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Guest Speaker November 19: Colleen Vaughn, NAMI Charleston, “Understanding Mental Health”

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Nov 172019
 

Colleen Vaughn moved to Charleston, SC a year ago after graduating from Winthrop University in 2018 with a bachelors degree in psychology. She works at a daycare on James Island and does volunteer work with NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness. Colleen is a board member of NAMI Charleston Area, the local NAMI affiliate. As a board member, Colleen is the walk manager for NAMI Walks Charleston, she helps educate the community on mental health, promotes awareness on topics related to mental health, and does social media management. In her free time, Colleen enjoys spending time with loved ones and reading. In 2012, Colleen was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Belgium. As a former Rotary Exchange Student, she continues to demonstrate “Service Above Self” in the work that she does.

Colleen will be talking to the club on the topic of Understanding Mental Health.

Flags for Heroes Take Down 11/12

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Nov 032019
 

Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting will be held down the road at Patriot’s Point to take apart the Flags for Heroes Display!

Normal time of 7:30 am! Meet at Patriot’s Point!

November 5th Guest Speaker: Dorothea Bernique, Increasing Hope Financial Training Center

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Oct 302019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dorothea Bernique, Executive Director of Increasing Hope Financial Center, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Before she ever founded Increasing H.O.P.E, Dorothea Bernique was sitting at her kitchen table when a realization hit her: she wanted to help people who were struggling with their finances. She went on to found Increasing H.O.P.E in 2003, and in 2005 the organization gained its 501©3 nonprofit tax status. Dorothea operates as the organization’s Executive Director and visionary, and a dedicated Board of Directors is helping to drive Increasing H.O.P.E forward in its vision to creating financial freedom for individuals and families in South Carolina.

As an Accredited Financial Counselor, Dorothea teaches and trains individuals on how to implement money management skills and strategies. This training improves financial literacy among individuals of all ages, within the local community and will result in a more productive life for individuals and families. Financial literacy training has been provided to community businesses, schools and non-profit organizations, including the YWCA, My Sister’s House and The Center for Women. She has been a guest on teleconferences for The US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and UPLIFT Publishing Company.

Dorothea is dedicated and committed to seeing others become educated and empowered in the area of finances, especially women. She is a business partner with schools in the local area and spends time in the classroom teaching and instructing young people. Her time and talents are also given to local non-profit organizations as well as churches.

Meeting October 29th!

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Oct 272019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. This meeting will serve as a briefing on the Flags for Heroes fundraiser as well as a time to present last years check from Speakeasy to Meals on Wheels. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Guest Speaker October 8: David Slade, Post and Courier Senior Reporter

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Oct 052019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have David Slade, Post and Courier reporter, as our guest speaker. David will be speaking on Mount Pleasant town government and civic issues. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

David Slade is a senior Post and Courier reporter. His work has been honored nationally by Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Scripps foundation and others. Reach him at 843-937-5552 or dslade@postandcourier.com

David Slade’s personal finance column appears most Sundays in The Post and Courier. He also reports on issues related to the Charleston metro area’s rapid population growth.
He has been a newspaper reporter since 1992 and joined The Post and Courier in 2004. Prior to joining the newspaper business, he worked for The College Board in New York, and covered the international gemstone industry for Colored Stone, a trade magazine in suburban Philadelphia.
Slade has reported on local, county, and state government for newspapers in Illinois, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. He has also covered law enforcement, courts, public schools, environmental matters, transportation and general assignments.
He holds a master’s degree from University of Illinois (the Sangamon State Public Affairs Reporting program) and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. Slade has won state and national awards for his reporting on property taxation and governmental affairs.

South Carolina Press Association (numerous awards, 2004-2015, multiple categories); American Society of Newspaper Editors, Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by a Team (2008); National Headliner Awards, Investigative Reporting (2008); Taylor/Tomlin Award for Investigative Journalism (2008); Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, online, deadline, and non-deadline reporting (3 awards, 2007 and 2000); Newspaper Association of America, Digital Edge Award (2001); Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, Public Service Award (1998); Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association, Keystone Press Award, news series (1998).

Guest Speaker October 1st: Stephanie Maples, Trio Solutions Inc.

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Sep 252019
 
Social Media Management Charleston

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Stephanie Maples from Trio Solutions Inc speaking about social media best practices for non-profits. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

If you ever want to hear an I-can’t-believe-that-actually-happened story, all you have to do is talk to Stephanie Maples. She’s got enough material to fill several books full of juicy details from her years in the entertainment industry.

Stephanie has lived many lives, working in the fashion industry in New York City, serving as an agent in Beverly Hills, and putting in the hours as a junior publicist for A-list Academy Award-winning actors in Hollywood. She even spent time in Nashville, specializing in digital marketing strategies for artists such as Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, and Josh Turner — just to name a few.

From launching full website redesigns, online marketing endeavors, merchandise strategies and running full-time fan club programs, Stephanie found her true passion in the digital and social media realm. She later worked with Idea Den, where she handled all the digital branding strategy and fan club management for Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, STYX and The Doors estate.

Today, Stephanie serves as TRIO’s new social media marketing manager, and with her extensive background in the fast-paced world of entertainment and digital media, she is taking our social media service offerings to the next level.

Guest Speaker September 17th: Julie Lawrence, Edge Drug Prevention Alliance

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Sep 142019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Julie Lawrence, Edge Drug Prevention Alliance, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Dr. Julie Lawrence works as a clinical pharmacist at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina.  In 2017 she worked with others to start an Opioid Reduction Task Force to improve pain management while reducing the prescribing of opioids.  This team continues to develop initiatives which will improve the care of those with addiction.  In 2016, with a passion to help others in her community battling the opioid epidemic, she joined a drug prevention non-profit with the goal of placing more prescription drug disposal boxes.  Two years later, she co-founded another organization, The Edge Drug Prevention Alliance, which educates parents, students, and the public on the dangers of substance misuse and how they can protect themselves and their families.  Julie has lived and worked in Charleston for the past 25 years.  She is married with three children, ages 22, 20 and 17.

Julie will be joined by Wood Marchant.

Wood Marchant earned his Masters in Social Work from USC in ’04. His first job in the field was as a medical social worker working with patients who had HIV and AIDS at MUSC from ’04-’09 under the Ryan White Care Act. He then became an inpatient alcohol and drug counselor at Charleston Center from ’10-’13 and later an outpatient alcohol and drug counselor at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs at MUSC from ’13-’16. Hired in the fall of ’16 at his alma mater, the College of Charleston, Wood is the school’s first Director of Collegiate Recovery, a program that helps recovering students stay sober while navigating college life. Wood is married to Dr. Laura Lee Kinney and they have twins, Will and Anna Liles, who are 12. 

September 10th Guest Speaker: Johnny Moore DG 2019-2020

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Sep 032019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Johnny Moore, Rotary district 7770 Governor 2019-2020, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Johnny Moore is a member of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise. He was born in Spartanburg, SC and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1971. He enrolled at Clemson University in 1971 where he majored in Industrial Management and joined the Air Force ROTC program where he earned a four- year ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Industrial Management and was a distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC. He has worked in the garment manufacturing industry, the bottling industry, sold computers for four different companies and founded SouthMed, Inc. (now Signal Technologies, Inc.) in December 1992 which he owned until December 2018. Johnny joined the Rotary Club of St. Andrews-Columbia in September 2007 where he served as Club President for 2010-2011 and Foundation Chair for 2011-2012. He transferred to the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise effective July 1, 2012. He served as Assistant Governor for Area 3 of District 7770 for 2013-2016. Johnny was the District 7770 Membership Chair from July 2016 – June 2018. He is a Paul Harris Society Member, Paul Harris Fellow and a Bequest Society Member. He is married to the former Susan Anne Saine of Irmo, his college sweetheart; and they have been married for over 43 years. Johnny and Susan have three daughters all married to Godly young men and ten wonderful grandchildren. He is a member, choir member, drama ministry member and Elder (not currently serving) at St, Andrews Presbyterian Church in Irmo. Johnny’s hobbies include fishing, woodworking and shooting sporting clays.

MEETING CANCELLED 09/03

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Sep 022019
 

Hurricane Dorian: Mandatory Evacuation Issued

Next meeting will be September 10th with District Governor Johnny Moore!

Everyone Stay Safe!!!!

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August 20th Guest Speaker: Anna Javaux, Executive Director Bundles of Joy-Diaper Bank of the Lowcountry

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Aug 182019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Anna Javaux, Executive Director, Bundles of Joy-Diaper Bank of the Lowcountry. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Bundles of Joy is a diaper bank being established in the Low country to assist those in need of diapers.  There are currently over 200 Diapers Banks that exist across the country.  The idea for Bundles of Joy diaper bank comes from Anna’s time working at Hope Assembly of God. Within months of becoming secretary for the church she saw that many people were in need of basic items including laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and diapers.  Anna met a woman who at a time was caring for her 2-year-old twin grandsons. The woman was living on a fixed income and needed some assistance in providing diapers and other necessities.  The ministry was able to help her and she soon began working with Bundles of Joy to help other families in area.    

The need to assist families with diapers continues.  In Charleston close to 20% of people are living in poverty.  They are working hard to make ends meet and will struggle to purchase diapers and other necessities often times choosing between paying bills and buying diapers. The goal of Bundles of Joy Diaper bank is to assist those in need of diapers directly through the organization and through a designated partner organization.

They are currently serving families in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.   The diaper bank distributions currently take place in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry Counties.  They are looking for partners in Jasper, Hampton, Colleton ,Allendale, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Horry, and  Georgetown Counties to help get diapers to families in need in these Lowcountry areas.  If you would like to become a partner organization please fill out their partner form or email at info@bundlesofjoydiaperbank.com.

August 13th Guest Speaker: Cheryll Woods-Flowers, Alzheimer’s Research

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Aug 072019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Cheryll Woods-Flowers speak to us about Alzheimer’s. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Cheryll, who has lived in East Cooper most of her life, earned two degrees from the College of Charleston, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accountancy. After leaving public office, she worked as an accountant and as chief financial officer for the Carolina Youth Development Center, soon realizing that she wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk all day

Cheryll spent 14 years in city government, six years as a member of the City Council and eight years as mayor of Mount Pleasant, in addition to a lengthy list of people-oriented community service activities.

Cheryll earned two degrees from the College of Charleston, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accountancy. After leaving public office, she worked as an accountant and as chief financial officer for the Carolina Youth Development Center, soon realizing that she wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk all day.

Cheryll’s other accomplishments have been integral parts of the Charleston-area community. She is former Chair of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission a member of the College of Charleston Business and Economics Advisory Board, currently a member of the Town of Mount Pleasant Planning Board, and Vice President of the College of Charleston Cougar Club. She formerly served as a director of the College of Charleston Alumni Board and as a member of the Trident Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors. She has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Lowcountry Girl Scouts and has contributed her talents to the East Cooper Kiwanis Club, the East Cooper Republican Women, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, East Cooper Community Outreach, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and the East Cooper Concert Series.

August 6th Guest Speaker: Katie Blomquist, Founder and Director of Going Places Non Profit

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Aug 012019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Katie Blomquist, Founder and Director of Going Places Non Profit, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Katie grew up in Los Angeles, California, studied sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then began a five year career in marketing while living in Chicago, IL before realizing she felt a desire to go into a career aimed at making a difference in people’s lives. She then received her Masters in Elementary Education at Roosevelt University. At a time when the Chicago Public School system closed eighty schools, Katie decided to move to Charleston, SC where she has been teaching in Title-1 schools for six years. In 2016, Katie began a GoFundMe raising over $80,000 and bought all 650 students in her school a new bike, lock, and helmet. Because of the tremendous success of that campaign and her passion for the title 1 community, Katie made the difficult decision to leave teaching and further this work on a much larger scale but creating Going Places where she can impact hundreds of thousands of kids. Along with running Going Places full-time, Katie also has launched “Katie Blomquist, LLC” where she gives professional talks on how to stand out and how to run toward your fear while defining failure. She also hosts seminars and workshops on how to start a successful nonprofit from the ground up.

ECBR July Social

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Jul 232019
 

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Thursday August 1st from 6 to 8pm at Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant!
Two Blokes is dog and child friendly!

Chucktown Deli food truck will be at Two Blokes from 5 to 8pm
“Chucktown Deli is a New York style deli food truck serving up tasty sandwiches. From their big boy Reuben to the Chucktown Italian… you can’t go wrong. Don’t miss their homemade southern style delicious desserts!”

547 Long Point Road, Suite #101, Mount Pleasant, SC

July 23rd Guest Speaker: Nicole Myles, Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

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Jul 172019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Nicole Myles, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Nichole Myles is the executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Assuming the role in 2015, she has focused the museum on providing high-quality, play-based museum programming and services for the Charleston area’s youngest citizens through a variety of outlets both on and off the museum’s sites. Under her leadership, the museum has expanded services to create a total reach of over 190,000 children, their caregivers and educators through onsite work, new outreach programming, as well as providing teacher coaching and professional development. Prior to leading the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Myles served as Chief Education and Experience Officer at the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport, Iowa. Throughout her career, encompassing both formal and informal education settings, she has worked in the areas of arts education, STEM, literacy and interdisciplinary curriculum development.

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.

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.

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