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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 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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Citadel History professor and author David L. Preston speaks to the DI Club

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Nov 032017
 

At the November 1st meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we were very honored to have Professor David L. Preston speak to us about his most recent book, Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution (Pivotal Moments in American History), 2015.  Dr. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel where he teaches cadets and officer candidates about U.S. military history and early American history. He is, “one of the most gifted young historians writing today,” according to the eminent historian and Pulitzer-Prize winner David Hackett Fischer.

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Dr. David L. Preston

Dr. Preston discussed how growing up in Pennsylvania instilled a passion in him for the French and Indian War and inevitably one of the reasons behind writing two books (the other being The Texture Of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783, 2009) on the topic. He also made mention of being a die-hard Steelers fan.

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photo courtesy of citadel.edu

He has received many national accolades including:

Winner, 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Prize in Military History
Finalist, 2016 George Washington Book Prize
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Society for Military History
Winner, 2016 Distinguished Book Award, Society of Colonial Wars
Winner, 2016 PROSE Award in U.S. History, Association of American Publishers
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photo courtesy of citadel.edu
We’d like to thank Dr. Preston for the opportunity to hear his narrative on his works thus far, as well as look forward to some of his upcoming projects he is currently working on.  It was an insightful presentation!

 

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.

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
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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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Daniel Island Rotarians Assist with Lowcountry Food Bank Project at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church

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Aug 102016
 

Aug 2016 Fooddrive

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Daniel Island assisted with a Lowcountry Food Bank fresh fruits and vegetables distribution in the Wando area of Berkeley County at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on August 10th.  Rotarians volunteered to help with set up, replenishing of tables, assisting clients to their cars with their bags, and cleaning up after the event concluded.

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The August 3, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island celebrated $5,000 checks being awarded to each of the seven (7)  named 2016 Duck Race Beneficiaries. Many Gold & Platinum Level sponsors of the event were on hand to celebrate another successful event.

Bill Theilfoldt, 2016 Fundraising / Duck Race Chairperson for the club, discussed the overall success of this year’s Duck Race and then invited representatives of each Beneficiary come up and say a few words about their Charity and how the monies from the duck race would be used.  Bill also noted that the Daniel Island Community Fund provided funds totaling $7,500 to further increase the impact of the charitable efforts.

The beneficiaries and their representatives in attendance:

  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels, represented by Mr. George Roberts
  • East Cooper Community Outreach, represented by Mr. Jack Little and Ms. Jo Cooper
  • Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, represented by Ms. Amanda Gerald
  • DI Animal Hospital on Wheels, represented by Dr. Lynne Flood
  • Hibben Emergency Cold Shelter & Table, represented by Mr. Walt Strawther, Mr. Dan Graham & Ms. Polly Graham
  • Camp Happy Days, representd by Ms. Cindy Hay Johnson
  • Palmetto Warrior Connection, Rotarian Michael Cole accepted on their behalf

After hearing from each Beneficiary, it was quite evident that each were well deserving of the $5,000 check.

In addition to the named beneficiaries of the annual Rotary Duck Race, the Rotary Club of Daniel Island utilizes the balance of the funds raised to support local and international service projects throughout the fiscal year.

The duck race would not be possible without the continued support of the community.

Thanks to all that support the event each year!

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Pictures provided by Mary Wessner Photography

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: www.cs-first.com.  #Rotary #DanielIsland #Google538c-e9a6-f975-1132

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