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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.

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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.

Jun 192018

Stephanie Bates presented Gwin Poston, Administrator for East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, with the President’s Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Charles Muldrow with the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Sean O’Connor with the Service Above Self Award.

Jun 192018

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Board of Directors for 2018-2019

Left to right: Kimberly Roberts, Sean O’Connor (Secretary), Brandon Roach, Ted Chestnut (Vice President), Tripp Hoover (President), Michelle Whitbeck (Treasurer), Brett Fellows, Grace Lacey, and Stephanie Bates (Past President). Not pictured: Terry Hundley

Jun 192018

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Joe Shuster at  

Upcoming Speakers & Sergeant At Arms for the Day Schedule
(If you can not attend on your scheduled day, please find an alternate below your name to fill in.)

06/26/2018 Angela + Dave Muirhead Beautiful Gate Center Greg Meuli
 07/03/2018 NO MEETING
07/10/2018 Tripp Hoover Club Year Ahead ?
07/17/18 Dr. Arnold Hite Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business at Charleston Southern University ?
Jun 192018


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – June 26, 2018

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Tripp Hoover

3 Sergeant at Arms of the Day – Greg Meuli
a) Welcome visitors and guests
b) Thought for the day
c) Pledge of Allegiance
d) Trivia

4 Cart Fund – Jack Vax

5 Happy Dollars – Catherine Stuhr

6 Announcements – Tripp Hoover

• Birthdays –none
• Club Anniversaries – none
• Wedding Anniversaries – John and Cindy Albrecht (33 yrs); Tripp and Kristy Hoover (15 yrs)

7 Club Business – Tripp Hoover

    • Presentation for Foundation – Will Coffey
    • Meeting Schedule starting July 1st – 3 meetings/month
    • Speakeasy Update – Tripp Hoover

8 Speaker : Angela and Dave Muirhead, Beautiful Gate Center

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 No Meeting 07/03/18

13 Next Meeting 07/10/18

14 Speaker: Tripp Hoover, Year Ahead

13 Four way test

14 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Jun 132018
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Speaker:  Bradley Kerr, Director of Sales and Marketing, Detyens Shipyard Park
Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant
Networking 11:30-12:00
Register here:
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club members who attend on behalf of our Club
will be reimbursed for the registration fee. Please wear your Rotary Pin!
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!

Jun 052018

Congratulations to Joe Shuster for earning his Rotary Blue Badge so quickly after just receiving the Red Badge a matter of weeks ago! Joe is a Business Project Manager at Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.

Welcome Greg Meuli, our newest member of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club! Greg is a Mortgage Loan Originator at United Community Bank.

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 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 092018

There are two open board positions; one begins immediately and the other at the start of the next Rotary year in July. Brett Fellows, Grace Lacey and Ellis Gourdin have all volunteered and voting will take place  tomorrow morning! If you have yet to do so, please talk with the candidates and get to know them before the meeting starts.

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 172018

Congratulations to Luiz Yamashita and Grace Lacey for earning their Rotary Blue Badges this week! We are so proud of you two for stepping into our Club and taking on leadership roles as well!

Apr 162018

One of our Rotary members made a donation in the name of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club to East Cooper Meals on Wheels in honor of fellow Rotarian, Jack Vax, for his dedicated service to East Cooper Meals on Wheels over the years. We’re proud to be in Rotary with you, Jack!

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