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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+

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

https://www.charlestonsportspub.com/

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

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N9LXTQJ

 

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 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 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 ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com or visit ecbrotary.org.

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