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Sep 192017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Steve Parker, Jr., CEO and founder of Levelwing, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Levelwing is a leading digital agency committed to fundamentals. Steve co-founded the business in 2002 to help marketers be better marketers in strategy, data and spending. The company has produced record setting and award winning advertising campaigns on the largest of stages – every Super Bowl since 2008, The Olympics, as well as when it matters most; an individual customer need. Some of their clients include Bridgestone, Mercedes-Benz, AOL/Verizon, Lenovo, Gildan USA, Firestone, The United Nations, Amgen, Big Green Egg, Cadillac, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Seacoast Church and The Country of Germany among others.

Sep 192017


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – September 26, 2107

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Stephanie Bates

3 Sergeant at Arms of the Day – Melissa Stabene
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 – Stephanie Bates
• Birthdays – Alex Sherry (9/24), Jack Vax (9/25)
• Club Anniversaries – David and Crystal Harper (9/25) and James and Laurie Ann Hart (9/24)
• Wedding Anniversaries – Amber and Marshall Deutsch (14 yrs)

7 Club Business – Stephanie Bates
• Tickets on Sale for Speakeasy – Stephanie
• Speakeasy Update – Charles/Alison
• Service Team Update – Mike

8 Speaker –Steve Parker: Levelwing

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

13 NEXT MEETING 10/3/17 Speaker: Christine Osborn: Wonderworks

13 Next Meeting Sergeant at Arms –  Luiz Yamashita

14 Four way test

15 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Sep 192017

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Elmire Raven ravenelmire@yahoo.comAs of now, we’re booked through January 2018.

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.)

9/26/17 Steve Parker, Jr.  Levelwing Melissa Stabene
10/3/17 Christine Osborne Wonderworks Luiz Yamashita
10/10/17  Tosha Conners My Sister’s House Westy Westmoreland
10/17/17 Speakeasy Meeting


Sep 122017

Severe rainfall after Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast has caused historic flooding in that area, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane.

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will be donating $2500 to Rotary District 5910 in Beaumont, TX. We are asking our membership and friends to match the donation. Checks may be payable to East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club and mailed to PO Box 1876 Mount Pleasant, SC 29465.


Additional Disaster Relief Efforts from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Texas and Louisiana are just beginning what we know will be a long road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey.  Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, and along the Atlantic coastline.  While the District avoided the direct impact as originally thought, SC Counties Jasper, Beaufort, and Colleton were evacuated.  There were also impacts from wind and rain as a result of being in the right quadrant of the storm.  While we do not know the full impacts of the storm within our District, we do know that many Rotarians, families, and friends have been impacted by the storm.  When disaster strikes, Rotarians reach out and ask how they can help.

To that end, I have re-established the District’s Disaster Fund at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, number 474 (a 501 c 3 instrument) and our partnership with the Salvation Army.  This will allow Rotarians and our friends to respond to the immediate needs and support of those impacted, as we had done during Hurricane Matthew.  Financial donations can be made by sending checks to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry at 4 Northridge Drive, Suite A, and PO Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925.  Please indicate Rotary Fund # 474 in the memo area of the checks.  A donor can use a credit card by using the Community Foundation’s website,, then click on Donate Now in the top right corner. In the Select Fund field, select or type in “Rotary District 7770 Disaster Fund” then proceed with requested information. Using this mechanism will allow us to speed up the delivery of our aid to those impacted.

Rotary International has also set up procedures to help within both hurricane disaster areas as well.  Leaders in North America have responded by making two Donor Advised Funds under The Rotary Foundation available to accept contributions for hurricane relief: The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief DAF was established to assist communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The Hurricane Emergency Relief DAF is accepting contributions for Hurricane Irma disaster recovery.

If you would like to help through one of these instruments, please go to the following link: You can contribute online with a credit card or follow the instructions for contributions by check or wire transfer. You will need to provide the specific name of the Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund and the account number.
Enter: The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief DAF, Account Number 608
OR: Hurricane Emergency Relief DAF, Account Number 296

Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary Friends.  If you have any questions about either of these procedures, contact DGE David Tirard (, District 7770 Disaster Relief focal point or


Gary Bradham
District Governor 2017-18

Aug 292017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Mount Pleasant Mayorial Candidates Linda Page and Will Haynie as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Page was first elected as Mayor in 2013 after serving a 4 year term on Town Council. She is the Owner and Operator of Page’s Thieves Market that her parents founded in 1959. She is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent, Antique & Property Appraiser.

In addition to her political service she is the past President and Hall of Fame member of the South Carolina Auctioneer Association, Transportation Committee Chair, Police, Legal, Judicial Committee Chair, President of the South Carolina Association of Mayors, Executive Committee member of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Government, Charleston Regional Development Authority, Charleston County Aviation Authority, Patriots Point Development Authority, Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and the Mount Pleasant Waterworks.

Town Council Member Will Haynie was elected to Council in November 2015. He chairs the Public Services Committee. He also serves on the Economic Development, Recreation, and Transportation Committees. He is a CARTA Board Member.

Council Member Haynie graduated from The Citadel in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration.  In his professional life, Council Member Haynie has been CEO of several non-profits, including the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.  Council Member Haynie currently owns his own media/marketing/PR advisory firm located in Mount Pleasant.

Aug 292017

Congratulations to fellow Rotarian, Dawes Cooke, for being selected as 2018 Charleston SC Best Lawyers Mediation Lawyer of the Year! Dawes is an attorney for Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms LLC.

Aug 292017

Congratulations to Sean O’Conner for earning his Rotary Blue Badge! Sean is a partner with Finkel Law Firm, located in North Charleston.  He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio who moved to South Carolina in 1994 and to Charleston in 2000.  Sean received his law degree from the USC School of Law in 2000, graduating cum laude. Prior to law school, Sean earned bachelor degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University and worked for several years in sales and marketing, first in minor league professional baseball and later in the steel industry.  His law practice primarily focuses on HOA / POA / Condominium law, general civil litigation, and disputes regarding real property, contracts and businesses.  He is a member of the SC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, the Community Association Law Committee of the SC Bar, the West Ashley / James Island Business Association and is the Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County, having served on the Board since 2013.  In his free time, Sean plays law league softball, plays adult recreation hockey at Charleston Ice Palace, enjoys current events, politics and history, and loves to follow the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals and his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. He is single and lives in West Ashley.

Aug 292017



Speakasy-ECBRC Mark

Sponsored by Louis and Grace DeWolff Foundation

Saturday October 21, 2017   .   7-11 p.m.

Sweetgrass Event Center 2125 Highway 17 N. Mount Pleasant, SC

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun and a chance to win Seven Day, Six Night Stay in a two BR cottage at Firefly Sunset Resort in Hope Town ~ Abaco, Bahamas or $2000 cash!


$100 entry includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing DJ music with the Charleston Swing Dance Association, games, silent auction with themed packages, and raffle ticket for chance to win grand prize trip! Guests must be present to win.

Period attire encouraged so don your “glad rags”! Open only to ages 21 and up.

Proceeds benefit East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and Rotary Charities.

Sponsorships still available!

Aug 152017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated $5000 to Water Missions International last June to help them complete the Nina Rumi water project in Peru.   Our name is on the thank you poster at the site!  Below are some pictures of the project.


Aug 152017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Janie Ward Lauve, Executive Director of People Against Rape, as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

People Against Rape (PAR) is a sexual assault advocacy program offering free support and services for survivors of sexual assault in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties of South Carolina.  PAR was founded in 1974.  In September 1975, they became one of the first rape crisis centers in South Carolina.


Aug 152017

Any potential Speakeasy Sponsors wishing to get the most bang for their buck should confirm sponsorship by August 22nd. All sponsorship applications received by this date will be printed on the posters and Save the Date cards which will be distributed throughout East Cooper to promote the event. If you or someone you know would like to take advantage of this opportunity and support the worthy cause, please contact Ted Chestnut.

Aug 092017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club is proud to have several members whose firms participated in the design and construction for the new town hall.  Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects was the Architect of Record, leading a team of local consultants who included Paul Curry, PE of Curry Engineers for structural engineering and Mike Weeks, PE of DWG Consulting Engineers for MEP Engineering.  Additionally, Charles Duffy of Division Five Inc won the contract to provide the steel structure for the building.

Entire article in Charleston Regional Business Journal:

Aug 082017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Stephanie Kelley, Executive Director of East Cooper Community Outreach, as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

A long-time ECCO volunteer and former Board member, Kelley has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education, demonstrated success in organizational leadership, a strong portfolio of consulting projects, and a lifelong dedication to community service.

Aug 032017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Charles Carmody, Director of the Charleston Music Hall, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Charles Carmody was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He currently is the Director of The Charleston Music Hall; a position he has held since 2012.  The Charleston Music Hall is a 935 seat venue that holds over 200 events per year.  Charles also created a promotions company, Murias Entertainment, in 2014 to put on smaller events throughout Charleston.  He also co-manages the band SUSTO and works with several other artists with The Art Counsel (a locally based artist management company).  His mission is to make Charleston the greatest music city in the world.


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