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Dec 082017
 

At our December 6th meeting, we were honored to have Stephanie M. Kelley, Executive Director at East Cooper Community Outreach, or ECCO as many people know it by, speak to our club. Stephanie gave a very informative presentation about the organization, giving everyone a reminder that not only do they act as a food bank and a place for basic needs (clothing, household furnishings, etc.), for those in need, but also a place for individuals to receive assistance with financial aid, dental/medical care, prescriptions, counseling, and educational opportunities just to name a few. The Rotary Club of Daniel Island is very proud to have a mutual partnership with ECCO, working with them on various projects as well as them being a beneficiary from our Duck Race in years past.

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Club member Steve Slifer, ECCO Director Stephanie Kelley and Club President Todd Musheff

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Stephanie Kelley

For more information or if you’re interested in donating or volunteering, please check out there website: http://eccocharleston.org.

Thank you Stephanie!

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!

Nov 282017
 

The Daniel Island club participated in one of it’s annual food drives on November 21st, delivering some 165 meals/turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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About 18 Rotatians volunteered for the event and a special thanks goes out to Club member Cecil Mills for helping organize it all.  Thank you Cecil!  We’d also like to thank Publix for putting together the meals and boxing up the turkeys.  We couldn’t have done it without them!

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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!

 

Nov 032017
 

In October the Daniel Island Rotary Club participated in the annual Dictionary Project once again which gives area 3rd graders an opportunity to own their own personal dictionary.  This year the club delivered these dictionaries to 3 of the area elementary schools: Daniel Island Elementary, Philip Simmons Elementary, and Cainhoy Elementary.  All in all there were about 235 dictionaries donated between the 3 schools.

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Rotarians Chris Mingledorff and Pat Richards deliver to Philip Simmons Elementary

The mission of the Dictionary Project, which began back in 1992 in Savannah, GA, is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, hence the reason a majority of sponsors donate to these classes.

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Rotarians deliver to Daniel Island Elementary. From L to R: Bill Cannon, John Granozio, Rex Brown, DI Principal Kori Brown, Peter Mumola, Chip Law and Bill Stevens.

Since it’s implementation, over 18 million children have received dictionaries because thousands of people saw the same need in communities all over the United States.  The program has been adopted and refined by individuals, businesses, and civic organizations all over the country. Groups such as Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Elks Lodges, Granges, Lions Clubs, The Republican Federation of Women, Pioneer volunteers, parent organizations, and many more.

We at the Daniel Island Rotary Club are very honored to once again be a part of this wonderful project and look forward to supporting it in the years to come.

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

District 7770 Governor Bradham visits the club

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Aug 232017
 

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island welcomed District 7770 District Governor Gary Bradham to their August 23rd weekly breakfast meeting. Gary’s wife of 44 years, Susan, was also in attendance. Gary and Susan are members of the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. Before Gary discussed his goals and priorities of the District, the Ace of Spades was held with members and guests having the opportunity to purchase tickets to win money, or half the pot, should they draw the Ace of Spades from a deck of cards. The other half of the pot is given to Polio Plus. Each week, five tickets are pulled at random with the pot being the total amount of tickets purchased. If no one draws the Ace of Spades, the pot is carried over to the following week and continues to grow until the Ace of Spades is pulled. This week’s pot was a carryover of five weeks totaling $504. Susan was one of the five lucky tickets pulled by Gary as our guest. Guess what? Susan pulled the Ace of Spades!!! Susan, putting Service Above Self, immediately offered her winnings be donated to Polio. That is $504 going to Polio Plus. Thank you Susan!!

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From left to right: District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham, spouse Susan Bradham (with winning card), and past club president Gray Ives.

Assistant District Governor Clinton Dunn introduced Gary. He received some applause from the Citadel alums in attendance when he announced his undergraduate degree from The Citadel. It is worth noting that Gary holds an MBA from La Tech University and a National Security and Logistics degree from the Industrial Collage of the Armed Forces having retired as full Colonel after 25 years of service in the Air Force. The visit was Gary’s 34th of 79 Club visits in District 7770 with Susan attending almost all the visits. We are thankful for Gary’s time and leadership of District 7770.

Jul 312017
 

At the July 26th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Hank Hofford and Teddy Turner from Spirit of South Carolina, Inc, shared their inspiring story in their quest to help students develop leadership and enhance education, connect to the world, and reconnect with South Carolina’s history.

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From left to right, Spirit of SC’s Teddy Turner,
Club President Todd Musheff,
and Hank Hofford, also of Spirit of SC.

Spirit of SC, a 140-ft. two-masted topsail schooner, honors Charleston’s once booming, but largely forgotten shipbuilding industry. The frames, planks and interior finish were shaped from reclaimed, South Carolina Live Oak, Cypress and Long Leaf Yellow Pine. Extensive varnish work showcases the raw beauty of these native woods and the fine craftsmanship joining it all together.

The educational mission of Spirit is offering unique opportunities for students focusing on history, math, science and literature of South Carolina’s water resources and encouraging personal responsibility, contribution to community and stewardship of environment.

The Rotary Club of Daniel Island was excited to welcome Mr. Hofford and Mr. Turner to tell Spirit’s story and we look forward to supporting their very worthwhile mission!

For more information, please visit http://spiritofsc.org.

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