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Jul 172019
 

Our 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ester will arrive on August 2nd from Ribeiras das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ester has a first and a third host family but we still need a family to open their home to Ester for the three month span of time in between. The exact dates that a student switches families is up to the families but roughly the time would be start of December until mid March.

Every year exchange students and their parents are required to write a letter to their future host families. I have read these letters from Ester and her parents and I can assure you she is a brilliant, responsible, determined young woman. Ester speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English proficiently. She wants to study medicine and hopefully specialize in neurosurgery. Ester, with the support of her family, has made the most difficult decision that any 17 year old can make: she is leaving her family and friends and the only home she’s ever known in Brazil to come to a strange new place for a year of her life. The Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast, the city of Charleston, Rotary District 7770, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America are welcoming Ester with open arms. I’m asking that someone open their home for 3 short months to this beautiful, courageous young woman. This is not just a life changing experience for the student but for the host families a like. Ester will become a part of your family and you hers; you will create a life long bond.

*Below are some social media ads as well as 2 links to informational sheets that tells you everything you need to know about hosting a student. Send these materials to someone or give me their contact info to reach out myself.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 5 minutes to post a photo or link from below to any one of your social media accounts- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc. OR PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to text, email, or call a friend, co worker or family member that you think might be interested.. OR who might know someone who is interested. Ask your church or ask your boss… ask your neighbors..

***There’s been a bigger push for host families this year*** The reason being because our club typically sends a student abroad, an outbound, at the same time as hosting a student, the inbound. It is an obligation of that outbound student to procure families, however this year the district did not have enough outbound students for our club to send one.

AGAIN please take just a moment to ask just a few people to help Rotary in one of our most important programs. Rotary Youth Exchange promotes global peace and cultural understanding as well as encouraging leadership, cultural and language skills.

“My dream is for every 17-year old to become a Youth Exchange Student.  If we could achieve this, there would be no more wars.” 

– Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, Rotary International President 2004-2005

YouTube Video of Host Family Experience

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.

Jul 172019
 

agendaEast Cooper Breakfast Club  – July 23, 2019

  1. Call to Order @ 7:45- Ted Chestnut
  2. Welcome- Ted Chestnut
  3. Sergeant at Arms for the Day- Mike Bloser
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Welcome Visitors and Guests
    • Thought for the Day
  4. Cart Fund- Jack Vax
  5. Happy Dollars: Polio Plus- Catherine Stuhr
  6. Announcements- Ted Chestnut
    • Birthdays- NONE
    • Club Anniversaries- NONE
    • Wedding Anniversaries- NONE
  7. Club Business- Ted Chestnut
    • WE NEED ONE LAST HOST FAMILY! Dec 1 through March
    • Anyone interested in being a club Youth Exchange Counselor for our exchange student- contact Ellis
    • July Social: Two Blokes Brewing Thursday, August 1st 6-8pm
    • Member Directory- fill out and send to Ellis with head-shot: form found on website and in weekly newsletter
    • Discuss 2019-2020 Budget
  8. Speaker Introduction – Ellis Gourdin
  9. Speaker- Nichole Myles, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
  10. Literacy Book Signing
  11. Drawing
  12. Thanks to Visitors and Guests
  13. Next Meeting- August 6th
    • S@A- Wayne Cassaday
    • Intro- Ellis Gourdin
    • Speaker- Katie Blomquist, Founder and Executive Director of Going Places
  14. Four Way Test
  15. Adjourn Meeting at 8:30  
Jul 172019
 

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com.  

If anyone cannot attend on your scheduled day, please find an alternate below you name to fill in.

Upcoming Speakers & Sergeant at Arms

 

Date

 

Speaker

 

Topic

 

Speaker Intro

S @ A

alphabetical order based on active member list on DACdb

23 July 2019 Nichole Myles Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry Ellis Gourdin Mike Bloser
30 July 2019 Ne Meeting 5th Tuesday
1 August 2019 Social Two Blokes 6-8pm
6 August 2019 Katie Blomquist Going Places Ellis Gourdin Wayne Cassaday
13 August 2019 Cheryll Woods Flowers Alzheimer’s Research Sharon Hartley Ted Chestnut

Jul 172019
 

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email gourdin.ellis@gmail.com

July 23: Rotaract Bi-Monthly Meeting Mount Pleasant Library 6-7pm; Alexandra Moor, Executive Director, Be A Mentor

July 26: 2019 Rotary Night at the Park

August 1: Social 6-8pm Two Blokes Brewing ECBR July Social

August 11: Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family and YEO/YEC Training

August 13: Rotaract Membership Event TBD

August 20: Chamber of Commerce “Business and Baseball” After Hours event- 7pm $20 for all you can eat hot dogs and beer

August 24: Rotary Membership Summit, Lexington, SC 9:30am-4pm

August 27: Rotaract Bi-Monthly Meeting Mount Pleasant Library 6-7pm; Elena Lawson, Director of Special Projects and Business Partnerships, Charleston Animal Society

August 29: Social 6-8pm The Mill Street Tavern ECBR August Social

September 10: Rotaract Bi-Monthly Meeting Downtown Library 6-7pm; Christine Messick, Community Engagement Manager, Reading Partners SC

September 21: Happy Feet Event – Target Mount Pleasant

September 24: Rotaract Bi-Monthly Meeting Mount Pleasant Library 6-7pm; Alicia Modoor, Operations Coordinator, Engaging Creative Minds

September 26: Social 6-8pm Dockery’s Daniel Island ECBR September Social

October 24: Social 6-8pm Morgan Creek Grill IOP Marina ECBR October Social

October 24: Polio Event 11-2pm Segra Park, Columbia SC- Join us for food, fellowship, fun, music and beer  Save the Date-End Polio Now Columbia

Jul 172019
 

Need A Meeting Makeup?

Visit one of our wonderful Rotary chapters around town, 

participate in a Rotary event

or click here for an e-makeup:

https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/

 

 

[Schedule of Local Rotary Chapters (updated October 2018)]

Mondays:

  • North Charleston Rotary- 12:30pm Hilton Garden Inn Express 5265 International Blvd North Chs

Tuesdays:

  • Rotary Club of Charleston- 12:30pm Hall’s Signature Events 5 Faber Place Downtown Charleston

Wednesdays:

  • Daniel Island Rotary Club- 7:30 am Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive DI
  • Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant– 12:30 pm Harbor Breeze Restaurant at 176 Patriots Point Road MtP

Thursdays:

  • Rotary Club of N. Charleston Breakfast– 7:15am Embassy Suites Intl Blvd by Charleston Airport
  • Rotary Club of St. Andrews- Charleston– 12:30pm Bessingers Barbecue on Savannah Highway

Fridays:

  • Rotary Club of Charleston- Breakfast– 7:30am Harbour Club 35 Prioleau Street Downtown Charleston

 

Club Assembly Awards

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Jul 132019
 
2018-2019 BOD (left to right) Michelle Whitbeck, Ted Chestnut, Alison Dailey, Ellis Gourdin, Grace Lacey, Brett Fellows, Tripp Hoover and Sean O’Connor.
Jack Vax receiving the 2018-2019 Presidential Award
Caitlin Waddington and Grace Lacey receiving the 2018-2019 Service Above Self Award
Warren Pruitt 2018-2019 Rotarian of the Year
2018-2019 President Tripp Hoover passing the torch to 2019-2020 President Ted Chestnut
2019-2020 BOD (left to right) Caitlin Waddington, Grace Lacey, Ellis Gourdin, Brett Fellows, Sean O’Connor, Michelle Whitbeck, Ted Chestnut and Tripp Hoover. (not pictured) Paul Curry

Our Meeting Location

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Jun 232019
 

The Cooper River Room at the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park

99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

First 3 Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

January 15 Guest Speaker: Vicki Johnson, Manager at Charleston Fisher House

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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.

Holiday Party: November 30th

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Nov 262018
 

Our annual holiday party will be held Friday November 30th from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Planter’s Pointe Clubhouse. Food and drinks provided. Catering by Top Shelf Catering. Bring guests! Adults only. Festive attire. Drop in or stay awhile! Happy Holidays from ECBR!

Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup

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Nov 122018
 

https://www.palmettopride.org/event/francis-marion-national-forest-cleanup/February 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, smorgan@palmettopride.org, 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.

Directions

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.

October 2nd Guest Speaker- Eric DeMoura

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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 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.

    

September 25 Guest Speaker- Brian Rowe, Pure Theatre

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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.

Rotary District Fall Seminar- Friday September 21

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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
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