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Dec 052018
 

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email gourdin.ellis@gmail.com

February 2: Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup 9am-12pm http://www.ecbrotary.org/francis-marion-national-forest-cleanup/

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

Nov 262018
 

Our annual holiday party will be held Friday November 30th from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Planter’s Pointe Clubhouse. Food and drinks provided. Catering by Top Shelf Catering. Bring guests! Adults only. Festive attire. Drop in or stay awhile! Happy Holidays from ECBR!

Nov 122018
 

https://www.palmettopride.org/event/francis-marion-national-forest-cleanup/February 2, 2019 / US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC

Join us for the 12th annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup, Saturday, February 2nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers can choose between five locations around the forest prior to the event. Please contact Scott Morgan, smorgan@palmettopride.org, to pre-register for a specific location near you. All other volunteers should meet at the US Forest Service Office, 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and sturdy shoes. Gloves, bags and vests will be provided. Weather-appropriate outerwear is recommended.

Lunch will be served to all volunteers and staff.

Directions

From Georgetown: Take HWY 17 S approximately 33 miles to Steed Creek Road (Road #10-1032)

From Monks Corner: Take HWY 52 to HWY 402 to Huger. Cross over Hwy 41 at the flashing red light and you will be on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is 3 miles on your right.

From Mt. Pleasant/I-526: Take HWY 17. Drive 5.2 miles past the Sewee Visitor Center and turn left on Steed Creek Road. Forest Service Center is approximately 9 miles on the left.

Nov 082018
 

Students interested in being a Youth Exchange Student must turn in the 1 page preliminary application As Soon As Possible to be considered for next year!!

Preliminary Application Long Term Exchange

Youth Exchange Scholarship Flyer

Long Term Exchange Overview

If you’re interested in the Youth Exchange Program, below is a link to an info sheet for host families:

Host_Family_Info_Sheet_2019-2020

 

Oct 112018
 

Saturday, October 20th 7:30-10am, 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 along side Rotarians as escort and shoe shopping assistants. This event is always a rewarding day, full of fellowship and fun.

Please sign up to help with the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e44afae2b0-happy1

Look forward to seeing you there!

Sep 252018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Eric DeMoura, Town Administrator, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Mr. DeMoura was appointed to the position of town administrator in October 2010. He currently manages nine departments, 700 employees, and a $158 million annual budget for the fourth largest municipality in South Carolina. Mr. DeMoura has received the Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. Prior to his appointment as town administrator, Mr. DeMoura served as deputy town administrator for four years.

Prior to joining the Town of Mount Pleasant, Mr. DeMoura held the position of deputy mayor in Taunton, Massachusetts, where he assisted the mayor in the management of 30 city departments and a $130 million budget. As chief advisor to the mayor, he lobbied state and federal governments to secure funding and improve education and aging infrastructure. Reforming budget processes, purchasing procedures, and personnel policies defined the quality of his position in Taunton.

Additional experience included the position of County Manager of Caswell County, North Carolina, where Mr. DeMoura began his public service. Highlights included the management of 23 county departments, 250 employees, and a $20 million budget.

Mr. DeMoura is a graduate of Clemson University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration. He also holds a County Administration Certification from the University of North Carolina.

Mr. DeMoura is past president of the South Carolina City and County Management Association. He is a member of the International City / County Management Association and the South Carolina City and County Management Association.

Sep 182018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Brian Rowe, Managing Director of Pure Theatre, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Brian Rowe is now entering his third season as Managing Director at PURE Theatre, a professional theatre company dedicated to presenting in the Lowcountry award-winning professional theatre that enlivens thought, ignites dialogue, and expands consciousness.  Prior to joining PURE, Brian served as a development officer and fundraising consultant for numerous non-profit organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region.  Brian holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston (WV). He currently lives in West Ashley with his wife, Megan, and Sage, the best cat in the whole wide world.

Sep 042018
 

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
Sep 042018
 

September Luncheon Speaker: Rob Fowler

GUEST SPEAKER ROB FOWLER, CHANNEL 2’S CHIEF STORM TEAM METEOROLOGIST

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

12:00-1:30; Networking 11:30-12:00

Register Here: https://www.mountpleasantchamber.org/events#!event/2018/9/20/monthly-luncheon

Business & Community Expo September 27th 1-6pm FREE

  • Over 100 exhibitors, puppies, cars and boats there is something for everyone at the Mount Pleasant Business and Community Expo on September 27
  • More than 20 door prizes
  • Live broadcast featuring Channel 2’s Rob Fowler and Josh Marthers
  • Happy Hour sponsored by Fill Piano Bar and live music by Saluda Shoals

**Win a Two Year Lease on an Award Winning 2019 Subaru Crosstrek from CREWS Subaru of Charleston

Support your favorite participating local charity by purchasing a chance to win a Subaru Crosstrek. Color of the automobile may be chosen by the winner. Crews Subaru will cover taxes and fees, and include 2 year standard maintenance on the vehicle. Choose the quantity of tickets that you would like and make sure to tag the Charity of your choice at checkout.

Upon your purchase you will receive a confirmation email and be automatically entered into the drawing. No limit on purchases or entries. Winner will be announced at the Expo.

Buy Tickets Here: https://www.mountpleasantchamber.org/giveaway#!event/2018/9/26/mpcc-business-community-expo-2018-crews-subaru-two-year-lease-giveaway-to-support-charity

Sep 042018
 

Did you miss the Rotary Global Rewards webinar? 
On 16 August, we presented a webinar on Rotary Global Rewards. The webinar explains how you can use the program on your desktop and on the Rotary Global Rewards app. We also show you the most popular offers on the program and how you can take advantage of them. Finally, you’ll learn how you can post your own offer to Rotary Global Rewards and promote the program to fellow Rotarians.

https://vimeo.com/285328510

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Ship with FedEx
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Save on movie tickets
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Aug 292018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have our president Tripp Hoover and our secretary and fundraising chair Sean O’Connor, speak to the club about our upcoming annual fundraiser. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

http://eastcooperspeakeasy.com/

Join us for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-era fun. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing music, games, a silent auction with themed packages.

~ $100 entry includes food, open bar, and raffle ticket ~

Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive an extra turn playing one of the games and increase your chances to win great prizes!

Open only to 21+

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, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

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!

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 ecbrotaryclub@gmail.com or visit ecbrotary.org.

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