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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.

Mar 072018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Kaitlyn Hall, Stroke Program Coordinator at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Kaitlyn is a physical therapist and completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the University at Buffalo. Since moving to Charleston following graduation, she has worked at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital in the inpatient rehab unit. She spend most of her time on the clinical side of the program and primarily worked with patients with stroke and other neurological diagnoses. She received her Neurologic Clinical Specialist certification in 2014 and her Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist certification in 2015. She is also the stroke program coordinator at the rehab hospital and focuses a great deal on staff, patient, family/caregiver and community education.

Feb 272018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Captain Taylor Skardon, US Navy, (Retired) and Chair of the Navy League Commissioning Committee, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

After graduating from the Citadel in 1982, Taylor Skardon received a commission in the Navy where he served for 30 years as a Surface Warfare Officer.

While in the Navy, Captain Skardon’s assignments at sea included duty in the Spruance class destroyers DEYO (DD 989) and NICHOLSON (DD 982) – both homeported in Charleston, SC.  He served in the AEGIS Cruisers LAKE ERIE as the commissioning Engineer Officer and USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) as its Executive Officer.  He commanded the Arleigh Burke destroyer USS OKANE (DDG 77).

Ashore Captain Skardon’s served as an instructor at the United States Naval Academy, action officer on the Navy Staff, detailer at the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Personnel, the Senate Director for the Secretary of Defense, and Commanding Officer of the Naval Base PEARL HARBOR.  Captain Skardon’s final tour was as a Special Assistant to the Commander, United States Pacific Command at Camp Smith Hawaii.

Taylor and his wife, Nancy, returned to Charleston and The Citadel after retiring in 2012.  He served as General Rosa’s Executive Assistant before becoming an  adjunct faculty member.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, Captain Skardon earned master’s degrees in Information Management from The George Washington University and National Security Strategy from The National War College.

Feb 212018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Michael B. Moore, the President and CEO of the International African American Museum, IAAM, as our guest speaker.

Breakfast Catered by Dish and Design.

Michael Boulware Moore was named the president and CEO of the International African American Museum in February 2016 after serving as an IAAM board member for several years. He brings with him over two decades of experience in brand strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

After earning a political science degree from Syracuse University, he received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He went on to Coca-Cola, where he managed the Coca-Cola brand in the US. After several years there, Moore pursued a number of senior roles in consumer packaged goods companies before leading a boutique strategy consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Moore has deep roots in Charleston as the great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls. Smalls was an enslaved African who, in 1862, took command of a Confederate ship in the Charleston Harbor, sailed it past five Confederate forts in the Atlantic Ocean, and then turned it over to Union forces winning his freedom and that of his family and crew. He then became a captain in the Union Army. After the Civil War, he was elected to both houses of the South Carolina Legislature and to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Feb 142018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Sharon Cooper-Murray of the Gullah Heritage of the Lowcountry, as our guest speaker.

Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of South Carolina raised in Florence County. After attending college in Tennessee, she returned to South Carolina and has resided Charleston County, South Carolina. When she arrived on Wadmalaw Island, SC, it was the first time she heard the Gullah language, and she was fascinated by the tone and rhythm of this Creole language. That was the beginning of what has become her life-long passion: the Gullah culture, their stories, folk music, crafts, food ways, religious folkways … their way of life. She has traveled throughout the east coast of the United States as an advocate of the preservation, conservation and development of the culture through workshops, lectures, storytelling, special events and artist in residency programs.

Feb 112018
 

Dr. Adam Domby

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Adam Domby, an Assistant professor of History at the College of Charleston, as our guest speaker. An expert on Civil War and Reconstruction, he received his PhD and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his BA from Yale University. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Dr. Adam Domby is a historian of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the American South. His research focuses on how southerners fought their neighbors during the American Civil War and examines the legacy of those local fights that civil wars inevitably create. His current book manuscript project centers on the role these conflicts played in three divided southern communities during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Close examination of the social dynamics of these southern communities reveals new insights into why the Confederacy lost, why Reconstruction failed, and the distinctiveness of southern society, culture, and politics.

Jan 302018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Chris Crolley of Coastal Expeditions, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Garden & Gun calls Chris “one of the state’s most knowledgeable naturalists,” and it’s easy to know why. A devoted student of the world around him, you can almost always find him on a Bulls Island trail, exploring a newly found waterway or keenly examining a feather he’s picked up during the day.  For nearly 25 years, Chris has been an integral part of Coastal Expeditions and continues its mission of environmental education and stewardship.  He is the proud father of a 19-year-old son, Graham and 3-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive (Charlie Magazine), Chris works closely with non-profit groups like the Coastal Conservation LeagueLowcountry Land TrustFriends of Coastal South Carolina, and The Nature Conservancy to help facilitate their missions.  If you’re ever on a tour with Chris, you’ll find that he’s one of the lucky ones that found his calling early in life.

Jan 182018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Pat Campbell, charter member of ECBR, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Pat Campbell joined Rotary in 1973 serving in numerous Club & District positions . He is a charter member of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary, serving twice as President and numerous varied committee assignments. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. District duties have included Assistant Governor, twice District Conference chair, Area Polio chair, District Assembly organizer & presenter and has been awarded District Rotarian of the year. He and Wayne Cassaday did a Water Missions trip to Uganda installing solar power filtration units. His involvement in Gift of Life is since our Club’s founding, serving as District Chair from 2001 – 2017. He and his wife Pat have hosted numerous patients and their parent in their home. Being named a Honorary Rotarian of ECBR may be his most heartfelt achievement.

Jan 092018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jason Sandoval, Drug Enforcement Agent, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Mr. Sandoval received his credentials and badge as a Special Agent (SA) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after completing Basic Agent Academy training.  He has investigated heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and club drug distribution in northern New Mexico. He has also  investigated the most prolific and powerful Mexican drug cartels.  In 2006, he was deployed for over a year to Afghanistan and developed US judicial cases against major drug lords providing financial support to the Taliban.  He transferred to DEA’s office in Istanbul, Turkey where he conducted drug and money laundering investigations of transnational criminal organizations operating in as many as ten countries.

In May 2016, SA Sandoval transferred to the Charleston Resident Office of DEA’s Atlanta Field Division.  He currently leads a law enforcement task force from departments across the low country of South Carolina.  Since arriving in Charleston, Mr. Sandoval, community advocates, and law enforcement partners have founded a grassroots movement entitled “Wake Up: Carolina” which is resolved to end substance abuse in the community. 

 

Dec 052017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Darren Felty, Dean of Trident Technical College’s Mount Pleasant Campus, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  Dr. Felty earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and came to TTC in 1999 as an Instructor of English. He was TTC’s Department Head of English and Journalism from 2009 to 2013 and Associate Dean of Humanities of Social Sciences from 2013 to 2017. He and his wife, Cris, have three children and reside in Mount Pleasant.

Nov 212017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Chris Staubes of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Chris Staubes is the owner of the Staubes Law Firm and the Harbor Group business brokerage.  As founder and President of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce (www.mountpleasantchamber.org), formerly the Mount Pleasant Business Association, his leadership has led to a tripling of the organization’s membership, expanded charitable giving, implemented a business education series known as Food For Thought, and created the Town Anchors program.

In 2014, Chris was elected to the Charleston County School Board, where he served as Vice Chairman. Chris also sits on the Executive Board for the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Chris participated in The Riley Institute® at Furman University, and was named a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. Chris was General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce from 2000 – 2003. He is a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Charleston.

In 2001, Chris was named to the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for his public and community service. Chris has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010 in the field of Corporate Law.

Chris is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Tanya and their three children.

 

Nov 012017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Ken Garber of Water Mission as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Ken and his wife, Kelli, and their teenage son, Chase, are originally from the Washington, D.C. area. They moved to the Lowcountry in 2015 and reside in Mount Pleasant. Kelli is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with MUSC’s Teleheath Program, and Chase is a slightly-disgruntled freshman at the College of Charleston who wants to pursue a career in the marine science field.

Ken is a former youth pastor, journalist and marketing executive who started working in the non-profit world in 2013. His heart is in working for those who need help getting on track toward a better life.

He joined Water Mission in May of this year as a Donor Stewardship Manager. His hope is to be a part of the team that celebrates the end of the global water crisis.

 

Oct 272017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Rotary District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Gary Bradham, a member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary club, has led our Membership Committee from 2012-Present, was instrumental in developing our district’s well recognized “e-member” classification, and served his club as President and Foundation Chair.  He is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and was honored by his club as Rotarian of the Year for 2013.  He was the recipient of RI’s Club Builder Award in 2012-13 and received the Districts Outstanding Service Award in 2012-13 and the District’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013-14.  He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, the Bequest Society, is a benefactor and a Sustaining member.

Oct 102017
 

Sorry to say that the social planned for Tuesday Oct. 17th at The Crescent Olive has been canceled due to low number of interest. Members were asked to RSVP and the shop needed at least 10 people to confirm.  Thank you to Sully Recine for taking her time to organize.

Oct 032017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Samantha Morris, Outreach Coordinator of My Sister’s House, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Sam Morris is the Outreach Coordinator at My Sister’s House, Inc. a domestic violence program in South Carolina serving Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Limestone College in 2012. During her study at Limestone she completed a 400 hour internship with My Sister’s House, Inc. Upon completion of her internship, she was offered a part time position as night and weekend staff. A month later, Sam applied for a full time position with the organization as the Client Services Coordinator/Case Manager (CSC). Sam worked for over 2.5 years as the CSC, juggling the largest case load in the shelter. In addition to case management, Sam provided individual and group counseling and referral services for adult clients, provided intake, crisis intervention, and advocacy to clients, and developed a support services program within the organization. Sam then advanced to her next and current position as the Outreach Coordinator. As the Outreach Coordinator/Case Manager, Sam is responsible for providing group counseling and referral services for victims of domestic violence both in and out of shelter, she provides  emergency individual counseling sessions as needed and  has  case management responsibilities for sheltered victims, while still conducting intakes and crisis intervention services to callers and clients. Sam also spends a great deal of her time spreading awareness in the community about domestic violence and is always seeking new opportunities and audiences.  Sam was awarded the My Sister’s House, Inc. Full-Time Employee of the year for 2015.

Sep 262017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Christine Osborne, Owner of Wonder Works toy store, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

As the owner of Wonder Works, Christine has been an integral part of the Charleston community and toy industry since its inception in 1990. She and her business partner at the time, Dan Morrisey, who lost his battle with cancer in 2007, developed the store out of her love for science and gadgets and his love for astronomy.  They developed the business with an additional nature component. Christine and Wonder Works toy stores have won countless awards and recognitions based on the business’ success, achievements and community involvement.

Sep 192017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Steve Parker, Jr., CEO and founder of Levelwing, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Levelwing is a leading digital agency committed to fundamentals. Steve co-founded the business in 2002 to help marketers be better marketers in strategy, data and spending. The company has produced record setting and award winning advertising campaigns on the largest of stages – every Super Bowl since 2008, The Olympics, as well as when it matters most; an individual customer need. Some of their clients include Bridgestone, Mercedes-Benz, AOL/Verizon, Lenovo, Gildan USA, Firestone, The United Nations, Amgen, Big Green Egg, Cadillac, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Seacoast Church and The Country of Germany among others.

www.levelwing.com

Aug 292017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Mount Pleasant Mayorial Candidates Linda Page and Will Haynie as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Page was first elected as Mayor in 2013 after serving a 4 year term on Town Council. She is the Owner and Operator of Page’s Thieves Market that her parents founded in 1959. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent, Antique & Property Appraiser.

In addition to her political service she is the past President and Hall of Fame member of the South Carolina Auctioneer Association, Transportation Committee Chair, Police, Legal, Judicial Committee Chair, President of the South Carolina Association of Mayors, Executive Committee member of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government, Charleston Regional Development Authority, Charleston County Aviation Authority, Patriots Point Development Authority, Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and the Mount Pleasant Waterworks.

Town Council Member Will Haynie was elected to Council in November 2015. He chairs the Public Services Committee. He also serves on the Economic Development, Recreation, and Transportation Committees. He is a CARTA Board Member.

Council Member Haynie graduated from The Citadel in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration.  In his professional life, Council Member Haynie has been CEO of several non-profits, including the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.  Council Member Haynie currently owns his own media/marketing/PR advisory firm located in Mount Pleasant.

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