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Mar 192019

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club is joining together with the East Cooper Rotaract and the College of Charleston Rotaract to make a difference. Will you join us?

Every day millions of people have to walk miles and miles just for water. Most of the time, the water they can find is contaminated and makes them sick.  We are excited because Water Mission is changing lives, one community at a time, through their sustainable safe water solutions.

Each dollar raised by this event is going to make an impact through a safe water community development project! We hope you’ll consider supporting our team by making a donation or registering to walk with us. 

Follow the link below to join our team!

Mar 152019

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email

March 22-24: District 7770 All Club Conference, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island, SC link to register:

March 26: Social Week; Location and Time TBD

March 30: Walk for Water 9am-12pm Riverfront Park N. Chs – link to the team site:

Mar 152019

What do you do with your Rotary Magazine’s after you read them..or don’t read them? If you said recycle them, that’s great! We have an even better idea than tossing them in the recycling bin! Bring your old magazines to a weekly meeting and we will black out your address and attach labels with info on the club meeting time and location as well as club contact info. We then ask that you take the newly marked magazine with you and distribute it anywhere that there is a waiting room! Yep, just plop it down on that stack of magazines that you go through when you’re waiting for the dentist, chiropractor, eye doctor… anywhere! If you don’t see any type of doctor or go to any office where there is a waiting room that’s okay, you can leave your magazine at the sign in table and another member will take it for you! This is a great way to get more use out of the Rotary Magazine as well as snag potential new members! Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Mar 152019

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:



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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


Mar 042019

Courageous Kidz Founder/Director, Deborah “Flash” Stephenson was born and raised in East Aurora, New York. Debby moved to Charleston in 1967 and was married for over 40 years to Charles William Stephenson (Charlie). Sadly, Charlie passed away in 2018. Debby has two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Meg, and three stepchildren, Karin, Victoria and Billy. Debby is Gramma to her “perfect” grandchildren, Blake, Katie and Ben, and she is “FLASH” to her extended families who are dealing with the devastating effects of childhood cancer.

Debby was a Realtor for 13 years; earning her Graduate Realtors designation in 1976 along with her broker’s license. She was a Million Dollar producer for eight years and at one time had her own agency with five agents. As State Chairman of the “Make America Better” Committee for the South Carolina Association of Realtors, Debby originated Camp Happy Days as the State project in October of 1982. The first camp was held the following year in 1983. From 1982 to 1984, the camp project won national recognition by the National Association of Realtors.

2005 brought about some changes to the leadership of Happy Days and Special Times. Debby’s husband Charlie was diagnosed with cancer and both she and Charlie had to stay in Boston for over three months while Charlie received life-saving Proton Radiation treatments. Upon their return to Charleston, Debby found that the Board of Happy Days and Special Times had decided to relieve her of her duties. After leaving Happy Days, Debby continued to receive phone calls and emails from families desperate for help. Believing the old adage, “the person who won’t be beat, can’t be beat,” Debby created Courageous Kidz, Inc., A Safe Haven for Kids with Cancer and their Families….giving the Magic of Hope!

Debby “Flash” is unlike anyone you’ll ever meet.  Her unorthodox approach to helping families in crisis and her uncanny ability to problem solve by thinking outside of the box endears her to all of the Courageous Kidz families.  Debby’s infectious enthusiasm mixed with uncanny business savvy keeps the Courageous Kidz Board of Directors motivated to grow and expand their current programs.  It’s this powerful blend of her heart and soul that has enabled Courageous Kidz to thrive even in economic adversity.

Courageous Kidz, Inc. is a non-medical organization that focuses on families devastated by childhood cancer. “The child has the disease, the family has the cancer.” The challenges that present themselves to these families is never-ending with long-term side effects, financial havoc, insurance conflicts, marriage conflicts; the list is endless. The goal of Courageous Kidz, Inc. is to “pick up the pieces”, when life goes awry, restore normality and give the Magic of Hope! Courageous Kidz is a Safe Haven for Kids with Cancer.  We are exceptionally proud that 95.3% of all donations we raise go directly to funding our programs.  Since its inception, and with Debby’s guidance, Courageous Kidz has grown dramatically and serves over 150 children. 

Feb 202019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will host our February Happy Hour Social at Ghost Monkey Brewery on Wednesday the 27th from 5-7pm. Ghost Monkey Brewery is located off Long Point at 522 Wando Ln, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. My Big Fat Greek Trailer food truck will be at the brewery starting at 5; below is a menu. Trivia starts at 6:30!

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Feb 202019

In support of the District 7770 Rotary Service Day concept the East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club will have our yearly Service Day on Monday, March 2nd at St. James Santee elementary school (located between Awendaw and McClellanville). The school principal, LaCarma McMillan, is excited to have us for a day and is looking forward to see how many projects we can get done for the day.

We will have a number of projects going on (painting accent walls in the library, constructing garden boxes for the kids, painting games like hop scotch on sidewalks, landscaping around outdoor class rooms, building / replacing bird boxes on school grounds, resurfacing picnic tables, other projects pending) which will require the full participation of the club.  Please bring your spouse or family member(s) so they all can share in the spirit of Rotary Service Day.   This is our main service project of the year so the expectation is that we have full club participation.  A light lunch will be provided.

Afterwards, we will have an appreciation cookout hosted by the family of Tripp Hoover at 1464 Lieben Road in Mount Pleasant.  This should be on the way home for most people.

Signup sheets will be at the Rotary meeting February 19th and after that you will need to email Mike Bloser.

Feb 122019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Postlewait, CCSD Superintendent, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Gerrita Postlewait became Charleston County’s Superintendent of Schools on July 9, 2015. She brings with her a wealth of experiences as an education practitioner and leader at the district, state, and national levels, and as an executive in the private sector.

She served as Chair of the State Board of Education, as a member of the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators, and as a consultant for several districts, states, and national organizations. As Chief K-12 Officer for a foundation, she helped establish the national Innovation Lab Network and co-founded Transform SC, a state-wide business-education partnership that fosters systemic educational change.

In districts where she has previously served as superintendent, student achievement increased dramatically during her tenure.

Dr. Postlewait’s goal is to work with educators, students, parents, and community partners to dramatically increase the percentage of students who are ready to step successfully and productively in careers, college, and life.

Feb 102019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Matt Sloan, President, DI Development Co. on Cainhoy Plantation, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

In 1992, Matt Sloan was part of the team that created the visionary master plan for Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Formerly a project manager representing the Guggenheim family who previously owned the island, he went on to maintain overall responsibility for development, marketing and sales activities within the community as it developed. In addition to Daniel Island, he is responsible for management and operations of the newly developing community of Carnes Crossroads in Summerville, SC and the 9,000 acre Cainhoy development, the last developable major greenfield site within the city of Charleston. A member of the Urban Land Institute, he earned a Master’s degree at Columbia University School of Architecture and a B.S. in science and engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo. Extremely active in community service, Sloan’s past and current non-profit board service includes the YMCA of Greater Charleston, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, Lowcountry Housing Trust, Porter Gaud School, Junior Achievement, Daniel Island Community Fund, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Roper Saint Francis Foundation and Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative.

Jan 302019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Billie Attaway, President of Read Aloud Technologies, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Billie is a recovering entrepreneur having built and sold several businesses.  He is also a business coach, friend, father, athlete, life time learner and a man of great faith. 

His major purpose is to help and save children.  He focuses on and supports childrens issues through: United Way, Victory Junction Gang camp, Camp Sertoma, Seacoast Church, his own non profit One by one and others.

The past focus of the non-profit was preventing child abandonment and the current focus is education, reading and literacy, improving both in SC, the US and the world.

He currently helps lead or advises three companies: 

Read Aloud Tech an Ed.Tcch firm. 

MMRR a software firm helping Associations and Chambers manage, recruit and retain their members, and

Yellow Card a Fin Tech company providing international money transfers using Bitcoin as the underlying currency.

He also coaches twelve CEO’s in diverse industries between $1mm and $100mm.

He has won the Entrepreneur of the Year award and placing on the Inc. 500 (Fastest growing privately held companies) twice.  He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and a past Rotarian.

Today he is going to talk with us on the problems, inefficiencies in our current education system and some possible solutions to reading and literacy.

Jan 212019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Denise Kish, Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens: Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Denise Kish is an Long Term Care And Assisted Living Licensed Administrator who guides organizations in creating operational cultures of excellence in the long term care industry.  As  the Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens she is leading a team of professionals caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Prior to coming to South Carolina Denise spend 18 years in long term care in New Jersey where she was the Executive Director of Professional and Organization Development focusing on establishing new areas of service and establishing a culture of Person and Family Centered Care at a comprehensive senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health care facility in North Jersey.  She spend over 15 years serving the State of New Jersey in changing cultures in long term care and is a speaker for many associations on senior care.  Denise’s passion is to assemble teams that are passionate about the work they do and the families they care for. 

Jan 082019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Vicki Johnson, Manager at Charleston Fisher House, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Johnson is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. She spent 20 years in the military and served in Desert Storm, 2 years in Afghanistan. She is a member of Lowcountry Women’s Veterans Association and serves on Joint Base Advisory Council. The Charleston Fisher House is the 73rd Fisher House in the United States and the first one built in residential community.  They raised $4M to purchase property.  The neighbors have embraced the Fisher House and the veterans and families that come stay there say that helps them in their recovery.  The building cost $9M in construction costs and the VA helped pay for the building.  It can serve 16 families and since January 2018 over 600 families have been served at Charleston Fisher House.  The house includes a common kitchen, dining, library, and residential suites.  The Charleston Fisher House is the only 3 story Fisher House which is unique because the layout allows all 16 rooms to be handicap accessible.

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