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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
  • Rotary Club of Summerville – Oakbrook Breakfastcharleston duck race mascot in N. chas st paddys parade

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

DG Funderburk Visit Daniel Island

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Aug 292015
 

On August 26, Rotary District Governor Rod Funderburk addressed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island. Consistent with Rotary’s global theme to be a gift to the world, DG Rod emphasized three key themes — “Cure” – finalize the eradication of polio and tackle Alzheimers; “Compassion” – give back to the community in ways that have sustainable impact; “Communication” – tell the great story of Rotary clearly, positively, and frequently. #Rotary7770 #RotaryDJVisit2015

Jul 192015
 

 

 

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Members of Daniel Island Rotary joined the Lowcountry Food Bank to distribute fresh food, funded by Rotary, to residents of the Cainhoy/Huger community.

Rotary Officers for 2015-2016

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Jul 072015
 

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island installed club President Mike Sudzina and officers and directors for its Rotary fiscal year beginning July 1. Pictured are Greg Brainerd, Fred Klare, Chad Vail, Gray Ives, Mike Sudzina, Cecil Mills, Peter Mumola, Bill Thielfoldt, and Bill Stevens. Directors not pictured are Jim Morrill, Bill Cannon, David Pagliarini, and Todd Musheff.Mike

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