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Jul 152019

Our 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ester will arrive on August 2nd from Ribeiras das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ester has a first and a third host family but we still need a family to open their home to Ester for the three month span of time in between. The exact dates that a student switches families is up to the families but roughly the time would be start of December until mid March.

Every year exchange students and their parents are required to write a letter to their future host families. I have read these letters from Ester and her parents and I can assure you she is a brilliant, responsible, determined young woman. Ester speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English proficiently. She wants to study medicine and hopefully specialize in neurosurgery. Ester, with the support of her family, has made the most difficult decision that any 17 year old can make: she is leaving her family and friends and the only home she’s ever known in Brazil to come to a strange new place for a year of her life. The Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast, the city of Charleston, Rotary District 7770, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America are welcoming Ester with open arms. I’m asking that someone open their home for 3 short months to this beautiful, courageous young woman. This is not just a life changing experience for the student but for the host families a like. Ester will become a part of your family and you hers; you will create a life long bond.

*Below are some social media ads as well as 2 links to informational sheets that tells you everything you need to know about hosting a student. Send these materials to someone or give me their contact info to reach out myself.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 5 minutes to post a photo or link from below to any one of your social media accounts- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc. OR PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to text, email, or call a friend, co worker or family member that you think might be interested.. OR who might know someone who is interested. Ask your church or ask your boss… ask your neighbors..

***There’s been a bigger push for host families this year*** The reason being because our club typically sends a student abroad, an outbound, at the same time as hosting a student, the inbound. It is an obligation of that outbound student to procure families, however this year the district did not have enough outbound students for our club to send one.

AGAIN please take just a moment to ask just a few people to help Rotary in one of our most important programs. Rotary Youth Exchange promotes global peace and cultural understanding as well as encouraging leadership, cultural and language skills.

“My dream is for every 17-year old to become a Youth Exchange Student.  If we could achieve this, there would be no more wars.” 

– Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, Rotary International President 2004-2005

YouTube Video of Host Family Experience

July 16th Guest Speaker: Nancy Mace, SC Representative

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Jul 102019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Nancy Mace, SC Representative, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Nancy is actively committed to the Charleston community. She serves Hanahan, Daniel Island, Mt Pleasant and Goose Creek as a State Representative for District 99. She is Vice Chairman of The Citadel School of Business Advisory Board. She is also a former board member on the National Board of Directors for the Medal of Honor Bowl Game. She is also a former board member and volunteer at Childspring International. She received the “Young Alumnus Award” from The Citadel Alumni Association in 2014 and in 2017 she received the “Mary Dean Brewer Woman of Distinction” award from the Eastern Carolina Girl Scouts.

Nancy is a member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtor (CTAR) and has been a Commercial Real Estate Agent since 2014. She recently earned a Keller Willams Top Producer award for 2018.

East Cooper Rotaract Beach Sweep

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Jul 102019

On July 20th the East Cooper Rotaract Club will be sweeping all the way to the Windjammer!

Meet us on the Isle of Palms beach at 28th Avenue at 9:30am!

Lunch and drinks to follow at the Windjammer at approximately 11am!

All are welcome for this family friendly- kid friendly event!

Please bring $10 if you’d like to buy a Rotaract T-shirt to support the club! Shirts may also be purchased using Venmo at the event!

Follow the link to the Facebook event page:

Jul 102019

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email

July 18: Chamber of Commerce July Luncheon 12-1:30 Omar Shrine, Networking 11:30-12- STEPHANIE MANGINI, VOLVO CAR

July 20: East Cooper Rotaract Club Beach Sweep

July 23: Rotaract Bi-Monthly Meeting Mount Pleasant Library 6-7pm; Speaker TBA

July 26: 2019 Rotary Night at the Park

August 1: Social 6-8pm Two Blokes Brewing ECBR July Social

August 11: Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family and YEO/YEC Training

August 20: Chamber of Commerce “Business and Baseball” After Hours event- 7pm $20 for all you can eat hot dogs and beer

August 24: Rotary Membership Summit, Lexington, SC

August 29: Social 6-8pm The Mill Street Tavern ECBR August Social

September 21: Happy Feet Event – Target Mount Pleasant

September 26: Social 6-8pm Dockery’s Daniel Island ECBR September Social

October 24: Social 6-8pm Morgan Creek Grill IOP Marina ECBR October Social

October 24: Polio Event 11-2pm Segra Park, Columbia SC- Join us for food, fellowship, fun, music and beer  Save the Date-End Polio Now Columbia

Jul 102019

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participate in a Rotary event

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[Schedule of Local Rotary Chapters (updated October 2018)]


  • North Charleston Rotary- 12:30pm Hilton Garden Inn Express 5265 International Blvd North Chs


  • Rotary Club of Charleston- 12:30pm Hall’s Signature Events 5 Faber Place Downtown Charleston


  • Daniel Island Rotary Club- 7:30 am Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive DI
  • Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant– 12:30 pm Harbor Breeze Restaurant at 176 Patriots Point Road MtP


  • Rotary Club of N. Charleston Breakfast– 7:15am Embassy Suites Intl Blvd by Charleston Airport
  • Rotary Club of St. Andrews- Charleston– 12:30pm Bessingers Barbecue on Savannah Highway


  • Rotary Club of Charleston- Breakfast– 7:30am Harbour Club 35 Prioleau Street Downtown Charleston


Next Meeting July 9th: Rotary Connects the World

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Jul 062019

Our next meeting will be held July 9th at 7:30am in the Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Visitors Center. This meeting will be our club assembly and we will hear from Ted Chestnut, our 2019-2020 club President on his plans for the coming year.

This year’s Rotary theme is “Rotary Connects the World”.

Breakfast will be catered by Dish and Design Catering.

District Governor Installation

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Jul 012019

Johnny Moore was installed as the District Governor for Rotary District 7770 for the year 2019-2020

Johnny Moore being installed by Past Rotary International Vice President, Anne Mathews

District Governor 2018-2019 David Tirard and wife Susan passing the torch to Johnny Moore and wife Susan.

The new EndPolioNow banner that will be traveling with Johnny to all the clubs in the district; for a $5 donation to Polio each member will have an opportunity to sign the banner

Congratulations to the Club Presidents for the year 2019-2020

From Our President

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Jul 012019

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 club specifically has helped international projects such as Polio Plus, Water Mission International, and CART- (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust). 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.  Last year alone we were able to donate over 100 children’s bikes to Toys for Tots, over 300 pairs of shoes to children in need through Happy Feet in partnership with the Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant, and completed several service projects at St. James-Santee Elementary School.

For me personally, Rotary has offered not only an avenue for service, but also acceptance into a fellowship of truly great leaders and friends.  By leveraging our relationships and abilities, we are able to accomplish so much more than the sum of our individual parts.  The future represents profound opportunity.  I believe that if we can collectively live by the motto of Rotary International – “Service Above Self” – we can capture that opportunity and make a real difference in both our local communities and throughout the world. 

If you have an interest in service and fellowship, please come visit us during one of our regular meetings on the 1st through 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:30am at the Cooper River Room in Mount Pleasant, our socials every 4th Thursday, or reach out to us by email below.

Yours in Rotary,

Ted Chestnut

President, 2019-2020

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club

ECBR Gives Back

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Jun 252019

Walk for Water Charleston

Mount Pleasant Happy Feet

Toys for Tots Bike Drive

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity

Speakeasy: Prohibition for a Cause

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

East Cooper Community Outreach

Charleston Area Rotary Charity Duck Race

Saint James Santee Elementary Middle School Beautification Project

Westover Community Garden

Happy Hour Social Thursday Grace & Grit 5-7pm

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Jun 242019

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club this Thursday June 27th from 5 to 7pm for Happy Hour at Grace and Grit Restaurant located at 320 Wingo Way Suite 100, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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Jun 242019

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