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Apr 142019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Karen Quadrio, Director of Development and Marketing at Charleston Promise Neighborhood, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Karen Quadrio is New Jersey born and raised…she still loves the Garden State, but now calls Charleston her hometown.

Before joining Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Karen had had a very successful career in senior management in consumer products, specifically, toys. She grew businesses from the ground up, thinking strategically and making the big ask, eventually managing $235 million in revenue for one of the largest toy manufacturers in the U.S. Forming her own consulting business in 2007, she worked with international consumer products companies to bring their goods to the U.S. However, Karen has just very recently found her true passion.

In January of 2018, she followed her desire to serve those with far less opportunity in the world of education. In the short time since she joined CPN, she has already had significant impact. Now, as Director of Development and Marketing, Karen is lending her skills to the work of providing to the children of The Neck equitable access to education and opportunities for life success.

Karen and her husband Fred have been together for 40 years and they still make each other laugh. But their cat, Jack, also known as “the Mayor,” entertains them most. Karen’s superpower is that she can keep a secret, but she’s now making sure the great work of Charleston Promise Neighborhood is a secret no more.

Apr 062019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Luc Alexis Chasleries, President of the Alliance Francaise de Charleston, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Mar 152019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Anna Dassing, principal of Lucy Beckham High School, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Anna Dassing is a life-long leader and educator now leading the design, programing, and construction of the new Lucy Garrett Beckham High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

A teacher at heart, Anna started her career as a middle school teacher in Rock Hill, SC after graduating from Winthrop University with a degree in Biology. She loved working with students and making science come alive for them! She excelled as a master teacher and quickly rose into leadership positions earning her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. She joined the SC State Department of Education in early 2000’s and worked as a teacher coach and learning specialist for struggling schools in Charleston County. She moved to the Charleston Co. School District as an instructional leader and moved into school administration and leadership and has served as a instructional coach, assistant principal, principal and executive director in a number of schools. Her passion for continuous school improvement and making learning authentic and engaging for students is her passion and mission. Her vision for Beckham High School is for it to be a premier educational institution that puts students at the center and supports teachers to reach and teach in a personalized and experiential setting. With Beckham being nestled in the heart of Mount Pleasant, she understands deeply the importance of community and business partnerships and providing students with experiences that will not just prepare them for college and careers but to be productive citizens that will lead for generations to come.

Anna and her husband, Robert, live in Park West and have a son, Troy, who is a freshman at the University of South Carolina.

Mar 082019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Rear Admiral Daniel Fillion, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Rear Adm. Daniel Fillion is a native of Goose Creek, South Carolina and the proud son of a Navy Chief Petty Officer.  He is a 1984 graduate  of College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Business.  He also earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and is a graduate of Air Command, Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the Navy Corporate Business Course.

At sea, Fillion served aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as navigator and USS Wasp (LHD 1) as executive officer and commanding officer.  His aviation assignments in the SH-3 and SH-60B/R involved tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 1, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadrons Light (HSL) 40, 44 and 46, and Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 2.  He served as commanding officer of HSL 51 and of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41.  Additionally, he was commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3.

His staff assignments include duty in the Politico-Military Affairs Directorate of the Joint Staff (J5); director of the President’s Emergency Operations Center in the White House; as a Research Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) budget analyst, Air Warfare Division within the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; a senior fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX); executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (J5), U.S. Southern Command; and most recently as director of Global Operations (J3), U.S. Strategic Command.

Fillion served on teams awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon.  His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards) and various campaign and unit awards.

In June of 2018, Fillion assumed the duties as director, Manpower Account Transition Office / Bureau of Naval Personnel Comptroller (OPNAV N10/BUPERS-7).

Mar 042019
 

Courageous Kidz Founder/Director, Deborah “Flash” Stephenson was born and raised in East Aurora, New York. Debby moved to Charleston in 1967 and was married for over 40 years to Charles William Stephenson (Charlie). Sadly, Charlie passed away in 2018. Debby has two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Meg, and three stepchildren, Karin, Victoria and Billy. Debby is Gramma to her “perfect” grandchildren, Blake, Katie and Ben, and she is “FLASH” to her extended families who are dealing with the devastating effects of childhood cancer.

Debby was a Realtor for 13 years; earning her Graduate Realtors designation in 1976 along with her broker’s license. She was a Million Dollar producer for eight years and at one time had her own agency with five agents. As State Chairman of the “Make America Better” Committee for the South Carolina Association of Realtors, Debby originated Camp Happy Days as the State project in October of 1982. The first camp was held the following year in 1983. From 1982 to 1984, the camp project won national recognition by the National Association of Realtors.

2005 brought about some changes to the leadership of Happy Days and Special Times. Debby’s husband Charlie was diagnosed with cancer and both she and Charlie had to stay in Boston for over three months while Charlie received life-saving Proton Radiation treatments. Upon their return to Charleston, Debby found that the Board of Happy Days and Special Times had decided to relieve her of her duties. After leaving Happy Days, Debby continued to receive phone calls and emails from families desperate for help. Believing the old adage, “the person who won’t be beat, can’t be beat,” Debby created Courageous Kidz, Inc., A Safe Haven for Kids with Cancer and their Families….giving the Magic of Hope!

Debby “Flash” is unlike anyone you’ll ever meet.  Her unorthodox approach to helping families in crisis and her uncanny ability to problem solve by thinking outside of the box endears her to all of the Courageous Kidz families.  Debby’s infectious enthusiasm mixed with uncanny business savvy keeps the Courageous Kidz Board of Directors motivated to grow and expand their current programs.  It’s this powerful blend of her heart and soul that has enabled Courageous Kidz to thrive even in economic adversity.

Courageous Kidz, Inc. is a non-medical organization that focuses on families devastated by childhood cancer. “The child has the disease, the family has the cancer.” The challenges that present themselves to these families is never-ending with long-term side effects, financial havoc, insurance conflicts, marriage conflicts; the list is endless. The goal of Courageous Kidz, Inc. is to “pick up the pieces”, when life goes awry, restore normality and give the Magic of Hope! Courageous Kidz is a Safe Haven for Kids with Cancer.  We are exceptionally proud that 95.3% of all donations we raise go directly to funding our programs.  Since its inception, and with Debby’s guidance, Courageous Kidz has grown dramatically and serves over 150 children. 

Feb 202019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will host our February Happy Hour Social at Ghost Monkey Brewery on Wednesday the 27th from 5-7pm. Ghost Monkey Brewery is located off Long Point at 522 Wando Ln, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. My Big Fat Greek Trailer food truck will be at the brewery starting at 5; below is a menu. Trivia starts at 6:30!

http://ghostmonkeybrewery.com/

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Feb 122019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Postlewait, CCSD Superintendent, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Gerrita Postlewait became Charleston County’s Superintendent of Schools on July 9, 2015. She brings with her a wealth of experiences as an education practitioner and leader at the district, state, and national levels, and as an executive in the private sector.

She served as Chair of the State Board of Education, as a member of the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators, and as a consultant for several districts, states, and national organizations. As Chief K-12 Officer for a foundation, she helped establish the national Innovation Lab Network and co-founded Transform SC, a state-wide business-education partnership that fosters systemic educational change.

In districts where she has previously served as superintendent, student achievement increased dramatically during her tenure.

Dr. Postlewait’s goal is to work with educators, students, parents, and community partners to dramatically increase the percentage of students who are ready to step successfully and productively in careers, college, and life.

Feb 102019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Matt Sloan, President, DI Development Co. on Cainhoy Plantation, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

In 1992, Matt Sloan was part of the team that created the visionary master plan for Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Formerly a project manager representing the Guggenheim family who previously owned the island, he went on to maintain overall responsibility for development, marketing and sales activities within the community as it developed. In addition to Daniel Island, he is responsible for management and operations of the newly developing community of Carnes Crossroads in Summerville, SC and the 9,000 acre Cainhoy development, the last developable major greenfield site within the city of Charleston. A member of the Urban Land Institute, he earned a Master’s degree at Columbia University School of Architecture and a B.S. in science and engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo. Extremely active in community service, Sloan’s past and current non-profit board service includes the YMCA of Greater Charleston, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, Lowcountry Housing Trust, Porter Gaud School, Junior Achievement, Daniel Island Community Fund, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Roper Saint Francis Foundation and Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

Jan 302019
 


The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Billie Attaway, President of Read Aloud Technologies, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Billie is a recovering entrepreneur having built and sold several businesses.  He is also a business coach, friend, father, athlete, life time learner and a man of great faith. 

His major purpose is to help and save children.  He focuses on and supports childrens issues through: United Way, Victory Junction Gang camp, Camp Sertoma, Seacoast Church, his own non profit One by one and others.

The past focus of the non-profit was preventing child abandonment and the current focus is education, reading and literacy, improving both in SC, the US and the world.

He currently helps lead or advises three companies: 

Read Aloud Tech an Ed.Tcch firm. 

MMRR a software firm helping Associations and Chambers manage, recruit and retain their members, and

Yellow Card a Fin Tech company providing international money transfers using Bitcoin as the underlying currency.

He also coaches twelve CEO’s in diverse industries between $1mm and $100mm.

He has won the Entrepreneur of the Year award and placing on the Inc. 500 (Fastest growing privately held companies) twice.  He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and a past Rotarian.

Today he is going to talk with us on the problems, inefficiencies in our current education system and some possible solutions to reading and literacy.

Jan 212019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Denise Kish, Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens: Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Denise Kish is an Long Term Care And Assisted Living Licensed Administrator who guides organizations in creating operational cultures of excellence in the long term care industry.  As  the Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens she is leading a team of professionals caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Prior to coming to South Carolina Denise spend 18 years in long term care in New Jersey where she was the Executive Director of Professional and Organization Development focusing on establishing new areas of service and establishing a culture of Person and Family Centered Care at a comprehensive senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health care facility in North Jersey.  She spend over 15 years serving the State of New Jersey in changing cultures in long term care and is a speaker for many associations on senior care.  Denise’s passion is to assemble teams that are passionate about the work they do and the families they care for. 

Jan 082019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Vicki Johnson, Manager at Charleston Fisher House, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Johnson is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. She spent 20 years in the military and served in Desert Storm, 2 years in Afghanistan. She is a member of Lowcountry Women’s Veterans Association and serves on Joint Base Advisory Council. The Charleston Fisher House is the 73rd Fisher House in the United States and the first one built in residential community.  They raised $4M to purchase property.  The neighbors have embraced the Fisher House and the veterans and families that come stay there say that helps them in their recovery.  The building cost $9M in construction costs and the VA helped pay for the building.  It can serve 16 families and since January 2018 over 600 families have been served at Charleston Fisher House.  The house includes a common kitchen, dining, library, and residential suites.  The Charleston Fisher House is the only 3 story Fisher House which is unique because the layout allows all 16 rooms to be handicap accessible.

Oct 112018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jeff Ulma, Town of Mount Pleasant Planning Director, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Sep 252018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Eric DeMoura, Town Administrator, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Mr. DeMoura was appointed to the position of town administrator in October 2010. He currently manages nine departments, 700 employees, and a $158 million annual budget for the fourth largest municipality in South Carolina. Mr. DeMoura has received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. Prior to his appointment as town administrator, Mr. DeMoura served as deputy town administrator for four years.

Prior to joining the Town of Mount Pleasant, Mr. DeMoura held the position of deputy mayor in Taunton, Massachusetts, where he assisted the mayor in the management of 30 city departments and a $130 million budget. As chief advisor to the mayor, he lobbied state and federal governments to secure funding and improve education and aging infrastructure. Reforming budget processes, purchasing procedures, and personnel policies defined the quality of his position in Taunton.

Additional experience included the position of County Manager of Caswell County, North Carolina, where Mr. DeMoura began his public service. Highlights included the management of 23 county departments, 250 employees, and a $20 million budget.

Mr. DeMoura is a graduate of Clemson University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. He also holds a County Administration Certification from the University of North Carolina.

Mr. DeMoura is past president of the South Carolina City and County Management Association. He is a member of the International City / County Management Association and the South Carolina City and County Management Association.

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.

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.

http://eastcooperspeakeasy.com/

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+

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