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Global Eradication of Polio within Reach!

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Jun 242017

A global goal of Rotary International is the eradication of the awful illness Polio from the earth.

Thanks to years of hard work and unprecedented cooperation among nation states, the end is in sight.

This global movement has reduced cases 99 percent since 1988 and, since then, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated against this paralyzing disease.

Today polio is found in only three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

Read more here in this recent new article:

To contribute to the Rotary Foundation and END POLIO NOW, please visit this website:


Young Social Entrepreneur Jackson Silverman Shares Story of Inception

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Feb 152017

February 15, 2017 – Daniel Island, SC – He might be only 11 years old, but Jackson Silverman has already enjoyed the feeling of having an entrepreneurial idea come to fruition. Jackson and his family started a nonprofit organization called I Heart Hungry Kids to fight childhood hunger head on.

Jackson and his father Josh visited the Rotary Club of Daniel Island meeting to share this amazing story, and their plans for the future expansion of the project.

In partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program, I Heart Hungry Kids organizes the labor needed to assemble special backpacks full of nutritious food.

Jackson’s idea was to empower kids to help other kids – he described his excitement when the first group of his peers assembled backpacks full of food for kids in need. Since that first event, the idea has grown to reach thousands of kids that may have otherwise gone without.  The backpacks are discretely distributed through Charleston County School District guidance departments each Friday, and the nutritious inside ensure hunger is kept at bay.

Jackson has enjoyed accolades for his initiative including a recent trip to Washington DC and being honored with his own day in Charleston, as proclaimed by City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Read more about Jackson and I Heart Hungry Kids on their website, and check out this story that aired recently on Live 5 News. Jackson even performed his own Ted Talk at the 2016 TEDx Charleston event!

Jackson and his family plan to expand the program throughout South Carolina in cooperation with other food banks.


Nov 292016


Rotary Club of Daniel Island has had a terrific start to the 16/17 Rotary year.

Here is a quick snapshot of various community service projects undertaken by Rotarians so far this year in the club’s Southern Berkeley County service area, and beyond.

  • Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care.  Our club raised over $1,400 for this worthy cause.  Lead Organizer: Bill Thielfoldt
  • Dictionary Project – Rotarians provided dictionaries to every third grader at DI Elementary, Cainhoy, & Phillip Simmons schools with 240 dictionaries delivered.  Lead Organizer: Derek Epperson
  • Charleston Seafarers Project –  6th year of providing merchant seaman, at sea during the Christmas holidays, with wrapped boxes containing toiletries and other necessities.  100 boxes provided.  Lead Organizer: Pat Richards
  • Meals on Wheels Blankets – Blankets were wrapped and given to Meal on Wheels recipients to keep warm during the Winter.  100 blankets provided. Lead Organizer: Billie Bacon
  • Baldwin Carson Outreach Community Center – In a partnership with the Daniel Island Community Fund, Rotarians provided funds for new playground facility.  The Daniel Island Community Association assisted with installation of the equipment and Rotarians provided a wooden border and mulch making this a great place for children to play.  Lead Organizer: Tom Richards and special thanks to Ed Heavey for his carpentry skills and leadership.
  • Lowcountry Food Bank – “Fresh for All” initiative providing fresh vegetables and fruits to those in need in the Cainhoy community.  Lead Organizer: Jim White
  • Cainhoy Food Drive – 171 meals delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center for local residents.  This is the first of three food drives being funded in part by Rotary District Grant funds.  Thanks to Publix who provided the meals at cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys!  Lead Organizer: Cecil Mills


Daniel Island Rotarians Participate in Charleston Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th

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Sep 192016


Rotarians Fred Klare, Mary Murray, and Bill Stevens represented the Daniel Island Rotary Club at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 18th.

The event was very successful raising over $250,000 for Alzheimer’s support, care, and research!

More info here on the event and the organization:

Aug 072016

exchange student arrival

The Varn family recently welcomed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland at the Charleston International Airport.

Manu (her nickname) will attend Bishop England High School this year as a senior.

Thank you Scott and Laura Varn for hosting the first portion of her stay on Daniel Island, and for sharing this picture of her arrival in Charleston!

Mar 022016

This morning the Rotary Club of Daniel Island was pleased to welcome KaMar Galloway from Google. KaMar is the project manager for Google CS-First, a program that increases access and exposure to computer science for middle school students through after school and summer programs. For more information please visit:  #Rotary #DanielIsland #Google538c-e9a6-f975-1132

Rotary Donates to Toys For Tots

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Dec 202015

Rotary Club of Daniel Island President Mike Sudzina presented a check for $1,000 to WCBD-TV Chief Meteorologist Rob Fowler and a member of the United Sates Marine Corps for their Toys For Tots program. The donation was made possible by the Rotary Charity Duck Race.Toys For Tots

Rotary Speakers Series

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Sep 222015

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island sponsors (with the Daniel Island Community Fund, Business Association, and Club) a Speakers Series open to the entire community. The speaker September 9, 2015 was Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group and well-know community volunteer and philanthropist. Pictured are Pete Harper (DI Business Association), Mike Sudzina (Rotary Club President), Anita Zucker, and Steve Slifer (Rotary member and master of ceremonies for the Speakers Series).

Jul 072015

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island recognized club member Faith White as its Rotarian of the Year. Rotary Club President Chad Vail cited Faith’s many contributions to Rotary and our community including leadership of the Daniel Island Commemorative Park, the Daniel Island Speaker’s Series, and a Rotary Scholarship Program.FaithWhite

May 052015

ParkDedicationRotary Club of Daniel Island members celebrate at the dedication of the new Commemorative Park on Daniel Island created by Rotary and the Daniel Island Community Fund

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