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Jun 192018
 

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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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!

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 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!

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.

 

 

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. 

 

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