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Apr 102019

More details to follow!

If you have any upcoming community events or service opportunities you would like to share with the club, email

April 23rd: East Cooper Rotaract Meeting 5-6pm Grace and Grit

April 23rd: No Meeting This Week.. Social Date and Time TBD

April 26th: District Spring Training, 9-1pm, Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech College

April 26th: Ted Chestnutt Year Ahead Planning Meeting 8-10am

May 4th: Special Olympics Bocce Bash, MUSC Health Stadium DI 9:30am

June 1st: Charleston Duck Race @5pm

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:



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:

Look forward to seeing you there!

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
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

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

130 Mill Street Mt. Pleasant 29464

Jun 132018

Join us Saturday, October 13, 2018 for an evening of 1920’s Prohibition-Era Fun.

When: 7:00-11:00 pm

Where: Sweetgrass Event Center:

2125 Highway 17 N.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

What: Heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to jazz and swing DJ music with the Charleston Swing Dance Association, games, and a silent auction with themed packages.

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

Open only to 21+

Why: The evening benefits Rotary Charities as well as East Cooper Community Outreach and East Cooper Meals on Wheels





Find out more information on the event website:

Jun 062018

Kevin Zanon, our Club’s exchange student from Switzerland, will present a slide show at Tuesday’s morning meeting about his year here in Charleston as well as information on his country.  You don’t want to miss this!

May 152018

The next Rotary social will be held Wednesday the 30th, we’ll be at The Cabana Bar at Water’s Edge. See y’all there!

May 112018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jennifer Roberts, Executive Director of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events. Roberts will be talking in general about programs and services offered by the SC Department of Mental Health, and more specifically, the services and programs provided by the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center available to our community.

Jennifer is the recently appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC), where she has worked for 24 years.  She received her Masters of Science Degree in Counseling in 1991 from Old Dominion University and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 19 years.  Her career began in children’s services as a school based counselor and over the years she has held numerous clinical and administrative management and development positions.

Jennifer’s goal is to spread the word about mental health treatment services available in our community, reduce the stigma around mental illness, and continue to provide the excellent care and innovative programming her Center is known for, so Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center becomes the community’s first choice in mental health care.


Apr 112018

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to hear from fellow Rotarian Sean Glassberg about Racers for Pacers, a non- profit founded by Sean in 2011. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Inspired by Rick and Dick Hoyt, Sean started Racers for Pacers to help Lowcountry kids with disabilities become a part of the vibrant running community in our area. Racers for Pacers currently has over 20 Racers who participate in local road races and run each week with either their parents as Pacers or volunteers from our community.

Sean Glassberg is a Rotarian involved with the Georgetown Rotary Club because he loves driving 40+ miles one way to get from his home in Mount Pleasant to his campus at Horry Georgetown Technical College, where he serves as Director of Faculty Development and teaches English from time to time. He is a proud father of four and husband of one who also coaches his kids in Mt Pleasant Rec Sports programs and runs a side business to provide faculty development for other colleges and universities. Somehow, he finds time to run and train on his own when he is not herding his kids or taking out the garbage.

Apr 112018

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club President Stephanie Bates presented East Cooper Community Outreach Executive Director Stephanie Kelley with a $5000 donation that the Club raised through their efforts from the East Cooper Speakeasy – Prohibition for a Cause event last October.
This years East Cooper Speakeasy is set for Saturday, October 13, 2018. For information visit


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!

Jan 312017

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Scott Newitt, Owner of Firefly Distillery, as our guest speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design.

Jim Irvin and Scott Newitt at Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, struck Southern gold when they came up with their sweet tea vodka in 2008. Using a bit of the tea grown just down the road from their distillery and a hefty dose of Louisiana cane sugar, Firefly perfectly captured the essence of Southern sweet tea, and added a healthy kick to that “wholesome” goodness. Since then, countless imitators have popped up like weeds (ahem), but Firefly has led the way and has seemingly become a staple in bars and liquor stores across the country, spreading the Southern sweet tea gospel to a whole new audience. They smartly partnered with the Sazerac Company to help distill and distribute Firefly, and now have a whole lineup of flavored tea vodkas (peach, mint, lemon), a “skinny” version of the sweet tea vodka made with the natural low-calorie sweetener stevia, and a sweet tea bourbon as well. You might not find Firefly in the arsenal of most leading-edge mixologists, but you will find it in the homes of many happy sweet tea drinkers across the country.

Sep 242016

A huge thank you to all of our members for pulling this spectacular event off!  It truly was the Bee’s Knee’s of all parties!

Congratulations to Will and Kristin Crady for winning the $5000 cash grand prize! Kristin had the winning chip!


Thank you to Stephanie Bates for being our fearless leader in the endeavor!


Thank you to all of our sponsors including the Reverend Sam Stafford!


Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped set up decorations for the Speakeasy Friday! The Sweetgrass Event Center was transformed into a true Prohibition-era! It was like walking back in time. Volunteers came from not only our club, but also from East Cooper Community Outreach and My Sister’s House. A huge thank you to Kimberly Roberts for heading up the decorations committee. Your creativeness shined through!

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To view the photos from the Speakeasy event, go to Reese Moore’s website.  She did a terrific job capturing the fun time everyone had.

And, view the photos that Sully Witte took and posted on the Moultrie News site.

Aug 302016


East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will volunteer at My Sister’s House Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 12pm.

Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Clean Teen Room
  • Paint Teen Room (inside and out)
  • organize teen room
  • clean and organize toddler area or dining room

We can come up with one more task if we have time.  We have the paint!

All participants will need to complete a confidentiality form.  If you plan on going, email Elmire at and she will email the form to you.  If you volunteered at the last Service Team project there, she already has your confidentiality form.  Once she has your form, she will email you directions.

Jul 192016

East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Board and Committees

(Beginning July 1, 2016)

Executive Committee

Name Title Email Address
Mike Bloser President
Stephanie Bates Vice President
Tripp Hoover Treasurer
Ted Chestnut Secretary
Charles Muldrow  Past President
501c4 Board of Directors
Term Ends
Name Title Email Address
Judy Parsons
Board Member
Kevin Berry Board Member 2017
Mary English Board Member  2017
Sharon Hartley Board Member  2018
Ashley Davis Board Member  2018
Judd Roberts Board Member  2018
Alison Dailey Board Member  2019
Kimberly Roberts Board Member  2019
Michelle Whitbeck Board Member  2019
501c3 Board of Directors
Name Title Email Address
Wayne Cassaday Chair  2018
Dawes Cooke Vice-Chair  2017
Lisa Minnick Treasurer  2019
Mike Bloser Board Member  2017
Stephanie Bates Board Member  2018
Tripp Hoover Board Member 2019
Name  Title  Email Address
Judy Parsons  Membership
Ted Chestnut  Service
Michelle Whitbeck  Public Image
Stephanie Bates Administration
George Stocko Foundation
Sully Recine Socials
Mary English Grants
Lisa Minnick Speakers
Nov 012015

Thanks to all the Rotary superheroes that came out Halloween morning to start the foundation process for the East Cooper Habitat for Humanity house in Awendaw.  Your muscles and teamwork were extraordinary!  And thanks to Rotarian Dimi Matouchev for scheduling our Habitat events.  Stay tuned for more events in the Spring!

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Sep 152015

Awendaw Green

The next ECB Rotary Club social will be Wednesday, September 23rd at Awendaw Green located next to the Seewee Outpost in Awendaw beginning at 6 PM. This event is family friendly, and the venue includes great music and atmosphere. Come by 6:30 to hear FB’s (Stephanie Bates’ man friend’s) family band play some fantastic Bluegrass music. Entry fee is $5 per person at the gate and live music is onstage until after 10 PM. The club will provide a cooler full of beer or you can BYOB. Pizza, burgers, dogs, brats and burgers are available onsite or feel free to bring your own meal or a dish to share. Bring a chair if you want, but come have fun and listen to some great original music while spending time with fellow Rotarians enjoying a great fall evening outdoors under the stars.

Jul 302015

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Fellow Rotarians:

We would also like to invite you to join us as a sponsor of our event to benefit Toys for Tots, Happy Feet, and other Rotary Charities.   If you or your company would like to sponsor the 4th Annual OKTOBERFEST 5K, go to to download the sponsor application and/or pay online.  Our fundraising goal is $10,000.  We are now at $8,000.  You can help us go beyond our goal!!  For more information, email Stephanie Bates at Our goal is $10K or more for sponsors this year! Please help us reach it!!!

Mile Marker Sponsor -$1250 – Includes 4 complimentary race packets, mention on press releases/TV appearances, radio spots, company signage day of race, promo materials in bag, logo on Tshirts and Mile Markets, and more..

$500 Level – Includes 2 complimentary race packets, company logo and link on website, promo items in bags, signage at the event…

In-kind sponsorships are also greatly needed with items such as post-race food, water, and prizes that may be donated.



Kayak by Native Watercraft from Timeout Sports ($1200 value)
$1000 gift certificate from Trek Bikes of Mt. Pleasant, SC

Tickets are $10. The drawing will be Saturday, September 26th at the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Race. Winner does not have to be present to win.

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