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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!

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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Oct 102017
 

The club was very honored to have Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, also a fellow Rotarian, visit us at our October 4th, 2017 meeting. With so many hot topics that can be discussed as it relates to the Charleston area, Mayor Tecklenburg chose to spend a majority of his time discussing housing and development in and around the city.

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Mayor John J. Tecklenburg

With approximately 30 new people moving to the Low Country every single day, keeping up with the growth and affordable housing options is certainly at the top of the priority list for the mayor and city officials. He layed out the city’s plan that will address affordable housing as well as the population of individuals who fall in the “Workforce Housing” demographic. These are individuals who typically earn between 81-120% of the Area Median Income…they earn too much to qualify for affordable housing subsidies, but not enough to afford a home or an apartment.

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Mayor Tecklenburg and club president Todd Musheff

Recognizing the challenges including the fact that employees such as police officers, firefighters, teachers and service industry workers cannot afford to live and work in the city, Mayor Tecklenburg and the Charleston City Council approved a Bond Resolution in April 2017. The Referendum would be placed on the ballot in November 2017, allowing voters in our community to make a choice on whether they would support the $20m Bond Referendum, which would create the revenue for the creation and and expansion of affordable housing in the Charleston community.

To see Mayor Tecklenburg’s full presentation please click here. Or visit http://www.charleston-sc.gov.

District 7770 Governor Bradham visits the club

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Aug 232017
 

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island welcomed District 7770 District Governor Gary Bradham to their August 23rd weekly breakfast meeting. Gary’s wife of 44 years, Susan, was also in attendance. Gary and Susan are members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. Before Gary discussed his goals and priorities of the District, the Ace of Spades was held with members and guests having the opportunity to purchase tickets to win money, or half the pot, should they draw the Ace of Spades from a deck of cards. The other half of the pot is given to Polio Plus. Each week, five tickets are pulled at random with the pot being the total amount of tickets purchased. If no one draws the Ace of Spades, the pot is carried over to the following week and continues to grow until the Ace of Spades is pulled. This week’s pot was a carryover of five weeks totaling $504. Susan was one of the five lucky tickets pulled by Gary as our guest. Guess what? Susan pulled the Ace of Spades!!! Susan, putting Service Above Self, immediately offered her winnings be donated to Polio. That is $504 going to Polio Plus. Thank you Susan!!

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From left to right: District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham, spouse Susan Bradham (with winning card), and past club president Gray Ives.

Assistant District Governor Clinton Dunn introduced Gary. He received some applause from the Citadel alums in attendance when he announced his undergraduate degree from The Citadel. It is worth noting that Gary holds an MBA from La Tech University and a National Security and Logistics degree from the Industrial Collage of the Armed Forces having retired as full Colonel after 25 years of service in the Air Force. The visit was Gary’s 34th of 79 Club visits in District 7770 with Susan attending almost all the visits. We are thankful for Gary’s time and leadership of District 7770.

Jun 252017
 

At the June 21 meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, new “Iron Horse” Football Coach Eric Bendig and Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School shared about the wide range of programs to be offered when the school opens in August 2017 for students from the lower Berkeley County region.PSHS Visit to DI RotaryLeft to Right –  Football Coach Eric Bendig, Club President Gray Ives, and 
Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Brion Packett from Philip Simmons High School.

They shared their excitement about the new facilities and encouraged Rotarians to visit the school website for a 3D Fly Through of the buildings: http://www.bcsdschools.net/domain/5670

Both agreed the academic and athletic programs would be top notch. They also described the school’s focus on Project-based Learning, especially in the robust Career and Technology Education program to be offered.

Rotary Club of Daniel Island looks forward to supporting the mission of this new high school for our community!

16/17 Rotary Exchange Student Manuela Amhof Completes Year at Bishop England High School

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Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland participated in the graduation ceremony at Bishop England High School today – pictured here with one of her host families, Scott & Laura Varn.

Rotary Club of Daniel Island Supports Veterans’ Wall of Honor at Summit Place Assisted Living

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Dec 082016
 
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A new wall honoring our local veteran’s service was unveiled on Dec. 7th, 2016 at Summit Place Assisted Living facility on Daniel Island.

The wall was dedicated with a special ceremony on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The veterans and many others in attendance did an excellent job with the wall and the ceremony, and were very grateful for the support of Daniel Island Rotary in helping make this tribute possible.

 

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Over 200 3rd Graders from 3 BCSD Schools Receive Dictionaries from Daniel Island Rotarians

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Oct 272016
 
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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Daniel delivered 235 brand new dictionaries today to 3 Berkeley County elementary schools: Cainhoy Elementary School, Phillip Simmons Elementary School and Daniel Island Elementary School – one for every 3rd grader!

The students were thrilled to receive their new reference books and immediately began looking up words, including the longest word in the English language: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a word that refers to a lung disease contracted from the inhalation of very fine silica particles, specifically from a volcano.

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Jonathan Green Speaks to Rotary on Bring Your Spouse to Rotary Day

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Mar 312016
 

Jonathan Green, renowned artist famous for his colorful imagery of the Lowcountry rice culture, spoke to the Rotary Club of Daniel Island at their “Bring Your Spouse to Rotary” meeting. Jonathan spoke about his life, his work, and his passion for preserving the memory of what was accomplished by African workers who changed the landscape and economy of South Carolina. He also talked about his commission to produce costumes and sets for the upcoming Spoleto Festival production of Porgy and Bess. Pictured with Jonathan are Rotary Club President Mike Sudzina and his wife, Mary, who introduced Jonathan._DSC4864

Jonathan Green Speaks to Rotary on Bring Your Spouse Day

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Mar 312016
 

Jonathan Green, renowned artist famous for his colorful imagery of the Lowcountry rice culture spoke to the Rotary Club of Daniel Island at their “Bring Your Spouse to Rotary” meeting. Jonathan spoke about his life, his work, and his passion for keeping alive the memory of what was accomplished by the many African workers who changed the landscape and economy of South Carolina. He also spoke about this commission to design costumes and sets for the upcoming Spoleto Festival production of Porgy and Bess. Pictured with Jonathan are Rotary Club president Mike Sudzina and his wife, Nary, who introduced Jonathan._DSC4864

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