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Rotary Youth Exchange Update!

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Nov 172019
 

Our club will be sponsoring a student from Wando High School to go abroad next year! She is currently a sophomore and lives on Isle of Palms.

Her family has agreed to host and she is actively looking for two more families. If anyone is interested in hosting a student next year please let me know. Requirements are only 3-4 months out of the school year and the student will be attending school in Mount Pleasant. (gourdin.ellis@gmail.com)

On the flip side, our current exchange student, Ester, plans to attend the Western Tour this summer. This trip is an opportunity that Exchange Students in the US get the choice of taking. This is a very educational and once in a life time trip for these students where they’ll get to visit places such as the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, etc.

If any club member has any jobs that Ester can do to earn money for the trip please let her or myself know. She can pet sit, babysit, plant sit, do gardening, etc. Also if anyone has any ideas of a small fundraising event for Easter to raise the money, we are all ears!

Nov 162019
 

agendaEast Cooper Breakfast Club  – November 19, 2019

  1. Call to Order @ 7:45- Ted Chestnut
  2. Welcome- Ted Chestnut
  3. Sergeant at Arms for the Day- Stephanie Game
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Welcome Visitors and Guests
    • Thought for the Day
  4. Cart Fund- Jack Vax
  5. Happy Dollars: Polio Plus- Catherine Stuhr
  6. Announcements- Ted Chestnut
    • Birthdays- Stephanie Game (Nov 17), Michelle Whitbeck (Nov 10)
    • Club Anniversaries- Sean O’Connor (3 years)
    • Wedding Anniversaries- NONE
  7. Club Business- Ted Chestnut
    • Flags for Heroes fundraiser recap
    • Mark your calendars- Christmas Party, Dec 7th Planters Pointe Clubhouse! 6-9pm
    • No meeting next week Happy Thanksgiving!
  8. Speaker Introduction –
  9. Speaker- Colleen Vaughn, NAMI Charleston, “Understanding Mental Health”
  10. Literacy Book Signing
  11. Drawing
  12. Thanks to Visitors and Guests
  13. Next Meeting- December 3rd
    • S@A- Sharon Hartley
    • Intro- Ted Chestnut
    • Speaker- Kathy Papadimitriou, Ronald McDonald House of Charleston
  14. Four Way Test
  15. Adjourn Meeting at 8:30  
Nov 162019
 

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com.  

If anyone cannot attend on your scheduled day, please find an alternate below you name to fill in.

Upcoming Speakers & Sergeant at Arms

 

Date

 

Speaker

 

Topic

 

Speaker Intro

S @ A

alphabetical order based on active member list on DACdb

19 Nov 2019 Colleen Vaughn NAMI Charleston ? Stephanie Game
26 Nov 2019 NO MEETING NO SOCIAL Happy Thanksgiving!
3 Dec 2019 Kathy Papadimitriou Ronald McDonald House of Charleston Ted Chestnut Sharon Hartley
10 Dec 2019 John Walden District Manager of East Cooper District of CCPL ? Lawton Hayes
17 Dec 2019 Adam Burak Turning Leaf Project ? Tripp Hoover

Nov 162019
 

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email gourdin.ellis@gmail.com

November 7: ECBR Christmas Party 6 to 8pm! Planters Pointe Clubhouse

Nov 162019
 

We would like to make it easier for our members and the public to see the various job titles and services our talented members offer. A Member Directory will be published on the website, and we would like to feature a different member in each weekly newsletter.

By returning the following form, you agree to having your information published on www.ECBRotaryClub.org

SUBMIT A HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPH OF YOURSELF TO gourdin.ellis@gmail.com. Only members who have completed this form AND submitted a photograph will be featured

Nov 162019
 

Need A Meeting Makeup?

Visit one of our wonderful Rotary chapters around town, 

participate in a Rotary event

or click here for an e-makeup:

https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/

 

 

[Schedule of Local Rotary Chapters (updated October 2018)]

Mondays:

  • North Charleston Rotary- 12:30pm Hilton Garden Inn Express 5265 International Blvd North Chs

Tuesdays:

  • Rotary Club of Charleston- 12:30pm Hall’s Signature Events 5 Faber Place Downtown Charleston

Wednesdays:

  • Daniel Island Rotary Club- 7:30 am Daniel Island Club 600 Island Park Drive DI
  • Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant– 12:30 pm Harbor Breeze Restaurant at 176 Patriots Point Road MtP

Thursdays:

  • Rotary Club of N. Charleston Breakfast– 7:15am Embassy Suites Intl Blvd by Charleston Airport
  • Rotary Club of St. Andrews- Charleston– 12:30pm Bessingers Barbecue on Savannah Highway

Fridays:

  • Rotary Club of Charleston- Breakfast– 7:30am Harbour Club 35 Prioleau Street Downtown Charleston

 

Oct 302019
 

Rotary and American flags together at Patriot’s Point over Veteran’s Day weekend! What better way to honor our service men and women?

Sign up to sponsor this wonderful tribute to our heroes. charlestonrotaryflags.org

east cooper breakfast rotary club
Sep 202019
 

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club as we come together with the Daniel Island Rotary Club, Thursday September 26th from 6 to 8pm, for a joint social event!

Come mix and mingle with your fellow Rotarians!

Please feel free to bring guests!!!

Dockery’s is located at 800 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island.

https://dockerysdi.com/

Subscribe to District Newsletter

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Sep 132019
 

District 7770 Newsletter emailed every Tuesday morning!

SUBSCRIBE BELOW

http://www.rotary7770.org/news-room/

Once in the District News Room… you’ll find a “Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter” button in the top right of the page! Click and SUBSCRIBE

There is now also a link on our homepage to subscribe to the district newsletter!

ECBR August Social

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Aug 252019
 

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Thursday, August 29th from 6 to 8pm for a Happy Hour Social at The Mill Street Tavern on Shem Creek

Happy Hour:
“25% off your total bill. That simple! No weird menus or weird drinks. 25% off across the board.
Only available on the Roof Top, downstairs patio and Bar.
Runs Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm”

504 Mill Street, Mount Pleasant, SC

August 20th Guest Speaker: Anna Javaux, Executive Director Bundles of Joy-Diaper Bank of the Lowcountry

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Aug 182019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Anna Javaux, Executive Director, Bundles of Joy-Diaper Bank of the Lowcountry. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Bundles of Joy is a diaper bank being established in the Low country to assist those in need of diapers.  There are currently over 200 Diapers Banks that exist across the country.  The idea for Bundles of Joy diaper bank comes from Anna’s time working at Hope Assembly of God. Within months of becoming secretary for the church she saw that many people were in need of basic items including laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and diapers.  Anna met a woman who at a time was caring for her 2-year-old twin grandsons. The woman was living on a fixed income and needed some assistance in providing diapers and other necessities.  The ministry was able to help her and she soon began working with Bundles of Joy to help other families in area.    

The need to assist families with diapers continues.  In Charleston close to 20% of people are living in poverty.  They are working hard to make ends meet and will struggle to purchase diapers and other necessities often times choosing between paying bills and buying diapers. The goal of Bundles of Joy Diaper bank is to assist those in need of diapers directly through the organization and through a designated partner organization.

They are currently serving families in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.   The diaper bank distributions currently take place in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry Counties.  They are looking for partners in Jasper, Hampton, Colleton ,Allendale, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Horry, and  Georgetown Counties to help get diapers to families in need in these Lowcountry areas.  If you would like to become a partner organization please fill out their partner form or email at info@bundlesofjoydiaperbank.com.

August 13th Guest Speaker: Cheryll Woods-Flowers, Alzheimer’s Research

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Aug 072019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Cheryll Woods-Flowers speak to us about Alzheimer’s. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Cheryll, who has lived in East Cooper most of her life, earned two degrees from the College of Charleston, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accountancy. After leaving public office, she worked as an accountant and as chief financial officer for the Carolina Youth Development Center, soon realizing that she wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk all day

Cheryll spent 14 years in city government, six years as a member of the City Council and eight years as mayor of Mount Pleasant, in addition to a lengthy list of people-oriented community service activities.

Cheryll earned two degrees from the College of Charleston, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Accountancy. After leaving public office, she worked as an accountant and as chief financial officer for the Carolina Youth Development Center, soon realizing that she wouldn’t be happy sitting behind a desk all day.

Cheryll’s other accomplishments have been integral parts of the Charleston-area community. She is former Chair of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission a member of the College of Charleston Business and Economics Advisory Board, currently a member of the Town of Mount Pleasant Planning Board, and Vice President of the College of Charleston Cougar Club. She formerly served as a director of the College of Charleston Alumni Board and as a member of the Trident Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors. She has been recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Lowcountry Girl Scouts and has contributed her talents to the East Cooper Kiwanis Club, the East Cooper Republican Women, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, East Cooper Community Outreach, East Cooper Meals on Wheels and the East Cooper Concert Series.

Aug 062019
 

Come meet your East Cooper Rotaractors at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek for a membership social event! Please bring along potential new members, age 18-30!

August 13th 5-7pm at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek the East Cooper Rotaractors will meet for a Membership Social in the place of their bi-weekly meeting! Come learn what Rotaract is all about! Please bring potential new members: anyone, age 18 to 30, interested in joining together with fellow young professionals over a love of service to the community and professional networking.

“We are the very first community-based Rotaract club in our district! We currently meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm at the Mount Pleasant library on Mathis ferry road.”

#ServiceAboveSelf#RotaryConnectsTheWorld

https://www.facebook.com/events/329173541291546/

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August 6th Guest Speaker: Katie Blomquist, Founder and Director of Going Places Non Profit

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Aug 012019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Katie Blomquist, Founder and Director of Going Places Non Profit, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Katie grew up in Los Angeles, California, studied sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and then began a five year career in marketing while living in Chicago, IL before realizing she felt a desire to go into a career aimed at making a difference in people’s lives. She then received her Masters in Elementary Education at Roosevelt University. At a time when the Chicago Public School system closed eighty schools, Katie decided to move to Charleston, SC where she has been teaching in Title-1 schools for six years. In 2016, Katie began a GoFundMe raising over $80,000 and bought all 650 students in her school a new bike, lock, and helmet. Because of the tremendous success of that campaign and her passion for the title 1 community, Katie made the difficult decision to leave teaching and further this work on a much larger scale but creating Going Places where she can impact hundreds of thousands of kids. Along with running Going Places full-time, Katie also has launched “Katie Blomquist, LLC” where she gives professional talks on how to stand out and how to run toward your fear while defining failure. She also hosts seminars and workshops on how to start a successful nonprofit from the ground up.

Jul 232019
 

Our 2019-2020 Rotary Youth Exchange Student Ester will arrive on August 2nd from Ribeiras das Neves, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Ester has a first and a third host family but we still need a family to open their home to Ester for the three month span of time in between. The exact dates that a student switches families is up to the families but roughly the time would be start of December until mid March.

Every year exchange students and their parents are required to write a letter to their future host families. I have read these letters from Ester and her parents and I can assure you she is a brilliant, responsible, determined young woman. Ester speaks Portuguese, Spanish and English proficiently. She wants to study medicine and hopefully specialize in neurosurgery. Ester, with the support of her family, has made the most difficult decision that any 17 year old can make: she is leaving her family and friends and the only home she’s ever known in Brazil to come to a strange new place for a year of her life. The Rotary Club of East Cooper Breakfast, the city of Charleston, Rotary District 7770, the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America are welcoming Ester with open arms. I’m asking that someone open their home for 3 short months to this beautiful, courageous young woman. This is not just a life changing experience for the student but for the host families a like. Ester will become a part of your family and you hers; you will create a life long bond.

*Below are some social media ads as well as 2 links to informational sheets that tells you everything you need to know about hosting a student. Send these materials to someone or give me their contact info to reach out myself.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take 5 minutes to post a photo or link from below to any one of your social media accounts- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, etc. OR PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a moment to text, email, or call a friend, co worker or family member that you think might be interested.. OR who might know someone who is interested. Ask your church or ask your boss… ask your neighbors..

***There’s been a bigger push for host families this year*** The reason being because our club typically sends a student abroad, an outbound, at the same time as hosting a student, the inbound. It is an obligation of that outbound student to procure families, however this year the district did not have enough outbound students for our club to send one.

AGAIN please take just a moment to ask just a few people to help Rotary in one of our most important programs. Rotary Youth Exchange promotes global peace and cultural understanding as well as encouraging leadership, cultural and language skills.

“My dream is for every 17-year old to become a Youth Exchange Student.  If we could achieve this, there would be no more wars.” 

– Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, Rotary International President 2004-2005

YouTube Video of Host Family Experience

ECBR July Social

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Jul 232019
 

Join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Thursday August 1st from 6 to 8pm at Two Blokes Brewing in Mount Pleasant!
Two Blokes is dog and child friendly!

Chucktown Deli food truck will be at Two Blokes from 5 to 8pm
“Chucktown Deli is a New York style deli food truck serving up tasty sandwiches. From their big boy Reuben to the Chucktown Italian… you can’t go wrong. Don’t miss their homemade southern style delicious desserts!”

547 Long Point Road, Suite #101, Mount Pleasant, SC

July 23rd Guest Speaker: Nicole Myles, Founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

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Jul 172019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Nicole Myles, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Nichole Myles is the executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Assuming the role in 2015, she has focused the museum on providing high-quality, play-based museum programming and services for the Charleston area’s youngest citizens through a variety of outlets both on and off the museum’s sites. Under her leadership, the museum has expanded services to create a total reach of over 190,000 children, their caregivers and educators through onsite work, new outreach programming, as well as providing teacher coaching and professional development. Prior to leading the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Myles served as Chief Education and Experience Officer at the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport, Iowa. Throughout her career, encompassing both formal and informal education settings, she has worked in the areas of arts education, STEM, literacy and interdisciplinary curriculum development.

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