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Jul 252017

Justin Craig, Co-Chair Programs Committee of ECLT

Catherine Main, Executive Director of ECLT

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Justin Craig and Catherine Main of East Cooper Land Trust as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

The East Cooper Land Trust is a community-supported organization devoted to conserving natural spaces, thus the quality of life for current and future generations. It is a non-profit, non-political organization serving communities between the Cooper and Santee Rivers. One of ECLT’s visions is to create the East Cooper Trail which will connect the East Cooper region with 82 miles of off-road bike and pedestrian trails creating family-friendly routes that connect people to nature, promote exercise and health, and contribute to local tourism revenue.

Jul 252017


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – August 1, 2107

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Stephanie Bates

3 Sargent at Arms of the Day – Kevin Berry
a) Welcome visitors and guests
b) Thought for the day
c) Pledge of Allegiance
d) Trivia

4 Cart Fund – Jack Vax

5 Happy Dollars – Catherine

6 Announcements – Stephanie Bates
• Birthdays – Charles Muldrow – August 5th
• Club Anniversaries – Michael Eckard ( 1 year) and David Harper (1 year)
• Wedding Anniversaries – none

7 Club Business – Stephanie Bates
• Pickup invoices from Gwin – Stephanie
• Speakeasy Update – Charles/Alison
• Service Team Names and Captains to Mike – Stephanie

8 Speaker – Justin Craig/Catherine Main/Alison Geer: East Cooper Land Trust

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 NEXT MEETING 8/8/17 – Charles Carmody: Charleston Music Hall

13 Next Meeting Sargeant at Arms –  Jeff Pulley

14 Four way test

15 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Jul 252017

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Elmire Raven ravenelmire@yahoo.comAs of now, we’re booked through December 2017.

Upcoming Speakers & Sargent At Arms for the Day Schedule
(If you can not attend on your scheduled day, please find an alternate below your name to fill in.)

8/1/17 Justin Craig/Catherine Main/Alison Geer East Cooper Land Trust Kevin Berry
8/8/17 Charles Carmody Charleston Music Hall Jeff Pulley
8/15/17 Stephanie Kelly ECCO  Will Coffey
8/22/17  Janie Ward Lauve, Exec Direct People Against Rape  Sharon Hartley


Jul 062017

Congratulations to George Stocko for receiving the Key Way Award in recognition for his continued support of the Rotary Foundation.

Jun 202017


Mary English received Service Above Self Award.

Brandon Roach received Service Above Self Award.

Michelle Whitbeck received President’s Award.

Outgoing President Mike Bloser hugs incoming President Stephanie Bates as she accepts the “gavel” and takes on her new position for 2017-2018.


Alison Dailey (center) received Rotarian of the Year Award from Past President Mike Bloser and President Stephanie Bates.

2017-2018 East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Board of Directors (left to right): Immediate Past President Mike Bloser, Club Director Alison Dailey, Club Director Brandon Roach, Treasurer Ted Chestnut, Club Director Will Crady, Secretary Michelle Whitbeck, Club Director James Holland, President Stephanie Bates. Not pictured President-Elect Tripp Hoover, Club Director Kimberly Roberts, Club Director Sharon Hartley.

Jun 132017

L-R: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President Michael Bloser and Chair of Global Grants Committee Mary English presented a check for $5000 to Lem Walker and Mark Baker of Water Missions International.

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated $5000 last week to a special project in Peru organized by Water Missions International.  Nina Rumi is a community in Peru that was the base for a group called Amazon Medical Missions.  Mission groups traveled there to focus on areas on the Amazon river.  The original founders retired and the campus was sold in 2011.  Jerry French, who had previously done work with that mission decided along with others to open a new campus in that same area.  Catch the Vision obtained the land and built the campus with a focus on serving the local community as well.  This water project will serve not only the campus but the 1100 residents of Nina Rumi!  During the initial assessment the water was found to have excessive levels of iron.  Engineers designed a system that would remove the iron to an acceptable level prior to treating.

To date the well has been bored, the well / treatment house / tank tower is close to being completed!  The next steps will be to install the treatment system that was designed.  They should have clean and safe drinking water in June!

May 092017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Lieutenant General Colby Broadwater: President of College of the Building Arts as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Lieutenant General Colby M. Broadwater, III, is the third president of the American College of the Building Arts. He became president in April of 2008.

President Broadwater came to the American College of the Building Arts after a 34-year military career in which he garnered numerous accolades. During his tenure, LTG(R) Broadwater has streamlined operations and is leading the College’s efforts to receive accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). He is also credited with reducing the College’s debt load, reorganizing staffing levels and implementing programs that have increased student enrollment, even with the current uncertainty of the economic climate – all without any degradation of ACBA’s education product.

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!


May 022017

Speakeasy Event 10/21/17

The Speakeasy event is shaping up to be a fabulous night!  To guarantee success, it’s important that all members are involved in our Club’s annual fundraiser.  Please review the following list to determine your interests and contact the appropriate committee chairman to volunteer.

Committee Tasks Chair
Logistics Handling of venue, Layout, Food, Bar, Band, Swing Dancers, Valet service, Photographer, Volunteers for set-up Sean
Décor Catherine
Sponsorships Will Crady, Ted
Auction Items Collection and Coordination Brandon Roach
Games, Raffles, and Prizes Raffles, Darts, Bottle ring, Costume contest Amber
PR Website, Social media, Press releases, Posters, Radio and TV ads and spots Michelle
Ticket Sales and Check-in Mary

The next meeting for Committee Chairmen is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/25 at 6:00 at Charles Muldrow’s office.  All club members are invited!

Per the Board’s vote, all members must sell 4 event tickets ($400 value) or obtain a sponsorship.  To maximize exposure and receive the most benefits for the sponsors,  get those sponsorships in as early as possible!  Our targeted deadline is June 1.

Apr 302017

We have chosen the Veterans of America as our service recipient and have several mini-projects:

  • Homeless Veterans Toiletry Drive.  Please bring any small (single use or sample size) toiletries to Tuesday’s meeting for distribution by the VA Hospital.
  • VA Hospital Visitation rewards far outweigh your time spent. This is an extremely flexible way to give back.  Contact Alison Dailey for details.

Apr 232017

Through the Hilton and Howick Rotary Club of South Africa, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated $2600 to Never NeverLand Creche .  This generous donation to the primary school in KwaZulu-Natal shall keep 30 children at the creche for 11 months.  Now in existence for over 15 years, Never NeverLand Creche continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the community

Apr 182017

Congratulations to Michael Eckard for earning the Rotary Blue Badge last week. Michael joined the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club last August. He is an attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. He grew up in Charleston(West Ashley) and received a B.S. degree from the College of Charleston and J.D. from The University of South Carolina.   He and his wife Allison live in Mount Pleasant with their two children, Oliver (2.5 yrs) and Elizabeth (6 months).  Michael’s hobbies include being a private pilot, an NRA Firearms Instructor, and competing in marksmanship competitions.  Michael enjoys camping, backpacking, and boating.   We are very pleased that Michael chose to join our Rotary Club and look forward to working with him on service projects!

Apr 102017

A huge thank you to those that came out Saturday morning to work in the beautiful country for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. The guys worked on trim and roof of a house, while the ladies painted an existing home down the street. Thank you, Dimi Matouchev, for organizing these service projects throughout the year.  It’s not easy to get the volunteers out on a weekend, and we appreciate your passion for this ongoing project.

Apr 042017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Ernest Andrade, Director of CODEcamp, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

CODEcamp is an affordable and convenient educational offering of the Charleston Digital Corridor with two distinct career development objectives:

  • Provide individuals an introduction to web development through an eight-week course
  • Enhance the skills of working professionals through corporate training workshops
  • Empower kids to explore their creativity and innovation by learning the fundamentals of web development

Classes are taught by industry professionals from Charleston’s software industry and are held at the Charleston Digital Corridor’s Flagship & Flagship2 business incubator facilities in Downtown Charleston.

Apr 042017

Congratulations to Will Crady for earning the Rotary Blue Badge this morning!  Will joined the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club last July and has already started to show his leadership skills.  He is a member of the board and co-chair of the Speakeasy Sponsorship Committee.  Will also seems to have a bit of luck as just a few months after joining our club, he and his wife, Kristin, were the recipients of the Speakeasy grand prize which was $5000 cash! Will is a site development contractor for Sanders Brothers Construction located in North Charleston. We are very pleased to have Will as part of our Club and community!

Apr 012017

The committee chairmen had an enthusiastic, productive meeting this week and are excited about our October 21 fund raiser.  The entire Club’s participation is required to make this a success.  Please contact Ted, Will, or Brandon to discuss any sponsorship or auction items.  We would like to give our sponsors as much publicity as possible.  The earlier the commitment, the more recognition! Deadline for top sponsors who want to be on the posters and Save the Date cards is early June.

We’ve posted the event on our Facebook page, so please share it with your friends asking for sponsors!

Apr 012017

Our Team is thrilled to support the VA Hospital for our service project and we invite everyone in the Club to support this endeavor.  There are several ways, with little effort, that you can support our Veterans who have served America:

  • Visit patients and/or full-time residents at the VA Hospital on your schedule.  While this sounds intimidating, it’s not.  The impact is so much more than the time spent.
  • Donate one-time use toiletries for homeless vets.  Clean out those hotel freebies and samples that you have stashed in your guest bath!
  • Donate paperback books (no hard covers, unfortunately) and magazines for waiting rooms and senior living residents.
  • Donate any items worthy of resale to Lowcountry Women Veterans Garage Sale scheduled for April 29.

Please bring items to weekly meeting and contact Alison ( or 843.297.1771) to volunteer, for donation pick-up coordination, or any questions.

Mar 282017

East Cooper Habitat for Humanity Service Project is set for Saturday, April 8th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Awendaw.  Contact Dimi Matouchev if you would like to volunteer.

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