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Daniel Island’s own club member Bob Walker gives update on exciting new things happening at Trident Tech

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Feb 032018
 

At our January 31st meeting, our very own member Bob Walker gave us a very informative presentation about Trident Technical College where he works as the VP of Continuing Education and Economic Development.

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Club member Bob Walker

 

Bob shared with us that Trident now offers over 150 programs of study in 12 different academic divisions. Construction is now underway as well near their N. Charleston campus for a brand new 148,000 sq. ft. facility that will house the new SC Aeronautical Training Center. If you’re not familiar with TTC, please check out their FB page or visit them on their website at https://www.tridenttech.edu to see everything they have to offer. Thanks Bob!

Jan 192018
 

At the January 17th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, immediate past president Gray Ives shared the great news that the club earned the distinguished Presidential Citation award for 2016-17!  We were only 1 of 4 clubs to win the honor out of 80 clubs in District 7770.

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2016-17 President Gray Ives holding the Presidential Citation Award

In order to win this distinguished honor, a club has too accomplish a number of goals. The 2 mandatory activities lubs must achieve are: set at least 10 goals in Rotary Club Central and second, pay semiannual dues to RI on time in July and January.

In addition to those, the club has to achieve multiple goals in the areas of: Membership Attraction and Engagement, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations, and Public Image.

It was truly a successful year put together by Past President Gray, his board, and the rest of club that chipped in and made it all possible. Way to go everyone!

Jan 192018
 

At the January 17th meeting of the DI Rotary Club, newly elected Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie paid a visit to discuss not only his journey into politics and an eventual victory in the mayoral race, but also some of his goals for his tenure in the office and his long term vision for one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

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Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie (photo courtesy of www.tompsc.com)

Having been a columnist for both the Moultrie News and the Post & Courier, Mayor Haynie has been in the forefront of Mount Pleasant issues for years through his op-ed columns as well as through his involvement as a private citizen, a family man, and a businessman.  In 2015 he decided to run for Town Council which he eventually won 31 of 39 precincts in a 3-way runoff. And in this past November election, he won the office of mayor by a 2-1 margin.IMG_0118

Mayor Haynie speaking to the club

Mayor Haynie gave an energetic, humorous and passionate talk to the club and shared some of his visions for Mt. Pleasant, one of which is being more strategic with future development of the city.  To see some of his plans for the city’s future, please click here for a summary.

Thank you Mayor Haynie for paying our club a visit!

 

 

 

Jan 172018
 

At the January 10th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we inducted our 2nd member of 2018, Miss Shelby Olsen.

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Shelby with sponsor Pat Richards

Shelby is a Charleston native who enjoys staying active and taking on new experiences. She works in government contracting as a Management Analyst for a Venture Technologies company.  Shelby recently graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelors Degree double majoring in HR Management and Finance and a minor in Chinese Studies.

Her journey with Rotary started in high school when she participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange year to Switzerland. After finishing her year abroad she came back as a Rotex member where she has helped facilitate the RYE Inbound Training Weekends every year since. In college she was a member of Rotaract and served as Treasurer the last 2 years and filed for USC Rotaract to become an official 501c3 entity with the IRS. As a senior, Shelby won the Carolinana Award at USC for her service and leadership on campus and in the community. She is excited to continue her journey as a Rotary member actively serving the local Charleston community!

It’s an excellent example of how Rotary International can impact individuals even at a young age as Shelby was in high school when her Rotary journey began.  Realizing her desire to serve her community and make it a better place with those experiences makes our club very happy to have her as our newest member.  Welcome Shelby!

Jan 072018
 

On December 21st the Rotary Club of Daniel Island completed its second holiday food drive delivering 165 Christmas meals and turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center and 56 to Seven Farms Apartments on Daniel Island. The meals at Cainhoy are then delivered to families and individuals in the area most in need this holiday season. We’d like to thank Publix at Daniel Island Town Center once again for their support of this community service project! Happy Holidays everyone!

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Jan 072018
 

We officially welcomed a new member at the January 3rd meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club.  Joe Delpino helped us kick off the first meeting of 2018 by becoming our newest member.

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From L to R: Club president Todd Musheff, new member Joe Delpino, and Joe’s sponsor Fred Klare

Joe is a retired U.S. Navy Captain with a 25 year career in Naval Aviation and satellite development, acquisition and operations. He followed his Navy career in the commercial, defense, and intelligence industry in various leadership roles, from Program Manager to Executive Leadership positions. He is currently the founder and President of Eagles View Advisors, LLC, a leadership and technical consulting enterprise. Joe lives with his wife, Pamela, on Daniel Island, in close proximity to four of their grandchildren.

Welcome to the club Joe!

Dec 082017
 

At our December 6th meeting, we were honored to have Stephanie M. Kelley, Executive Director at East Cooper Community Outreach, or ECCO as many people know it by, speak to our club. Stephanie gave a very informative presentation about the organization, giving everyone a reminder that not only do they act as a food bank and a place for basic needs (clothing, household furnishings, etc.), for those in need, but also a place for individuals to receive assistance with financial aid, dental/medical care, prescriptions, counseling, and educational opportunities just to name a few. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island is very proud to have a mutual partnership with ECCO, working with them on various projects as well as them being a beneficiary from our Duck Race in years past.

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Club member Steve Slifer, ECCO Director Stephanie Kelley and Club President Todd Musheff

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Stephanie Kelley

For more information or if you’re interested in donating or volunteering, please check out there website: http://eccocharleston.org.

Thank you Stephanie!

Dec 082017
 

At the November 29th meeting, Evan Aluise of Tiger Corner Farms spoke to the club about their aeroponic container farm located in Summerville, SC. What is aeroponic farming you ask? Well in short it’s a method of farming that’s done in recycled shipping containers. Yes that’s right, shipping containers.

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Club speaker organizer Steve Slifer and Evan Aluise from Tiger Corner Farms

By growing plants aeroponically, it reduces the risk for soil borne diseases. Because the roots are exposed to more oxygen, the plants grow faster making aeroponics safer and more efficient. It was a fascinating presentation…we highly recommend checking out their website for more information on how aeroponic farming may be changing the way we think about farming: http://tigercornerfarmsmfg.com.

Thanks Evan for the informative presentation!

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photo courtesy of http://www.tigercornerfarms.com

Dec 072017
 

We are excited to welcome two new members to the club, Kent MacEachern and Hugh Burgess.

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From L to R: Hugh Burgess and Kent MacEachern

Kent was raised in Columbia SC, a graduate of Dreher High School, the College of Charleston where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology and Covenant Seminary where he received a Masters degree in Psychology and Theology. He has lived in the Charleston/East Cooper area and been in private practice as a professional counselor for over 30 years. He is presently serving as a board member and Lowcountry representative of the South Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a former Mt.Pleasant Rotarian. He and his wife have recently moved to Daniel Island from life in the country near McClellanville. He has two adult children living in Mt. Pleasant and Brevard, NC. Special interests and hobbies include BBQ grilling, birding, hunting, fishing, beekeeping, gardening, drone and still photography, watching sports and golf. He has recently scaled down from a large home and property to apartment living and no yardwork and is absolutely loving life on Daniel Island with more time to enjoy his friends, family and many hobbies. Welcome Kent!

Hugh was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina and at the age of twelve his family moved to Columbia, SC. He attended public schools and attended Palmer College and the American Institute of Banking. Hugh has earned certifications as a Certified Financial Services Auditor {CFSA} and Certified Fraud Examiner {CFE}. He and his wife Jan are members of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where they have served in several volunteer positions. Hugh is a retired Banking Executive after having worked thirty seven years in the Financial Services Industry. He and Jan moved to Daniel Island three and a half years ago from Columbia. He enjoys walking the trails on Daniel Island, beach outings and the wonderful restaurants and entertainment offered in the Charleston area.  Welcome Hugh!

Nov 282017
 

The Daniel Island club participated in one of it’s annual food drives on November 21st, delivering some 165 meals/turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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About 18 Rotatians volunteered for the event and a special thanks goes out to Club member Cecil Mills for helping organize it all.  Thank you Cecil!  We’d also like to thank Publix for putting together the meals and boxing up the turkeys.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

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