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Jul 252017

Justin Craig, Co-Chair Programs Committee of ECLT

Catherine Main, Executive Director of ECLT

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 Justin Craig and Catherine Main of East Cooper Land Trust as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

The East Cooper Land Trust is a community-supported organization devoted to conserving natural spaces, thus the quality of life for current and future generations. It is a non-profit, non-political organization serving communities between the Cooper and Santee Rivers. One of ECLT’s visions is to create the East Cooper Trail which will connect the East Cooper region with 82 miles of off-road bike and pedestrian trails creating family-friendly routes that connect people to nature, promote exercise and health, and contribute to local tourism revenue.

Jul 252017


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – August 1, 2107

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Stephanie Bates

3 Sargent at Arms of the Day – Kevin Berry
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

6 Announcements – Stephanie Bates
• Birthdays – Charles Muldrow – August 5th
• Club Anniversaries – Michael Eckard ( 1 year) and David Harper (1 year)
• Wedding Anniversaries – none

7 Club Business – Stephanie Bates
• Pickup invoices from Gwin – Stephanie
• Speakeasy Update – Charles/Alison
• Service Team Names and Captains to Mike – Stephanie

8 Speaker – Justin Craig/Catherine Main/Alison Geer: East Cooper Land Trust

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 NEXT MEETING 8/8/17 – Charles Carmody: Charleston Music Hall

13 Next Meeting Sargeant at Arms –  Jeff Pulley

14 Four way test

15 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Jul 252017

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Elmire Raven ravenelmire@yahoo.comAs of now, we’re booked through December 2017.

Upcoming Speakers & Sargent 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.)

8/1/17 Justin Craig/Catherine Main/Alison Geer East Cooper Land Trust Kevin Berry
8/8/17 Charles Carmody Charleston Music Hall Jeff Pulley
8/15/17 Stephanie Kelly ECCO  Will Coffey
8/22/17  Janie Ward Lauve, Exec Direct People Against Rape  Sharon Hartley


Jul 182017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing Communications at Lowcountry Local First, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Lowcountry Local First cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character. Its work includes local economic development, training and support for local business owners, awareness and education efforts aimed at the general public and advocacy for policies that recognize the importance of a strong, diverse local economy. In order to fulfill its mission, Lowcountry Local First organizes most of its efforts under two categories: Good Business and Good Farming.

Jul 182017
Michelle Whitbeck
Mike Oliveto
Jeff Pulley
Jim Holland
Terry Hundley
Sully Witte Recine
David Harper
Bill Martin

Amber Deutsch
Dawes Cooke
Earl Rigler
Mike Bloser
Ted Chestnut
Elmire Raven
Dick Bennington
Mike Weeks
Jill Aiken (e-member)

John Albrecht
Charles Duffy
Westy Westmoreland
Larry Schey
Alison Dailey
Alex Sherry (e-member)
Will Crady
Kevin Berry
Catherine Stuhr

Jack Vax
Brandon Renaud
George Stocko
Sean O’Connor
Tripp Hoover
Warren Pruitt
Stephanie Bates

Dimi Matouchev
Mel Godwin
Luis Yamashita
Karen Bunting
Charles Muldrow
Sharon Hartley
Mark Yodice
Paul Curry

Wayne Cassady
Mary English
Jimmy Hart
Ben Newton
Lawton Hayes
Will Coffey
Michael Eckard
Kimberly Roberts

Jul 112017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Warren Peper and Tyler Davis of Charleston Southern University, as our guest speakers. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Warren Peper has been a well known face around the South Carolina low country since he first showed up at WCSC TV in Charleston in 1974 after graduating from Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University) with a BA in Speech and Drama. To this day he is one of the best known and most well respected sportscasters in the Southeast. He continues to work at WCSC as both head sportscaster and occasional anchor. He is also the recipient of the South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year Award.

Tyler Davis is in his second season as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Charleston Southern University. He manages the department’s development operations, major gifts, and capital gifts. Part of his responsibilities also include providing guidance with donors that contribute to the Buc Club.



Jul 062017

Congratulations to Stephanie Bates for taking on the position of President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club for 2017-2018. Stephanie joined the Club in 2013. However, she grew up with Rotary in her life as her father was a Rotarian for many years.  She went to many meetings with him, rode on the Rotary float in their town parade, and participated with him in fundraisers. Stephanie’s father instilled in the lesson of community, not only are we apart of this world, but it is our duty to give back and make it better. When the time was right in her career and life to give back, she knew what organization she wanted to be apart of.. Rotary International.

Stephanie is a farm girl from the small town of Gleason, Tennessee.  She graduated from Brevard College with a liberal arts degree in Music. She then received an MBA from the Citadel in 2009.

After a career in Banking, Stephanie decided to put her financial and management skills to use in a different type of business. This past year, she joined the ServiceMaster of Charleston team as the Commercial Division Manager. She enjoys helping Lowcountry businesses maintain their offices, hospitals, banks, and hotels for superior appearance for their clients. Through her job, she is a part of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) chapter in Charleston.

She remains active in the community by also serving on the Steering Committee for Women United, Trident United Way, and on the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Council.

Time away from community and work is spent traveling and enjoying food and live music. She loves spending time with her boyfriend, Andy, and their dog, Stono.

Jul 062017

Congratulations to George Stocko for receiving the Key Way Award in recognition for his continued support of the Rotary Foundation.

Jun 202017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have fellow Rotarian George Stocko as our guest speaker talking about the Rotary Foundation and why we should donate to it. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

History of the Rotary Foundation:

How to Donate:

Jun 202017


Mary English received Service Above Self Award.

Brandon Roach received Service Above Self Award.

Michelle Whitbeck received President’s Award.

Outgoing President Mike Bloser hugs incoming President Stephanie Bates as she accepts the “gavel” and takes on her new position for 2017-2018.


Alison Dailey (center) received Rotarian of the Year Award from Past President Mike Bloser and President Stephanie Bates.

2017-2018 East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club Board of Directors (left to right): Immediate Past President Mike Bloser, Club Director Alison Dailey, Club Director Brandon Roach, Treasurer Ted Chestnut, Club Director Will Crady, Secretary Michelle Whitbeck, Club Director James Holland, President Stephanie Bates. Not pictured President-Elect Tripp Hoover, Club Director Kimberly Roberts, Club Director Sharon Hartley.

Jun 132017

L-R: East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President Michael Bloser and Chair of Global Grants Committee Mary English presented a check for $5000 to Lem Walker and Mark Baker of Water Missions International.

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club donated $5000 last week to a special project in Peru organized by Water Missions International.  Nina Rumi is a community in Peru that was the base for a group called Amazon Medical Missions.  Mission groups traveled there to focus on areas on the Amazon river.  The original founders retired and the campus was sold in 2011.  Jerry French, who had previously done work with that mission decided along with others to open a new campus in that same area.  Catch the Vision obtained the land and built the campus with a focus on serving the local community as well.  This water project will serve not only the campus but the 1100 residents of Nina Rumi!  During the initial assessment the water was found to have excessive levels of iron.  Engineers designed a system that would remove the iron to an acceptable level prior to treating.

To date the well has been bored, the well / treatment house / tank tower is close to being completed!  The next steps will be to install the treatment system that was designed.  They should have clean and safe drinking water in June!

Jun 122017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have fellow Rotarian Jack Vax as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Jack will educate us on the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, otherwise known as the CART Fund. The CART Fund provides funds for cutting edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease. CART started in 1996 with Rotarians voluntarily emptying their pockets and purses of change at weekly meetings. Every Tuesday, Jack places blue buckets on each table at our meetings to collect small change for CART.  One hundred percent (100%) of donated funds go to cutting edge Alzheimer’s disease research. As of May 2016, the CART Fund has awarded $5.8 million dollars in 34 grants to recognized US research institutions. All administrative expenses of the Fund are paid from interest earned from invested contributions.

Jun 102017



Speakasy-ECBRC Mark

Saturday October 21, 2017

7-11 p.m.

Sweetgrass Event Center

2125 Highway 17 North
Mount Pleasant, SC

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to live jazz and swing,

a silent auction with themed packages, and a Grand Prize raffle.

Period attire is encouraged so don your “glad rags”!

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

$100 per entry includes food, open bar, and a raffle ticket for Grand Prize.

Sponsorships still available!

Jun 062017

Luiz T. Yamashita, Jr. is a partner with Dunes Commercial Properties, a commercial real estate service and brokerage company.

Luiz was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is married to Susan, who is native to South Carolina. Together they have one son, Thomas, a happy and active little boy.

In the recent years, Luiz also served as the Secretary on the board of Montessori School of Pawleys Island, he joined as a member to the Preservation Society of Charleston, and as a member of Friends of Brookgreen Gardens.

Luiz hobbies are to cook for his family, read about technology and business, play the electric guitar, and watch futebol (Brazilian soccer).

Jun 032017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Philip Smeltzer, Program Administrator of MUSC’s Total Population Health, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Philip Smeltzer is the Program Administrator of Total Population Health and responsible for health improvement activities and strategies for patient populations served by MUSC Health. Over the past 30 years, Philip was a Managing Consultant, Optum where Philip evaluated health promotion and health management programs for Fortune 100 clients. Previous career roles include: Vice President, Health Care Quality Improvement HealthNow NY in upstate New York. Philip was also responsible for the design, development and implementation of the preventive care and wellness programs at Humana. Dr. Smeltzer has also worked as an Associate Director with the Wellness Institute of Buffalo and served as a field product manager for Abbott Diagnostics after serving as a Marine Corps Officer on active duty for five years and the Reserves for 19 years.

Philip obtained his PhD at the University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Science in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.


May 092017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Lieutenant General Colby Broadwater: President of College of the Building Arts as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Lieutenant General Colby M. Broadwater, III, is the third president of the American College of the Building Arts. He became president in April of 2008.

President Broadwater came to the American College of the Building Arts after a 34-year military career in which he garnered numerous accolades. During his tenure, LTG(R) Broadwater has streamlined operations and is leading the College’s efforts to receive accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). He is also credited with reducing the College’s debt load, reorganizing staffing levels and implementing programs that have increased student enrollment, even with the current uncertainty of the economic climate – all without any degradation of ACBA’s education product.

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