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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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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 www.PortRoyalCrabRace.com
 
 
 

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:

http://youtu.be/R8ORw964ZcU

Check out their article in Bluffton Today:

http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-education/2013-10-27/students-spread-anti-bullying-message-beaufort-county#.Unf1DJTk_hU

 
 
 
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).
 

 
 
 

Speakers

Sep 26, 2014
Meeting-John Pate
Warden-Allendale Correctional
Oct 03, 2014
Meeting-Andra Watkins
Natchez Race - 444-Mile Trek Presentation
Oct 10, 2014
Interact Inductions
Meeting at Beaufort High School
Oct 17, 2014
Meeting-Tricia Gravel
Guardian Ad Litem Program
Oct 24, 2014
 
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