Apr 122021

The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach Hears from District 7770 Foundation Chair

Rotarians recently heard from Paula J. Matthews, who currently serves as the District 7770 Rotary Foundation Chair. In her address to Rotarians, she thanked the club for its support of the Rotary Foundation and provided a brief update on how gifts have been used to support Rotary’s many projects. 

Paula, a member of the Rotary Club of Spring Valley, Columbia, SC,  served as Rotary Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator from 2012-2016.  As Rotary Coordinator she worked with the 15 districts in the Rotary Zone 33 helping clubs become vibrant and stronger.   She served as District Governor for District 7770 in 2011-12, and as President of Spring Valley Rotary in 1997-98.   A recipient of the Rotary International Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award,  she and her husband, Ronnie, are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.  

It seems only fitting that following Paula’s presentation, the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club honored several new and sustaining Paul Harris Fellows, and welcomed new member, Deb Granda.

Myrtle Beach Rotarians Hear from Eileen Patonay

Most Myrtle Beach Rotarians remember Eileen Patonay as the person responsible for the pre-Covid tour of the North Charleston Boeing facility.  Her name is synonymous with South Carolina business development.

Eileen Patonay, the Workforce Advisor with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, serves Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Bridgeport and Global Career Development Facilitator credential from Coastal Carolina University. She later successfully completed the South Carolina Economic Development Institute’s Community and Economic Development Program. As a Workforce Advisor she provides insights into the needs of business as well as education, enabling the Waccamaw Region to build bridges between industry and education for a stronger community workforce. 

Eileen’s recent presentation to the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach highlighted the accomplishments of the South Carolina Department of Commerce and provided Rotarians with information on valuable business resources. 

“Our community and our State continue to see workforce and economic advancements due to individuals such as Eileen Patonay,” said Rotary Club President, Terrance Herriott.

“We applaud her commitment.”

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