Beautiful Weather, Giving Hearts Brought Rotarians Out for Habitat Service

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Nov 222016

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary members put their amazing painting talents to work on November 19th as they gathered to help Habitat for Humanity. It took everybody’s hard work to put the first coat on the outside walls. The Rotarians were rewarded with a beautiful day and the feeling of accomplishment as they helped a family get their first home.

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Nov 142016

Thank you to those that came out Saturday morning to help the Lowcountry Orphan Relief Center set up their carnival for the kids.  We set up tables and chairs, blew up balloons, set up games, and met other great volunteers in the community. A huge thank you to Brandon Roach for organizing the service project!

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Oct 182016

lor_logo3Service Team 6, or otherwise known as Brandon’s Roaches, is planning a service project Saturday November 12th at the Lowcountry Orphan Relief, located at 1850 Truxtun Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405. The organization will be hosting “The Make a Child Happy Day” and we are volunteering to help run some of the games and events for the children. All volunteers must be there by 9AM to help set up.

For those who can volunteer, we need you to complete a volunteer form by Oct. 27th and return it to Brandon Roach at or at Tuesday’s meeting. We emailed it to membership last week, but if you need another, just email Brandon. This will allow for a background check to clear all volunteers for participation. There is an $8 dollar processing fee.

make-a-child-doubleWe are looking forward to being able to help provide a wonderful day for the children and hope we can help the event run as a success.

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On Saturday, October 22nd, we will partner with the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Lunch Club to volunteer and provide funds for the Happy Feet fundraising event.  It will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Target store from 7:30 -10 a.m. where Rotary members will assist underprivileged children with finding shoes and socks free of charge.

If you would like to volunteer for this heart-warming service project, please sign up for a shift using this link:

Volunteer Day at My Sister’s House Saturday, Sept. 10th

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Aug 302016


East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will volunteer at My Sister’s House Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 12pm.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Clean Teen Room
  • Paint Teen Room (inside and out)
  • organize teen room
  • clean and organize toddler area or dining room

We can come up with one more task if we have time.  We have the paint!

All participants will need to complete a confidentiality form.  If you plan on going, email Elmire at and she will email the form to you.  If you volunteered at the last Service Team project there, she already has your confidentiality form.  Once she has your form, she will email you directions.

$3000 Donation for West Virginia Flood Relief

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Jul 052016

13620857_10210616512837814_1795287793381587773_nPresident Michael Bloser presented a $3000 donation on behalf of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club (Mt. Pleasant, SC) to Martha Hilton of the Lewisburg West Virginia Rotary Club for flood relief.  Thanks so much to our club members who stepped up to provide financial assistance to those in need.

Summer Building for Habitat

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Jun 122016

Rotarians partnered with members of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club and Habitat for Humanity to help Krista and her son Jaden build a permanent home for their family. Charles Muldrow, Mike Bloser, and Stephanie Bates worked diligently to install the laminate flooring in the family room and kitchen all while being supervised by Dick Bennington who was in charges of the precision cuts for the flooring planks. Dimi Matouchev and Ryan Corder were once again tasked in moving material, this time it was the limestone rocks for the new driveway. Once that job was done and after a short water break they were tasked with some framing work for the neighboring house. Isle of Palms Exchange Club Members Patrick and Barby Harrington helped with the stain on the front porch as well as painting the columns white. What a great Saturday to put service above self by teaming up with other great community service organizations to put a roof over the heads of an amazing family. Thank you to all who helped in this endeavor. But don’t put away those work gloves for too long – our next Habitat For Humanity work days will be November 19th, 2016 and April 8th, 2017.

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Color-Single-Line-LogoOur next ECBR Habitat for Humanity Project will be on June 11th from 8:30 AM to 12 PM. We will need 10-15 volunteers who will be working hopefully on interior drywall, foundations and trim work – we never know what the final project will be until the day we get there. The property is located at 981 Theodore Road, Awendaw, SC 29429.
Please RSVP to Dimi Matouchev if you can join us.
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John Albrecht, Michael Bloser, and Charles Muldrow


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Charles Muldrow


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MSHLOGOService Team 4 has chosen My Sister’s House as the recipient for its service project on Saturday, March 12th.    Projects to be tackled from 9:00am until noon include:

  • yard cleanup
  • painting
  • Sorting can goods/clothing
  • Cleaning children’s playroom

All volunteers must complete a confidentiality form and return to Elmire or Alison prior to March 10th.  Participation is limited to 20 members.  Please join us for this working session!

Feb 092016

PorkAndPearls2016_WEB-196x300Windwood Family Services will be hosting its annual Pork & Pearls fundraiser on February 20th from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. If you are not familiar with the event, it is Windwood’s largest fundraiser of the year and is held on the Grand Lawn of Volvo Cars Stadium (formerly Family Circle Stadium). This event is an oyster and pig roast with two bands, VIP tents for sponsors, a kid zone, a silent auction area, and much more. That being said, we will need many volunteers to help set up, work during the event, and help us break down the event.

We would like to see a good participation from our Rotary Club at this event.  If you would like to volunteer please email Jill Aiken with the preferred shift time and duty you would like to help with (1st choice and 2nd choice). Example: 1st choice- Set up 9:00am-12:00pm 2nd choice- Silent Auction 2:00pm-5:30pm

The shift sign up is on a first come first serve basis.

All volunteers get in free, and can stay after their shift or come early before their shift to enjoy the event.

What to wear- comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, you will be on your feet.

The shift time slots are as follows:

  1. 9:00AM- 12:00
  2. 2:00-5:30
  3. 5:00-8:30

The duties you can sign up for are as follows:

  1. Set up in AM
  2. Registration
  3. Drink ticket sales
  4. Silent auction – man the area, answer attendees questions, relay info to Meg and Callie
  5. Kid zone – will have professional attendants but you will be making sure kids don’t cut lines, etc. (good for high school aged volunteers)
  6. Bar backs
  7. Bouncer for VIP area – make sure attendees have VIP badges on (good for high school aged volunteers)
  8. Food servers in VIP section
  9. Break down

Additionally, if you would like to be a sponsor for this event, please contact Meg at for more information. Thank you!


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ToysForTots-9Throughout the year, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club raises funds to be able to donate hundreds of bikes to Toys for Tots. Please join us Tuesday, December 8th as we present these gifts to Toys for Tots  at our regular meeting time and place.  The Cooper River Room at the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park at 7:30 a.m.  If you have a new bike you’d like to donate, bring it along to add to the collection!

We encourage all club members to purchase a bike to contribute to the cause and join us on Monday, Dec. 7th at  5:30-7:00 PM at the Wal-Mart at Oakland Plantation as we gather all bikes together and get a group photo.  We will take the picture at 6:15 PM, so if members can only drop by to purchase a bike, please try to be there for the picture.  Park in the right side parking lot, towards the back.  There is a container and a shed on the right and fencing for the Lawn and Garden section on the left.  Save time Tuesday morning by buying or bringing a new bike Monday night and being there for the photo!

Oct 202015

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 12.26.37 PMIn the early morning of Halloween, before others arise, creatures will be seen roaming around the grounds, digging holes, pounding stakes, and maybe letting out screams.  No it’s nothing scary.   It’s just the East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club volunteering for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity Saturday, October 31st 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  What better way to spend the morning of Halloween than to give back to the community.  We’d like to make it a fun experience for our club too by asking that you wear some sort of costume.  Nothing too extravagant as you will be working and moving around a lot, but maybe silly hats and shirts, or ghoulish looking makeup!

We will be building at 981 Theodore Road. Awendaw, SC, 29429.  Our work will focus on foundations, footings and a flooring system for the first home in this new seven home community development.


Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 12.09.49 PMThe partnering homeowner is Krista Wurst and her three-year-old son Jayden. Krista is looking forward to working alongside East Cooper staff and volunteers to fulfill her 350 required sweat equity hours. She is most excited about having a major part in building her own home for herself and her son. She says, “I’m just so glad to be able to help build my home where my son will grow up; not too many people can say they did that.”  Krista told us, “A saying that I heard recently that really stuck with me was: ‘What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things that you thanked God for today?’ Just helps me to remember how important is to be grateful! I am so thankful and blessed for this opportunity for my son and me! Words really can’t express it.”

For general safety of the volunteers, we require close toed shoes to be worn on the construction site. General attire for the day should be clothes that can get dirty with the potential of paint or stain coming into contact with them. We suggest old t-shirts, jeans or shorts.   Also, we do require that all participants be at least 18 years of age (no exceptions) to ensure compliance with all OSHA standards and regulations.

Please let Dimi Matouchev know if you can volunteer, as he will provide you with a  “Release and Waiver of Liability” form that must be completed before coming on-site.

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Despite the rain, over 200 children came to the Mt. Pleasant Target store Saturday to receive a free pair of shoes from The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant and East Cooper Rotary Club’s community service project known as Happy Feet.

Mt. Pleasant Manor Service Project A Success

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Sep 012015

0829151409 Thanks to Amber Deutsch, her Team, and everyone who came out to serve at Mt. Pleasant Manor last weekend. We met and talked with so many wonderful people, gave out treats, and helped them write notes to loved ones. ““To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” — Tia Walker.




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Local Rotaries Provide Grant To Provide Early Childhood Development Training

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Aug 182015
Toy Making by Caregivers on September 17, 2015 making paint brush holders from a milk cartoon and two yogurt containers.

Toy Making by Caregivers on September 17, 2015 making paint brush holders from a milk cartoon and two yogurt containers.

East Cooper Breakfast, North Charleston-Breakfast, and Lake Murray-Irmo Clubs are participating in Global Grant 1523745 for Early Childhood Development Training with Westville Club, South Africa, District 9370.  The Clubs submitted their respective funds in March 2015 to assist The Westville Club in working with a local organization, Feed the Babies.

Feed the Babies works with approximately 300 crèches throughout the province of KwaZulu Natal (about 50% of Rotary D9370) extending from Ezingolweni in the south to Mbazwana and Pongola in the north and inland to Emnambithi.  They currently feed approximately 9000 children daily in these crèches.



The Grant is focusing to:
·        Provide training in hygiene and appropriate precautions when administrating first aid along with basic first aid kits.
·        Train the caregivers in basic Early Childhood Development
·        Provide wall charts
·        Provide training on the making of educational toys and provide a “starter” kit for caregivers to make toys.

Fun at tea break.

Fun at tea break.

Children at the next door crèche playing in the winter sunshine.

Children at the next door crèche playing in the winter sunshine.


Collection and Visit for Seniors Aug. 29th

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Aug 182015
header_assisted-livingWe’re getting our first Service month off to a roaring start! As we discussed at the meeting, we’ll be collecting items for seniors in the region. We’re collecting for the Mt. Pleasant Manor (both genders, Mt. Pleasant) and Bowles Community Home (15 men, McClellenville) because these seem to be the people with no money and no family.
These are the items we’ve been directed to collect:
Toiletries and hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush and paste, comb/brush), towels, washcloths, band aids, ziplock bags, chap stick, tissue packs, postal stamps and paper/cards/postcards, pajamas, sheets, blankets (regular and electric), pillows, robes, clothes, books (large print would be nice), magazines, books on tape/CD, something to listen on (small radios with CD players at WalMart are cheap!), TV/VCR/DVD players, and anything else you might want if you were in their position.
The details of our Service time are still being finalized, but it will be the 29th of August, which is a Saturday. Please save the date, and we’ll let you know what we’re doing as soon as feasible.
Let me know of any questions, and we thank you for your kind participation in this project!
Yours in Service,
Jul 302015

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Fellow Rotarians:

We would also like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of our event to benefit Toys for Tots, Happy Feet, and other Rotary Charities.   If you or your company would like to sponsor the 4th Annual OKTOBERFEST 5K, go to to download the sponsor application and/or pay online.  Our fundraising goal is $10,000.  We are now at $8,000.  You can help us go beyond our goal!!  For more information, email Stephanie Bates at Our goal is $10K or more for sponsors this year! Please help us reach it!!!

Mile Marker Sponsor -$1250 – Includes 4 complimentary race packets, mention on press releases/TV appearances, radio spots, company signage day of race, promo materials in bag, logo on Tshirts and Mile Markets, and more..

$500 Level – Includes 2 complimentary race packets, company logo and link on website, promo items in bags, signage at the event…

In-kind sponsorships are also greatly needed with items such as post-race food, water, and prizes that may be donated.



Kayak by Native Watercraft from Timeout Sports ($1200 value)
$1000 gift certificate from Trek Bikes of Mt. Pleasant, SC

Tickets are $10. The drawing will be Saturday, September 26th at the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Race. Winner does not have to be present to win.

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Wrapping Up Summer Habitat for Humanity Summer Service Project

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Jul 162015

For the third and final time this summer, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary family gathered together to help a family in need through the critical repairs project for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity.

The Rotary Club was led by President extraordinaire Charles Muldrow, a true problem solver in replacing the front soffit and fascia of the family’s home, which Habitat for Humanity found to be damaged while they were replacing the roof. Charles’s team consisted of Dimi Matouchev (Service Chair for Habitat for Humanity Projects for the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club), Jill Aiken, Dick Bennington, Wayne Cassaday and Ryan Corder, a friend of the Rotary Club.  A team of extremely skilled painters worked to freshen up the back side of the family home as well as the trim on front facing windows. Those painters included Mary English, Beth Santilli, Jeff Pulley, Tracy Cassaday and Zlati Matouchev. Despite the 80°+ heat the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club came together and worked hard to make sure that a family in the 11 Mile Community can once again call their house a home. Thank you for all who took time out of your busy schedules to help out with this project this summer!

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The last 751845 051summer date to volunteer with our group for Habitat for Humanity will be Saturday July 11th at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  If you haven’t signed up for the two previous dates this summer, please make an effort to join us for this one.  We are doing such great work for the Awendaw community and building good camaraderie amongst our members.
Close toed shoes are required on site. Gloves, protective eye wear and water will be available. Please wear construction appropriate attire. Volunteers under 18 years old will not be permitted on site.
We need a maximum of 15 volunteers on site. Please contact Dimi Matouchev at if you are interested in volunteering.  He will give you a waiver of liability that must be filled out and brought on site. The waiver is good for 1 year from the date of signing.
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