The March 28th meeting featuring USC head football coach Will Muschamp is now available ONLINE!

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Mar 292016
If you missed the meeting you can make it up online.  Remember to email Debbie ( so she can adjust your attendance.

SC Attorney General Alan Wilson to address Columbia Rotary on June 8, 2015

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Jun 112015
DpkiwWdh_400x400On Monday, June 8, 2015, Columbia Rotary will welcome South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to the podium.  Columbia Rotary meets on Mondays at 12:30PM at Seawell’s in Columbia.  Guests are welcomed and encouraged.  We’re expecting a large attendance so get there early for some lunch and Rotary fellowship.   Alan Wilson was elected South Carolina’s 51st Attorney General on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 12, 2011, becoming the nation’s youngest Attorney General. During his first term, Alan has focused on keeping South Carolina’s families safe, defending their freedom and protecting their futures. PROVEN LEADERSHIP He has assembled an unprecedented coalition consisting of the Attorney General’s office, the State Law Enforcement Division, every sheriff, the Police Chief’s Association, and all 16 solicitors. Together, they are actively advancing legislative priorities to ensure South Carolina is the safest place to live, work, and raise a family. This coalition has been successful in passing crucial public safety legislation, such as the Ashley Hall bill and Emma’s Law. As Attorney General, Alan has defended the Constitution and the laws of this state even if it means challenging the federal government. He has protected South Carolina’s right-to-work; helped lead the 26-state challenge to the federal health care mandate; and successfully safeguarded South Carolina’s voter identification and immigration laws in court. Alan works closely with other Attorneys General across the nation to protect the rule of law and defend the constitution on issues such as Obamacare, Dodd Frank, EPA overreach, Yucca Mountain, MOX Facility, Religious Freedom and many others. In 2012, Alan worked tirelessly with local legislators to strengthen South Carolina’s human trafficking laws. During that process, a Human Trafficking Task Force was established, which is chaired by the Attorney General’s office. Because of these efforts, South Carolina has gone from having one of the worst statues in the country, to one of the best. In November 2013, Alan was elected as Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). FAMILY VALUES Alan and his wife, Jennifer, have a six-year-old son, Michael, and a four-year-old daughter, Anna Grace. As a father and a family man, Alan’s desire to keep South Carolina safe is both personal and part of a values system instilled in him by his parents at a young age. As a member of Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church since his childhood, duty to God and country have been paramount to Alan and the entire Wilson Family. Alan is the grandson of two World War II veterans – his paternal grandfather flew planes over the Pacific as a Flying Tiger, while his maternal grandfather survived a sniper’s bullet in Okinawa. Alan’s mother Roxanne and his father Joe, who is a retired member of the South Carolina National Guard with 31 years of service, have passed the family tradition of serving a cause greater than one’s self onto Alan and his three brothers. Each brother is an Eagle Scout and currently serves in the military. MILITARY SERVICE Immediately following his graduation from Francis Marion University in 1996, Alan joined the South Carolina National Guard where his first assignment was as a platoon leader, commanding 36 fellow soldiers and millions of dollars worth of firepower as a field artillery officer. Today, he continues his military service by providing legal support for soldiers and assisting in the prosecution of military crimes as a Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Prior to his election, Wilson served as an Assistant Solicitor and as an Assistant Attorney General before entering private practice with the Columbia firm of Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A. He began his legal career working for the late Judge Marc H. Westbrook. Picture and bio courtesy of

Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Enjoys Spring Social

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May 092013

April 18, 2013:  Members of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston and their guests enjoyed a celebratory evening at the Francis Marion Hotel, with hotly contested silent and live auctions.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the community programs supported by the Rotary Club of Charleston Fund.

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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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.


Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa 9270

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Dec 052012

Members of District 7770 and their partners have a unique opportunity to visit South Africa with Friendship Exchange. We have a trip scheduled to visit District 9270, the eastern cape of South Africa, and we are looking for three to four Rotary couples to complete  our team.

Members of the team will go on safari and will be shown the highlights of the terrain, the food and the hospitality of the eastern cape of South Africa.

Exchange details:

Outbound to South Africa: 12 – 25 May 2013

Inbound to South Carolina: 13 – 26 October 2013

Team Members Needed: three to four Rotary couples

Cost: Rotarians pay for their trip, but South African Rotarians provide lodging, some transportation and some meals

Click to download Application Form: RFE SOUTH AFRICA APPLICATION

Please direct questions about this exchange to District RFE Chair Andra Watkins at andra (at) positusonline (dot) com, or call her at 843  870 0888.

18th Annual Chapin Rotary Golf Classic Sept.14

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Jul 292012

The 18th annual Chapin Rotary Charity Golf Classic is ready to roll! the tournament will take place at the Timberlake Country Club on Friday, September 14, 2012. the shotgun start at 12 noon will feature  four -person  Texas Scramble teams. All net proceeds will be applied to service projects the club supports. For more info contact George McConnell, Jr, –>

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