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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.

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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Jan 092017
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will go on a field trip Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to tour Water Missions International.  The production facility is located on the old Navy Base at 1150 Kinzer Street, Bldg. 1605 North Charleston, SC 29405.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:30 a.m., so please account for traffic on I-526.

You don’t want to miss this great presentation and tour! Breakfast will be catered by Dish and Design.

In 1998, our founders, Molly and George Greene, were operating an environmental engineering company in Charleston, South Carolina when they heard about the devastation in Honduras caused by Hurricane Mitch. After receiving a request for multiple water treatment systems in Honduras, and being unable to find existing systems that would work, George and his team of engineers took action to build such a system – and thus the idea for Water Missions International was born.

When the Greenes arrived in Honduras, they were shocked by what they found. The river that flowed through a nearby village was the color of chocolate milk, deep brown with toxins, bacteria and hopelessness. The residents of the village referred to it as the “River of Death” – no one survived once they drank from that river. As one of the newly built water systems became operational, the local villagers were still terrified to drink any water from the river – whether it was clear or not. So Molly and George placed their own lips to the hose and drank the newly purified water. With that action, Molly and George bridged the final gap and the villagers swarmed forward to drink the water.

In the aftermath of their Honduras trip, Molly and George discovered the sad truth about the global water crisis – that billions are forced to drink dirty water every day. In 2001, the Greenes took action to combat this reality and founded Water Mission.

 

Nov 102016
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will welcome Eric DeMoura, Town of Mount Pleasant Administrator, as our guest speaker Tuesday, November 15, 2015.  Mr. DeMoura was appointed to the position of town administrator in October 2010. He currently manages nine departments, 700 employees, and a $100 million annual budget for the fourth largest municipality in South Carolina. Mr. DeMoura has received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. Prior to his appointment as town administrator, Mr. DeMoura served as deputy town administrator for four years.

Mr. DeMoura is a graduate of Clemson University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. He also holds a County Administration Certification from the University of North Carolina.
Mr. DeMoura is president of the South Carolina City and County Management Association. He is a member of the International City / County Management Association and the South Carolina City and County Management Association.

Nov 012016
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will welcome Past President Pat Campbell as our guest speaker Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to give us an update on the local Rotary Gift of Life Program.

Over the past four decades the Rotary Gift of Life Program has helped more than 18,000 children from emerging countries receive treatment for their heart disease.  These children have come from 71 different countries, and otherwise, would not have been treated.  There are over 70 Gift of Life programs throughout the world.  The majority of these programs are based in Rotary Clubs or Rotary Districts on five continents.

http://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/

 

Oct 252016
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will welcome Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s designated speaker as the guest speaker for the meeting Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

The activities  under the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston will be covered during our meeting. Currently under the Institute are:

  • SCE&G Energy Innovation Center/Due Energy eGRID
  • The Zucker Family Graduate Education Center
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Warren Lasch Conversation Center
Oct 112016
 

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The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will welcome Amy Barch of the Turning Leaf Project as our guest speaker Tuesday, October 18, 2016. For more than a decade, Amy has been involved in jail programs and reentry work. She has studied various programs throughout the country that attempt to reduce recidivism, learning from them what has worked and what has failed. Amy moved to Charleston in 2010 and uncovered a lack of help for men incarcerated and transitioning into the community. In 2011, Amy founded Turning Leaf to address this gap in local services. Before moving to Charleston, Amy lived in Washington, D.C. and worked on a juvenile justice advocacy campaign. Amy is a graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Law, Societies and Justice and is trained in Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse, Cognitive Behavioral Advanced Practice and Continuous Quality Improvement for Criminal Justice Settings.

www.turningleafproject.org

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