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Dec 052018

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February 2: Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup 9am-12pm

March 2: ROCS- Rotarians Offering Community Service, District wide weekend of community service, 100% club attendance desired

March 22-24: District Conference, Hilton Head Island, SC

Nov 122018 2, 2019 / US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC

Join us for the 12th annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup, Saturday, February 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers can choose between five locations around the forest prior to the event. Please contact Scott Morgan,, to pre-register for a specific location near you. All other volunteers should meet at the US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes. Gloves, bags and vests will be provided. Weather-appropriate outerwear is recommended.

Lunch will be served to all volunteers and staff.


From Georgetown: Take HWY 17 S approximately 33 miles to Steed Creek Road (Road #10-1032)

From Monks Corner: Take HWY 52 to HWY 402 to Huger. Cross over Hwy 41 at the flashing red light and you will be on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is 3 miles on your right.

From Mt. Pleasant/I-526: Take HWY 17. Drive 5.2 miles past the Sewee Visitor Center and turn left on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is approximately 9 miles on the left.

Sep 252018

Tripp Hoover, Sean O’Connor, Ted Chestnut, Michelle Whitbeck, and Ellis Gourdin attended the 2018 Fall District 7770 Training Seminar Friday October 21st at SeaCoast Church in Mount Pleasant. Below are photos of some of the speakers. Committee chairs in attendance participated in training of Grants Management, Global Grants, Membership, Youth Programs, Public image through Social media, and “how to” sessions on the District Database and Rotary Club Central. The Keynote Speaker was Past RI VP Anne Matthews.


Sep 042018

Rotary District Fall Seminar will be held September 21st

Location: Seacoast Baptist Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Start time: 9:00 am (registration begins 8:15 am)

Finish time: 4:00 pm

Attire: business casual

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

Lunch is included

Registration is available on the district database calendar

Seminars (2 sessions before lunch and 2 sessions after lunch, 5-tracks):

Foundation – 4 separate sessions

  • Grants Management / MOU (requires two from the clubs to qualify for next year’s district grant)
  • End Polio Now / Global Grants
  • Major Gifts / Paul Harris Society
  • Giving and Reports

Membership – all day seminar with 4 parts

Public Image – 2-part seminar in the morning

Youth Programs – 2-part seminar in the afternoon

Hands-on Workshops (bring your laptops and participate)

  • Rotary Club Central
  • District Database
  • Club Secretaries
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.

Mar 152015

Moultrie NewsCongratulations to our friends at The Moultrie News. During the 2015 South Carolina Press Association Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation held March 13-15, 2015, the news team from The Moultrie News took home 12 awards, six of the twelve awards were first place.

What a testament to the talented staff from our hometown newspaper.

Dec 092014

ToysForTots-9The 2014 East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club’s Toys for Tots bicycle donation was a huge success. Many thanks to all club members who contributed to the cause through their efforts in serving through our Cinco de May’all and Oktoberfest Run events.

A special thank you goes out to Tripp Hoover, Lawton Hayes and David Schwartz for the coordination of pick up and delivery. At the meeting today, representatives from the Marine Corp and Rob Fowler with News 2 praised the club’s efforts for making the Christmas wishes of many lowcountry children come true. To date, Toys for Tots has provided over 1,000,000 toys for children in our area.

Thank you to Warren Pruitt for the photos of the event.

Dec 022014

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ECB Rotary Past President Andra Watkins attended the Rotary Zone 33/34 Institute in Asheville, North Carolina in late November. She was one of three past presidents representing District 7770. She took part in emerging Rotary leaders classes and met Rotarians from Maryland to the Caribbean.
District 7770 was recognized for both its membership growth and Foundation giving. ECB Rotary is a vital participant in both areas. Andra was honored to represent her club and its membership at the zone level.
Pictured Speaking: John Walsh, of America’s Most Wanted and The Hunt fame, was the Zone Institute’s keynote speaker
Nov 152014

Mayor Page_150Our meeting speaker for November 18, 2014 will be the Mayor of the Town of Mount Pleasant, Linda Page. Mayor Page will deliver her State of Town of Mount Pleasant Address to the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club.

Please make plans to arrive early to hear about the future of our town.

Nov 042014

Proud-Donor-Share_EN14November 2014 is Rotary Foundation Month. Rotary impacts the world in many ways. Here are just a few to encourage you to participate and become a proud donor.


·         Clubs in West Virginia (7530) are collaborating with clubs in theBahamas (7020) and the Eye Foundation of America to prevent Type 2 diabetes in West Virginia by participating in a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Often, we hear stories about how we are helping other parts of the world by utilizing our DDF to implement meaningful grants and projects in other countries.

I wanted to share this story with you because this global grant is happening right here at home. West Virginian Rotarians are tackling an issue that hits close to home for them. The instance and prevalence of diabetes in this region exceeds the national average. Rotarians in the Bahamas are helping address these issues and together, they hope to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

·         Another interesting project happening at home helps address the need to feed under-privileged children. ARRFC Nancy Barbee writes: After many NID trips and several grants between district 7730 and districts in India, PDG Nancy Barbee asked two districts in India if they would help feed under-privileged children in North Carolina. The District Governors indistricts 3010 and 3170 from India contributed $10,000 each to the cause. Under the leadership of DG Don Atkins, District 7730 also contributed $20,000 and with the TRF match, it grew into $80,000.

The funds were used to feed children throughout District 7730 in North Carolina. Over half of the clubs in the district participated in the Backpack Buddies program with other organizations and fed more than 6,000 children on weekends and holidays.
Oct 132014

Happy feet 2014We had a terrific event at Target with Project Happy Feet. Fourteen of our East Cooper Breakfast Rotarians and twenty from the Mount Pleasant Exchange Club gathered together to give away 235 pairs of shoes and socks. This 8th annual event was a true success thanks to all involved. Thank you to Dick Bennigton, Mark Condon, Kimberly Roberts, Tracy Cassaday, Wayne Cassaday, Michael Oliveto, Mike Bloser, George Stocko, Jack Vax, Jeff Pulley, Michael Maher, Andra Watkins and Maruice Farah.

Oct 112014
IMG_4313 (640x427)Oktoberfest 5K Run – Huge Success, Great Food and Fun

(Pictured Left to Right are Rob Fowler, Stephanie Bates and Mike Bloser)

The Oktoberfest 5K Run 2014 brought out 316 runners and walkers this year. What a great event for our community! Many thanks to all of the club members and volunteers who made this event a success. A special thanks goes out to Mike Bloser and Stephanie Bates for heading up this year’s race. We are proud of their accomplishments. Stay tuned for more on the results of the funds raised as we finalize the numbers.

Great weather and awesome food provided by Lawton Hayes’ team from Service Master of Charleston made the after party lots of fun. Runners and guests enjoyed this great food along with beer provided by Coast Brewery, Palmetto Brewery and Westbrook Brewery while they listened to the Oompah Band.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors who’s financial support and donations in kind made this event possible. Thank you to Service Master of Charleston, Jimmy Johns, The Hoove LLC, Try Sports, Coast, Palmetto, Westbrook, Coward-Hund, SCE&G, South State Bank, Wal-Mart at the Market at Oakland, McQuire & Company, Stubbs Muldrow & Herin, ALZ Properties LLC, Earthsource Engineering, American Drug Testing, ADC Engineering, Curry Engineers, Stuhr Funeral Home, Mike Schmitt, Division Five, Engineering Foundation Inc. and Pile Drivers Inc.

Here are more photos courtesy of Warren Pruitt from the event.


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Oct 042014

Step Oktoberfest

Put on your running shoes and your party hat. Grab your favorite lederhosen attire and get ready for a great Oktoberfest 5K run presented by the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club. The race and after party will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Thursday Night 5K Race 

Our unique Thursday night race will take you through beautiful Mt. Pleasant, SC starting near the foot of the Ravenel Bridge and Waterfront Park, through Patriots Point, and back again.

Our Race Cause 

Toys for Tots Bikes and Happy Feet are the charities we have chosen to support for this years race. Last year we donated more than 100 bikes to children in need on Christmas morning and 200 pairs of shoes.

After Race Party

The fun doesn’t stop with the end of the race! We have a live German band, beer, and brats to enjoy at Waterfront Park overlooking the Ravenel Bridge and Wando River.

For more information visit

Sep 272014


Ashley Adams, our ECBR Literacy Chair has more opportunities for Rotary Club Members to volunteer with “Be a Mentor”.

Below are descriptions of each of our programs:

Lunch Buddies:

Lunch buddies is a program in which a mentor is matched with an elementary student (K-5) and goes to the school to eat lunch with the student once a week. The mentor will share lunch and conversation with their mentee and then, at most schools, there is a time to play board games, read, go out onto the playground, etc. with the mentee.

Lunch Buddies Schools: Pepperhill Elementary, Pinehurst Elementary, Dunston Elementary, Midland Park Primary, James Island Elementary, Memminger Elementary, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary, St. Andrews School of Math and Science, Sedgefield Intermediate, and Boulder Bluff Elementary

Lunch Buddies Training:  1 hour, next training is Tuesday, August 26th at 12:00pm at the Be a Mentor Office located at 1850 Truxtun Ave, N. Charleston, 29405 (we’re kind of tucked away, so please follow the signs for Lowcountry Orphan Relief – we share a building with them).   If this day/time does not work for you, please let us know and we can schedule your training at a different time!

Project Shine:

Project Shine pairs a mentor with a middle school student to meet during lunch hours once a week. Project Shine offers a curriculum and guided activities for the mentor and mentee to follow. These activities are focused on goal-setting, academic success, character and leadership development and career exploration.

Project Shine Schools: C.E. Williams, West Ashley Middle and Jerry Zucker Middle School

Project Shine Training:  1 hour, next trainings are Thursday, August 21st at 12:00pm and Thursday, August 28th at 12:00pm at the Be a Mentor Office located at 1850 Truxtun Ave, N. Charleston, 29405 (we’re kind of tucked away, so please follow the signs for Lowcountry Orphan Relief – we share a building with them).   If this day/time does not work for you, please let us know and we can schedule your training at a different time!

Career Path Mentoring:

Career Path Mentoring matches mentors with high school students who are interested in similar career areas. The program works to help students graduate from high school and continue on into a promising career path. The mentors are provided with a detailed curriculum that will help the mentor in aiding the student in developing interview and job skills; enhancing their communication skills; and providing the student with more knowledge on a chosen career field.

Career Path Mentoring Schools: North Charleston High School, West Ashley High School and R.B. Stall High School

Career Path Mentoring Training: 1 hour, next trainings are Thursday, August 21st at 12:00pm and Thursday, August 28th at 12:00pm at the Be a Mentor Office located at 1850 Truxtun Ave, N. Charleston, 29405 (we’re kind of tucked away, so please follow the signs for Lowcountry Orphan Relief – we share a building with them).   If this day/time does not work for you, please let us know and we can schedule your training at a different time!

Morning Math Buddies at JIES:

The Math Buddies program at James Island Elementary School (JIES) matches adult tutors with students in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade to improve basic math skills. Tutors will be provided with easy-to-understand lesson plans created by the children’s classroom teacher. These lessons help practice skills and review what the children have already learned in class; tutors will not have to introduce new concepts. Over the course of their weekly 45-minute session, each tutor will assist 4 children in developing their math skills (2 children at a time). Mentors for this program meet once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday morning from 7:45-8:30am.

Training: TBD

After-school Academic Mentoring at CYDC:

The Academic Mentoring program matches mentors with youth living at the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) to offer academic support as well as life mentoring. Many children at CYDC are below grade level in various school subjects. Mentors will work to bring students up to their corresponding grade level in the fundamentals (English and Math) and help with overall academic organization. Additionally, the mentors will help the students with job skills, developing plans for after high school and life readiness. For the duration of the school year, Academic Mentors will meet with their mentees for a minimum of 1 hour each week on a ‘designated day’ (between 3:30-6pm Monday-Thursday).

Training: 1 hour, next trainings are Tuesday, August 26th at 10:30am and Wednesday, September 2nd at 9:30am at the Carolina Youth Development Center located at 5055 Lackawanna Blvd. North Charleston, 29405. If this day/time does not work for you, please let us know and we can schedule your training at a different time!

The next step in the process would be to select the program you’re most interested in and go through the brief training that we require to participate. Please respond to me if you’d like to attend one of our upcoming trainings.

All mentors will need to go through a SLED background check.  While Be a Mentor does cover the $8 cost of the background check, we always appreciate donations to help us cover the cost!

Please contact our Literacy Chair, Ashley Adams. Her email address is

Sep 202014

DSC02690 (2)The date for Oktoberfest 2014 is set for October 9, 2014. The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will play host to many lowcountry runners with all proceeds going to support Toys for Tots and Happy Feet. In the coming weeks, you will see more information about the event including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.

For more info about the race visit

A Facebook event page for the Oktoberfest 2014 Run Walk is available to join the event. Like it on Facebook, so your friends will see it and encourage them to join and like the event page. Here’s the link:

We need your help in doing this to promote the event to increase attendance.

For more information about volunteering, contact Co-Chairpersons, Mike Bloser ( or Stephanie Bates ( For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tim Walter (

Sep 202014

Raffle Flyer 2014ECBR Club Members – We need your help promoting the Kayak/Bike raffle. We only have about 120 tickets left to sell before someone wins the choice of prizes. Please see Mike Patterson for tickets. You can use this flyer to post to social media or to post in your office.

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In case you missed last week’s meeting, I am sending an electronic copy of the Oktoberfest 2014 Run Sponsorship Information to you.

As you know, this event benefits Toys for Tots and our Happy Feet. Many of you sponsored the event last year individually or through your companies. We hope that you will consider renewing or increasing your sponsorships for this year’s race. Additionally, if you know of another company or individual who may be interested in sponsoring the race, please send this information to them or simply have them contact me, and I’ll take it from there. My email address is . My mobile number is 843.670.3035.

For more info about the race visit

We are only a little over 7 weeks away from the event on October 9, 2014. We need your help to make this year’s event a success. Please reply if you are going to renew your sponsorship or if you know of someone else who will be a sponsor. I am tracking this info for the race.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Tim Walter

Carolina One Real Estate

843.670.3035 mobile

Sep 092014

Blackbaud GrantAshley Adams, ECBR Literacy Chair, presented John Albrecht with a grant from Blackbaud through its Reward Your Passion Grant program in the amount of $500 for the purchase of books for the Rotary Club’s literacy program with Mary Ford Elementary.

Each week, our club asks the meeting speaker to sign a book that we donate to the school’s library.

Blackbaud “Reward Your Passion” Grant: With 25,000 nonprofit customers, it’s difficult for us to choose one organization over another. This is why we put our employees at the center for our philanthropy with initiatives like Reward Your Passion grants. Through Reward Your Passion, employees apply for grants on behalf of organizations where they volunteer.  Grants are awarded through a competitive process and given in honor of the employee’s service and commitment to the organization.Up to 20 grants are awarded each quarter.  Individual grants are 500 and team grants are 1,000, both are given in the employee’s home currency (USD, Pounds Stirling, Euros, AUSD, etc).

Aug 302014


The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club is looking for ways to increase the number of runner registrations for this year’s Oktoberfest Run on October 9, 2014. How can you help? You can help by contacting your human resources department and follow the example set by companies like Bosch.
Bosch provides free registration for associates for the Cooper River Bridge run as part of their Wellness program at the plant.   Many companies are turning to these programs as a way to keep down their health care costs. Some companies may not be willing to be a direct cash sponsor, but they may react differently if they see their support directly affecting the health of their employees.   Bosch in Charleston has their own specific charities that they support, so they are not willing to give direct sponsorships.
If your company is willing to participate in this way, then it can have a significant impact on the funds raised for the event by increasing runner participation. Please spread the word and let us know if your company will participate.
For more information on the race visit
Aug 172014

bookECBR Club Member, Ashley Adams, heads up our Literacy Program. Ashley gathered the following information to give details about the program and various volunteer opportunities for Club Members.

Each week, we will donate a book to Mary Ford Elementary School with a message from speaker. These books will be donated to the library. Mary Ford Elementary School is a Title I School, and is part of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. We will also use the Blackbaud grant to purchase an additional $500 worth of books to donate to the school’s reading achievement program.  Each quarter, kids who have met their required reading level, will receive a book to take home.  Many of these kids do not have a large home library, so this is one of the only ways they are able to take books home to keep.  A couple of members mentioned that they might be able to hold book drives in their offices, so that would be great!  The greatest need is for 1st-5th grade books.  There are also several local organizations that provide opportunities to tutor or mentor children and adults throughout the community.

Here are a few volunteer opportunities:

Reading Partners:

Through Reading Partners, members can volunteer to read with a child for at least one hour a week. Reading Partners is committed to ensuring that Charlestonians can look forward to a bright future. Working closely with Charleston County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families, Reading Partners serves nine Title I elementary schools across Charleston County. We currently work with over 400 students thanks to over 500 community volunteers who give their time every week to ensure success for these budding young readers. Our goal over the next two years is to reach 1,000 students in Charleston.

Communities in Schools:

Communities In Schools (CIS) mentoring component matches students with “mentors” -exemplary adults from the community who have volunteered to dedicate themselves to at least one year of one-on-one, weekly interaction with a CIS student.

Wings For Kids:

WINGS volunteers help out with a number of things including assisting with Academic Center, working one-on-one with a child, or serving dinner at the programs that offer it.

Trident Literacy Association:

Provides literacy tutoring for adults. Tutors work one-on-one with students who read at less than a 5th grade reading level. Tutors work with individual and small groups of students who read at less than a 9th grade level. These students work independently. Tutors assist as needed. All low level readers are required to read aloud with a tutor or other helper every day.

Be A Mentor:

Be A Mentor (BAM) strives to help every child with an unfulfilled promise in the greater Charleston area by matching them with a caring mentor.

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