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Nov 212017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Chris Staubes of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Chris Staubes is the owner of the Staubes Law Firm and the Harbor Group business brokerage.  As founder and President of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce (, formerly the Mount Pleasant Business Association, his leadership has led to a tripling of the organization’s membership, expanded charitable giving, implemented a business education series known as Food For Thought, and created the Town Anchors program.

In 2014, Chris was elected to the Charleston County School Board, where he served as Vice Chairman. Chris also sits on the Executive Board for the Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2012, Chris participated in The Riley Institute® at Furman University, and was named a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. Chris was General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce from 2000 – 2003. He is a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Charleston.

In 2001, Chris was named to the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 for his public and community service. Chris has an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2010 in the field of Corporate Law.

Chris is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, and resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Tanya and their three children.


Nov 212017

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.  Location to be determined.  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.

Nov 212017


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – November 14, 2107

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Stephanie Bates

3 Sergeant at Arms of the Day – Sean O’Conner
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 – none
• Club Anniversaries – Sean O’Conner (1 yr) and Karen Waters (3 yrs)
• Wedding Anniversaries – none

7 Club Business – Stephanie Bates
• Second Reading to prospective member Grace Lacey – Stephanie
• Service Team Update – Mike Bloser
• Christmas Social Dec. 1st – Sully Recine

8 Speaker –Chris Staubes: Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 NEXT MEETING 12/5/17 Speaker: Toys for Tots Bike Drive

13 Next Meeting Sergeant at Arms –  Dick Bennington

14 Four way test

15 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Nov 212017

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.)

11/28/17  Chris Staubes  Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Sean O’Conner
12/5/17  Toys for Tots  Dick Bennington
12/12/17  Darren Felty Mt. Pleasant Dean of Trident Tech   Larry Schey
 12/19/17  Christmas Program  Terry Hundley


Nov 202017

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club is pleased to announce that it raised $32,000 from the 2nd Annual Speakeasy… Prohibition with a Cause! The funds will be donated to Rotary charities, My Sister’s House, and East Cooper Community Outreach. This year’s event took place on Saturday, Oct. 21st at the Sweetgrass Event Center in Mount Pleasant. Tripp Hoover was the winner of the raffle drawing in which he opted to receive the $2000 cash reward. Many flappers and gangstas donned their Zoot suits and pearls to dance the night with the Charleston Swing Dance Association. Games, auction items, and the grand prize raffle of a trip to the Firefly Sunset Resort in Abacos, Bahamas all played roles in raising the funds for charity. Thank you to all who attended, volunteers, and our charity partners for making this event such a success!


Nov 102017

As of November 10th, 2017, the Super East Coopers (Jill Aiken, Dick Bennington, Mike Bloser, Ted Chestnut, Dawes Cooke, Amber Deutsch, Earl Rigler, Mike Weeks) lead the Service Team challenge with 30 points while 3 teams have 20 points.   Each week the latest results will be published in the newsletter.   End of year winners will be treated to an social outing to celebrate all of the great service projects that were supported during the year.

Let’s start working on those club service projects to help support our community.  By performing service work or by bringing in new members adds points to your team’s total.   The point in the Service Team Challenge is to have more club engagement with our projects and bring in a little health competition.

On Tuesday, November 14th, the club will sit by service teams during the club assembly.   Each team will be given the opportunity to discuss future service projects.

Rules for Service Team Challenge:


–       1 completed project is worth 100 points.   Project has to be initiated by service team.

–       Each member who attends a service project is worth 10 points.

–       If the entire team attends project, it is worth another 20 points.

–       If a member attends another team’s project, it is worth 5 points to the member and to the host team.

–       Habitat for Humanity, Happy Feet, and Toys for Tots do not count as team projects; however, members attending each event is worth 10 points.

–       Projects should be at 3 hours in duration and members should attend for entire time to get points.

–       Mike Bloser (Service Team Chair) will collect points for service related projects.


–       1 new member is 100 points to the team of the sponsor.

–       Each member who attends a qualifying membership event (Mount Pleasant Business Expo, Summer Soiree) gets 10 points.

–       Members who transfer from another club into the ECRB club do not count.

–       New members who do not have initial sponsors and have the club president sponsor do not count.

–       Applies to all new members who come their first meeting as of 7/1/2017.

–       Members who have 100% club meeting attendance at the end of the year get 10 points.

–       Mike Bloser will collected points for membership portion of team challenge.

Nov 012017


Thank you, Elmire Raven, for your service to our Rotary Club and our community for the past 17 years! You served in so many capacities including past president, PR co-chair for events, and beneficiary liaison, to name a few. We’re going to miss you at our weekly meetings but look forward to hearing all about your retirement fun when you come to our social events! You are proud to officially name you as an Honorary Member of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club!

Nov 012017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Ken Garber of Water Mission as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Ken and his wife, Kelli, and their teenage son, Chase, are originally from the Washington, D.C. area. They moved to the Lowcountry in 2015 and reside in Mount Pleasant. Kelli is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with MUSC’s Teleheath Program, and Chase is a slightly-disgruntled freshman at the College of Charleston who wants to pursue a career in the marine science field.

Ken is a former youth pastor, journalist and marketing executive who started working in the non-profit world in 2013. His heart is in working for those who need help getting on track toward a better life.

He joined Water Mission in May of this year as a Donor Stewardship Manager. His hope is to be a part of the team that celebrates the end of the global water crisis.


Oct 272017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Rotary District 7770 Governor Gary Bradham as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Gary Bradham, a member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary club, has led our Membership Committee from 2012-Present, was instrumental in developing our district’s well recognized “e-member” classification, and served his club as President and Foundation Chair.  He is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and was honored by his club as Rotarian of the Year for 2013.  He was the recipient of RI’s Club Builder Award in 2012-13 and received the Districts Outstanding Service Award in 2012-13 and the District’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013-14.  He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, the Bequest Society, is a benefactor and a Sustaining member.

Oct 242017

Photographer Reese Moore took some great pictures of our Speakeasy event. To view the photos use the link below.

To download enter Pin# 5671.

Oct 242017

Rotarian Tripp Hoover had the winning chip number making him the Grand Prize Raffle winner at the East Cooper Speakeasy. Tripp and his wife, Kristy, opted to take the $2000 cash over the Firefly Sunset Resort trip. The Firefly Sunset Resort along with 4 one-way Southwest airline tickets were auctioned off for $1700, increasing the fundraising amount for the beneficiaries of the event. East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and Rotary Charities were the beneficiaries.

Oct 102017

Happy Feet Project – Saturday Oct 21, 7:30-10:00am @ Target

Join us for our Annual Club Service Project of providing shoes to needy children in the East Cooper community. This will be our 11th year of “partnering in service” with the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Lunch Club. We need at least 5 more members to represent our club!

Oct 102017

Sorry to say that the social planned for Tuesday Oct. 17th at The Crescent Olive has been canceled due to low number of interest. Members were asked to RSVP and the shop needed at least 10 people to confirm.  Thank you to Sully Recine for taking her time to organize.

Oct 102017

October 21st is right around the corner, so please make sure to purchase your Speakeasy tickets
online at Each member is required to purchase/sell 4 tickets unless you have purchased a sponsorship. Please invite your friends, coworkers, and neighbors to this great event. There is a spot online for someone to notate which Rotary member, so you will get credit for your ticket sales.  The list of who has purchased and has not purchased will be available on Tuesday at the meeting. If tickets are not purchased prior to event, members will be invoiced afterwards. Please go ahead and purchase now!!
See you Tuesday!!

Yours In Rotary,

Oct 032017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Samantha Morris, Outreach Coordinator of My Sister’s House, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Sam Morris is the Outreach Coordinator at My Sister’s House, Inc. a domestic violence program in South Carolina serving Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Limestone College in 2012. During her study at Limestone she completed a 400 hour internship with My Sister’s House, Inc. Upon completion of her internship, she was offered a part time position as night and weekend staff. A month later, Sam applied for a full time position with the organization as the Client Services Coordinator/Case Manager (CSC). Sam worked for over 2.5 years as the CSC, juggling the largest case load in the shelter. In addition to case management, Sam provided individual and group counseling and referral services for adult clients, provided intake, crisis intervention, and advocacy to clients, and developed a support services program within the organization. Sam then advanced to her next and current position as the Outreach Coordinator. As the Outreach Coordinator/Case Manager, Sam is responsible for providing group counseling and referral services for victims of domestic violence both in and out of shelter, she provides  emergency individual counseling sessions as needed and  has  case management responsibilities for sheltered victims, while still conducting intakes and crisis intervention services to callers and clients. Sam also spends a great deal of her time spreading awareness in the community about domestic violence and is always seeking new opportunities and audiences.  Sam was awarded the My Sister’s House, Inc. Full-Time Employee of the year for 2015.

Oct 032017

New Members…come get all your questions answered! Pick up your membership booklet and find out how to be apart of ECBR!

Current Members…come share ideas and thoughts on ECBR

Drop In Friday October 13th from 7:30 am to 9:00am
Collective Coffee
766 S Shelmore Blvd
Mount Pleasant, SC

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