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Mar 152019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Anna Dassing, principal of Lucy Beckham High School, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Anna Dassing is a life-long leader and educator now leading the design, programing, and construction of the new Lucy Garrett Beckham High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

A teacher at heart, Anna started her career as a middle school teacher in Rock Hill, SC after graduating from Winthrop University with a degree in Biology. She loved working with students and making science come alive for them! She excelled as a master teacher and quickly rose into leadership positions earning her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. She joined the SC State Department of Education in early 2000’s and worked as a teacher coach and learning specialist for struggling schools in Charleston County. She moved to the Charleston Co. School District as an instructional leader and moved into school administration and leadership and has served as a instructional coach, assistant principal, principal and executive director in a number of schools. Her passion for continuous school improvement and making learning authentic and engaging for students is her passion and mission. Her vision for Beckham High School is for it to be a premier educational institution that puts students at the center and supports teachers to reach and teach in a personalized and experiential setting. With Beckham being nestled in the heart of Mount Pleasant, she understands deeply the importance of community and business partnerships and providing students with experiences that will not just prepare them for college and careers but to be productive citizens that will lead for generations to come.

Anna and her husband, Robert, live in Park West and have a son, Troy, who is a freshman at the University of South Carolina.

Feb 202019
 

In support of the District 7770 Rotary Service Day concept the East Cooper Rotary Breakfast Club will have our yearly Service Day on Monday, March 2nd at St. James Santee elementary school (located between Awendaw and McClellanville). The school principal, LaCarma McMillan, is excited to have us for a day and is looking forward to see how many projects we can get done for the day.

We will have a number of projects going on (painting accent walls in the library, constructing garden boxes for the kids, painting games like hop scotch on sidewalks, landscaping around outdoor class rooms, building / replacing bird boxes on school grounds, resurfacing picnic tables, other projects pending) which will require the full participation of the club.  Please bring your spouse or family member(s) so they all can share in the spirit of Rotary Service Day.   This is our main service project of the year so the expectation is that we have full club participation.  A light lunch will be provided.

Afterwards, we will have an appreciation cookout hosted by the family of Tripp Hoover at 1464 Lieben Road in Mount Pleasant.  This should be on the way home for most people.

Signup sheets will be at the Rotary meeting February 19th and after that you will need to email Mike Bloser.

Feb 122019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Dr. Postlewait, CCSD Superintendent, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Gerrita Postlewait became Charleston County’s Superintendent of Schools on July 9, 2015. She brings with her a wealth of experiences as an education practitioner and leader at the district, state, and national levels, and as an executive in the private sector.

She served as Chair of the State Board of Education, as a member of the national governing board of the American Association of School Administrators, and as a consultant for several districts, states, and national organizations. As Chief K-12 Officer for a foundation, she helped establish the national Innovation Lab Network and co-founded Transform SC, a state-wide business-education partnership that fosters systemic educational change.

In districts where she has previously served as superintendent, student achievement increased dramatically during her tenure.

Dr. Postlewait’s goal is to work with educators, students, parents, and community partners to dramatically increase the percentage of students who are ready to step successfully and productively in careers, college, and life.

Jan 212019
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Denise Kish, Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens: Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Denise Kish is an Long Term Care And Assisted Living Licensed Administrator who guides organizations in creating operational cultures of excellence in the long term care industry.  As  the Administrator of Mount Pleasant Gardens she is leading a team of professionals caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Prior to coming to South Carolina Denise spend 18 years in long term care in New Jersey where she was the Executive Director of Professional and Organization Development focusing on establishing new areas of service and establishing a culture of Person and Family Centered Care at a comprehensive senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health care facility in North Jersey.  She spend over 15 years serving the State of New Jersey in changing cultures in long term care and is a speaker for many associations on senior care.  Denise’s passion is to assemble teams that are passionate about the work they do and the families they care for. 

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 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

 

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.

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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Jun 192018
 

Stephanie Bates presented Gwin Poston, Administrator for East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club, with the President’s Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Charles Muldrow with the Rotarian of the Year Award.

Stephanie Bates presented Sean O’Connor with the Service Above Self Award.

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: http://eastcooperspeakeasy.com/

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!

Jun 052018
 

Congratulations to Joe Shuster for earning his Rotary Blue Badge so quickly after just receiving the Red Badge a matter of weeks ago! Joe is a Business Project Manager at Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.

Welcome Greg Meuli, our newest member of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club! Greg is a Mortgage Loan Originator at United Community Bank.

May 302018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jean Ann Lambert, Community Resource Director of Mental Health America of SC, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

Jean Ann is the Community Resource Director and has over 30 years in the Mental Health field. She travels the state educating the public and professionals about Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Prevention and Children / Teen issues through a program called “I.C. Hope”. Also offered is Mental Health First Aid, a Training and 3 year Certification. She helps to provide needs to the clients and residents, such as clothing, toiletries, housewares and Leisure Activities. Our mascot, I.C. Hope, a 6 ft. Duck, whose motto is “Don’t Duck Mental Health”! is available to attend Festivals and Special Events all around the State of South Carolina.

Jean Ann was born and raised in Georgia. She has a Bachelor degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. Jean Ann attended USC School of Medicine to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Certificate in Psychiatric Studies. She has been working for MHASC for 13 years and has over 30 years experience in the mental health field.

Jean Ann is married with 3 children, 2 dogs and a cat. She loves to travel, bake and walking in the sunshine.

May 152018
 

The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in The Cooper River Room at the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park. We are pleased to have Jennifer Hartig, Executive Director of Respite Care Charleston, as our speaker. Breakfast catered by Dish and Design Catering and Events.

A graduate of Meredith College and Auburn University, Jennifer spent eleven years in the retirement home industry before joining Respite Care Charleston in 2012. As Director, she is passionate about keeping participants active and helping Charleston become a dementia-friendly community. Jennifer graduated from Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute in 2015 and serves on the boards of Racers for Pacers and Charleston HEART.

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.

 

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