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Daniel Island’s own club member Bob Walker gives update on exciting new things happening at Trident Tech

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Feb 032018
 

At our January 31st meeting, our very own member Bob Walker gave us a very informative presentation about Trident Technical College where he works as the VP of Continuing Education and Economic Development.

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Club member Bob Walker

 

Bob shared with us that Trident now offers over 150 programs of study in 12 different academic divisions. Construction is now underway as well near their N. Charleston campus for a brand new 148,000 sq. ft. facility that will house the new SC Aeronautical Training Center. If you’re not familiar with TTC, please check out their FB page or visit them on their website at https://www.tridenttech.edu to see everything they have to offer. Thanks Bob!

Jan 192018
 

At the January 17th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, immediate past president Gray Ives shared the great news that the club earned the distinguished Presidential Citation award for 2016-17!  We were only 1 of 4 clubs to win the honor out of 80 clubs in District 7770.

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2016-17 President Gray Ives holding the Presidential Citation Award

In order to win this distinguished honor, a club has too accomplish a number of goals. The 2 mandatory activities lubs must achieve are: set at least 10 goals in Rotary Club Central and second, pay semiannual dues to RI on time in July and January.

In addition to those, the club has to achieve multiple goals in the areas of: Membership Attraction and Engagement, Foundation Giving, Online Tool Adoption, Humanitarian Service, New Generations, and Public Image.

It was truly a successful year put together by Past President Gray, his board, and the rest of club that chipped in and made it all possible. Way to go everyone!

Jan 172018
 

At the January 10th meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, we inducted our 2nd member of 2018, Miss Shelby Olsen.

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Shelby with sponsor Pat Richards

Shelby is a Charleston native who enjoys staying active and taking on new experiences. She works in government contracting as a Management Analyst for a Venture Technologies company.  Shelby recently graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelors Degree double majoring in HR Management and Finance and a minor in Chinese Studies.

Her journey with Rotary started in high school when she participated in a Rotary Youth Exchange year to Switzerland. After finishing her year abroad she came back as a Rotex member where she has helped facilitate the RYE Inbound Training Weekends every year since. In college she was a member of Rotaract and served as Treasurer the last 2 years and filed for USC Rotaract to become an official 501c3 entity with the IRS. As a senior, Shelby won the Carolinana Award at USC for her service and leadership on campus and in the community. She is excited to continue her journey as a Rotary member actively serving the local Charleston community!

It’s an excellent example of how Rotary International can impact individuals even at a young age as Shelby was in high school when her Rotary journey began.  Realizing her desire to serve her community and make it a better place with those experiences makes our club very happy to have her as our newest member.  Welcome Shelby!

Jan 072018
 

On December 21st the Rotary Club of Daniel Island completed its second holiday food drive delivering 165 Christmas meals and turkeys to the Cainhoy Community Center and 56 to Seven Farms Apartments on Daniel Island. The meals at Cainhoy are then delivered to families and individuals in the area most in need this holiday season. We’d like to thank Publix at Daniel Island Town Center once again for their support of this community service project! Happy Holidays everyone!

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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!

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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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.

Aug 162017
 

At the Aug. 2nd meeting of the Daniel Island Rotary Club, the beneficiaries that were chosen by the club to receive proceeds raised from the 2017 Duck Race, received their checks from Club President Todd Musheff, 2017 Duck Race Chairman George Jucha, and Barbara McLaughlin from the DI Community Fund.

It was a wonderful way to close out the Duck Race season in what was another successful event that, with the help of the Daniel Island Community Fund, raised over $69,000 going to these beneficiaries.  We’d like to thank everybody once again who helped make the race possible, especially all the businesses and individuals that adopted the some 23,000+ ducks.

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photo courtesy of Mary Wessner Photography

Front Row – Karen Whitley, Phillip Simmons Principal – Cindy Hay Johnson, Camp Happy DaysBarbara McLaughlin, DI Community Fund – Tim Young, Doors to Freedom – Barbara Ash, Berkeley County Library Bookmobile.

Back Row: Todd Musheff, Rotary President – George Roberts, East Cooper Meals on Wheels – Aidra Shaw, Cainhoy Principle – Kori Brown, DI Principal, George Jucha, Duck Chairman – Bev Hardin, Carolina Youth Development – Gene Brunson, Director Berkeley County Library – Beverly Hutchinson, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

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.

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!

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