4.5 miles begins on the primitive trails through the lush green forest of the state park. It’s called adventure biathlon because each year the racers are ask to complete unexpected challenges on the trail such as: ‘going over a large downed tree trunk and back under it’.9

Participants can paddle and run solo or form a team made up of tandem paddlers and runners, or form a relay.  The overall top three individual winners in order were Robert Anderson of Goose Creek, SC,  Chris Williams of Cameron SC, and Zach Keister of Columbia, SC.  The winner in the overall relay/tandem was Pete Green and Josiah Tobin, the cross country coach of Holy Trinity School.

The purpose of the Adventure Biathlon race is to have fun and raise money for our Sea Island Rotary charities and local projects.  Our signature charities include CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Low country, Low Country Habitat for Humanity.

Adults and teens come to participate from all over the Southeast USA, and it is a wonderful way to help charity and compete in a very unique athletic event. This year our South Carolina U.S. Representative, Mark Sanford and son Blake competed.



Pictures by Michael Fleishman

Story by Dr. Chuck Ingle



Author Teresa Bruce tells of her Other Mother

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Feb 212015
Once again a local author spoke at Sea Island Rotary. Teresa Bruce discussed her book The Other Mother. She also told us about the often hidden part of writing: marketing a book. She gave us details about finding an agent, a publisher, and the many steps still needed even with those hurdles overcome. The book itself is an excellent biography of an influential and artistic woman who left her mark on her adopted community, especially on the many young people who regarded her as their other mother. Teresa Bruce tells us what being an author is really like DC Gilley introduces Teresa to the club Rion asks for volunteers for the upcoming Biathlon Bob Gross explains he's only asking for a little blood substitute photographer Dave takes a selfie of his winning the door prize

Local Author speaks to Sea Island Rotary

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Feb 102015
Beaufort Author Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer spoke to Sea Island Rotary Club on January 20, where she presented her book South. The book is a compendium of selections by southern authors and photographers. Wendy read a passage by a veteran talking about the importance of the military in the south, including the famous quote that if South Carolina got one more military base it would break off and sink into the ocean. (That may have been Georgia or Virginia, which also have their share of military bases. ) Ms. Pollitzer presents Bob Gross with his copy of her new book

Port Royal Sound Foundation: Educating the Community about our Unique Environment

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Feb 082015
Executive Director Jody Hayward and biologist Tim Price spoke at Sea Island Rotary to educate us about the mission and programs of the Port Royal Sound Foundation. The Foundation recently opened a Maritime Museum at the former Lemon Island Marina site. The museum, which is open daily, includes both permanent and temporary exhibits relating to the environment and culture of the Port Royal Sound area, including Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and the surrounding waterways. The museum also features lectures and activities related to environmental education. DSC_0034 Tim Price gives us a biologist's perspective on the Port Royal Sound area Woody Oakley thanks everyone who volunteered at the joint Rotary oyster roast

Sea Island Rotary Marches in Beaufort Christmas Parade

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Dec 112014
Sea Island Rotary of Beaufort, South Carolina, participated in the annual town’s Christmas parade. Our float entry was called  “Light Up Rotary”  after Rotary Pres Gary C.K. Huang’s presidential theme for 2014-15.  We promoted our two fundraisers, “The Charity Shrimp Race” by having Jumbo the Shrimp (Stephanie Green) ride in Kathy Bundy’s white mustang convertible; and our “Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon” with a kayak being pulled behind Woody Oakley’s ‘53 Chev pickup. Several other members of our club passed out candy to the Christmas onlookers along the parade route. It was wonderful to watch the children’s faces light up as they received the candy, followed in almost every case by a sincere “thank you.” ChristmasParade (11) ChristmasParade (43) ChristmasParade (109) ChristmasParade (68) ChristmasParade (8)

Compassionate Beaufort visits Sea Island Rotary

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Nov 272014
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Mike Seymour of Compassionate Beaufort Communities spoke to Sea Island Rotary Club. He explained how Beaufort is a small part of an international movement that grew out of Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to Compassion and the Charter for Compassion. Many cities and organizations have adopted the Charter for Compassion as a way to keep their focus and awareness around compassionate acts. As a reminder of this focus, Mike provided club members with cards to pass out when they see someone performing an act of compassion. The card thanks the person and asks them to pay it forward.

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District Governor Visits Sea Island Rotary Club

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Nov 102014
Our club was delighted to have District Governor Jimmie Williamson visit us on October 28 meeting  DG Jimmie told us of his background and his Rotary experiences, and especially what inspired him to be a Rotary leader. He left us with a greater appreciation for all of the good things that Rotary does, and how we can join him in lighting up Rotary Our DG flanked by President Larry and AG Dick We demonstrated our commitment to doing good works locally by presenting a check to Rosalyn Brown and Woody Rutter of Thumbs Up for their support for our charity shrimp race. Thumbs Up is a year-round program that focuses on academic achievement and character development by working one on one with referred youth. Rotary 10-28-2014 (4)

Sea Island Rotary Distributes School Uniforms

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Sep 182014
With the help of a District 7770 grant matched by club funds, the Sea Island Rotary is distributing school uniforms to elementary and middle schools in northern Beaufort County. Each school is allotted a budget based on need. School counselors determine the needs of their students and then submit a purchase order to our club. We work with vendors to get the most economical price so we can make the most of our funds.Our club then fulfills the need of uniforms, a need for pants or shirts or both.  Once the orders are fulfilled, Rotarians volunteer to deliver to the orders to the schools for distribution.
Sea Island Rotary is committed to such programs that serve the less fortunate children of Beaufort County. We believe this program conforms well with our club’s goals as well as those of Rotary International. Our goal with this program is for the less fortunate children to dress in compliance according to the guidelines of our local school district and to raise the children’s confidence so they can better focus on their education.
Rotarian Larry Meisner delivers uniforms to Whale Branch Elementary School
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