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Feb 212018

Saturday March 17th at 9am at Riverfront Park in North Charleston

Copy and paste the link below into your browser to join our 2018 Charleston Walk for Water team: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary.

If you cannot make the event you may also donate on behalf of the team from this link.

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.  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!

Registration fee:
age 5 and under: free
age 6-15: $5
age 16-22: $15
age 23 and older: $20

link to club page:

Charleston Walk for Water site:

Feb 212018

Eat at Chipotle on King Street this Monday the 26th from 5pm to 9pm and mention Rotaract so that the College of Charleston Rotaract Club gets 50% of the proceeds to benefit their charity projects!

Feb 212018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Michael B. Moore, the President and CEO of the International African American Museum, IAAM, as our guest speaker.

Breakfast Catered by Dish and Design.

Michael Boulware Moore was named the president and CEO of the International African American Museum in February 2016 after serving as an IAAM board member for several years. He brings with him over two decades of experience in brand strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

After earning a political science degree from Syracuse University, he received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He went on to Coca-Cola, where he managed the Coca-Cola brand in the US. After several years there, Moore pursued a number of senior roles in consumer packaged goods companies before leading a boutique strategy consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Moore has deep roots in Charleston as the great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls. Smalls was an enslaved African who, in 1862, took command of a Confederate ship in the Charleston Harbor, sailed it past five Confederate forts in the Atlantic Ocean, and then turned it over to Union forces winning his freedom and that of his family and crew. He then became a captain in the Union Army. After the Civil War, he was elected to both houses of the South Carolina Legislature and to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Feb 212018


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – February 27, 2018

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Stephanie Bates

3 Sergeant at Arms of the Day – Karen Waters
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 – James Holland (02/27), Wayne Cassaday (02/28)
• Club Anniversaries – none
• Wedding Anniversaries – none

7 Club Business – Stephanie Bates

  • Please turn in service project volunteer dates to Mike Bloser- update on service team members (
  • Tripp- Update on Speakeasy

8 Speaker – Mr. Michael B. Moore, President/CEO of International African American Museum

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 Next Meeting 03/06/18

Speaker: Taylor Skardon, USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning

Sergeant at Arms: David Schwartz

13 Four way test

14 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Feb 212018

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Sharon Hartley sharon@mcguirecpa.comAs of now, we’re booked through April 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.)

2/27/18 Mr. Michael Boulware Moore, President/CEO of IAAM International African American Museum Karen Waters
03/06/18  Taylor Skardon
USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning David Schwartz
03/13/18 Kaitlyn Hall Roper Rehabilitation Hospital Jim Holland
 03/20/18 Captain Blair Martin Mt. Pleasant Police Charles Duffy
 03/27/2018  Lee Pringle  Charleston Gospel Choir  Mike Weeks


Feb 142018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Sharon Cooper-Murray of the Gullah Heritage of the Lowcountry, as our guest speaker.

Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of South Carolina raised in Florence County. After attending college in Tennessee, she returned to South Carolina and has resided Charleston County, South Carolina. When she arrived on Wadmalaw Island, SC, it was the first time she heard the Gullah language, and she was fascinated by the tone and rhythm of this Creole language. That was the beginning of what has become her life-long passion: the Gullah culture, their stories, folk music, crafts, food ways, religious folkways … their way of life. She has traveled throughout the east coast of the United States as an advocate of the preservation, conservation and development of the culture through workshops, lectures, storytelling, special events and artist in residency programs.

Feb 112018

Dr. Adam Domby

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Adam Domby, an Assistant professor of History at the College of Charleston, as our guest speaker. An expert on Civil War and Reconstruction, he received his PhD and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his BA from Yale University. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Dr. Adam Domby is a historian of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the American South. His research focuses on how southerners fought their neighbors during the American Civil War and examines the legacy of those local fights that civil wars inevitably create. His current book manuscript project centers on the role these conflicts played in three divided southern communities during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Close examination of the social dynamics of these southern communities reveals new insights into why the Confederacy lost, why Reconstruction failed, and the distinctiveness of southern society, culture, and politics.

Jan 302018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Chris Crolley of Coastal Expeditions, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Garden & Gun calls Chris “one of the state’s most knowledgeable naturalists,” and it’s easy to know why. A devoted student of the world around him, you can almost always find him on a Bulls Island trail, exploring a newly found waterway or keenly examining a feather he’s picked up during the day.  For nearly 25 years, Chris has been an integral part of Coastal Expeditions and continues its mission of environmental education and stewardship.  He is the proud father of a 19-year-old son, Graham and 3-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive (Charlie Magazine), Chris works closely with non-profit groups like the Coastal Conservation LeagueLowcountry Land TrustFriends of Coastal South Carolina, and The Nature Conservancy to help facilitate their missions.  If you’re ever on a tour with Chris, you’ll find that he’s one of the lucky ones that found his calling early in life.

Jan 182018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Pat Campbell, charter member of ECBR, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Pat Campbell joined Rotary in 1973 serving in numerous Club & District positions . He is a charter member of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary, serving twice as President and numerous varied committee assignments. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. District duties have included Assistant Governor, twice District Conference chair, Area Polio chair, District Assembly organizer & presenter and has been awarded District Rotarian of the year. He and Wayne Cassaday did a Water Missions trip to Uganda installing solar power filtration units. His involvement in Gift of Life is since our Club’s founding, serving as District Chair from 2001 – 2017. He and his wife Pat have hosted numerous patients and their parent in their home. Being named a Honorary Rotarian of ECBR may be his most heartfelt achievement.

Jan 132018

1. Deadline to donate in memory of George Stocko is the end of the month. This would go towards the foundation.

2. If anyone is interested in being Social Chair, please let Stephanie know.

3. Service Team Leaders.. please report to Mike Bloser on your service projects and volunteer dates.

Jan 092018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jason Sandoval, Drug Enforcement Agent, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.  

Mr. Sandoval received his credentials and badge as a Special Agent (SA) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after completing Basic Agent Academy training.  He has investigated heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and club drug distribution in northern New Mexico. He has also  investigated the most prolific and powerful Mexican drug cartels.  In 2006, he was deployed for over a year to Afghanistan and developed US judicial cases against major drug lords providing financial support to the Taliban.  He transferred to DEA’s office in Istanbul, Turkey where he conducted drug and money laundering investigations of transnational criminal organizations operating in as many as ten countries.

In May 2016, SA Sandoval transferred to the Charleston Resident Office of DEA’s Atlanta Field Division.  He currently leads a law enforcement task force from departments across the low country of South Carolina.  Since arriving in Charleston, Mr. Sandoval, community advocates, and law enforcement partners have founded a grassroots movement entitled “Wake Up: Carolina” which is resolved to end substance abuse in the community. 


Dec 152017

Thank you to those that volunteered last weekend to distribute for Toys for Tots. And thank you Tripp Hoover for coordinating the bike drive that collected 132 bikes this year!

Dec 132017

Written by Prentiss Finlay and reprinted from The Post and Courier

A new Navy destroyer will embody the selfless spirit of its namesake, Charlestonian Ralph Johnson, who leaped on a grenade, absorbing its deadly blast and saving the life of a fellow Marine in Vietnam, the ship’s commander Jason Patterson said.

The legacy of Johnson’s fighting spirit will be an example to the 320-member crew.

“He’s one of our American heroes,” Patterson said Wednesday.

The $697 million ship, the USS Ralph Johnson, will be commissioned in Charleston on March 24, 2018.

Johnson’s sister, Helen Richards, spoke during an event at The Citadel to discuss plans for the event. She was the last person to see Johnson before he left for the service. He was 19 at the time of his death.

“It never gets easy. It’s always like I’m living it over and over,” she said.

Johnson wanted to be a Marine since childhood. He was serious about what he did and always willing to help.

“He would give you his heart,” she said.

Tickets for the commissioning ceremony are available at where donations may be made for expenses associated with the festivities. The fundraiser also aims to establish a scholarship in Johnson’s name for a young African-American from South Carolina who wants to study science and technology at The Citadel.

On March 5, 1968, Pfc. Johnson was a member of a 15-man reconnaissance patrol in an observation post deep behind enemy lines overlooking the Quan Duc Duc Valley. When a grenade landed in a three-man fighting hole, Johnson quickly shouted a warning and hurled himself on the explosive to shield others from the fatal blast. His action prevented the enemy from penetrating the patrol’s perimeter and killing the remaining members of his patrol.

Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart. In 1991, the Charleston VA Medical Center was renamed the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

In 2012, the Navy designated the Ralph Johnson as the name for its 64th Arleigh Burke Destroyer DDG 114. Patterson said the ship was built in Pascagoula, Miss., and will be based in Everett, Wash. It will serve in the western Pacific and potentially the Middle East, he said.

He will instill Johnson’s fighting spirit in the crew.

“It’s a great American story,” he said.

Captain Taylor Skardon, US Navy, (Retired) and Chair of the Navy League Commissioning Committee for this impressive ship is scheduled to speak to the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in March, after registration will have closed.  Taylor is building a database via the website to provide to the Navy.  He anticipates registration will close out by the end of the year to provide time for the Navy to sort the list, prepare and mail the appropriate number of invitations and receive RSVPs for the ceremony.  Also the general admission seating will be on a first come first serve basis.  The longer people wait to register, the lower the opportunity they will have to attend the ceremony since the space available on the pier will not be able to accommodate everyone who registers. Everyone interested in attending the ceremony should sign up now.  This is a very patriotic ceremony which families will enjoy.  There are sponsorships available which guarantees a ticket and other items, but free general admission tickets are also available.

Dec 062017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our fellow Rotarian and good friend, George Stocko, this past Sunday. George was a long time member and our Club’s Foundation Chair. This past June he received the Key Way Award in recognition of his continued support of Rotary Foundation.

George was born February 23, 1946 in Mailes, Germany, son of the late Leonid Stocko and Tamara Buczynska Stocko. He was owner of PPT LLC, a former Mason and an active member of East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club serving as the Club’s Foundation Chairman.

He is survived by his wife, Ursula Stocko of Mt. Pleasant, SC; son, Alexander George Stocko and his wife Josie Taylor Stocko of Atlanta, GA; his sister-in-law, Lieselotte Ableitinger and her husband Helmut Ableitinger of Austria, and sister-in-law Gaby Stocko of Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael Stocko.

Memorials may be made to the Rotary Club Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.

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