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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.

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

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.

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.

 

Rotarians Help a Valued Rotarian

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Jul 262015
 

imageDaniel Island Rotary Club members, and several sons of members, gathered to help a Rotary Club member. The group trimmed bushes, rebuilt boxed flower beds, and added new mulch for club member Faith White, our Rotarian of the Year. Pictured are Tom Richards, Fred Klare, Jim Morrill, Chad Vail with son Bryson, Bill Stevens, Faith White, Gray Ives with son Grayson, Bill Thielfoldt, and David Pagliarini with son Trent.

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