Aug 022016
SI Rotary shrimp 2016

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016

Around 3 pm – Waterfront Park, Beaufort, SC


5,000 shrimp dropped in the water, the first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes. The first 100 have a chance to win a Car or Boat worth $39,000.

Proceeds benefit Rotary Smile Mobile Dental Clinic

Shrimp Race held in conjunction with the Downtown Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

Dec 082015
The Traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade was held Sunday, Dec. 6 to a very large crowd and a record 118 entries.  The parade went through the streets of Beaufort and featured Floats, Bands, groups of walkers from various organizations, Santa Claus and Sea Island Rotary’s entry of Woody’s 53 Chev pick up trailing a kayak of mine.  We were promoting our Charity Shrimp race with crowd pleaser Rion Salley as Jumbo the Shrimp.  Paul Moore, and Ed Wise and Gary Markham gave away candy and brochures for the Adventure Biathlon.  Michael Fleischbein took pictures and rode in the truck with SIRC President Chuck Ingle. 2015 Xmas Parade A12015 Xmas Parade A 72015 Xmas Parade A22015 Xmas Parade A32015 Xmas Parade A42015 Xmas Parade A52015 Xmas Parade A8 2015 Xmas Parade A62015 Xmas Parade A9  
Nov 062015
(October 28, 2015, Beaufort SC): When he is not putting out fires as a firefighter and paramedic at the Savannah River Nuclear Site, Rotarian Joey Dunkle is fighting fires on the Beaufort County School Board. This civic-minded public servant joined Sea Island Rotary earlier this year and he has enjoyed making new friends and finding opportunities to serve his community through the club. “I was looking for a way to get involved with my community and give back to it somehow,” Dunkle says. “I researched the various civic organizations in Beaufort and when I came across Sea Island Rotary I looked at the member list and I knew several of the members already.” After meeting with Rotarian Carole Ingram, Joey attends his first meeting and was hooked. “I was welcomed by members, both the ones I knew and the ones I didn’t.” he reveals. “I was impressed by how the meetings were run efficiently. I also like that the club was not a secret society and was diverse in terms of sex and race.” In the appeal of these things Joey is not alone among his fellow Sea Island Rotarians. The unique make-up of the club, the wide range of life and business experience and a down-home, upbeat hands-on approach to service and community involvement is a powerful driver for his fellow club members. In 2014 Joey ran for and was elected to the Beaufort County School Board and represents his district of Port Royal. This hard working club member quickly got involved in Rotary activities and is a regular at the club’s weekly meetings. Joey Dunkle  

Sea Island Rotary Sponsored Balloon Takes Off!

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Jun 082015
Beaufort Middle School Principal and Sea Island Rotarian Carole Ingram shares this photo from the BMS student balloon launch. Sea Island Rotary Club sponsored this launch with a donation of funds. As you can tell, it was a tremendous success!  Carole thanks SIRC for our sponsorship and support of these students. Weather balloon launch

May is Hospital Month at Sea Island Rotary

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Jun 042015
Our May program theme has been Inside Beaufort Memorial Hospital, with a series of programs introduced by club member and BMH Chief Human Resources Officer Dave Homyk. On consecutive weeks we heard from the hospital’s Chief Information Officer, Director of Safety, and Chief Medical Officer. After the last program, President Larry asked if we could get either certificates or discount cards from the hospital after learning so much about its inner workings. Rotary 5-12-2015 (6)   Rotary 5-5-2015 (9) Rotary 5-12-2015 (11) Rotary 5-19-2015 (7)     Rotary 5-19-2015 (4) Rotary 5-19-2015 (2)

Birds of Prey visit Sea Island Rotary

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May 122015
Sea Island Rotary’s April 28 meeting was a little out of the ordinary. Our speaker, Stephen Schnabel of the Birds of Prey Center in Awendaw, brought two guests with him: a barred owl and a Cooper’s hawk. The guests let him speak for a while, explaining the good work that the Birds of Prey Center performs, but then they decided to take over the show. The owl made himself known from inside his crate, making mournful owl sounds during the video whenever a certain staff member spoke. Stephen told us that this owl had been brought to the center when quite young and bonded with the young woman to an extent that he called out when he saw or heard her, even on video.  The Cooper’s hawk gave us a flying demonstration inside our meeting space, causing several Rotarians to duck when he flew inches over their heads. This was definitely a demonstration and talk that got our full attention! Rotary 4-28-2015 (4) photo 3 Rotary 4-28-2015 (36) Rotary 4-28-2015 (26)

Sea Island Rotary Honors Members on March 17

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Apr 022015
Sea Island Rotary honored several of its members with additional Paul Harris Fellowships and also recognized members of the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society. The program was presented by long-time hotel operator Vimal Desai, and was essentially an insider’s guide to choosing a hotel room and making your hotel stay comfortable and safe. Rotary 3-17-2015 (23)   Rotary 3-17-2015 (24)   Rotary 3-17-2015 (13)   Rotary 3-17-2015 (20)                               The program was presented by long-time hotel operator and Sea Island Rotarian Vimal Desai. It gave us an insider’s guide to choosing a hotel room and making your hotel stay comfortable and safe. Rotary 3-17-2015 (5) Rotary 3-17-2015 (6)             Rotary 3-17-2015 (10)       Rotary 3-17-2015 (27)  

Former Presidential Helicopter Pilot Speaks at Sea Island Rotary

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Mar 282015
Sea Island Rotary got a special insight March 10 into what it takes to fly the President, First Family, cabinet officials, and foreign dignitaries from Rob Bridgers. Rob, who currently lives in Beaufort and helps to match veterans with civilian jobs, spent his career in the Army and Marines, where he became one of the pilots of Marine 1, the helicopter used to transport the President and other VIPs to and from Camp David as well as from airports to destinations both within the US and abroad. Rob was very entertaining with his description of the job and of some of the people he transported over the years during the Reagan and Bush presidencies. He managed to walk the fine line between telling what it was really like and keeping confidences. Rotary 3-10-2015 (6) Rotary 3-10-2015 (8)
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Paul gives the final report on our Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon. Thanks who all who volunteered or participated!

Sea Island Rotary hosts Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon

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Jan 312015

Each March Sea Island Rotary hosts an awesome Adventure Biathlon Race at Hunting Island State Park, SC.  The race includes a 6 mile paddle, which begins in the park’s lagoon and goes out to Fripp Inlet and then back to the lagoon where the paddlers transition into a 4.3 mile trail run through the pristine natural forest of Hunting Island.  Some athletes  complete the course in Teams, where one paddles and the other runs – which we call a Relay Team.  Or even both paddle in a tandem kayak and then both run and then must finish together – which we call a Tandem Team.  Recently we joined the bandwagon and added an SUP (stand up paddleboard) categories to the event.

This race has grown substantially over the past 10 years into one of the Southeasts premiere Adventure Kayak/Run Biathlons.  Athletes travel from other countries just to participate in this local favorite event.  We average about 180 athletes who compete in 57 award categories for great prizes.  Our fellow Rotarians In District 7770 – and beyond – are welcome to participate in the race or just come and watch. After the race we meet at Boondocks for our Official Post Race Party where we enjoy free beer and chili, and fellowship (or bragging as some like to call it). WHEN:  March 7, 2015 WHERE: Hunting Island State Park EVENT STARTS:  11:00 a.m. HOW: COST:  $45 Solo & $65 Teams RACE HQ:  Higher Ground Outfitters  
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