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Lowcountry Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:30 AM
Golden Corral Rest.
122 Robert Smalls Pkwy.
Beaufort,, SC  29906
United States
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Congratulations to Alice Howard for winning the 2nd annual Brackets for Buckets competition.  The competition raised $85.00 to be donated to the CART fund in Alice's name.  Thank you to all who participated in this fun event!

Terri Stokes ran a great program on the last Friday in August with a focus on membership.  Several members spoke on who introduced them to Rotary, what Rotary means to them, and why they stay in the club.  The words we heard several times were about giving back to our community, volunteering, and how we have become a family!  We can truly accomplish more together than any of us can on our own. 
Kathy Crowley put together a wonderful slide show of our members and families recently.  If you have any doubts that we are the "Fun Club" just watch this video.  Let's keep doing good things and having fun doing them!
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry presents a check for $12,250 to United Way of the Lowcountry. Left to right: Rotary Club of the Lowcountry President Alan Beach, United Way of the Lowcountry President & CEO Tina Lamb Gentry, Rotary Club of the Lowcountry Past President Jeff Althoff.
Committed to the Beaufort community, Rotary Club of the Lowcountry raises thousands of dollars each year which is reinvested in numerous non-profits supporting a variety of programs including anti bullying, homelessness, domestic violence and Alzheimer’s research. 
Join Rotary Club of the Lowcountry at the 12th Annual Memory Links Alzheimer’s Benefit Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Ocean Creek Course on Fripp Island. The entry fee of $85 includes cart, beverages, prizes, goody bag and lunch immediately after the tournament. Bring a team of friends and help us continue to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Rotary has been a strong supporter of funding grants to research.
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is proud to be a supporter of Jones Boxing Academy.  The Club recently provided much needed cleaning supplies and financial support that will help the Academy meet their mission.
The future goals that Jones Boxing Academy would like to achieve are being able to provide after school care/training, camps for at risk children, and camps for obese children. Anyone that is interested in Boxing Fitness (any age), Amateur (start at age 8) and Professional (18-35) Boxing Management can sign up by going to 17 A Eastern Road Beaufort SC 29906, email at, or call (843)476-1868
Almost half of our club (and several spouses) showed up to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for more than 100 volunteers who cleaned Hunting Island State Park on Saturday, May 30.  We also hosted 14 kids from the CAPA shelter for a fun beach outing.
Look for more photos in our photo album on the home page of
On Friday, April 24, we gathered in the morning for a very informative meeting on DragonBoat Beaufort, but right after work we got down to business.  We landscaped our 2 entrances of the Spanish Moss Trail.  Lowcountry Rotary adopted this section of the trail from Brotherhood Road to Riverside Drive last year and we spent a little time adding some plants that should make these two trail-heads more attractive.  Be sure to take a look at the Photo Album on this event on our home page.
Then, we moved on to Alice and Gene Howard's house for a social and another element to a service project.  Our club is donating about 140 books to the Beaufort County School District to support our Anti-Bullying initiative.  We took a little time out from the social to put some "Donated by Rotary Club of the Lowcountry" stickers inside the front cover of each book.
Lowcountry Rotary is sponsoring a new event in Downtown Beaufort this year!  Founders' Night Fireworks in Waterfront Park, a joint effort with the City of Beaufort, the Beaufort  Tricentennial, and the Lollipop  Shop.   From 5-7 PM our club will be serving hot chocolate and around 7 PM we want you to sit back in your lawn chairs and look to the sky for the fireworks show!
Rotary Club of the Lowcountry was excited to have Nancy Owens educate us on the owls and bats that live in our beautiful part of the world.  It was wonderful to have a chance to see these nocturnal animals up close. 
With a beautiful overcast sky as a backdrop, 18 Rotarians, spouses, friends and family gathered at Hunting Island.  We cooked delicious hot dogs and hamburgers for 160 hard-working volunteers who cleaned up litter from the beach, hiking trails, and the marsh boardwalk.  Be sure to go to the Photo Album tab to see all the pictures!  As you will see, it was a little bit of Rotary and a whole lot of fun!
Our ice cream social was a cool event on the hottest day of the year!  With the temperature at a sweltering 98 degrees, we found several ways to cool off.  After inducting our newest member, Cliff Mrkvicka, members and guests chilled by enjoying ice cream with loads of delicious toppings.  And if that didn't do the trick, about a dozen members took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Welcome Cliff and Michelle!  Look for all of the pictures in our photo gallery.
We are so proud of our two George E. Lenhart Interact Service Scholarship winners!  Posing with President Charlotte are Meg Lacomb and David Crumley.  Good luck this fall in college.
Paula Bunton, spouse of Rotary Club of the Lowcountry's member Kerry Bunton was honored with Rotary International's Spouse Service Award last night. Lou Mello was on hand at Area 5's Joint Installation Dinner to present the award which is one of only 100 given worldwide. We are so very proud of her and truly appreciate all she does for our club.
Lowcountry Rotary's 10th Annual Memory Links Golf Tournament was our biggest ever!
  With 27 teams competing for prizes and having great fellowship at the Ocean Creek Golf Club on Fripp Island, this event has become the "funnest" golf tournament in Beaufort County.  But most importantly, all of the proceeds from this event go to two great organizations.  First, we donate to the CART Fund which was started by a Rotarian in Sumter and uses 100% of donations to fund cutting edge research to seek early detection, promising treatments or cures for this awful disease.  The CART Fund has been the largest non-governmental provider of grants for Alzheimer's research in the USA.  Second, we also donate funds to the local support agency, Alzheimer's Family Services of Greater Beaufort (AFSGB).  Currently, AFSGB offers 3 days of group respite care; a maintain your brain group for those recently diagnosed, or anyone wanting to stimulate and promote a healthy brain; home education and training programs for the community and for medical personnel are also available by special arrangement.
Our tournament would not happen or be successful without local companies and individuals stepping up to help sponsor our event.  Many thanks to Hargray, Hanna's Day of Hope, and Gene Rugula for being our major sponsors.  Also, our putting contest was sponsored by Bay Street Jewelers and they provided a beautiful necklace and earring set AND a matching ring that was the prize for the Ladies' Longest Drive Contest.
Individual hole sponsors were Crowley Wechsler & Associates LLC, Jatin J. Patel CPA, Trask & Lynn CPA, Paula Bunton & Jerry Mott, Stokes Brown Toyota, Complete Air LLC, O C Welch Ford , Benjamin Kolb, Smoak Morris Hughes LLC, and Michael Bestwick for the YMCA, and our local PEPSI distributor. 
Here is a list of our winners:
Look at pictures from the event in our Photo Album.  We should have the final numbers soon and get the funds out to our two recipients soon.
As one of our past District Governors would say, we had "a little bit of Rotary and a whole lot of fun!"  About 1/3 of our club showed up on Saturday morning to cook Hamburgers and Hot Dogs for the many volunteers at the semi-annual Beach Sweep at Hunting Island State Park.  At last count we cooked 160 burgers and 120 hot dogs for the hungry crowd, who cleaned hundreds of pounds of litter from the beach, trails, roadsides, and marshes around the park.  From Boy Scout Troops to a large group of Wade Hampton High Schoolers, the volunteers worked all morning picking up litter before the start of the summer season.
Many thanks to Jeff, Alan, Dick & Gayle, Kerry & Paula, John & Rena, Frank, Bill E., Bill G., Charlotte, Elliot & Pam, Jerry, Chuck, and Alice for pitching in for this event.
Thanks to all who supported the Crab Race at the Port Royal Soft-Shell Crab Festival on Saturday, April 19th.
For more info on the results, go to

Welcome to Lowcountry Rotary Club!

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry is known as the little club that could. Although a small club we are very active in the community giving our time and funds we raise to local non-profit organizations. We gave over $30,000 in the 2011/2012 year to local non-profits. We have also applied for and received Rotary Simplified Grants for such things as the “Good Neighbor” Free Clinic and training materials for Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity as well as recently for the Beaufort County 6th Graders Anti-Bully Program materials.  We also cook burgers and hot dogs twice a year for the Hunting Island Beach Sweep volunteers.
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry partnered with Beaufort Country School District who worked with Beaufort High’s Performing Arts Theatre Group to put on an assembly that every 6th grader in Beaufort County was invited to attend.  Beaufort Middle, Lady’s Island Middle Robert Small’s Middle and Whale Branch Middle Schools all attend presentations at Beaufort High’s Performing Arts Center.  The Theatre Group put on thought-provoking skits and involved the students and the teachers. Beaufort High’s Theatre Group and Rotary Club of the Lowcountry then traveled to Bluffton Middle and Hilton Head Island Middle to put on the same presentation.  The teachers were in attendance at the assembly as well since they are seeing some of these bullying behaviors taking place but unaware of the really harm being caused and may be turning a blind eye to the situation. The program was designed for the teachers to take action, let the victim know they don’t have to tolerate being treated this way, encourage bystanders who see something to say something and to let the bully’s know that this sort of behavior is not to be tolerated.

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry distributed anti-bullying activity books and bookmarks to each student as they exited the assembly.  The school district also had the Rotarians distribute arm bands that had an anti-bullying message and telephone number listed in case they wanted to speak with someone outside their school.

Last year, the drama group performed in front of all the 6th graders in the entire school district, at the Rotary District 7770 Conference in Myrtle Beach, and at the Zone 33 Rotary Peace Symposium in North Carolina.
For a clip of the skits, see the link below:

Check out their article in Bluffton Today:

Rotary Club of the Lowcountry celebrated the beginning of the Labor Day weekend by hosting an at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.  In attendance were club members, past members, friends of the club and potential members for a fun-filled evening of ice cream and swimming
Once a month the Lowcountry Rotary, partnering with the Interact Club of Beaufort High School, cleans up a section of Sea Island Parkway and Youmans Road near the two entrances to the school.  We normally schedule this on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM during the school year and 8:00 AM durng the summer months.  We meet at the Seaside Vineyard Church parking lot (the former Lady's Island Cinema).
Joint Meeting @ St. Peter's Church
Apr 28, 2017
Blue Angels
Meeting--Eric Larson
May 05, 2017
Matthew Clean-Up
Meeting--Christina Welsch-Copeland
May 12, 2017
Veterans' History Project
Meeting--Lili Coleman
May 19, 2017
Second Helpings
May 26, 2017
Rotary Scholarships
Meeting--Russell Baxley
Jun 02, 2017
CEO Beaufort Memorial Hospital
Meeting--Chris Kehrer
Jun 09, 2017
Port Royal Sound Foundation
Jun 23, 2017
Installation Dinner Tonight
April 2017