Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Feeds 175 Volunteers at Beach Sweep

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May 092013
On Saturday, April 13, the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry cooked hamburgers and hot dogs to feed the 175 volunteers who helped clean up Hunting Island State Park during the 2013 Earth Day/Beach Sweep.
The event was hosted by the Friends of Hunting Island non profit association.  Volunteer groups from all over Beaufort gathered on a warm Saturday to pick up trash and debris that had accumulated all around the beach front park over the winter months.  The park was left in pristine condition!
Following the work, members of the Lowcountry club cooked a much deserved meal for all the volunteers.
May 022013

Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on October 5, 2013 as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 4th Annual Charity Shrimp Race at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

“The principal goal of this event is to raise money for our local charities,” says Rion Salley, Club President.  “Our signature charities include: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, and various Rotary service projects.”  “The Charity Shrimp Race is the World’s largest Shrimp Race and the primary annual fundraiser for the Sea Island Rotary Club.  For the past several years we have been able to donate more than $50,000 annually toward charity,” says Salley.  “This is a wonderful way to help charity and maybe win something in return.”

The race is fun to watch for kids and adults. It is held along the sea wall at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.

The race begins around 3 p.m. when 5,000 rubber shrimp wearing inner tubes are released from the nets of an authentic shrimp trawler into the Beaufort River. The shrimp float along in tidal current to the finish line.  Each shrimp wears a unique number corresponding to one of the numbers on a purchased adoption ticket.

The shrimp have been training all summer and are anxiously awaiting the chance at being the first across the finish line. The winning shrimp wins $2,000 for the holder of the ticket that matches the unique number on that shrimp. The second place finish wins $1,000, third place wins $750, fourth place wins $500, fifth place wins $250 and 6th through 10th places each win $100.

More exciting, if any of the first ten finishing shrimp matches the “million dollar lucky number,” the adopter of that shrimp wins $1,000,000!  Yes, that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS. The million-dollar lucky number is selected at random by a third-party Insurance provider before the race.

Adoption tickets are on sale now and are available online at or at local businesses such as Beaufort Chiropractic, BJHCHS Port Royal Medical Center, CBC National Bank, Bundy Appraisal & Management, CAPA’s Closet, Island Podiatry, Lowcountry Habitat ReStore, Harvey’s Barber Shop, Levin, Gilley & Fisher law firm, Palmetto State Bank, Regions Bank, Sanctuary Golf Club, Therapeutic Solutions, Wardle Family YMCA, Wells Fargo Bank, and of course from any Sea Island Rotary member.

Sea Island Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of 1.2 million members dedicated to improving education, health and living conditions worldwide. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self.”

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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.

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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East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Donates 100 Bikes to Toys 4 Tots

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Dec 112012

The members of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated 100 bikes to Toys 4 Tots, enabling needy children around the Charleston area to get a bike for Christmas. ECB Rotarians have participated in this effort since 1998 and have given over 1,400 bikes to area children during that time. Rob Fowler and Marine organizers were on hand at the meeting, which will be featured on News Channel 2.

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30am at the Cooper River Room at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. Come out and join us!

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary’s Annual Bike Drive

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Dec 062012

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club’s Annual Toys 4 Tots Bike Drive Presentation will be Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30am. News 2 Meteorologist Rob Fowler and Marines from our local reserve unit will be at the meeting.

If you would like to donate, it is not too late!!!

ECB Rotary’s first-ever Bike Drive Event at the Mt Pleasant Wal-Mart Oakland Planation will be Sunday, December 9 from noon to 3pm.  Rotarians, Marines and Rob Fowler will be set up just inside the Lawn & Garden Entrance.


Dec 022012

Ava Guzman is the granddaughter of CART Treasurer Angus McDuffie and is a 5th grader.

Angus had no idea she had written this about her grandmother.

When he did see it, he asked Ava to read it to the members of the Sumter Rotary Club.

There were a lot of moist eyes when she finished. In honor of the occasion, Angus donated $500.00 to CART.



On September 1, 2012, I lost my MaMa (Willa Catoe) to the disease of
Alzheimer’s.  So if I had a million dollars I would try to find a cure for this sad and
cruel disease.  People who have Alzheimer’s change in personality, they forget
things, like family, solving problems and judgment.  They can get lost and forget
how to do things that they would normally do without even thinking, like driving a
car or mailing a letter, washing the dishes or just getting dressed. 
 They become very confused.

When I was younger I used to love to go to her house a lot because I liked to cook
with her.  She was the best cook.  She taught my Mom how to make the best
Macaroni and Cheese.  We always had Thanksgiving Dinner at her house
because of her pies and stuffing.

She always polished her fingernails not pink.  But as her disease got worse, she
forgot how and then sometimes I would polish them for her.
As she became sicker we had to put her in a Nursing home.  But I still would go
see her.  I would push her around in her wheelchair until she could no longer get
out of her bed.  Then I could sit on her bed and read to her.  She had a favorite
baby doll that she liked and slept with it each night.  
Sometimes I think she thought that doll was real.

Me, Mom and Gammy would go to the Nursing home before she passed away
and feed her and just to see that wonderful smile.  
She forgot who we were but she still loved our smiling faces.

My MaMa was in the Nursing Home four years before she passed away.  She was
a very beautiful lady inside and out.  Everyone loved her.
This is why I can not think of better way to spend a million dollars
than to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  
So maybe someone else’s grandmother will not suffer from this sad disease. 

So in honor of my MaMa (Willa Catoe) I have teamed up with the Sumter Rotary
Club in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

 Please share this with as many Rotarians as you can. Ava’s little voice speaks loud and clear.

Quick Link to this page = 

Many were inspired by her words, and a campaign to raise One Million Dollars she speaks of is under discussion…

29th Annual Mt. Pleasant Rotary Classic and Silent Auction

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Dec 022012

Please plan to join us on FEBRUARY 8, 2013 for a SILENT AUCTION at the terrific THREE LIONS PUB, the Charleston Battery’s private club, the night before our annual showcase of Charleston area high school soccer.

•  FROM 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM; DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM

Where the Money Goes 2013.pdf


•  FROM 10:00 AM TO 7:00 PM




The Mount Pleasant Rotary Soccer Classic has been part of the Trident Region for 29 years and has raised over $550,000 for local charities.

The Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant has used proceeds from this annual event to provide:

  • Lowcountry Food Bank with funds to fight childhood hunger through Backpack Buddies.
  • Thousands of local students go home hungry each weekend. Backpack Buddies distributes backpacks full of nutritious, calorie rich food to over 2,300 students weekly at over 49 schools.
  • Scholarships to local high school seniors and adults for continuing education. Each year, $9,000 is awarded to students attending four year colleges and $3,000 is awarded to students attending Trident Technical College. In the last 10 years, the Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships for local students.
  • Free new shoes to local children through Happy Feet and dictionaries to all local 3rd grade students through our Dictionary Project.
  • Financial assistance to other established local charities such as Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Community Outreach, Junior Achievement, Interfaith Crisis Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and many others that are already serving our community.
  • Vaccines to countries that are ravaged by polio. A vaccination costs less than 60¢ and protects a child from polio for life. To date, Rotary International’s Polio Plus program has vaccinated over 2 billion children worldwide.



Rob Fowler was First Speaker in New Speaker Series Presented by Daniel Island Rotary Club

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Nov 192012

On November 7th, The Rotary Club of Daniel Island, the Daniel Island Community Association, and the Daniel Island Club, sponsored the first in a series of speakers events, called the ” Daniel Island Speakers Series”.

Rob Fowler, meteorologist at WCBD TV, was our first guest speaker. He was introduced by his friend Paul Heinauer of Glasspro.

Rob’s presentation included information about how he arrived in Charleston many years ago, the forecast and how it is broadcast, and all the modern tools he uses to predict the weather.

Check out these pictures from the event:

More Blogs from Around the World by District 7770’s Ambassadorial Scholars

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Nov 192012

Check out these links to blogs (aka online journals) by Rotary Scholars from our district:

Ann-Marie Quinn is studying International Relations in Morocco and is a member of the Rotaract Club there.

Justin Hendrix attending the University of Sussex in England for a Master’s Degree in Anthropological Studies

Sarah Nan DuPre
is studying in Barcelona, Spain in International Marketing.

This info is also posted on our District Website’s Ambassadorial Scholarships Page – along with links to other scholars: 


Chapin Rotarians Provided Dictionaries to 154 3rd Grade Students

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Nov 102012

Members of the Chapin Rotary Club traveled to Chapin Elementary to hand out 154 new dictionaries to the school’s 3rd grade classes.The annual project is spearheaded by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ballentine (center). Mrs.Ballentine was a former principal at the school. The club will also be distributing free dictionaries to each 3rd grader at Lake Murray Elementary and Little Mountain Elementary.

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