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Apr 102019

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April 23rd: East Cooper Rotaract Meeting 5-6pm Grace and Grit

April 23rd: No Meeting This Week.. Social Date and Time TBD

April 26th: District Spring Training, 9-1pm, Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech College

April 26th: Ted Chestnutt Year Ahead Planning Meeting 8-10am

May 4th: Special Olympics Bocce Bash, MUSC Health Stadium DI 9:30am

June 1st: Charleston Duck Race @5pm

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)
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.

Nov 122018 2, 2019 / US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC

Join us for the 12th annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup, Saturday, February 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers can choose between five locations around the forest prior to the event. Please contact Scott Morgan,, to pre-register for a specific location near you. All other volunteers should meet at the US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes. Gloves, bags and vests will be provided. Weather-appropriate outerwear is recommended.

Lunch will be served to all volunteers and staff.


From Georgetown: Take HWY 17 S approximately 33 miles to Steed Creek Road (Road #10-1032)

From Monks Corner: Take HWY 52 to HWY 402 to Huger. Cross over Hwy 41 at the flashing red light and you will be on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is 3 miles on your right.

From Mt. Pleasant/I-526: Take HWY 17. Drive 5.2 miles past the Sewee Visitor Center and turn left on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is approximately 9 miles on the left.

Apr 112018

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President Stephanie Bates presented East Cooper Community Outreach Executive Director Stephanie Kelley with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October.
This years East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit


Apr 112018

On April 21st from 8:30am to 12:30pm, East Cooper Habitat for Humanity is excited to have our Rotary Club volunteers joining them on a variety of projects for a couple of their home builds. We will be meeting them at 409 Sablewood Drive, Huger, SC 29450 at 8:30am. This service project calls for fifteen volunteers, if you are available and would like to participate, email Luiz Yamashita at

Mar 212018

President Stephanie Bates presented My Sister’s House Director of Development and Marketing Tonya Pilkenton with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October. This year’s East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit

Mar 212018

ECBR is proud to join many other Lowcountry Clubs in donating funds to a Global Grant for Puerto Rico with Water Missions. During the month of March, all members are encouraged to donate individually with the club matching up to $1000! Then our club funds go to a district match of 3.5%!!!

For example, you give $100- ECBR matches $100 total of $200 plus district match of 3.5%!!

Contact Stephanie with any questions…

Nov 282017

We need volunteers to meet Tuesday, 12/5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Market Wal-Mart in Mt. Pleasant to help load bikes for the Toys for Tots fundraiser.

Also, our Toys For Tots volunteer event at the Marine Corps. toy factory will be Saturday 12/9 from 9am – 1pm at 7800 Rivers Ave N. Charleston.  We are looking for volunteers to fill 1-2 hour shifts with 2-4 people per shift.  We encourage as many people as possible to sign up, this will be a unique experience in which Rotarians will actually be able to give the bikes we donated to the family that will be receiving it.  You will also be distributing other gifts as registrants come in.

Please email Tripp Hoover,, with the hour time slot that works best for you.

Apr 302017

We have chosen the Veterans of America as our service recipient and have several mini-projects:

  • Homeless Veterans Toiletry Drive.  Please bring any small (single use or sample size) toiletries to Tuesday’s meeting for distribution by the VA Hospital.
  • VA Hospital Visitation rewards far outweigh your time spent. This is an extremely flexible way to give back.  Contact Alison Dailey for details.

Apr 102017

A huge thank you to those that came out Saturday morning to work in the beautiful country for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. The guys worked on trim and roof of a house, while the ladies painted an existing home down the street. Thank you, Dimi Matouchev, for organizing these service projects throughout the year.  It’s not easy to get the volunteers out on a weekend, and we appreciate your passion for this ongoing project.

Mar 092017

Can you imagine carrying all your worldly possessions with you, everywhere you go?  How many toiletries can you really own…are those 16 oz bottles of lotion, shampoo, and mouthwash worth the weight?  And what about clothing…what do you do with that winter coat when its 94 degrees outside?

That is what the homeless deal with everyday.  Their clothing becomes disposable…when it gets too dirty, its thrown away.  And regular size toiletries just aren’t practical.

With that in mind, the Barracuda Service Team is sponsoring a mini-size toiletry drive.  You can help by donating items that you already have:  those toiletries that you take from hotels and airline first class; the small samples from the cosmetic counter that you will never use; toothbrushes from the dentist.  Please donate only new, unused items.  Our team will be collecting these items at our regularly scheduled Tuesday meetings and donating to the homeless.  So clean out those drawers and make a difference..The homeless will appreciate it!

Jan 102017

Friends of Coastal SCECBR Sharon’s Sharks Service Team has chosen as their service project to volunteer at the Music and Oysters for Wildlife event. We will be serving in various roles that day from helping with the auction to steaming and serving oysters. The event is Saturday January 21st at the Sewee Outpost in Awendaw from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM, but it is likely that we will need to be there early and you won’t have to stay the entire time. You are guaranteed to have fun and will help raise funds for education and preservation relating to our coastal environment. You can learn more about the event at the website below. Please let Rotarian Wayne Cassaday know if you are available to volunteer that day and encourage other club members, friends and family to either volunteer or attend this fantastic event!

Music and Oysters for Wildlife 2017

Dec 122016

Thank you to all our volunteers who came out on Saturday to give time to distribute bikes and toys to the children of the Lowcountry!  Thank you to the Marine Corps Reserve for organizing Toys for Tots.

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Nov 222016

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary members put their amazing painting talents to work on November 19th as they gathered to help Habitat for Humanity. It took everybody’s hard work to put the first coat on the outside walls. The Rotarians were rewarded with a beautiful day and the feeling of accomplishment as they helped a family get their first home.

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Nov 142016

Thank you to those that came out Saturday morning to help the Lowcountry Orphan Relief Center set up their carnival for the kids.  We set up tables and chairs, blew up balloons, set up games, and met other great volunteers in the community. A huge thank you to Brandon Roach for organizing the service project!

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Nov 082016

We need your help!

On November 19th the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will partner with the East Cooper Habitat for Humanity to help Lavinia, her daughter Robin, and her two grandkids build their first home.
We will need 15 volunteers to help with the projects on this third home in the Theodore road community. Our team was one of the first to work on this project over a year ago when we first installed the stilt fence around the whole property. Now due in part to our handy work over six separate workdays, two families have a house they can be proud to call home.
Don’t miss your opportunity to help a family in need. The build on this house started in the summer so we will have plenty of interesting tasks for all who come. The weather will be beautiful and your heart will be full after you put in some work for a family in need.
Please join us on November 19th at 8:30 am. The address is 981 Theodore Road, Awendaw, SC.
Let Dimi know you can make it at
Oct 182016

lor_logo3Service Team 6, or otherwise known as Brandon’s Roaches, is planning a service project Saturday November 12th at the Lowcountry Orphan Relief, located at 1850 Truxtun Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405. The organization will be hosting “The Make a Child Happy Day” and we are volunteering to help run some of the games and events for the children. All volunteers must be there by 9AM to help set up.

For those who can volunteer, we need you to complete a volunteer form by Oct. 27th and return it to Brandon Roach at or at Tuesday’s meeting. We emailed it to membership last week, but if you need another, just email Brandon. This will allow for a background check to clear all volunteers for participation. There is an $8 dollar processing fee.

make-a-child-doubleWe are looking forward to being able to help provide a wonderful day for the children and hope we can help the event run as a success.

Aug 302016


East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will volunteer at My Sister’s House Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 12pm.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Clean Teen Room
  • Paint Teen Room (inside and out)
  • organize teen room
  • clean and organize toddler area or dining room

We can come up with one more task if we have time.  We have the paint!

All participants will need to complete a confidentiality form.  If you plan on going, email Elmire at and she will email the form to you.  If you volunteered at the last Service Team project there, she already has your confidentiality form.  Once she has your form, she will email you directions.

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