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Aug 142018

Saturday, October 20th, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will partner with the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant to provide free shoes to deserving school students in the East Cooper area. The Mount Pleasant Target Store will provide the venue and children will be given the opportunity to select and receive a new pair of shoes and socks. The event is also an opportunity for the Wando High School Interact Club, College of Charleston Roteract Club, and Rotary Youth Exchange Students to participate as escort and shoe shopping assistants. This event is always a rewarding day, full of fellowship and fun.

Aug 142018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 21th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Alejandra Robinson, our 2018-2019 Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Alejandra Robinson, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Aug 142018

More info to follow!

September 21: Rotary District Fall Seminar 9am-4pm (registration 8:15)

October 20: Happy Feet at the Mount Pleasant Target

October 24: World Polio Day

March 2: ROCS- Rotarians Offering Community Service, District wide weekend of community service, 100% club attendance desired

March 22-24: District Conference, Hilton Head Island, SC

Aug 142018

Meeting-SpeakerDo you know an interesting speaker? Submit the information to Joe Shuster at  

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.)

08/21/2018 Alejandra Robinson Outbound Student Presentation Wayne Cassaday
08/28/2018 4th Tuesday NO MEETING Social August 29th
09/04/2018 Sean and Tripp Speakeasy Meeting Warren Pruitt
09/11/2018 Matt Sloan President, DI Development Co. on Cainhoy Plantation Jeff Pulley
Aug 142018

Rotary District Fall Seminar will be held September 21st

Location: Seacoast Baptist Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Start time: 9:00 am (registration begins 8:15 am)

Finish time: 4:00 pm

Attire: business casual

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

Lunch is included

Registration is available on the district database calendar

Seminars (2 sessions before lunch and 2 sessions after lunch, 5-tracks):

Foundation – 4 separate sessions

  • Grants Management / MOU (requires two from the clubs to qualify for next year’s district grant)
  • End Polio Now / Global Grants
  • Major Gifts / Paul Harris Society
  • Giving and Reports

Membership – all day seminar with 4 parts

Public Image – 2-part seminar in the morning

Youth Programs – 2-part seminar in the afternoon

Hands-on Workshops (bring your laptops and participate)

  • Rotary Club Central
  • District Database
  • Club Secretaries
Aug 142018

Our club’s 2018-2019 Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Marie, arrived last week from France! Marie will be turning 17 on August 20th and she will be attending Wando High School. At our club meeting last week, Marie gave us a flag from her Rotary club in France and received our flag. If you see her at a meeting please introduce yourself! Marie loves meeting new people and traveling to new places. She is very active, enjoys shopping, and loves to cook. In France, Marie studies economics and wants to work in international relations. Marie enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball and she is about to have the best year of her life!

Welcome Marie!

Aug 142018


East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club  – August 21, 2018

1 Call to Order @ 7:40

2 Welcome – Tripp Hoover

3 Sergeant at Arms of the Day – Wayne Cassaday
a) Pledge of Allegiance
b) Welcome visitors and guests
c) Thought for the day
d) Trivia

4 Cart Fund – Jack Vax

5 Happy Dollars – Catherine Stuhr

6 Announcements – Tripp Hoover

• Birthdays – Marie Chiavarino-Bret (08/20), Warren Pruitt (08/28)
• Club Anniversaries – none
• Wedding Anniversaries – none

7 Club Business – Tripp Hoover

  • Speakeasy Update
  • Happy Feet Oct 20
  • Global Ambassadorial Scholar
  • Westover Community Garden Project Meeting Tonight 6pm

8 Speaker : Alejandra Robinson, Outbound Exchange Student 2018-2019

9 Literacy Book Signing

10 Drawing

11 Thanks to Visitors and Guests

12 Next Meeting: 09/04/2018 (NO MEETING NEXT WEEK)

• Speaker: Tripp and Sean, Speakeasy Meeting
• Sergeant at Arms: Warren Pruitt

13 Four way test

14 Adjourn meeting at 8:30

Aug 082018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 24th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have David Tirard, District Governor, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

David Tirard joined the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island in 2003. He is a Ten Star Rotarian and holds the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He was elected President in 2011, and he led the club to Large Club of the Year recognition at the District Conference in March 2012. At District level he has served on the Grants Committee since 2010, served as Paul Harris Society Chair since 2013 and as an Assistant Governor from the same year. He holds two Foundation District Service awards, a Distinguished District Service award, and was recognized as District Rotarian of the Year in 2014. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member and Bequest Society member. David is British by birth, and enjoyed a thirty-three year career with Barclays Bank Plc. Most of his career was spent in the UK, but a tour of duty in Zambia as a bank auditor really opened his eyes to the poverty suffered in a third-world country. (This experience helps fuel his passion for the Rotary Foundation). Upon retirement he came to the United States in 2001, where he met his wife Susan. They moved to Bluffton SC in 2002. She is also a Rotarian, and they enjoy two children and eight grand-children in the USA, and two children and three grand-children in the UK. In the little time they have outside Rotary, they enjoy cooking, gardening and looking after the three Golden Retrievers they have rescued.

Aug 012018



The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We will be hearing from our club President Tripp Hoover on the 2018 Rotary International Convention that was held in Toronto in June. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Jul 172018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Alan Berger, Executive Director of Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

In 2017 Alan Berger joined Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Charleston, SC as its Executive Director.  Pet Helpers is a nonprofit organization that was started in 1978 as the first NO-KILL animal shelter in the Lowcountry. It operates an animal shelter and adoption center, a spay/neuter clinic, a low cost vaccine clinic, and a humane education program.  It has grown to twenty five employees and an annual budget of $2 million.

Before joining Pet Helpers, Alan, with his wife, Leslie Armstrong, owned and operated several small businesses.  Most recent was Nana’s Donuts, a gourmet donut shop in Charleston producing organic, vegan donuts in a small batch processing environment.  Prior to Nana’s, they operated two small businesses in Asheville, NC.  For five years they owned an independent video rental store that focused on foreign, independent, art house, LGBT, documentary, and animal advocacy films.  In 2011with their partner and chef, Jason Sellers, they opened PLANT, a small upscale and highly acclaimed restaurant with a sophisticated, innovative, and totally vegan menu.

Earlier in his career, Alan Berger served for nine years as the Executive Director/CEO of the Animal Protection Institute (now Born Free USA) in Sacramento, CA.  He moved to Charleston, SC and joined the John Ancrum SPCA (now the Charleston Animal Society) in 2004 as its Executive Director.

Alan had been an Executive Director or Board member for nonprofit organizations in the fields of nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, domestic violence/sexual abuse, child abuse, blindness, AIDS, teenage employment, and homelessness.  Alan is an MBA/CPA and completed the ABD stage of a Ph.D. program in business management.

Jul 172018

Join us Thursday August 2nd for Happy Hour at Saltwater Cowboy on Shem Creek from 5-7pm!

130 Mill Street Mt. Pleasant 29464

Jul 112018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Arnold Hite, Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business at Charleston Southern University, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Dr. Arnold Hite is a professor of economics in the College of Business at Charleston Southern University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Clemson University and a PhD in economics from Texas A&M University.

Before arriving at Charleston Southern, he served on the faculty at Clemson, Texas A&M and The Citadel. While at Charleston Southern he has served in several administrative positions including director of the Center for Economic Education, director of a special program in environmental management, department chair and dean.

Dr. Hite’s teaching interests include macroeconomic theory, international trade, the history of economic thought and price theory.  His current research interest includes income inequality measures and economic forecast assessment.

Jul 102018

The International Rotary Club’s theme this past year was “Make A Difference.” And, the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club took that theme and put it into action with numerous community service activities, The Club, which consists of 50 members, raised $32,000 at its 2nd Annual East Cooper Speakeasy fundraiser; donated and delivered 73 books to the Mary Ford Elementary School for its Literacy Program; volunteered for East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals On Wheels, and East Cooper Community Outreach;  participated in a Global Grant project with Water Missions International; joined forces with the Galveston Rotary Clubs to provide funds for the devastation in Houston after Hurricane Irma; participated in Happy Feet with the Mt. Pleasant Lunch Club to provide shoes to 212 children in the Lowcountry; and volunteered at Toys for Tots where the Club donated 132 bikes to Lowcountry children.

The Club recently started a 30 under 30 program where membership dues are prorated for young professionals; and became a member of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce to increase its presence in the community.

For information on how to join the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, please email or visit


Jul 102018
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Speaker:  Joseph P. Riley Jr., Former Mayor of the City of Charleston
Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant
Networking 11:30-12:00
Register here:
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club members who attend on behalf of our Club
will be reimbursed for the registration fee. Please wear your Rotary Pin!
Jul 022018

Welcome to The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club located in Mount Pleasant SC.  We are Rotarians, and as Rotarians, We are People of Action. Service above self is the resounding theme in our club and within our members. I encourage you to look around our site to learn more about our service and social events. Our Annual Fundraiser, East Cooper Speakeasy, is one you will not want to miss.  Our club specifically has helped international projects such as Polio Plus, Water Mission International, and CART- Alzheimer’s Research. Locally, we have partnered with other organizations, such as East Cooper Community Outreach, My Sister’s House, and East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, to help make a difference here at home.

Our theme in this Rotary year is Be the Inspiration. Throughout my years in Rotary, I have seen that what truly motivates Rotarians is their work. The Rotarians who have the biggest impact through their service aren’t always the women and men with the greatest resources, the most experience, or the largest networks. They’re the ones who are inspired. Whether it was something they did, something they saw, or someone they met, they’ve all had experiences that lit them on fire—and inspired them to serve.  This year, I ask Rotarian’s and the community we serve to not only seek that inspiration within yourselves, but to Be the Inspiration for others.  I hope to do this personally by leading with passion, leading by example—and leading Rotary to a future even stronger than its present.

If you would like to be a part of this, please reach out with any questions regarding membership and come visit us at our weekly meeting on Tuesday’s, 7:30am at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.

Yours in Rotary,

Tripp Hoover
President, 2018-2019
East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club

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