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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 032017
 

In October the Daniel Island Rotary Club participated in the annual Dictionary Project once again which gives area 3rd graders an opportunity to own their own personal dictionary.  This year the club delivered these dictionaries to 3 of the area elementary schools: Daniel Island Elementary, Philip Simmons Elementary, and Cainhoy Elementary.  All in all there were about 235 dictionaries donated between the 3 schools.

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Rotarians Chris Mingledorff and Pat Richards deliver to Philip Simmons Elementary

The mission of the Dictionary Project, which began back in 1992 in Savannah, GA, is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, hence the reason a majority of sponsors donate to these classes.

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Rotarians deliver to Daniel Island Elementary. From L to R: Bill Cannon, John Granozio, Rex Brown, DI Principal Kori Brown, Peter Mumola, Chip Law and Bill Stevens.

Since it’s implementation, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.  The program has been adopted and refined by individuals, businesses, and civic organizations all over the country. Groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Elks Lodges, Granges, Lions Clubs, The Republican Federation of Women, Pioneer volunteers, parent organizations, and many more.

We at the Daniel Island Rotary Club are very honored to once again be a part of this wonderful project and look forward to supporting it in the years to come.

Sep 292017
 

The Daniel Island Rotary Club is thrilled to welcome three new members who recently joined the club, Pat Ullman, Mary Jo Romeo Pappas, and Dr. Bill Greene.

Pat Ullman is a Chicago native and her background includes working for AT@T for over 17 years in various management positions before deciding to go back to law school and becoming an attorney. She was a partner in a Chicago law firm for most of her legal career, primarily representing real estate developers. She ended her legal career as General Counsel to a financial services based in the Chicago suburbs. Pat moved to Daniel Island in 2016, and our club was lucky enough to welcome her as a new member back in August. Welcome Pat!

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Pat with Club President Todd Musheff

Since 2012, Mary Jo Romeo Pappas has been immersed in coaching, training, consulting and business development, building off a successful career leading sales teams and organizations in the media space. She is currently coach and sales lead for Own the Room, a global, world class training company, and an Executive Coach specializing in transition, leadership development and advancing women within organizations. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of UP Business Communications, a NYC-based training company. She’s also previously held senior management positions at BabyCenter, a division of J&J, The Weather Channel, and Parents magazine, among others. We are excited to have Mary Jo as a new member to the club!

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Mary Jo with Past President Gray Ives

Dr. Bill Greene is a retired physician who recently moved here from Myrtle Beach with his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen. Through the encouragement of his wife (who is also a Rotarian at the Mt. Pleasant lunch club) Dr. Greene became a member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club in 2000, served as Club President for a term, and also served 3 years as the Rotary District Governor. That same year, he also committed to becoming a medical missionary to Haiti where he has performed surgery on 125 patients, and helped raise over 2 million dollars for the country which contributed to the completion of 2 major water/sanitation projects. These clean water projects have become a passion for Dr. Greene and we are very fortunate and excited he has brought that experience and knowledge to the Daniel Island Rotary Club with hopes he can help guide us with a potential new clean water project of our own. Welcome Dr. Greene!

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Dr. Bill Greene

Jul 312017
 

At the July 26th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Hank Hofford and Teddy Turner from Spirit of South Carolina, Inc, shared their inspiring story in their quest to help students develop leadership and enhance education, connect to the world, and reconnect with South Carolina’s history.

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From left to right, Spirit of SC’s Teddy Turner,
Club President Todd Musheff,
and Hank Hofford, also of Spirit of SC.

Spirit of SC, a 140-ft. two-masted topsail schooner, honors Charleston’s once booming, but largely forgotten shipbuilding industry. The frames, planks and interior finish were shaped from reclaimed, South Carolina Live Oak, Cypress and Long Leaf Yellow Pine. Extensive varnish work showcases the raw beauty of these native woods and the fine craftsmanship joining it all together.

The educational mission of Spirit is offering unique opportunities for students focusing on history, math, science and literature of South Carolina’s water resources and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment.

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island was excited to welcome Mr. Hofford and Mr. Turner to tell Spirit’s story and we look forward to supporting their very worthwhile mission!

For more information, please visit http://spiritofsc.org.

Apr 122017
 
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HANDS ON PROJECT: Daniel Island Rotarians Steve Slifer, Jim White, and Peter Mumola served as judges for a recent business plan competition at Bishop England High School in cooperation with YEScarolina Youth Entrepreneurship in South Carolina. Rotary Club of Daniel Island also contributed $500 for cash prizes. More Pictures available here.

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STORY UPDATE:

Congratulations to Jasmine Adams and Harrison Griffith, both from Bishop England HS, on their success at the statewide business plan competition held recently at the College of Charleston. With her second place finish, Jasmine will move on to the NFTE Nation Business Plan Event in New York City later this summer!

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​L to R: 3rd Place: Harrison Griffith–Chuck Town Reclaimed ($1,000), Bishop England High School; 1st place: Colin Posnanski–Shoelace Society dba Bandz($3,000), Wando High School; 2nd Place: Jasmine Adams–Smudgies ($2,000), Bishop England High School

Mar 122017
 
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The Charleston Duck Race’s duck mascot made an appearance in the North Charleston St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party this weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day marks the unofficial start to duck adoption season for clubs participating in the race, and members of the North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Daniel Island offered ducks for adoption during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with this event, including Interact and Rotaract members from the Charleston region.

The 11th annual Charleston Duck Race is scheduled for June 10, 2017 –
More info and duck adoptions available here: www.CharlestonDuckRace.com

Charleston area Rotary Clubs participating in the 2017 duck race include:100118_RCDI_Duck-logo

  • Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston – Breakfast
  • Rotary Club of North Charleston
  • St. Andrews Rotary Club (West Ashley)
  • Rotary Club of Daniel Island
  • Rotary Club of John’s Island
  • Rotary Club of Summerville
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade

2016 Rotary Duck Race a Quacking Success!

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Jun 072016
 

The 10th annual Rotary Charity Duck Race on June 4th was a great success. Around 1,000 people enjoyed the festivities (games, entertainment, food, car show) on land and over 200 people, including DG Rod and DGE Sandee, views the duck race from a cruise boat. Over $20,000 in prizes were awarded to lucky winners. Best of all, the 8 participating Rotary Clubs raised $150,000 for Rotary programs and local charities. The total now raised over 10 years of the duck race is $1,200,000! Quack, Quack!duck race 2016 pic

Daniel Island Rotary recognizes former president and ADG Judy Burnstein

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May 042016
 

The Daniel Island Rotary Club paid tribute to former Club President and Assistant District Governor Judy Burnstein. Judy and her husband, David, are moving to Asheville, North Carolina. Current Club President Mike Sudzina Judy B farewellrecognized Judy for her many contributions to the Daniel Island Club including being awarded the Club’s Rotarian of the Year award twice. Past District Governor Lou Mello thanked Judy for her many contributions to Rotary District 7770.The Club gave Judy an engraved glass box and a rubber duck signed by all Club members. Pictured are Lou Mello, Judy Burnstein, David Burnstein, and Mike Sudzina.

Rotary Club Send Off For Member Returning To Finland

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Mar 302016
 
UulaThe Rotary Club of Daniel Island recognized and thanked member Uula Torttila who is returning soon to his home country of Finland. Uula has been in the United States on work assignment for the past two years and has been an active member of the Daniel Island Club. The Club, also known as the Duck Race Club, presented Uula with a yellow duck signed, with good wishes, by all club members. Uula will rejoin his home Rotary Club in Finland. #Rotary #Rotary7770 #DanielIsland

Air Force General Al Hansen speaks at Daniel Island Speakers Series

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Feb 102016
 

Retired four-star Air Force General Al Hansen spoke to the Daniel Island Speakers Series on February 3, 2016. General Hansen entertained the audience with stories from his career that began as an enlisted man and ended as a four-star General. These included flying patrols near the Soviet Union during the cold war, to briefing newly-elected President Kennedy, to leading change at the Pentagon. General Hansen concluded with thoughtsAl Hansen pic about the future for the military bases in South Carolina.
The Daniel Island Speakers Series is presented by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island along with the Daniel Island Business Association, Community Fund, and Club.

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