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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.

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.

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