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May 202019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Brent Jonas, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Brent is responsible for strengthening relationships with the CRDA’s public and private stakeholders. He works closely in partnership with the President & CEO to cultivate and maintain relationships with both new and existing investors. Brent serves as a conduit between the CRDA and the region’s elected officials and their staffs, representing the CRDA during discussions relevant to the CRDA and our regional economic development mission. Brent also represents the CRDA at key local and statewide events, community meetings, and speaking engagements, and provides professional support to the Leadership Development Committee of the CRDA Board of Directors.

May 082019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jim Lee, Education and Outreach Coordinator, SC Dept. of Natural Resources – Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Jim Lee has been with SCDNR for more than 37 years.   Managing the state’s upper coastal properties during most of that time has allowed him a deep understanding of both the flora and fauna of the region, along with the complex history of our state’s coastal residents.

Jim serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center in Georgetown County and shares the wonders of  the lowcountry with thousands of annual visitors to the property.

May 082019

More details to follow!

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

May 14th and 28th: East Cooper Rotaract bi-monthly meetings

May 11th, 18th, 25th: Boone Hall Market Duck Adoption Table 10-4pm

May 11th: Royal Ace Hardware Duck Adoption Table 10-2pm

May 28th: no meeting; social TBA

June 1st: Charleston Duck Race @5pm

May 082019

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!

May 082019

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


May 082019

The Duck Race will be June 1st. Beneficiaries are Charleston Area Charities and Rotary Club Service Projects. Follow the link below, then click Participating Clubs at the top, then scroll to find East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, there will be a link at the bottom to Adopt a Duck! Duck adoptions are $10 and make sure they choose East Cooper Breakfast as the club and that they fill in your name as the Rotarian to get credit for the adoption.

Tabling at Boone Hall Farms Market Saturday April 27th
31 Ducks were adopted!!!

Follow this link to sign up to table for duck adoptions: Duck Adoption Tables

If you have any questions please contact Caitlin Waddington or Warren Pruit

Apr 142019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Karen Quadrio, Director of Development and Marketing at Charleston Promise Neighborhood, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Karen Quadrio is New Jersey born and raised…she still loves the Garden State, but now calls Charleston her hometown.

Before joining Charleston Promise Neighborhood, Karen had had a very successful career in senior management in consumer products, specifically, toys. She grew businesses from the ground up, thinking strategically and making the big ask, eventually managing $235 million in revenue for one of the largest toy manufacturers in the U.S. Forming her own consulting business in 2007, she worked with international consumer products companies to bring their goods to the U.S. However, Karen has just very recently found her true passion.

In January of 2018, she followed her desire to serve those with far less opportunity in the world of education. In the short time since she joined CPN, she has already had significant impact. Now, as Director of Development and Marketing, Karen is lending her skills to the work of providing to the children of The Neck equitable access to education and opportunities for life success.

Karen and her husband Fred have been together for 40 years and they still make each other laugh. But their cat, Jack, also known as “the Mayor,” entertains them most. Karen’s superpower is that she can keep a secret, but she’s now making sure the great work of Charleston Promise Neighborhood is a secret no more.

Apr 062019

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Luc Alexis Chasleries, President of the Alliance Francaise de Charleston, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Mar 262019

Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday to support Water Missions International in providing safe drinking water!

(left to right) East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Members: Sean O’Connor, Charles Muldrow, Michelle Whitbeck, Joe Shuster, Stephanie Bates Game, and Ellis Gourdin; East Cooper Rotaract Member Rachel Whitbeck; Youth Exchange Student Marie Chiavarino-Bret; East Cooper Rotaract Member Corrie Simmons
East Cooper Rotaract Members Rachel Whitbeck (left) and Corrie Simmons (right)
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.

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