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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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Jun 032017
 

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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.

Apr 122017
 
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HANDS ON PROJECT: Daniel Island Rotarians Steve Slifer, Jim White, and Peter Mumola served as judges for a recent business plan competition at Bishop England High School in cooperation with YEScarolina Youth Entrepreneurship in South Carolina. Rotary Club of Daniel Island also contributed $500 for cash prizes. More Pictures available here.

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STORY UPDATE:

Congratulations to Jasmine Adams and Harrison Griffith, both from Bishop England HS, on their success at the statewide business plan competition held recently at the College of Charleston. With her second place finish, Jasmine will move on to the NFTE Nation Business Plan Event in New York City later this summer!

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​L to R: 3rd Place: Harrison Griffith–Chuck Town Reclaimed ($1,000), Bishop England High School; 1st place: Colin Posnanski–Shoelace Society dba Bandz($3,000), Wando High School; 2nd Place: Jasmine Adams–Smudgies ($2,000), Bishop England High School

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
Dec 212016
 
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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

                     

Jul 212016
 
Cake celebrating 15 years of DI Rotary Members

July 19, 2016 was a special day for the members of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island.

15 years earlier, the first club president Mary Murray received the club’s charter during an official visit of the Rotary International President to Charleston. The club was sponsored by the North Charleston Rotary Club and attracted over 25 charter members from the quickly developing area of Daniel Island and southern Berkeley County.

Recently installed 16/17 club president Gray Ives led the Club Assembly Meeting and presented a special cake decorated for the occasion.

Cake celebrating 15 years of DI Rotary BannersPast Presidents of Daniel Island Rotary Club include: Mary Murray, Billie Bacon, Brian Calhoun, David Pagliarini, David Vail, Russ Long, Judy Burnstein, Bob Welsh, Bob Wood, Pat Richards, John Tiller, Bill Stevens, Chad Vail, and Mike Sudzina.

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Rotary Club Send Off For Member Returning To Finland

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Mar 302016
 
UulaThe Rotary Club of Daniel Island recognized and thanked member Uula Torttila who is returning soon to his home country of Finland. Uula has been in the United States on work assignment for the past two years and has been an active member of the Daniel Island Club. The Club, also known as the Duck Race Club, presented Uula with a yellow duck signed, with good wishes, by all club members. Uula will rejoin his home Rotary Club in Finland. #Rotary #Rotary7770 #DanielIsland
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