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Apr 102019

More details to follow!

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

April 23rd: East Cooper Rotaract Meeting 5-6pm Grace and Grit

April 23rd: No Meeting This Week.. Social Date and Time TBD

April 26th: District Spring Training, 9-1pm, Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech College

April 26th: Ted Chestnutt Year Ahead Planning Meeting 8-10am

May 4th: Special Olympics Bocce Bash, MUSC Health Stadium DI 9:30am

June 1st: Charleston Duck Race @5pm

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!
Jun 192018

Stephanie Bates presented Gwin Poston, Administrator for East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, with the President’s Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Charles Muldrow with the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Sean O’Connor with the Service Above Self Award.

Jun 062018

Kevin Zanon, our Club’s exchange student from Switzerland, will present a slide show at Tuesday’s morning meeting about his year here in Charleston as well as information on his country.  You don’t want to miss this!

Apr 112018

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President Stephanie Bates presented East Cooper Community Outreach Executive Director Stephanie Kelley with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October.
This years East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit


Mar 212018

President Stephanie Bates presented My Sister’s House Director of Development and Marketing Tonya Pilkenton with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October. This year’s East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit

Mar 212018

Team Palmetto Patriots will hold a service project on Friday, March 23rd at East Cooper Meals On Wheels, 2304 Hwy 17 North Mt. Pleasant.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. and will ride along with the regular drivers to assist them with their meal deliveries. Drivers leave at 9:15 sharp! Volunteer time should be just a couple hours. If you have a Rotary shirt, please wear it! Please email Jeff Pulley if you plan on coming so they can plan accordingly.

Mar 072018

Saturday March 17th at 9am at Riverfront Park in North Charleston

Follow the link below to join our 2018 Charleston Walk for Water team: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary.

If you cannot make the event you may also donate on behalf of the team from this link.

Every day millions of people have to walk miles and miles just for water. Most of the time, the water they can find is contaminated and makes them sick.  Water Mission is changing lives, one community at a time, through their sustainable safe water solutions.

Each dollar raised by this event is going to make an impact through a safe water community development project!

Registration fee:
age 5 and under: free
age 6-15: $5
age 16-22: $15
age 23 and older: $20

link to club page:

Charleston Walk for Water site:

Nov 282017

We need volunteers to meet Tuesday, 12/5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Market Wal-Mart in Mt. Pleasant to help load bikes for the Toys for Tots fundraiser.

Also, our Toys For Tots volunteer event at the Marine Corps. toy factory will be Saturday 12/9 from 9am – 1pm at 7800 Rivers Ave N. Charleston.  We are looking for volunteers to fill 1-2 hour shifts with 2-4 people per shift.  We encourage as many people as possible to sign up, this will be a unique experience in which Rotarians will actually be able to give the bikes we donated to the family that will be receiving it.  You will also be distributing other gifts as registrants come in.

Please email Tripp Hoover,, with the hour time slot that works best for you.

Nov 012017


Thank you, Elmire Raven, for your service to our Rotary Club and our community for the past 17 years! You served in so many capacities including past president, PR co-chair for events, and beneficiary liaison, to name a few. We’re going to miss you at our weekly meetings but look forward to hearing all about your retirement fun when you come to our social events! You are proud to officially name you as an Honorary Member of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club!

Aug 292017



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Sponsored by Louis and Grace DeWolff Foundation

Saturday October 21, 2017   .   7-11 p.m.

Sweetgrass Event Center 2125 Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun and a chance to win Seven Day, Six Night Stay in a two BR cottage at Firefly Sunset Resort in Hope Town ~ Abaco, Bahamas or $2000 cash!


$100 entry includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing DJ music with the Charleston Swing Dance Association, games, silent auction with themed packages, and raffle ticket for chance to win grand prize trip! Guests must be present to win.

Period attire encouraged so don your “glad rags”! Open only to ages 21 and up.

Proceeds benefit East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and Rotary Charities.

Sponsorships still available!

May 092017

Bring your family and join us at the next Rotary Social Wednesday, May 31st from 6-10 p.m. at the Awendaw Green Barn.

Sewee Outpost 4853 N Hwy 17 Awendaw SC 29429 

$5 donation at door, BYOB, pets on a leash, all ages, Wood Fired pizza, The Roost Bar ‘N Grille. Come early and play disc golf at Sewee

Barn Jam May 31

6:00pm MICHAEL Courage
6:30pm Angwish
7:20pm Caleb and the Gents
8:10pm The Ragbirds
9:00pm Swim In the Wild
9:50pm Sandinistas!


Jul 192016

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Board and Committees

(Beginning July 1, 2016)

Executive Committee

Name Title Email Address
Mike Bloser President
Stephanie Bates Vice President
Tripp Hoover Treasurer
Ted Chestnut Secretary
Charles Muldrow  Past President
501c4 Board of Directors
Term Ends
Name Title Email Address
Judy Parsons
Board Member
Kevin Berry Board Member 2017
Mary English Board Member  2017
Sharon Hartley Board Member  2018
Ashley Davis Board Member  2018
Judd Roberts Board Member  2018
Alison Dailey Board Member  2019
Kimberly Roberts Board Member  2019
Michelle Whitbeck Board Member  2019
501c3 Board of Directors
Name Title Email Address
Wayne Cassaday Chair  2018
Dawes Cooke Vice-Chair  2017
Lisa Minnick Treasurer  2019
Mike Bloser Board Member  2017
Stephanie Bates Board Member  2018
Tripp Hoover Board Member 2019
Name  Title  Email Address
Judy Parsons  Membership
Ted Chestnut  Service
Michelle Whitbeck  Public Image
Stephanie Bates Administration
George Stocko Foundation
Sully Recine Socials
Mary English Grants
Lisa Minnick Speakers
May 262014


Beginning this week, the ECBR Club will start selling tickets for a chance to win one a prize of the winner’s choice. The funds raised will go towards the Club’s entertainment/refreshment budget. This will allow us to use the funds we raise from our two main fundraisers more effectively for projects and charities. Each ticket will be $10 each and the winner will have the choice between a $1,200 Native Waterworks kayak from Time Out Sports or a $1,000 gift certificate from Trek Bikes of Mount Pleasant.  We will only sell 300 tickets, so the odds will be pretty good.  Mike Patterson will have the tickets this week for anyone who wants to grab 10, 20, 30 or 40 to sell them to friends or co-workers.  It is not mandatory to sell any tickets or to purchase any tickets; but any help from the membership will be appreciated.

May 152014

Stephanie BatesEach week, we will highlight an East Cooper Breakfast Rotarian in the Member Spotlight section of the newsletter. Its a way to get to know more about your fellow members.

This week, we’re learning more about Stephanie Bates.

Where are you from originally?

Originally I am from a small farming community in Tennessee. Although it may surprise most but I do know how to drive a John Deere Tractor.

Tell us about your family (single, married, children, grandchildren, pets)

After graduating from The Citadel’s graduate program, I decided to stay in the Mount Pleasant area, while most of my family lives in Tennessee. My niece, Isabelle, is my life, and spitting image of myself ( personality and all). My sincere apologies to my sister, Melanie.

What’s your occupation?

I work as a Branch manager for First Federal soon to be South State Bank. Banking has been in my family for years, and I enjoy getting to help people.

What is your favorite thing about Rotary?

For me, Rotary is about the people. I love working with and being a part of an organization with people that have the same goal of community and service. Rotary is made up of all kinds of interesting and wonderful people who desire to give back. I am glad to be a part of that.

Where did you go to school?

Since I grew up in Tennessee, I attended high school there until 2001. If you can imagine, my high school class only had 32 students. Let’s just say we all still know each other. For my undergraduate, I went to Brevard College in the Western North Carolina Mountains. What brought me to Charleston was the graduate program at The Citadel, where I graduated in 2009.

What did you think you wanted to be (as a child) when you grew up?

Mariah Carey.. I wanted to be her so bad. I used to practice everyday after school with a microphone on my front porch. When I go home, I am still told of stories of people driving by and seeing me sing with my pink Barbie microphone. How embarrassing!? But when you a child and someone hands you a pink Barbie microphone and matching costume (oh yes!), you feel like anything is possible.

What’s your favorite leisure time activity?

Recently I started a blog on life for girls in Charleston, which has quickly become my favorite hobby. I enjoy connecting with people and getting involved wherever I can in our community.

Name your favorite city and why.

Nashville TN. Nashville, to me, embodies everything I love about the south. Do not get me wrong, Charleston is amazing, but Tennessee people cannot be found just anywhere( I realize I am biased here). From the moment I step off the plane in Nashville, someone says how ya doing? Or welcome. It’s just a great city where country music can be heard at noon while you eat some good ole country cooking and everyone talks to everyone.

What the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

Mountain oysters..  Enough said

Tell us something unique about you that we might not know.

As I mentioned before I am a country girl at heart, and I still keep a cup of bacon grease to cook with on my kitchen counter. My grandma would be so proud.  Yes I know it will kill me, but if my grandparents could live into the 90s eating it then I might as well try.

May 092014

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In 2009 we hosted Gift of Life patient Ugochi Christopher and her mother Jenny from Nigeria. Her welfare has been on our minds since the kidnappings and senseless slaughter in the country recently. We have been able to get in touch with an uncle in Atlanta (only surface mail & no phone or internet in their village) to find that all is well and for now the family is safe. The Christophers live in the south of Nigeria while the violence is in the north.

Ugochi is thriving and has grown tall and healthy. She is an outstanding student and become one of the leaders in her school. We are delighted to make a contact with them, however slow, but will now keep up through her uncle. Your thoughts and prayers for them please.

Apr 262014

Ashley Adams PictureEach week, we will highlight an East Cooper Breakfast Rotarian in the Member Spotlight section of the newsletter. Its a way to get to know more about your fellow members.

This week, we’re learning more about Ashley Adams.

Working for Blackbaud allows Ashley Adams to fulfill her passion for helping others. Ashley is active in the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club and will be actively enjoying her favorite outside activity of running soon. She’s anxious to toss her fashionable footwear (cast) that she has been sporting since breaking her foot. Here’s more about Ashley.

Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Concord, NC but have lived in the Charleston area since 2002.

Tell us about your family (single, married, children, grandchildren, pet) 

Not married. I have two brothers, a sister, 2 nephews and 1 niece.

What’s your occupation?

Customer Renewals Specialist with Blackbaud.  I work with customers to help them utilize the products and service they have with Blackbaud.  I love working with non-profits, and helping them use our services to achieve their mission.

What is your favorite thing about Rotary?

I love being part of a group that is focused on improving the lives of others!

Where did you go to school?

College of Charleston

What did you think you wanted to be (as a child) when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Pediatrician until I passed out while dissecting a frog in seventh grade science class.

What’s your favorite leisure time activity?

I love cooking, entertaining, reading, going to the beach and running (before I broke my foot)

Name your favorite city and why.

Charleston/Mount Pleasant!  I love the beach, the history and the people!

What the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

I had Haggis while on a trip to Scotland. That will probably be the only time!

Tell us something unique about you that we might not know.

I played the bassoon through middle school and high in the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra

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