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Dec 082017
 

At the November 29th meeting, Evan Aluise of Tiger Corner Farms spoke to the club about their aeroponic container farm located in Summerville, SC. What is aeroponic farming you ask? Well in short it’s a method of farming that’s done in recycled shipping containers. Yes that’s right, shipping containers.

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Club speaker organizer Steve Slifer and Evan Aluise from Tiger Corner Farms

By growing plants aeroponically, it reduces the risk for soil borne diseases. Because the roots are exposed to more oxygen, the plants grow faster making aeroponics safer and more efficient. It was a fascinating presentation…we highly recommend checking out their website for more information on how aeroponic farming may be changing the way we think about farming: http://tigercornerfarmsmfg.com.

Thanks Evan for the informative presentation!

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photo courtesy of http://www.tigercornerfarms.com

Dec 072017
 

We are excited to welcome two new members to the club, Kent MacEachern and Hugh Burgess.

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From L to R: Hugh Burgess and Kent MacEachern

Kent was raised in Columbia SC, a graduate of Dreher High School, the College of Charleston where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology and Covenant Seminary where he received a Masters degree in Psychology and Theology. He has lived in the Charleston/East Cooper area and been in private practice as a professional counselor for over 30 years. He is presently serving as a board member and Lowcountry representative of the South Carolina Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is also a former Mt.Pleasant Rotarian. He and his wife have recently moved to Daniel Island from life in the country near McClellanville. He has two adult children living in Mt. Pleasant and Brevard, NC. Special interests and hobbies include BBQ grilling, birding, hunting, fishing, beekeeping, gardening, drone and still photography, watching sports and golf. He has recently scaled down from a large home and property to apartment living and no yardwork and is absolutely loving life on Daniel Island with more time to enjoy his friends, family and many hobbies. Welcome Kent!

Hugh was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina and at the age of twelve his family moved to Columbia, SC. He attended public schools and attended Palmer College and the American Institute of Banking. Hugh has earned certifications as a Certified Financial Services Auditor {CFSA} and Certified Fraud Examiner {CFE}. He and his wife Jan are members of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where they have served in several volunteer positions. Hugh is a retired Banking Executive after having worked thirty seven years in the Financial Services Industry. He and Jan moved to Daniel Island three and a half years ago from Columbia. He enjoys walking the trails on Daniel Island, beach outings and the wonderful restaurants and entertainment offered in the Charleston area.  Welcome Hugh!

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.

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!

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

                     

Nov 222016
 
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Daniel Island, SC – November 22, 2016 – Rotarians assembled early Tuesday morning at the Publix on Daniel Island to load 171 grocery bags, each complete with all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Publix provided the food at net cost and donated an additional 40 whole turkeys to the effort.

Rotarians delivered the meals to the Cainhoy Community Center. Local leaders and church elders in the Cainhoy community ensured the meals reach the identified recipients, even if they are unable to pick them up at the community center.

“This is the 14th year in a row for the Rotary Thanksgiving 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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“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.

Thanks to all that made this another successful food drive!

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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.

 

 

Daniel Island Eagle Scout Candidate Awarded Grant to Construct Benches Along Trails

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At the August 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island, Eagle Scout candidate and Daniel Island resident Austin Dowd was awarded a $1200 grant to assist in the construction and installation of benches along the trail that runs from Seven Farms Drive to Blakeway Street. Rotary Club of Daniel Island provided $600 which was matched by the Daniel Island Community Fund.

Austin thanked the members of the club before being awarded the check by club president Gray Ives.

 

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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!

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.

Cake celebrating 15 years of DI Rotary Members

 

Apr 302015
 

ExpoWe are excited to have a booth promoting our Duck Adoptions at the Live a Better Life Health and Fitness Expo being held on May 23 at the Family Circle Tennis Center, 10 – 5.  There will be so much amazing activity and education that there is sure to be something for everyone of all ages. And it is all FREE. Live music by John Cusatis, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, health food, a Kids Zone, a Tennis Zone, a climbing wall, and a fitness challenge ($10) for all ages and fitness levels. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

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