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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.

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

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.

Daniel Island Rotary Welcomes Two New Members

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Apr 262017
 

Two new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Daniel Island during the April 26 meeting.

President Gray Ives called the new members, Dr. Brantley Meier & Ms. Katie Giebel, along with their sponsors to the podium and confirmed they were ready and willing to join the ranks of over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.

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Dr. Meier received his Rotary pin from his sponsor Mr. Michael Patterson and Ms. Giebel received her Rotary pin from her sponsor Mr. Michael Cole.

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Congratulations to both of the newest members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island!

For information on how you might join the Rotary Club, CLICK HERE.

Daniel Island Rotarians Enjoy Fellowship at Annual Oyster Roast Social

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Mar 222017
 
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Members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island enjoyed a wonderful oyster roast recently at Pierce Park Pavilion on Daniel Island. The social event has become an annual tradition, and prospective members are also invited to attend.

The event was organized by Rotarians Bill Cannon and Cecil Mills. Attendees brought a favorite dish to share.

Cecil did the cooking, seen here with Frank McGuire… 10 bushels of oysters and 20 lbs of shrimp for the Low Country Boil.

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Family members and friends gathered with Rotarians to enjoy nice weather and live music led by Rich Tassin an instructor at Black Tie Music Academy.

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Many helped setting up and tearing down  – thanks to Rex Brown, George Jucha, Bill Thielfoldt, Peter Mumola, and many others who stuck around to ensure the area was cleaner that it was found.

Thanks to all that made this fellowship event possible!

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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
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Daniel Island, SC – December 20, 2016 – Rotarians gathered early in the morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to pick up over 290 turkeys to be delivered to the Cainhoy Community Center and Seven Farms Drive apartments.

“This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Christmas Food Drive, one of 3 annual food drives the club undertakes”, explained Rotarian Cecil Mills, long time leader of the project.

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Tom Butz, Steve Slifer, and Bill Thielfoldt (not pictured) delivering Christmas turkeys to the residents of Seven Farms Apartments.

“This long standing initiative targeting hunger in our club’s immediate service area is one of our most important projects.” said club president Gray Ives.

“We are very thankful for the generous support for our food drives from our neighborhood Publix”, added Ives.

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Rotarians delivering turkeys & fixin’s for Christmas dinners to the Cainhoy Community Center.

Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive!


In addition to 3 annual food drives, Daniel Island Rotary Club regularly assists with distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Cainhoy community in cooperation with the Lowcountry Food Bank and other local organizations.

 

Nov 292016
 
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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

                     

Aug 102016
 
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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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