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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.

Aug 152017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Janie Ward Lauve, Executive Director of People Against Rape, as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

People Against Rape (PAR) is a sexual assault advocacy program offering free support and services for survivors of sexual assault in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties of South Carolina.  PAR was founded in 1974.  In September 1975, they became one of the first rape crisis centers in South Carolina.

 

Aug 082017
 

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 Stephanie Kelley, Executive Director of East Cooper Community Outreach, as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

A long-time ECCO volunteer and former Board member, Kelley has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education, demonstrated success in organizational leadership, a strong portfolio of consulting projects, and a lifelong dedication to community service.

Aug 032017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Charles Carmody, Director of the Charleston Music Hall, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Charles Carmody was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He currently is the Director of The Charleston Music Hall; a position he has held since 2012.  The Charleston Music Hall is a 935 seat venue that holds over 200 events per year.  Charles also created a promotions company, Murias Entertainment, in 2014 to put on smaller events throughout Charleston.  He also co-manages the band SUSTO and works with several other artists with The Art Counsel (a locally based artist management company).  His mission is to make Charleston the greatest music city in the world.

 

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.

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.

Apr 182017
 

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 Leigh Handal Owner of Charleston Raconteurs, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

A native South Carolinian, Leigh Jones Handal has been an avid student of Lowcountry history since she was a Brownie Scout. She is co-editor of the City of Charleston’s official Tour Guide Training Manual and organized Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual spring house and garden tours for 13 years, as well as the Preservation Society of Charleston’s fall home tours.

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Leigh has been a licensed tour guide for more than 20 years. She created and appears regularly on the Lowcountry Live show’s “I Love the Lowcountry” series (WCIV- TV4).

Leigh founded Charleston Raconteurs in March 2015. A raconteur is a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.  Charleston Raconteurs offers its guests something unique, something just a little more. The tours are designed to appeal to those seeking a deeper understanding of Charleston’s colonial and antebellum history, as well as those who have visited Charleston before and are looking for an experience that goes beyond the traditional carriage or walking tour downtown.

http://www.charlestonraconteurs.com/index.html

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.

Mar 282017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Larry Dandridge, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Larry Dandridge is a retired soldier, aviator, author, motivational speaker, Vietnam era wounded warrior, and an accomplished business man.  He is a South Carolinian and a volunteer Patient Adviser at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.   He is also the past president of the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Charleston, SC Chapter and he led many efforts to help, in too many ways to mention here, our military men and women, veterans, and their families. His leadership articles have been published in the US, Germany, England in over 20 magazines and newspapers and two books.

Larry will talk about the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s need for FISHER HOUSE CHARLESTON, the US Helicopter War in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, the two bloodiest years of America’s longest and most controversial war, and the all five-star-reviewed book, military history and action book, BLADES OF THUNDER (BOOK ONE), which many say may be the best book ever written about the helicopter war in Vietnam.

A member of the “West Point Logistics Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002)”, his awards include the 2006, 2007, 2008 AUSA Exceptional Service Awards”, “2009 AUSA 3rd Region Brenda M. Dougherty Award”, “2009 Ralph H. Johnson VA Med Center Volunteer and Sponsor of the Year Award”, “2010 MOAA Charleston SC Robert J. Lahm Award”, 2011 AUSA 3rd Region Significant Achievement Award”, the “VA Special 2012 Volunteer Award”, and the “Runner Up for the 2012 VA Spirit Award”. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, German Silver Cross, two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Joint Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Army Meritorious Services Medals, 15 Combat Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and others.

Mar 212017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Michael Leibowitz,  Call Experts CEO, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Founded in 1982, Call Experts is a multi-location, family owned and operated contact-center with headquarters in Charleston, SC, and additional offices in New Jersey, Charlotte, and Atlanta. They have extensive experience in virtually all answering service and contact center applications, numerous long-standing customer relationships, and a corporate culture that values kindness, professionalism and fun.
Mar 142017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jeni Rone Becker, Lowcountry Area Director of Junior Achievement of Greater SC, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Junior Achievement (JA) was founded nationally in 1919 beginning as a small organization that connected  youth with community business leaders to help students develop entrepreneurial skills and financial savvy through the execution of a small business endeavor.  The original JA Company Program was the single curriculum offered by JA until the 1970s when the organization began to expand the scope of programs offered.  Today, JA offers 24 different financial literacy curricula and reaches nearly 9.8 million students in grades K-12th in 123 countries around the world.

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, Inc. (JAGSC) was incorporated in 1968 to serve Richland County in South Carolina. Since then, JAGSC has greatly expanded, now serving 34 counties in South Carolina.

JAGSC has taught financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness skills to almost 400,000 students since its founding in Columbia in 1968, and has been awarded the Junior Achievement® Summit Award for excellence in program impact, program quality, financial solvency, and management effectiveness.

www.juniorachievement.org

Mar 072017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Mack has worked in various capacities at the Gibbes for more than 20 years and has organized or provided curatorial oversight for more than 300 exhibits.  She was hired as an assistant curator at the Gibbes in 1981. She also has been published in dozens of magazines. She co-authored the book “In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860” with University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis.

Mack is a Spartanburg native whose parents emigrated from Greece. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in art history, Mack did graduate work in fine arts at New York University, Tulane University and the University of Virginia.

http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/

Feb 282017
 

Bill Martin attending Rotary Club of Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia, West Africa on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Feb 282017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Peter von Wartenberg, Plant Manager with Robert Bosch LLC, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Robert Bosch, LLC is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers. The company’s Charleston-area operation, which has been expanded six times since 1973, manufactures diesel and gasoline fuel injections systems, ESP/ABS brake systems, and exhaust gas treatment systems.  Dr. Wartenberg has been with the Bosch Group for twenty (20) years, where he began as a logistics specialist at the Bamber Plant in Germany. Since 2014, Wartenberg has been the Chief Financial Officer for Diesel Systems North America and Plant Manager for the Bosch at the Commercial Plant located in Charleston.

Feb 142017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Vernita Brown of United Way Prosperity Program as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Ms. Brown serves as Chief Relationship Officer for the Prosperity Centers Collective Impact Initiative. She provides leadership to bring key partners together to achieve the overarching goal of helping residents in the Tricounty area become more self sufficient.

 

Feb 082017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Pat Manna, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Citadel, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Pat Manna holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Fordham University and a MBA from New York University. After graduation, Pat served as an Air Force Officer working on the B-1 production contract on-site with North American Rockwell in Los Angeles. After his separation from active duty, Pat began his marketing career with The Colgate-Palmolive Company in NYC as a product manager on various Colgate brands. Pat then joined Gillette, Kenyon & Eckerd Advertising, Standard Brands, and Nabisco Brands culminating with being VP of Marketing for the Planters Division for Nabisco.

In 1986, Pat embarked on a very successful entrepreneurial career in the In-Store Media and Advertising Industry. Additionally, Pat started and developed companies in both the United States and Abroad.

Pat is currently an adjunct professor at The Citadel School of Business where he was appointed as the Entrepreneur in Residence. Pat also serves on The Citadel’s Advisory Board, Chairs the Mentor Association, as well as leads the Bulldog Business Bowl Competition – The Citadel campus-wide business plan competition.

Jan 312017
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Scott Newitt, Owner of Firefly Distillery, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Jim Irvin and Scott Newitt at Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, struck Southern gold when they came up with their sweet tea vodka in 2008. Using a bit of the tea grown just down the road from their distillery and a hefty dose of Louisiana cane sugar, Firefly perfectly captured the essence of Southern sweet tea, and added a healthy kick to that “wholesome” goodness. Since then, countless imitators have popped up like weeds (ahem), but Firefly has led the way and has seemingly become a staple in bars and liquor stores across the country, spreading the Southern sweet tea gospel to a whole new audience. They smartly partnered with the Sazerac Company to help distill and distribute Firefly, and now have a whole lineup of flavored tea vodkas (peach, mint, lemon), a “skinny” version of the sweet tea vodka made with the natural low-calorie sweetener stevia, and a sweet tea bourbon as well. You might not find Firefly in the arsenal of most leading-edge mixologists, but you will find it in the homes of many happy sweet tea drinkers across the country.

Jan 172017
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Ron Bertovich, Deputy Commissioner for Basketball-Colonial Athletic Association, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Ron is Tournament Director of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship which will be held March 3-6, 2017 at the North Charleston Coliseum.

He has almost 40 years in athletic administration on the intercollegiate and professional level.  And he has been Deputy Commissioner of Basketball for the CAA the past 10 years.

Jan 102017
 

Thank you to the staff and volunteers of Water Mission for giving us a tour of your facility Tuesday morning. You are providing amazing work to underprivileged countries where clean water is not readily available. We take for granted that we are able to drink and wash with clean water here in the U.S. whenever we want.

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