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Jul 152019
 

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
Sep 252018
 

Alejandra Robinson, our current outbound exchange student exchanging club banners with Roger Guichard, the president of her host club, Gardanne en Pays D’aix. Her host club is located in the south east of France near Marseille.

Chamber of Commerce September Events

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Sep 042018
 

September Luncheon Speaker: Rob Fowler

GUEST SPEAKER ROB FOWLER, CHANNEL 2’S CHIEF STORM TEAM METEOROLOGIST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

12:00-1:30; Networking 11:30-12:00

Register Here: https://www.mountpleasantchamber.org/events#!event/2018/9/20/monthly-luncheon

Business & Community Expo September 27th 1-6pm FREE

  • Over 100 exhibitors, puppies, cars and boats there is something for everyone at the Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo on September 27
  • More than 20 door prizes
  • Live broadcast featuring Channel 2’s Rob Fowler and Josh Marthers
  • Happy Hour sponsored by Fill Piano Bar and live music by Saluda Shoals

**Win a Two Year Lease on an Award Winning 2019 Subaru Crosstrek from CREWS Subaru of Charleston

Support your favorite participating local charity by purchasing a chance to win a Subaru Crosstrek. Color of the automobile may be chosen by the winner. Crews Subaru will cover taxes and fees, and include 2 year standard maintenance on the vehicle. Choose the quantity of tickets that you would like and make sure to tag the Charity of your choice at checkout.

Upon your purchase you will receive a confirmation email and be automatically entered into the drawing. No limit on purchases or entries. Winner will be announced at the Expo.

Buy Tickets Here: https://www.mountpleasantchamber.org/giveaway#!event/2018/9/26/mpcc-business-community-expo-2018-crews-subaru-two-year-lease-giveaway-to-support-charity

July 17th Guest Speaker- Dr. Arnold Hite, Prof of Econ and Dean of the School of Business at Charleston Southern University

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Jul 112018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Arnold Hite, Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business at Charleston Southern University, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Dr. Arnold Hite is a professor of economics in the College of Business at Charleston Southern University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Clemson University and a PhD in economics from Texas A&M University.

Before arriving at Charleston Southern, he served on the faculty at Clemson, Texas A&M and The Citadel. While at Charleston Southern he has served in several administrative positions including director of the Center for Economic Education, director of a special program in environmental management, department chair and dean.

Dr. Hite’s teaching interests include macroeconomic theory, international trade, the history of economic thought and price theory.  His current research interest includes income inequality measures and economic forecast assessment.

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Made a Difference This Year

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Jul 102018
 

The International Rotary Club’s theme this past year was “Make A Difference.” And, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club took that theme and put it into action with numerous community service activities, The Club, which consists of 50 members, raised $32,000 at its 2nd Annual East Cooper Speakeasy fundraiser; donated and delivered 73 books to the Mary Ford Elementary School for its Literacy Program; volunteered for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals On Wheels, and East Cooper Community Outreach;  participated in a Global Grant project with Water Missions International; joined forces with the Galveston Rotary Clubs to provide funds for the devastation in Houston after Hurricane Irma; participated in Happy Feet with the Mt. Pleasant Lunch Club to provide shoes to 212 children in the Lowcountry; and volunteered at Toys for Tots where the Club donated 132 bikes to Lowcountry children.

The Club recently started a 30 under 30 program where membership dues are prorated for young professionals; and became a member of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce to increase its presence in the community.

For information on how to join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, please email ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com or visit ecbrotary.org.

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Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

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Jul 102018
 
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MT. PLEASANT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MONTHLY LUNCHEON
THURSDAY, JULY 19
Speaker:  Joseph P. Riley Jr., Former Mayor of the City of Charleston
Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant
12:00-1:30
Networking 11:30-12:00
Register here:
REGISTER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT
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!

June 26th Guest Speakers – Angela and David Muirhead, Beautiful Gate Center

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Jun 192018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Angela and David Muirhead, Co-Founders of the Beautiful Gate Center, as our speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

The Beautiful Gate Center seeks to serve individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders who are inadequately served in existing public and private special education programs due to the individuals’ need for a broader range of more intensive learning supports than those traditional environments offer.

http://www.beautifulgatecenter.org/

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!

June 5th Guest Speaker: Jean Ann Lambert, Community Resource Director, Mental Health America of SC

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May 302018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jean Ann Lambert, Community Resource Director of Mental Health America of SC, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Jean Ann is the Community Resource Director and has over 30 years in the Mental Health field. She travels the state educating the public and professionals about Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Prevention and Children / Teen issues through a program called “I.C. Hope”. Also offered is Mental Health First Aid, a Training and 3 year Certification. She helps to provide needs to the clients and residents, such as clothing, toiletries, housewares and Leisure Activities. Our mascot, I.C. Hope, a 6 ft. Duck, whose motto is “Don’t Duck Mental Health”! is available to attend Festivals and Special Events all around the State of South Carolina.

Jean Ann was born and raised in Georgia. She has a Bachelor degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. Jean Ann attended USC School of Medicine to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Certificate in Psychiatric Studies. She has been working for MHASC for 13 years and has over 30 years experience in the mental health field.

Jean Ann is married with 3 children, 2 dogs and a cat. She loves to travel, bake and walking in the sunshine.

May 22nd Guest Speaker: Jennifer Hartig, Respite Care Charleston

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May 152018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jennifer Hartig, Executive Director of Respite Care Charleston, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

A graduate of Meredith College and Auburn University, Jennifer spent eleven years in the retirement home industry before joining Respite Care Charleston in 2012. As Director, she is passionate about keeping participants active and helping Charleston become a dementia-friendly community. Jennifer graduated from Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute in 2015 and serves on the boards of Racers for Pacers and Charleston HEART.

May 152018
 

The next Rotary social will be held Wednesday the 30th, we’ll be at The Cabana Bar at Water’s Edge. See y’all there!

Guest Speaker May 15th: Jennifer Roberts, Executive Director of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

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May 112018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jennifer Roberts, Executive Director of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events. Roberts will be talking in general about programs and services offered by the SC Department of Mental Health, and more specifically, the services and programs provided by the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center available to our community.

Jennifer is the recently appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC), where she has worked for 24 years.  She received her Masters of Science Degree in Counseling in 1991 from Old Dominion University and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 19 years.  Her career began in children’s services as a school based counselor and over the years she has held numerous clinical and administrative management and development positions.

Jennifer’s goal is to spread the word about mental health treatment services available in our community, reduce the stigma around mental illness, and continue to provide the excellent care and innovative programming her Center is known for, so Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center becomes the community’s first choice in mental health care.

 

May 012018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Grace Gasper, Executive Director of Friends of Coastal South Carolina, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Grace Gasper brings 14 years of experience in conservation and the nonprofit sector to Friends of Coastal South Carolina. Through her years of experience she has gained a thorough understanding of the challenges of nonprofit management and development. Grace served as director of the medical clinic for The Avian Conservation Center for 11 years, has worked as a biologist on a variety of avian research projects across the country, and has been involved in swallow-tailed kite research in South Carolina for over a decade, including conducting kite research on Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest. Her efforts on behalf of conservation in South Carolina have been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Grace enjoys living in Awendaw, SC, adjacent to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Apr 262018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to hear from Rachel Knight, Director of Philanthropy for Trident Literacy Association, who will be speaking about Trident Literacy as a while while focusing on their mission in ‘helping adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy’ in our community. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Rachel Knight is the Director of Philanthropy at Trident Literacy Association and has a passion for ending the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama but grew up in Lexington, SC on beautiful Lake Murray. She is anxiously waiting for the arrival of her first-born daughter next month!

Knight has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a focus in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Prior to Trident Literacy, she was a Housing Director and Staffing Recruiter in the travel nursing industry. Knight also has a heavy background in television communications and radio sales.

Knight is an involved member of the Rotary Club of North Charleston Breakfast. She is active in event planning and fundraising on the club’s Public Relations Committee. Knight is also the Vice President of Programming for her sorority’s alumnae chapter; Zeta Tau Alpha. She was honored this Spring with the statewide 2017-2018 Zeta Lady Award for her philanthropic endeavors and leadership within the Charleston chapter.

Knight also demonstrates involvement in the Charleston community by serving on Coastal Community Foundation’s Bridge Philanthropist Board. As a founding member of the board, she participates in a variety of community activities related to philanthropy, professional development and networking.

 

 

Guest Speaker April 17th – Sean Glassberg, Racers for Pacers: Helping Those Who “Can’t” Run, Run

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Apr 112018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to hear from fellow Rotarian Sean Glassberg about Racers for Pacers, a non- profit founded by Sean in 2011. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Inspired by Rick and Dick Hoyt, Sean started Racers for Pacers to help Lowcountry kids with disabilities become a part of the vibrant running community in our area. Racers for Pacers currently has over 20 Racers who participate in local road races and run each week with either their parents as Pacers or volunteers from our community.

Sean Glassberg is a Rotarian involved with the Georgetown Rotary Club because he loves driving 40+ miles one way to get from his home in Mount Pleasant to his campus at Horry Georgetown Technical College, where he serves as Director of Faculty Development and teaches English from time to time. He is a proud father of four and husband of one who also coaches his kids in Mt Pleasant Rec Sports programs and runs a side business to provide faculty development for other colleges and universities. Somehow, he finds time to run and train on his own when he is not herding his kids or taking out the garbage.

Mar 212018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Lee Pringle, Charleston Gospel Choir, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Lee Pringle is a Lowcountry native whose career took him to far-away places before he returned to Charleston to pursue his musical dreams. You may have heard him with the renowned Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir, which he founded some fourteen years ago, as well as the CSO Spiritual Ensemble and CSO Spiritual Ensemble Chorale. Music is Lee’s passion, and he stands out among his peers by being well-steeped in both classical and vernacular traditions.

Mar 132018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Captain Blair Martin, Investigations Captain for the Mount Pleasant Police Department, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Captain Martin grew up in Toronto, Canada and came to the United States in 1991 with the United States Marine Corps.  He has been with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department since 1997; has worked in the Patrol Division; and spent many years working Narcotics.  He supervised the Detective office for four years before being promoted to Lieutenant.  And, he was a Watch Commander for several years before being named the Operations Commander. Captain Martin is now responsible for the Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Crime Scene, School Resource Officers, Warrants, Victims’ Advocates, Crime Prevention, and Crime Analysis.

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