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Sep 182018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Brian Rowe, Managing Director of Pure Theatre, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Brian Rowe is now entering his third season as Managing Director at PURE Theatre, a professional theatre company dedicated to presenting in the Lowcountry award-winning professional theatre that enlivens thought, ignites dialogue, and expands consciousness.  Prior to joining PURE, Brian served as a development officer and fundraising consultant for numerous non-profit organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region.  Brian holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston (WV). He currently lives in West Ashley with his wife, Megan, and Sage, the best cat in the whole wide world.

Sep 042018

Rotary District Fall Seminar will be held September 21st

Location: Seacoast Baptist Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Start time: 9:00 am (registration begins 8:15 am)

Finish time: 4:00 pm

Attire: business casual

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

Lunch is included

Registration is available on the district database calendar

Seminars (2 sessions before lunch and 2 sessions after lunch, 5-tracks):

Foundation – 4 separate sessions

  • Grants Management / MOU (requires two from the clubs to qualify for next year’s district grant)
  • End Polio Now / Global Grants
  • Major Gifts / Paul Harris Society
  • Giving and Reports

Membership – all day seminar with 4 parts

Public Image – 2-part seminar in the morning

Youth Programs – 2-part seminar in the afternoon

Hands-on Workshops (bring your laptops and participate)

  • Rotary Club Central
  • District Database
  • Club Secretaries
Sep 042018

September Luncheon Speaker: Rob Fowler



12:00-1:30; Networking 11:30-12:00

Register Here:!event/2018/9/20/monthly-luncheon

Business & Community Expo September 27th 1-6pm FREE

  • Over 100 exhibitors, puppies, cars and boats there is something for everyone at the Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo on September 27
  • More than 20 door prizes
  • Live broadcast featuring Channel 2’s Rob Fowler and Josh Marthers
  • Happy Hour sponsored by Fill Piano Bar and live music by Saluda Shoals

**Win a Two Year Lease on an Award Winning 2019 Subaru Crosstrek from CREWS Subaru of Charleston

Support your favorite participating local charity by purchasing a chance to win a Subaru Crosstrek. Color of the automobile may be chosen by the winner. Crews Subaru will cover taxes and fees, and include 2 year standard maintenance on the vehicle. Choose the quantity of tickets that you would like and make sure to tag the Charity of your choice at checkout.

Upon your purchase you will receive a confirmation email and be automatically entered into the drawing. No limit on purchases or entries. Winner will be announced at the Expo.

Buy Tickets Here:!event/2018/9/26/mpcc-business-community-expo-2018-crews-subaru-two-year-lease-giveaway-to-support-charity

Sep 042018

Did you miss the Rotary Global Rewards webinar? 
On 16 August, we presented a webinar on Rotary Global Rewards. The webinar explains how you can use the program on your desktop and on the Rotary Global Rewards app. We also show you the most popular offers on the program and how you can take advantage of them. Finally, you’ll learn how you can post your own offer to Rotary Global Rewards and promote the program to fellow Rotarians.

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Aug 292018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have our president Tripp Hoover and our secretary and fundraising chair Sean O’Connor, speak to the club about our upcoming annual fundraiser. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing music, games, a silent auction with themed packages.

~ $100 entry includes food, open bar, and raffle ticket ~

Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive an extra turn playing one of the games and increase your chances to win great prizes!

Open only to 21+

Aug 242018

The next happy hour social will be Wednesday August 29th from 5-7pm on the back patio at Charleston Sports Pub in Mount Pleasant.

Charleston Sports Pub 1909 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

If you have yet to do so please respond to the social survey:


Aug 142018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 21th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Alejandra Robinson, our 2018-2019 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Aug 142018

Our club’s 2018-2019 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Marie, arrived last week from France! Marie will be turning 17 on August 20th and she will be attending Wando High School. At our club meeting last week, Marie gave us a flag from her Rotary club in France and received our flag. If you see her at a meeting please introduce yourself! Marie loves meeting new people and traveling to new places. She is very active, enjoys shopping, and loves to cook. In France, Marie studies economics and wants to work in international relations. Marie enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball and she is about to have the best year of her life!

Welcome Marie!

Aug 082018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 24th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have David Tirard, District Governor, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

David Tirard joined the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2003. He is a Ten Star Rotarian and holds the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He was elected President in 2011, and he led the club to Large Club of the Year recognition at the District Conference in March 2012. At District level he has served on the Grants Committee since 2010, served as Paul Harris Society Chair since 2013 and as an Assistant Governor from the same year. He holds two Foundation District Service awards, a Distinguished District Service award, and was recognized as District Rotarian of the Year in 2014. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member and Bequest Society member. David is British by birth, and enjoyed a thirty-three year career with Barclays Bank Plc. Most of his career was spent in the UK, but a tour of duty in Zambia as a bank auditor really opened his eyes to the poverty suffered in a third-world country. (This experience helps fuel his passion for the Rotary Foundation). Upon retirement he came to the United States in 2001, where he met his wife Susan. They moved to Bluffton SC in 2002. She is also a Rotarian, and they enjoy two children and eight grand-children in the USA, and two children and three grand-children in the UK. In the little time they have outside Rotary, they enjoy cooking, gardening and looking after the three Golden Retrievers they have rescued.

Aug 012018



The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We will be hearing from our club President Tripp Hoover on the 2018 Rotary International Convention that was held in Toronto in June. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Jul 172018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Alan Berger, Executive Director of Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

In 2017 Alan Berger joined Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Charleston, SC as its Executive Director.  Pet Helpers is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1978 as the first NO-KILL animal shelter in the Lowcountry. It operates an animal shelter and adoption center, a spay/neuter clinic, a low cost vaccine clinic, and a humane education program.  It has grown to twenty five employees and an annual budget of $2 million.

Before joining Pet Helpers, Alan, with his wife, Leslie Armstrong, owned and operated several small businesses.  Most recent was Nana’s Donuts, a gourmet donut shop in Charleston producing organic, vegan donuts in a small batch processing environment.  Prior to Nana’s, they operated two small businesses in Asheville, NC.  For five years they owned an independent video rental store that focused on foreign, independent, art house, LGBT, documentary, and animal advocacy films.  In 2011with their partner and chef, Jason Sellers, they opened PLANT, a small upscale and highly acclaimed restaurant with a sophisticated, innovative, and totally vegan menu.

Earlier in his career, Alan Berger served for nine years as the Executive Director/CEO of the Animal Protection Institute (now Born Free USA) in Sacramento, CA.  He moved to Charleston, SC and joined the John Ancrum SPCA (now the Charleston Animal Society) in 2004 as its Executive Director.

Alan had been an Executive Director or Board member for nonprofit organizations in the fields of nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, domestic violence/sexual abuse, child abuse, blindness, AIDS, teenage employment, and homelessness.  Alan is an MBA/CPA and completed the ABD stage of a Ph.D. program in business management.

Jul 172018

Join us Thursday August 2nd for Happy Hour at Saltwater Cowboy on Shem Creek from 5-7pm!

130 Mill Street Mt. Pleasant 29464

Jul 112018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Arnold Hite, Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business at Charleston Southern University, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Dr. Arnold Hite is a professor of economics in the College of Business at Charleston Southern University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Clemson University and a PhD in economics from Texas A&M University.

Before arriving at Charleston Southern, he served on the faculty at Clemson, Texas A&M and The Citadel. While at Charleston Southern he has served in several administrative positions including director of the Center for Economic Education, director of a special program in environmental management, department chair and dean.

Dr. Hite’s teaching interests include macroeconomic theory, international trade, the history of economic thought and price theory.  His current research interest includes income inequality measures and economic forecast assessment.

Jul 102018

The International Rotary Club’s theme this past year was “Make A Difference.” And, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club took that theme and put it into action with numerous community service activities, The Club, which consists of 50 members, raised $32,000 at its 2nd Annual East Cooper Speakeasy fundraiser; donated and delivered 73 books to the Mary Ford Elementary School for its Literacy Program; volunteered for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals On Wheels, and East Cooper Community Outreach;  participated in a Global Grant project with Water Missions International; joined forces with the Galveston Rotary Clubs to provide funds for the devastation in Houston after Hurricane Irma; participated in Happy Feet with the Mt. Pleasant Lunch Club to provide shoes to 212 children in the Lowcountry; and volunteered at Toys for Tots where the Club donated 132 bikes to Lowcountry children.

The Club recently started a 30 under 30 program where membership dues are prorated for young professionals; and became a member of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce to increase its presence in the community.

For information on how to join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, please email or visit


Jul 102018
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Speaker:  Joseph P. Riley Jr., Former Mayor of the City of Charleston
Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant
Networking 11:30-12:00
Register here:
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club members who attend on behalf of our Club
will be reimbursed for the registration fee. Please wear your Rotary Pin!
Jul 022018

Welcome to The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club located in Mount Pleasant SC.  We are Rotarians, and as Rotarians, We are People of Action. Service above self is the resounding theme in our club and within our members. I encourage you to look around our site to learn more about our service and social events. Our Annual Fundraiser, East Cooper Speakeasy, is one you will not want to miss.  Our club specifically has helped international projects such as Polio Plus, Water Mission International, and CART- Alzheimer’s Research. Locally, we have partnered with other organizations, such as East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, to help make a difference here at home.

Our theme in this Rotary year is Be the Inspiration. Throughout my years in Rotary, I have seen that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve.  This year, I ask Rotarian’s and the community we serve to not only seek that inspiration within yourselves, but to Be the Inspiration for others.  I hope to do this personally by leading with passion, leading by example—and leading Rotary to a future even stronger than its present.

If you would like to be a part of this, please reach out with any questions regarding membership and come visit us at our weekly meeting on Tuesday’s, 7:30am at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.

Yours in Rotary,

Tripp Hoover
President, 2018-2019
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club

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